Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Mexico and Cancun Holidays

7 nights Occidental Tucancun from £749

Chichen Itza

Duration: Half Day

chichen itza

Deep into the jungles that lie between Mexico and Guatemala and that extend all the way into the limestone shelf of the Yucatan peninsula; stand the mysterious temples and pyramids of the Maya. Embark on a fascinating journey of this discovery to learn about the incredible Mayan people and their amazing constructions. On this full day excursion to the wonders of the sacred site known as Chichen Itza you will be able to explore the amazing ruins of this ancient and mystical civilisation.

The amazing tribes of Amerindians known as the Maya were amazing people that had a fascinating culture. Whilst Europe was still submerged in the midst of the Dark Ages, the Mayans had mapped out the heavens, developed the only true writing system native to the Americas and were true masters of mathematics. You’ll be amazed to learn that it was them who invented the calendars that we use today.

Without the use of metal tools, beasts of burden or the invention of the wheel, they were still able to build vast cities across an intricate jungle and all with an astonishing degree of detail and architectural perfection. And all of this you’ll be able to witness firsthand at the spectacular site of Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city that represents the most intact and impressive of the ruins of the Mayan Civilisations that the modern world still preserves.

Chichen Itza means “The Mouth of the Well” and it owes its name to its unique location in a sylvan area of limestone across which the rainwater slips and is held between the rocks of the subsoil, forming beautiful ‘cenotes’ that came to be the oasis of the community. Chichen Itza, like many other Mayan cities was mainly a ceremonial and spiritual site and not a commercial area. Around the year 800 A.D. the warlike tribes of ‘toltecas’ invaded Chichen Itza and here they performed human sacrifices as part of their rituals.

It is also known that the Mayans were famous for their brilliant and advanced astronomic discoveries and at Chichen Itza you will be able to see so for yourself. Be amazed at the sight of The Castle, a building that spills light into the impressive Mayan astronomical system. The building itself is in fact a massive Solar Calendar with 91 steps to each side and one leading straight to the altar. The calendar mechanism worked with the sun, as every day the shadow would fall on a different step. Thanks to The Castle the Mayans knew exactly when to sow their harvests.

Yet another astronomically oriented building is The Snail. This was a giant observatory with a dome on which many rituals and celebrations took place. The actual dome has many completely pigmented windows through which the stars can be seen in different windows according to specific dates. This magnificent invention is one of the pinnacles of the Mayan architectures which show us that they were real experts in astronomy and engineering.

And the last wonder to admire at before you leave this wondrous city is the amazing area that comprises the Cichen Itza’s Ball Game, the biggest in Mexico. This field was designed in a very similar way to the current areas of today’s football. The teams had to keep the ball going using everything except their hands and passing the ball through stone hoop was how points were scored. The size of this incredible game area at Chichen Itza indicates that many important games were played here.

On this enlightening day tour of discovery a delicious lunch will be included in the excursion as well as the company of a fully bilingual guide that will narrate the entire story behind the wonders you’ll encounter.

Chichen Itza (Regular)
Include: round trip tranportation, bilingual guide, lunch, entrance at Ik Kil Park and Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza (Delux )
Include: deluxe bus, bilingual guide, hostess service, continental breakfast, lunch, news paper and umbrellas for shade. Visit Valladolid City, entrance Ik Kil Park and Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza Light & Sound
Include: round trip transportation, buffet lunch, entrance at Ik Kil Park, Chichen Itza and to the light and sound show.

Mexico and Cancun Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £1049 per person
taste of yucatan + allegro playacar

Taste of Yucatan + Allegro Playacar

From £1119 per person
taste of yucatan + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Taste of Yucatan + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Overview The Mayan Culture reigned on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Southe Estern side of Mexico, enclosed by the Gulf...

From £1149 per person
hilton miami downtown + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Hilton Miami Downtown + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Your holiday starts with a few nights at the Hilton Miami Downtown which allows you to absorb Miami's eclectic...

From £1149 per person
hilton miami downtown + great parnassus

Hilton Miami Downtown + Great Parnassus

Discover why Miami Beach consistently makes it among the top holiday destinations in magazine surveys. This Florida city...

From £1189 per person
taste of yucatan + great parnassus

Taste of Yucatan + Great Parnassus

Overview The Mayan Culture reigned on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Southe Estern side of Mexico, enclosed by the Gulf...

From £1199 per person
NH Capri + occidental costa cancun

NH Capri + Occidental Costa Cancun

First stay at One of Havana's most historically popular mafia-run hotels of the 50s, the NH Capri is a legendary...

Talk to a specialist

danny

Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 09:00 - 21:00 GMT

Related articles for Mexico and Cancun

Mexico and Cancun News

Browse all Mexico and Cancun News

Riu Palace Costa Mujeres to open near Cancun in November 2018

The Spanish hotel group Riu has announced it will open another resort in the Caribbean this year. The new Riu Palace Costa Mujeres will open in November 2018 and will be located about 11 miles north of Cancun in Mexico. The new-build hotel will have 600 guest rooms, six restaurants, six bars, five swimming pools, and the company’s signature Renova Spa.

Barcelo Maya Grand Resort to kick off its annual gourmet festival in early September

The Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is just days away from kicking off its annual Barcelo Gourmet Festival in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, inviting guests to experience fine dining at its very best. This year’s event will be hosted by world-famous chefs who will present a selection of their culinary masterpieces in an exclusive ambience.

Mexico gears up for its Wine and Food Festival, coming at the end of October

From 31st October to 4th November Mexico will be celebrating its annual Wine and Food Festival and for this year's 10th edition Cancun and the Riviera Maya have been chosen as the hosting destination. With five days of exclusive dinners, food-themed parties and tastings, this special event is a foodie's dream so now is the time to start planning an October-November escape to Cancun in time for a delicious Mexican autumn food fest.