Chichen Itza is a complex of Myan ruins dominated by the most famous, El Castillo. The Maya name is translated “at the mouth of the well of itza”.
Where to stay: We spent the night in Valladolid (20 minutes away from Chichen Itza) at Hotel Maria de la Luz for $37 for the night with free breakfast. We shared a bedroom with three beds and had access to the pool in the courtyard, which was a bonus for the car sick kids.
The hotel was conveniently located right at the town square and we were able to see so much of this beautiful little town just by walking around.
Hours: open from 8am till 5pm everyday. Allow yourself a good few hours to linger and really soak up the atmosphere.
Admission: For non Mexican residents, the admission is 188 pesos per person with children under the age of 12 being free. We opted out of a private tour, but I would imagine they are worth every penny.
Tip: Clap your hands at the base of El Castillo and you will hear the sound of a Quetzel bird!
5 Globetrotters tip: I cannot stress enough to get there when the gates open. Chichen Itza sees approximately 2 million tourists per year, do yourself a favor and beat the crowds.
Tour busses arrive at 10 am which is also when the vendors start selling.
Have you visited Chichen Itza?