Want to take a dip in the cenote?
Luggage and bags: There are no lockers at the cenote so if you have no companion to whom you could leave your personal stuff, be sure to have a waterproof bag. You can only leave it at a corner where everyone passes by so be sure not to bring along any valuables.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: After a day at Chich, you can go to the Ik Kil cenote nearby (about 5 mins. away) to cool off. Then bring your trunks or bathing suit and towel. It would be best of course if you know how to swim but if not, don't despair. There are floatation vests for rent at the entrance.
Photo Equipment: It would be ideal if your camera is waterproof.
Miscellaneous: At the time of writing (May 2008) the entrance fee at Ik Kil is 60 pesos.
- Adventure Travel
- Road Trip
Sun Lotion and Sneakers
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The Yucatan gets pretty hot in the spring/summer, so wear light clothing-- shorts, tank tops or t-shirts. We saw people in jeans who seemed miserably hot. Also, wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes, as you'll be doing a lot of walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun lotion is a must. Don't just lotion before you go-- bring some to reapply.
Miscellaneous: Bring plenty of water and keep hydrated. If you run low, there's a place to buy more in the Welcome Center. A small store near the Ossuary and another near the Sacred Cenote also sell water, along with other drinks and snacks.
Luggage and bags: a backpack to put all your things
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light clothing, thick soled shoes or sandals, a hat, UMBRELLA - really helpful to block the sun's instense heat (dont worry - should you feel silly using one, a lot of people do it and those who didnt bring one wish they did)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: towel to wipe off sweat
Photo Equipment: camera and lots of film, digital cameras even better
Miscellaneous: lots of water to keep you hydrated
- Historical Travel
Be prepared for hot weather
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Until they change the rules on climbing the pyramid, bring shoes with good treads, the pyramid can be pretty slippery, especially the interior passageway to see the red jaguar.
If the top of your head burns, a good idea to bring a hat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!
Photo Equipment: Bring a lot of film or a digital camera with lots of memory. This is an awesome place to take photos!
Miscellaneous: Bring lots of water! Alternatively there are places on site to buy water, they sell it at the hotel near the entrance and the snack shop near the cenote. It didn't seem too overpriced.
What to take to Chichen Itza
Luggage and bags: A small pack to carry camera, sun block etc. is handy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear hiking shoes and comfortable shorts because it will be hot. Take a poncho in case it rains because after spending all this money and time you don't want to waste time inside if it rains.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sun block, band aids?
Photo Equipment: Check your film and batteries. You don't want to buy them there.
Miscellaneous: Take a frozen bottle or two of water. It won't be enough but as expensive as it is there it will help, especially on the bus.
To be comfortable...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes.
Loose fitting, light colored long-sleeve shirt and long pants (unless you like coating yourself with DEET). You'll actually feel cooler wearing these instead of shorts and short-sleeve shirts. (Those Bedouins knew what was what.)
Miscellaneous: Water...extra water...extra, extra water
- Hiking and Walking