Do you want to go to Chichén Itzá? If you plan to know Yucatán, you cannot stop enjoying life in Mérida, its attractions and going to Chichén Itzá. But do you know how to get there?
Chichén Itzá is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, an ancient Mayan metropolis, iconic and truly spectacular. If you are going to know Yucatan, it is a must to visit this archaeological site.
Built between the 9th and 12th centuries, the sacred city is located just over 150 kilometers from Mérida. It was a religious and ceremonial site. Also a regional trade center.
It covers an area of approximately 10 kilometers, with hundreds of restored buildings including pyramids, temples, columns, and other Mayan structures.
Its centerpiece is the magnificent Kukulcán Pyramid (or El Castillo), which was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and rises to about 30 meters.
The El Castillo pyramid has 365 steps, one for each day of the year. You can take a photo of it, but it is forbidden to climb any of the temples or structures.
At the archaeological site you will find the largest ball court in America. With more than 160 meters long and 70 meters wide. In the past, this game consisted of throwing a rubber ball through a ring that was mounted on a wall, seven meters above the ground. Each team had six players and they could use any part of the body except their hands. The captain of the team that fired the first successful shot was beheaded as a sacrifice to the gods.
If you find yourself exploring life in Mérida to go to Chichén Itzá you should take the coastal highway of the Gulf E / Merida - Valladolid / Mexico 180 E and Kantunil-Cancun / Mexico 180D. The distance is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Go to Chichén Itzá by public transport
If your intention is to know Yucatán and enjoy life in Mérida, a good start is to start by visiting Chichén Itzá. From Mérida there are two options to get there by bus. You can travel first class with Ado. Trucks leave at 6:30 am, 7:15 am, 8:15 am and 9.15 am. The journey takes one hour and 45 minutes and the return is at 4:30 pm. The price is $140 and $156 pesos.
Alternatively, you can take the second class bus, Oriente, which lasts 3 hours and is cheaper: around $82 pesos. They depart from Mérida every hour and return between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. Back you can also take a different bus to Valladolid (3 km from Chichén Itzá) and then return to Mérida.
The Mérida bus station consists of 2 separate buildings, one for first class buses and one for second class buses.
Both stations have WiFi available and bathrooms. The boards clearly show the bus, departure time and platform. It is recommended to be there 15 minutes before departure time.
Useful data of Chichen Itza
- The entrance has a cost of between $162 and $480 pesos for Mexicans, residents and foreigners. It's free for children under 13, students, teachers, and seniors with valid credentials.
- On Sundays, admission is free for Mexicans and residents.
- The site opens at 8 am.
- You can hire a guide at the entrance.
- There is a restaurant, bathrooms, lockers and shops. Souvenirs can also be purchased inside the archaeological site.
- The ruins are quite large, so it is advisable to bring water, comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, a hat and sunscreen.
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