During our roadtrip in the Yucatan peninsula, we saw some beautiful things, interesting things and not so…interesting things. Not as much as we expected at least.
I’m gonna be honest from the start. I was not impressed by Chichen Itza. My boyfriend and his uncle weren’t impressed either.
This will be a very short post as I simply don’t have a lot to say about it but listen up;
Have you seen the pyramids in Egypt or have you seen several other Mesoamerican pyramids? Chances are you won’t be that impressed by Chichen Itza.
I’ve been to 4 other pyramids before I visited Chichen Itza. All 4 of them in Mexico;
- Teotihuacán (Mexico State)
2. Toniná (Chiapas)
3. Monte Albán (Oaxaca)
4. Tulum Ruins
I was so impressed by those, I could’ve spend hours there. They were also very cheap to visit (around €2) and there were never too many tourists. In Tonina we were even the only ones. Something else which is very important is that the surroundings of those pyramids are very beautiful.
Chichen Itza, however, was a little different. Full full full of tourists, very expensive compared to the other ones (€12 if I remember well) and the surroundings weren’t beautiful at all. It was also full of people who try to sell you stuff of which they claim it’s handmade but if you look well, you’ll see a “Made in China”-stamp on it. Here and there I saw some interesting things though, the majority just wasn’t… even the big main pyramid wasn’t special.
Why did they make a World Heritage site out of Chichen Itza? Maybe because it’s in Yucatan where it’s ALWAYS full of tourists so they are sure that many people will go there and consequently they’ll earn a lot of money? Wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case sorry for being rude here.
Chichen Itza is a special place and it’s very important to preserve places like this but everyone we met before we went there was so positive about it, therefore our expectations were too high and when we finally got there, we got disappointed.
However, if you’ve never seen any kind of pyramid before in your life, then Chichen Itza will probably impress you! So try to visit that one before you visit any other pyramids!