Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
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Chichén Itzá is one of Mexico’s most important cultural landmarks, famous for its treasure trove of pre-Columbian architecture and artifacts. Dating back nearly 1,500 years, the archaeological city was built with the iconic pyramid of Kukulcán at its center, the greatest symbol of Mayan society and an important astronomical and mathematical achievement. Book a day tour from the cities of Cancun or Mérida to be guided through the site while learning about the magnificence of Mayan culture. Alternatively, you can catch an early morning colectivo (minibus) from the town of Valladolid to self-tour and beat the heat and for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,722 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent site
    This is an excellent historical site. We went as part of a TUI tour group which meant 5ha5 we had a guide which was very helpful and informative. Mako sure you allow a couple of hours at least and that you also visit the older areas o& the site as these could be missed and they are worth seeing.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • r t
    Bromsgrove, United Kingdom712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long way from out hotel but well worth it. Good to arrive early as it gets busy and hot. There isn't much shade but the ruins are an incredible site. Local sellers not overly pushy and there are toilets on site. Definitely worth a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Sandra L
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicken Itza Express
    Oh man! What can I say!? It was the best experience ever! Our tour guide Gabriela was amazing! She was soo knowledgeable about the ancient mayans and their history. To be able to see the 7th wonder of the world was breathtaking! Gabriela was soo entertaining, it was never a dull moment.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Angworgan
    Llantrisant, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History at its best
    An amazing experience with a wonderful rep who was of Mayan descent. An absolute passionate gentleman who took the time to really explain the history of these amazing temples, he had some wonderful stories to share. The day itself was very warm 43 degrees however we were provided with umbrellas for shade as the areas themselves are very exposed. Wonderful trip and would love to return one day, such a shame you cannot climb the temples anymore however they are ensuring history lives on. Fantastic day
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • markanderson2017
    Playacar, Mexico73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the 7 wonders of the world for a reason!
    We are Mexican residents from the US and have done Chichen Itza before. The biggest difference from previous visits is that as residents, we got a significant discount as I am over the age of 60, I was admitted for free. Totally free. This time we decided to forego the guide as we have had one before, and even talked with him before we entered the grounds. The advantage that we had by not having a guide is that we got to see everything and there is so much to see. The guide gave us such a great background when we used him before, that we remembered most of what he told us from our last trip. There are multiple areas that are away from the main grounds that are still being uncovered and in a decade it will be massive. I took one star away for the way too many vendors that are covering the entire property. A simple gracias and keep walking worked great, but it did get old after about 2 and a half hours of saying it. All the people there are so nice and the guides are fantastic about getting you to the right window and he was the one that got me the discount. I gave him a 100 peso tip as he saved us way more than that. There are no restrooms on the grounds themselves so avail yourself of the ones by the ticket windows prior to proceeding through the turnstiles with your tickets. Also, it gets VERY busy after 10 am when the buses start to arrive from the resort towns. We got there about 8:15 and had a pleasant walk around the grounds for a couple of hours. If you are driving, once you get to the cobblestone road that leads to the parking lot, just keep driving. People will try and wave you into their parking lot, but continue to the end of the road where the official parking lot is located. Parking is 100 pesos and it does fill up quickly. If you are hungry when you leave, there is a torta cart that has the best cochinita pabil in all of the Yucatan that sits beside the road right before you enter the town of Priste. They are open for breakfast and close around noonish. For about 50 pesos per person, you will get a Coke and a fantastic torta!
    Visited October 2023
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Caroline P
    San Francisco, California2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing day in blazing heat
    We (2 not-young women) drove from Cancun to Chichen Itza, which was beyond amazing, even with the constant hectoring by vendors (who we understand are Maya inhabitants of this area who certainly have a right to make a living on their own land). We drove the slow (free) road there and then the fast (expensive/toll) road back. A great combo. The many small towns seen on the free road were fascinating. Made for a long day in the car, but the site itself is an absolute must-see and the trip was easy (and not at all frightening). Everything about it inspires great awe.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Michelle C
    Palo Alto, California296 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but very full of visitors
    We arrived at 9am. It was already bursting at the seams with bus tours. We hired a guide who spoke excellent English. He was able to buy tickets at a different window than the public, which saved a long wait. It is hot and exposed, so come prepared. Water, sunscreen, hat. Worth seeing though we wondered how much was a reconstruction. There was a “restoration” in process at the “training ball court” (as our guide called it) which seemed to involve rebuilding from scratch. Several sad pregnant starving dogs begging for scraps (though of course we had no food). Tons of people selling knick-knacks and clothes. Really a lot everywhere, which became a bit tiresome. We spent about three hours at the site.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Ale V
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place amplified by our great guide
    Huge shout-out to our guide Elideo! This is a magical place, so rich in history, science, math, astronomy... The Mayan civilization is fascinating, they really had so much knowledge and it's really interesting to visit these temples and get a snapshot of how they lived. Hire a guide, it elevates the experience and you need a voice over to understand the greatness of this place. Ask for Elideo if you can, you won't regret it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Belle-Noel
    Croydon, United Kingdom1,905 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonder of the world
    We booked a deluxe tour (Amstar) via our hotel - Secrets Maroma and was able to see one of the great wonders of the world. It was far hotter here on the day, as the guide explained that there is a slight dip in the area which exacerbates the everyday heat. It’s an incredible place and with our guide walking us through the area and the history, it was made to come alive before our very eyes. We booked a tour that also included a freshwater cenote and buffet lunch which made this a wonderful but very long and tiring day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Brit_in_Mex2023
    Puebla, Mexico45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place, but busy
    Great place to visit, but very busy and too people trying to sell you things. Shop around for guides, which there are plenty of when you arrive. We managed to get one for 700 pesos for an hour (for our family of 5, after a bit of haggling. They will also help with the buying tickets which is crazy. I would say i guide is definitely worth it, as they add a lot more context to the site, than without.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 November 2023
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Jordan S
Perth, Australia57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
On our 6 week tour of Mexico we visited our fair share of ruins and were expecting big things from Chichen Itza due to all the great reviews and because it’s super famous. I’m now under the impression it has so many good reviews and it’s so famous purely due to its proximity to Cancun and other tourist hotspots. People just haven’t visited actually awesome ruins.

