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Aug 7, 2008 11:01 PM

Chichen Itza

I'm going to be in downtown LA next week, and I was thinking about going to Chichen Itza when I'm there. I'm not going to have a car so is it doable?


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  1. Absolutely... It's not far from the MacArthur Park Redline Stop... It's just on the other side of the park... some folks below me might want to say the area is dangerous at night or what not, but there are always PLENTY of people walking around at night and as long as you stay on the well lighted sidewalks on the city side and have your city radar on, you'll be fine...


    1. Agree it is doable. I was recently near the park around 9 at night and had to walk a couple of blocks. I definitely had my "city radar" on high ( no matter the area should be high as a female!), as it does get a bit sketchy later on. Alvarado is well populated at night, 6th Street not to much. I think it depends on the person and their comfort level. I pretty much will go to/ have gone to many area's in LA that others deem too "dangerous". I believe that they are open at lunch thru dinner, so If you are at all concerned about safety I would recommend going earlier...

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      1. re: LaLa Eat

        The only caveat I'd offer is that should you be doing this at night, you should stick to the streets, and resist any temptation to cut across MacArthur Park.

        Those more recently familiar with LA transit routes:

        isn't there a bus along 6th or Wilshire from downtown that would put you either in front of Chicen Itza or a block away, on Wilshire?

        1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

          For that matter, how easy would it be to use a cab? I know it wouldn't be the cheapest thing. Getting there wouldn't be a problem. How easy would it be to get a cab from Chichen Itza back to my hotel?

          1. re: EdgeCityDweller

            Fairly easy... CI is at the edge of Korea town where Cabs are often called to at night. I'm sure the Matre'd at Chichen Itza would be happy to call you a cab after dinner...


            1. re: EdgeCityDweller

              I've found the owners are extremely accommodating: I'm sure they'd be happy to call a cab for you. (Your chance of actually just flagging down a cab much of anywhere in LA, away from big hotels and certain big events, is pretty minimal)

              It's all of about 2 miles, depending on where you're staying in downtown, so it shouldn't be a horrible price, particularly if you're going with another person.

            2. re: silverlakebodhisattva

              The # 18 Bus Goes right down 6th Past Chichen Itza to and from Downtown every 10 minutes or so.

              Route and Schedule to be found here:

              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                I went to Chichen Itza over the weekend. I had the cochinita pibil torta and my girlfriend had the cochinita pibil plate.
                When my torta was delivered, I was skeptical as I saw a thick roll surrounding a very thin layer of meat. I opened up the sandwich and it was worse than I thought. There wasn't even meat going the full length of the sandwich. There wasn't enough meat or sauce for even an open face sandwich. I didn't complain. I ate it open faced and then used pork and sauce from my gf's plate to eat the second half of bread.
                The cochinita pibil had some very good pieces and some dried out pieces. The flavour was all very good. The jicama salad was a delicious accompaniment. The roll was substandard. It was like a crouton, as if it was day old or more bread that was toasted to bring life back into it.
                I'm going to get stoned for this, but I preferred the cochinita pibil at Amaranta's in Canoga Park. Every bite was meltingly tender. Maybe both trips weren't representative of the norm.
                I still have yet to try the CB at La Flor de Yucatan.

                1. re: Wolfgang

                  So sorry to hear about the experience... I'm guessing this was at the Restaurant? (I've had nothing but divine tortas and CP at the stand)...


                  I will say though, the CP at La Flor is superior... I believe they make their own Bollios too...

                  Thanks for the plug about Amaranta... I've heard some decent things about it and perhaps this fall can stomach a trip back up there (Went a few weeks ago on the Orange Line and it was a complete fiasco...)