Explore Chichén Itzá

Explore the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. With the help of a local guide, you'll make your way through this historical indigenous city, once the most revered center of worship and pilgrimage in the Yucatan Peninsula. The complex of Mayan ruins offers a glimpse into what life was like for the tens of thousands of inhabitants that lived here between the 8th and 12th centuries. 

Of course, Chichen Itza's main attraction is the stepped pyramid of Kukulkan (El Castillo). Sitting at 98 feet (30 m) high, the pyramid is the tallest structure of Chichén Itzá, but many other significant Mayan and Toltec buildings, sculptures, and reliefs await you! You'll find the Temple of the Warriors and the Great Ball Court in the Great North Platform. The Osario Group includes the Osario Pyramid and the Temple of Xtoloc, whereas the Central Group has the El Caracol observatory, Las Monjas, and Akab Dzib. But, of course, you don't want to miss the Hall of the Thousand Columns, the Chacmools,  and the Sacred Cenote (underwater ground pit).

Let your imagination run wild as you learn about the life of the Mayans, all through architecture, historical anecdotes, fascinating stories, and more.

Itineraries with Explore Chichén Itzá

Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera - 14 Days

Step back in time on this two-week itinerary featuring ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins of Morelos and the Yucatán Peninsula. Along the way, you will explore Mexico City, the colonial towns of Valladolid and Mérida, and the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. You will snorkel in freshwater cenotes, climb stone steps of Aztec pyramids, and meet with indigenous locals to learn about Maya history and culture firsthand.

Mayan Discovery: Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days

Get a full dose of sun and sea while learning about Mexico's rich Mayan history as you travel from the beaches of Tulum to the wonders of Chichén Itzá pyramid. This journey through a few regions of Mexico will give you ample time to relax while experiencing the country's mystical, handicraft, and culinary traditions, and seeing its significant architectural monuments.

The Archaeological Mayan Journey - 5 Days

Take a step back in time to explore ancient Mayan cities shrouded in mystery—some of which were inhabited since around 1800 BCE—on this five-day adventure. You'll visit Chichén Itzá, one of the New Wonders of the World, as well as Izamal and Mérida, which will offer insight into the transition from ancient Mayan civilization to contemporary Mayan ways of life.

Mexico Culture & Beaches: Tulum, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 10 Days

Explore ancient Maya ruins, kick back on the beach, and visit the rainforest on this ten-day trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Start the trip in Tulum for swims in cenotes, then head to Valladolid to see Chichen Itza and other archaeological sites. End the trip on Holbox Island, a car-free oasis of sprawling beaches and quiet cafes.