Chichen Itza Mexico

Chichen Itza, Mexico. The UNESCO World Heritage Site and New Seven Wonder of the World is a must visit on your next trip to Cozumel or the Mexican Caribbean.

From the imposing Kukulcan Pyramid to the Sacred Cenote, Observatory, Temple of the Warriors, and Chichen Itza ball court, these fascinating Mayan ruins offer an insight into the complex and mysterious history of this highly advanced ancient civilization.

This Chichen Itza guide is designed to answer all of your frequently asked questions about these world-renowned Mayan ruins as well as provide detailed information about the different tours and how to get to Chichen Itza from Cozumel.


Chichen Itza weather is mostly hot and humid, with occasional showers possible, especially during rainy season. Always check the forecast about two days out and always bring a hat and sunscreen!

Getting There

Getting to Chichen Itza from Cozumel takes about 3.5 hours by ferry and bus from Playa del Carmen and just 45 minutes by plane with Fly Cozumel. Total time is about 12 hours by land or 6 by plane.


You can take pictures as a tourist on your Chichen Itza excursion but video cameras cost an additional $40 Mexican pesos. Professional equipment requires a special permission.

Our planes

Fly Cozumel commands a fleet of modern Cesna airplanes which are constantly subject to a strict maintenance schedule. The plane used for a Chichen Itza tour will depend on group size.

Chichen Itza Facts & FAQs

We’ve taken the most frequently asked questions about Chichen Itza and turned them into this handy guide full of tips and tidbits on everything from weather and opening hours to the famous shadow snake and the Sacred Cenote.

Cozumel to Chichen Itza in 45 Minutes


This Chichen Itza tour review with Fly Cozumel tells you all about the fascinating airplane excursion to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and what you will experience on this amazing tour from Cozumel.

Top 10 Cozumel Shore Excursions


From the fun-filled Cozumel Pearl Farm and the Discover Mexico Park to visiting Holbox Island or a sightseeing tour by airplane to see the great Kukulcan pyramid at Chichen Itza, this is the guide to the best Cozumel cruise excursions.

The Ultimate 4-in-1 Mayan Ruins Tour!


This is the ultimate Mayan ruins tour ever created and it departs from Cozumel! Visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Ek Balam, and Cobá all in one day on this awe-inspiring and spectacular scenic tour from the sky above the Yucatan Peninsua!

Aerial Photography at Chichen Itza


Our aerial photography tours over Chichen Itza, Tulum or anywhere you’d like in the Yucatan Peninsula allow you to be in charge as you work together with the pilot to ensure that you get that unforgettable shot from high in the sky!

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Excursion


The top-selling Liberty of the Seas cruise excursion from Cozumel takes Liberty passengers are a fun-filled flight over the Yucatan jungle deep into the heart of the peninsula to visit the majestic Chichen Itza Mayan ruins.

Chichen Itza Tours Cozumel Cruise

Why Choose Fly Cozumel for Your Chichen Itza Tour


You’re on vacation to enjoy your time, not spend half a day on a bus. Our Fly Cozumel tours assure you reach Chichen Itza in a mere 45 minutes. That way, you can enjoy the Mayan ruins at a leisurely pace before the heat and crowds take over.


At Fly Cozumel, you are our number one priority at all times. In consequence, safety is sacred. All routine maintenance and a rigorous inspection of our entire fleet is carried out to ensure utmost safety for each and every flight.


There’s a reason almost all our reviews on TripAdvisor, Facebook, and our website are five-star reviews. It’s simple. You really are our priority. And we’ll outdo ourselves to ensure every single guest is truly pampered.


Frequently Asked Questions about Chichen Itza

Where is Chichen Itza?

Chichen Itza is located on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula, about halfway between the towns of Valladolid and Merida. The trip to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza from Cozumel takes over three hours by ferry and bus or just 45 minutes by plane.

Can I visit Chichen Itza if I come on a cruise ship?

Yes! While we wouldn’t recommend you torture yourself or risk not making it back to the cruise ship on time, our Cozumel Chichen Itza tour will make sure you get to the Mayan ruins early and are back long before your ship departs our beloved island.

What's the history of Chichen Itza?

Contrary to popular lore, Chichen Itza was not built by extraterrestrial beings from outer space and, no, there’s no Nazi gold buried here either. The history of Chichen Itza dates back to back to at least 600 A.D. and was one of the most important Mayan cities ever built.

What temples will we visit?

Your Chichen Itza tour will be led by our talented and humorous guide, Mr. Tortuga, who will explain the fascinating history of the Temple of the Warriors, the Kukulcan Pyramid, the Observatory, and the Mayan Ball Court, among others.

Can I climb the pyramids?

No, no, and no. It is no longer possible to climb the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. This is as much for the personal safety of the guests to this UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is for the preservation of these ancient constructions.

What should I bring on the Chichen Itza tour?

Wear comfortable clothes, shoes you feel comfortable walking around in, and a hat. Make sure to bring sunscreen and camera as well. Other than that, maybe some additional cash if you wish to purchase some souvenirs or deem Mr. Tortuga and the Fly Cozumel crew worthy of your monetary gratitude.

What should I bring?

Bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, light and comfortable clothing, and a good pair of walking shoes. An umbrella is also a good idea if you want to protect yourself from the overbearing sun. Likewise, bring enough water to stay hydrated. If you plan to visit the Ik Kil Cenote, be sure to bring a towel and swimsuit as well. Tips, souvenirs, and additional drinks will require you bring along some cash.

How tall is the Kukulkan Pyramid?

Kukulkan isthe tallest pyramid at Chichen Itza,  reaching up 30 meters in height or about the length of a football field. However, it is not the highest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. That distinction belongs to the Nohoch Mul pyramid at Coba.

Chichen Itza or Tulum?

That depends on your personal preference. If you have to choose one or the other, then perhaps it would be wise to consider how important it is for you to learn about the culture. While both archaeological sites provide fascinating backgrounds into the history of the ancient Maya, Chichen Itza offers up a more complete vision of Mayan civilization. Tulum, for its part, has stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

Chichen Itza Map