Chichen Itza had been a dream of mine since I was a small child. My first experience with it was building a sand castle model of it when I was 10! I’ve been twice. If you love Central American history and culture, you will love Chichen Itza. I suggest a local-guided bus into the area if you’re staying on the coast. While driving yourself is interesting with many potential stops, a bus is safer and also, with the right tour guide, you hear much information not only about the history of the site, but the stories behind what you are seeing on the roadside- mud houses, grass shacks, and dozens of children. It’s a picture of local color like nowhere else I’ve been.
I suggest you bring a guidebook to Chichen Itza with you, even if you follow a tour leader. There is just too much to say during one tour. It is a magically haunting place that is so rich with stories, mystery, and, most importantly, human sacrifice! Don’t let them skip over the bloodlust that the ancient Mayans had- it is the most fascinating aspect of their culture, given their propensity for such great intellectual strides in astronomy and mathematics.
The best dates to visit are the solstices. But make your reservations far in advance!
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. But remember, I’m a simple college student in mid-scholastic crisis who just really, really loves Chichen Itza, and I’ll try to say whatever else I can, but I’m not an endall source! Please enjoy your trip to the temple and surrounding city. It is truly a beautiful and moving experience.
over 5 years ago