A ticket into Chichen Itza for foreigners is now 497 pesos per person (Feb 2020) - they doubled the price sometime in 2019 and as people still pay it, I guess they don’t see any problem. The price is ridiculous!! The tour guides must have seen a huge drop in sales as we were not willing to pay for a guide after forking out a lot for entry. Other ruins in Mexico are not even over 100 pesos per person.

If you’re going to other places in Mexico, consider Palenque - very similar ruins, which you can even go inside and underground in dark tunnels. Or Teotihuacán, with its much bigger Pyramid of the Sun that you can actually climb.

At Chichen Itza, I was surprised with how small it was - expecting this “new wonder of the world” to be much bigger. You also cannot climb (which I get) but you also don’t get to go inside anything. The signs around the complex are also in very bad shape, some of which you cannot even read. The map they give you is pretty bad too with no clear paths labelled so you’re not too sure which direction everything is in. Part of the complex also seems to now be closed off? The Observatory, labelled on the map, and with signs pointing towards it is now blocked by a barbed wire fence. So glad I paid 500 pesos for this!!

Now let’s not be too negative here.... the pyramid is cool, okay? It’s very well preserved and nice to look at in the sun. We got there before it opened as we came from Valladolid and we could enjoy the complex fairly peacefully and without too many people. The clapping near the pyramid to hear the “serpents chirp” is also really cool and I enjoyed that. Also the echoing in the courtyard was cool too.

Really it’s just a shame they put the price up so much so you leave feeling was that really worth it?!

Written 14 February 2020
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Edinburgh, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
What can I say - one of the seven wonders of the world yada yada. Got to the park and parking was 80 pesos at the entrance. Tickets for the park itself were 400ish pesos payable by credit card for the state fee and another 80 pesos for the federal fee. Slightly confusing as we had to stand in line for the state entrance fee and then get back in the same line to pay the federal fee at the next window over. Not entirely clear why they couldn’t take both fees at the same window.

There seemed to be a few tour guide companies outside the entrance before you arrive at the ticket booths. One tour guide booth we saw charged 1100 pesos for English language guides. We went with the official guides inside, right next to the entrance once you’re in. They had guides starting from 700 pesos for abridged 1.5 hour tours and 1000 pesos for full 3 hour tours. We went with the 3 hour tour with a guide named Ephraim/Jimmy cause westerners can’t pronounce his name and he was excellent.

