Although everyone has their preferences, according to our best-seller tours at Mvngata Boutique Hotel we can say that the top choice is a guided tour to Chichen Itza.
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and elected among the 7 new wonders of the world, Chichen Itza is the most famous Mayan site in the world.
One of the main reasons to choose a tour to Chichen Itza is the fact that you can do a complete visit to the Mayan ruins on a one-day trip.
And also because a tour to Chichen Itza is usually paired with a visit to a Cenote, that will take your breath away.
What to see at Chichen Itza
The pyramid of Kukulkan, the ball game, the temple of the jaguars, there are a lot of great examples of the magnificence of that ancestral culture.
Here is our recommendation of the best places to see when taking a Chichen Itza tour.
Start the visit with the famous pyramid of Kukulcan, it´s the postcard picture by excellence. This is a world-renowned pyramid because, at the exact date of spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun produces the illusion of a snake rising or falling from the pyramid.
Afterward, walk down to Sacbé, the ancient Mayan road that leads to the old sacred cenote of the site. This is not the only cenote of the site. Chichen Itza was built on several cenotes, which were used at the time for various Mayan rituals.
The other place not to miss during your walk around the site is the large ball court near the entrance (the largest in Mexico). Close to it, you will find the Thousand Columns group (the name speaks for itself).
At the end of your visit, don´t miss the area around the observatory (El Caracol).
During all of your visits, keep your eyes open for often well-preserved representations of the Mayan rain god: Chac Mol or Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent Toltec god (Kukulcan in Maya).
5 Tips for visiting Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen
Chichen Itza is a world-class cultural destination. So don´t miss anything during your visit. That is why we give you 5 tips to take advantage to the fullest.
1- Try to go early: this advice is because of two reasons. The first one is because you will get a less crowded site (this means better selfies). This is also a reason why you might want to consider a private tour. But most importantly, you will get a lesser burning sun. This takes us to our second tip
2- Bring sun protection: You need to protect yourself from direct sun. There are not many shade spots where to get some rest. So you better bring not only a cap or a hat but good sunscreen and water.
3- Chichen Itza has so many details on the ruins and such a history of the Mayan culture that a guided tour is worth it.
4- Local tours will take you not only to the Mayan ruins. A visit to a local cenote for a swim in crystal waters will take you back in time. It is also a good opportunity to visit small villages around, like Valladolid. And take the time to taste regional dishes that are considered by some as the foundation of today´s Mexican cuisine.
5- It is probably going to be a long day (long, but gratifying). You might want to book a massage for the night or the day after.
A little history of the site
Chichen Itza before being an archaeological site was a majestic city built in the classical period around 2 cenotes. Hence its name \”at the edge of the well\”. Its date of creation seems to go up around 415-455.
The city that developed in the area known as Chichen Viejo already had important monuments of great interest: the building of the Nuns, the church, the Akab Dzib, the Chichen Chob, the Temple of the Panels, and the Temple of the Deer.
But there is another area, also known as the second site of Chichen-Itza, which is the most important for historians; constructions built due to the migration of Toltec warriors who came down south from the Mexican plateau during the tenth century. According to the most widespread version, this happened when the king of Tula (Kukulkan according to the name that the Mayans gave him) seized the city between 967 and 987.
How to get tickets for the Chichen Itza tour
Our concierge team down at the reception will be happy to assist you with any related questions or information regarding a tour to Chichen Itza. They can also help you with getting tickets.
So don´t forget to stop by when you arrive at Mvngata Boutique Hotel.
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