Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Travel Guide

  • Chichen Itza - Temple of Kukulkan
    Chichen Itza - Temple of Kukulkan
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  • Chichen Itza - Temple of the Warriors
    Chichen Itza - Temple of the Warriors
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  • "Maya Astronaut"
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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Highlights

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     A great place for a day trip or an overnight stay . 

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     Very Touristy 

  • In a nutshell
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     Touristy But Excellent Ancient Mayan Site 

Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Things to Do

  • El Mercado - Market

    The Market (or El Mercado in Spanish) is a seventy six meter-long raised portico filled with alternating square and rounded columns stretching east and west.Its center is a square building with tall, rounded columns that would have originally supported a roof of wood or thatch. The Market was named as such by the early Spanish colonists who were...

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  • Group of the Thousand Columns

    The Group of the Thousand Columns (or Grupo de las Mil Columnas in Spanish) adjoins the Temple of the Warriors on its south side.We have been told that the original purpose of which remains something of a mystery. It may have served as an indoor market or place of assembly. Nearby you will see:1) the small ball court (Juego de Pelota), 2) the...

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  • House of the Deer

    The House of the Hunt (another name – Temple of the Hunt) is located in a small plaza south of the Osario.This plaza also holds the Red House and the House of the Metates. The House of the Deer was built on a platform with rounded corners and an undecorated facade, similar to the Red House and House of the Metates. This building is called the House...

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  • Southern sector with Akab D'zib

    The southern sector is located behind the Nunnery and the Church.This sector includes:1) the Temple of the Panels (Templo de los Tableros) with reliefs of Toltec warriors and jaguars;2) the Akab D'zib (Mayan: "obscure writing"; Building of the Unknown Writing), so named because of the as yet undeciphered characters above the door of the second...

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  • Nunnery Annex

    The Nunnery Annex is the most beautifully ornately-decorated building within the Central Group. It is located close to the Nunnery building itself and to the Church.It is topped by a roof comb with lattice motifs featuring Chaak masks.Though it has recently been postulated that these curl-nosed images are actually intended to represent the Witz, or...

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  • Red House - Casa Colorada

    The Red House (or Casa Colorada in Spanish) stands atop its platform. Its another name is the Chichan Chob. The building got its modern-day nickname because, at the time of its discovery, it still displayed vestiges of red paint because of its white stone turned golden by the setting sun.

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Restaurants

  • Great Lunch at Swanky Resort

    So here we are, two sweaty messes after spending 3 hrs at Chichen-Itza, starving and not wanting to see another tourist. The entrance to Hotel Mayaland is blocked by 3 tour buses... NOT what we were looking for. So we turned into this exquisitely manicured "Hacienda Chichen" hoping to get a good drink, some lunch, and some quiet. What a gorgeous...

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  • Snack Bars on the Grounds

    Once you've entered the grounds at Chichen Itza, be prepared to spend at least 3 to 4 hours wandering the grounds. It's best to bring plenty of water with you, but if you run out or need a snack, there are two rest stops (that we found) on the grounds that can save you from the hassle of trekking back to the welcome center for supplies. The first...

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  • Welcome Center Restaurant

    After wearing yourself out looking at all of the ruins, take a break at the restaurant in the welcome center. The menu is somewhat overpriced, but this shouldn't come as a surprise, given that there are no other food options around. We were too hot to eat but got wonderful fruit drinks there. They cost 40 pesos, which seems a bit steep, but they're...

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Transportation

  • How to get to Chichen Itza

    You can get to Chichen Itza by bus or car via the MEX 180 from Mérida (1.5-2.5 hours; 116km/72mi) or Valladolid (1 hour; 42km/26mi). An air taxi service is also available.We got there from Merida and were there in the afternoon. It was rather hot in this time that’s why staying in the Chichén Itzá area allows visitors to visit early in the morning,...

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  • Get there from Valladolid

    Piste is the closest city to Chichen Itza, but it doesn't have much to see or do there. And the hotels can be quite pricy. The best option is to stay in Valladolid and then catch a second class bus from Valladolid to Chichen Itza. The bus ride is about 45 minutes and costs less than $5. It is worth it because Valladolid is a very cute city and...

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  • Bus Between Valladolid and Chichen Itza

    Taking the bus from Valladolid to Chichen Itza is simple and quick. Second class Oriente buses leave from the bus terminal at Valladolid starting at 7:15am. There's a bus approximately every 30 minutes. The ride costs 20 pesos and takes about 45 minutes. Getting back is slightly trickier. Buy your ticket at a small ticket counter in the back of the...

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    As usual in such tourist spots in Mexico can see a large number of traders of souvenirs. In Chichen Itza there were many souvenirs for sale. At the edges of hiking trails were the local Indians, and offered a variety of goods. I am not a big fan of such purchases since then as my bookcase filled with guidebooks and a sideboard filled with mugs,...

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  • Plates and Bowls

    For sale around the ruins All around the ruins, people are selling things. We got a couple plates here, but I wanted one more. I figured I could find one when we got to Cancun. I was wrong! I only found one at a market in Cancun, and it was much more expensive than they were in Chichen Itza.

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  • Exquisite Mayan Replicas, Jewelry and...

