Chichen Itza, Mexico Meeting Planning Overview
Chichen Itza is the best-known archeological site on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and possibly in all the Americas (after being named one of the New Seven Wonders of the world in 2007). This legendary Mayan city has been an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. Chichen Itza meeting venues range from converted archeologists' quarters to luxury resorts. The beautiful jungle surroundings, and its proximity to major cities like Merida and Cancun, make this unique destination a perfect place for small events of up to 100 people, as well as for pre- and post-event excursions.
Chichen Itza is located on the Cancun Highway, in the eastern part of the state of Yucatan. It is easily accessible by private bus from Merida and Cancun. From Merida's International Airport (MID), with direct flights to Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Cancun and Mexico City, Chichen Itza is a captivating 1.5-hour ride. Cancun International Airport is a 3-hour drive from Chichen Itza and has direct flights to more than 50 international destinations.
Chichen Itza's few inhabitants cater to tourism. There are 425 guest rooms in 16 hotels and event spaces for small meetings and presentations. Hotel venues in Chichen Itza include the Lodge at Chichen Itza, which offers 39 well-appointed bungalows spread out over a 100-acre facility, and is located just minutes from the ruins. The Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa is a great location for events, weddings and private parties of up to 60 people, with 12 cottages and a total of 28 guest rooms. This resort hotel offers catering, and offers several outdoor spaces including gardens and private terraces, as well as a meeting room for up to 25 guests. The resort has established its own bird refuge, which is home to over 150 species of birds and is a perfect spot for avid birdwatchers.
Inside the 6-square-mile archaeological complex of Chichen Itza, visitors will find several facilities, including a museum, a cafeteria, an infirmary, a library and an auditorium, which plays audio-visual material relevant to the site, and a shop where visitors can purchase traditional hand-made Yucateca arts and crafts. The famous temple of Kukulcan is one of Chichen Itza's main attractions; the northern staircase is adorned with Plumed Serpents, which seem to come to life as writhing shadows during the spring and fall equinoxes. Chichen Itza attracts visitors year round with a unique sound and light show that recounts slices of Mayan history (starts at 8 PM in summer and 7 PM in winter). The site is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. The most popular times to visit the site are during the Solar and Lunar equinoxes, as well as during the solstices.