Explore 1,000 years of history, a mysterious empire and some of the most extraordinary archaeological ruins of the Yucatán Mayan world.
Chichen Itza is the ruins of a vast Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula. It was excavated in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Today the complex of pyramids, temples, ball courts and steam houses is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. It is a World Heritage Site and was voted one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.”
The centerpiece of the city complex is the towering Temple of Kukulkan, or El Castillo. During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun casts an incredible shadow in the form of a serpent, that slides down the pyramid’s 365 steps and joins a monument of a serpent head at the base of the staircase. If you intend to visit Chichen Itza for the equinox, note that the site gets very crowded at that time.
Allow at least a day to explore Chichen Itza’s wonders, from the Temple of Warriors, to the Platform of the Skulls. Climb the narrow tunnel to the Jaguar Throne, walk out onto The Great Ball Court, gaze into the heavens from the observatory of El Caracol, and spend hours examining the intricate bas relief carvings that cover the city walls. Explore the nearby cenotes (sinkholes), some of which were once used in ritual ceremonies.
The site offers little shade, so bring sunscreen, and an umbrella or hat. Afterwards, cool off with a swim in the public cenotes, or unwind with a traditional Mayan beauty ritual in one of the nearby spas.
Chichen Itza is open 365 days and has an entrance fee. Maps of the site are available from the visitor center near the ruins. To get there, rent a car or take an organized trip from Cancún. Staying overnight will make it easier to catch the sunrise and sunset and to avoid the tour buses.
Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2019
Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2019
Swim in the refreshing waters of this enormous and beautiful swimming hole, close to the important Mayan site of Chichén Itzá.
Take a break from the mighty Mexican sun in this cool and scenic natural pool, located in an urban setting.
Visit a beautiful natural pool that once played a dark role in Mayan culture, as revealed by the many ancient skeletons found beneath its waters.
Get an up-close look at the charms and treasures of the Yucatán on this all-inclusive day of exploration. You can learn about the vast archeological site of Chichén Itzá, cool off with a dip in a serene cenote, and snap colorful photos in colonial Valladolid, complete with a tasty buffet lunch and a spacious coach ride between each stop.
Fall head over heels for ancient Mayan civilization during a comprehensive guided tour of Chichén Itzá. Absorb fascinating information about the Yucatán Peninsula's past from a local archeologist, and then visit picturesque Cenotewhere you can revel in a refreshing swim.
Discover the iconic Maya city of Chichen Itza in the most comfortable conditions on a small group tour. With privileged, skip-the-line admission to the ruins, a wealth of insight from your specialized guide, plus a swim at Cenote Tsukan, you get a fresh appreciation for the land, the people, and the history behind one of the grandest civilizations in the Americas.
With this morning access, you will unlock the secrets of the ancient Maya civilization as you explore Chichen Itza with an expert guide. Tucked deep in the Yucatan jungle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is filled with the weathered remains of temples, tombs, and pyramids that date back to the 8th century.
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