Chichen Itza is worth seeing, but the getting there is a pain. Here's my run down of the good and the bad: The worst part of the tour is they stop at a gift shop / lunch place and make you wait there for 2 hours before getting to Chichen Itza - the gift shop ihas worthless junk and the lunch place is not a place I would ever consider eating the food for fear of getting sick. This part of the tour feels like a timeshare seminar and left a bad taste in my mouth. OK now the good news - Chichen Itza is worth seeing. The site is bigger than you think and takes about 3 hours to walk around and enjoy. The site has shade, so even in the heat, you can keep cool. The site is not marked particularly well, so definitely buy a map. There are some great videos on youTube about Chichen Itza that I found and recommend you watch to get some of the history of the place. There are tons of vendors selling souvenirs within Chichen Itza which make the site seem kinda cheesy. The visitors center has clean bathrooms and lots of choices for food and drinks. Here are my tips for making the best of the trip: 1) take an iPad with lots of movies on it to make the bus ride tolerable - the trip is not scenic in any way so don't hope you will be engrossed by the scenery on the drive....you won't be. 2) We had our hotel make a boxed lunch for us to take and I am glad we did as I would not have eaten and the tours restaurant choice. 3) Take several bottles of water 4) I really wished I had known that there was a forced 2 hour stop at the gift shop/restaurant along the way so I would recommend that before you book a tour you insist on seeing a itinerary of every stop that the bus makes along the way and the time at each stop. If you do this you will not have the surprise that I did.
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