Tourist guide to visit Chichén Itzá

Tourist guide to visit Chichén Itzá

Chichen Itza is one of the most popular archaeological destinations in Mexico. This ancient Mayan city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

The name Chichen Itza means “mouth of the well of the itzaes” and refers to the sacred cenote located north of the famous pyramid of Kukulkan. This cenote has a diameter of 60 meters and a depth of 15 meters.

The pyramid of Kukulkan is the main temple of this ancient city. It reflects the vast knowledge of the Maya in mathematics, astrology and geometry. Its symmetrical design represents the Mayan calendar.

How to get to Chichen Itza?

Getting to Chichen Itza, one of the new seven wonders of the world, is an unforgettable experience. Located in the state of Yucatan, Mexico, this ancient Mayan city is approximately 120 kilometers from Merida and 200 kilometers from Cancun.

From Merida: 

The easiest way to get there from Merida is by car. The trip takes about an hour and a half on Highway 180. There are also ADO buses that leave frequently from Merida's main terminal.

From Cancun: 

From Cancun, the trip by car takes about two and a half hours. You can take the 180D toll highway for a faster and more direct trip. ADO buses also offer services from the Cancun bus terminal.

Why is it a good place to visit?

Chichen Itza is not only an impressive display of Mayan architecture, but also a site full of history and mysticism. The majestic pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of the Warriors and the Great Ball Court are just some of the structures that will leave you in awe.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, Chichen Itza is a place where you can appreciate the skill and astronomical knowledge of the Maya. Visiting it is like traveling back in time and discovering the secrets of one of the most advanced civilizations of antiquity.

What to do in Chichen Itza?

Explore the Kukulkan Pyramid

The Pyramid of Kukulkán is the most famous monument of Chichén Itzá. During the spring and autumn equinoxes, you can observe the phenomenon of light and shadow known as “The Descent of the Serpent”, where the shadow of the feathered serpent appears to descend the stairs of the pyramid.

Visiting the Sacred Cenote

The Sacred Cenote was a place of offerings and sacrifices for the Maya. Today, you can walk to the cenote and learn about the rituals and the importance of water in the Mayan culture.

Tour the Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors)

The Temple of the Warriors is another impressive structure not to be missed. Its carved columns and upper platform offer an incredible view of the archaeological complex.

Enjoy the light show

At night, Chichén Itzá offers a sound and light show that tells the story of the city and its inhabitants. It is a magical way to end your visit.

Best restaurants near Chichén Itzá

Las Mestizas Restaurant: 

Located near the entrance of the archaeological site, Las Mestizas offers a variety of traditional Yucatecan dishes. Try the poc chuc or the panuchos, accompanied by a refreshing chaya water.


Within the archaeological site, Oxtun is a convenient and delicious option for enjoying local cuisine. Its menu includes cochinita pibil, lime soup and other typical dishes.

Mayan Village: 

In the village of Piste, near Chichén Itzá, Pueblo Maya offers an authentic experience with handmade food and a cozy atmosphere. Don't miss the relleno negro and tamales.

Hours and rates

Chichén Itzá is open every day of the year from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. General admission for foreigners costs 480 Mexican pesos, while for nationals it is 172 pesos. On Sundays, admission is free for Mexican citizens and residents.

Travel Tip

Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines and take advantage of the early hours of the day to tour the site with less crowds and enjoy cooler temperatures. Bring water, sunscreen, hat and comfortable shoes.

Occidental Tucancún: Your best lodging option

For an unforgettable stay, we recommend the Occidental Tucancún Hotel by Barcelo, an all-inclusive resort located in Cancun's beautiful hotel zone.

Luxury facilities

The Occidental Tucancún offers rooms and suites with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, three swimming pools, several restaurants and bars, a spa and direct access to the beach. It also features daily activities and nightly entertainment for all ages.

Ideal Location

Located just 20 minutes from Cancun's international airport, the hotel is perfectly situated to explore both the archaeological wonders of the region and the beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife of Cancun.

Exceptional services

The hotel offers exceptional service that includes everything you need for a perfect vacation. From water sports to excursions, the staff at Occidental Tucancun is always available to make your stay a memorable experience.

Why choose Occidental Tucancun?

Staying at Occidental Tucancún not only provides you with comfort and luxury, but also a strategic location for visiting Chichén Itzá. After a day exploring the Mayan ruins, returning to a world-class resort to relax on the beach or enjoy a gourmet dinner is the perfect way to end your adventure.

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Tips for your trip to Chichén Itzá

  • Arrive early: Early morning hours are ideal to avoid crowds and the midday heat.

  • Sun protection: Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from the strong Yucatecan sun.

  • Hydration: Stay hydrated by carrying water with you, as the weather can be very hot and humid.

  • Comfortable shoes: Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the site is extensive and the terrain can be uneven.

  • Tour guide: Consider hiring a guide for a more enriching experience and to learn about the history and secrets of Chichén Itzá.

Visiting Chichén Itzá is an experience that connects you with the history and majesty of the Maya civilization. Plan your visit, enjoy every moment and be sure to stay at the Occidental Tucancun Hotel by Barcelo for an unforgettable vacation.

Tourist guide to visit Chichén Itzá
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