The ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza, Mexico was the most prominent governmental center in the Maya world. It was constructed around 525 AD of the classic period and was the most important religious site in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Tales of human sacrifice, a temple of the warriors, ancient history, archaeology, culture, and much other magic await you on your Chichen Itza full day tour. Being on a vacation in Cancun and not visiting Chichen Itza would be like going to Paris and not visiting the famous Eiffel Tower. With Best Maya Tours’ Chichen Itza tour, we will pick you up from the comfort of your hotel and make your transportation comfortable in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Arriving at Chichen Itza via our private Chichen Itza Marvel Tour is a truly unique experience. Because of its architecture and history, visiting one of the new seven wonders of the world is something magical that everyone should do in their life.
So do you want to witness the glory of this once-powerful Mayan city? Here are the top things to do when in Chichen Itza, Mexico.
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The Mayan world viewed many cenotes with almost all Mayan cities built around them. Chichen Itza is no different. The archaeological site includes several deep cenotes which say a lot about Mayan history. The most popular cenote was the Sacred Cenote, which was used for religious purposes. Then there is Cenote Xtoloc, a major water source for the city, and then Cenote Ik Kil which is used by tourists to cool down after a tour to the ruins.
- EL CASTILLO
The first thing that greets travelers as they walk along the pathway into the city is the impeccably, imposing symmetrical pyramid of El Castillo. Standing at 79ft with 91 steps at each of the four sides, this is one of the most enduring legacies of the Mayan world.
- LA IGLESIA
La Iglesia is the oldest Mayan architecture in Chichen Itza. Its rectangular stone walls are intricately carved. Take a closer look you are sure to get carried away by the beautiful ornate motifs of the rain god Chaac and serpents. Make sure to take the help of a local guide who can translate the fading Mayan hieroglyphs to explain more clearly.
- CENOTE IK KIL
The fresh, cooling waters of Cenote Ik Kil are 85ft below the surface. Just 3km from the entrance to Chichen Itza, this is one of the best places for a swim after spending the entire day walking through the hot ruins. You will see long vines falling from the rooftop down to the water. The water reaches a depth of 197ft in places. And do not worry if you have forgotten your towel, as you can rent one at the entrance along with a locker and a lifejacket.
- SACRED CENOTE
Measuring 60m across and dropping to almost 30m below the surface, it is easy to see how the Chichen Itza inhabitants saw the city’s main cenote as a sacred place. You cannot swim in Sacred Cenote. Just stand on the cliff top overlooking the water below and you will be transported back a thousand years in time to when the Mayans held their religious ceremonies here.
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