How Safe Is Chichen Itza for Travel?

Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Chichen Itza is a unique city, built by Maya people in the Yucatán peninsula.

In Mayan languages, Chichen Itza means “The mouth of the well of sorcerers of water.”

Tourists are attracted to this place because of its great history and mystique slide.

The place was recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

On the territory of Chichen Itza were permanently carried out with archaeological excavations.

As a result, the Maya Toltec architectural monuments were discovered here.

Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the second-most visited of Mexico’s archaeological sites.

Many visitors from popular resort Cancun have a great chance for day-trip by bus to those archaeological sites.

Warnings & Dangers in Chichen Itza

Overall Risk


Chichen Itza is a safe enough place. The place guarded by police. Just keep your belongings close to you to avoid pickpockets and thieves. Also, you can visit Chichen Itza at nighttime, it's totally safe and you can enjoy the backlight.

Transport & Taxis Risk


If you need a taxi it's better to find licensed taxi services, it's can be done by an app in smartphones as well. Or find a taxi with a sign-on roof or sides. Pink colored taxi has a woman driver and picks only women and kids. The same sign you can see on buses and public transport. Do not get in cars without taxi signs, it may be unsafe.

Pickpockets Risk


Areas that attract tourists often attract thieves. Chichen Itza can be visited only after you have paid the entrance fee. So pickpockets have small chances here. But be aware and keep your credit cards and documents in a front pocket.

Natural Disasters Risk


Chichen Itza can have earthquakes sometimes, but it's a really rare incident here. Also, floods are sometimes possible due to hurricanes from the sea.

Mugging Risk


In Mexico, it is easy enough to become a victim of a robbery, however, directly in the Chichen Itza area it is safe enough and you can not worry about the mugging.

Terrorism Risk


Chichen Itza usually bypasses the terrorist showdown. However, terrorism is widespread in Mexico, so you should be on alert even in this place.

Scams Risk


Do not buy any tours from street sellers, it can be an unsafe cheat. The low price for entry fees also should warn you. And do not have conversations with any tours-sellers on street or in lines.

Women Travelers Risk


Mostly in Mexico, it is safe for women to travel alone. Better to wear modest clothes to avoid unwanted attention. Chichen Itza is quite safe for a girl travelling.

So... How Safe Is Chichen Itza Really?

As far as Chichen Itza called one of «the New 7 Wonders of the World» there are many tourists who come to visit this place.

Despite all rates of unsafe Mexico’s places, Chichen Itza is far from dangerous.

The place receives over a million tourists a year and approximately 70% of them are foreigners.

You can imagine that this one of the most visited places in the world.

So, it’s totally safe to visit.

As in any crowded tourist spot in Chichen Itza, you need to be on the alert and keep an eye on your belongings.

Observe the usual level of caution.

Carry a backpack or bag in front of you, keep them in your field of vision and you will not have problems with robberies.

The thing you totally should be prepared – it’s enormous hot weather.

Keep a bottle of water with you and care something to cover your head – the sun in Chichen Itza is unsafe.

If you behave like a normal person, you won’t have any problems. Everyone is very friendly, even police officers.

You can ask for help and receive directions from locals as to any other country.

It is totally safe to visit Chichen Itza if you are not hitchhiking – use only bus tours or special taxi services.

How Does Chichen Itza Compare?

CitySafety Index
Chichen Itza70
Playa del Carmen69
Cabo San Lucas68
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63

Useful Information

  • Visas - No visas required for tourist proposals to enter Mexico for many countries of Europe, US citizens and so on. You should have a valid passport and a tourist permit. The maximum possible of stay is 180 days. For longer stay of other options, you should visit the Mexican embassy.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso - is the official currency in Mexico. There are one hundred Mexican centavos to every peso. The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $, so you can see MX$ or MN$ in banks and exchange points.
  • Weather - Chichen Itza has two rainy seasons between May and October, and between November and April. The temperature is constant during the year and hot enough. The best time to visit Chichen Itza is between March and May. There’s not a lot of rain and also not too many tourists.
  • Airports - Chichen Itza has one international airport - Chichen Itza International Airport. But it almost inoperative. Mérida International Airport located in the same area and it is only 135 km from Chichen Itza. Better plan to reach Chichen Itza from this airport.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance should be done before starting your trip to Mexico. As well as in other countries, the customs officer can ask you to show travel insurance. Be prepared.
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Chichen Itza Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 26° C
Feb 27° C
Mar 29° C
Apr 30° C
May 31° C
Jun 30° C
Jul 30° C
Aug 30° C
Sep 30° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 27° C
Dec 27° C
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1 Review on Chichen Itza

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    Cyndy G says:

    Visiting Mexican Pyramids are fun

    I visited Teotihuacan in Mexico and it was great in terms of sightseeing and the safety. The weather was definitely hot so it was crucial to stay hydrated. I would expect a similar environment at Chichen Itza and based on your post, it sounds as though this is the case. I’ll have to visit sometime soon.

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