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Reviewed October 21, 2019

Nice tour a little long though. Pretty colorful. It’s important to make sure the guide is good for a long tour. He might spend the whole time giving poor tips and never shutting up. Too many tricks to try to sell stuff. With Sightseeing Cancun Abelino was the guide

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank Arturo M
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Reviewed October 21, 2019

Chichen Itza was an amazing place to visit. I would suggest you take a guided tour to learn about the Mayans and the Chichen Itza construction, its audio engineering is amazing, not to mention how the whole plaza was constructed (floor included) 1000's of years ago.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Mark E
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Reviewed October 21, 2019 via mobile

Amazing site & history. Had a very good guide detaing the stories & monuments.
Must see if visiting this area.
Very reasonable souvenirs inside the site

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank umami5
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Reviewed October 17, 2019 via mobile

If you are a history nerd like me you can’t come to Mexico without visiting this site. I We used the tour company based at the hotel (Bahia principal) and paid 90 USD which I didn’t think was bad as we also visited the cenote and a myan town although you didn’t get as long as I would have liked at each place so based on this I have a few pointers.

1. Book as your only destination or 1 other on your trip, any more and you dont get enough time to check out the whole site before you have to rush back to your bus.

2. Book an early bird tour-the earlier you get there the less people

3. Book a guided tour- they have extensive knowledge of the history of the Mayan people ( most have Mayan blood) so they can give you the back story and it gives you a fuller picture of what your looking at, most of the signage is in Spanish what little there is.

4. Take water- if the tour doesn’t offer drinks take it with you as you will need it.

5. Take sunscreen & mossie spray, it doesn’t have to be bio degradable for this site and due to the jungle around it biting insects are aplenty.Also you can only get 25% deet in Mexico unlike the 50% available in the Uk. Both these products are expensive on the resorts 19US dollars for 200mls sunscreen and 8-10 US dollars for insect repellent. You can get them cheaper in the shops in playa del carmen ect. I took boots own 50% deet and it’s just as good as the jungle formula my friend uses and cheaper too.

6. Take a hat- the site is exposed and it can be boiling, plus the stalls outside want to charge you between 15-25 US dollars for one

7. Take an umbrella- weird I know but in the rainy season the weather can change from scorching hot to heavy rain and back again quickly so this will protect you from both. We took one and it was great for sheltering from the sun.

8. Don’t stray from the paths- Don’t be tempted to go into the jungle to explore away from the paths and designated areas, this is a proper jungle and they do have wild jaguars in the area.

Lastly the plaza you walk down into the site lined with stalls and they do bother you at every single one, some are a bit more persistent than others. The thing that spoiled it a bit for me is they are along the paths inside the site and around it as well so you can’t get away from the people wanting to sell you trinkets. Admittedly the stalls are all Mayan people and this is how they make a living but it can get a little tiresome when you have bought what you wanted and you have to spend every 5 minutes saying “ no thankyou “ to everybody who comes at your wallet.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 17, 2019

There’s a good article entitled what I wished I knew before visiting Chichen Itza that was very helpful. There are tons of vendors inside and outside the attraction. We hired a English speaking guide that was an official attraction guide but his English was not great and he was more into sharing how the Spaniard were awful to the indigenous people than about the site. Skip viewing the sacrificial cenote because it’s a 1/2 mile to see algae filled sinkhole with bugs everywhere and vendors lining the way. Despite the tons of tourists and vendors it’s still worth seeing. Btw the main temple aka castle is one of the 7 modern wonders of the world.

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank TravelinSuz
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