Chichen Itza

Travel Guide
Chichen Itza featuring heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Travel back in time by exploring a sprawling Mayan city that dates back over 1,000 years. This spectacular UNESCO site is one of Mexico’s most famous treasures.

Visit one of Mexico’s biggest and best-known Mayan ruins, Chichén Itzá. Wander among ancient temples and pyramids, many of them incredibly well preserved, and imagine the Mayan people who called this area home over 1,000 years ago. Discover the rich religious and astronomical significance of the site’s towering structures. Get insight into the fascinating, and often brutal, nature of everyday life in Mayan society.

See the astonishing El Castillo pyramid, the most famous landmark in Chichén Itzá. This imposing pyramid is built from 365 steps which represent the 365 days of the solar year. Try to spot the wealth of other astral symbols embedded in the structure, too. For example, the pyramid includes 52 panels, representing the 52 years in a single cycle of the Mayan calendar. Enter the pyramid to discover the temple contained within.

El Castillo is just one of the overwhelming number of sacred sites here. Marvel at the many pillars of the nearby Court of a Thousand Columns, attached to the Temple of the Warriors. Visit El Caracol, with its impressive winding staircase, which once served as an observatory. And see numerous temples featuring captivating stone reliefs that have given them poetic names. These include the Temple of the Bearded Man and the Temple of the Jaguars.

A famous Mayan tradition is the ball game. Visit the Grand Ball Court to see one of the largest pitches where the Mayan’s elaborate ball games were played for the entertainment of massive crowds. It is believed losing the game may have had bloody consequences. Look for the relief that depicts the beheading of one of the players.

Chichén Itzá is located a little under 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Cancún. Stay in the scenic town of Valladolid to be closer by. Pay the entrance fee and explore at your own pace, or book a guided tour to be led by an expert guide.

Hotel Okaan
Hotel Okaan
3.5 out of 5
km 122 Carr Merida-Puerto Juarez, Chichen Itza, YUC
The price is AU$118 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Cenote Ik kil, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Court of the Thousand Columns and Pyramid of ...
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Hotel Okaan
Mayaland Hotel And Bungalows
Mayaland Hotel And Bungalows
4 out of 5
Km 120 Ctra Merida, Zona Arqueologica, In the heart of Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza, YUC
The price is AU$244 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
This family-friendly Chichen Itza resort is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza, Court of the Thousand ...
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Mayaland Hotel And Bungalows
The Lodge at Chichen Itza
The Lodge at Chichen Itza
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Merida-Cancun, Km 120, In the heart of Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza, YUC
The price is AU$332 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
This family-friendly Chichen Itza lodge is within a 10-minute walk of El Caracol and Pyramid of Kukulkan. Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza and Cenote Ik kil ...
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Casa Chichen Itza in Yucatan
Casa Chichen Itza in Yucatan
Calle 12 7 y 9, 44 F, Tinum, YUC
The price is AU$200 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
This family-friendly Piste holiday home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza and Pyramid of Kukulkan. Court of the Thousand Columns and ...
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Villa Unahana, un espacio de descanso y aventura a 10 minutos de Valladolid Yuc.
Villa Unahana, un espacio de descanso y aventura a 10 minutos de Valladolid Yuc.
Residencial Pixoy Lote 4, Valladolid, YUC
Situated in Valladolid, this romantic villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Calzada de los Frailes, Cenote Zaci and Convent de San Bernardino de Siena. Cathedral ...
Villa Unahana, un espacio de descanso y aventura a 10 minutos de Valladolid Yuc.
Valladolid - Living in Uayma
Valladolid - Living in Uayma
Casa de los Pianos. Calle 21 x 18, frente al parque central, Uayma, YUC
Situated in Uayma, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Calzada de los Frailes, Cenote Zaci and Convent de San Bernardino de Siena. Cathedral of San ...
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Remarkable and memorable
"The village of Uayma is small and friendly with a gorgeous colonial church restored about 15 years ago. This property is directly across from the church with a magnificent view. The photos do not do justice to the detail and care that clearly went into restoring this hotel. The craftsmanship is truly ..."

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2020

Valladolid - Living in Uayma
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