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Address: Merida, Chichen Itza 977500, Mexico
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Chichen Itza (/tʃiːˈtʃɛn iːˈtsɑː/,[1] Spanish: Chichen Itza [tʃiˈtʃen...

Chichen Itza (/tʃiːˈtʃɛn iːˈtsɑː/,[1] Spanish: Chichen Itza [tʃiˈtʃen iˈtsa], from Yucatec Maya: Chi'ch'een Iitsha' [tɕʰiʔtɕʼeːn iːtsʰaʔ];[2] "at the mouth of the well of the Itza") was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period. The archaeological site is located in Tinum Municipality, Yucatan State, Mexico.[3]

Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.

Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature.[4] The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.[5]

The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). The land under the monuments had been privately owned until 29 March 2010, when it was purchased by the state of Yucatan.[nb 1]

Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.2 million tourists visit the ruins every year.

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Not just a pyramid - its a city!

Spent a half day wandering around the main site and associated buildings. Well laid out and reasonably clean, although there are many locals here trying to sell their wares which... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent a half day wandering around the main site and associated buildings. Well laid out and reasonably clean, although there are many locals here trying to sell their wares which becomes a little overpowering. The information at each main site is useful and informative. A must-do when in Mexico!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this site from the Port of Progreso from our cruise ship. Paid extra from the ship tour excursion as it was over 2 hours driving to get there but worth while. An impressive Mayan site over a large area, don't forget to go to the Cenote the large deep sinkhole where the Ancient Mayans offered their sacrifices. It is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Would recommend to anyone Very good day. I recommend a tour guide There is plenty of places to buy drinks and snacks. No backpacks aloud though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is definitely a place you must visit if you visit Merida! Great Pyramid is amazing as well as the whole area. Good preservation work. It could take 2 to 4 hours to visit. If you go by bus, be sure to ask where to take it when you leave since there is no a good organization and you could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A little background, I was lucky enough to visit Tikal 3 years ago in Guatemala. For those of you who need a little Mayan history.. Tikal was the capital of the Mayan empire (think of Rome back in the Roman golden days) while Chichen Itza was another city. When we were planning our Tulum trip, I didn't want to go... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband had this site on his bucket list. I am glad I went. The quality of the experience is dependent on your guide and his skill in your language. Don't eat at lunch time! It's too busy to enjoy the authentic flavours. There isn't much signage and no audio systems for a self directed experience.

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We'd heard a lot about Chichen Itza and so had high expectations - nevertheless we were very impressed. Significant scale and structures, lots of detail to see and a well maintained site. Two tips: (1) go early and avoid crowds (and heat). We got there for opening and pretty much had the place to ourselves. (2) there's a time zone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing place, must see for anyone coming to Mexico. Arrive early to avoid the tour buses and the crowd. Rent a car and buy parking to the Chichen Itza Lodge which gives you access to a private entrance way less crowded! There is quite a lot to see and a fair bit of walking required so wear comfortable shoes! Allow... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the greatest monuments to "Mankind" just the sheer size of the site takes your breath away, and then when the guide explained how it works its even more incredible. A must visit if your in this part of the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived earlier to avoid the tourist rush although eventually all groups bumped into one another at some time during the visit. Be aware that you will be walking the entire time and backpacks are not allowed in order to prevent looting. We hired a guide, (750 pesos), which is highly recommended. There are 20 guides that speak various languages... More 

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