One of the most exciting parts about visiting the Riviera Maya is learning about Mayan culture. As the most famous Mayan site, Chichén Itzá is a must-see for anyone interested in the civilization. The Templo de Kulkulkán is a new wonder of the world after all!
The site itself is a two hour drive away from the hotel, but note that Chichén Itzá is located in the state of Yucatan and is in a different time zone than Puerto Morelos. If you plan to do the trip on your own, we recommend arriving when the site opens at 8am.
As you pull into the town of Chichén Itzá, guides will wave down your car and offer to lead the tour for you. We advise that you wait to get a guide until you arrive at the site, as all guides provided within the site of Chichén Itzá are licensed.
When you arrive at the site, wait in line for your tickets. After you purchase your tickets, you will be able to find a guide. Due to the lack of signs around the important landmarks, we encourage using a guide to explain the sights. There are also digital guides that you can download in advance on your phone.
Beware that it can be very hot, and several of the buildings that you will visit have very little shade or coverage from the sun. The tour lasts for 2-3 hours, so prepare accordingly.
Once inside, enjoy some of the incredible architecture and stories about Mayan gods like Kukulkán (the feathered serpent god) and Chac (the rain god).
If you don’t want to do the visit independently, you can also organize your trip through a tour company that will help facilitate the entire day.
What to bring:
- Lots of water
- Hat and sunglasses
Extra tip: If you happen to be in town for an equinox or solstice, plan to visit later in the evening to see the shadow of Kulkukán travel down the steps of the Templo de Kukulkán.