Chichen Itza is the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico (first is Teotihuacan) and is located right in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is considered one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” Located just west of Cancun, it is a popular day trip for tourists by bus.
We were able to locate a hotel that allowed camping in its parking lot with full access to its facilities only 1 mile from the archaeological site. Its cold pools were incredibly needed and appreciated by us as we were still adjusting to the heat. Our thermometer indicated the high temperature was 100 degrees and the 90 degrees in the camper near bedtime. Just being able to lay still enough to fall asleep was difficult.
At 9am we arrived at the ruins and there were already dozens of people waiting in line to get in. The heat was already in the mid 80’s so we knew it would be a task keeping hydrated and keeping in the shade, but when we finally saw El Castillo, we knew we were up to the task.
I would try to explain the significance and importance of Chichen Itza and identify many of its temples and other significant buildings but my explanation wouldn’t be complete or as accurate as sources you can find for yourself and we do encourage you to do a quick Google search and read about the ruins. This post will essentially be dedicated to our photos of the amazing ruins at Chichen Itza. Enjoy!
At about this point, we decided we had enough of the heat: