Posted on May 30, 2023 by Eduardo

CHICHEN ITZA, Named by the UNESCO as World Heritage and considered one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”, is the most famous and best restored of the Yucatán Maya sites.

Chichen Itza is able to impress even the most jaded visitor. Many mysteries of the Maya astronomical calendar are made clear when one understands the design of the ‘time temples’ here.

The famous Maya pyramids of this archeological site are over 1500 years old and located only 75 miles from Mérida. The name Chichen Itza is a Maya word: CHI (mouth) CHEN (well) and ITZA (of the Itza tribe). Some believe people were occasionally thrown into the nearby cenote as sacrifices, and those who survived were believed to be seers.

The site is divided into three sections. The north grouping of structures is distinctly Toltec in style. The central group appears to be from the early period. The southern group is known as “The Old Chichén”.

The main attraction is the central pyramid, also known as El Castillo. The spectacular, massive Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the Chichen Itza archaeological site. Today El Castillo is one of the most popular and recognized tourist sites of Mexico. Built by the Maya sometime between the 1000 and 1200 AD, El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulkán and is believed to have served as a calendar.

Just beyond El Castillo you will find a large ball court where Maya men played a game called Pok Ta Pok. Anthropologists believe that the object of the game was to hurl a ball through a ring that was mounted on a wall, seven meters above the ground.

Also, at the entrance of Chichen Itza, there is an informative museum, a dining room, clean restrooms, a few gift shops, and vendor stands. If you didn’t bring a hat, it’s a good idea to buy one from one of the vendors outside before you go in.

If you are on vacation at Cancun or the Riviera Maya, Chichen Itza is a must do on your list, and nothing better to make the trip comfortable in a private excursión with your friends and family.

In Transfer Cancun Airport we guarantee you that this amazing road trip (2 hours and 15 minuts from Cancun) is going to be fun and interesting. Our service includes the round trip transportation from your hotel, access to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza (specialized bilingual guides), a bottle of wáter during the walk, visit to Cenote Ik Kil, free time to enjoy swimming in the Cenote and a buffet in the restaurant Ik Kil (excluding drinks).

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