If you’re going to go to several archeological sites in Mexico, Chichen Itzá is honestly not the best, mainly because it’s now prohibited to go into or on any of the structures, so you can only admire them from afar (which means you miss out on seeing a lot of carvings and decorations). Some large sites that do allow you to climb almost everywhere are Uxmal (also in Yucatán) and Palenque in Chiapas. But if you’re in Cancún and the only tour you can get is to Chichen Itzá, then take it! It’s still a cool site.

A snake head on the ball court. The snakes were meant to represent Quetzalcoátl, the plumed serpent god.

A snake head on the ball court. The snakes were meant to represent Quetzalcoátl, the plumed serpent god.

Fun fact: The heads of captured warriors were displayed on this platform.

Fun fact: The heads of captured warriors were displayed on this platform.

Sopa de lima. Also something you shouldn't miss!

Sopa de lima (lime, fried tortilla chips, chicken, rice, and tomatoes). A Yucatán specialty that you shouldn’t miss! We ate at a restaurant on the highway between Pisté and Mérida.

Beans, rice, and chicken a la yucateca. Definitely recommended.

Beans, rice, and chicken a la yucateca. Definitely recommended.

The church in Pisté, the town outside Chichen Itzá. Suspiciously, there are two snake heads (above the window) embedded in its walls.

The church in Pisté, the town outside Chichen Itzá. Suspiciously, there are two snake heads (above the window) embedded in its walls.