Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
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Chichén Itzá is one of Mexico’s most important cultural landmarks, famous for its treasure trove of pre-Columbian architecture and artifacts. Dating back nearly 1,500 years, the archaeological city was built with the iconic pyramid of Kukulcán at its center, the greatest symbol of Mayan society and an important astronomical and mathematical achievement. Book a day tour from the cities of Cancun or Mérida to be guided through the site while learning about the magnificence of Mayan culture. Alternatively, you can catch an early morning colectivo (minibus) from the town of Valladolid to self-tour and beat the heat and for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • Robert
    Los Angeles, California9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go here obviously
    I would suggest people stay locally and not take tour from Cancun/Playa del Carmen. Avoid any of the upsells until you buy the ticket and get into the area. I got my guide inside after getting a ticket. It costs more but he had a lot of information and great pictures that added a lot of value. I stayed in a Hacienda in Valladolid. Was able to visit multiple Cenotes of my choosing instead of a certain one with the trip from beach city. The food in Valladolid was incredible.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • syphone
    Langley, Canada158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonder of the Mayan civilization
    Visiting Chichen Itza has been on my bucket list for a long time. Being able to experience the wonder of the Mayan civilization firsthand at Chichen Itza was truly remarkable. I chose a tour that includes both Chichen Itza and Cenote Maya, and they both provided me with precious and amazing memories. The tour at Chichen Itza lasted around 1 hour and 15 minutes, followed by a 45-minute free time. However, it felt too short, and I was disappointed that I had to rush and run from the Sacred Cenote to El Caracol to make it on time. A 2-hour tour at Chichen Itza seems insufficient. At least 2 hours and 30 minutes should be allowed, so that most people who visit can have a better chance to explore the site. If you study Chichen Itza in advance before visiting, you can make more efficient use of your time. Thanks to our guide, Rafael.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Ravenito
    Charlotte, North Carolina476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit!
    Awesome place, lots to see, easy to get lost. Remember your bug spray and camera. The place is pretty big and I was here on a tour so I didn't even get close to seeing everything. So much history here. Was really neat to see the ball court and obviously the pyramid. Lots and lots of vendors, many of them selling similar things and willing to make you a deal.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • erika d
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience
    We skipped the tour guide and used an app, very cost effective and great. We went at our pace and explored. The vendors we pushy but we had certain things we wanted and bartering was easy- we went for actually hand crafted items. Getting in with parking and the app tour was around $700 pesos for two adults ($42usd).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Colin F
    Albuquerque, New Mexico9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sight seeing with history!
    We came here with a group during our trip to Cancun and I'm glad we did! The beautiful ruins along with their story and history made for a great day trip away from the city. My only complaint would be the vendors in the area within park, they can be a little aggressive to try and get you to buy something when you just want to enjoy the area, it's scenery, and heritage. Just ignore them if you wish. Otherwise, it's a great day trip out there. Only around a 2 hour drive from our spot in Cancun. Make sure to stock up on snacks for the road!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Didi
    London, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    It totally worth a visit. If you are in Mexico then you should go in Chichen Itza. There is a lot of mayans ruins in there and its absolutely amazing how this people live. We have a tour guide and he tell us a lot of things that you will never heard about Chichen Itza.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • bivie
    Fort Worth, Texas27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to see history
    We just went to the ruins and had a good time. The drive from Playa is a little over 2 hours. No gas stations along the way really do make sure you have plenty. The commercialization of the site is the only reason i don't rate it 5 stars. I find it quite tacky the amount of vendors on a world heritage site selling cheap souvenirs. Along the way everyone will try to get you to stop and sell you something so drive on by all the way to the center. I suggest getting there before 9am. Tons of busses start arriving soon after. VERY hot and humid on July but expected. Nice day overall
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Niamh D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing trip to chichen itza for family with kids thanks to our guide Alex
