Find your way to Chichen Itza with LocoAdventures! This travel guide gives you three ways to explore the incredible ruins of Chichen Itza: Do It Yourself Tour, Travel with Friends, or Book a Tour. Each tour will satisfy your sense of adventure and are great for the inquisitive, off-the-beaten track traveler! Our suggestions are based on departures from the Riviera Maya so cruise through and see which plan suits you!
Chichen Itza (chee-chehn eet-sah) is the most visited Mayan ruin site in the Yucatan. It was the sacred city of the Itza, which when translated from Mayan means “Mouth of the well of the Itza.” Located 75 miles east of Merida, the capital of the State of Yucatan, Mexico; (1.5 hours) and 122 miles from Playa del Carmen (3 hours), this archaeological site was declared one of the new 7 Wonders of the World in 2007.
Chichen Itza was an urban trade center, the religious and spiritual heart of the Maya community as well as hub for astronomical developments. Highlights at the ruins include the Temple of Kukulcan, the Sacred Cenote, the Ball Court and the Group of the 1000 Columns. Note that the Toltecs invaded Chichen Itza in 1000 AD and forced a merge of the two cultures. With close observation or the help of a local guide, the shift in architectural features is easily identified making the mystery of Chichen Itza even more intriguing.