DIRECTIONS TO CHICHEN
Rent a car and enjoy the
peaceful safe driving Yucatan offers you.
How to get to Hacienda Chichen Resort in Chichen-Itza
To fully enjoy and explore the Yucatan
Peninsula, we highly recommend you rent a car at the airport of
your arrival, be it in Merida or in Cancun. Having a car
will bring you the freedom to plan your daily activates at ease,
enjoy hours in any of Yucatan's many beaches, Colonial cities,
Mayan archaeological sites, cenotes, villages and countryside.
Bring your cellular and GPS or ask the car rental clerk to give you a tourist map of Yucatan
for visual aid. Driving to our hotel is easy:
Hacienda Chichen and
Yaxkin Spa are
located within the Zona
of Chichen Itza, next to the southeast entrance to the
Maya archaeological visited site, between the Maya villages of Piste and
Xcalacoop. Just an easy safe drive taking the Interstate Toll
Highway # 180 called "Cuota."
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DRIVING FROM CANCUN
AND THE RIVIERA MAYA
TO CHICHEN ITZA YUCATAN:
Driving to Chichen from Cancun
and Riviera Maya or through the Yucatan Peninsula is safe, easy;
truly a great way to have a rewarding vacation taking time to
enjoy any activity. Mexican Highways have the additional comfort
of "Green Angels" (official road emergency help given to anyone
with a car problem or in need of directions).
Taking the Interstate Federal Toll Highway # 180
to Chichen Itza -
you enter the toll highway #180 called "CUOTA" from Cancun to
Chichen Itza, you will drive
about 30.5 minutes to the first Toll Booth and pay an interstate
quota; continue in this Toll Highway and pass the exit to both Tizimin and Valladolid. If you need
gasoline, there is a service station between Valladolid and Piste
within this Highway no need to exit it. After you pass
Valladolid exit, it takes about 15 minutes more driving within this
Toll HWY #180
to arrive to the second Toll Booth where you need to stay in the
lane that exits to Piste / Chichen Itza. Pay toll and continue to
Piste (right photo) its a Maya village neighboring to the East,
Chichen Itza archaeological site and the entrance to the small
rural road to Chichen Itza's Zona Hotelera (hotels zone) just a
few Km. down this road, read bellow for details.
From Piste Village to Hacienda Chichen:
Follow the road signs to Piste
driving over the small rural bridge over
HWY 180 (above right photo); this rural road dead-ends in Piste's main square
where you will see the main plaza and Church (view right photo
sequence), you will turn left at the dead end of the road next to
the old church. Pass the village many stores
going to the East end (left turn) of the village, continue
driving passing this rural road's fork with two large upper
signs: one on your right going to the Chichen Itza archeological
and one on the left going to the "Zona Hotelera" (Hotel Zone)
left fork to the hotel zone. Drive about 1 KM on this large curve
road path and you will see the signs of our hotel and spa before you
reach the first rural road fork to your right (sharp turn) which is
the Zona Hotelera where our hotel is. Continue down this
small road until you see the Hacienda Chichen and Yaxkin Spa Entrance sign on your left.
Driving From Valladolid to Chichen
and to the Hacienda Chichen:
If you plan to
drive from Puerto Aventura or Tulum to
Coba and Valladolid to enjoy visiting such tourist sites before
arriving to the Hacienda Chichen
you may take the rural free road #180, please be careful as it
is one lane. This road is
narrow and has many accidents; watch for speeding tour-buses and for
local bikers going to work who may need you to slow down. You
will drive through a few villages, please take care to go slow,
children and pets run across road sometimes without looking. Once
you arrive to Xcalacoop, you are 6Km away from the hotel; follow
green road signs until you see a tall sign poll with the "Zona Hotelera" sign at the left and "Chichen Itza"
at the right.
Slow down, you are to take the small road to the left where the
Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera) road
is; keep on driving another 1.5 KM.
and at the left you will see the two
old ocre-yellow towers of the
hotel entrance sign at the left of the road (see large entrance
photo at the bottom of this page).
Driving From Merida to Chichen Itza
and to the Hacienda Chichen:
Ask your hotel's clerks how to arrive from their location to the "Periferico"
a belt-like highway circling Merida. Follow the signs at the
Periferico that indicate the exit to HWY #180 to Cancun. Drive this
federal highway and "Do Stay" in the Paid Toll Highway when you see
the road fork that shows both the toll paid Hwy and the Free Road
exit to Mayan villages that finally gets you to Chichen Itza.
As you stay in the toll federal highway #180, exit at Piste / Chichen Itza,
it is right at the first toll booth. Make sure you drive to
the Chichen Itza toll booth side of the highway. Once you pay (less
than US $8) turn right to go towards the town of Piste. Be careful as you approach town. There are a number of
topes (bumps in the road) that you
do not want to drive over at full speed.
In Piste, the road will dead end with the old church on your right
near the village's main square. When the road dead-ends, turn left
and drive pass the first road sign indicating the Mayan
archaeological site. Follow the curvy road flowing left keep
checking signs for the "Zona Hotelera" exit (see our photo column).
