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The Ruins

It was smoking hot the day we went here but it was nice to see and provides a good place to take pictures., and they sell ice-cream so it's ok. Bring water though, we brought some and before we even finished it it was warm.

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Apr 26, 2006

The ruins of...

The ruins of Chichén Itzá lie about midway between Cancún and Mérida, so that the journey from each city takes around 2 or 3 hours via the new autopista. It is possible to see the main structures on a day trip from Cancún, and many tour buses do just this resulting in a large influx of visitors around 10-11am. Chichén Itzá is the most visited site in the Yucatán and it can get very crowded here, so if at all possible try to arrive soon after the 8am opening. This will give you time to climb the Pyramid of Kukulkán before it gets too hot, and will allow you to view the whole site from the top before the crowds swarm in. Alternatively, leave your visit until later in the day and stay overnight nearer the site, returning in the early morning. Ideally, you will need two days for a good understanding of the site, which covers 4 square miles.
Chichén Itzá has been widely studied, and excavated and restored more than any of the other Mayan cities. Yet its history is still clouded in mystery and there are many contradicting theories and legends.

The Pyramid of Kukulkán
Towering above the other buildings at 79 feet (24 m) high, the Pyramid of Kukulkán has a structured feel about it. Two of its sides have been completely restored, the other two were left to show the condition before work commenced. Each side had originally 91 steps, adding the platform at the top as a final step there are 365 in total one for every day of the year. Further evidence that this building was linked to the Mayan interests of astronomy and the calendar is demonstrated at the spring and autumn equinox. On these days the shadow of the sun playing on the stairs causes the illusion of a snake processing down the pyramid in the direction of the cenote. Naturally, it’s an impressive sight, and there are usually thousands of people on the site at these times.

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Sep 02, 2002

Chichen Itza

I must say I was disappointed when I saw the pyramids,they were way smaller than the Egyptian Giza pyramids and way much ruined.but if you have not seen the Egyptian pyramids the Maya pyramids might stun you.
The trip was arranged by our hotel and they took us by an air-conditioned bus.

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Jul 31, 2003

Visit the Mayan ruins of...

Visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza
I found Chichen Itza very interesting and a little bit scary when learning about all of the snakes, idols, and ritual sacrifices. For example, check out the Cenote of Sacrifice where young girls were decorated with jewels and tossed into the sinkhole as offerings to the gods. Yikes!

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Aug 25, 2002
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Rent a car and go to...

Rent a car and go to Chichen-Itza. Chichen Itza is a famous ancient Maya city. It consists of a lot of ancient buildings and ruins a.o. a ball-game field, the Kukulkan pyramid.
The pyramid has a slope of 52°. It consists of 4 times 91 steps. The four stairs come together at 1 final step leading to a temple on top. 4*91 + 1 = 365 representing the number of days of a year. When you have climbed all the way to the top of the pyramid you have a nice view over Chichen-Itza

I think the height is about 45 metres. Since the slope is quite steep for stairs going down can be pretty scary. So be careful!

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Aug 26, 2002

Chichen Itza is a pretty...

Chichen Itza is a pretty impressive place. If you haven't noticed when I was there, notice it was in August. By the way, August=hot. That out of the way, unfortunately, no one was paying attention to our guide as he explained what all this was and what they did. Many such structures are used as tombs, but don't quote me on that. I could say I'll do some research and update this page, but I probably won't bother...sorry. So, if anyone does know, you can let me know and I will update this page.
The structure is really awesome and what it does make you think about is how they built it.

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Aug 24, 2002

The climb up to the top of the...

The climb up to the top of the pyramid is somewhat daunting. It's a near vertical and each step is very narrow and steep as well. Many climbed with hands and feet. It's even a little more scary on the way down--I saw some women using their butts to scoot down the entire way. The bigger your feet, the harder it is.

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Pyramids at Chichen Itza

We booked a trip to Chichen Itza with the hotel.

Our tour included transportation in an a/c bus, a buffet-style lunch, a tour of the cenotes or "sink-holes", and the tour of Chichen Itza.

You will be in the sun for several hours and it gets really hot, so make sure to put on plenty of sunscreen and wear light colored clothing.

Mar 18, 2005

Missed the best thing!!

Unfortunatly I missed the bus because I slept in and I regret it to this day!! I am eager to go back to see the mexican pyramids. I don't know, I have this thing for pyramids and history. Everybody said it was amazing but be prepared to walk alot of stairs!!!

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Jun 20, 2004

Chitchen Itza Mayan Ruins

Amazing ruins right in the heart of the forest. The guides are very helpful in bringing the past back to life. It gets very hot here, there's no breeze and the trees seem to capture the also have to do a lot of walking so remember to wear comfortable shoes & take a bottle of water

Aug 26, 2002

Chichen Itza is definitely a...

Chichen Itza is definitely a MUST SEE!
This huge complex of magnificent Mayan ruins is one of the biggest in Mexico. It dates back to 600 AD and the Mayan civilization. It features in the center the majestic pyramid of Kulkulkan, and its accompanying buildings.

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Aug 24, 2002

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Getting to Chichen Itza


112 miles (180 km) west of Cancun, on the Yucatan.


  • Sunday 08:00 to 17:00
  • Monday 08:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 08:00 to 17:00
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  • Saturday 08:00 to 17:00