The most famous, the most extensively restored and by far the most visited of all Maya sites, Chichén Itzá lies conveniently along the main highway from Mérida to Cancún, a little more than 200km from the Caribbean coast. To do the ruins justice and to see them when they’re not entirely thronged with tourists, an overnight stop is well worth considering – either at the site itself or, less extravagantly, in the rather dreary village of Pisté, about 3km west. The village exists almost entirely to provide visitors with accommodation so they can get an early start. Larger Valladolid, to the east, is a better option as a base, as it’s both convenient and inexpensive, and has some general city life.
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