    Yesterday we drove in our rented car from Tulum to this site. We are a family if 6 4 kids (13,12,10 and 8). Roads are good, but there not many petrol stations on way so stock up before you go. We ignored all the unofficial guides on the way in trying to wave you down and drove straight to the official car park and paid 80 pesos to park. The car park is shaded and it is right outside the entrance to where you pay. we arrived at 930 and there was plenty of space. It fills up quickly. We paid our entrance fee and while waiting there were plenty of guides offering their services. Prices range from 800 pesos to 1300. We were approached by an official guide who wanted 1300, we were not willing to pay that so he brought us another guide called Alex another official guide and this is the reason I’m writing the review. He was amazing, he is from the area, was so enthusiastic, was so knowledgeable and kept my four kids engaged. He was great with them. He also is a great photographer so took some great pics with my husbands phone. Alex is an official guide and if you get a chance to go on a tour with him I highly recommend it. He made our trip. Maybe if you ask for him at the entrance you might be lucky enough to get him. Niamh & colm and kids ( Ireland)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Freya J
    United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you’re questioning if they’re official, they’re not
    We found some really good sites with much less people if you follow the map and walk a little way off the main structure. Beware lots of people want to give you a guided tour and there’s a tonne of people selling the same stuff which dampens the experience slightly. It’s the same ploy along the road to the entrance where locals heckle you to park in their sites. I wouldn’t recommend parking with them purely because it’s actually much further away than you think. Don’t fall for the trick when they say the road ahead is shut or the car park is full. We went at midday and found space
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • BChurch84
    Folkestone, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant experience
    We arrived on an early tour before it got busy which was totally worth the early morning pick up. This place is incredibly interesting and our guide was very knowledgeable, it seemed they all were, our guide however seemed to go further than others and took us to see parts that others didn't, including the observatory which I recommend finding if your guide doesn't take you there. Worth every penny.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
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E C
Los Angeles, CA24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We recently went to Chichen Itza. We hired Melicia Diaz or Mary (Whatsapp 52-985-114-2008). It was easy coordinating the tour with her on Whatsapp. She charged 1,500 pesos for the tour. We also used her for Ek Balam too and she charged 1,000 pesos there. We found her on Tripadvisor, so thank you for posting her contact information. Melicia purchased our entrance tickets and afterwards provided us with the receipt so we would know that we were charged what she paid. It was nice since we didn’t have to wait in line. Melicia’s tour of Chichen Itza was very good. She took into consideration that my parents were older and found shady places for them to sit with convenient bathroom access. She also shared numerous tips and historical information for Chichen Itza. She also indicated that there is an area you can visit somewhere in Chichen Itza more exclusive but you need to reserve it a week beforehand. There is an area similar to Ek Balam about 20 minutes from Chichen Itza called Yaxunah that you can also still climb the ruins. Finally, I thought it was nice that you could see the renovated section vs the unrenovated sections.
Written 26 May 2024
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Abel R
Miami, FL620 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I got to see this beautiful archaeological site by booking an excursion thru Royal Caribbean. What Royal Caribbean don't tell you is that you spend the whole day traveling. When you exit from your cruise ship, you follow the crowd to a high-speed craft that lasts for 30 mins to and back. So right there you wasted an hour. After the 30-minute ferry to Playa del Carmen, your guide will lead you to an air-conditioned motor coach. Here you will be on the road for 2 hours and 30 mins. That's 5 hours in total from going to and back. They do give you a lunch bag when you enter the bus though. There is NO internet on the bus. I didn't mind as I'm on vacation. So by now, you have wasted 6 hours in traveling. Once you reach to Chichén Itza, the tour guide has 1 hour left in the park. That's not enough to enjoy the whole park in my opinion. Inside the park, your guide will escort you through the ruins giving a complete narration along the way. You will see some of the mysterious hieroglyphic writings still visible today. Also, no one can climb these pyramid-temples as they are fenced in. If I knew this was like this, I wouldn't have paid $200 for this excursion. If I was to do this all over again, I would ditch the tour guide and venture on my own.
Written 20 May 2024
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Dotty
London, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Chichén Itzá is out of this world and is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Yucatán peninsula. It gets busy, but it's busy for a reason!

