Archaeological Tours of Chichen Itza Will Leave You Itching to See More
When you take an archaeological tour of Chichen Itza, you will leave itching for more sites to see. The second most visited archaeological site in Mexico, you can see why it is such a popular place as you arrive for the first time.
Chichen Itza when translated means ‘at the mouth of the well of Itza’ is probably the most famous of Mayan Sites in Mexico and its history is as obscure as that of Mayan history. This is due to there being very few written records in relation to the Mayan.
Roughly what is known is that Chichen Itza existed from around 550AD to 800AD and was the ceremonial center of the Mayan Civilization.
It was abandoned for approximately a hundred years for some unknown reason and then people resettled again in 900AD. It was then invaded by the Toltecs just before 1000AD.
It is then said that in 987AD a man calling himself Kukulkan arrived in Chichen Itza and he is said to have brought Toltecs beliefs and practices here.
See the Remarkable El Castillo on a Guided Tour
The main attraction in Chichen Itza to see on a guided tour has to be El Castillo. This remarkable pyramid shaped structure has been one of the seven wonders of the world since 2007 and when you are there, it is completely understandable as to why it is.
Other interesting sights is the Great Ball Court, Temple of the Tables, Tzompantli, Platform of Venus, Platform of the Eagles and Jaguars, the Steam Bath, Cenote Sagrado and the Thousand Columns.
Due to Chichen Itza being the most important Mayan capital city and its general historic importance, it was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988.
Top 8 Fascinating sights in Chichen Itza
Travel Tips for Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza when it is not hot and humid is the best time to visit. There is a lot of walking around which is not comfortable in the heat. The busiest time and the most expensive time is during the months of December to April, but it is also the perfect time weather-wise. The months of September-October is when there is a possibility of hurricanes so not advisable to go at this time either.
The varied prices of guided tours will depend on the length of tour and a number of places you see on the tour. It also depends on the time of the day. The vendors selling crafts, charge a little more than in the cities and the chances are you will find the same there. It is worth your while to have water and food with you because the vendors will charge a lot more because they have the monopoly here.
The most important tip when visiting Chichen Itza is to bring water because you do not want to get dehydrated nor do you want to pay extra for water bought there. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen regularly during the day. Due to the complex being so big, it is essential that you wear comfortable shoes for walking or climbing, also because the ground is very uneven. Try not to stray from the tour groups
It is a tropical climate in Chichen Itza which means that during June to October the weather is rainy and muggy, November to February is relatively cool and March to May is hot with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. The hottest month is usually May and the coldest are December and January with temperatures only as low as 29 degrees during the day. There could be Hurricanes in September - October.