This was a very interesting and enjoyable tour about the Mayans. Our guide, Frank, is from the area and was very knowledgeable about the Mayan history, the culture, and the people, as well as about the site of Chichen Itza. We had 1.5 hour with the guide and 1.5 hour on our own. Once on our own, the visit was less interesting since we didn't have the same kind of insight than when we were with the guide. Nonetheless, this excursion was very worthwhile. We liked it a lot and recommend it!
We went to Chichen Itza on an early Sunday morning, and were told that it is considered a "quiet" day compared to the rest of the week. We were able to take nice pictures, without too many people on site. Even for a "quiet" day, on our way out, around 11:30-12:00pm, there were buses and crowds arriving on the site.
Our driver, Oscar, brought us there in about 2 hours, including a stop for the restrooms. This was very good considering we were back to our hotel in Cancun around 2pm, and were able to grab lunch and enjoy the rest of the day.
This was the best part of my trip to Cancun BY FAR! The staff was GREAT! Everyone was so accommodating and organized and we felt very safe. Lunch was great and the dance party was even better! You must take this cruise! We had 17 girl bachelorette party and it was the highlight of our trip.
This tour was simply amazing! Our tour guide, Francisco, is a Mayan and an archeologist. His knowledge of the subject matter is vast and he has a talent and passion for communicating about it. We learned a great deal about the Mayan culture on our trip to the site and then he brought it all to life on site.
On the practical side, the easly access is a delight (no crowds) and the small tour provides a nice opportunity to communicate with the tour guide. I understand that some tours do not take the modern high-speed toll road from Cancun to Chichen Itza - this tour does and you save many hours of travel back and forth by doing so. In addition to the easy travel, the tour included snacks, water, and a light lunch. I highly recommend this tour.
Totally recommend this day trip! Fun way to experience the true local culture outside of the touristy Cancun hotel zone. Very informative.
Doing what: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun
Best of any Chichen Itza tours. Pick up exactly on time, great driver and a knowledgeable and friendly guide/archeologist. Best of all, as the description said, we arrived in Chichen Itza way before the thousands and thousands of other tourists, had time to visit the main buildings and get the historical perspective, and as the heat got worse we tracked back to the exit against the flow of taffic, arriving in Cancun still with plenty of time for the beach. Highly recommended, thank you Viator.
Like Susie, I believe, had the same tour guide - Francisco - for this. We went the last week in January. There was a little glitch up front in contacting the tour company. Didn't realize we needed to dial 044 before calling the driver's number the day before for pickup time. But got through that at our hotel. Pick up was punctual via a van with ten of us between 6 and 7 a.m. at different hotels. VW van was air conditioned and comfortable enough for the 2.5 hour drive.
It's difficult to have done this for any less by renting a car for my wife and myself. If you have a party of four or more, a car rental may be worth it. To make it in 2.5 hours, you drive from Cancun along the highway to a toll way that costs about $20 one direction to use to expedite your journey. Then you have park admission and a typical $75 guide fee. We did not get the discounted tour rate because the promo wasn't running, but even at $75/pp it is a veritable bargain.
When we started out, we were given a bottle of juice and a sandwich which wasn't much and didn't eat it. Bring food for the trip or eat breakfast before leaving. There also is food at the entrance to Chichen Itza. We stopped first at the tollway entrance for people to use the restroom and fairly close to Chichen Itza we were brought to a Mayan village sales shop with clean restrooms.
Not long after we began driving, our guide Francisco began telling us the history of the Mayan peoples and their cultures, as well as giving us a basic overview of Chichen Itza. When we arrived he toured us for 90 min. at the various buildings on the site, explaining the meaning of many symbols as well as how the Mayans had to clear 14,000 hectares to build just one pyramid there. Anyway, he gave all of us invaluable insight into this center of Mayan Civilization.
Then we had another hour and a half on our and at 1 and were on our way back to Cancun as crowds arrived. Phenomenal!
The tour was very good. We were just a small group - only 8 people. No more pick ups on the way. It made our journey shorter in time. New minibus with air conditioning, a lunch box. We left from Cancun early in the morning. So we were first or almost first everywhere.A guide Francesco was very good
The price is fair and the early departure time makes for a much less crowded visit to Chichen Itza. Small 12 passenger Mercedes van (there were 8 people on our tour). Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. We were back in Cancun by 3:00 PM. Excellent tour.
