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Chichén Itzá Things to See and Do

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The highlights of Chichén Itzá can easily be seen in one day, and all visits should include El Castillo, Ball Court, Sacred Cenote, Temple of the Warriors, Observatory, and Nunnery. Tickets to the site automatically include admission to the evening sound and light show: if you’re staying overnight, you should definitely attend this tacky but entertaining spectacle. After visiting Chichén Itzá itself, spend a second day nearby, hiking through Balancanche Cave and then heading to Cenote Ik Kil for swimming and lunch.










By George Nunes
Mayan archeology and culture are my passion and I've visited over 20 sites so far. My career path has encompassed being a professional dancer and...
12 Feb 2010

 
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Chichén Itzá Ruins

Chichén Itzá fascinates historians and archeologists as a city with a long, complicated development, displaying in its construction elements of...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo

The Temple of Kukulkan, nicknamed El Castillo or “The Castle,” is instantly recognized around the world and has become the unofficial image of...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Ball Court

The Chichén Itzá ball court, at 6.5 meters long by 30 meters wide, is the largest of more than 1,300 Mesoamerican ball courts, where a ritualized...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Tzompantli (Wall of Skulls), Temple of the Jaguars, Platform of the Eagles, Temple of Venus

In the Great Plaza are found four unique structures, each with its own purpose: The Temple of Venus was likely the podium for rites, ceremonies or...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Sacred Cenote

Chichén Itzá was named the “mouth of the well of the Itzaes,” after the Sacred Cenote. It was the home of the rain god Chac and an entrance...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Temple of the Warriors

With individualistic portraits of warriors carved on its 200 columns, this temple represents the peak of Mayan-Toltec style. At the top of the...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Temple of the Thousand Columns

In contrast to the typical small rooms formed by the Mayan arch, the Temple of the Thousand Columns was a vast, covered space. Whether a market or...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

The Observatory or El Caracol

El Caracol is a large platform surmounted by a round tower, remarkably similar to today’s observatories. It received its nickname because the...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Las Monjas

No, nuns did not live in this building – it received that name because the Spanish thought it looked like a convent. Probably a residential palace,...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Ik Kil Parque Ecoarqueológico

Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day, the restaurant, park and cenote of Ik Kil provide a verdant escape from the direct sun of Chichén...

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico
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