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Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
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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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  • The monument itself is absolutely mind-blowing and incredibly interesting. However, what spoils it is the extreme number of traders all selling all the same rubbish. They get in your face with goods.....  more
    The monument itself is absolutely mind-blowing and incredibly interesting. However, what spoils it is the extreme number of traders all selling all the same rubbish. They get in your face with goods.....  more »
  • A crowd of touts, "my best friends" trying to sell themselves to you as a guide, then two queues for two tickets because the tax is a separate cash register, if there was VAT, they would make a third....  more
    A crowd of touts, "my best friends" trying to sell themselves to you as a guide, then two queues for two tickets because the tax is a separate cash register, if there was VAT, they would make a third....  more »
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  • You have to go with a tour guide to really appreciate the history of this place. It’s one of the new wonders of the world and it’s definitely worth a visit. The natural sound system was amazing, plus the tour guide gives you the reason why it’s considered to be a wonder of the world and it’s just awesome! Lots of vendors but we were in a tour group so it’s easier not to get distracted by them. Hats/umbrellas are recommended, thankfully the tour provided umbrellas. The structures are related to each other and we learned a lot about the history of this place. Highly recommended!
  • The experience was amazing, the place is beautiful and so big, wear some comfy snickers for your visit, don’t forget to bring your own bottle of water, inside you can buy something to drink but is too expensive. Bring a hat and sunscreen as is too sunny. I loved the place but I couldn’t enjoy 100% as there are too many sellers on the side of the road and inside the archaeological zone as well.

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