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 place! We sat outside overlooking a garden with overhead fans providing a well needed breeze. Our food and drinks were phenomenal! Great service and presentation. And most importantly... we were the only ones there! Despite the 5 star surrounding, we probably did not pay anymore for the lunch than we would have in the states. It was defiantly worth it. After our filling lunch, we sat by their pool for a well needed siesta!
Directions: Hotel Zone outside Ruins
- Food and Dining
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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 rest stop is located just west of the sacred cenote. Here you'll find chips, ice cream bars, water, soda, and the ever-important restroom. The same can be found at the snack bar next to the Ossuary in the southwest area of the grounds. Expect slightly high prices, given the captive audience, but nothing outrageous.
Directions: Snack bar 1: west of the sacred cenote, down a 5-minute path near the Temple of VenusAdd to your Trip Planner
Snack bar 2: next to the Ossuary, in the southwest portion of the Chichen Itza ruins
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 huge and refreshing. Try the Oasis Cooler-- orange juice, pinapple juice, club soda and lemon sherbet-- wonderful stuff!
Favorite Dish: Oasis Cooler
Directions: Far right corner of the welcome centerAdd to your Trip Planner
After we finish with Chichen-itza ruins we were hoping to get some lunch in Piste.
Forget about it!!!
All restaurant in Piste are for lame tourists.
You could see fake decorations, not very Mayan women wearing very Mayan outfits. Tiles from floor to ceiling to make it look clean for spoiled tourists. Modern furniture.
Not for us.
We like the real stuff.
We like when our elbows get comfortably stuck to the table. Just enough to make us feel good.
We found few small local joints on the outskirts but there was no locals in them either so we decided to go to Valladolid. (see our Valladolid page).
Favorite Dish: If you are meat eater we saw few nice local joints on the outskirts BBQ-ing @#@% out of some meat.
But if you do decide to try any place with the sticky tables, just ask what's good. They like tourist, and they are honest, and will recommend you their special dish honestly.
We stopped by the Hotel Mayaland after our Chichen Itza tour for a delightful buffet lunch. Some genuine Mexican food and atmosphere, minutes from the ruins. On our stop there, they had two separate buffets - one had dishes from the Yucatan region. I couldn't resist. The soft pork tacos were simply delicious, the meat perfectly tender. I admit that I did go a little heavy on the habanero sauce, but that in no way ruined my meal. Yummy!
The best part of the Hotel Mayaland may be the atmosphere. The beautiful building and the decor really make you feel like you're in Mexico, and the native dancers just accentuated our meal. The topper to a great day.
As the name suggests, the Hotel Mayland is in fact a hotel too. If you're making an overnight trip to Chichen Itza, look into staying here, then get an early start to the ruins...before all of us tourists from Cancun arrive! Even if you're not staying though, be sure to stop by the Mayaland for a genuine Mexican meal you won't forget.
Favorite Dish: The Yucatan pork tacos were great. I also tried a kind of pizza like thing that was very tasty - I don't know what it's called though.
This Mexican buffet restaurant was included in the tour price. Drinks were ridiculous so I didn't have anything but my bottled water. These kids provided entertainment by dancing with trays and empty bottles on their heads. It was decent.
Address: Near the ruins of Chichen Itza.
While we had lunch we were entertained by several young people who performed the candle dance for us dancing with a glass with a lit candle in it. I think I saw empty bottle on their head as well and it was done very skillfull.
Directions: It was located close to Chichen Itza
- Family Travel
When our tour of Chichen-Itza ended, our group was brought for lunch (included in the tour), at the RESTAURANTE FIESTA. It was a very nice buffet-style lunch with chicken, potatoes, salads and desserts. Drinks were not included. Lori and I both had a bottle of Sprite -- $5.00 U.S. for two bottles.
Address: It was not too far from Chichen Itza
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Monday, January 17.
After our tour of Chichen-Itza, our group was brought for lunch (included in the tour), at the RESTAURANTE FIESTA. It was a delicious buffet-style lunch with chicken, potatoes, salads and desserts. Drinks were not included. Hans and I both had a bottle of Sprite -- $5.00 U.S. for two bottles.
While we had lunch we were entertained by three young people who performed the candle dance for us i.e. dancing with a glass with a lit candle in it. Very good.
Address: Not far from Chichen-Itza
- Family Travel
Its quite likely that you will be at Chichen on a day trip and so if on the same one as we were, a lunch is included in your tour price.
Favorite Dish: It was held here at the Mayaland hotel, right outside of the entrance.
They serve all the local specialites along with pizza, and bbq food.
As part of the tour, they fed us buffet style at the Mayaland Hotel. The food was actually pretty good and included some homemade corn tortillas filled with pork. Yum!
The food was included, the drinks and tips were not.
Directions: Right at the entrance of the ruin siteAdd to your Trip Planner
There you are in a park miles from civilization and you are hungry. The only place to eat is the park cafeteria. It was quite expensive for a family of four to eat there but what else can you do? Well, nothing so just do it and don't worry about it.
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I don't care what the locals say, drink only bottled water when drinking in this area. We bought the bottled water and were fine. Isn't that worth not ruining your vacation with any illnesses. We were taken to a local buffet served by a hotel. We drank bottled water but I think by wife ate something that might not have been prepared to suit our USA stomachs.
There was about 20 of us on the tour she kept track of everyone that was drinking and charged everyone accordingly, sharp friendly girl.