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Location: About a three-hour drive east of Playa del Carmen

Opening Hours: daily from 8 am to 5 pm

Facilities: Parking lot, restaurant, marketplace, museum, and restrooms

The sacred city of Chichén Itzá (chee-chehn eet-sah), is rated among the most important of the Maya ancient cities and covers an area of approximately six square miles with hundreds of buildings, of which about 30 have been fully restored.

The ruins are divided into two groups. One, from the Classical Period, was built between the 7th and 10th centuries A.D. The other, built between the latter part of the 10th century and the beginning of the 13th century A.D., corresponds to the Maya-Toltec Period. This area includes the Sacred Well.

The best-known structure on the site is "El Castillo", the Pyramid of Kukulkan, a square-based, stepped pyramid approximately 75 feet tall with terraces on each side. This pyramid was built for astronomical purposes. At about 3 pm during the vernal equinox (March 20th) and the autumnal equinox (September 21st), the sunlight bathes the western balustrade of the pyramid's main stairway. This causes seven isosceles triangles imitating the body of a serpent 37 yards long that creeps downwards until it joins the huge serpent's head carved in stone at the bottom of the stairway, representing "the descent of Kukulcan-Quetzalcoatl" (the feathered serpent).

El Caracol or “The Observatory” contains a room that allowed a detailed observation of the vernal equinox, indicating the existence of important astronomical knowledge.

Every night at 8 pm, when the buildings are bathed in colored light, there is a sound and light show, during which the history and legends of Chichén Itzá are narrated.

Tour description

Take a day tour to visit beautiful Chichén Itzá and see for yourself some of the marvels of the ancient Maya Civilization that still prevail in as much glory as they once were.

The tour includes:

  • Deluxe A/C transportation to and from La Tortuga Hotel & Spa
  • Continental breakfast on the way to Chichén Itzá
  • All necessary equipment
  • Beverages
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance fees to Chichén Itzá
  • Multilingual adventure guide
  • Lunch with live music
  • Visit to a Mayan village


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