The ruins of Chichén Itzá are on the UNESCO World Heritage list and the site was crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

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Flight from London London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

Chichén Itzá is one of the most impressive archaeological site of the Americas; certainly among the largest and best maintained sites in Mexico. It is actually two cities: one that was ruled by the Mayans during the sixth to the tenth century; the other a Toltec-Mayan city that emerged around the year 1000 A.D. Most of the prominent buildings were developed during the city's "rebirth" under Toltec rule.

During a guided tour, visit the sites of major interest including the Temple of Kulkulkán, the ball court and the observatory.

Despite being an extremely popular tourist attraction, Chichén Itzá still maintains its grandeur and remains one of the most impressive and well restored archeological sites from the Maya Classic period. We recommend that you stay overnight at one of the nearby hotels and go to the site at first light or in the late afternoon to beat the coaches. Apart from being crowded, it will be seriously hot around midday. Afterhours visits are also possible.

The main temple of Kukulkán is particularly spectacular at the Equinox ceremonies of light and shadow.

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Where to stay

The pool at Viceroy Riviera Maya, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Riviera Maya

The Viceroy is a boutique beach front resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula.

Beachbed at Be Tulum, luxury hotel in Mexico

Be Tulum

Leave the ankle-biters at home, Be Tulum is a boutique luxury hotel with an unbeatable beachfront location, and designed with relaxation in mind, is exclusively for grown ups.

Hotel Esencia yoga palapa gardens

Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia is a chic beach retreat set on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the ‘Riviera Maya’ of Mexico’s Yucatán coast.

Hacienda San Jose, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda San José

Hacienda San José is a secluded ‘boutique hacienda’ located on the Yucatán peninsula, 24 miles south-east of Mérida.

Private dining at Hacienda Temozon, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda Temozon

Hacienda Temozon is located approximately 25 miles from the city of Mérida, in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.

Chapel at Hacienda Uayamon, luxury hotel in Mexico

Hacienda Uayamon

Hacienda Uayamon is located in the Yucatan Peninsula close to the walled city of Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico and next to the vast Mayan ruins of Edzna.

Maroma Resort Spa, luxury hotel in Mexico

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a former coconut plantation turned idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán peninsula.

Rosewood Mayakoba, luxury hotel  in Mexico

Rosewood Mayakoba

The Rosewood Mayakoba is set in the heart of the 1,600 acre Rosewood resort, just 30 minutes south of Cancun and north of Playa del Carmen. With a mile of white sand beach, it stretches back into lush jungle interspersed with a meandering lagoon.

Casa Lecanda

Casa Lecanda

Luxury boutique hotel Casa Lecanda is a wonderfully restored traditional Yucatecan home, located within the historical centre of Merida, Yucatan Peninsula.

The Lodge at Chichen Itza

The Lodge at Chichen Itza

The Lodge at Chichen Itza sits within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, filled with tropical trees which are home to many species of bird and butterfly. Boasting a superb location in the heart of the archaeological park, the lodge has its very own entrance to the Mayan temples at Chichen Itza.

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