Start your shore excursion to Chichen Itza with pickup at the Progreso port at 8:30am, and hop into a plush reclining seat aboard a luxurious Mercedes Benz minivan. You’ll head directly to your destination without the usual tourist stops along the way. When you arrive at Mayaland Resort, receive a cold bottle of water and skip the line; gain private entry to the archeological park, named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Your experienced guide will lead your small group on a tour of the site’s best landmarks and piece together the past in this ancient capital of the Mayan Empire – founded in 514 AD. Learn about the Toltec symbols from the invasion of 950 AD as your guide explains the merge of architectural styles unique to Chichen Itza – the Yucatan’s most important archaeological zone.
Walk to the center of Chichen Itza, where temples like El Castillo (the Castle) have been excavated around the Great Plaza. Explore the Pyramid of Kukulcán, which reveals an astronomical phenomenon when shadows resembling a serpent seem to slither over the building during each equinox. Hear about priests and Mayan kings who once stood atop the pyramid overlooking the entire city.
When you reach the Great Ball Court, the largest one in Mesoamerica, see the Temple of the Jaguars where a steep stairway leads to the second story. Your guide will also point out a set of buildings constructed during the Mayan classical period, including the nunnery, La Iglesia (the Church) and Akab Dzib, meaning ‘The House of Mysterious Writing’ in Mayan. Admire the circular observatory known as El Caracol, and view the Temple of the Warriors and the Thousand Columns.
After your small-group guided tour, you’ll have an hour of extra time to explore the site on your own before returning to Mayaland Resort and making your way back to the Progreso cruise port. On the return drive, a box lunch will be provided before arrival at approximately 3pm.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Progreso port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details