Tourist Guide: Chichen Itza – Mexican Archaeological Site

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Chichen Itza: Historical and Tourist Friendly

Have you been to Chichen Itza yet? It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico and is also one of the largest archaeological cities within the Yucatan Peninsula. Because of its large contribution to the study of the Mayan culture, it has also been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the last decade, it was named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

It is strategically located about 100 miles away from Cancun but it does not fail to invite a lot of people to come and visit it. The location does not stop many people from paying this tourist spot a visit. For its beautiful scenery and historical richness, Chichen Itza has become one of the top attractions of the country. The site is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm with a small entrance fee to pay.

 

The Culture behind the Scenery

There are still many Mayan communities set up near Chichen Itza and they have helped to create many amazing sites. Each of the sites they have created is laid out so that travelers can indulge in the experience and understand a bit more of the Mayan Culture during their trip. Those that truly want to learn about the Mayan way of doing things should avoid the temptation to taking a day trip to Chichen Itza and instead book a day or two stay in one of the nearby accommodations because just a day would simply be not enough.

Kukulkan - Chichen Itza - By: Patrick Smith Photogaphy

Kukulkan – Chichen Itza – By: Patrick Smith Photogaphy

A couple of days or more spent in the area will help you discover more about this historical landmark. Aside from the amazing sites, it is the cultural traditions that you will witness that will educate you. Their rich culture is perfect for the day but even better at night. There is just so much you can discover. With this plan, it will become easier to learn more about the historical richness of Chichen Itza. In addition, by staying the night previous to the Chichen Itza visit you can wake up early and arrive before the sun is scorching and before most tourists arrive.

 

Chichen Itza - Temple of the Warriors

Chichen Itza – Temple of the Warriors

How Do You Get In?

Situated between Cancun and Merida, traveling to Chichen Itza is made easy. With the help of a travel guide, you can get ideas of the different routes with the best possible ones as options. There is the Libre road that is built parallel to the main road that passes through a great number of the local villages. Coursing through that is like taking a walk back in time, with the most historically rich sites within your reach.
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Then there is the ADO bus service from Cancun. It only costs 202 pesos per one way trip. The whole trip lasts for about three hours. If you opt to take the faster bus, you win yourself an extra four hours to course through the historical site. A cheaper bus is also made available but the travel time takes longer.

 

Can You Do It On Your Own?

Chichen Itza is a very large site so it is best toured with a guide. Luckily, there are a great number of locals that work as guides so finding one won’t be difficult. Tourists coming into the area have indeed been a great help to the locals. Not only are the locals able to help educate people from all over the world, but they also make a little profit that helps them to truly survive. With a guide, you can be sure that you would be able to cover all the areas that are considered as historically and aesthetically important.

Your comfort during your trip will also convince you that it is indeed a great place to visit. To find the perfect hotels where you can be properly accommodated, a tourist guide can also help you arrange overnight stays if you would like their help. Adults are charged 200 pesos for a ticket. And those who want to film with a fully fledged video camera will need to pay another 45 peso fee. But picture taking is free inside of Chichen Itza.

 

How Do You Travel Around?

The best way to get around the archaeological site is on foot so be prepared with comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. A large hat that will help keep the sun out of your face is also a good idea as is plenty of sunscreen for when the sun gets high.

During the afternoon the site does not support any shade so it is best to be prepared and have water on hand. Those that want to pear off into the jungle that surrounds the site from the top of the ruins will also want to bring binoculars because the flora as well as the animal and bird inhabitants are stunning.

Cenote - Chichen Itza Mexico

Cenote – Chichen Itza Mexico

As mentioned, there is plenty to do around the ruins as well the historical area. Many tourists stay at the Yaxkin Sap where there are plenty of beauty treatments available to those that want to relax and be spoiled a bit after a day of walking in the hot sun. There are also a handful of cenotes (natural swimming pools) around Chichen Itza that offer the opportunity to cool off. Some are surrounded by showers, washrooms, and restaurants making them a great luxury experience. Many choose to cool off during the afternoon to help make the long day a bit more bearable.

Much like the ancient sites other areas in Mexico; Chichen Itza is one of the most historically fascinating areas in the world. Not only does it offer you magnificent sites to visit, but it presents itself as one of the most tourist-friendly destinations you will ever enjoy.

The locals are glad to be of assistance to you and that’s one of the best reasons why Chichen Itza should be on your holiday bucket list. The fascinating civilization of the past kept alive by their decedents for the world to view.

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