Start your day watching the sun rise at Chichen Itza. Avoid the crowds and have exclusive access to one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Tour the impressive archaeological ruins of Chichén Itzá and discover a ceremonial center of the Maya civilization. Then, go to the sacred Cenote of…
Spend the day exploring the well-preserved ruins at Chichén Itzá. Gaze up at the steps of the Kukulkan Pyramid, go for a refreshing swim in a…
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Travel back in time and learn more about the ancient Mayan civilization at the archaeological site of Chichen Itzá. See the main monuments of the…
Explore the ancient culture of the Mayan civilization on a tour of the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, and see the main buildings such as the…
Explore the great Mayan monuments of Chichen Itza on a 12-hour sightseeing tour from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Swim in a mysterious underground…
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Supposedly the great mythical city in Mesoamerican literature, this Mayan city stands today as one of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico. Read on for more on Chichen Itza history and Chichen Itza facts.
Archeologists believe the main monument, El Castillo, was dedicated to Kukulcan, the Mayan snake god, and was built between the 9th and 12th centuries A.D.
Chichen Itza translates to “at the mouth of the well of the Itza.” The Itza were a sea-warding subset of Mayan people.
It is likely that the city was built in this location on the Yucatan Peninsula because of two large natural “cenote” nearby that would have provided water to the population.
The total number of steps on the pyramid El Castillo, including the temple platform at the top, is 364—the total number of days in the Mayan calendar.
The Mayans were great athletes. Archeologists have found 13 ball courts for their Mesoamerican game; the best preserved and largest lies on this site just northwest of El Castillo.
Nothing is worse than setting out for a big day of exploration and getting hit with a spell of dehydration. Prepare ahead and bring lots of water, it cannot be overstated how hot this place can get. Bring a sturdy set of shoes and a hat or umbrella for sun. Bug spray is a must, especially in the rainy season when mosquitoes are running amok.
If you decide to rent a car, make sure to purchase a map and have a friend in the passenger’s seat navigating on the way to Chichen Itza. Be careful—some of the road is rocky or in disrepair. Be sure to keep your gas tank full, because there aren’t many gas stations along the toll highway. For a day trip from Cancun, the drive will take a little more than two hours.
Stop at Ik Kil to go swimming in this ancient water source, a popular spot open to the public.
- When should I visit?
- Open daily, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, year-round.
- Is it expensive?
- Adult tickets start at 64 MXV (about $4) and continue upwards with tours, packages and other perks available.
- Will I need a guide?
- With so much history to learn about, a guide is a great idea.
- How to get there
- You can rent a car (parking is 10 pesos), take public transportation, or take a tour from Cancun or Cozumel.
- Additional information
- Try to arrive in the morning or later in the afternoon, as the sun is hottest at midday.
- A light and sound show is put on each evening, and times vary by season, so plan to stay late if you can!
What people are saying about Chichén Itzá
Excellent day out.. the guide Ave was very knowledgeable and told us all about Mayan culture and warned us about the countless dodgy vendors in Chichén Itzá.. The guide at Chichén Itzá was also very knowledgeable he knew everything about the history of the place and showed us a lot.. We booked the all inclusive tour and drinks on the coach where plentiful dinner was nice at Hubiku Cenote.. we couldn’t go to Valliodid as it was locked down to tourists due to Coronavirus unfortunately.. didn’t really hinder our experience I would still definitely recommend
As Chichen Itzá archaeological site closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was tweaked to a ¨Cenotes and Mayan traditions¨ with local tour affiliate, Ekinox Tours. The tour guide was rather knowledgeable & thorough. The tour included hotel pick-up, swimming in two impressive Cenotes (Mariposa & Chen-Ha), learning about the process of collecting honey from the Maya bee, the Melipona; traditions related to cocoa in the daily life of the Mayans; Mayan ceremony with a Shaman a nice lunch then shopping on 5th Ave in Playa del Carmen.
Excursion was excellent, all was nice and interesting, many souvenirs next to Chichen Itza, amazing cenote and good lunch, thanks to the company for organizing all. One bad thing- at the end of excursion we were divided per two groups for delivery to hotels. The 2 nd guide did not control the situation and the driver was bad, all the time forgot to drop people next to the appropriate hotel, we were delayed on 1 hour to the hotel.
It was great, but it is a bit far a way. The places we visit were superb :Chichen Itza and Il kil cenote except Valladoid. I mean that for me there is no matter if this city will be included or not for 30 min in the tour(the time is not enough and you were to 2 other places). The lunch and the guide were perfect.
It was a great day from start to finish. Our tour guides were very informative and answered all of our questions. It was a long day but it was broken up well. We had time to purchase souvenirs and drinks. We even did a tequila tasting & purchased several bottles of tequila.