Chichén Itzá and Valladolid
Chichén Itzá – “The Mouth at the Well of the Itza”
Location: Yucatán State
75 miles east of Mérida, 93 miles from Tulúm
Chichén Itzá has numerous monuments to explore: El Castillo; the Ball Court, which is the largest in Mesoamerica, the sacred Cenote, where archaeologist have discovered a number of well-adorned skeletons of sacrificial ceremonies, the Temple of the Warriors, with its 1,000 columns dedicated to the warriors of the city, and the Caracol or Observatory.
The site was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and, in 2007, it was voted in a global survey as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Remarkably, given the relatively simple technology available at the time, Chichen Itza was built in an area of rough terrain that was leveled in order to accommodate larger structures, including, most notably, El Castillo (“the castle”), a pyramid structure that, thanks to restoration efforts on the part of the Mexican government, still stands today.
In addition, archeologists believe the Mayans painted many of the buildings in bright colors, including reds, greens and blues. Today, though, the remains of the city retain the pale gray colors of the original stone.
Cenote at Chichen Itza
A large cenote (sacred well) located at the northern end of Chichen Itza has immense ceremonial and archaeological significance.
Long rumored to have been the site of human sacrifice, the cenote was dredged in the early 1900s. The dredging yielded numerous precious artifacts made of gold, turquoise and jade, as well as human remains.
Valladolid: “Sací” in Mayan language
Location: Yucatán state
98 Miles from mérida , 27 Miles from Chichén Itza
One of the oldest cities on the peninsula and currently one of the two Yucatecan Magical Towns, Valladolid is fascinating, peaceful and full of life at the same time, historic venues, mansions, museums, markets, fountains, shops, ice cream and snack stalls, parks and many places to explore.
In Valladolid you can breathe a peaceful air, typical of a small town and extremely rich in traditions. Probably the first thing that catches your attention is the kindness of its inhabitants, who will not think twice before sharing everything they know about the place where they were born.
It is highly recommended to arrive early at the archeological site of Chichen Itza as it is one of the most visited sites on the peninsula and also a place where the temperature is usually high. We recommend picking you up at 06:00 A.M. (if possible) to be able to do all the activities with the best available time.
The visit to the site is approximately 3 hours. then we will drive to a near by Mayan village to cool off in a Cenote and to have our lunch.
After the activities in the village we will drive to the city of Valladolid, the second most important city in the state of Yucatán, for a visit of approximately two hours.
We will return to your hotel around 5:00 P.M.
• Specialized guide
• Entrance fees
• Water and snacks
• Mayan food
• Pictures and videos
• $145 USD per person (min. 2 people)
What to bring with you:
• Comfortable shoes
• Biodegradable sunblock
• Bathing suit and towel
• Cash for souvenirs and tips