We decided to stay in Valladolid another great colonial city nearest to Chichen & the Cenotes see: Valladolid
From Valladolid we caught a collectivo to Chichen for MXN$25 (just over £1).
The entrance fee to Chichen was more expensive than the other sites we have visited, at £8.50 each.
Largest of Mayan cities, Chichen Itza was started around 400 A.D., abandoned and returned to several times before the Toltecs arrived in 987AD. The ruins split into two main sites the ‘old’ & ‘new’. Most of the famous buildings are in the new site, which was the area populated by the Toltecs.
Today it has been vastly restored, & the surrounding jungle cleared. The site receives up to 8,000 daily visitors in high season & is packed with vendors selling local arts, crafts & momentos. It is for all these reasons that we preferred Tikal in Guatemala, as unspoilt, unrestored & much much quieter.