When this curvy road turns to the left towards Xcalacoop, you will
see signs indicating the "zona hotelera" drive slow now as you are
to take the sharp right turn into the Zona Hotelera road and Chichen
Itza's south entrance; continue on this small rural road until you see the Hacienda Chichen Resort's entrance sign on your left
(see bellow photo).
WHAT HACIENDA CHICHEN OFFERS
Guests now enjoy the comfort of a the new "Zona Hotelera"
road entrance inaugurated April 2016.
flow of our red marker arrows to enter the hotel zone road,
it will take you strait to the Hacienda Chichen's main
entrance. About a minute away.
Aerial photo courtesy of Cultur.
Below is Hacienda Chichen's main entrance fountain and sign.
Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa are
located within the ancient city of Chichen Itza, Yucatan,
Mexico. We are at the Southeast region, enter to the "Zona
Hotelera" small road and almost at the end, passing a horse
stable and a mild curve, you will find our main entrance (photo
below). From our gardens, our guests have the privilege to
enter the archaeological visited zone (left map) starting with
the "House of the Hidden Writtings" all the way to the Sacred
Cenote. This site is vast and very popular, so we
recommend you stay at least two nights at Hacienda Chichen to
fully enjoy your visit and appreciate the Maya cultural heritage
of our ancestors.
Avoid Day Trip Bus Tours as they enter at the hottest time of
the day into the site, and then you have long waiting lines to
process your tickets and entrance. During such busy hours,
most vendors gather around all main paths and invade your
privacy, so we really recommend you avoid all these discomforts,
by staying in our hotel, entering the site early morning before
massive bus tours arrive, and enjoy a quiet relax visit to such
magestic site. By late morning, return to our hotel to
enjoy our pool, and delight in our gourmet organic cuisine.
Book a Maya Holistic Spa experience at Yaxkin Spa, and get
ready to return to Chichen Itza for the night light and show.
Next morning or at dusk, we recommend you book a free Nature
Tour and Walk with Naturalist Jim Conrad, or a Birdwatching
guided tour with our local Maya guide Biviano.
Food lovers will enjoy booking our private Maya Cuisine
Workshop with Chef Antonio near the pool.
A WORD ABOUT RIVIERA MAYA,
CANCUN, AND YUCATAN'S PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Bus and Taxi Services:
ADO has buses (first class and economy class) that travel daily to Piste from Merida, Valladolid, and Cancun. We suggest that you contact the local ADO offices in each city, as schedules change.
There are taxi sites near all the bus stations in Merida, Valladolid, Piste
and Cancun. Travelers can take the bus to their destination and
then hire a taxi at the front entrance of the bus station. Be
sure to request the cost of the taxi service before the ride to avoid misunderstandings
or overcharging. Hacienda Chichen Resort guests may ask our
front desk to call a local taxi or walk to our main entrance to
find one at the Taxi Stop on the left street side.
YUCATAN'S DRIVING SAFETY FACTS:
Driving in Yucatan, Mexico, is very safe, easy and comfortable.
We highly recommend travelers to rent a car and enjoy their days
visiting many places at their leisure, rather than spending their
vacation in tour buses and fixed travel itineraries.
Roads and Highways are patrolled and guarded by local police as well as
Mexican federal military teams that are courteous and
helpful to residents and travelers alike.
- In Mexico, any traveler or civilian not involved in illegal drug activities will
find peace, fun, friendly faces, and a lot of great memories to
take home! Drugs are a worldwide problem and not an exclusive
problem of any given nation. Tourists not involve in
illegal activities can enjoy a friendly, safe vacation here and
in other countries.
Safety: Tourists visiting Mexico should exercise same safety
cautions during their vacation time as they do at any
Read our recommended travel
media and yellow journalists have been acting very
irresponsible by broadcasting that Mexico is unsafe to visit: a
false message many travelers have found to be truly
Mexico is a friendly nation to visitors, few north
states bordering US face drug violence nowadays, drug violence is an International issue faced
is NOT a "Civil War," but an effort to
eradicate drug trafficking and illegal financial
Mexico and US border. Drug related violence
and crimes happen to drug
related individuals in Mexico or any other country in the world.
Information to gun-owners traveling to Mexico:
Mexican Federal Laws prohibit any person to bring guns
or personal weapons into the country (Mexico); even if
your gun is a register legal weapon in your country of
origin. Airlines do not inform travelers of this law but
this law will be immediately enforced at the point of
entry. Request information to your local Mexico Consulate or the
US Cancun Consular Office for further information.
You will find Mexico to be a wonderful destination
to explore and enjoy a great vacation. Do
book at least a night to visit Chichen Itza, Yucatan,
and explore the Maya eco-wonders near Hacienda Chichen, this green hotel
a great place to enjoy Mother Nature and Maya cultural
for a Great Vacation: Travelers will find peace, fun, friendly faces, and a lot
of great memories to take home when staying at Hacienda
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