I visited Chichen Itza 11 years ago and again on my recent trip in April. I was stunned to find out you couldn't climb - so know that going in. Also know that there are a TON of souvenir tables and ladies selling embroidery so expect to be called out to (just ignore them). These tables and sellers do ruin the grounds as you try to explore the sites (in my opinion).
Take water, an umbrella and some snacks. It's a long day no matter how you go. If you want to see it all - expect to be there the whole day or you'll be taking an abbreviated tour with a group like we did.
It was still nice to see the ruins but on a group tour you don't even get to see half of everything there is to see... so be prepared.
For the cost and the time - I'd perhaps be more inclined to visit Tulum (depending on your starting point).
The only thing going for this site now is the development of the hotels and shops outside of the grounds. The entrance we came in through as a Chocolate Museum and the hotel has a wonderful lunch with Churros and amazing dancers.
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