Why is everybody coming to Tulum and the Riviera Maya? If you ask the majority of travelers who visit this paradisiac places the main reason that brought them here, you’ll be surprised by the number of people who mention the archaeological site of Chichen Itza before the unparalleled beaches, the stunning beaches or the perfect weather. But it’s not really that surprising, as this enigmatic place declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity is world known as one of the places you must visit before dying.
Chichen Itza was once the most revered Mayan center of worship and pilgrimage in the Yucatan Peninsula, and it is visited by more than a million tourists each year, making it the 2nd most visited archaeological zone in Mexico (just after Teotihuacan in Mexico City). The Mayan meaning for Chichen Itza is: “mouth of the well of the Itzaes” because located in this city is the Sacred Cenote, a huge sinkhole considered by the ancient inhabitants of the region one of the main entrances to the underworld. The Itzaes were known powerful mythical-historical lords, respected and revered by the Mayas back in the day.
The beautiful buildings of Chichen Itza have as their main representative the iconic temple of the god Kukulcan and although it is no longer possible to climb its staircase, admiring its impressive architecture from any point in the area is undoubtedly a unique experience that during your visit to Tulum you can’t miss.
The energy felt in each and every corner of this archaeological site will undoubtedly transport you to those times of mysticism and veneration of nature and the gods, as well as the beauty of other constructions no less important, such as the Ball Court (kind of an ancient football field), the Observatory and The Group of a Thousand Columns, will fascinate you at first glance. It only makes sense that this place was declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, having been elected by just over 100 million people through a worldwide vote.
Is it worth visiting Chichen Itza while staying in Tulum?
We know that your time is valuable and that you want to make the most of your stay at Maria del Mar Boutique Hotel. However, we have not heard from anyone who regrets taking the Chichen Itza tour. Chichen Itza is located 2.5 hours from our hotel and the options to visit it go from private tours, public transportation or you can rent a car to optimize time, besides the road is very safe.
What else can you do if you decide to visit Chichen Itza?
On the way to Chichen Itza from Tulum, either going or returning, a visit to the town of Valladolid is almost mandatory, here you can eat delicious typical dishes of the region and contemplate its architectural beauty, as well as the warmth of its people. Also, there are several cenotes along the road where you can cool off and have a great time. Most tours available in Tulum offer the full experience. Without a doubt, visiting Chichen Itza is an experience worth living, and when you return, at María del Mar Hotel Boutique you will find everything you need to relax after a full day of adventure.