Cancun: Chichen Itza Early Access with Lunch
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Skip the line
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.
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.
Chichen Itza translates to “at the mouth of the well of the Itza.” The Itza were a sea-warding subset of Mayan people.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stop at Ik Kil to go swimming in this ancient water source, a popular spot open to the public.
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Valeria is passionate, knowledgeable and funny. she toured us through Chichen Itza and shared so many interesting stories, answered all of our questions. Definitely recommend this tour if you want to swim in a beautiful cenote, have delicious food, learn about history and spend the day with nice people
My husband and I had a good time. Our guide was Tino and he is a certified tour guide and a history teacher so he knows a lot especially about maya culture since his wife is mayan. Highly recommend
It was amazing!!! The guides were very friendly and the information they gave us was a addition and make the experience great!
A really nice tour, we enjoyed everything about it and it was the highlight of our trip in Tulum so definitely recommend it.
We had an amazing time! The crew is so professional and very nice. Thanks for everything