Chichén Itzá and some cenotes in Valladolid | Travel Route
Country: Discover Mexico
State: YUCATÁN | Travel Guide
Necessary Days: 1
Suggested Days: Sunday
Travel Style: Backpack traveling / Public transportation
Spending: $500.°° MXN aprox.
Walk on a Sunday this route, visiting the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world and two cenotes near the magical town of Valladolid; remember to bring your swimsuit and comfortable clothes to know these very important places in Mayan history.
NOTICE OF DIFFICULTY:
This route that is done on your own is very spontaneous, the buses are long-lasting, some transports on the route are difficult to obtain and you may have to wait; with this we mean that you can take all day to do this route or have to spend the night unexpectedly in Valladolid or another town in case of losing the bus back.
The archaeological zone is located in the eastern limit of the state of Yucatan, a few kilometers from Quintan Roo; The Mayans built the city in that region because of the abundance of cenotes in the area, in which they practiced rituals, supplied themselves with water to sustain life and harvest.
Start the route by taking a bus in the center of the city of Merida to Chichén Itzá, there are special routes that are specifically directed to this destination and other routes that pass through there.
At the ORIENTE and NORESTE bus terminals you can buy your ticket ($ 90 aprox), remember to leave early in the morning because the tour lasts 2h 30min to get to Chichén Itzá for the stops it makes in other towns, after passing the town Pisté a a few kilometers away is the archaeological zone.
The public transport bus of those stations that we mentioned does not enter the archaeological zone, so you will have to get off on the road and walk 800 m. at the entrance where the ticket office will be.
The day we recommend doing this route is Sunday because access for national residents (Mexicans and foreigners with nationality) is free by showing a valid credential that proves your nationality (Passport, driver’s license, etc.), the normal price is $ 220.oo MXN per person (check here more prices and information about Chichen Itza)
In the box office area you will find many crafts and gifts that you surely want to buy, we recommend waiting to leave because inside they also sell and the variety is immense.
The average journey in visiting the area is 3 hours, of course you can take longer if you make an exhaustive visit with a guide.
To continue with the route and swim in the cenotes, leave the archaeological zone in search of collective transport, in the external part of the parking lot you will find various means of public transportation such as: motorized taxis, vans and buses that continue their journey to the town of Valladolid In the least expected case you should ask for a ride on the road if you do not find public transport.
Before arriving to Valladolid there is a deviation on the road to the town “Dzitnup”, there you must go down and walk 1km to the ecotourism center where the cenotes are, to identify a point on the road is a bit difficult because of the few signs, ask the transport driver if you know where you should get off, if you do not know, remember that after the village “Ebtun” two kilometers on the road there will be a restaurant with a stone arch in the entrance and next to the road (deviation) go to the village “Dzitnup”
To help you, we put here the location of the map where you should go down; When you reach the cenotes, you may spend 2 to 3 hours swimming and visiting the place.
When leaving the ecotourism center you will find taxis and collective transport vans (ask the workers of the center), these will take you to Valladolid where you can enjoy regional food, typical desserts such as the marquesita.
On this route you must be very aware of the time to visit all the destinations on time, the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá opens at 8:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm, the ecotourism center of the cenotes closes at 4:00 pm .
To return you can take a bus from Valladolid to Merida, remember to buy your ticket and make sure you have the last time to take the bus, otherwise you will have to spend the night in Valladolid or ask for a ride on the highway.
Where to eat:
Near the archaeological site is the town of Piste, there you will find a market, several simple food stalls and buffet restaurants with pools and other amenities; the only setback is that it is 20 minutes away from the cenotes.
Outside the ecotourism center there are very simple open-air stalls with regional dishes, there is also a buffet-style menu ($ 150 approx) inside the ecotourism center.
The third option is to eat in Valladolid, remember that it is the last destination of the route and you will arrive there after 5: 0pm approximately.
Where to sleep:
We recommend sleeping in Valladolid, there are some hotels and a couple of hostels to spend the night, remember to look for your options before traveling, the number of options is limited and availability can be a problem. Hotels vary from $ 500 to $ 1,800 and hostels from $ 120 to $ 180.
Remember to be aware of your time so you do not fall behind and travel the entire route, travel light to be able to move quickly, make sure your luggage is comfortable to walk without hindrances, bring some snacks to calm and satisfy your hunger in case of not reaching to eat .
Things you will need:
– A change of clean clothes.
– Sweater (in case of being cold) by bus air conditioning.
– Plastic bag to store wet clothes.
Prices and Money:
-About roundtrip $ 180
-Entrance to cenotes $ 100
-Economic food $ 70
-Entrance ruin $ 220 Sunday $ 0.00
-Dinner $ 80
TOTAL = $ 650 (430.00 without paying at Chichen Itza)
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