How to visit one of the world’s new seven wonders on a budget
On our second day in Cancun we had no idea what to do, so we decided to take a tour to see Chichen Itza. We paid $80 for an organised tour that included transportation, meals, entrance to the Ik Kil cenote and entrance to Chichen Itza with a guide. Although the Ik Kil cenote is one of my favourite cenotes, with very clear water and a trampoline, it is not possible to visit it without an organised tour, so this might be the only reason to take one.
If you are trying to stay on a budget, visiting Chichen Itza on your own is the best option and, being it such a popular destination, you won’t struggle to get there or find information about it online.
From Cancun, there are several buses daily that take between three and four hours and cost between 130 and 250 pesos. The main company serving this route is ADO, with a bus leaving at 8:45 a.m. and a return bus departing at 4:30 p.m. for less than 200 pesos. If you plan to get there from Valladolid, instead, the bus journey will cost you only about 30 pesos and it will take you one hour to get there. There are a few buses that go there every day, but the best option is to go there as early as you can, to avoid the big groups of tourists that go there with an organised tour.
The town where Chichen Itza is located is called Piste. Entrance to Chichen Itza is 220 pesos or around 750 pesos with a guide. The history about this site and its construction is fascinating, however, if you want to save money, you will easily find a lot of information online.
Chichen Itza is one of the new seven wonders of the world and, while it isn’t on my top ten list of places we have seen in these nine months travelling, its history and all the mystery behind its construction is so interesting that makes it a must-see if you are in the Yucatan.
The downsides of this place? It is probably the most overcrowded place we have visited during our trip, there are a lot of vendors who wait for you when you get off the bus and follow you around for the entire duration of the tour and due to the huge amount of people visiting every day, it is not possible to climb the temples and the other structures, unlike other Mayan archaeological sites, in an effort to preserve the place.
Here are a few of my favourite pictures of this place.