Chichen Itza Holidays

A complex of temples and pyramids built by the Mayans, this site on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is the most famous of the Yucatan Maya sites, and for good reason. Its Temple of Kukulkan (sometimes called "El Castillo") is the star attraction, especially on the spring and fall equinoxes, when the special design of the stairs means shadows of the ... Read more
rising and setting sun makes it look like a snake is slithering up, or down, the building. Come very early on these days because the place gets crazy-crowded.

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We booked a tour to Xichen Classic tour through Xcaret Experiencias. The bus picked us up at our hotel at 7:25 am and we were whisked away to Valladolid, Chichen Itzá, and Cenote Ik Kil. It was a full day where we were transported in an air-conditioned bus a few hours away from Playa del Carmen. We stopped in Valladolid and were blessed by a Maya prayer. They let us into the gift shops at this point. We were then shuttled to Chichen Itzá afterwards. It was a very humid day so we were guided around the grounds viewing the Maya pyramids and ruins. The pyramids are quite impressive as is the sacred cenote sinkhole where thousands of years ago, the Maya civilization built their agricultural society. We saw the main pyramid, convent, ball fields, skull platform, Temple of the Warriors, Group of a Thousand columns, and El Caracol (Observatory). It was an educational experience visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, my second! I recommend getting a tour guide and taking your time around the archeological site. Take lots of photos! Unfortunately, you can no longer enter the ruins but you should be able to take plenty of pictures outside. They do have a lot of vendors hawking wares but you can haggle if you really want a souvenir.

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Amazing historic place. Beautiful energy and beautiful ancient buildings. Always such an awe when we come here.

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Los Angeles

One of the highlights of all of Mexico. You could really spend several days here (most will visit briefly on a group tour), but soak up every moment. The vendors around the area are also great.

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If you're visiting multiple Mayan ruins in the Yucatan, I recommend saving Chichen Itza for last. If you go there first, the remaining sites will seem underwhelming. Chichen Itza's castillo, the temple of Kukulcan, is so huge, so well-preserved, so steeped with legend, that it can't fail to impress even the most jaded archaeo-tourist. Then there's the observatory, the sacred cenote, the great ball court...all wonderful. If you can't be there during an equinox to see the serpent dance down the side of Kukulcan, check out the nighttime light and sound show, which does a cool job of recreating the phenomenon.

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Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassical period (c. AD 900–1200). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.
Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature.[4] The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.[5]
The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site's stewardship is maintained by Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). The land under the monuments had been privately owned until 29 March 2010, when it was purchased by the state of Yucatán.[nb 1]
Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.4 million tourists visit the ruins.

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An amazing archaeological site with amazing people and history. Such a beautiful place

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Foster City

One of the most famous Mayan Ruins, biggest Pyramid in the Americas. I was lucky that I got to climb it back in 2005 trip.

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Puerto Vallarta

This was an interesting stop... this place is completely over run with people trying to sell you things throughout the entire ruins, it was very strange and a huge contrast to other sites in Latin America.

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You can't miss out on these majestic ruins - Chichen Itza is epic! There is so much to see here - you must come to see for yourself. Pictures or words can't do justice to the beauty and mystique of this place.

New York State

Lots of history at this attraction. The architecture is amazing and lots ofor areas to explore. We spent half a day there and still had places we haven't explored on site. Definitely a must visit!

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