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Join us Friday, Oct. 6 to experience Chichén Viejo

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The general public was prohibited from entering the ancient Maya ruins of Chichén Viejo for over 30 years while its treasures were restored. Now, it’s open again and more glorious than ever.

After walking through Chichén Viejo’s arch, the splendor of the site begins to come into focus. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

A special and even more ancient zone within Chichén Itzá, Chichén Viejo offers visitors a completely different experience. You’ll find it tranquil and free of hoards of tourists and vendors. 

One of the most eye-catching structures is a circular altar with a turtle’s head on each side, one facing to the west, and another to the east, sporting a solar medallion. 

The itinerary

The tour will leave from Mérida’s La Mejorada Park at 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6. We enter the archaeological park at 9 a.m. and walk a one-mile wooded path to Chichén Viejo. During this walk, participants will have the opportunity to observe unrestored temples along the path and several species of plants and animals. 

The one-mile hike to Chichén Viejo is not too difficult but does have some rough terrain in certain sections. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The walk to the site is not particularly difficult but requires a decent level of physical fitness. Good walking shoes (not sandals), a hat, sunblock, and bug repellent are strongly recommended. 

After visiting the site, we will continue to the colonial city of Izamál, where participants will enjoy a traditional three-course meal and one non-alcoholic beverage at Restaurante Zamná (or an equivalent restaurant in case of any unforeseen events)

The San Francisco de Padua convent in Izamal is one of three new additions to Yucatán’s list of recognized heritage sites. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht.

The tour will be led by Carlos Rosado van der Gacht, Yucatán Magazine’s editor and an officially accredited guide. A Yucatán native and fully bilingual, Carlos is continuing his education as a Ph.D. student in the field of Heritage Studies.  

Space is limited

The all-inclusive tour costs 2,500 pesos, covering all transportation, entrance fees, two bottles of water, lunch in Izamal, and the services of the tour guide (Carlos). The tour will wrap up at Mérida’s La Mejorada Park at roughly 5 p.m.  

Only 18 spaces are available, so if you are interested, please act fast by emailing yesicabenitez@roofcatmedia.com.

As always, on this trip, we will strive to make the experience accessible for everyone, bringing along water and other goodies to help us along the way. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

In case of cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen events, participants will be reimbursed for the costs of the entrance to the site. However, because we will be starting early, this is unlikely. 

What will you see at Chichén Viejo? Check out this recent article in Yucatán Magazine, written by Carlos himself.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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