Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins
Take a trip back in time with this visit to the famous Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza. This Progreso tour takes you to the ancient city for a fun history lesson full of great photo ops. Reserve your spot on this Chichen Itza tour and learn all about this area's storied past.
Chichen Itza, one of Mexico's most visited sites, was once one of the most important cities in Mayan civilization and among the most powerful. As other city centers declined, Chichen Itza ascended and enjoyed unquestionable regional reign until the city saw its own decline starting around 900 A.D. During its prominence, Chichen Itza served as a prominent regional capital that centralized and dominated many political, ideological and economic aspects of the area.
On this 7-hour excursion, expect to see plenty of impressive structures from those times including the Temple of Kukulkan and the Great Ball Court. The Temple of Kukulkan stands about 100 feet high, and it is known for its step pattern that resembles the shape of a snake; Kukulkan is a notable snake deity in Mayan history. What's particularly impressive about the temple is the series of shadows created during the spring and fall equinoxes. When the sun hits the NW corner of the structure, there are shadows that make it appear as if a serpent is slithering down the pyramid.
The Great Ball Court is among the biggest ballcourts in ancient Mexico and Central America; it's also one of the most well-preserved. It's longer than a football field (roughly 190 yards) and surrounded by walls that are 8 yards high. Just like at the Temple of Kukulkan, snake odes and carvings are a common sight. Other big attractions on this tour include the Sacred Well and the Observatory. This is a moderately paced tour, so make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Light snacks such as croissants and sweetbreads are included in the tour price. Book your Progreso tour now before space fills up!
They did a great job of taking care of us. Our tour guide was great. Nice to have a local person to explain the culture and history of the area. Pleasant drive there and back. Kept us supplied with water and fruit juice. Had a nice snack for us on the way back. The tour was well paced with some time to explore and shop on our own. Great experience.
Reviewer: Madhukar Gandra
The whole trip was organized very well. We were on time and the Guide explained all about Mayan culture and temple. Kids had lot of fun and were excited.
Reviewer: Kerry Olson
Excellent! Our guide Juan was Mayan he provided insight to the culture that included teaching moments. He was enthusiast about the ruins and brought them to life. The ruins are absolutely incredible. Don't miss this once in a lifetime visit.
The tour guide is great, and the Ruin is beautilful.
Reviewer: Michael Kavanagh
The tour was excellent, the tour guide was very well informed, was able to communicate his knowledge well and was extremely helpful. On the down side, the instructions on meeting with the tour company could be improved. Had to take a commuter bus from the ship to the local market to find the tour company. The directions to find the tour company was confusing, and the tour company had no one meeting the commuter bus. The tour bus could use a washroom stall or a designated stop for the wash room, 2.5 hr drive to Chichen.