There is no doubt, you will be thrilled to plan Chichen Itza Tours to watch the ancient Mesoamerican step pyramid that date backs to 600 A.D. It is also called as the Temple of Kukulcan. It dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Yucatan, the Mexican state.
Here are the important 15 things you need to notice before you plan Chichen Itza Tours.
(1) About Chichen Itza
It is the second most visited pre Colombian city flourished from around 600 to 1000 A.D. It is a large complex made with several balls courts, ceremonial sites and other important figures and buildings.
(2) About the location
The city lies in southeastern Mexico that belongs to eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula. The place lies at a distance of around 73 miles from Merida and 111 miles from Playa del Carmen.
(3) Residents of Chichen Itza
Major portions of the residents of the city include populations from Mayan Kingdoms. The people spoke several different languages. At present the city is said to have around 6 million Mayas speaking modern day language knows as Yucatec Maya.
(4) About discovery
There is no clear cut idea about the discovery. Even though city has never lost, discovery of Maya regained interest by The Western world in mid 1850s when the explorers named John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood visited the place and documented the findings.
(5) How to reach the place from Playa del Carmen
You can take car or bus, public transportation, guided tours or group tours as per preference to reach the city.
(6) Why to visit Chichen Itza?
The pyramid was considered and called as new seven world wonder since 2007. It is really a worth visit watch the pyramid with 365 steps.
(7) What to see?
Apart from world famous Kukulkan Pyramid, you can also have a look at the El Caracol Observatory, Ball court in Mesoamerica, the Temple of the Warriors, the Sacred Cenote and much more.
(8) Best time to visit
The pyramid is open throughout the year for the visitors. The site opens at 9.30 in the morning and closes at 5.00 in the evening. It is better to get the site as early as possible since the city experience 93ºF of average annual temperature.
(9) What to bring?
It is better to carry insect repellent, light clothes, snacks & water and comfortable walking shoes. It is a good idea to carry umbrella and to avoid heavy products.
(10) Height of Chichen Itza
This is the tallest pyramid of the city and has a height of 30 meters and length of football court. Make a note that you can’t climb the pyramid.
(11) Compare Chichen Itza and Tulum
If you love to know about culture and history of Maya, then it is good idea to visit Chichen Itza
(12) Duration of Chichen Itza tour
It is really a good idea to spend a whole day to make the trip a complete experience.
(13) Make use of vendors
There are several vendors from surrounding villages to sell the wares to tourists which are their primary source of income to feed the family.
(14) Own or guided tour
You can plan it in accordance with your taste, preference and budget.
(15) Cost of Chichen Itza tour
The total cost depends on cost of travel, cost of stay, type of food, route you take and the time period you spend in the city. You can plan it better with the reputed tour operator.
These 15 tips make your tour perfect one.