Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
4.5
Historic SitesAncient RuinsPoints of Interest & Landmarks
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • wyseowl83
    211 contributions
    Great day out
    I visited Chichen Itza as part of a trip. We had a couple of hours at the site. The ruins are amazing. However, you get hounded by locals selling their wares, so I felt as though I dodged areas as not to be mithered. There are stores in the main entrance where you can buy food and drinks. Well worth a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 December 2022
  • Jakub M
    38 contributions
    The most! Go visit
    If you you are in Yucatan this is simply the stop you cant skip. But first things first - we didnt know this and had no info from any review of this place but Chitzen itza is in different time zone (-1hour) than Tulum (our departure point) and Cancun - so check also your start points. Think on that you are not the only one who will arrive early so no need for 4clock waking up to skip some line. Actually, we came 8:30 and spent like 10min in a line. Also, dont get discouraged by all the tourists because this place is so huge that you will not even notice the mass. Another thing you will notice just behind the entry lines is the enormous amount of merchants which are spread across the whole landmark. And of course this annoying jaguar imitating whistle which will be your friend during the whole visit. But oh my god this place is one of the worlds wonders and it was breathtaking and is definitely worth something amount of 590 pesos per person plus 80 pesos parking!
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2022
  • Alan B
    Lewes, United Kingdom86 contributions
    Great place but arrive before opening if you can
    Well worth a visit for a couple of hours. You can hire an official guide, the cost depends on the language, but there are slightly cheaper guides touting for business at the entrance. We didn’t have one as I have an allergy to guided tours and just read the information signs in front of each structure which was enough for us, but I suggest reading up on it first on Wikipedia. The slightly off putting side are the number of stalls selling souvenirs and the persistent call to buy something. Every route is lined with these and the range of goods varies from utter tat to some nice throws, but not a lot of true artisanal stuff. TOP TIP! We got there before it opened at 8, but check times yourself, which meant we parked right next to the entrance and we’re in by 8.20. By the time we left the car park was rammed, loads of buses, and people have to park in the unofficial car parks half a mile away. The other benefit of getting there early is the stall holders are still setting up so you avoid much of the sales banter. We paid 571 pesos and if you pay by card they do it in two transaction. There are cafes but we didn’t use them. Overall a pleasant experience.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 December 2022
  • Mrs. BK
    Ceres, California2 contributions
    A breath taking, once in a life time experience
    We took this adventure from our hotel, Hotel Xcaret Mexico. We boarded a bus early in the morning. We were promptly greeted by a wonderful knowledgeable young lady by the name of Paula. She was a wonderful tour guide. We had lunch provided for us on the bus. It was very good. Once we were at Chichen Itza, I was in the English tour. My tour guide was Ivan. Ivan is very passionate about his job. He did such an amazing job at answering our questions and sharing all his knowledge about this beautiful place with us. They both were so friendly, patient and helpful. They even gave us "vitamin water" (corona) our driver was Alfredo, he did a great job at getting us to and from our location safe. I'd defiantly recommend this tour and these guides to anyone who is looking to experience wonderful history.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 15 December 2022
  • Tom R
    2 contributions
    Team Carlos G. (CancunPassion.com) & Tinit (sunwing rep)
    If you have are lucky enough to have Carlos G. and his teammates Israel and Manuel be your guides, you won’t be disappointed. Exceptionally professional, kind and fun service while being informative on a day long excursion seeing Chichen Itza, visiting the nearby cenote and enjoying a delicious lunch at a nearby Mayan villa which also had great shopping :) Had them today, can’t say enough good things about this cohesive team based out of CancunPassion.com - coordinated by our wonderful rep at sunwing, Tinit, here in Playa del Carmen. She’s so helpful and kind as well.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2022
  • Visagan G
    Naperville, Illinois3 contributions
    Indeed a world wonder
    This is absolutely a timeless masterpiece. I strongly suggest you take a guided tour as this place has a lot of interesting details. Please take your sunglasses and hats with you as it can get hotter throughout the day. PS: Restrooms are crowded, so please be prepared in advance.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 22 December 2022
  • Montana Wms
    Bozeman, Montana231 contributions
    Not good...
    The best advice? Go early in the day otherwise your experience will be "ruined." This site is so packed with tourists...just count the buses! Parking is a mess and it is necessary to use private lots a long distance from the entrance. Walking is difficult on the uneven, narrow sidewalk and very few visitors seemed to be respectful of the elderly or even slow walkers with children. Strollers and baby buggies needed extra help along the whole route. The entrance is also difficult to navigate as tour groups push past those families and couples trying to get through to the ticket stand. Restroom lines are very long and the attendant was doing her best to keep the place clean and useable. Again, the visitors were rude. The staff is outstanding throughout the site. They try to help. The cafe is outstanding both with the food they offer and the staff. It was the only "civilized" spot inside the site. It is hard to say it was worth the hours long drive to get there. Maybe going in the rain would be a good choice? A beautiful sunny day was not.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 24 December 2022
