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Top things to see when visiting Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza Highlights
One of the new 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is what most people around the world think of when you mention Mayan ruins. This pre-Columbian city was home to 50,000 people at its peak as a key commercial center and regional capital city.
El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan, is the main pyramid at the complex and immediately springs to mind. A large stone carving of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent deity, gives it his name and can be seen at the foot of the pyramid. The entire structure is big, standing at nearly 100 feet.
In 2016, archaeologists discovered a smaller second pyramid hidden inside El Castillo using noninvasive imaging techniques. Though it is inaccessible to visitors and has not been viewed by archaeologists in person, its existence speaks to the layered history of the site and its significance to Mayan cultures across hundreds of years.
Temple of the Warriors is another must see at Chichen Itza. The temple is another large stepped pyramid with carved columns lined up in rows and depicting Mayan warriors. A Chac Mool statue can be found at the entrance depicting a reclining man holding a bowl.
Getting to the Chichen Itza
There is no shortage of tours and shuttles that will take travelers to Chichen Itza, for a fee. For tourists staying in Cancun, Chichen Itza can be accessed from your hotel within two and a half hours (120 miles). If you are renting a car, you can rest assured that massive signs will direct you the entire way to the Mayan ruins.
However, a simpler option is to book a group or private tour with your hotel concierge or through TripAdvisor. A knowledgeable guide will make your visit to Chichen Itza much more memorable, and you can’t beat the air conditioning on tour buses.
Another unique way to see Chichen Itza is from the sky. Fly Tours Cancun offers visitors breathtaking aerial views of the Castillo and other structures of the Mayan city with flights departing from Cancun. Planes will land at a small airport near the site and you will have four hours to tour the area.