Cancun & Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza Sunrise with Lunch
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Skip the line
From US$ 46.67
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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I had a great time during this tour and I can definitely recommend it. Guide picked me up near the designated meeting place, but be aware, it usually gets crowded since there are many tour companies departing at the same time. I had to call in the morning to make sure which bus I’m joining. I would request this info in advance next time. My guide was Alan. 5 star guide, funny, spoke great English and engaged with guests. Very knowledgeable too. Tour went smoothly, there was plenty of time to enjoy all activities. Information during the tour was very clear and communicated in advance. Overall a great tour and the one worth taking at least once in your life! Enjoy
Very pleased with this tour. We are older travelers and had no problems keeping up with our 40 something group. Our group was divided into two groups, Spanish and English speaking. Our Tulum guide, (Frank) was very knowledgeable. Our main tour guide (also Frank) was also very knowledgeable and managed the dynamics of our tour well. I'd recommend this tour to anyone.
An unbeatable experience, the guide mike very attentive and explaining everything correctly, always helping in all doubts, of course appointing the driver román, thank you for your work too.
We had a blast! it was well planned, a lot of fun, and our tour guide Allan was awesome. Will definitely recommend it to all my friends.
Pyramids worth every effort to see. The group was small, everything worked out, we have no objections.