Tourists on a trip to Chichen Itza near Cancun, Mexico
Tourists on a trip to Chichen Itza near Cancun, Mexico

Chichen Itza

Daily 8am–5pm
Carretera Costera del Golfo s/n, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

The basics

Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of stone buildings in various states of preservation, all of which are connected by a network of roads called sacbeob. The three most well-known are El Castillo (Kukulcán Pyramid), the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court.

Visit independently or on a group or private day trip from nearby cities on the Yucatán Peninusla, which often combine a stop here with visits to Ek Balam, Cobá, or the town of Valladolid. Alternatively, you can choose a tour with access to the Mayaland Resort and a buffet lunch.

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Chichen Itza, Cenote, Valladolid, Tequila & Lunch
Chichen Itza, Cenote, Valladolid, Tequila & Lunch
$45.00 per adult
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Definitely worth it!
It was so nice having a bus to take us to Chichen Itza and the Cenote! It was definitely worth it! The tour guide collects the payment for the entrance to Chichen Itza when you get on the bus at the beginning of the tour so you don't have to worry about any expenses (other than souvineers and water) the whole day!
Destiny_K, Nov 2023

Things to know before you go

  • Many tours are led by archaeologist tour guides, who are well-versed in Maya culture.

  • The Ossario group and Central group are open to everyone; Chichén Viejo (Old Chichén) is only open to archaeologists.

  • Come prepared for the heat with light clothing, sunscreen, bottled water, and a hat.

  • This popular site can get extremely crowded—book an early-access tour to beat the crowds.

  • Skip Sundays, when the site is free to enter for Mexican nationals and incredibly busy.

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How to get there

Chichén Itzá is 2 to 2.5 hours by car from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun, respectively. Visitors to those coastal destinations will have plenty of options for day trips to the archaeological site, and departures are also available from Cozumel and Merida.

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Trip ideas

When to get there

The best time to get to Chichén Itzá is right around opening, before the crowds arrive and the sun is high in the sky. Some private and small-group tours offer early access to the ancient ruins. At sunrise and sunset on the spring and fall equinoxes, the corner of the pyramid casts a shadow of Kukulkán, a feathered serpent god, and creates the illusion of a snake slithering down the north side of the pyramid.

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Nearby cenotes

The Cenote Sagrado, a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter, is an impressive natural site at Chichén Itzá. However, you can't swim in it. Another nearby cenote is Ik Kil, and some Chichén Itzá day trips combine visits to these freshwater sinkholes on the Yucatán Peninsula with a stop at the ruins.

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Tourists on a trip to Chichen Itza near Cancun, Mexico
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