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We loved this tour. Our Archaeologist was Frank, he was very informative and friendly, as was the driver. You will leave early, but this allows you to beat the crowds and the heat. Excellent tour!
We wanted to book a day trip from Cancun to Chichén Itzá. The hotel travel agent was very expensive and lots of other operators in Cancun were too eager to push trips on us. I booked this tour via Viator online and decided on the early morning trip (6.40am collection from hotel). Oscar drove a comfortable Mercedes minibus holding about 20 and Franceso (Frank) was a a wonderful tour guide who gave a very informative one hour talk about the Mayans in both English and Spanish en route. At the site we have a guided tour from 9am for 90 minutes then had a further 90 minutes to explore on our own.
The benefit of this tour is the early start getting to see the Mayan sites before the big coach parties arrive and before the day heats up. Chichén Itzá is hot with very little shade. Light refreshments and cold water provided but do bring more water to drink.
Great experience with a knowledgeable archaeologist. Highly recommended.
Everythjng was perfect...especially the tour guide, he was so informative. Loved getting to the place super early, it was like we had the entire place to ourselves!!
Great way to make a trip out to chichen itza without loosing a whole day. We were picked up on time, given some background on route and had 3 hours to explore, half of which was guided. We beat the crowds and left as the place was just starting to get busy. I recommend bringing water and snacks.
If the early bird really catches that worm, then Mayan archeologist/guide Freddies early bird tour of Chichen Itza shows off this World Heritage Site at its best. The downside—you have to get up early! The upside—you get there before the tourist hordes, as you will arrive just as the park opens. On the way there, you will be treated to a two hour interactive lecture about Mayan culture, history, astronomy, social order, writing and math. We learned more about the Mayan people on that trip than all the History Channel programs combined.
Special thanks to driver Oscar for a safe journey and good humor.
We liked this so much that we booked the tour of Tulum with Freddie and driver Saul, and had an equally good experience!
We want to return.
Getting to Chichen Itza early is a MUST! We left at 12 noon and the lines were incredibly long. When you get there early you have the place all to yourself and our guide was more than knowledgeable and really knew his trade. They picked us up sharply at the pickup time and we were on our way over. Took about 2 hours to get there. This place is a must-visit if you go to Cancun, and the guys that take you from the tour company are the best!
Frank and Oscar was our tour guide and driver. They promptly pick us up on time and we got a good jump start on our drive to Chichen Itza. Frank did a awesome job showing us around the Maya Ruins and giving us valuable information about the site. We spent about a 1:45 minutes with our guide and another 1:45 on our own to see more of the site. This site is a awesome place to visit and just hear the information about the Mayan people. We got some great pictures while there and was surprised at the amount of venders that come in there to sell their wares. If you want a great tour that will get you there early with great information, this is the one. Although you get a box lunch (nothing but a sandwich, juice box and small snack) I would suggest you bring some additional food with you to tide you over.
The tour was simply wonderful and we highly recommend this tour to get the most out of Chichen Itza. I can't imagine a better tour than this. A good price as well.
-The early departure meant we arrived at Chichen Itza before the crowd and the hottest time of the day and this also gave us a free afternoon in Cancun.
-Frank(guide) and Oscar(driver) were friendly and it was engaging but also relaxing to be on this tour.
-Frank gave a well outlined and comprehensive description of the Mayans and Chichen Itza. We feel like we know EVERYTHING about the topic now :)
-Our stay at Chichen Itza was 3 hours long: 1.5hrs guided and 1.5hrs free time. A perfect balance for us.
-The ride there and back was comfortable and fast.
We can't say enough about this tour. You won't be disappointed!
Awesome cultural experience of the Mayan people. The tour was very private with only 8 in our tour. Very informative and professional. Love the information given and shared with us. Learned so much and more understanding of the MAN MADE MOUNTAIN NOT PYRAMID as I thought it was. Definitely fun for those who are into the cultural background and even history. Great Team!
Great tour with guide Freddy and driver Saul. We were given background information and some basic education on the Mayan number system and meaning of some of the most common glyphs. We had a small group - a total of 5 - 2 couples and myself, plus Freddy's son came along who ended up being a "volunteer" in some of Freddy's demonstrations! Arrived before the bulk of the crowds. Very nice to be able to wander around a bit on our own after the first part of the tour. I would recommend this approach to visiting the ruins. Very personal and direct attention to everyone's questions and always nice to meet new people! Go!
Our Archeologist was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was definitely smart to go in the morning. We were so happy to have the place pretty much to ourselves. We had a decent sized group so we were able to take pictures and see quite a bit with little or no interruption. It was pretty humid toward the end of the tour. All in all the long drive from the hotel to the site was worth it. We learned so much about the Mayan and the ruins on the site.