A two-hour drive from Cancun is Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited of all Yucatan archaeological sites. The highlight is the 82-foot-tall (25-meter) El Castillo pyramid, which guests can scramble up for unparalleled views of the site and jungle beyond.
The access fee is $35- 40 pesos (video cameras extra $30 pesos) and the visit timetable is 8 am to 5 pm, everyday. It is important to mention that it is necessary to park the your car at the shopping center’s parking lot (an extra $30 pesos fee) when arriving through the main ruins entrance.
To answer your question though – yes, the ruins are safe . Chichen Itza is a bit of a trek (3 hours drive each way) and being inland in the jungle, it can be extremely hot there. Tulum is much closer and the setting is spectacular (the ruins are on top of a cliff).
about 60 miles
Cancun is a safe town to visit – locals are friendly and crime rates are very low compared to other cities in Mexico. The latter has a 13-mile arc of beautiful white-sand beaches lined with resorts and hotels, and considered the safest part of Cancun .
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By far the most well known ancient Mayan ruins and Mexico pyramids , Chichen Itza is a popular day trip for travelers staying in Cancun and a well preserved ancient city. The main highlight of Chichén Itzá is the famous El Castillo pyramid , one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
If you have the time to stay in Tulum rather than visiting on a day trip, then it’s worth going . The ecological practices of Tulum’s hotels are worth supporting, and staying on-site will allow visitors to beat the overwhelming crowds at the Mayan ruins.
There is not any protection from rain while walking around. It is usually hot walking around, so comfortable clothes , shoes, sunscreen, hat, glasses and water are all good things to keep in mind. If you drive to the ruins , there are many gift shops by the entrance.
By virtue of being a UNESCO site and a World Wonder, Chichen Itza is pretty crowded throughout the year. Especially more so during the equinoxes. If you wish to explore Mayan ruins in some peace, then Tulum is a better option. Even better, go to Ek Balam or Coba .
the Pyramid of the Sun
The 3 sites you should visit in this area are: Chichen Itza, Izamal and Dzibilchaltun. If you stay near or in Progreso, [Reef Club], then you should visit Extempo. Chichen Itza is by far the most popular and most visited of all the ruin sites. This is due to its proximity to Cancun and the Riviera.
Driving Requirements You should carry your passport and immigration document (tourist card / FMM document) as well as your vehicle registration and insurance. You do need to have Mexican insurance as U.S. automobile liability insurance coverage is not valid in Mexico.