Chichen Itza; One of the World’s 7 Wonders
Chichen Itza is one of the most important archaeological sites located in the Mexican State of Yucatan, visited by approximately 1.4 million tourists each year. It is one of the largest Mayan cities built by the Mayan community of the Terminal Classic Period. It is also recognised as one of the world’s seven wonders. A visit to Cancun would be incomplete without taking a day trip to Chichen Itza.
On our recent trip to Cancun, we decided to take a day trip to Chichen Itza, that includes not only the tour of the Mayan ruins, but the famous Cenotes and the city of Valladolid. In fact, there are several different tours to choose from, but the highlight of all the tours are mainly the Cenotes and the Mayan ruins. Let’s take you through all of these places: –
1: First Stop; Valladolid
We woke up around 6am to get ready for our exciting day trip. We quickly packed our bags and ate light breakfast to catch our shuttle van scheduled at 6:45am. Though quite early morning, we were really looking forward to it. The driver picked up other passengers from their resorts, then we all boarded a big bus full of other tourists eager to get to Chichen Itza at 8am. Our tour guide was really knowledgable and he explained all about the tour on our way to the first stop ‘Valladolid’. We arrived here around 11am and had about an hour to explore the cute little city-centre. This little city has around 46,000 inhabitants according to 2010 Census, located approximately 40km away from Chichen Itza. It is a great site to start the day trip, learning the culture and history of the Yucatan Peninsula.
We were so lost in the beauty of this town that we forgot to take enough pictures for the blog. I guess, it’s one of those places that you have to visit yourself.
2: Next stop, Il-Kil Cenote
After exploring Valladolid, we left for our next stop ‘ Il-Kil Cenote’. It is one of the most famous cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula and part of the Ik Kil Archeological Park, close to Chichen Itza. It is open for public swimming and is a favourite tourists stop on their way to the Mayan Ruins. We arrived here around 12:30am and we had nearly 2 hours to explore this site. This cenote is about 85 ft below the ground level, 200 ft in diameter and 130 ft deep; YES……It is deep!
Mayans used this cenote for both ritual and relaxation services. It is a sacred site to the Mayans community. You can take a swim in the cenote, but make sure you hire a life jacket, in case you’re not a confident swimmer. Also, there are plenty of Black Cat Fishes in the cenote. Beware of the slippery staircase all the way down to the cenote. There’s a large restaurant where you can eat a buffet lunch (usually included in your tour), few changing rooms and cottages for hire. You’ll definitely feel refreshed once you come out of this site.
3: Last Stop, Chichen Itza
After lunch, we boarded the bus to reach our final stop ‘Chichen Itza’, the main highlight of the tour. It was 15:00 by the time we got there and extremely hot. The positive was there weren’t many tourists so we had most of the site to ourselves. The heat was killing me, temperature was about 33C with no shade at that site. For those of you who don’t know already, I get heat rash in direct sunlight, so I have to take allergy tablets for it. I had taken 2 over there cause it was too hot and humid. However, I was blown away by the architecture and the idea of the Mayan Community behind building this amazing site. Our tour guide has shown us few tricks, which were truly amazing. No, I won’t tell you those, you’ll have to visit and see them yourself. Trust me, you’re going to love it.
That little girl in the background had taken around 50 photos at that spot, probably didn’t like any. We were waiting for about 15 mins but she didn’t move a step away from it. So, we simply decided to let her photobomb my picture, oh well!
After spending nearly an hour at Chichen Itza, it was time for us to head back to Cancun. It was a wonderful day trip that we will never forget.
You can book a similar tour on VIATOR here: https://www.viator.com/raf/T4CNDLE6A. Using this link, you’ll get USD $10 in credit to use towards any tour on Viator.
See you at other destinations around the world!