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Are you in Tulum and planning your visit to one of the seven wonders of the World, the pyramid of Chichen Itza? If yes, then you are reading the right guide. Chichen Itza Mayan ruins are just a few hours by car or bus from Tulum, Valladolid or even Cancun, which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip during your travel to Mexico.

If you don’t want to travel there alone and you search for a more complete experience, you will find plenty of guides and tours that will organize a day or more in Chichen Itza and a visit to the cenote close by. Very often in the price of the tour it’s included the entrance to the archeological site, the transportation and the lunch or the hotel if you’re staying out more than one day. Tours can be private or shared with other people: that can be a nice occasion to make friends during your trip!

So, keep on reading to discover more about the Chichen Itza pyramid and our experience there! 

Chichen Itza Pyramid History: From The Mayan time to this day

Chichen Itza was a Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The city dates back to 400s A.D and its name, Chichen Itza, is a Mayan term for “at the mouth of the well of the Itza.” The Itza were Mayans who had the power in the northern part of the Yucatan peninsula, where the pyramid is located. The well in the name refers to a number of underground rivers that run beneath Yucatan and served as the source of water for the city. This easy access to water made the location perfect for a city like Chichen Itza. Nowadays it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and it’s definitely worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Mexico.

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“Chichen Itza Pyramid”

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“Mayan Soldier”

Day Trip from Tulum or Valladolid to Chichen Itza Ruins

A day trip to Chichen Itza archeological site, located in Yucatan, is one of the best experience you can have during your trip to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen or Tulum. If you are tired of the beach and you want more history and discover Mayan culture, then start thinking about adding a visit to the ruins to your itinerary. Moreover, it can also be a good excuse to visit the city of Valladolid. Here we share with you our advice and experience on our day trip to Chichen Itza.

Transportation Options: How to travel to Chichen Itza site

Visiting Mexico by car or motorbike can be challenging. There are many police controls on the road (yes, they can bring a lot of trouble if you are a tourist) and you will have to pay attention. If you choose to visit Yucatan by car, then you should always carry some cash with you, preferably pesos than usd, and be sure to check your itinerary before leaving. But it also has its advantages: you can arrive at the site even an hour before and you can stop swimming in the free cenote along the way. If you decide on visiting the archeological site with a tour, then you will not have to worry about transportation: you will most probably use a minivan or a bus.

tulum to chichen itza transport

“Travel In Yucatan By Car”

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“Robin Prefers Motor Bike”

Entrance Price and Tour Guide: All you need to know

As we said for the transportation, be sure to bring with you some cash, in pesos not usd, to pay the entrance. The price is 232 pesos for adults, about $13 usd, which is pretty cheap if you think you are gonna visit ancient Mayan ruins. Of course the guide or the tour will cover you a little bit more, but you’ll have everything included and you will not have to struggle at your arrival there (and most probably you will skip the queue).

Where to have lunch close to Chichen Itza

A thing we don’t advise you to do is eating on site. The price of the food is really expensive and we can’t guarantee the quality. What you should do is drive to the closest city of Piste. There you’ll find many places to eat great food at good prices. One of our favorite place there is “La Gran Chaya de Piste”, a local restaurant to taste real food from Yucatan. On the same street, you can also find fresh juices that can cheer you up on a hot day.

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“Restaurants Close To Chichen Itza Are Delicious”

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“Mayan Food In A Modern Key”

In which hotel to stay for a weekend

If you decide to spend a weekend in Chichen Itza, we advise you to book a hotel in the city of Valladolid. Very different from Tulum or Playa del Carmen, here you will find a typical hispanic style left by the colonizers. Buildings are really nice and you can also visit some great churches. A place we recommend you is definitely Hotel Casa Bamboo. This hotel is really affordable, clean and it has a nice style. If you are up for something more fancy (but also more expensive), then Hotel Le Muuch and Hotel Posada San Juan are a must.

Which Cenote is the best close to Chichen Itza

Unfortunately, the cenote close to Chichen Itza has not very clear water. Moreover they say that this cenote was the place for human sacrifice and sacred rituals by Mayan. But don’t despair: there are many beautiful cenotes close to Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Our favorite is Cenote Ik Kil: its beauty is incredible, but consider that it is also one of the most popular in Yucatan. If you want to avoid the crowd, we found these two secret cenotes close to Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote and Cenote Chihuán. Be sure to visit them if you are a cenote lover like us!

jungle close to chichen itza

“Nature Around Chichen Itza”

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“The Cenote Close To Chichen Itza”

We hope our guide for a day trip to Chichen Itza helped you during your trip to Yucatan. Don’t forget to share your experience with us and the other travelers below: we can’t wait to read your adventures!

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