Your guide will pick you up from your Cancun hotel and transport you to Chichen Itza for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, sail you to Isla Mujeres via catamaran or deliver you to your Dolphin Encounter – depending on which option and schedule you select. Combine your Chichen Itza tour with either option, skipping a day or two in between, or spreading out the fun over two consecutive days – it’s completely up to you!
Chichen Itza Tour
See all the highlights at one of the new Seven Wonders of the World on your 2-hour guided tour of Chichen Itza. As you walk around the grounds, listen to your knowledgeable guide describe the cultural significance of the magnificent structures built by the ancient Maya. Marvel at the Pyramid of Kukulcán, Temple of the Warriors (or 1,000 Columns) and the Great Ball Court – the largest in Mesoamerica.
You’ll visit El Castillo (The Castle), the large central pyramid, as well as the Observatory, La Iglesia and the Nunnery before your guide sets you loose to explore the picturesque site on your own – including some of the smaller but well- preserved temples. You'll also explore the sacred Xtoloc Cenote before walking back to the Mayaland Resort for a delicious buffet-style lunch featuring Yucatecan cuisine. Here, enjoy the swimming pools, lounge chairs, botanical gardens.
Option 1: Chichen Itza with Dolphin Encounter
Your family-friendly Dolphin Encounter is designed for all ages – including those not comfortable swimming – allowing you to interact with a dolphin while standing in waist-deep water on a shallow platform. After a 15-minute safety briefing by a professional trainer, you’ll spend 40 minutes in the water with an amiable dolphin. Watch this wonderful marine mammal perform tricks, play games and even ‘sing’ before offering you a handshake, a hug and a kiss!
After your encounter, enjoy the beach club (including lockers, showers, swimming pool and lounge chairs), located in a natural environment of beautiful Isla Mujeres. A lunch with non-alcoholic beverage is included.
Option 2: Chichen Itza with Catamaran Sail and Snorkel
Set sail by catamaran to Isla Mujeres, a lovely island and town located just 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Cancun. Enjoy a full-day in the sun and sea breeze as you cruise over the gorgeous Caribbean toward your destination, relaxing as you enjoy unlimited drinks from the open bar on board. Along the way, your friendly crew will raise the spinnaker at the bow; watch as the colorful sail fills like a balloon, allowing your boat to glide along in the wind.
Next, stop at a coral reef where you’ll have the option to snorkel. Put on a life vest and complimentary snorkel gear – including a new souvenir snorkel tube – and enjoy 45 minutes exploring marine life in the warm, tropical water. Your time includes instruction and supervision by a certified snorkel guide.
Upon arrival at Isla Mujeres, your guide will accompany your group on a 1.5-hour shopping excursion downtown. Afterward, head to the beach club for a buffet lunch, more selections from the open bar, and access to all the amenities – including swimming pool and lounge chairs.