Chichen Itza Overview

Chichen Itza, in the Mexican state of Yucatan, is one of the world's seven new wonders, and the Chichen Itza trip has been on every traveler's "must-see" list. A sacred city of pyramids and temples and an enormous Mayan city, created and developed before European arrival.

Chichen Itza literally translates to "the mouth at the well of Itza." The Maya built the temples in Chichen Itza with both chronological and ritual functions in mind. In addition, the Maya had an incredible grasp of astronomy and mathematics, and they made these to keep track of astronomical phenomena.

It's now a popular tourist destination and an important archaeological site in Mexico. It was supposedly the 'ultimate' manifestation of Mayan culture, serving as a hub for politics, economy, religion, the military, and architecture. As a result, UNESCO added Chichén Itzá to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1988. El Castillo, the Sacred Cenote, El Caracol, and the Temple of the Warriors are just a few of the many points of interest that can be seen at the Chichen Itza tour site, which is enormous. You'll hear nine echoes in the center if you clap your hands at one end of the Great Ball Court.

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If you book Chichen Itza tickets with us, you can select from various packages and combos offered by authorized operators. No more standing in huge entry lines—just buy our Skip the Line Tickets and get straight into Chichen Itza. Stroll through the site, past the Observatory, the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court, and Kukulkan. The Chichen Itza Sunrise Guided Tour with Lunch Buffet and Pickup is a beautiful experience. We also offer a tour that includes transportation from Mérida to Chichen Itza, a swim in a cenote and a traditional Mexican lunch, as well as an all-inclusive guided visit to Chichén Itzá, cenote from Mérida. Visit three ancient Mayan sites to uncover their enchantment and mystery. This ticket covers Chichen Itza, Coba ruins, and Ik Kil cenote. All tickets have free cancellation and instant confirmation.

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  • Stroll through the UNESCO world heritage site, see the holy pyramid temples, and gain insight into the old Mayan civilizations

  • Admire the outstanding architecture of sacred pyramids i.e. Great Ballcourts, Interior Temple, and Sacred Cenote

  • Head out to religious and ceremonial site of the Mexican state which served as a hub for politics, economy, religion, the military, and architecture

  • Grab an opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders with the Chichén Itzá tickets and delve into the ancient history of Mayan-Toltec culture

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Must Know Before You Go
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • The guided tour is in English & Spanish.
  • Lockers for bags and suitcases are available on-site.
  • The government tax is included in the ticket price.
  • Last admission will be done 1 hour before closing.
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Things to Do at Chichen Itza

Sacred Cenote
Sacred Cenote

A cenote is a natural sinkhole or well and a renowned tourist destination, often constructed of limestone. Tour Chichen Itza Sacred Cenote archaeological monument has a 60-m-diameter and is 27-m-deep; therefore, Swimming is prohibited here. However, Some surrounding cenotes are open for swimming for tourists. It is believed that the Pre-Hispanic Maya threw precious artefacts into a well as part of their water deity ritual. Later, they sacrificed humans.

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El Castillo Pyramid
El Castillo Pyramid

El Castillo, or the Temple of Kukulcán, is the most visited site in the Chichén Itzá tour. The architecture is shaped like a step pyramid with nine square terraces, the highest of which is about 30 meters high. Exquisite serpent heads decorate the base on all four sides, creating the illusion of a slithering serpent at sunset.

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Temple of the Warriors
Temple of the Warriors

Chichen Itza is an engrossing historical site. Around the massive step, a pyramid is surrounded by 200 pillars depicting warriors, serving as flanking elements on the west and south sides of the building. The temple top is reached by a massive stairway where Chak Mool, a Mayan God's messenger, sits.

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El Caracol
El Caracol

El Caracol, which translates to "the snail" in Spanish, was a Mayan observatory. The tower's distinctive spiral stairway inspired the name. Mayan astronomers used the flat Yucatán environment to study the sky and space above. It's one of the few spherical structures at Chichén Itzá; other than the structures that Mayans usually built.

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Wall of Skulls
Wall of Skulls

The Wall of Skulls displays the severed heads of those who were defeated in battle or sacrificed to the gods. The wall is a massive 60-by-12-meter platform in Chichen Itza. The panels on this "T" shaped structure are adorned with skulls. More than five hundred skeletal figures carved into the wall have been discovered so far.

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Group of 1000 Columns
Group of 1000 Columns

The group is immediately next to the Temple of the Warrior, a monument in tour chichen itza that is not very well known among visitors. About 200 columns with bas-reliefs of warriors stand where once a roof did, but the roof is long gone. The columns are now on display for admiration.

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  • Timing and Best Time: Hours of operation for Chichén Itzá are year-round from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. People flock to Chichen Itza on a regular basis. To avoid crowds, go early in the morning after the site opens, or late in the evening before closing. It will take you around 9-10 hours to complete the tour, including travel time.
  • Location and How to Reach: Chichen Itza is in Yucatan's east. You can opt for Return Transfers from Cancún to Chichén Itzá. It is the ideal travel option because it saves time. Cancún, Riviera Maya, or Playa del Carmen are the pickup locations. After the tour, you'll be dropped off before 6:00 PM. Taking a two hours drive to Chichén Itzá is another easy alternative.
  • Things to Keep in Mind: Chichen Itza is typically visited in a single day, so pack light. You need a Mirrorless Camera if you want to take professional-quality pictures. This area of Mexico is hot and sunny almost all year, so pack sunscreen. Hydration is crucial, so always have water bottles with you. The cenotes of Yucatan are well-known, so bring a swimsuit and an extra set of clothing.

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