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Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote before a certified guide leads you through the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, considered the most important archaeological zone of the Yucatán. Visit the ball court, el Castillo (the Castle), Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors. Then watch a performance of folkloric dancers while indulging in a buffet lunch of regional dishes. Your day trip includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.


  • Day trip to Chichen Itza from Cancun
  • Explore the observatory, a sacred cenote, the ball court and the castle
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch while watching a traditional folkloric dance
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its fascinating temples
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Cancun hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Chichen Itza is a must-see, and the super-informative guides on this tour will help you understand why. You also get free time to explore these well-preserved Mayan ruins on your own.

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What You Can Expect

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

Chichen Itza: All Inclusive Day Tour from Cancun

From your hotel in Cancun, you’re picked up in the morning for the drive to Chichen Itza, considered the most important archaeological zone in the Yucatán. En route to the ancient Maya capital, stop to explore the natural wonders of a nearby cenote — either Ik Kil or Hubiku — depending on which area is less populated on the day of your tour.

You’ll have almost one hour to play in the deep, aquamarine waters of an underground swimming hole formed from a collapsed limestone cavern, before you continue on to Chichen Itza.

Around midday, start your 1.5-hour tour of significant locations at the World Heritage site, including the ball court, el Castillo (the Castle), the Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors. You’ll learn from your certified guide why the extraordinary architectural beauty and geographical location have led to Chichen Itza's designation as one of the New Wonders of the World.

After some time to enjoy the ruins on your own, head to a local restaurant for a buffet lunch of fresh salads, soups, rice, meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and other regional fare (drinks at own expense). While eating, watch a festive show of traditional dances performed to folklore music.

Your full-day tour ends with return transport to your Cancun hotel.

Customer Reviews

Alexander K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Would recommend to a friend. Guide was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. Tour was well organized and extremely informative for the amount of time given. The only drawback was that the cenote that was visited was crowded with mostly teenagers. Made me not want to swim in it. Otherwise great all around.

Ryan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour! They added in Valladolid and we were not expecting this - it was only a quick 20 minute stop, but greatly appreciated by all. Our tour guide, Ricardo, was funny and informative.

JohnMichael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Couldn and #39;t be better for the price

Claudia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really great experience. Driver and guide were very professional. Great customer service. Guide was very informative and timing was really good. Punctual pick up. Tour guide was multilingual! I was very surprised!! Good job Carlos! Viva Mexico!

Lawrence P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent guide, Carlos Mo, who provided both the historical/archeological background and contemporary context for both Chichen Itza and the cenote sites. A bit of a logistics delay going from a van to the tour bus. Nonetheless an extremely worthwhile day.

Gloria U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was awesome! Our tour guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. The ride to Chichen Itza was great as we got to drive through a small Mexican town. The entire tour to Chichen Itza was amazing, especially swimming in the cenote...nothing like it! I would highly recommend this tour.

Priyanka M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a very well planned and impeccably executed tour. Ricardo is a very experienced and talented guide, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. He especially made sure we went to the ruins in the late afternoon, so we may watch the formation of Kukulkan with the setting sun on equinox day. The day trip started with quick stop at a traditional village, a Mayan gift shop, and around afternoon we stopped at the town of Valladolid. The swim at the cenote later was refreshing, and the buffet after was yummy. Do give yourself enough time to enjoy it! The ruins were explored at a relaxed pace over the course of 1.5 to 2 hours, and then we found a comfy spot on the grass to watch the sunset. Ricardo knows this region in and out, and what I loved was that he explained so much about the Mayan history and its people during the trip. Never a dull moment!

Armando B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was well worth the price. Our guide was fabulous and spoke English and Spanish with equal skill. The lunch was great love the seafood and the visit to the Cenote was awesome.
I highly recommend this tour.

Mike D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Can't say enough good things about this tour! The small size of the group, the excellent tour guide, the Temple, swimming in the Cenote, lunch - everything was perfect. It's a long day by necessity but they made it fun. Highly Recommend!

Eesha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really great trip!

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