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Chichen Itza: Top 5 facts

Supposedly the great mythical city in Mesoamerican literature, this Mayan city stands today as one of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico. Read on for more on Chichen Itza history and Chichen Itza facts.

Origins: El Castillo & Kukulcan

Origins: El Castillo & Kukulcan

Archeologists believe the main monument, El Castillo, was dedicated to Kukulcan, the Mayan snake god, and was built between the 9th and 12th centuries A.D.

The Meaning Behind the Name

The Meaning Behind the Name

Chichen Itza translates to “at the mouth of the well of the Itza.” The Itza were a sea-warding subset of Mayan people.

Why was it built there?

Why was it built there?

It is likely that the city was built in this location on the Yucatan Peninsula because of two large natural “cenote” nearby that would have provided water to the population.

The Mayan Calendar

The Mayan Calendar

The total number of steps on the pyramid El Castillo, including the temple platform at the top, is 364—the total number of days in the Mayan calendar.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Mayans were great athletes. Archeologists have found 13 ball courts for their Mesoamerican game; the best preserved and largest lies on this site just northwest of El Castillo.

Our insider tips

Chichen Itza Weather: How to pack & What to Wear

Nothing is worse than setting out for a big day of exploration and getting hit with a spell of dehydration. Prepare ahead and bring lots of water, it cannot be overstated how hot this place can get. Bring a sturdy set of shoes and a hat or umbrella for sun. Bug spray is a must, especially in the rainy season when mosquitoes are running amok.

Rent A Car or Hire a Defensive Driver

If you decide to rent a car, make sure to purchase a map and have a friend in the passenger’s seat navigating on the way to Chichen Itza. Be careful—some of the road is rocky or in disrepair. Be sure to keep your gas tank full, because there aren’t many gas stations along the toll highway. For a day trip from Cancun, the drive will take a little more than two hours.

Take a Dip in the Cenote for a Quick Cool off

Stop at Ik Kil to go swimming in this ancient water source, a popular spot open to the public.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, year-round.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at 64 MXV (about $4) and continue upwards with tours, packages and other perks available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much history to learn about, a guide is a great idea.
  • How to get there
    You can rent a car (parking is 10 pesos), take public transportation, or take a tour from Cancun or Cozumel.
  • Additional information

    • Try to arrive in the morning or later in the afternoon, as the sun is hottest at midday.

    • A light and sound show is put on each evening, and times vary by season, so plan to stay late if you can!

What people are saying about Chichén Itzá

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 1,527 reviews

A wonderful experience! No better way to see Chichenitza!

I cannot imagine visiting Chichenitza any other way! The 5 AM pickup at a bus stop was on time, with assigned seating on a large tour bus. Everyone slept until we reached a small Mayan town, and then we went through explanations of Mayan culture and received a blessing. They gave us a sack lunch to eat on the way. We were the very first bus at Chichenitza!! At Chichenitza, Frank, our guide, explained what we were seeing and told us where to look. He had so much knowledge and made the experience so interesting. I knew nothing about Mayans or Chichenitza before we took his tour, and left having learned things. You really need a guide to explain things, as there is not a lot of signage explaining what you are seeing. After his 2 hour tour, we had one hour to look at other sites (the place is massive) or shop at vendors. When we left, it was so crowded. The bus ride back was quiet and they dropped everybody off at their hotels. Highly recommend this tour!

Chichen Itza: Morning Tour Reviewed by

Great tour! Frank and Cardon were amazing just note, no sunrise!

Frank and Cardon were fantastic. I got so much information and it was awesome to get to Chichen Itza before the heat and when it wasnt too crowded. I would give the tour guides themselves 5 stars. My big disappointment was that I thought we'd actually be at Chichen Itza to see the sunrise, that is what I thought I was paying for and why I woke up at 4am...but you don't actually see any sunrise which is why I'm giving it 4 stars. You are on a bus. We got to Chichen Itza closer to 8am. I am not sure why we stopped at the Mayan Village before getting to Chichen Itza, we should have stopped there after then maybe we might have seen sunrise. All that said, i would still recommend this tour because you beat the heat and the crowds and the tour guides were fantastic.

Chichen Itza: Morning Tour Reviewed by

Very nice trip with extremely nice guide

As promised we arrived as first group by bus at Chichen Itza early in the morning around 8 am. But of course not at sunrise as written in the online advertisement. We could spend 3 ours at Chichen Itza. Two hours as guided tour and one hour for ourselves. Our guide Marco did a great job! He is a relaxed and very funny guide, who is at the same time very knowledgable. I enjoyed this tour and his explanations of the Maya culture very much.

Chichen Itza: Morning Tour Reviewed by

Best tour EVER!! All because of Stefano & Gustavo

I seriously LOVED this tour, but mainly because of our tour guides! Seriously fun, friendly, informative and really on the ball and looked after us. I was on my own and I felt included at all times. The tequila on the way home was soo much fun too. I will never ever forget this tour. Massive thank you to the legend that is Stefano and to Gustavo! Bravo!

Awesome Tour & tour guide - highly recommented

The tour was with 11 people and in English / French. Our guide Rodrigo explained everything perfectly and clearly in English so that we from Germany could understand everything without any problems. Ek Balam was definitely a highlight! We would do the tour again anytime and can definitely recommend it!

Chichen Itza, Hubiku and Ek'Balam Tour Reviewed by

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