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CHICHEN ITZA

23 Aug 2009  Archeology, Outdoors & History lovers
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Fantastic sites, one of the seven wonders of the world & adventure

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Merida
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Planning your trip
    http://www.chichenitza.com/

    -Great site with all the information about Chichen Itza'

  • 2. Villa Arqueologica Chichen Itza (Uxmal, Coba or Teotihuacan)
    http://www.villasarqueologicas.com.mx/

    Charming, Affordable Hotels within walking distance to the Archaeological Sites
    -Great service, immaculate, beautiful & clean; can't say enough about this chain

  • 3. CHICHEN ITZA
    http://www.travelyucatan.com/maya-ruins/chichen-itza.htm

    -3 hours from Cancun on Highway
    -One of the seven wonders of the world
    -Visit the sacred cenote
    -It is worthit to pay a guide at the entrance

  • 4. Ek Balam or star jaguar
    http://www.travelyucatan.com/maya-ruins/ek-balam.htm

    -The Acropolis temple is twice the size of Chchen Itza
    -Life size sculptures similar to ones found in Palenque
    -Close to Chichen Itza

  • 5. Izamal or Izmal
    http://www.travelyucatan.com/maya-ruins/izamal.htm

    -Worship of Itzamna, patron of learning, science, and the arts, who was also associated with healing and medicine. Established as a major pilgrimage center for the Maya
    -Kinich Kak Moo From a platform measuring 670 by 670 feet at its base there rises a 57-foot high pyramid. Many buildings are still unexcavated

  • 6. YAXUNA - XCAN HA
    http://www.travelyucatan.com/maya-ruins/yaxuna-xcan-ha.htm

    -Yaxuna contains an acropolis with a triad of pyramidal structures and a ball court.
    -South of Chichen Itza

  • 7. IK KIL Blue Cenote
    http://www.wohlmut.com/Maya/blue_cenote.htm

    -Waterfalls gently cascade down the rocky slope of the Blue Cenote, creating a soothing and peaceful background sound at the pool; you can swim
    -Ik Kil Eco-archaeological Park is located within a few kilometers of the site of Chichen Itza, in the heart of the Maya Yucatán along Highway 180. It is easily accesible by car or bus

  • 8. Caves of Balankanche
    http://www.yucatanbuyonline.com/esp/Balancache.html

    Caves of Balankanche, where a large selection of ancient pottery and idols may be seen still in the positions where they were left in Pre-Columbian times
    -4 mi from Chichen Itza, once Mayan ceremonial grounds
    -Remains of countless offerings to Chaac, the Mayan rain god
    -Altar called the Throne of Balam (Jaguar)
    The caverns’ intricate interiors, full of stalactites and stalagmites, make them ideal for cave-diving enthusiasts. Open Mo-Sat 8:00 to 11:00 and 2:00 to 4:00, and Sun 8:00 to 11:00 am

  • 9. Cenote Zaci, Valladolid (near Chichen Itza)
    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.panoramio.com/photos/or...

    -25 mi east of Chichen Itza off Highway 180, near the main square in Valladolid. This is one of the largest and most impressive open-air sinkholes on the Yucatan Peninsula. The sinkhole, which measures 28 meters (92 feet) in diameter, has been converted into a rustic swimming pool. Open daily from 8:00 to 7:00

  • 10. Cenote Dzitnup (Xkakah)
    http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/8832/xkakah.html

    – 31 mi from Chichen Itza
    -4 mi southeast of the city of Valladolid, this sinkhole is inside an underground cavern that has curious rock formations and dozens of stalactites. Here you’ll also find turquoise-blue waters illuminated by sunlight that enters through a hole in the cavern’s ceiling. Open daily from 7:00 to 5:00.

  • 11. Dzibilchaltun Ruins
    Dzibilchaltun Ruins, Merida

    -10 miles from Merida
    -Museum
    -Archeological site
    -Bring your bathing suit along, you won't regret a swim in the cenote

  • 12. Information about Cenotes and location near Chichen Itza
    http://yucatantoday.com/en/topics/cenotes-underwater-caves

    -Great site to learn about Cenotes

  • 13. Mayapan Maya Archeological Site
    Mayapan Mayan Ruins, Merida

    Pre-Columbian Maya site a couple of kilometers south of the town of Telchaquillo in the state of Yucatán, Mexico, approximately 40 km south-east of Mérida and 100 km west of Chichen Itza. Mayapan was the political and cultural capital of the Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula during the Late Post-Classic period from the 1220s until the 1440s

  • 14. UXMAL
    http://www.sacred-destinations.com/mexico/uxmal.htm

    Uxmal ("oosh-mahl", meaning "thrice-built") in the Yucatan dates from before the 10th century AD
    -Considered as one of the most complex and beautiful expressions of Puuc ('hilly country') architecture and, for many, is a major highlight of a Yucat?vacation
    Sites near Uxmal:
    -Chichen Itza: 76.9 miles
    -Merida 37.9 mi
    -Campeche 57.8 mi
    -Maxcanu 19.5 miles
    -Kohunlich 56.6 miles

  • 15. Driving from Cancun or Rivera Maya to Chichen Itza

    Driving From: Cancun or Riviera Maya:
    -Take the Carretera de Cuota # 180 towards Merida, fast, easy,1 hr 45 min
    -2 toll booths; less than US 30 dollars each way
    -2 military check points, very courteous that will help travelers and safeguard state laws
    -"green angels" or road helping hands in case of a car brake-down ( a free service that comes along frequently; please tip them
    -Carretera de Cuota # 180, continue past Valladolid and take the Piste / Chichen Itza exit. Follow the signs to the village of Piste. When the road dead-ends near the towns main square, turn left. When you see a toll sign poll with two large upper signs: one on your right to the Chichen Itza Ruin (also the road to Piste) and one on the left for the "Zona Hotelera" (Hotel Zone)
    -Do not drive at night in the small roads, many animals crossing them

  • 16. Driving from Valladolid

    Driving From Valladolid: to Chichen take the old free road #180, please be careful. This road is narrow and has many accidents; watch for speeding tour-buses and for local bikers going to work who may need you to slow down. You will drive through a few villages, please take care to go slow, children and pets run across road sometimes without looking. Once you arrive to Xcalacoop, you are 6Km away follow the green road signs until you see a tall sign poll with the "Zona Hotelera" sign at the left and "Chichen Itza" at the right. Slow down, you are to take the small road to the left where the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera)

  • 17. Driving from Merida to Chichen Itza

    Driving From Merida:
    -Proceed East as if you are going to Cancun
    - Exit at the Chichen Itza exit, and turn right to go towards the town of Piste. Be careful as you approach town. There are a number of topes (bumps in the road) that you do not want to drive over at full speed. In Piste, the road will dead end with the old church on your right. When the road dead-ends, turn left towards the ruins. Follow the signs toward Cancun and Valladolid.
    -Go towards the Zona Archeologica of Chitzen Itza.
    -If you want to go to the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) at the fork in the road where you would turn right to go to the ruins, bear left and continue on for about 2km. Continue until you see a sign on the right that says "Zona Hotelera "

  • 18. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
    http://www.uno.com.mx/english/index.htm

    Bus and Taxi Services:
    -ADO has buses (first class and economic class) that travel daily to Piste from Merida, Valladolid and Cancun
    -There are taxi sites near all the bus stations in Merida, Valladolid, Piste and Cancun
    -Travelers can take the bus to their destination and then hire a taxi at the front entrance of the bus station. Be sure to request the cost of the taxi service before the ride to avoid misunderstandings or overcharging
    -Contact the local ADO offices in each city, as schedules change