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Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

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Culture & history Walking tours Entry tickets Mayan Ruins Things to do for adults

Explore the ruins of Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan city offering a glimpse at this mysterious, long-lost civilization.

Highlights

  • See the towering Temple of Kukulcán, a Mesoamerican step-pyramid
  • Uncover the hidden symbolism behind the artistic designs found throughout the ruins
  • Tap into your inner archaeologist and uncover the secrets of this advanced civilization
  • Learn about ancient Mayan sports at the Great Ball Court, the largest of its kind

Description

Take a self-guided walking tour through the iconic archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Use your tour guide app for navigation and audio narration to uncover the site's buried secrets. Begin your tour at the entrance of the site. As you enter, admire the ancient wall that once surrounded this place. Next, see the iconic Temple of Kukulcán. Find out about its construction and how it was built to honor the equinox. Continue along to reach another amazing sight, the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game somewhere between soccer and basketball—but with a 20-pound ball. Learn not just about the game, but also the peculiar way the court was built. Then, pass the ominously titled Wall of Skulls, where the heads of sacrificial victims ended up. Arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Find numerous intricate carvings and sculptures depicting the exploits of these highly trained, lethally effective warriors. After this is the Platform of Venus, which once held offerings to the stars. You’ll learn about the Mayans’ complex belief system as well as how they used this platform. Soon, arrive at The White Road, a white stone road that is one of the largest and most intact of its kind in existence. Find yourself at the Sacred Cenote, where ancient Mayans sacrificed people to appease their rain god. Up next is the awe-inspiring Temple of Warriors, a multi-tiered temple with a dark secret hidden inside. Follow the route to the Hall of a Thousand Columns, where people once shared meals together. Visit the Ossuary, home to the grave of a High Priest. Then it’s on to the Observatory to understand how the Mayans viewed the heavens, and what they believed the stars told them about their future. Finally, arrive at the imposing Nunnery and the Church. These 2 ancient structures are some of the most frequently photographed spots in the entire city, so keep your camera ready.

Includes

Self-guided tour taken via Action Tour Guide app Unique password (sent by email) for access Live GPS map on your phone Offline functionality Audio narration Written text explanations Route from stop to stop List of stops along the route

Important Information

  • This is a self-guided tour. No guide will accompany you. The action tour guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever—from the moment of booking. You won’t need to change the booking if your travel plans change
  • This isn't an entrance ticket. Please check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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