Chichen Itza - ValladolidMexico

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Visit Chichen Itza - Valladolid

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.

Top Hotels in Chichen Itza - Valladolid

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
El Mesón del Marqués
El Mesón del Marqués
3.5 out of 5
Calle 39 N 203 Entre 40 Y 42, Valladolid, YUC
CA $78
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

Located in the heart of Valladolid, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of San Gervasio and Cenote Zaci. Convent de San Bernardino de Siena is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,121 reviews)

"Charming place with a good restaurant in the center of a pation"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2019

El Mesón del Marqués
Mayaland Hotel And Bungalows
Mayaland Hotel And Bungalows
4 out of 5
Km 120 Ctra Merida, Zona Arqueologica, In the heart of Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza, YUC
CA $127
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

This family-friendly Chichen Itza resort is located in a national park, just steps away from El Caracol and Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza. Cenote Ik kil ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,007 reviews)

"Super close to Chichen Itza. The first owner of the hotel also own the land of Chichen Itza, when it first been discovered. There is a early morning Chichen Itza tour, from 5 am to 8 am, starting at the hotel. The proporty itself is an interesting spanish old proporty. Staffs are nice, and restraunt ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2019

Mayaland Hotel And Bungalows
Hotel Okaan
Hotel Okaan
3.5 out of 5
km 122 Carr Merida-Puerto Juarez, Chichen Itza, YUC
CA $135
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Cenote Ik kil, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Court of the Thousand Columns and Pyramid of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (405 reviews)

"Excellent room service and food. Very likely to return"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2019

Hotel Okaan

Popular things to do in Chichen Itza - Valladolid

Cenote Ik kil
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Cenote Ik kil

4/5(9 reviews)

Swim in the refreshing waters of this enormous and beautiful swimming hole, close to the important Mayan site of Chichén Itzá.

Cenote Zaci
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trover photo by Gerrit Ebert

Cenote Zaci

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Take a break from the mighty Mexican sun in this cool and scenic natural pool, located in an urban setting. 

Cenote Sagrado
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Cenote Sagrado

4/5(5 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Chichen Itza - Valladolid

Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid
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Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid

CA $86

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.

Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Xcajum Swim All Inclusive
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Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Xcajum Swim All Inclusive

CA $80

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.

Skip-the-Line: Small-Group Tour Chichen Itza & Cenote Tsukan
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Skip-the-Line: Small-Group Tour Chichen Itza & Cenote Tsukan

CA $105

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.

Chichen Itza First Access Tour
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Chichen Itza First Access Tour

CA $64

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.

Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch
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Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch

CA $54

Spend the day exploring the well-preserved ruins at Chichén Itzá, gaze up at the steps of the Kukulkan Pyramid, and go for a refreshing swim in a spectacular underground cenote. Stop by the charming colonial city of Valladolid, and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch along the way.

Private Transportation plus Admission ticket to Ek Balam
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Private Transportation plus Admission ticket to Ek Balam

CA $73

Visit: Ek' Balam, Temozon Mexico You decide at what time you would like to get picked up , this private transportation gives you the chance to enjoy Ek Balam At your Own pace. Duration: 2 hours

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