    Toh Boutique, located within the Hacienda Chichen & Yaxkin Spa in Chichen Itza, is a rare jewel of a giftstore with the best collection of Maya Replica Pottery, textiles, silver jewelry, crafts and handmade aromatherapy bath oils, soaps, etc. The boutique is runned by volunteers of the Maya Fundation In Laakeech, a civil organization that helps...

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Local Customs

  • Aztec’s and Maya’s chewing gum

    The ancient Aztecs used chicle as a base for making a gum-like substance. Chicle is a natural gum traditionally used in making chewing gum and other products. It is collected from several species of Mesoamerican trees.Modern chewing gum was first developed in the 1860s when chicle was imported from Mexico for use as a rubber substitute.Mayan tribes...

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  • CHACMOOL

    Chacmool is a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican stone statue. These statues are found in some Mexican sites such as Chichen Itsa.

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    We just came back from a wonderful journey to the Yucatan. We highly recommend to those wishing to have a great cultural experience and get involved with Maya traditions and ecological treasures, to check the many vacation packages offered by www.chichenservice.com, we were lucky to plan our trip with them, saved money and had the most amazing...

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Warnings and Dangers

  • Think about the descent

    It's a temptation, climbing to the pyramid! However, you may be warned that, once in the top, everything changes: the steps are narrow and steep. Once up there, you turn back, and before a deep breed with the clouds giving the sensation that you are in a bouncing platform, it will seem that the steps... were gone, replaced by a long and extremely...

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  • Gas Station Scams!!!

    I have driven all over the Yucatan and filled up and numerous Pemex gas stations, but it was the one right next to Chichen Itza that tried to cheat me. They of course insist on filling up your tank for you and and as I was watching the counter on the gas tank I noticed a few moments after it stopped pumping the price on the pump almost doubled....

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  • "Let's Get Physical, Physical..."

    Aaaah, there's nothing that screams "Mexico!!!" like driving through the Yucatan countryside, on the way back from Chichen Itza, listening to...the Best of Olivia Newton-John! Yep, that's what they had playing on the bus.I'll always have fond memories of Olivia after that heeheeeee!!!

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Tourist Traps

  • sellers in chichen itza there are liars

    they tell to you all the things are 10, in spanish and in english, they show all nice pice of crafts when do try to buy they say this cost 10 dolar no pesos, asnd also when you say yes they say this pice cost 50 pesos, but they tell before 10. be carefull prepare for paid more the pice that they tell to you.. if you like buy, take with you...

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  • Shopping at Chichen Itza

    There are A LOT of vendors at Chichen Itza. Some of them are selling items for a good deal, but for the most part, they are not a good price. They are likely to tell you that the items are "Casi Gratis" or "Almost Free" but that is to get you to stop at their stalls. If you are interested in the items they are selling, be sure to know how much you...

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  • Bargaining with the Vendors!!!

    1. Put different bills in different pockets and know exactly how much money you have in each of those pockets. This will come in handy at the final step of the process.2. When your looking at the different items, take your time and refuse help until you decide exactly what items you want. Don't worry about establishing how much its worth, the...

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá What to Pack

  • Want to take a dip in the cenote?

    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. After a day at Chich, you can go to the Ik Kil cenote nearby (about 5 mins. away) to cool off. Then...

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  • Sun Lotion and Sneakers

    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. Sun lotion is a must. Don't just lotion before you go-- bring some to reapply. Bring plenty of water and...

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  • Must Haves!!!

    a backpack to put all your things 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) towel to wipe off sweat camera and lots of film, digital cameras even better lots of...

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Off The Beaten Path

  • Model of traditional Maya House

    Walking from the Great Plaza to the Central Group you will see the model of the traditional Maya House or a building that scientists consider to look like a traditional Maya House.The Maya people constitute a diverse range of the Native American people of southern Mexico and northern Central America. The overarching term "Maya" is a collective...

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  • Ik Kil Cenote

    After a sweltering hot day at Chichen Itza We needed to cool off. On the way back to Playa Del Carmen we stoped of at Ik Kil Cenote. Its very close to Chichen Itza. This place is beautiful. Their are lookout points at different levels as you go down the steps so you can stop and take photos from different angles. The water is very deep and quite...

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  • Go for a swim with the dead!

    If the heat and or the living get to you, why not cool off with a dip in a Mayan burial pool! Who knows who you may meet down there! By the way the path that leads here is lined with a bunch of annoying vendors so feel free to invite a few of them to join their ancestors!

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Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Sports & Outdoors

Ruinas Chichén-Itzá Favorites

  • Erich von Däniken's "Maya Astronauts"

    If you are older than 55 you must remember "Chariots of the Gods" by Erich von Däniken. When in 1970 I saw the West German documentary film “Chariots of the Gods” (in Russian “Memories of the Future”) that was based on Erich von Däniken's 1968 best seller, "Chariots of the Gods", I learnt for the first time about Chichen Itza and a relief of "Maya...

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  • Local Iguanas

    Traveling around the world, I always miss my dogs that are waiting for me at home. So I am glad of any opportunity to talk with local animals. In Chichen Itza my interlocutors were iguanas and birds.I especially liked the iguanas. They were very in harmony with ancient ruins and I had the impression that they knew all about the people who had lived...

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  • Visitor Center

    Today Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site and was named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” The ruins at Chichen Itza cover an area of 6.5 sq km and can be toured in a day.Chichen Itza , meaning "at the mouth of the well of the Itza") was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization. The archaeological site...

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