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Chichén Viejo archaeological area is now open to the public

by Sofia Navarro
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The Secretariat of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), opened the Chichén Viejo area or Initial Series Group, located in the southwest of the central archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, which is composed of 25 structures distributed in two plazas, built on a large walled platform, starting yesterday.

To ensure the preservation of cultural heritage and allow for archaeological excavation and research work in the area, visits are controlled by prior reservation and only on Fridays and Saturdays. The access hours are from 9:00 to 11:30 am for the first group and from 12:00 to 2:30 pm for the last one. Each group will be accompanied by INAH personnel and guides, and the total tour time is two and a half hours.

Viejo Chichen (Photo: SIPSE)

To access the site, a reservation is required at the ticket office of the Chichén Itzá Archaeological Zone, with a cost of 85 pesos, which also includes the regular visit. However, it’s important to note that some people are exempt from payment, such as those over 60 years old, retirees and pensioners, teachers, children under 12, researchers, and interns with INAH permission.

The access path to this new area is located on the south side of the Cultural Tourist Parador parking lot and covers a length of 1.5 kilometers. It has been carefully designed to avoid disturbing archaeological remains, leaving the nearest ones visible that were previously documented during archaeological prospecting.

To preserve cultural heritage, flora, fauna, and visitor safety, INAH establishes strict rules during the visit. These include the prohibition of bringing food and beverages, unauthorized professional photographic and video equipment, weapons, and substances prohibited by law, pets (except for those for people with disabilities), tripods and stabilizers without authorization, musical instruments, the use of drones, making fires, smoking, climbing buildings, crossing cordoned-off areas, and damaging sculptures, buildings, or trees.

The opening of Chichén Viejo represents a unique opportunity to explore a fascinating part of Mayan history and culture. Visitors can immerse themselves in the past of this ancient civilization while enjoying an exceptionally preserved natural environment.

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