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Chichen Itza picture in Cancun
Chichen Itza picture in Cancun
Chichen Itza picture in Cancun
Chichen Itza picture in Cancun
Chichen Itza picture in Cancun
Chichen Itza picture in Cancun

Price & Hours

  • 230 Mexican pesos (about $11.50) for adults and kids
  • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily

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  • Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.7
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    4.0
  • Facilities
    4.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

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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 to the god Kukulkan. 

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. Recent visitors also advised bringing water and bug repellent and wearing appropriate footwear and a hat. 

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. To get the fullest experience, some visitors recommend hiring a tour guide to explain the history and significance of the site. You can hire guides at the site, or through a company like Gray Line, which past travelers recommend as the tours include transportation to and from your accommodations and the cost of admission, among other perks. If you're not reaching Chichen Itza via an organized tour, there is bus service provided by ADO that departs every day at 8:45 a.m. Bus tickets cost about 250 pesos (about $12) and do not include admission to the site. Chichén Itzá is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission costs 230 Mexican pesos (roughly $12) per person.

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#1 Chichen Itza 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 ... Read more » Steven dosRemedios / Getty Images

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