Would highly recommend getting a guide if you’re visiting Chichen Itza because information is sparse inside the park and unless you’re an expert on ancient Mayan civilization, you’ll have no clue what each structure is supposed to be visiting by yourself. If you’re not into the history and would rather just visit the park for the pretty pictures/for the gram, I would highly recommend against visiting at all because there are too many people to make your trip worthwhile for the pictures. We arrived 8:30, half an hour after opening and there were already busloads of visitors and full lines at the booths/entrance. Go visit some other less popular ruin with another pyramid to give yourself an easier time. Bet most people who like your photos won’t even know you didn’t visit Chichen Itza if you still wanted to use the seven wonders of the world hashtag on that photo of you in front of Uxmal’s pyramid.
Written 27 December 2020
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NEW ZEALAND71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was supposed to be the highlight of our trip but it was the one we were most disappointed with. We had already been to some major sites such as Calakmul and Uxmal so decided we would go to the sound and light show in the evening to see ruins in a different setting. We managed to eventually find where you could book your tickets online which wasn't easy to find and they said the show started at 7pm with an hour to wander around and explore the site before the sound and light show started. We arrived at 7.05 to find that loads of people presumably from tour buses were already there and wandering around the site. You were handed an audio guide which was great and had to follow a set path around the ruins. The issue was that at each point on the audio tour we were being asked to move on quickly and weren't allowed to stop and listen to the audio explanation until the end. They seemed to be in a huge rush for us to move around the site and instead of being able to enjoy these amazing ruins lit up at night we felt chivied along. Then at the end of the circuit we had to wait 20 minutes for the sound and light show to begin so there had been no need to hurry us along. The light show looked visually amazing and the voice over was in Spanish. On the audio guide they had a translation in English which in theory was synced to the show but in fact it ran about 2 minutes ahead so it would be explaining something different to what you could see in front of you. All in all for the amount we paid it was a disappointing experience and we just felt like they wanted to get you in and out of there as fast as possible.
Written 27 March 2020
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United States2,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We went there on our own via rental car and got there just after the grounds opened at 8am mid week. Parking was 80 pesos. The lot was relatively empty and we were able to park in the shade of some trees. There were no entry lines; there were few tourists inside that early so it was easy to get photos without anyone else in them. It was also early enough that the morning was still overcast the heat had not set in, so the temperature was great for walking around outside. Entry was recently raised from around $12 USD to almost $27 USD (which I think is way too high; it should go back down to $12). The structures are beautiful and I’m glad we went in general, but the amount of vendors inside the architectural zone is out of hand. It almost feels like you’re at a flea market vs being on a cultural site. The amount of vendors really takes away from the experience of walking through nature and immersing yourself in the awe of the ruins. I think it would be more respectful to the history of this place if the vendors were kept outside the grounds or only at the entrance. We enjoyed our time here; but I know I would not have found it as enjoyable if we showed up any later in the day when it is hotter, there are more tourists, and more vendors set up. I recommend getting there around 8am or be prepared for the heat and crowds.
Written 8 March 2021
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Jason H
Orange County, CA25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The ruins are fantastic and the history is fascinating.

However the place now feels like an outdoor Mayan flee-market. There has to be 150+ vendors on all corners of the park including the entrance. From the moment you get to the parking lot all you hear is “special price only one dollar look at my stuff.” This is constant from the time you enter the park until the time you get into your vehicle. The vendors even follow you in the parking lot all the way to your vehicle trying to convince you to buy junk you don’t want or need. I get that these people are just trying to make a living, but when you visit a UNESCO site you would think there would be standards. A totally unpleasant and mind numbing experience. When I visited several years ago there want half as many vendors.

I don’t recommend costing this park any longer. If you want a better experience and want to see a more interesting Mayan city make a trip to Guatemala and see Takal which is way more interesting and doesn’t feel like a giant flee market.
Written 30 January 2020
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Greenburgh, NY48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Way out in Yucatan is the site of Chichin Itza. The pyramid the ball court and the stone carvings are all just awe inspiring. We were lucky, we went on a rainy day that cleared just as we arrived but remained overcast so the heat remained abated.

The entrance fee ( two lines for non-Mexicans) are annoying but they do take credit cards. Park in the main lot. The exterior lots are a really long walk.

We hired a professional guide for $60 US for an hour and a half and she made the experience for us.

Take the time and go. It was a three hour ride from our hotel and worth the trip.
Written 7 January 2020
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Rachel F
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I've been to about a dozen other ruins in Mexico and this site is breathtaking on another level. The Castillo is a stunning example of an architectural style at its peak. It's an absolutely astounding complex.

I'm not sure exactly what forces are all at play here, but the presence of vendors is a problem. On every path between areas of the park, there is a literal gauntlet of tchotchkes you must pass through. I must have demurred "No, gracias" politely about 500 times before it became exhausting and finally I put in my headphones, put on my sunglasses, wrapped a shirt around my head to prevent any chances of making eye contact, and jogged through the gauntlets.
It would be one thing if they were selling actual handicrafts. But they are all selling the same array of magnets, shotglasses, and ugly plaster Mayan calendars- aggressively. No one wants this. They diminish the experience of everyone there, they can't be having a good time, you feel bad ignoring them, but some of them literally harass you. It appears that they are living a short ways back into the jungle. You can see little campsites, mounds of garbage, tarps and whatnot not far off the pathways.
I read that last year (2019) they doubled the entrance fee and somehow that was supposed to facilitate moving the vendors somewhere else. Well the entrance fee has been doubled but the vendors are still there.

