Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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2-3 hours
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from HK$441.46
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BeachBumReady2Retire
Haughton, LA208 contributions
Bucket List Item!!
Jun 2021
A must see if you are in the Yucatan!!! Get there early as they open up at 8am. Tours start flowing in around 10 or 11. 2 hours is a pretty good time frame for seeing everything. It does get hot quickly here and there is a lot to see and take in!!! Only drawback to this area is the vendors!!! there are on the outer paths thought out the are and the constantly try to get you purchase something. Im fairly certain much of isn't locally made as the proclaim as I saw the same wares in Cancun, Valladolid and Isla Mujeres. Still its a must see. We also went to Ek Balam just North of Valladolid and it was much quieter, lil smaller and not as many vendors.
Written 14 June 2021
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travel younger
Puerto Morelos, Mexico194 contributions
Underwhelmed
Jun 2021 • Friends
Yeah, I know, it's one of the wonders of the world, and people come from everywhere to visit it. After living in Mexico for over a year I knew I had to visit as well, or people would look at me funny.

Maybe I am a cynic because I have traveled extensively over the last few years, but after 90 minutes I was ready to go.
Written 14 June 2021
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Cheryle H
Kearns, UT233 contributions
Wonder of the World in Vendor hell.
Jun 2021
This was a bucket list item for my husband. The place itself was nice to see but the annoying vendors kind of ruin it. Must have had over a 1000 vendors there. Every road and path had them lined up. They were aggressive in constantly trying to get you to stop and purchase things. Which all of them seem to have the same stuff over and over anyway. I think they should only have the vendors in one location and limit how many are there. I understand many families rely on tourists for their living but geesh! It just took away my enjoyment of seeing one of the wonders of the world. Either you have to feel your being rude or just ignore them all together.

As for Chichen Itza itself I am glad I got to see it. I just wish we had more time to explore. Taking a tour here only gave us about 2 hours total and only an hour on our own to explore. Honestly you need at least 3 or 4 hours to really get a look around.
Written 13 June 2021
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Carin S
Lombard, IL35 contributions
Incredible history here. A must-see! Get an excellent guide! Stunning!
Apr 2021 • Family
We hired the most wonderful guide. Enrique Cettina from Flavio’s Tour’s. Chichen Itza is not to be missed if you are planning a trip to Mexico. We spent nearly 3 hours with Enrique visiting the site and learning about Mayan history. It was amazing and super-affordable.
There are many vendors inside Chichen Itza as well, so we bought many beautiful gifts for family/friends.
Written 10 June 2021
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kyra_10
Ypsilanti, MI273 contributions
must see
May 2021
As a new wonder of the world and a center of Mayan culture in the Yucatan, this is a must see! Definitely take your sunhat and water as it is hot and sunny, but this really shouldn't be missed if you are in the Yucatan!
Written 7 June 2021
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spicesinmysuitcase
3 contributions
A professional, knowledgeable guide for Chichen Itza is worth it.
May 2021
I took a private guide to Chichen Itza for 3 people. It was well worth the extra money.
He was very knowledgeable about the site and other Mayan sites as well as the Aztec culture. This tour is a little more expensive than the other options, but it is high quality and all logistics are taken care, you are picked up at your hotel and he'll do the rest. I highly recommend using a professional guide to truly understand the site - our guide had a passion for this subject and was very excited about teaching others. Not to mention your transportation is in a private vehicle with A/C and the option to stop whenever you need to for the restroom, etc. Beverages are included onboard and the smaller group gives you the option to visit a great cenote with smaller (non-buffet style) traditional restaurant.

The alternative is a cheaper large bus tour (more just transportation to the site) with a random group of tourists and a lunch at a buffet style restaurant. There is a lot of being herded around like cattle in Cancun, a private guide is worth it for Chichen Itza if you can afford it. Don't forget the drive 1 way is 2.5 hours from the hotel zone, so it's going to make for a long day....
Written 6 June 2021
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Trip597356
West Chester, OH144 contributions
Hot, crowded with vendors...but still worth it.
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited Chichen Itza as part of a full day tour from our hotel, arranged through Thomas More Travel. BRING WATER, wear sunscreen or bring an umbrella, ‘cause if you are with a bus tour, they will be bringing you here at the very hottest time of the day. There is water and coconut drinks for sale near the Sacred Cenote, but I recommend brings by your own to supplement.. There are trees around, but vendors are mostly set up under them. As you walk by, they do try to get your attention, but they do not jump in front of you or touch you or put jewelry on you... so if you keep waking and do not make eye contact, they just start talking to the next group. Ok, now, the site. Definitely get a guide or go with a group, because the signage is pretty poor. The structures are really awesome!!! Especially the Castillo and the Ball Court. Like many Greek and Roman ruins, these are well preserved here and the carvings are fascinating. It is a shame you can’t climb them anymore, but it is probably for the best. Our six and eleven year olds didn’t like this at all, but they loved the cenote stop after this. My husband and I are ancient history buffs and I’m glad I saw it, despite the heat and the vendors.
Written 4 June 2021
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Bridget B
Berlin, Germany7 contributions
Awesome ruins; horrific vendors
Jun 2021
The ruins are as breathtaking as one would expect from a World Wonder. Our local guide, Santos, who we found at the entrance to the site, was brilliant. We were so glad that we got a guide (the maps and plaques around the site are lacking, so unless you spend your time on Google while on site, or get a guide, you'll know nothing). The big problem, though, were the predatory and aggressive vendors selling trinkets that lined almost every inch of the place. There are over 1000 of them on site. They will shout at you relentlessly as you walk by them and even get in your physical space. They also blow a loud 'jaguar whistle' to get your attention, which produces a grim and jarring sound. When the vendors are not shouting at you, which is rare, you can still hear the jaguar screams throughout the site. The vendors destroyed the experience. I will not return and will not advise any others to go until the government solves the problem of the vendors.
Written 3 June 2021
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SpencerFab
Grand Rapids, MI75 contributions
Mayan Wonder
May 2021
Get a good guide (like Carey Tours) and learn about this civilization. Quite amazing! The Mexican people are so friendly also. But no more climbing this structure.
Written 1 June 2021
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Lms_La
Arlington, TX82 contributions
Trip to the Mayan Ruins
May 2021
My wife and I had rented a car, so we did not take any tour. The drive is about 2 1/2 hours from either Cancun or Playa de Carmen. Do take the tow roads, roughly about 400 pesos each way. As for parking at the site; we picked the parking at the gate (80 pesos), as doing the free parking at the side of the road would likely come with a ding or dent in your car. The cost to enter the site if roughly 483 pesos at one window, then you go to another window to pay the 80 peso Federal Fee and also where you receive your tickets. We got there around 3 PM, and like most reviews mention, the crowds were dwindling down so you had the site to yourself (relatively speaking) and the multiple vendors. You can get a guide at the gate (1000 pesos) if you want or just do it yourself. We were able to see most of the site before they closed at 4:30. Do bring a hat, sunglasses and umbrella.
Written 30 May 2021
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