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Chichen Itza: Top 5 facts

Supposedly the great mythical city in Mesoamerican literature, this Mayan city stands today as one of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico. Read on for more on Chichen Itza history and Chichen Itza facts.

Origins: El Castillo & Kukulcan

Archeologists believe the main monument, El Castillo, was dedicated to Kukulcan, the Mayan snake god, and was built between the 9th and 12th centuries A.D.

The Meaning Behind the Name

Chichen Itza translates to “at the mouth of the well of the Itza.” The Itza were a sea-warding subset of Mayan people.

Why was it built there?

It is likely that the city was built in this location on the Yucatan Peninsula because of two large natural “cenote” nearby that would have provided water to the population.

The Mayan Calendar

The total number of steps on the pyramid El Castillo, including the temple platform at the top, is 364—the total number of days in the Mayan calendar.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Mayans were great athletes. Archeologists have found 13 ball courts for their Mesoamerican game; the best preserved and largest lies on this site just northwest of El Castillo.

Chichen Itza: Our Tips

Chichen Itza Weather: How to pack & What to Wear

Nothing is worse than setting out for a big day of exploration and getting hit with a spell of dehydration. Prepare ahead and bring lots of water, it cannot be overstated how hot this place can get. Bring a sturdy set of shoes and a hat or umbrella for sun. Bug spray is a must, especially in the rainy season when mosquitoes are running amok.

Rent A Car or Hire a Defensive Driver

If you decide to rent a car, make sure to purchase a map and have a friend in the passenger’s seat navigating on the way to Chichen Itza. Be careful—some of the road is rocky or in disrepair. Be sure to keep your gas tank full, because there aren’t many gas stations along the toll highway. For a day trip from Cancun, the drive will take a little more than two hours.

Take a Dip in the Cenote for a Quick Cool off

Stop at Ik Kil to go swimming in this ancient water source, a popular spot open to the public.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open daily, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, year-round.
  • What is the price?
    Adult tickets start at 64 MXV (about $4) and continue upwards with tours, packages and other perks available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much history to learn about, a guide is a great idea.
  • How to get there
    You can rent a car (parking is 10 pesos), take public transportation, or take a tour from Cancun or Cozumel.
  • Additional tips
    • Try to arrive in the morning or later in the afternoon, as the sun is hottest at midday.
    • A light and sound show is put on each evening, and times vary by season, so plan to stay late if you can!

What People Are Saying About Chichen Itza

An American going to Chichen Itza, worked for me.

It worked out fine for me. I would recommend calling ahead of time just in case as I was not given the exact meeting point or info/confirmation that I was going to be picked up. They do however ask you questions pertaining to where you are located (which hotel you are staying at). For me they picked up my group at the hotel I was staying at. I would say call ahead of time. The kind employee, I think her name was Viktoriya, was kind enough to help me connect with my tour programmer in an email regarding the time and info regarding the tour and shortly thereafter the tour agency responded. To be honest I was sketched out at first by all those negative comments but it worked out for me. The only thing I would say is call ahead of time and in case email them as the ticket did not include a meeting point or info regarding pick up. I think you need to call them for that either way.

Really good tour... Marco is the best and most knowledgable guide

We started really early and were at the site by 9 am just after it opened. We were one of the first to reach the site and it was much less crowded . The best part about our tour was our guide Marco who is a qualified archielogist . He gave us detailed insight about various temples at the site amd entertained us with trivia on the way to the site as well. We had enough free time after the 2 hour guided tour to take pictures and explore on our own... highly recommended

Chichen Itza Full-Day Guided Tour from Cancun Reviewed by Nihit, 12/09/2016

Good tour. Recommended to people that want to learn abou the Mayas

Overall a good tour. The food should be more traditional Mexican or left out and the tour cheaper

The team (Marco -the guide - and Hacinto - the driver) was great

Thanks to Marco, our guide, and Hacinto, our driver, it's been a really great experience! Marco has deep knowledge of the place and its history, which he shared with us in a way that showed us how magical Chichen Itza is!

Chichen Itza Full-Day Guided Tour from Cancun Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/10/2016

The tour was very educational and the guide was extremely knowledgable

The tour bus was on time within 10 minutes. Our bus operator was an excellent driver on the narrow streets. It was a very long day and quite warm, but the bus was accessible when needed. Our tour guide Ricardo was amazing. His knowledge of the culture and area was exceptional.. It was very obvious that he loved his job, because of the passion with which he presented the info. Above and beyond any tour we have ever been on. Ricardo deserves cudos for a job well done.

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