Visiting Chichen Itza: An overview and tips for visiting | Casual Travelers
After a few minutes in the full sun you can almost feel your skin sizzle, and your hair nearly burns your fingers as you run your hand through it. The area is vast, but the tourists surrounding the guide crowd under the sparse trees, seeking shade from the oppressive heat. This is what visiting Chichén Itzá feels like in April. In short: it's ungodly hot. We saw Chichén Itzá in 2013, when we vacationed in Cancun on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. That over was two years ago, but I don't suppose the area has changed much since then, though some of the excavation work has probably moved forward. A Bit of History (as always) "Chi" means "mouth" and "chen" means "well" in Mayan, thus Chichén Itzá means "at the mouth of the well of the Itzá tribe." I'm afraid I found conflicting information as to who the Itza were and when they arrived in the region, so I'm not going to say anything about that. The well mentioned in the name is the nearby cenote, a naturally formed round, deep depression