I was dreaming to go and visit the Mayan site of Chichen Itza (Mexico).
Begining of August 2016, I went with some members of my family.
First it happen to be an alert for a Tropical storm coming that day. Far from the coast, we were thinking that it would not affect us. Mistake !
A little warning for all tourists going on there own, before entering in this site, you will find on the highway, some tourist information shops. As I believe, you shall all stop there to check and of course the guys there try to sell you the entrance ticket. It is the holidays in Mexico and you will queue something like three hours to get in, they said . That could really be true. I personally though that was kind of too much. They told us the entrance fee is 480 pesos each, but buying from them, we could get a free parking spot that usually cost 150 pesos.
We did not, and that is the good thing about it. After 30 minutes of queue we are at the register to get our tickets, the normal ticket is 240 pesos, but my Grandaughter under twelve pays less and myself over 60 should be free (if you are Mexican). The lady at the ticket office was extremely nice and consider my resident card to give me a free entrance. The parking fee is 30 pesos.
So please be carreful and do not buy tickets somewhere else that at the entrance itself.
The site of Chichen Itza is really big and very interesting. Even under the rain...
The stepped pyramids, temple, columned arcades, and other stone structures were sacred to the Mayan. It shows much about the Maya and Toltec vision of the universe. The most recognizable structure is the Temple of Kukulkan (El Castillo). The Temple has 365 steps, one for each day of the year.In fact each side of the Temple has 91 steps and the platform at the top makes the 365 th. The Maya’s astronomical skills were so advanced they could even predict solar eclipses.
The ball court is the largest known in America. it measures 168 meters long and 70 meters wide.During the 1400s people abandoned Chichen Itza to the Jungle.
It is now a World Heritage site.
Too bad, I think this wonderful site is ruined by the numbers of souvenirs junk that you find all along the aisle of the site.
Its quite easy to reach Chichen Itza by car from Playa del Carmen, Cancun or Merida, its around 2 1/2 hours drive.
Do not miss it.
If you did not have time to eat, there is a nice restaurant next to the ticket office. Good food , nice staff and cheap.