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Chichen Itza
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Our informative tour guide added to the dynamics of this wonderful place. Inspired, we can't wait to learn more. Truly awesome day.

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited Chichen Itza last November on our Anniversary trip to Mexico. Our tour guide was very informative, and the ruins were astounding to see. Definitely bring a camera to immortalize the moment, but don't spend the whole time behind the lens, there's just so much to see.

The pyramid is quite imposing, and the ball park is in pretty good shape. Alot of other smaller ruins around the site as well.

Very cool that you can clap in front of the pyramid and get the strangest echo.

One thing worth noting, this site is far more "touristy/commercialized" than Coba. The entire grounds are covered with vendors. They weren't too pushy, but be aware.

Personally, if were going again, I'd go on a different tour that spent more time at the site. The tour was OK - but the site almost demanded more time and explanation.

Thank TrvlnTech
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

I went to see the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza during the hottest month of the year in July. Please go when it's much cooler. We were melting in the shade. It was nice to see the ruins but you can't climb the steps or go inside, so you only get to take a few shots and you are pretty much done.

The worst part was that it took almost 3 hours bus ride each way. They have a million vendors trying to sell you hand carved momentos that are pretty cool but it gets annoying after a while when they keep blowing the panther like call to get your attention. Make sure you bring plenty of water because it is hot, hot, hot!

I had to see this place because it's one of the new 7 wonders but I wouldn't go back. After the history tour, we just sat in the shade until it was time to head back to the bus. My wife hated it but it's on my bucket list and it was a must for me. Definitely a one time thing.

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

Can't visit Mexico without visiting one of the 7 wonders, and the ruins themselves were incredible. We were on an organised tour in the searing heat, the guide had an umbrella but unfortunately they were not given to us.The information given was good but seemed superficial considering the size of the site,and we were only there a couple of hours. I can only reinforce what others have said about the street vendors, it's like putting a flea market on the site of stone-henge, absolutely unbelievable, "cheaper than Walmart, 1 dollar, almost free!!"
We had a good lunch at a tourist site with a bazaar where we were encouraged to buy from the locals, then I stop at a cenote which I have already reviewed as human soup!! Glad to have visited but disappointed by how the Mexican people allow their culture to be represented to tourists.

1  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

Everyone who visits Mexico and can get to these ruins must go and see them! They are amazing and so interesting! We booked with Thomson so we had a tour guide who showed us around which was every better as we got to know all the history and background behind each ruin! We set off around 6am to get to Chichen Itza, this ensured that we got there before all the crowds which gave us a better chance to look around! The site can get very hot especially as it nears mid-day as it is an open site so the sun is constantly beaming onto it. There are many stalls throughout this site who are mexican people who are trying to make a living and they can be a bit pushy and pester you to buy things! The good think is you can bargain with them to bring the prices of things down! We didn't get much of a chance to look at these stalls as the tour of the ruins filled most of the day! Like I said the ruins are amazing and we could see why it is one of the wonders of the world!

Thank Nicole S
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