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

Chichen Itza is located in Chichen Itza, so guests staying in this part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. There isn't much congestion in the area near the historic site, especially as there aren't many lodging options in the vicinity.

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

There are a good set of food places to consider in the area around Chichen Itza. La Casa Del Mayab is an easy to come by buffet close-by, making it a great option for site patrons. The restaurant is maybe about one and a quarter miles from this landmark, so grab a table and dig in! Also within reach, you and your companions will have options like Xunan and Las Mestizas giving you a few different lunch and dinner possibilities.


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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