Those people deserve better, and people visiting the site deserve better. It's a shame because it seriously impedes your ability to enjoy the place.

What I suggest is that you get there as early as possible. The park opens at 9am. I caught the first available bus from Valladolid at 8:30. (It was about 80 pesos for a round trip, there are buses to catch back every hour or so until 5 pm.) I arrived at about 9:20 and had a blissfully uninterrupted forty minutes or so before the vendors were set up.
If you can drive yourself and arrive at 9am sharp, even better. The stay overnight in Valladolid is entirely worth it.

I don't think I would suggest doing this through a tour company. The benefits of an early day here, before the heat, crowds, and hawkers take over, justify the extra effort.
Written 9 December 2020
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Tomáš Š
Prague, Czech Republic30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I visited this place during my two week holiday in Cancun.

It is surely worth it, although it is about 2,5 hours far from the Cancun Coast. As it is getting opened at 8 am we rather preferred to be there earlier in the morning to avoid to walk all over the place in the very hot weather.

Bearing in mind how ancient the place is, I need to admit it is being taken care of very well. You cannot climb up on the pyramid or other parts just for the reason of a protection. It is worth it to take a Private guide (there are ones speaking English, Spanish, French, Italian, German etc.) as their knowledge is incredible and great value for money.

There are plenty of souvenirs you can buy and do not forget to talk about the price (do not accept the first offer).

Highly recommended to see and enjoy the atmosphere of this ancient Mayen city!
Written 11 February 2020
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4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Chichen Itza is one of the must see Mayan sites. We went in February and it was hot but some of the areas are shady so do able. We took a collective from Valladolid. They go frequently from near the ADS bus station. Took about 40 mins. The entrance fee was much more expensive than Corba and Tulum nearly 500 pesos. We had a guide book but there was some explanation in English. As expected many tours and guides but what spoilt it for me was the excessive numbers of soveners stalls within the site. We didn’t find this at either Tulum or Coba, there all the sellers were kept away from the monuments. Bearing in mind Chichen Itza is a World Heritage site I would not have expected this. One other thing that took the edge of the experience was that when waiting for a collective to take us back to town we were sold a bus ticket, and even though we had made it clear that we were waiting for a collective we found that the ticket was for something else. Lesson learnt you only pay on the collective. However I would recommend a visit to Chichen Itza but was glad we saw Tulum and Coba, in that order, first, they gave some background to Mayan history and if we had seen them after Chichen Itza we might have been a bit under well-mend
Written 14 February 2020
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Germantown, MD56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
What I am writing here is my personal experience. I rented A small Honda Fit car for a day and headed to Chichen Itza from UNICO resort to Tulum and there to CHichen Itza.
The local roads were excellent and it took less time to arrive at Chichen Itza than using the toll roads. I arrived at my destination in 2 hours and 25 mins using the locals roads which were free of pot holes and I was easily driving. At 70-90 mph at some sections of the road. Yes I went they 2-3 small towns that had speed breakers. But this was a place you could bargains some really sweet deals on Souvenirs that cheaper and art work art is great.
Make sure you wear a mask, have a hat, sun blocker, water bottle. I arrived there at around noon time during weekdays. Avoid going into weekends, it’s pretty packed. Do not stop until you see a stop sign and a person at the gate. You will then drive to another gate where the car park is located. I think I paid MXN $30 and then headed to the ticket office. At the ticket office I paid in total $533 MXN and then headed into the queu for entry.
At the entry gate I then decide to hire a English speaking guide, my guides name was OMAR MEX whose forefathers were of Mayan origin. He was out guide for 1.30hrs and I had set the service amount to $800 MXN. He was very detailed and thorough and gave him extra $200 MXN for doing an excellent job. I would highly recommend hiring a guide if you can afford it.
The place wasn’t that busy and explores all areas of the areas. I found better quality of vendors away from the entrance area and more close to the other ruins. I suggest you haggle. The two types of materials that locals make from is Limestone and wood. Any other material is from other areas of the Country are not local. Yes the street vendors were annoying but it’s very common to see them behave this way in under developing countries. Just Ignore them and don’t react to the noises they make. Enjoy the ambiance and relax and enjoy the ancient Mayan site..
Hope it helps 2 cents! How ever one of the best ancient Mayan sites I are as follows
EK Balam
Enjoy Mexico...
Written 21 April 2021
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