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Review of Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We took a day trip from our hotel in Tulum to the ruins - it was a roughly 2 hour bus ride, but the bus was air conditioned, showed movies there and back, and provided beverages and snacks. We had a tour guide for the first hour around the ruins, which was very helpful in learning about the Mayan culture and history of the city. After lunch at the nearby hotel, we were on our own to wander the ruins. It was an amazing trip, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area. The ruins are beautiful (and one of the seven wonders of the world), and you can easily spend a few hours wandering among them. There are several vendors in the area, but they weren't terribly pushy. The day we went was overcast and much cooler than we had heard - the staff at the hotel said that it can easily be in the 90s in the winter, so dress accordingly and bring water/sunscreen.

1  Thank mistressj
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We took a bus tour to the Mayan site. The misleading information from the tour company was the "gourmet breakfast" (a roll and an orange juice), 2 1/2 hours to get there (in fact 3 1/2 due to the exchange of buses at the beginning) and the failure to warn us about the overwhelming commercialization of the site. I have not been to any national park or world heritage site in which the vendors have virtually free run of the site. You have to run the gauntlet of every vendor trying to sell you their supply of the same dozen or so 'trinkets" and making "Jaguar" noises in your face so that you could not even hear what the guides were saying. Never once saw a non-commercial item. I spoke to one vendor who admitted that all his items were factory made and all he did was to make believe that he was carving and finishing them. If I was going to a Mayan site I would look for one where the vendors are banned - Chichen Itza is not such a site. Finally the tour company took us to the Colonial village of Vallodolid and trapped us in the "Walmart" of restaurants - La Casona - leaving us no time to see the town which did have some interesting buildings. If you take the tour approach - don't go to lunch but wander the streets and miss the Zaci Cenote which is a dirty, litter strewn, uninteresting and vendor infested site. Find out what time the bus leaves there and join up with it at that time if you can.

3  Thank pippobird
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We signed up for a day trip to chichen itza from Cancun. We paid $50 and were promised a guided tour, lunch, cenote, and a stop at an authentic Mayan community. We left at 8am to stop at a rest stop for 30 minutes to wait for other busses and exchange tour guides. Our next stop was supposed to be an authentic Mayan community were all the proceeds go directly to that community. Too bad that everything in this mega store was made in china and the only thing Mayan was the mega concrete store. Mass tourism at its worst. We then arrived at a lunch buffet at noon. The food was ok but the waiters and musicians wanted tips. We finally arrived at 13:30 at Chichen Itza. It was an exceptional cool day and we were fine but during the rest of the year you will be boiling. We had 2 hours- 1 hour with a guide, 1 hour alone. The next bus only had 30 minutes on their own. We then drove to a cenote for a quick swim and of course another shopping opportunity. We got back to Cancun at 20h and spent only 2 hours at the ruins. What rip. If you want to see the ruins, either hire a car, car and driver, or, if you speak some spanish take the bus from downtown Cancun for 122 pesos to chichen itza and spent the day there.

7  Thank TomSonntag
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Visitors to the Cancun / Yucatan area have so much choice in terms of Mayan ruins to visit but Chichen Itza definitely can not be missed being one of the new seven wonders of the world. There is so much to see and take in here and I would suggest setting aside at least 3 hours. True enthusiasts can easily spend a full day. We booked our tour through Entertainment Plus who hooked us up with a very knowledgeable site guide who happened to be archaeologist. BTW, for a first time visitor, getting a site guide is a must. They provide you with so much detail and information that you won't find in guide books. They do appreciate tips so have $5-$10 handy. It'll be well worth it. One thing I didn't expect were all the vendors they had inside the park. I initially thought it crass but then you realize that they are all native Mayans allowed to make a living on their ancestral land. Try viewing it in that light. Haggling is welcomed and expected and you can get some real deals.

1  Thank jun_r
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the world and a must see if you are in the area. It's amazing how these pyramids were built and to learn the history of the Mayan culture. Well worth the visit!

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