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Chichen Itza Tours: Picking the Right One for You

By Viator, September 2014

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As Mexico’s most visited Maya site and one of the country’s most important UNESCO World Heritage sites, few would argue with Chichen Itza’s must-see status, and the grand pre-Columbian city is so renowned that it was elected as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World back in 2007. If you’re exploring Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is likely at the top of your list of attractions, but with so many tour options available, it can be difficult to know which to choose. 

The easiest way to visit Chichen Itza is on a day trip and guided tours run from multiple locations, including Cancun, Riviera Maya, Merida and Cozumel, or if you’re visiting the Yucatan on a cruise, opt for a shore excursion from Progreso port, with guaranteed on-time return to your ship. With a full day tour, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the ancient Mayan capital, visiting the observatory, the ball court and the castle, as well as stopping for a swim in a sacred cenote and tucking into some typical Mayan cuisine. 

Those looking for a more personalized experience can also make the most of Mayaland’s private entrance and skip the crowds for a small-group guided tour of the archeological site, or enjoy an atmospheric sound and dance show at Chichen Itza. Alternatively, opt for a Viator Exclusive early access tour and enjoy the ultimate Chichen Itza visit, entering the site before the masses arrive and discovering little-known parts of the ancient city, escorted by an expert archaeologist.

There are also plenty of fun combo tours that allow you to combine your tour of Chichen Itza with a visit to nearby sights and there are options for all tastes. You could go snorkeling in the Caribbean, ziplining in the Yucatan jungle or learn to cook traditional cuisine with a Mayan cooking class, while those with kids in tow might prefer an afternoon at the Xcaret theme park or the chance to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Xtreme. 

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 713 Reviews

Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic. Explore the most important archaeological zone and ancient capital of the Mayan Empire on a full day ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99
$74.99 Save $5.00

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 212 Reviews

Gain essential insights into Mexico’s past on a visit to Chichen Itza with a private archeologist. Miss the crowds by visiting in the early morning, and see ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Chichen Itza Small-Group Tour with Private Entrance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 98 Reviews

Discover the Mayan city of Chichen Itza through a private entrance at Mayaland Resort, without waiting in line! On this small-group tour of this UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.99

Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Indulge in some of the greatest attractions on offer in the Yucatan with this Cancun combo! Select two out of four amazing options – Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor or ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $238.99

Private Tour: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic, and you can explore it on a personalized, private tour from Cancun. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Varies

From USD $86.99

Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Dolphin Encounter or Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Experience the best of the Yucatan on a Cancun combo tour including Chichen Itza and your choice of a Dolphin Encounter, Dolphin Adventure Swim or catamaran ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $135.99

Experience Mayan Culture: Chichen Itza, Cooking Class and Maya Traditions

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural wonders of the Mayan civilization on this comprehensive tour in the Yucatan. Observe the universe at a ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Chichen Itza Night Show with VIP Seating from Cancun

From your front-row VIP seat, watch Kukulcán Pyramid in Chichen Itza come alive during the Light and Sound Show, revitalized with 3D mapping projection ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.99

2-Day Tour from Cancun: Chichen Itza and Mayaland Resort

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Stay overnight at Mayaland Resort with entrance to Chichen Itza – one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! Tour the Kukulcán Pyramid and ancient Mayan ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $179.99

Chichen Itza: Light and Sound

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Visit the most important archaeological zone of the Mayan world, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire on a full day guided tour. Witness the remnants of ...  Read more

Location: Cancun or Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

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