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Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
The most famous of the Mayan cities and also the most mystical; it still has many secrets hidden in its structures, its walls and its decorations. Chichen Itza seems to have been there forever and yet even today amazing new discoveries are being made about its past history. It was once the most powerful city in the Yucatan Peninsula being the military, commercial and religious capital of the area.
The pyramid of Kukulcán, its most famous structure, was a place of worship for the Mayans, abandoned for more than 800 years it was devoured by the jungle and thus was again home to the flora and fauna that its creators once worshiped. It was also used as a defence structure by the conquistadors, finally restored by archaeologists and today admired by hundreds of thousands of people every year. Without a doubt Chichén Itzá is the eternal city of the Mayas.
Don't forget to visit...
Chichen Itza is divided in two zones. The north zone which is the most famous and the last part to be built. The south zone, the oldest one and less visited.
North Zone South Zone
The Kukulcan pyramid The observatory
The maya ballcourt The red house
The tzompantli (place of skulls) The great pyramid
The sacred cenote The toloc cenote
The Venus platform The church
The warrior temple Nuns
Suggestions for your visit
Due to the importance, popularity and tropical climate, we suggest the following to enjoy your visit to Chichen Itza:
  • Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes, as you will walk several kilometers
  • Wear sunscreen, bug protection and a hat or cap
  • An ID is important, if you pay with credit card
  • Arrive as early as possible to avoid heat and crowds
  • It is possible to buy tickets with a credit card, but some cash is always useful
  • Bring water and energy bars, mainly for children and elderly people
  • Tours can be arranged from Merida. If you are going on your own, hire an official guide at Chichen Itza
Timetable & Fares
Timetable: Open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 365 days a year.
  • Mexicans & residents: $202 MXN
  • Foreigners: $481 MXN
  • Parking lot for cars: $80 MXN
  • Parking lot for buses: $120 MXN
  • On Sundays the access is free for national visitors after identification
  • From Monday to Saturday, discounts apply for students, teachers and seniors, upon prior identification.*
*Only for mexicans
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