Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period. The archaeological site is located

num Municipality, Yucatan State, Mexico. Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site. The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site's stewardship is maintained by Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). The land under the monuments had been privately owned until 29 March 2010, when it was purchased by the state of Yucatán. Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with over 2.6 million tourists in 2017.

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Best Time To Visit

The temperatures in the Mayan Peninsula are very high and constant throughout the year between 28ºC in December-January and 35ºC in May-August. The best time during the day is between 8 and 11 am, and if you’re not an early bird, you can get there between 2 and 3 pm.


First class buses also arrive to Chichen Itza daily from Cancun (3 hours), Playa del Carmen (3 hours 20 minutes) and Tulum (2 hours 20 minutes) and over the weekends from Merida (1.5 hours). The buses arrive at the west entrance to the site where taxis also await should you want to get to a hotel by the east entrance.


Chichen Itza is located in the Yucatán Peninsula south of the Tropic of Cancer and surrounded by warm tropic waters from the Gulf of México and the Pacific Ocean which means it has a warm and humid tropical weather.

Know Before Visiting

There are two tickets required for Chichen Itza, one for $70 pesos, and another for $172 pesos, so $242 pesos (around $13) in total. There is a nighttime light show which allows you around 45 minutes to tour around the site (with a multilingual audio guide), followed by a 25-minute sound and light show projected onto the Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo) pyramid.