  • Tasha F
    Manchester, United Kingdom124 contributions
    December trip
    Worth a visit if going to Mexico, not worth visiting Mexico especially for this. We got there around 10am and it seemed fairly busy but when we left at 12 it just started to become crazy busy so definitely get there early! We had a guide who talked us through some of the things surrounding etc. It was a shame we got hassled to buy a lot of things whilst there, not usually what you would expect to see at a historical site - particularly whilst in the site itself. I would not visit again but glad I have seen it once.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 December 2022
  • citineraries
    San Francisco, California79 contributions
    Chichen Itza Wish
    This sacred site was one of the greatest Mayan centers of the Yucatán peninsula. It is a celebrated UNESCO site today. It should be a 5 star site, but it doesn't feel as one anymore. We visited by chance on the summer solstice day and the lines felt the longest. Wish for a better way to make this extraordinary treasure shine for everyone.
    Visited June 2022
    Written 5 January 2023
  • sharpshot201
    London, United Kingdom39 contributions
    One of the Seven Wonders of the World
    It's literally one of the seven wonders of the world, so not much to say! On our trip we preferred the ruins at Teotihucan and Monte Alban but they are still very impressive. We booked colectivo here from Valladolid as part of a round trip to Chichen Itzah and Cenote Ik kil. 120 pesos total for the three colectivo trips. We got the collectivo at 8 and arrived around 9, and there were alreayd huge queues. The entrance fee was very expensive, $571 pesos. It also got very busy, very quickly, even though we got there at opening, but we got some good photos. We also booked a locker near the entrance for 50 pesos so we didn't have to carry our swimming gear with us. El Castillo is very impressive and it was lovely to wonder around, but brace yourselves for the crows and massive tour groups. Definitely recommend going to Cenote Ik kil afterwards to cool down. (You can get a collectivo there from the Chichen Itza car park)
    Visited October 2022
    Written 5 January 2023
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Jasmine Lee
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
November was an excellent time to go, lots of tourists still but not overly crowded. We made a day trip from Cancun, and it was definitely worth it. We hired a tour guide for our group from the stand outside the entrance. Fernando was very friendly and knowledgeable, and his tour was the highlight of our day! Highly recommend hiring a guide upon arrival to get the full experience.
Written 1 December 2023
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DS
London, UK20 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Impressive structure and did with a tour however ruin expanse is not that vast and does not have many other sites aside from main temples. Quite expensive for what it is and have to pay for two sperate entrance prices.
Went early to avoid the crowd but by the end was incredibly crowded. Bring your own water
And snack because food and water their is a rip
Off
Written 29 November 2023
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Your Fav Travel Guide
New York City, NY7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazing monument, all of the facts were super interesting, the tourists are a lot during the afternoon, come during the morning. They now have wheelchair ramps and everything is super close and accessible. The prices at all of the stand shops are super negotiable. My whole experience was amazing and super interesting.
Written 28 November 2023
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lupe c
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
I honestly wish I could give a 5 star because I hate giving negative reviews and I'm proud that my family comes from Mérida. I came with my family from Colorado and we needed a wheelchair for my 90 year old grandmother. Upon arrival they told us to go to an office to ask. I did and the lady said "oh we don't offer the service here" whether or not they did offer it there in that office or in another office. The lady was of 0 help. She did not guide us anywhere and I still have no idea whether they do offer wheelchairs. Needless to say, it's illogical to not have anything for anyone with disabilities.
Written 27 November 2023
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Ignas K
Kaunas, Lithuania127 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
The pyramids - yes they are great ! Architecture and ancient history - yes it's impressive ! But this place left the biggest disappointing in all Mexico. All surroundings are poisoned by local vendors which are making noise around . No mystery here , You even can't see a jungles trough their Chinese stuff. Even You are paying quite big entrance fee , it sometimes it feels like You are paying for the entrance to the market.
Government - You must to clean it out !
Written 21 November 2023
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Stella R
Lavington, Kenya17 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Great place for ancient architecture. Fill up your stomachs before and prepare for long queues unless you plan on arriving there by 6am!

