Did you know that Chichen means “At the mouth of the well of Itza”. Chichén Itzá was made the 7th Wonder of the world in 2009. The main pyramid of this ancient Mayan city was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide vote involving more than 100 million people.
Its selection was announced by the New7Wonders Foundation on July 7, 2007 — 07/07/07 — and also included China’s Great Wall, Petra in Jordan, Christ Redeemer statue in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Colosseum in Rome and the Taj Mahal in India. An honorary eighth wonder was the Giza pyramids in Egypt, which were part of the original Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.
The Mayas, which invented the concept of zero, also mastered astrology. They created the temple as a physical calendar aligned with the sun. It’s designed with such perfection that in the late afternoon on the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun casts shadows depicting the plumes of a serpent that slithers down the steps. The creature’s body eventually links with the stone serpent’s head at the bottom of one of the staircases. (see pics).
There are 91 steps on each side and the bit at the top represents 1. Do the math and you have 365. The same number of days in a year.
Things you will need:
Sun cream if you burn easy
A blanket or cardigan
Water and snacks
Comfy closed in shoes preferably trainers
From the absolute beginning this trip was brilliant. Shop around for a good deal, Trip Advisor was expensive compared to what I paid. Over all its only 184 pesos to actually get into Chichen Itza and 50 pesos for the Cenote so do not be ripped off. However, saying that the service they provide is worth every penny and it includes a buffet lunch too which catered for fussy eaters like me.
I opted out of the breakfast and a free drink so that meant I got a silver band. I was picked up at 7.30am and it was a short drive to a pick-up point in Talum. There was a bit of fuss if we had paid for breakfast, but I stated I did not eat wheat, gluten or dairy and there was nothing they could offer me anyway.
So, on arrival you join a short que for your wrist bands and to pay for those who haven’t. Then there is a short walk around a pop-up shop. I recommend not to buy anything here as it is over priced and more authentic at the actual archaeological site. Those who paid an extra 120 pesos for breakfast go into the hall. Those who didn’t sit outside. Breakfast looked like a sloppy mess of tacos, pancakes and syrup, scrambled eggs and fried beans and coffee. No fresh fruits or nothing. Anyway, whilst waiting many other people arrive as this is a pick-up point for other ruins and day trips too.
There is a small pop up tuck shop but again this is overpriced. Therefore, bring plenty of snacks for the journey. Don’t worry about the weight of your bag or rucksack you cant take it into the sites with you anyway it has to be locked on the coach or in a locker at the site.
Once everyone has eaten you try and find out what coach you will be on 9 out of 10 you are on the one that bought you anyway. You are then greeted by your driver and guide briefly and given a number sticker.
My guide was called Miguel he was absolutely fantastic and made everyone laugh all day.
There are charging point/usb hubs on the coach, so it is possible to charge your phone too.
The coach can get cold, especially on the way home! I took a poncho and so glad I did! The journey there is broken up as you stop off at the Cenote (see other post about this phenomenal place).
Arriving at Chichen the locals selling hats ambush you if you are not wearing one. Trust me when I say its wise to have one. Most will charge 5 dollars don’t pay more as there are loads of them selling the same things so you can barter for a bargain!
Listen to your guide or you will get left behind so do not be late to the pick-up point! The time is different by an hour so it can be confusing. We lost a group of people we waited 15 mins and then they asked everyone to sign a bit of paper to confirm that we waited.
Anyway, I was very lucky that there were only 3 other people that spoke English so the I got a great guided tour and got to ask so many questions. The day is an overload of information so if you research some information or the history before you go you shouldn’t find this too over whelming.
I found out that you can clean the bad energy of obsidian stone with salt water! I found that interesting… You can buy this stone eveywhere in Mexico.
Chichén Itzá is a intricate site of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The massive step pyramid you see in my pictures with me in front is known as El Castillo or The Temple of Kukulcan and this dominates the ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s.
Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings’ sophisticated geometry. This is all explained by the guide. Who Knew to clap infront of Kukulan or the Graphic stones to hear the vibrations and how the sound resonates from one side to the other is amazing!
The site has a magnificent history especially astrologically. The chart in the picture shows a mayan astrolofy chart and you can pick one up at the site for approx. 500 pesos they are a lot more expensive everywhere else. My one is quiet large too. Remember this things are handmade too! The skulls and various other items are a hell of a lot cheaper than 5th Avenue that’s for sure!
Moreover, your guide explains loads of information for around half an hour to 45 minutes, you then get 50 minutes to an hour to walk around. This is not enough time to see everything so try and take all your pictures as you are walking around with your guide.
The time goes very quick and the place has an amazing feel about it. I loved it and wish I could of stayed longer. I bought loads of gifts here to take home with me too.