I spent 9 days in Mexico and went to Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.
In my entire travels, nothing was more exciting, fun and adventurous then the tour to Chichen Itza.
I learned far more about the Mayan culture while there than on any video, show or book.
By far, I highly recommend this tour to everyone.
The price was perfect because taxi cabs are super expensive all over this area and the drive is not close.
You get the transfers, the tour and lunch for an extremely reasonable price.
You also get the opportunity to pass by Mayan descendants reservations, experience Mayan culture and purchase many, many gifts and souvenirs at the absolute lowest prices in Mexico...
If like us you want to see only Chichen Itza and not all the other extras (like the village and cenote stop) that other tour companies use as fillers to make it a full day trip, then this is the tour for you. We were fortunate that my wife and I were the only ones booked for the Saturday trip, which meant that we were effectively on a private tour! The journey from Cancun Hotel Zone to Chichen Itza was only 2.5 hours, with one stop off for souvenirs/toilet break on the way there. Francisco our guide was very knowledgeable about the site and Oscar the driver managed to get us back to our hotel by 2.30pm just in time for a late lunch, as we decided to leave slightly early :) Also if you don't like the crowds then the early access tour is for you...busloads of tourists were arriving just as we were leaving. Overall very happy with this tour and would thoroughly recommend it! Thank you very much for a great tour!
Great trip; however I would recommend booking the trip directly through the company that actually handles the tour- Cancun Adventures. They were exceptional, and very knowledgeable, and really made the trip a great success.
What a great trip at a great price! Saw this advertised online while we were in Cancun and two days later we were on our way. Our tour guide, Paco, spoke perfect English and Spanish and really made the trip enjoyable. We beat the crowd to Ik'Kil, the cenote, where we took a refreshing swim. Then on to a delicious buffet (again beating the crowds) and finally on to Chichen Itza, where Paco explained the history and gave some free time. The bus was on time both ways. This trip was the highlight of our tour.
Doing what: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun
Amazing Service! Highly Recommended. I just got back from my honeymoon in Cancun and I have to say this service made getting to and from my resort from the airport was a breeze. When we arrived, just as the website states, there were lots of people trying to sway us to get a taxi, but we just kept on walking and eventually found our ride. Note: If you don't see the folks in the uniform described in the instructions, look for someone with a USA Transfers shirt. When we got in the van, we got on the phone with a representative welcoming us to Cancun, and confirming our departure date and time. They picked us up at the time stated, and got us back to the airport in time to catch our flight. What a great experience!
Doing what: Private Cancun Roundtrip Airport Transfer
AWESOME. This excursion was definitely my favorite out of all the activities we did in cancun. My friends and I came during what they call the 'off peak' season, so our tour ended up being a private tour for the four of us! We saw tons of iguanas at the El Rey ruins while learning our first lessons on the Mayan culture. We went to the interactive zoo and our guide was awesome. Fed monkeys, deer, held baby croc and python and one our friends even had a spider monkey with its baby on its back jump on her to use her as a tree to get to another one! Then we hummered into the jungle where we zip lined. None of us were brave enough to drive the Mexican streets so our tour guide was awesome and drove us. Zip lining was fun, especially because all but one of us had never done it before. It wasn't the highest or longest of zip lines, but perfect for beginners and I had tons of fun doing them. Then we got on the ATVs and it was all our first times - my favorite activity for sure! We got to a cool cenote and dived in either by jumping off the cliffs or zip lining in. Tried to do the highest cliff, but chickened out! Our guide jumped in like it was nothing! Since it was just the 4 of us and our guide, we got several turns diving and jumping in and hanging out there swimming... wish we could have stayed longer! Only con was the water was not clear during this time of the year due the algae buildup over the summer days. After that we ATV'd back to the hummer and went out to a really nice fishing village where I had the best fish I have ever had! And it was freshly caught and cooked that day! LOVED their food and we even had time to go out onto the beach and pier to take pictures and we saw a baby eagle ray!! It was an extremely fun adventure and Ezekial was an amazing guide who gave us lots of tips on where to go and what to eat while we were there. Our whole group enjoyed every part and we really felt like we got our money's worth. Definitely a must-do in Cancun!!
If you are going to Cancun do this trip we had a great time.
Doing what: Jungle Speed Boat Tour from Cancun
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