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PISTE - CHICHEN ITZA
Piste is a small town located 2 km away from Chichen Itza ruins. There are hotels and Mexican restaurants here as well as stores and a number of craft market vendors. Piste tends to be the location many backpackers use to stay at while visiting Chichen Itza. There is camping in Piste but expect everything to be a little more expensive than say Palenque or San Cristobal.
There are NO bank machines in Piste. There is a bank machine at Chichen Itza. There is also no colectivo from the ruins to Piste so you either have to walk or take a taxi [taxi one way is $3.00 US].
There are some beautiful hotels in the area and the premiere choice is the Mayaland Hotel, which is located right in Chichen Itza ruins.
It is a short walk from town to the ruins. Every time we go to time it we stop to talk to people then we forget what we were doing and loose track of the time. We figure it is like a 10-15 minute walk.
PISTE CHICHEN ITZA HOTELSFor current Chichen Itza hotel and resort information including rates, availability and secure on-line reservations please see: Chichen Itza Hotels*
* Includes Piste.
PISTE CAMPINGThere is camping at The Piramide Inn.
The Piramide Inn is located approximately 1 kilometer [about a half mile] from the Chichen Itza ruins at the entrance to the Mexican National Archaeological Zone.
GETTING THEREPiste is located 157 km [97 miles] from Cancun and 120 km [74 miles] from Merida.
From Cancun airport you transfer to the Cancun bus terminal which is a 45 - 60 minute ride from the airport. From the bus station you travel directly to Piste if there is an available bus. Depending on what time you get to the bus station you may have to wait.
From Merida you catch a first or second/third class bus which will take you to Piste.
The bus stop in Piste is in Piste town so if you are camping you have to walk or take a taxi to the campground and if you are staying at Mayaland Hotel you will have to take a taxi as well.
Mayaland Hotel provides bus service between the hotel and Merida and Cancun.
To check bus schedules click here.
If you are driving from Tulum - Playa del Carmen then it is advisable not to take the Coba jungle route as you will probably get lost and waste valuable time. It is better to stick to Hwy 307 to Cancun then across.
There are gas stations if you take the main highways. If you go through the jungle then you have to wait until you hit a town with a gas station.
If you are driving from Progreso then we suggest you have a compass and what ever maps you can find and just head south until you hit Hwy 18 go east. You can stick to main highways here but it is faster to drive through the jungle from Progreso.
CHICHEN ITZAChichen Itza is the most visited and by far the most famous of all Mayan archeology sites. Tour buses pull into Chichen Itza every day of the year bringing in loads of tourists. It really is a must-see kind of thing.
There are numerous web sites on the Internet with information about Chichen Itza, the temples/pyramids, the great ballcourt, the observatory, cenotes and so much more. We have limited the information that we provide in this web site for Chichen Itza to travel information. In our Mayan Ruins section we provide information on maps, guides and tips.
THINGS TO DOEk Balam
A good Mayan ruin site in the area is Ek Balam, which you can visit in a day trip by bus via Valladolid, which is located 40 km from Piste. To get to Ek Balam from the Valladolid bus station we recommend you take a taxi right from that point and save yourself the aggravation of the walk/collectivo route. It is way faster and worth the money.
The Grutas (Caves) De Balankanch
Old Chichen Itza