Chichen Itza was a largest pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people. It is located approximately 3 hours drive from Cancun. Driving in that area is very easy as there is just one main road going to the complex. Just watch out for all speed bumps, they are literally everywhere even on highways, sometimes with no road signs! When we arrived to the place there was a huge line for tickets, however, it took us less than 40 min to pass it. Chichen Itza is a large complex with multiple buildings and its own cenote on the territory. In contrast with Teotihuacan, it’s not allowed to climb the pyramid in Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza is also one of the New7Wonders of the World!
Cenote on the territory:
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Back to Day 6
This day we had our early morning flight and landed in Cancun around 8 am. We had a reservation for Alamo car, however, when we came to their office they told us that there are no cars left, that they keep cars only for prepaid customers. Since our plan was to visit multiple places we decided to check every rental office nearby to see if anyone has any cars left. It was a holidays period and other rentals tried to give us a car for $150 per day! Luckily, at the last moment, we found Budget rental who gave us a decent price and a good car. All these adventures delayed us for at least an hour but after receiving a car we headed to Valladolid for coffee first.
Valladolid is a nice small town established by Spanish people. Most of the places were still closed but we found a very nice Hotel Meson de Malleville where we had our coffee and breakfast.
After having our energy recovered we headed towards our main destinations of the day – the world’s wonder Chichen Itza and incredible cenote Ik Kil. Since these unique places deserve separate attention please follow the links below to see more information about them:
After the cenote we drove for 2 hours to our hotel in Tulum and had a very delicious dinner in La coqueta restaurant:
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Flight: San Diego -> Mexico City -> Cancun -> Mexico City -> San Diego
Duration: 10 days
Mileage: ~350 in Yucatán area
Starting point: Mexico City
Budget for 2 people: $2930 ($1500 flights, $215 hotels*, $275 car rental, $125 gas and taxis, $50 buses, $420 food, $90 tickets, $140 snorkeling, $115 airport parking)
- Day 1: fly to Mexico City, visit Museo Nacional de Antropología
- Day 2: explore Chapultepec park, dinner with local family
- Day 3: visit Teotihuacan, explore CDMX Zócalo
- Day 4: visit Tepoztlán
- Day 5: explore CDMX Xochimilco
- Day 6: fly to Cancun, drive to Chichén Itzá, swim in Ik Kil cenotes, drive to Tulum and enjoy local food