Chichén Itzá: More Than an Archeological Site
Hearing “Chichén Itzá”, you may think of the Temple of Kukulkán during solstice, or the human sacrifices carried out in the site’s sacred cenote pool. Yet “Chichén” today offers so much more than that.
Although very few people do so, it’s a good idea to stay for at least one night in Chichén Itzá. In fact, this can be a fantastic short trip with a healthy touch. Staying the night allows you to go for an early morning swim in one of the area’s cenotes. Amongst the closest options to Chichén Itzá are Ik-Kil (also known as the Blue Cenote) which is six minutes away by car, and the less well-known Yokdzonot, which is 20 minutes away. Yokdzonot is a project of the Commission of Indigenous Rights and led by women from the area. We advise you to arrive as soon as they open, and if possible, visit on a weekday. This way you will have the cenote all to yourself.
More Health-Conscious Ideas
After, you can join an ecological trip into the Yucatán’s tropical forest to visit more cenotes, as well as former plantation estates and convents. You can also take a mountain-biking trip in the area with a tour operator.
In the afternoon, experience a treatment from the Yaxkin spa (www.yaxkinspa.com) inside the Hacienda Chichén hotel. This is an authentic healing center which employs traditional Mayan knowledge of botanical medicine and cures and is run by specialists from the University of Mayan Science and Technology. Or if you prefer, the Spa of the Oka’an Hotel (www.hotelokaan.com) is designed to be a clinic with the most up-to-date technology. There you will find everything from healing capsules to ozone therapy baths.
Most importantly, you mustn’t forget to visit the impressive archeological zone!
Chichén Itzá is one and a half hours from Mérida, or two hours and ten minutes away from Cancún via the Del Mayab highway