How to visit Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and a cenote for less than 1,500 pesos

Tickets to Chichén Itzá on Sundays are free for Mexicans and all week for students. (Photo: Twitter)

In the state of Yucatan is Chichen Itza, city of the Mayan civilization which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 and in 2007 Wonder of the World.

Near this ancient political and cultural center are cenotes and the magical town Valladolid where you can enjoy Yucatecan food and the famous marquesitas originating in the region at not so expensive prices.

* General admission for adults is 533 pesos; for children from 3 to 12 years it is 80 pesos.

* For Mexican citizens it has a cost of 237 pesos, while on Sundays entry is free.

* Local inhabitants pay 80 pesos

* On Sundays for foreign residents in Mexico entry is free with an official ID.

* The cost of the guides that explain the history of the Mayan civilization and give a tour of the ruins is 250 pesos if it is in a group of 6 people.

* In case of visiting the place from the center of Cancun, the cost of the buses is between 224 and 300 pesos.

* For students with a valid ID, admission is free every day.

In the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá there are several stalls where you can buy souvenirs of the visit from 20 pesos.  (Photo: Fanny Padilla)
In the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá there are several stalls where you can buy souvenirs of the visit from 20 pesos. (Photo: Fanny Padilla)

At archeological site Mayan you can admire the ruins of Chichen Itzá: the Kukulkan pyramid which is also known as El Castillo, you can see the great ball court, the snail, the sacred cenote in which religious activities were carried out, there they surrendered cult of the rain god and from the depths of its waters objects of copper, cloth and gold have been taken that were thrown as offerings. During the tour there are stalls with handicrafts ranging from 20 pesos.

Just 3 kilometers from the Chichén Itzá archaeological site, the Ik Kill cenote is located. One of the arrival options is through one of the taxis found at the exit, the cost is 80 pesos and it takes 10 minutes to the place.

The entrance to the cenote has a cost of 150 pesos per person, if the option with food is chosen it is 350 pesos, both include locker, life jacket and free parking.

In the center of Valladolid there are Yucatecan food markets.  One of them is the Lonchería Canul where you can enjoy traditional lime soups from 60 pesos.  (Photo: Fanny Padilla)
In the center of Valladolid there are Yucatecan food markets. One of them is the Lonchería Canul where you can enjoy traditional lime soups from 60 pesos. (Photo: Fanny Padilla)

The descent to the cenote has 90 handmade stone steps that are the same as the Kukulkan temple, its depth is 48 meters, it is open every day of the year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. One of its attractions in addition to the beauty of its waters and its nature is the 5 or 4 meter platform where you can jump.

Cenote derives from the Mayan words ts’onot” the dz’onot ” which mean abyss, cavern with water or very deep freshwater lakes.

To end the day, one of the things that are very traditional in the magical town of Valladolid are the lime soups and marquesitas. The arrival to the center from the cenote if you do not have a car, it can be through a taxi that charges 60 pesos to get to the bus stop that has a cost of 56 pesos per person.

At Valladolid center you will find one of the most famous stalls called “Las Marquesitas del Tío Batman” there are different flavors from Nutella, to strawberry with chocolate, among others. The cost is 45 pesos and the size is large.

Inside the market near the center, there is Yucatecan food, in the Lonchería Canul las Lima soups They are the specialty and cost 60 pesos, in another of the other food places there is a variety from 178 pesos.

In the center of Valladolid the average cost of the hotels per night is 700 pesos.  (Photo. Fanny Padilla)
In the center of Valladolid the average cost of the hotels per night is 700 pesos. (Photo. Fanny Padilla)

Total cost

The final budget may vary depending on the type of entrance to Chichén Itzá or the cenote, but on average it is 1345 pesos and not counting the transfer from Cancun is 741 pesos.

* General admission for Mexicans to Chichén Itzá: 237 pesos

* Roundtrip bus from Cancun: 584 in ADO

* Entrance without food to Cenote Ik Kil: 150 pesos

* Transportation from the Mayan ruins to the cenote: 80 pesos

* Transportation to Valladolid from the cenote: 116 pesos

* Marquesitas: 45; Lime soup at 60 pesos and typical Yucatan dishes at 178 pesos.

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