I have always dreamed of coming to this place such that I made it a point as part of my itinerary while in Cancun. Just being there, walking through the ancient city ruins, and knowing how advanced the Mayan civilization back then, yet barbaric with the sacrifices (or so I was told), was an experience to live for.
It took almost the whole day, from 8:00am-5:00 pm, to get to the ruins from Cancun, Mexico where I was having a grand vacation of sorts. Most of the people I spoke to at the hotel where I was staying, The Riu Palace Las Americas, decided rather just to be by the beach or pool since going to Chichen-Itza would eat a day of your vacation time. But it was a decision I did not regret.
The bus picked me at the hotel around 7 am. It then drove to the other hotels, mostly along the coastline, where they brought us then to the rendezvous point. At around 8 am, when most of the guests were on the big bus, and three hours ahead, off we went to see what remained of this ancient civilization. Awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping were my initial thoughts after getting off the bus. It was unimaginable how the ancient Mayans were able to come up with such a remarkable work of architecture.
Walking through the city ruins felt like you were transported back in time, that you were one of the thousands who tread through the ancient walkways, looked up to the very top of the El Castillo where the voice of the ruler reverberates across the compound. A day off to get away from the crazy party town of Cancun to marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site is highly recommended.