Chichén-Itzá Travel Guide

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Chichén-Itzá Highlights

  • Pro
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    nepalgoods says…

     Fantastic Maya city 

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    pollon says…

     overcrowded of tourists... apart you ;-) 

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     A Must-See, this is a portal into the Mayan Empire 

Chichén-Itzá Things to Do

  • Cool off in a Cenote

    Cenotes or sinkholes were places that the ancient Mayans got their fresh water from and they even used some as sacrificial wells for their victims! Not sure if this is what happened here in the Blue Cenote located inside the Ik Kil Eco-Archaeological Park. You'd need to descend several wide stone steps down to the water's edge where you can then...

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  • Chichen Itza

    Took a tour of Chichen Itza while on a Caribbean cruise .The pictures do not do this site justice.The remains of Chichen Itza have emerged after the cutting back the jungle that had swallowed the site for centuries. The archaeologist have worked for many years to restore some of the site .

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  • A Mayan Spa Eco-Wellness Paradise:...

    Spa Lovers will find Yaxkin Spa's to be a top quality Eco SPA Wellness Center dedicated to Mayan holistic healing traditions and offering indulging Mayan massages that revitalize mind, body and spirit. We loved our three day Spa rutine with lots of organic skin care treatments, pampering holistic Mayan foot massages, and full body Spa care.Yaxkin...

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  • Pyramids

    Chichen Itza is famous for its big Pyramids. But this pyramids are not tombs like the big ones in Egypt, they are temples, places for sacrifices and worship.The pyramid known as "El Castillo" is surely the place where the ceremony of the descent of Mayan God Kukulkan was held. The pyramid has a special astronomical layout so that a game of light...

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  • The Sacred Well

    Also called the Well of the Sacrifices. This kind of caves you can see all over Yucatan. Rainwater washes the holes out of the ground. The caves are the main resource of fresh water in Yucatan. The ancient people of Mexico thought this wells are sacred. Archaeologists found out, that people did not only sacrifice flowers and other things but also...

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  • Climb the Temple

    The steps maybe be many and small, but a climb to the top is a very achieving feeling. You also get a beautiful view of the mexican jungle.

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  • cenotes...

    There are four types of cenotes (sinkholes): completely underground, semi-underground, at land level like a lake or pond, and open wells like the one at Chichén Iztá which I was said was used to confer position to future pristesses: if the person survided to more days plunged in it, her visions were the sign she would have been a pristess...and if...

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  • older stuff...

    some other older or not so well preserved archeological find like this temple needs to be protected against weather by a roofing for example...

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  • jaguars, eagles and serpents...

    the platform of eagles and jaguars is in toltec style with four small staircases, one on each side, with serpents figureheads in the upper part and prostrate figures, eagles and juaguars on the panels. it was probably used for religious or ceremonial purposes and dates approximately somethig between 900 and 1200 A.D.

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  • football here too???

    when I was planning my trip to Mexico and I read about the football ground on another VT page in my ignorance I asked myself if the person was making fun but no, for the Mayas the juego de pelota was famous too...

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  • in the inside...

    I would sugggest not only the climb of the outside of the Kukulcán pyramid but also that of its inside, only be prepared to a humidity like in a sauna.but as an old mexican lady was explaining to her nieces and I was so lucky to be there at her same time, the purpose was to purify the body with aromatic herbs spreaded by this damp and prepare the...

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  • from up...

    unless you have no head for heights, climb the pyramid, the view is worth even if then you have to go down, you could have to use your bum instead of the usual legs...

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Chichén-Itzá Restaurants

  • Fine Gourmet Mayan and Fusion Cuisine

    This is a place for visitors that want food quality and enjoy fine dining! Gourmet Food Lovers will be impressed with the fine organic Mayan Cuisine served at Chilam Balam, a small outdoor restaurant at Hacienda Chichen, next to the "Zona Hotelera" south entrance to Chichen Itza's archaeological zone.The restaurant has an authentic Colonial...

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  • try the dasayuno tropical in the morning

    you are served good food in an alfresco ambience, not without a roofing from where the parrot of the owner likes to hang... the food is good, not astonishing but really good... only I was struck by the way the owner addressed to the waiter, it sadly remainded me more a slave driver than an understanding person and this waiter was excellente and...

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Chichén-Itzá Nightlife

  • Mayas by night...

    the night show illustrating the story of this Mayan site with light effects on the ruins themselves, accompanied by telling voices, is evocative...speaking of money, it's included in the entrance ticket at the ruins...and if you are not a mexican speaking person and you prefer to hear the words in your own language (not like me who helped by the...

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  • again Mayas by night...

    a light effect which catches you at your back: it's reflected on the ruin in front of the pyramid but behind where they sit you...

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Chichén-Itzá Transportation

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    by pollon Written Sep 12, 2002

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    I arrived by a rented Beetle even if I have read on a local brochure that there are public buses, for example from Merida (ca. 75 km away) about every hour.
    anyway what I would like to say is that if you go by car and you also go at the night show, don't forget to keep the "comprobante de estacionamento vehiculos" (the receipt of the parking place) because when in the evening I asked if it was still valid, awaiting a no, I entered without being charged any more :-)...

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Chichén-Itzá Warnings and Dangers

  • Summer Time Heat

    I went in late March and the heat and humidity was almost unbearable.With the amount of walking it takes to get to certain ruins the heat can really get to you. Make sure you bring a bottle of water with you. Our Tour bus had water for sale, so we bought some. You can bring the water inside the park too.

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  • Beware of Tourists!

    In Chichen Itza I have been in early morning, that is the reason why there are not so many tourists on my photos. Around 11:00 o'clock the tourists from the cruise ships at Cancun or Playa del Carmen arrive. That is the time to avoid Chichen Itza! Or wait two or three hours, than they are gone again! In most of the excavated Mayan cities in Yucatan...

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  • Don't trust well speaking Mexicans!

    This guy came up to us, and was very nice, we got to know him, bought him a beer, he offered us drugs, we said No. I went back to the hotel but my boyfriend continued to drink with him. This man said he would even buy him the beers. He drank for awhile and then the bill came, and the man stood up and said 'Sorry', i have no money. The police came...

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Chichén-Itzá Sports & Outdoors

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    by nepalgoods Written Apr 23, 2006

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    Pok ta Pok is the game the ancient Mayans played in the famous Ballcourt. It is a sportive game, where a ball has to be send through a ring in the wall, only using the ellbows and hips. It was a game connected with worshipping of the gods. Scientists today are not sure, whether the winning team was sacrificed to the gods or the loosers after the game.

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Chichén-Itzá Favorites

  • Keep you eyes open!

    The temples have interesting details, which I find more exciting than the temples itselves.This are human skulls, a relief of a platform, which might be used for sacrifices.I found all those skulls and the many reliefs and paintings of the sacrifice of human beings very depressing. The ancient culture in Mexico seems to be always quite aggressive.

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  • Ants!

    As I told you before: Keep your eyes open for small things! Like this ants. Maybe you cannot see the ants on this photo, but beneath every of this pieces of leaves there is a small ant transporting the leaf to the nest!

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  • Get away from the beaten track!

    Beside the famous pyramids and temples there are still a lot of unexcavated ruins in the middle of the forest. When you go a few steps away from the famous, you'll find unspoiled nature and forgotten ruins.

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