Also a great place to buy cool souvenirs.

Written 20 November 2023
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Laura L
Chicago, IL311 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
UNESCO site for a reason = an amazing historical site. Get a guide - although good plaques - there is just so much and getting a full understanding and appreciation is critical
Written 18 November 2023
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Sprocket1066
UK96 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Leaving anything but 5 stars would be criminal.

Chichen Itza is just amazing to see in person. We visited using a private tour which is highly recommended as we got there shortly after opening. The place is very quiet during this period and the vendors are still setting up. As we planned a few other stops on our tour we only had 2 hours at Chichen Itza which to some maybe a lot but we took our time at each area and took in as much as we could with plenty of photos. We didn’t use a guide as we learned and watched a lot prior to going. You will either need a guide or research before visiting. You will easily spot the Instagramers while there as they are clearly only interested in a few ‘key’ photos and nothing else.

We could have easily spent another 1-2 hours walking around but thankfully we didn’t for 2 big reasons, the heat and crowds.

There are several negative comments about the vendors, but you have to just remember that these people are only trying to make a living. A polite ‘no thank you’ and they usually leave you alone. It is part of the way of life. It is worth knowing that they sell exactly the same stuff as the shops and airport. You will see the same thing over and over across Quintana Roo. The difference is you can haggle with these vendors and get things far cheaper than commercial outlets.

The crowds increase intensely towards midday when the large busses arrive. It’s a tourist hot stop so you need to expect this. Unless you are driving you have 2 options, a private tour like we did or a open tour. Private tours do cost more but is far worth the money and you can customise your day including a much earlier arrival. Both types of tours are usually the same pick up time from your resort. The difference is that a private tour will collect you and take you directly there but a open tour is different and something they don’t explain. You will be collected by small vans from your resort and driven to the local ‘holding area’. You will then be processed and put onto much large busses. The whole process is slow and time consuming so you don’t arrive until near the afternoon, when the heat is at its hottest.
If you opt for a private tour then hunt around as you can save a lot but ensure they have good reviews and genuine as you will be travelling far with them. I will be leaving our tour company review seperately.

You have to remember you are in the middle of the jungle and there is limited shelter from the heat in the large open areas. Get there early while its much cooler.
Written 15 November 2023
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Karl H
Swadlincote, UK74 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Excellent tour, beautifully maintained grounds. It's a shame you can no longer climb to the top, but this only slightly detracts from the overall experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging, pointing out small details that otherwise may have gone unnoticed or ignored.
A great day and definitely an experience you shouldn't miss.
Written 14 November 2023
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eugenia C
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We very much enjoyed the tour (Viator tours) Guides were knowledgeable and attentive. The ruins site is huge with many temples. I recommend read some material about the Maya's history before going. And have some pesos in hand for the souvenirs.
Written 11 November 2023
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Chichen Itza admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost HK$600.23, while a popular guided tour starts around HK$77.87 per person.