AChichén Itzá has been designated one of the seven wonders of the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No visit to the Yucatan peninsula is complete without a day spent exploring the ancient pyramids, temples and stone structures of this once-bustling urban center of the Mayan civilization. Getting to Chichén Itzá from Playa del Carmen is easy, as there are numerous shuttle services and tour operators that offer comfortable motor coach transportation to and from the site. The magic of Chichén Itzá is a 2.5 hour drive from Playa del Carmen.
AThe mighty El Castillo, the massive stepped pyramid of the Chichén Itzá ruins, boasts an incredible total of 365 steps to the top. It's no accident that Mayan builders incorporated four sides, with 91 steps each, plus a final step at the top to exactly replicate the number of days in a calendar year. Their interest in astronomy is legendary, and the endless views of surrounding jungles from the top are as wonderous as the pyramid itself. Unfortunately, due to erosion and in the interest of protecting this World Heritage Site, tourists are no longer permitted to climb the ruins at Chichén Itzá.