Chichen Itza Journals

The World Famous and the Little Known

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A June 2008 trip to Chichen Itza by Koentje3000

Parque Francisco Cantón Rosado Photo, Chichen Itza, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Only 50km apart are the world famous pre-Columbian Chichen Itza and little known colonial gem Valladolid. Both are definitely worth a visit.

Major sights in Chichén

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Attraction | "The major attractions in Chichén"

Kukulkan Pyramid Photo, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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A few thousand visitors come to Chichén Itzá each day, so if you want to spend a nice time here, it is wise to plan your visit in the morning, before the arrival of the large tour groups coming on a day trip from the Yucatán peninsula. However, most tour groups arrive around 12PM and return at about 3PM, so the next best thing may be the afternoon, although the site closes already at 5AM. After you paid your 100 pesos entrance fee, walk straight on to the most representative building of this site, the beautiful El Castillo (The castle), also know as the pyramid of Kukulkan, the feathered snake god of the ancient Mayas. The well-known step pyramid, constructed around 1200AD and toppe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2009

Ruins of Chichen Itza

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Attraction | "A Brief Chichén Itzá History"

Ruins of Chichen Itza Photo, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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The earliest history of the site is still largely unknown, but artefacts found here show evidence that there must have been a settlement already around the beginning of our epoch. Nomadic tribes already wandered around the Yucatán peninsula much earlier. The porous soil of the land makes it devoid of freshwater lakes or rivers, but instead it is dotted with cenotes, a kind of sinkhole filled with water. Near Chichén Itzá are two of these cenotes, so the area became very attractive for the wandering Mayan tribes, and the first settlements soon followed. Around 1AD there must have been already a small society on this site. As a social and religious Maya centre, Chichén soon developed in size and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2009

Ruins of Chichen Itza
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Ruins of Chichen Itza

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Attraction | "General Information about Chichén Itzá"

Ruins of Chichen Itza Photo, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Chichén Itzá is definitely one of the largest tourist attractions on the Yucatán Peninsula, yes even from whole Mexico. Its proximity to the crowded Yucatán beach resorts like Cancún or Playa del Carmen, only around 200km away on good roads, means hordes of tourists come to look at the magnificent ancient ruins. After all, over 1 million annual visitors can't be wrong, can they? As always there are upsides (like abundant transport, many nearby hotels and restaurants) and downsides (closure of some temple complexes, pushy sellers) to the omnipresence of tourists.Getting thereIt will come as no surprise that a big tourist attraction like Chichén is served well by public an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2008

Ruins of Chichen Itza
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Valladolid walking tour

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San Servacio Photo, Mexico, North America
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The city of Valladolid is centred on its beautiful central square, the Parque Francisco Cantón Rosado. The popular square is dotted with trees and plants, several cast iron benches and a strange fountain with a colourful statue of a Mayan lady pouring water. The plaza is lined with several remarkable historical buildings, most notably the Catedral de San Servacio, constructed around 1700AD, the 17th century Méson del Marquéz, now containing an excellent hotel and restaurant, and the beautiful town hall (palacio municipal), complete with a colonnaded façade and a lavish interior. If you look at the street map of Valladolid, you will immediate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2008

Colonial Valladolid

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Attraction | "Valladolid: One of Yucatán's Great Colonial Cities"

Parque Francisco Cantón Rosado Photo, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Despite its proximity to several of the tourist magnets located in the Yucatán Peninsula (Chichén Itzá: 50km, Mérida and Cancun: 150km), Valladolid is still not spoiled by mass tourism. However, the tour groups rushing by to one of the more imaginative places are wrong. It is after all one of the Yucatán's great colonial cities, with a long but violent history. The fact that not too many tourists make it here also means locals are friendlier, prices are cheaper and shopkeepers are not obtrusive.History During Maya times, there were only a few small communities in this area, inhabited with Cupul Maya people. The dominating regional force lay in Chichén Itzá, but inc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2008