The pyramid of El Castillo was built to stop people in their tracks. And, almost 20 centuries after it was built, it’s still doing its job. You’ll get to experience the effect yourself on this guided tour around Chichen Itza. This Mayan city was built between 750 and 1200 AD. And El Castillo is just one of the ruined buildings that still stand strong here. You’ll also see the Temple of Warriors, which is gilded with statues and symbolism. And you’ll see the Great Ball Court, where the Mayans used to host spectator sports. As you walk around, your guide will explain the meanings hidden in the architecture and layout of the ancient city. Then you’ll have some time to explore for yourself. Once you’re familiar with the site, you’ll head to a local restaurant for lunch. Mexican food hasn’t changed that much since Mayan times. Rice, beans, tortillas and spice were eaten then as they are now. Your lunch will feature a few modern additions, though, like cochinita-style pork, lime soup and Yucatan barbecued chicken.
There are uneven surfaces on the walk around the site. There's an $8 charge to film at the archaeological site. It's a 3-hour bus ride and 45-minute boat ride to the site.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.