Chichen Itza, Cancún
Favorite thing: As of January 2006 climbing is no longer allowed at Chichen Itza. The Castle, the warriors temple and the high priest temples are all closed. Apparently an older woman fell off the castle and all the steps have been closed since. The site is still amazing to see, but don't go expecting to climb anything. None of the Cancun, Cozumel, Playa de Carmen web sites have been updated to reflect this.
Favorite thing: When we were at Chichen Itza, I took some great photos from the top of the KulKulkan Temple. Recently I was told by another VT member that went there last month (07-2006) that people are no longer allowed to climb the Temple. Apparently there had been some falling accidents.
Favorite thing: In the late evening there is a light and sound show. It starts at 8pm. We did not stay for this, (we had been there all day in 98 degree temps), but I did hear that its well worth seeing. The cost if I remember correctly was about 35 pesos, or $3.50. This is of course in addition to the admission price.
Favorite thing: The admission price is 75 pesos, which was about $7.50 in 2002. Of course there are many tour buses that go to the ruins. Those often cost $55/$75 person, quiet expensive!! In some of the higher end resorts a few tours are included in the price of the resort. This was the case where we stayed.
Favorite thing: There are a few ruins out at the hotel zone and at Isla Mujeres, but they are not as big or impressing as many others in the area. The most famous site is Chichén Itzá. It is about 3 hours from Cancun, and is definetly worth a trip! Another great place is the ruins in Tulum. They are about 2 hours away, but the site is not as big as the ones in Chichén Itzá.
The visit to this archeological site is one of the MUSTS of your stay in Cancun. A bit far (201 kms, road 180) inside the peninsula, you can do this trip in 2 days, sleeping in Merida, a marvellous colonial city not far from the ruins.
The temple of the warriors, with a pyramid-temple, you'll recognise it by the esplanade with many columns. See photos at the travelogue
The Castle (see photo), the main pyramid. Every year at certain days (equinox) you can see a shadow with the shape of a snake 'going down' the stairs.See photos at the travelogue
The Ball's Playground, a big (168 x70 m) playground where the famous 'Ball Games' took place. Two teams fighted with elbows and knees to introduce a leather ball through a stone ring. The losers were sacrified!!!See photos at the travelogue
The Snail, an astronomic building, round shaped.See photos at the travelogue
Go to Chichen itza,Tulum and Xel-ha there's nothing like them.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of cancun is the sky,wonderful colors,clouds are like cartoon clouds and when i stood on top of the pyramid in Chichen itza all you see is jungle and sky with a few of the other ruins in the area peeking over the trees.
Chichen Itza by far is a must. If you enjoy learning a bit about the history of this land, the tour to Itza is for you. It all depends on the tour you get and your guide, so scope out some before you pick.
Fondest memory: The things I most miss are the times spent with my friends and the people I just met there. It's a great place for people of all ages to have a great time during a vacation.
Favorite thing: You should go to see chichinitza while you visit here. It is where the Incan's used to live and have big ball games, kind of like basketball, but instead of a big prize at the end if you won, they killed you for the gods!!
Favorite thing: You must climb to the top of the tallest pyramid, El Castillo. It is a steep climb and difficult to do when it is so hot and humid in the summer months. You may also climb inside the pyramid, as I mentioned above. This picture is the view down from the top.
You must visit Chichen Itza and the Yucatan Peninsula in general; forget Cancun!
Fondest memory: I know, I was a beaut at 18.
Gee, my favorite memory was when we climbed INSIDE El Castillo and someone turned off the lights as we reached the top. It was dark, hot, and hard to move around in the narrow stairway. The whole line of us who were previously going up the stairs had to turn around and go down each step on our behinds. When we finally reached the bottom, we were felt up by some local boys as they manned the entrance. Great fun.
Once you've roasted yourself to a crisp, stop by Chichen Itza -- one of the more magnificent Mayan cities of the Post-Classic period. It's astonishing, really. This is a view of the ball court, where great sacrifical sporting events were held. If the angle seems a bit high, it's because I'm standing on top of the Great Pyramid.
For more great pictures, check out my Chichen Itza travelogue.