It is one of the most visited site of Mexico. Visiting Chichén Itzá was in my bucket list and I was super excited to see the temples! It is chosen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. If you are not having a guide in here, I highly recommend you to make some research about its history before you go.
Chichén Itzá has over 1,000 years of history. It is one of the centers of Mayan Civilization. You can clearly see Mayan’s strong astronomical and mathematical knowledge from the perfection of the architecture of temples.
Clap your hands in front of the Pyramid of Kukulcan! The echo of clap sound comes back as bird screams.
The Cenote was used by Mayans as a sacrificial pit for virgins and warriors.
El Caracol has been used as astronomical observatory as Mayans. I guess I don’t even need to mention about their Astronomical expertness. “Caracol” comes from the spiral stairs that lead to the upper part of the building.
It is a very long drive from Tulum but to be honest, it is worth to visit. How often can you get a chance to see one of the Seven Wonders? Also, it is a perfect place to get perfect photos!
Here are some tips that you need to read before you visit Chichén Itzá;
- Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
- Do not forget to have your bug spray and sunscreen with you and wear a hat.
- Wear breathable clothes.
- Do not shop with Dollars for your own favor. Shop with Pesos! And, do not forget to bargain 🙂
- The tolls are 70 pesos. You will see an information desk on the right side. They will give you two options, $16 for just entrance or $25 entrance+parking+open buffet lunch. (Choose the second!) The Hotel that offers the open buffet is super cute and lunch was good.
- Make sure you go there before 2pm. It takes at least 2 hours to see around! Chichén Itzá closes at 4pm! The lunch place closes at 6pm. Schedule your time 🙂
- At 4pm, while they are taking people out, it is the best time to take photos! It is not crowded anymore, but you have to be sneaky.
Here are some more photos from my Chichén Itzá trip;