It was very exciting to be able to go on a full day excursion to one of the new 7 wonders of the world, Chichen Itza. We set off at 7AM for our Chichen Itza tour from Cancun. After a 2 ½ hour drive from Club Med Cancun Yucatán we finally pulled into the parking lot and everyone piled out from the cool air conditioned bus to an already humid empty parking lot. We were the first to arrive, but not for long!
Our tour guide Adriana is a native of the area and full of knowledge about Mayan culture and the history of Cancun Mexico. As we got closer to the Temple of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo, you could just see how tall and stunning the pyramid was, but you could also sense a cold feeling about it. The temple has a total of 365 steps, with one representing each day of the calendar year. The temple’s four sides have 91 steps and the top platform makes the 365th.|
We continued to walk around the ruins of Chichen Itza and learned that the Mayan people were pretty ruthless back then. They sacrificed humans and animals, then threw them into sinkholes of water to pacify the gods, because they believed the holes were the entrance to the underworld. The Mayans were also famous for their Ball Game, and we stood right on the ground where they played the deadly sport. Spectators would fill the stands to watch The Mayan Ball Game while teams would handle a 12lbs (5.4kg) rubber ball through stone scoring hoops set high on the court walls. The losing team had to offer one of their players to the winning team, to be sacrificed.
When you tour Chichen Itza, be prepared to see a large volume of local vendors set up around the large archaeological site trying to sell a number of things. Most of the vendors did not bother us too much, but as the ruins started to get busy, the vendors became very vocal and creative with whimsical whistles to get your attention. If you are not interested, smile and say “no thank you” and keep walking.
When to Plan A Chichen Itza tour
The ruins are open daily. If you plan to do a Chichen Itza tour, please do arrive early to avoid the crowds and blistering heat.