Step Back in Time at Chichén Itzá
Step Back in Time with Sunwing Experience’s Chichén Itzá Limo Tour
See One of the 7 New World Wonders, Swim in a Cenote and Learn All About the Mayan Civilization
If you want to learn some history about ancient civilizations and mark one of the Seven New Wonders of the World off your list, make sure you take an excursion to Chichén Itzá with Sunwing Experiences. The breathtaking pyramid and surrounding ancient ruins of the Mayan civilization will leave you in awe of the past ingenuity both in building the massive structures and the math and science behind the feat. The Chichén Itzá Limo Tour through Sunwing Experiences takes you on a full day journey (12+ hours depending on the location of your hotel) back in time.
You begin the day with a pick-up from your hotel, usually between 6am and 8am, and a transfer to meet the luxury charter bus to begin your trip. On the bus you’ll enjoy a light breakfast with coffee and juice that is included in the price. During the 2 hour drive to Chichén Itzá, your tour guide will share with you the meaning behind than name Chichén Itzá which means “at the mouth of the well of the Itzá”, the history of the Mayan civilization, including how the Mayans were one of the first civilizations to understand and use the number zero, how their calendar corresponds with the world around us and the underlying structure of every day life in the ancient city.
As you get closer to the ruins, you’ll stop to stretch your legs and browse arts and crafts handmade in Mexico in the town of Pisté, about 7 minutes outside of Chichén Itzá. This is the perfect place to grab some souvenirs to remember your trip and some snacks.
After the stop in Pisté, everyone will climb aboard and take the short drive to Chichén Itzá. Your tour guide will hand out your ticket for entrance, so make just you hold on to it tight so you don’t lose it. The archeological site is popular with visitors so try to stick with the group for expert info on the most important ruins and historically accurate information. You’ll spend about 2 hours at the site, with an hour and a half with your guide as they give explain the history and meaning behind the buildings, where they are placed and the engravings that decorate on the walls of the structures. In addition to the iconic pyramid known as El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulcan, you’ll see the Great Ball Court, the Platform of Venus and the Columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors to name a few of the other structures in the complex. You’ll have time to explore the area on your own, but make sure you snap some amazing pictures of the main pyramid before you leave.
Once back at the luxury coach, you’ll be greeted with cold soft drinks and beer before heading to a scrumptious buffet lunch in Pisté with a variety of food including local cuisine like cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork, and freshly made tortillas.
After you have enjoyed your fill of lunch, you’ll head to a popular cenote in the area, Ik-Kil. Ik-Kil was sacred to Mayans where they would use the cenote for ritual sacrifice to their rain god, Chaac. Today, travelers from around the area enjoy the cool waters of the cenote. There are changing rooms, lockers for rent, life jackets for rent and towels for rent on site to make sure you have everything you need. When you first arrive to the cenote, you can take a look into the sink hole from the fence surrounding the opening. Ik-Kil is about 85ft underground and almost 130ft deep which keeps the water cool year round. You’ll need to take a quick rinse before heading to the cenote to get off any sunscreen that is not biodegradable. This keeps the cenote healthy for future generations to enjoy. You can use biodegradable sunscreen and insect repellent if needed.
After your refreshing dip, you’ll head back to the bus for the journey home with a panoramic tour of the picturesque town of Valladolid. Valladolid boasts colonial buildings with the centerpiece being the Cathedral of San Servacio or Gervasio as it is sometimes called.
This day tour is perfect for those looking to get a little more out of their vacation to Mexico than just a tan and beautiful beach vistas, even though those are some of our favorite things. Make sure to take a hat and sunscreen because there is very little shade at Chichén Itzá. Water is provided, but you can always bring your own as well. If you like to snack throughout the day, grab a couple things to bring along with you. If you choose to take a dip in the cenote, bring your bathing suit and a towel so you don’t need to rent one while at Ik-Kil. For those who are sensitive to the heat or don’t want to spend a full day away from the resort, this may not be the best tour, but Sunwing Experiences offers many excursion options that are shorter including a half day tour to the ruins of Tulum.
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