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 Ik Kil is only 10 min drive from Chichen Itza. There is an ample parking lot next to it and we had no issues parking. The cenote is about 60 meters in diameter and about 40 meters deep. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico. The waters of Ik Kil were considered sacred by the Mayans who performed here human sacrificing to their rain god. The best part of the visit is that you are allowed to swim in the cenote and even jump from a small hight (see videos below). It was exactly what we needed after a sleepless night, long drive and a very hot day!
Flight: San Diego -> Mexico City -> Cancun -> Mexico City -> San Diego Duration: 10 days Mileage: ~350 in Yucatán area Starting point: Mexico City Countries: Mexico 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