Chichen Itza is undoubtedly one of the wonders of the archaeological world. Founded in 495 AD, Chichen Itza has been meticulously restored and this incredible site, with it's columned structures and warrior images, is reminiscent of ancient Rome. The entrance to Chichen Itza features a large visitors center and museum where you will find many of the best preserved sculptures and artifacts, on display. The ruins at Chichen Itza are well grouped and although very large, it is fairly easy to get around and to see the most spectacular attractions. On the other hand, you could easily spend a week in Chichen Itza and not have seen everything there is to see. For that very reason it might be best to take a tour to visit Chichen Itza.
Many tours leave daily from Cancun. Another idea is to plan ahead, rent a car and spend one night in Merida, a charming city about an hour and a half drive west of Chichen Itza. You could then return the next morning, on your way back to Cancun. The archaeological zone itself is a two and a half hour drive from Cancun.