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  • Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm
  • Admission: Adults: 95 pesos, Children (12yrs and under): Free
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza - meaning "At the mouth of the well of the Itza" - is Mexico's most visited archeological site, a magnificent display of Mayan culture and the ceremonial center of the Yucatán. The highlight of Chichen Itza is the Kukulkan Pyramid, known as "El Castillo", 24 meters (79 feet) high of step pyramid construction. Mesoamerican cultures occasionally built larger pyramids on top of smaller ones and this is the case for El Castillo where an excavation discovered a temple with an elaborate jaguar throne.

At sunrise and sunset on the Spring and Fall equinoxes the corner of the pyramid casts a shadow of Kukulkan, a feathered serpent god, creating the illusion of a snake slithering down the North side with the sun's movement. The Cenote Sagrado is also an impressive natural site at Chichen Itza, featuring a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 60 meters (197 feet) in diameter. Visitors to Chichen Itza get a good feel for ancient Mayan culture through these impressive structures.

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Chichen Itza is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of many stone buildings in various states of preservation, but all sites are connected by a network of roads, called sacbeob. The three most well-known of these monument complexes are El Castillo, Temple of Warriors and the Great Ball Court. While some groups like the Ossario group and Central group are open to everyone, Chichen Viejo (Old Chichen) is only open to archeologists.

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archeologist

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Gain essential insights into Mexico’s past on a visit to Chichen Itza with a private archeologist. Miss the crowds by visiting in the early morning, and see ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen with Archeologist

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Arrive early and beat the crowds on this tour of Chichen Itza with an expert archeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else! Experience in ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

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Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic. Explore the most important archaeological zone and ancient capital of the Mayan Empire on a full day ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Merida

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Immerse yourself in Mayan culture at Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, where a private entrance awaits you – without the lines! This day ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

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Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic, and you can explore it on a personalized, private tour from Cancun. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Varies

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Chichen Itza Small-Group Tour with Private Entrance

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Discover the Mayan city of Chichen Itza through a private entrance at Mayaland Resort, without waiting in line! On this small-group tour of this UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Chichen Itza by Night and Day: Archaeologist-Led Tour, Dinner and Light and Sound Show from Playa del Carmen

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By day, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chichen Itza on a tour with a certified archaeologist and at night, enjoy the Light and Sound Show — part ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Chichen Itza by Night and Day: Archaeologist-Led Tour, Dinner and Light and Sound Show from Cancun

By day, learn the secrets of Chichen Itza with an archaeologist-expert on the UNESCO World Heritage site, and when night falls, settle into your seats for the ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

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Unlock the mysteries of the ancient Mayan culture on this fascinating full day sightseeing tour from Riviera Maya. Chichen Itza is a famous archaeological ...  Read more

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99

Experience Mayan Culture: Chichen Itza, Cooking Class and Maya Traditions

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Immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural wonders of the Mayan civilization on this comprehensive tour in the Yucatan. Observe the universe at a ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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