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

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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 private guide.


  • 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was very informative and well organized. Our tour guide, Fredy was very good. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We really enjoyed our experience with Amigo tours! Fair warning - You wake up early and there is a lot of transit time more time on the bus than at Chichen, but beating the crowds and the heat to see such a great site was worth the early rise on vacation. Our guide Freddy was really informative and very engaging, 3 hours of talking about Mayan history seemed to fly by. Our driver Roger was professional as well. Overall, I definitely recommend this tour if you want to see and understand a very interesting part of history!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Pretty great tour, avoid the heat and the crowds!

We were a little concerned when we first boarded the bus because the amount of people was over the 20 described but once we got to Chichen Itza it split into an English and Spanish group. Frank, our tour guide did a great job of showing us around explaining the history and meaning of the buildings as well as revealing some of the cool unique quirks the Mayans built into their temples and courts.

At the end of the guided tour you have a bit of time to explore more on your own or shop for souvenirs. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone going to the Cancun area who wants an informed and hassle free tour of the famous Mayan city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were picked up at our hotel around 5am, but it was well worth the lost sleep. Our guide/private archeologist Frank provided captivating insight into the Mayan's as well as the ruins of Chichen Itza on the bus ride of about two hours to the ruins. Our group was one of the first to the ruins that day, even beating the vendors to the site. The ruins were magnificent. Frank brought them to life for us during a walking tour about 2 hours. We then had another hour to explore on our own. The sun was really starting to kick in about the time the tour ended so I was grateful we started early. Make sure to bring a camera and cash for souvenirs.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

very well organized, tour guide was amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Frank, the bilingual guide, made the trip very interesting. Full of knowledge about his Mayan heritage. I will recommend the early access tour to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was awesome. Early enough to miss the crowds.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a wonderful tour! I would highly recommend this tour company! Freddie is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable. The tour is very early, but you will appreciate it getting there early before the heat and crowds.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

In-depth, thorough, fascinating tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I highly recommend leaving super early in the morning. I mean like 4 or 5 am. This place gets really crowded in the afternoon. i thought the tour guide was very informative too. i learned a lot. I'm so happy I saw one of the most famous ancient wonders of the world!

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