Some recommendations:

- Arrive early. It opens at 8am. Be there then. The coaches from the AI resorts arrive around 11am with an overwhelming amount of people

- Stay in nearby Valladolid and use it as a base. It's a beautiful, safe little town that is worth exploring as well

- Get in touch with Taxi Personalizado and book a private taxi. It's cheaper than a tour, and though local buses are cheap, you're tied to their awkward schedules (in the heat!)

- Bring, and drink, lots of water. It's hot in the jungle and it's easy to get dehydrated. It was 38°C and very humid when we visited.

- Go for a post-Chichen itza dip in a nearby cenote. Ik Kil is amazing but it was very crowded.
Written 14 May 2024
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Jadeshiva
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What an amazing site. We got lost, roamed through less visited areas. The merchant presence is OVERWHELMING. Every ounce of shade is occupied by someone trying to sell you the same thing the last 1000 merchants tried to sell you. You will burn and die of heat exhaustion while they make jaguar sounds with their hands (kinda cool, really).

Still, an amazing site. Wear sunblock and bug spray. Maybe bring an umbrella for shade since the merchants have none to share. Note to the merchants- sell some umbrellas or maybe those cooling neckwraps and make a MILLION.
Written 7 May 2024
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theclarken
Gaithersburg, MD82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This was the primary reason for the Yucatan tour I took. I wanted to see Mayan archeological sites and how can you pass on Chichen-Itza? I understand from the guide that I wasn't there during the 'high' tourist season, but it was still a bit crowded in parts. It was also hot! Other reviewers have mentioned the importance of going early and I believe them. We had a guide who was affiliated with the site and he was great. His explanations really helped us to understand the purpose and use of the buildings. If it wasn't so warm I would have walked the grounds a bit more. But I'm so glad I made the trip to see this wonder. I liked Uxmal better for a few reasons, but Chichen-Itza is still fantastic.
Written 2 May 2024
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Janet C
Birmingham, AL25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Chichen Itza is simply awe-inspiring. The pyramid, El Castillo, is breathtaking, and exploring the ruins offers fascinating insights into Mayan culture. Despite the crowds, the site exudes a peaceful atmosphere. A must-visit for history enthusiasts!
Written 1 May 2024
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Jacksonville Joe
Jacksonville, FL86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We hired a private tour company to take us from our resort in Tulum to Chichen Itza and I’m so glad we left at 7 AM. When we arrived, there were not many people at the site and it was very nice for about an hour and a half. Our tour guide was fantastic, the weather was good, and there were not many people. At 11:30 everything changed. The site was overrun with tourist, people were everywhere and the temperature must have risen by 20°.

If you’re going to visit Chichen Itza, take my word for it and get there as early as possible to miss the crowds and so you can enjoy the entire site without, the extreme heat and thousands of other tourist. I also highly recommend hiring an experience tour guide to tell you all of the historical facts about the entire site, the history of the Mayans civilization, and the Yucatán Peninsula . If you’re asking yourself is it worth the drive from Cancun or Tulum believe me it’s worth the drive.

My last tip is if you can make arrangements for your own private tour guide you are better off. If you elect to go in a large tour bus, you were taking the risk of getting there late and the tour bus going from resort to resort to pick up tours just like you. Make this trip a memorable one.
Written 29 April 2024
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Beverly B
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visiting Chichen Itza was truly spectacular. Being beneath El Castillo and experiencing the equinox event was breathtaking, and delving into the details of the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory offered valuable insights into Mayan culture and intellect. Chichen Itza goes beyond being a mere place to visit. Whether you're passionate about history or simply intrigued by exploration, a trip to Chichen Itza promises to imprint a lasting impression on your spirit.
Written 29 April 2024
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teky929rr
Old Bridge, NJ228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had a wonderful time walking the Chichen Itza location. It was definitely hot so bring an umbrella to shade yourself. I read about the lines, it was like 5mins so don’t be discouraged. We parked at the official park entrance since it was the closest and we drove. This was an easy self guided tour and plenty of street vendors. They had some of the cheapest souvenirs in all of the areas I’ve visited on this trip. Definitely haggle to get the best prices. The drive was easy and the road was in good conditions.
Written 25 April 2024
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Just a stunning stunning place. So hard to comprehend how these were built without the aid of modern machinery. We spent a couple of hours and needed all that to see the structures. So hot on our day so keep hydrated and use the shade when you can, what a great site
Written 21 April 2024
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