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  • Location:Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

Uncover the mysteries of ancient Mayan culture on a fascinating full-day sightseeing tour of Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya. Discover one of the world’s most prominent archeological sites as you explore Chichen Itza’s awe-inspiring pyramids and sacred temples alongside a knowledgeable guide. Peruse stalls selling artisan souvenirs during your relaxed free time in the ancient park. Enjoy refreshing drinks, light snacks and a delicious lunch throughout your exciting excursion.  


  • Sightseeing tour to Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Learn about the mysteries of the ancient Mayan culture
  • Visit the famous archaeological site and explore the ruins
  • Explore the Temple of the Warriors
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Riviera Maya hotels

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Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

Chichen Itza

Depart from your hotel in the Riviera Maya and enjoy a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned coach to the ancient archeological site of Chichen Itza. Alongside your informative and interesting guide, begin your tour of one of the New World Wonders. Gaze at the colossal construction of El Castillo, a sacred pyramid that dominates the site, as you gain insight into Mayan traditions and the astronomical precision of the architecture.   

Explore legendary landmarks like the Temple of the Warriors before discovering the mystifying acoustics of the Ball Court on your guided expedition. Stroll to the dramatic natural formation of the sacrificial cenote, from which human skeletons and precious jewelry were recently excavated. Discover entire excavated cities that are only just beginning to reveal the secrets of their founder’s glorious past.  
Enjoy some relaxed free time wandering around the site independently; absorb the stunning jungle scenery before perusing the unique craft stalls for special souvenirs. Then, return to the minivan to journey to your next destination. 

Feast upon traditional Mexican fare at a local restaurant then travel to the subterranean depths of a spectacular cenote; gaze downwards at the glittering pool of water below, diving into the iridescent waters for a refreshing swim. Dry off and return to the coach to enjoy the scenic journey back to your Riviera Maya hotel. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My family of 4, including 13-year-old twins, took this tour on July 28, 2015, and would highly recommend it to others. The tour operator, Cancun Passion, provided prompt pick-up at our resort and brought us to a central location to meet the coach. We were served coffee, juice, fruit and pastries, which made for a pleasant trip. We had a restroom/shopping stop for about 30 minutes prior to Chichen Itza, where we purchased some lovely crafts. Chichen Itza was amazing!! Our guide, Tony, provided excellent explanations of sites before we were given free time for pictures and lunch included in the price, aside from drinks. The history and sites are not to be missed!! We had an amazing cenote swim before heading back. This is a long day, but well worth it. The staff was professional and personable from start to finish. Tony taught us so much about Mayan history. This tour is highly recommended. Once again, I have had success in booking an excursion through viator!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I want to first acknowledge the local tour company who viator works with or who was at least the assigned local tour group. Evelyn was so accommodating and super nice. The email sent from Viator says to contact the local tour group 48 hours in advance. This, in my opinion, was not highlighted very well. We were also traveling on the 48 hour mark. So we did not contact them in time for our Monday tour. The company rescheduled us with no problem. Seeing the ruins is highly recommended. Our tour Cancun Passion was also fantastic. The guides Noe and Fernando were fabulous. Noe cares more about the history and is very knowledgeable. If you just want to take pictures you don't really need a guide. But it was really informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great trip- the tour of the ruins was informative; it is only 3 hours (which seems like a lot until you realize how much actually there is to see) and it would have been nice to have some additional time to walk around on your own but it was really great. The lunch was good- definitely try to the corn ice cream. Swimming in the cenote was a highlight and fun; definitely a unique experience. Definitely recommend for any first timers to the region/looking for something interesting to do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Highly recommend this tour! The sites are breathtaking, and the staff fantastic! Jesús, Samuel, José and Amado couldn't have taken better care of us or done more for us, and it's wonderful to get to see such a fascinating place as Chichén Itzá without having to worry about the logistics. It's a 12 hour day and make sure you bring your camera!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Would give this tour 10 stars if possible!!! SUPER organized and easy communication from beginning to end...tour bus was nice and staff were amazing!!! Great tour guide (GREAT), lunch at a super nice restaurant and visit to the Cenote was fun!! Would recommend this tour 110% without hesitation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great tour! My wife and I enjoyed this day trip on our honeymoon. We really enjoyed the sites. The lunch and the swimming in the afternoon was great too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Saw a few ruins through a tunnel of jungle trees, turned a corner and my jaw dropped, the most amazing pyramid beautifully preserved you have seen, the definition of awesome. Take an umbrella if you go its a frying pan on the site. Didn't get as thorough a tour as I would have liked Fillipe our guide gave us quite a bit of info on the site but had a penchant for giving us his view of Mexican politics/gossip instead of fact about the site so we ran out of time to see some of the most important buildings. Also the mayan pedlars on the site had some great wares that we never saw anywhere else but we were both not given time and strongly encouraged not to buy from them, instead we were taken to an rip off market near our restaurant. That being said the site will remain an amazing memory for the rest of my life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

amazing day, really enjoyed it and food value for money

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Once again, Viator delivered a first class tour. The tour was fantastic, as were our guides. Not only were they knowledgeable, caring, and funny, but they were genuinely concerned about everyone's well being. The stops at Chichen Itza, the wonderful restaurant and market, and the beautiful cenote were all more than enjoyable! Eduardo, Victor, and the others are to be commended for a long to be remembered special day!

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