Chichen Itza

Photo Credit: © Ted Van Pelt CC BY

One of the Seven Wonders of the World as of 2007, Chichen Itza is perhaps the most popular and well-known Maya ruin in the Mexican Caribbean. The fact that it is so well known today is not surprising, considering in its heyday it was one of the most important religious and political centers of the culture.

What to Expect

Located on the Chichen Itza compound are a collection of 17 ruins waiting for visitors to explore, many of which have been restored to their former glory using the same materials as the Mayas originally did. Important structures here include El Castillo, or the Temple of Kukulcan, a massive temple with stairs running up both sides and watched over by two serpent heads.

As one of the most popular attractions in all Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean, this historical attraction is well funded, allowing archaeologist to renovate and bring the ruins to good shape. Unfortunately, a new danger to the ruins is the large number of visitors, and tourist can no longer climb the iconic Castillo.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in Chichen Itza if you plan on visiting Chichen Itza, since visitors to this area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. With only a few hotels around the area within the vicinity of Chichen Itza, only a little tourist traffic should be predicted.

Hotels near Chichen Itza
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.2 km) S
Hacienda Chichen Resort Lodge 1.4 mi. (2.4 km) NW

Location and What's Nearby

You will find a nice mix of restaurants to select from in the neighborhood surrounding this historical site. La Casa Del Mayab is a convenient buffet and will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. It is around one and a quarter miles from this landmark, so stop in and peruse the menu. Xunan and Las Mestizas are some more nearby lunch and dinner possibilities where you have the chance to experience the flavors of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, and munch on some tasty cuisine.


Operating Hours

The ruins admit guests into the ruins everyday between 9:00am and 5:00pm. There is also a popular light show that takes place at El Castillo (the main ruin on site) at 8:00pm in the Spring and Summer, and at 7:00pm during the other half of the year.


Guests wishing to gains admission into these famous ruins will have to pay 111 pesos, which is a little over $8. There are a few other fees too you may need to know about, including headphones for translation of the tour into English, which is another $2.

Contact Information

Location: Piste, Mexico



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