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Chichén-Itzá

Practical information on Chichén-Itzá

  • Relaxation
  • Place or Religious Monument
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  • Archaeological Site
  • Castle and fortress
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  • Unesco World Heritage
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5 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
2 hours by bus from Merida
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Chichén-Itzá

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

The archaeological site of Chichén Itzáis on the Yucatan peninsula, in Mexico. Visiting this unique historic site during a trip to Mexico gives you the chance to learn a lot about the legendary Maya civilization. 

My suggestion:
During my visit I explored Chichén Itzá's cenote. It is said that the Mayans thought it was sacred, and threw in (human!) offerings to the god of the earth.   
My review
The ancient capital of the Mayan empire is truly impressive and this explains why it has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More recently, the organization has even awarded it the title of a new world wonder.
David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

Chichén Itzá is the most wonderful monument of the Mayan civilization and the biggest tourist site in Yucatan. It is 120 km from Mérida. It's a superb archaeological site and on no account to be missed.

My suggestion:
Every evening there is a grandiose show on the site. But be careful, there is no night bus to take you back afterwards. So you have to sleep in the village.
My review
Chichén Itzá is a wonderful jewel inherited from the Mayan civilization and rightly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For numerous visitors, their arrival at the site is the best moment of their trip to Mexico.
Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

Chichen Itza is an old Mayan town on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. It is wonderfully well preserved. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the 7 new wonders of the world. What else can I say! 

My suggestion:
Get up very early. On the one hand, you will avoid the hordes of visitors, and on the other, you will enjoy the fabulous sunrise over the pyramid. So beautiful! Also, don't try to save money here, employ a guide. I guarantee he will give you chills!
My review
This place is incredibly rich. The ruins, if you can call them that, because they are exceptionally well preserved, date from the 10th century. At the time it was a very important religious center. It was built not far from two "cenotes", lakes which are virtually subterranean. Its exact origins are mysterious and the site itself has a very mysterious air. It's quite disturbing when you are there. You find yourself asking dozens of questions - how did they build such big buildings, what happened during the sacrifices, how did they decide on such a complicated calendar...Chichen Itza leaves you speechless.

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