ADD TO LISTChichen Itza is a major Mayan archaeological site that was prominent around the 7th century. Over 30,000 people lived at the site, which is most famous for the Pyramid of Kukulcan - built by the Toltecs in the 10th-11th century after the conquered the Mayans here. This pyramid has many Toltec motifs including the feathered serpent, eagles and jaguars and contains a jaguar-throne. People who travel to Chichen Itza also can see the rest of the sights which include sacrificial cenotes and ball courts. Check out of Chichen Itza travel guide for more on Chichen Itza.
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Hi! If you don't care much for crowds or if it's not imperative for you to take a tour. I suggest that you rent a car and drive to Chichen-Itza. For about 40-60$ a day, you can bank in the Chichen-Itza and the Coba ruins in a day. My friend and I rented a car early in the morning at 7:30, were on en route to Chichen Itza and arrived there at about 10am. The drive was safe and we got to drive through little towns scoping out arts and crafts. When we got to Chichen Itza, the entrance fee was 101 Mx Pesos which is about 10$. There are guides that will give you the tour of the place for about $50. But we didn't really see the point of that. We were able to catch some of what the guides were saying to other groups while we were scoping the different ruins. In reality, the site is so spectacular that you don't really want to pay attention to anyone talking. If you know what I mean. Make sure to leave Chichen Itza by 1:30 if you want to make it to Coba with Ample time to see the Coba Pyramid (the highest in all of the peninsula)and go up on it. Yes, at Coba you can still go on the ruins during your visit. The entrance to Coba was 51 Mx Pesos about 5$. Make sure to rent a bike unless you want to hike in the heat like we did with my friend. Over all, during our whole day we spent $95 for a trip to Chichen Itza and Coba, including gas for two people... a real bargain.
Absolutely loved it. Went when you could still climb the pyramid and walk through the other structures. It was like stepping back in time, and was very educational as well. The Jaguar was beautiful. Tip, asthma and hayfever sufferers, take meds before arriving or the jungle vegetation will play havoc with you. Our guide was very friendly, and spoke great English, we were advised not to interact with the local indians, but did eat in a native restaurant, SPICY.
When in Chichen Itza, remember to do a little sniffing around of your own. Ask questions, visit the eerie cenote (not like the swimming holes they talk about) that was a tomb for jewels and sacrifices alike. Visit the observatory, the ball court and if you can, time your trip to an equinox so that you can see the grand serpent slither down the steps of Chichen Itza's tallest pyramid with 365 steps to boot. A must-do on everyone's list.
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