Chichen Itza is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It is in the State of Yucatan, only approximately 2-3 hours from Tulum.
It is quite inland and it can get extremely hot.
They do not allow climbing the pyramid anymore. Rumor says because someone fell off it some years ago. However, our guide told us it was no true story. The real reason behind the restriction is because the pyramid was getting damaged by the huge number of tourists climbing every year. It is now forbidden to climb, to preserve this masterpiece of ancient history. Fair point!
The main pyramid was partly restored. As you can see in the picture above, one side is made being looking new, the other has been left to its original look, warned out by the passing of time.
I would strongly recommend to hire a guide. They are very knowledgeable and they also point out interesting facts about the Maya culture, they do not just stick to the archaeological site itself.
Chichen Itza it is actually one of the few places that I normally recommend to do with an organized tour. It is great value for money (it includes the guide as well) and you also get to seethe famous Cenote Ikil (or Cenote Sagrado) and the colonial town of Valladolid. The tour normally includes a buffet lunch as well. Of course it is very touristy but it is a bargain and everything is organized for you.
– Bring water
– Bring mosquito repellent
– Bring a hat
– Bring extra cash
Buy a Tour
There is a great choice of tours sold from Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. From Playa Del Carmen add one extra hour travel each way.
How to Get There On your Own
If you can catch ADO bus from either Playa Del Carmen or Tulum. Check bus timetable from ADO website.
Alternatively you can rent a car from one of the many car rentals around.