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Review of Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 25, 2013

It is not allowed now, but at one time you could climb all the way to the top, and enter the jaguar palace (believe that's what it was call). A narrow passage way leading up to a chamber, passage way was very narrow no wider than the end of one shoulder to the other one. The second thing you noticed upon entering was the heat and humidity, most people become claustrophobic and can't go any farther. The trick to climbing the stairs to the top was to do so by going up sideways or at an angle. Although you can not climb the pyramid any more its still a great trip.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

One of teh seven wonders, we had a great guide, and we learnd a lot. Very hot for us Scandinavians, absolutley worth the long trip.

Thank ALP61
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We hired a car got up at 5am in Tulum and were the first people in the car park for the opening at 8am! Well worth the early morning, we got a group guide between us and two other couples for 150 pesos each. (A private guide tends to cost between 600 and 700 pesos) A small group is the way to go, small enough to ask any question you want, always able to see and hear the guide but also the advantage of the other tourists' questions, knowledge and company. We toured for around an hour and a half with the guide and saw the wonderful carvings and heard the bird call from the temple (clap in the right place and it sounds like a bird call). Since we were the first ones there it was almost empty, so calm and peaceful and a fantastic way to view to beauty of the ruins. The venders hadn't even set up yet! We left at 10am and the entrance was packed with all the tourist buses, and the heat had crept up. Walking round the ruins is much more pleasant in the cool morning without the crowds and the hire car was only $50USD for 2 days from Tulum!

7  Thank Lizzie R
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

One of the "modern seven wonders of the world" Chichen Itza is something to see. It is quite remarkable and is quite expansive, for the time we had there we were only able to see about a third of the grounds. It is amazing that this was once a thriving city with no good explanation of why it was abandoned. Our tour left from the Grand Mayan hotel and that it was a bit disorganized is putting it mildly. We were brought by a large comfortable bus to a place in a mall where there were many others waiting to board buses. We were taken off this bus and crowded (10 of us) into a van where we were hot and uncomfortable. One of our party was furious to be treated like this and we were put back on the bus...we had a different package (we were then told), food and drinks were included for us - so they were going to take us to the ruins (3 hours away) squished in the van....the thought still gives me a rash....with food and drinks and no bathroom....
We too were taken to the cenote, (underground pool) - sinkholes under the old cities - of fresh river water, which was incredible, unfortunately they had Maya people in costume taking pictures with the visitors, it was very touristy and tacky. Some people swam in the cenote - we just watched. It was an amazing place and with just the right light we had a beautiful place for pictures.
The cooperative where Maya goods are sold and a typical Maya lunch was presented was good. It held the contents of many tourism buses, an abundance of people, but I found the products to be of good value and though we had very little time to shop, I managed.
Chichen Itza ruins has been taken over by myriad of sellers of cheap goods, each table you pass you hear, "almost free" or "one dollar" it is annoying at best. I would have loved to walk along further into the old city, but passing these "desperate sellers' was not fun. You cannot go to the pyramid or return from the pyramid without passing many many persons hawking bad goods. If you can steel yourself against these annoyances I would say this is a great cultural opportunity.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

From the Riviera Maya hotel area, we took a very long day excursion to visit the amazing Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. The guides from Amstar Travel were nice and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, it hit 95 degrees that day with no shade available. In addition, the grounds were filled with hoards of vendors hawking gadgets, gizmos, knickknacks, doodads, schmattas and tchotchkes. The lunch was enjoyable but we had to pay $3 a bottle extra for Cokes and were asked to tip although we spent a lot up front for this "all-inclusive" trip. We didn't go swimming at the cenote because we were told, "You have to go down 90 steps to reach it." We went, instead, to the swimming pool, where the staff had trouble finding us a couple of lounge chairs. Coming home that night, the bus made a zillion stops at other hotels before finally dropping us off. All-in-all, you might want to think twice about taking this side excursion.

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