Depart early from your Merida hotel and commence the journey to Chichen Itza in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan. Sail straight past long lines at the entrance and begin your personalized group tour with an expert guide; wander the ancient capital of the Mayan empire and discover the mysteries of one of the world’s most significant archeological sites.
Begin your tour by absorbing the unique atmosphere of a world wonder in the Great Plaza, hailed as the social and spiritual heart of the city. Continue to the Pyramid of Kukulcan and gaze upward at the iconic structure; marvel at the pyramid’s perfect symmetry; learn how it was influenced by astronomical discoveries and listen to stories of serpentine shadows and architectural inspiration. Venture within to lay eyes on the exceptional pre-Colombian Chac Mool sculpture.
Next, venture to the enigmatic Great Ball Court to gain insight into the mystifying acoustics of the area. Stand 150 feet (46 meters) from someone on the opposite side of the ball court and hear their muted whispers loud and clear. This scientific marvel continues to perplex experts and archeologists around the world.
See, too, the sacrificial Sacred Cenote, from which human skeletons and glittering jewelry were excavated. Observe Tzompantli, a wall of skulls upon which the heads of sacrificial victims were displayed for an insight into the gruesome traditions of the Mayans. Next, follow your guide to an ancient collection of buildings constructed during the classical period; see the Temple of Warriors and the House of Mysterious Writings as your guide provides enrapturing explanations.
Explore the site independently until you depart for the luxurious Mayaland Hotel Resort. Feast upon a delicious buffet of local dishes and special recipes, watching local performers dance to traditional folkloric music. Luxuriate in the resort’s fabulous facilities before boarding the minivan for the return journey to Merida.