My friend Brooke from Brooke Reviews.com brought up the Chichen Itza because of a book cover she found and loved. It reminded me of how many amazing things there are to see in my corner of the world. North America is filled with world heritage sites and ancient history that I’m often guilty of overlooking for more far away lands.
Has anyone reading this made the bus trip from Cancun to Chichen Itza? Or been there for any other reason? I think I’d like to visit during the autumn equinox because at an exact moment during the day a shadow hits the temple in such a way that creates a snake down the side of it. The Mayans were pretty cool. I bet Tikal and Chichen Itza will be flooded for the 2012 end of the world celebrations.
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I haven’t mananged Chichen Itza yet, but I have been to both Tikal and Macchu Picchu. So I’m a little jaded.
I have been to Chichen Itza, and it was very interesting! We were able to actually climb up the pyramid in your picture, but I think that might be off limits now. If you go on the guided tours, the guides give you so many cool facts, like that the warriors played “basketball games” with leather balls to decide who would be sacrificed to the gods. I would highly suggest a trip out to Chichen Itza!
Chichen Itza is a great place. Yes, it most likely will be flooded for 2012 so don’t go that year. BUT, when you do go, you’d most likely arrive in Cancun. Stay in Cancun for a few days. You can also go down to an eco-park (highly recommended) called Xcaret (south of Cancun)- And spring the extra money for the show they do (trust me, its worth it). But for all of these things, I wouldn’t recommend a bus ride. It’s better to just rent your car. Just make sure you know how to drive Stick!
We took the bus from Cancun area and it was fine, we even made a stop at one of the limestone sink holes and went swimming in it. Amazing and great on a hot hot day! Chichen Itza was awesome and definitely worth the trip. The bus affords you the luxury of taking in the scenery instead of worrying about the road.
Have been traveling every couple of year to the Island of Cozamel and taken day flights several times to Chichen Itza. Climbed the pyramid several times which I think has 88 steps and very, very steep incline and tiny steps. The first couple of times I went it was only about $75.00 for the trip, last time several years ago I think it was $250.00!!!!! From the first time I went there they had been restoring the surrounding temples and pyramids and the last time I went there many were all restored beautifully. It is worth the trip what ever the price and I believe there is a hotel not far where you can stay and go on your own to look around. Talume (sp?) is also a nice place to see but is all in ruins the last time I was there. What makes it so nice is that it was built over the ocean, so the view is magnificent. There is a beach down below for a swim if you like. It was very crowded and infested with tourists and covers only a small area, not like the wide spread Chichen Itza.