Chichen Itza is located in the eastern portion of Yucatán state in Mexico. The northern Yucatán Peninsula is karst, and the rivers in the interior all run underground.
Reason: The brilliant ruins of Chichén Itzá evidence a dazzling ancient city that once centered the Maya empire in Central America. The stepped pyramids, temples, columned arcades, and other stone structures of Chichén Itzá were sacred to the Maya and a sophisticated urban center of their empire from A.D. 750 to 1200.
Chichen Itza is one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” due to its large concentration of culturally-significant, ancient manmade wonders and its placing in the top 7 of all nominees during international voting. In 2000, the New7Wonders campaign set out to choose the New 7 Wonders of the World.
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).
You do not need to go on a Chichen Itza private tour to have your own quiet time here; in fact, this would not help at all as they generally arrive too late in the day. The only way to see Chichen Itza without the crowds is to go there by yourself, either with a car or staying in a nearby town.
Archaeologists hunting for a sacred well beneath the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula have accidentally discovered a trove of more than 150 ritual objects—untouched for more than a thousand years—in a series of cave chambers that may hold clues to the rise and fall of the ancient Maya.
Do The Maya Still Exist ? Descendants of the Maya still live in Central America in modern-day Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and parts of Mexico. The majority of them live in Guatemala, which is home to Tikal National Park, the site of the ruins of the ancient city of Tikal.
Of the original Seven Wonders of the World , only the Great Pyramids of Giza remain. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Colossus of Rhodes have all faded to dust and memory. These, instead, are seven wonders for our time.
Chichen Itza Entrace Fee The entrance fee at Chichen Itza is: $481 Pesos per adult, Kids under 13 years are admitted free. The entrance fee to the site is divided into two amounts, one being the state (culture) and the second being the federal (INAH). The fees are paid at two separate windows.
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World The Pyramids of Giza. Built: About 2600 B.C. Egypt. Hanging Gardens of Babylon . Built: Unknown, in Iraq. Temple of Artemis . Built in the sixth century B.C. in Ephesus, Turkey. Statue of Zeus . Built in the fifth century B.C. in Greece. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus . Colossus of Rhodes . Lighthouse of Alexandria .
The ancient city of Petra in Jordan became one of the 7 New Wonders of the World when it was chosen in 2007 by a vote of 100 million people. The city’s carved rose-red sandstone rock facades, tombs, and temples became known around the world with its appearance in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade in 1989.
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.
If you prefer to go on your own with no guide, the cost of entrance is just 80 pesos = $3-4 USD. Because the ruins are a little removed from the parking lot, a folkloric train is available to take you to the entrance and is another 20 pesos = $1 USD per person.