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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 116 Reviews

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

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Book by July 31st, 2014 and save 10% off our previously offered price!

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 parts of the site that traditional tours don’t visit. With pickup from Cancun, experience the majesty of the entire Chichen Itza site and receive personalized attention from your professionally certified private guide.

Highlights

  • 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 small-group Viator Exclusive tour, limited to 19 passengers

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

Your Viator Exclusive tour begins with 6:15am pickup from your Cancun hotel.

Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive.

Throughout the trip, your archeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population.

Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases.

Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan. Hear how a serpent of light appears to wriggle its way down the temple’s stairways on the spring and fall equinoxes.

Enjoy a box lunch while in transit back to Cancun. Return to your hotel at around 3pm. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Wow! What a great experience. Freddy (archaeologist) and Oscar (driver) arrived at our hotel right on time...at 6:40 am. The tour bus was a new Mercedes Benz 15-18 passenger that was immaculate inside and out. During a warm greeting we learned that Freddy is not only an archaeologist but he is also a Mayan descendant! The first hour of our two hour drive along a very smooth highway most folks slept, while Freddy shared information in Spanish with a guest from Colombia. During the second hour he explained in English Mayan culture, number system, calendars, history, and his own personal Mayan roots, as well as an introduction to the site Chichen Itza.

We arrived about 9:00 am and were met by an empty parking lot! The temperature and humidity had not yet risen so it was quite pleasant. The ticketing and entry process was well organized and within a few minutes we were in front of the amazing pyramid with no people around...great for photographs. Freddy led us on an informative walk around the site giving detailed information about the royal and common people, religious festivals, sacrificial system, architecture, the Maya region, etc. He was very attentive to questions and has a great sense of humor! We finished up the formal tour about 11:15 and had one hour to visit other places on the site or shop. It was great that the vendors were just setting up on our arrival so we were not pestered by them during the tour. However by 11:15 they were ready for business. Not being much into shopping, my wife and I went back to the tourist center and enjoyed some great nachos and cold drinks. After leaving at 12:15 we had a quiet ride back to Cancun and were at our hotel by 2:30 with much time left in the day.

We highly recommend this tour for folks wanting to listen, learn, and appreciate the Mayan people and their amazing history and culture. We will be calling on Freddy and Oscar to take us to Tulum on our next trip to the Yucatan!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The excursion was great and educational. Oscar and Frank were great and very informative. Make sure you bring a hat and sun glasses because the sun is extremely hot.

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