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“Skip it if you're going to see other Maya temples”
Review of Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We saw the Palenque tempels a few days later and felt Chichen Itza is much less interesting. Crowded, expensive, and the surroundings as well as the temples aren't nearly as breathtaking as those in Palenque. Had we known this, we would have skipped Chichen Itza.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

The Mayan ruins are impressive, and the grounds are large, but there are vendors literally everywhere... outside the park, on the path from the admission area to the ruins, and all around inside the ruins area... along the perimeter, adjacent to the ruins, and on the paths. Sort of spoiled the experience for us... but their prices were actually better than in the tourist shops... certainly if you haggle, which we did, and you should.

About getting there - there's the old road and the new road. The old road is technically shorter, but it goes through every backwater hamlet and is full of topes - the ubiquitous Mexican speed bump.

The highway is longer - you have to go up to the airport area and around to get on it - but it IS faster... much faster. It has extremely limited access - only 3 exits from Cancun to Chichen Itza, and teh speed limit 110 almost the whole way. The tolls added up to about $10. One bathroom area, no services on the whole road, though.

Thank David Z
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

My husband and I drove out to Chichen Itza for the day and really enjoyed ourselves. It was a nice break for the beaches and city. We did not partake in a scheduled bus tour or tour guide but there are plenty of companies to choose from in the cities as well as guides outside of the site. If you are really a history nut you would enjoy the guided tours but we wanted to drive at our own pace, not have to stop off at 50 hotels, take a bathroom break each way and wait for people to finish at the site. We also brought along a travel guide book to explain the basics of each building. It was fascinating seeing such well-preserved buildings and learning a little bit about the culture of the time.

We also dinned at the restaurant for lunch, which was a pleasant surprise. The food and service was great and the prices were too bad, similar to what you would pay on the hotel zone in Cancun.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

A very long bus journed from Cancun. Travelled in January, and their were plenty of mozzies biting. It was very warm in the sun. Travelled with Gray line, would like to have read up a bit more before I made a visit, as I felt there was too much information being passed standing in the heat. Its a fasanating place but not to everyones choice. I was surprised to see soo many people. I think the numbers should be limited. Part of our trip was lunch in the hotel. It was buffet. There was plenty of choice but I had bbq chicken which was not cooked properly and it turned me off a bit. There were lots of vendors all over the area.

Thank IRLWX1
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We had the unfortunate experience of visiting on cruise ship day, as the the site was very crowded. That being said, the overall experience was very good. I visited the ruins in the mid 80's, and was amazed at the changes......sadly, most of them negative. The vendors hawking goods outside the site is to be expected, however having them inside cheapened the atmosphere and took away from the overall magnificence of the site. One has to constantly fend them off, and cannot concentrate on the reason for being there. The site is as impressive as ever and should be on everyone's do visit list. Even with the negatives, it is still an important piece of history, and should be seen. I have always preferred Uxmal, and hopefully that has not been cheapened, as Chichen Itza, by the commercialism.

Thank Don W
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