5 star rating: Highly Recommended 541 Reviews

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  • Location:Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

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

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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 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 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

Your Viator Exclusive tour begins with morning 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

AIK LEONG L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Despite the early start, which was probably the only thing I was dreading, the tour was very good! Highly informational. We were one of the first groups there, were able to take pictures before it was very crowded.
Freddy, our guide was very knowledgable and shared interesting facts and information about the place. Jacinto, the driver was also very friendly and cheerful.
Highly recommended.

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge. We had the opportunity to learn more about the Maya and the city than we expected to.

Richard R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was outstanding. We took the early morning trip and returned around 2:30 in the afternoon. I highly recommend the early trip as it is cooler in the morning and you arrive prior to the large groups. We had a small packed lunch and two bathroom stops.
Freddy was our guide and was great!!! Highly recommend him and his driver.

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I chose this tour on price and the concept of early access. Since it was my first trip to Mexico, I was a little weary all around. Booking with Viator was very simple and easy. Trying to arrange for complimentary shuttle pickup was a little challenging since I never was out of USA, I did not know how to make the call - our concierge was kind enough to help us.
The ride from Riviera Maya to Cancun then to Chichen Itza and back was exhausting, so going in the morning helped this nap when we got back to hotel. Also, going in the morning, you definitely miss the crowds and get better pictures.
The best part about this tour was the kindness, professionalism and courtesy of our drivers and hosts, especially Jacinta tour bus driver and Freddy the guide.
Freddy was very informative, but also entertaining! He added just the right amount of colorful comedy to what could have been a very boring subject. He enticed you to pay attention, made fun of 'pop quizzes' and told great stories to explain the Mayan culture and the object of the city.
I would recommend this tour to anyone and have already shared our experiences with many of the guests here at our resort.

Dru

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Freddy and Jacinto were absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this tour. Freddy was so incredibly knowledgeable and made sure that everyone had a good amount of time to explore on their own as well as walk us through the city. Jacinto got us back very quickly and smoothly, I slept both on the way there and back and as a light sleeper didn't wake up once!.

Verner P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Frank is a total pro. His knowledge is extraordinary. He keeps you spellbound the entire journey.. A tour jot to be missed when in Cancun. Two suggestions for Frank: slow down your narrative a bit reduce OK significantly. A most enjoyable and educational adventure!

Yin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Transportation was on-time, very informative, corteous. Our guide Elda spectacular! Very knowledgeable.

Joan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

As our guide, Freddy, constantly reminded us: this is the way to do Chichen Itza: early before it's too hot, early because we were leaving by the time big crowds were arriving, and with Freddy, because he and his associate, Pepe were absolutely on the mark with information and background. As all good teachers do, they anticipated the misconceptions and misunderstandings that we might have come with and not only corrected them, but explained why the myths and errors about the Maya are so commonly believed.

The trip leaves as early as 5:30 am you'll get a sandwich/drink/fruit bag on the bus for lunch. Recommendation: Eat it for breakfast, and then get a sandwich or snack at the site for lunch. Nothing wrong with the lunch bag, but it's better when you're half-asleep and hungry than when you're awake enough to realize it's what you used to carry to lunch at school!

Colleen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour and well planned. The early entry was great as there were many visitors by the time we were ready to leave. Early entry allowed us time to ask questions and view this magnificent site thoroughly. Frank was a very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive guide.the four of us who took this tour highly recommend it for others.

HM

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Highly recommend this tour, everything was so perfect, pickup was a 15-20 mins late, but we were able to call agency and get confirmation on delayed pickup immediately. They provide box lunch, and also provided vegetarian food on request! Guide Freddie was very informative and fun to listen to. You reach early, beat crowd, beat sun, and be back for a nice evening. Driver was nice, had smooth, safe drive. Very good experience overall.

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