Maybe a bit obvious, yet a must visit when you’re in Yucatan. One of the seven world wonders, the famous ancient Mayan city Chichen Itza. So impressive to realize that the Maya people build this site thousands of years ago. When visiting the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichen Itza you have to take into account that it might be very busy, depending the time of the day and week. If you are not interested in archaeological sites or photographing them, and you’re getting stressed of too many tourists, then don’t go to this place. For us it was a ‘must visit’ on our Tulum itinerary.
Getting there: Very easily with a bus, tour or your rental car.
Entrance fee: There are rumors that the entrance fee of Chichen Itza is doubled in 2019, from 242 pesos to 480 pesos per person. Please check this before you go, because ATM machines might not work there, so take enough cash with you.
Best time to go for photos: The best time for photos is also the best time of the day to visit this site because of the heat, being early in the morning. Of course, the afternoon is also possible when the light gets softer before sunset. Be aware that you can’t bring a tripod or gimbal inside!! You even have to pay extra if you have ‘professional camera gear’. So be sure to put everything in your backpack so you’re not attracting attention to your gear from the security. Of course a drone is strictly forbidden!
Photo tip: Try to be creative with the framing and angles of your photos. There are enough plants or trees where you can frame the Chichen Itza in.