CHICHEN ITZA TOUR TIPS
Your tour bus first enters a large parking lot and lets you off. The front entrance has stores and restaurants where you can buy books, maps, videos and arts and crafts. This is where the public washrooms are as well.
Buy water at the entrance! The ONLY other place to buy water is at the cenote and depending on the rout your guide takes you on you may not hit it until late in your tour and you will be extremely thirsty by then.
Take a hat or an umbrella with you especially in the summer [June – August], it gets hot.
Better to ware hiking shoes over sandals if you want to climb up things. This is because your feet get all sweaty and it becomes easy to slip unless you have really tight well fitting sandals.
Bring a nap-sack to carry your stuff on your back.
Keep an eye on your children at all times and warn them not to walk off into the jungle. There are many paths that just go straight into the jungle and they are very easy to get lost in. We speak from experience.
Bugs are not a problem but are more prevalent in the dry seasons. Take bug spray as a precaution.
Pay close attention to your guide and you will learn a lot about the Maya and Chichen Itza.
Climbing Up the Great Kukulcan Pyramid – In 2006 a visitor fell from the great Kukulcan pyramid and unfortunately lost her life. Because of this incident INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia) has closed access to climbing the pyramid.
If you stand directly in front of the Kukulcan pyramid and clap your hands the echo is alleged to be that of the sacred Mayan bird known as the Quetzal.
In the Ballcourt, if you put one person at one end then stand at the opposing wall at the other end you “may” be able to hear the person whispering. This is stated as fact in numerous web sites however do the experiment and see for your self.
During the summer and winter equinox a shadow appears on the side of the steps of the Kukulcan Pyramid that resemble a snake.