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Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.


  • Early access Chichen Itza tour with a private archeologist
  • Beat the crowds with an early morning visit to Chichen Itza
  • Gain essential background information by touring with a private archeologist
  • Visit parts of the UNESCO World Heritage site that other tourists don't see
  • Enjoy a box lunch and round-trip transportation
  • Experience personalized attention on this Viator Exclusive tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Tour Chichen Itza in the early morning, when the site is less crowded, and gain essential historical and cultural background by visiting with a private archeologist. Hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees and box lunch are included, making this a great trip for families

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What You Can Expect

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

Explore the archaeological site of Chichen Itza

After morning pickup from your Cancun hotel, travel to Chichen Itza for early access to the ruins. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site before most of the crowds arrive, allowing up-close access and a more tranquil experience. 

Learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between 600 and 1200 AD from your private archeologist guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages, center of worship for the Mayan people and is still considered sacred today. 

Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, which enjoys a special trick of the light during the spring and fall equinoxes. View the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. Hear about the meaning of the staircases, stone carvings, platforms, pyramids and ball courts according to the mythology and cosmology of the ancient Mayan people. 

Board your vehicle for transportation back to hotel, enjoying a provided box lunch on the way. Arrive back at your Cancun hotel at approximately 3pm. 

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Customer Reviews

Lara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was well worth waking up early. We were there and gone before the crowds and the hot blazing sun. Freddy was an amazing guide. His knowledge was relevant and came from his beliefs as a Mayan himself.
The bus was a large tour bus. The driver (sorry can and #39;t remember his name) was safe and careful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

all i an saying is outstanding

Margaret W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a wonderful tour to Chichen Itza and our tour guide Frank was awesome. Ramone was our bus driver. High fives to them both for an amazing day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great trip. Leaves VERY early but definitely worth it to have a more private experience.

Diane K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Frank was a Mayan himself, very knowledgeable and interesting. Gave us a 2 hour tour, which included many fascinating facts about the culture. Ramon was an excellent driver. We really appreciated the bottle of cold water on the trip back to our resort. The bus came on time and a couple of bathroom breaks were taken. A wonderful day trip!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our trip was awesome! Ramon and Conrad did an outstanding job! It was an experience of a lifetime and I highly recommend it.

Donald U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We loved the early access tours. It was well worth the early start. We could have used more time but it was getting hot and crowded when we left.

Shannon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Franck was our tour guide and him and his driver were nothing short of FABULOUS! I had such a wonderful time listening to his insight on the Mayan culture. He is passionate and very funny. He kept my attention with everything he had to say about Chichen Itza. I am an archaeology major and I STILL learned so much. Be prepared for hot weather and wear comfortable shoes. I recommend bringing an umbrella for the best sun protection. We avoided the intense heat by departing early in the morning and leaving the site around noon. Go on this tour, you won't regret it!!

Robert V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The early morning tour was great to beat the heat and the crowds.

Robert V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The trip was fantastic and I would recommend it to everyone.

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