August 12-17, 2017

Chichén Itzá

World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. Etymologically, Chi-ch’en Itza means “the city by the well of the Itzáes“.

It is located 115 kilometers from the city of Merida, Yucatán, taking Highway No. 180 to the town of Piste, which is just 2 kilometers from the archaeological site. Visitors can reach the site by public transport.

It is also possible to visit Chichén Itzá from Cancún or Playa del Carmen, being at 180 km or 200 km respectively. From both sites, there are tourist buses; whereas private excursions are also possible.

Tourist Bus Service: from Cancún and Playa del Carmen, approximately $250 MXN

Cultural importance
Chichén Itzá is the best example of migration movements that occurred in Mesoamerica to the Early Post Classic, because it combines features of both material culture of the Maya area and the center of Mexico, particularly Tolteca. In addition Chichén Itzá was the capital of a vast territory in the Yucatán Peninsula, led by the League of Mayapan, 987 to 1200 d. C. The archaeological site Chichén Itzá is famous worldwide for the shadow and light phenomenon on each equinox occurring on the steps of the pyramid base known as The Castle. This event, made from the correct orientation and inclination of the planes of the base, shows the high level of astronomical and architectural knowledge that the Maya possessed, and that has led to one of the cultures and regions more studied around these issues, in addition to the territorial political organization and exploitation of resources. Chronology 525-1200 d. C.

Opens Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00 (ticket offices close at 16:00 h, and far zones in the archaeological area closes at 16:30 h.

Access Fee: 65 Mexican pesos

Important: The State Government through the Fiscal Administration Bureau of Yucatán charges an additional general admission of $160.00 Mexican pesos. For Mexican citizens admission will be $86.00 Mexican pesos. Individuals who prove Mexican nationality will be exempt of the fee on Sundays.
The sound and light show has and additional cost of 212 pesos.

Chichén Itzá Archaeological Zone 01 (985) 8 51 01 37
Yucatán INAH Center 01 (999) 9 44 00 33, 9 44 00 43 and 9 44 40 68

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