Over a thousand years old yet remarkably well-preserved, the World Heritage-listed Mayan architecture of Chichen Itza draws huge numbers of tourists every year. Once one of the largest Maya cities, the ruins consist of numerous stone buildings, originally linked by a well-planned network of paved streets. The biggest crowds gather at the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, when the sun's rays produce an illusion of a snake climbing up the stairs of the imposing central pyramid. A nightly light-and-sound show recreates the spectacle for those visiting at other times. Use our Chichen Itza day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Chichen Itza and other attractions in Chichen Itza.
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Chichen Itza Reviews
Llegué a Chichen Itzá desde Cancun en un vehículo alquilado. Salimos aproximadamente las 6AM y llegamos a las 9:30AM, La carretera está en buen estado, con poco trafico, hay dos peajes que me parecier... more »I arrived at Chichen Itza from Cancun in a rented vehicle. We leave at approximately 6AM and arrive at 9:30AM, the road is in good condition, with little traffic, there are two tolls that I found very expensive. We get up early in order not to match the excursions thing that congest the place. The choice of early morning was good because we didn't have to queue at the lockers. Instead, observing that pyramid is welcoming, to think that our ancestors possessed a technology to build majestic buildings. It's a very beautiful place. When we left we bought souvenirs, we had lunch and to return to Cancun we took the road through Vallalodid to not pay tolls, that road is also in very good condition...... and toll-free.
A must see if your in the Yucatan, amazing place. We visited in June 2018 and had a fantastic experience with our local tour guide who we found on face book and took us to some fantastic places. It is... more »
Beautiful location and all the structures are awesome, however the place is overwhelming with all the people trying to sell you items. The management can honestly do a better job with regulation and making it easier for tourists to navigate the area. FYI the water is 45 pesos compared to 5-10 elsewhere so make sure you bring water with you.
We were setup with an awesome local guide, born and raised in the Yucatan. Excellent experience and highly informative tour of the ruins. I can definitely highly recommend this destination for everyone!
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