Chichen Itza Equinox Event
Bus service from Merida and Cancun reaches Chichen Itza and serves to the entrance parking lot of the ruin.
A bus ticket booth inside sells return tickets or onward bus service to Valladolid, Merida, and Cancun.
Getting To Chichen Itza:
Bus service reaches the entrance of Chichen Itza.  ADO Buses make three trips Daily from Merida, 6:30 AM, 9:15 AM, 12:40 PM. as of Jan, 2012.   (check ahead, times are subject to change) Valladolid and Cancun also offer bus service.  Nearby the village of Piste and the town of Valladolid offer collective van service.

Flights from Mexico city reach Cancun and Merida.

ADO first class buses serve Merida and Cancun from Mexico City, Oaxaca, Vera Cruz, and other cities.  
Chichen Itza ADO
Chichen Itza lies about half way between Merida and Cancun  (a distance of 190 miles) and is served by daily buses from both cities.  At about 75 miles east of Merida, Chichen Itza is a trip of one and a half hours.
Chichen Itza was built by the Mayan Culture with 9th Century Toltec influence
Date of the buildings, 300 AD -1250 AD  The Toltec influence is seen in the ninth century.
Chichen Itza is Constructed of Quarried stone and stucco
  • Entrance Fee
Fee: 60 Pesos  for nationals,  160 Pesos for non Mexicans, approx.
Hours: 8:00- 6:00    The ruin is open at night for the light show
  • Largest Ball Court
Notable Features:  The largest ball court in Mesoamerica, the highest Mayan temple in Mexico. Three architectural styles
  • Equinox Event
A Spring and Fall equinox event. March 21-22, September 21-22
Chichen Itza, Equinox Event, March and September, Yucatan Mexico
Chichen Itza has the largest ball court in Mesoamerica.  Other temples have an influence from the north thought to be Toltec.

The Temple of the Warriors, over 30 feet high 130 feet wide, was built in the style of the Toltecs of Central Mexico,  similar to 8th Century City of Tula.
The temple includes a Chac-Mool sculpture at the top.
Chichen Itza's Temple of Kukulcan or El Castillo rises on 91 steps constructed at a 45 degree angle.
One of the highest structures built by the Yucatan Maya, the temple has four stairways that lead to the top. These stairways are now closed to the public after an accidental death in 2006.
Chichen Itza's Temple of Kukulcan:
The temple, El Castillo or Kukulcan, is considered a stone calendar building. The 91 steps to the top counted four times , once for each side of the pyramid , equal 364.  A final step to the platform makes the total 365 to equal the number of days in the solar year.

Twice each year during the afternoon of the equinox a shadow in the shape of a snake appears on the side of one of the stairways
Chichen Itza Observatory
  • Temple El Castillo
Chichen Itza's temple called El Castillo at the Mayan  Archaeological Ruin Site in Yucatan Mexico is Dedicated to the God Quetzalcoatl.

Called Kukulcan,
The temple is  one of the highest structures built by the Yucatan Maya.

Four stairways lead to its top .
This buildings at Chichen Itza show Toltec influence from Central Mexico.   
The Observatory is thought to have astronomical alignments in the placement of viewing windows.
Chichen Itza  has the largest ball court in Mesoamerica.  
Chichen Itza, Spring and Fall Equinox events occur on March 20 or 21 and September 20-21 each year.  A shadow appears to create the coils of a serpent on the side of a stairway of the building El Castillo or Kukulcan.
March 20-21, Spring Equinox Video of Shadow of snake on El Castillo
Youtube video 50 seconds
  • Equinox Event
On the side of the stairway an Equinox event is visible in the afternoon of the Spring and Fall Equinox,  March 20-21 and September 20-21
Chichen Itza Ruin Site Eqinox Event shows a shadow on the north facing stairway
Chichen Itza Equinox Event
Chichen Itza Ruin Site
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