- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Chichén Itzá is a large Mayan archaeological site and one of the most notable and recognized landmarks on the Yucatán. The site itself was originally a main hub of Mayan civilization and has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The focal point of the ruins is the pyramid-like El Castillo that was once used by Mayans as a temple for worship.
Unfortunately, because of its fame, Chichén Itzá is crawling with tourists trying to snap a picture of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Nevertheless, the spectacular ruins are well worth it, even for the jaded traveler. You can avoid crowds by visiting the site in the early morning before the throngs of tour buses arrive.
In addition to large crowds, another drawback to Chichén Itzá is its distance from Cancún: about a 2½-hour car or bus ride. If you've strictly come to Cancún for the beaches and parties, you might want to skip the trek. But if you want to discover the strong cultural roots of the Yucatán, there's no better place. Visitors have found the day trip worth the time to feast their eyes on the awe-inspiring edifices.
Chichén Itzá is open year-round from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission costs 64 Mexican pesos per person.
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