Chichen Itza Tours

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Chichen Itza
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza—meaning "at the mouth of the well of the Itza"—is Mexico's most-visited archaeological site, a magnificent display of the advanced civilization of the Maya people and the ceremonial center of the Yucatan.

The Basics
Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage site, made up of many stone buildings in various states of preservation, all connected by a network of roads called sacbeob. The three most well-known of these monument complexes are El Castillo, the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court.

The highlight of Chichen Itza's Mayan ruins is the Kukulcan Pyramid, known as El Castillo. Mesoamerican cultures occasionally built larger pyramids on top of smaller ones, and this is the case for the 79-foot (24-meter) step pyramid of El Castillo, where an excavation discovered a temple with an elaborate jaguar throne. History and archaeology buffs would do well to choose a tour that combines a visit to Chichen Itza with the ruins at Ek Balam, Coba, and Valladolid. Alternatively, choose a tour with access to the Mayaland Resort and a buffet lunch.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many tours are led by archaeologist tour guides, who are well-versed in Mayan culture.
  • The Ossario group and Central group are open to everyone; Chichen Viejo (Old Chichen) is only open to archaeologists.
  • Come prepared for the heat with light clothing, sunscreen, bottled water, and a hat.
  • This popular site can get extremely crowded—book an early-access tour to beat the crowds.

How To Get There
Chichen Itza is roughly two hours from Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, Quintana Roo by car. Visitors to those coastal resorts will have plenty of options for day trips to the archaeological site. Departures are also available from Cozumel and Merida.

When to Get There
The best time to get to Chichen Itza is at opening time, before the crowds arrive and the sun is high in the sky. Some private tours and small-group tours offer early access to the ancient ruins. At sunrise and sunset on the spring and fall equinoxes, the corner of the pyramid casts a shadow of Kukulkan, a feathered serpent god, creating the illusion of a snake slithering down the north side with the sun's movement.

Nearby Cenotes
The Cenote Sagrado is also an impressive natural site at Chichen Itza, featuring a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter. Another nearby cenote is Ik Kil, and some Chichen Itza day trips combine visits to these freshwater sinkholes on the Yucatan Peninsula with a stop at the ruins.
Address: Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, Mexico
Hours: Daily 8am–5pm
Admission: Adults: 95 pesos, Children (12yrs and under): Free
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Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza Cancun

Save hours of waiting in line at one of the New7Wonders of the World with skip-the-line entry to Chichen Itza. Booking your admission ticket in advance allows you to arrive at the Mayan ruins at any time of day and still beat the crowds. Explore at your own pace without the rush of guided tours and admire highlights such as the Temple of Warriors and the Ball Court.
  • Duration: 1 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 6 hours
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$39.58 USD
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Day Trip to Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim and Lunch

Journey to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza on this 12-hour tour, including easy hotel pickup and drop-off. Along with seeing El Castillo and learning how this Pre- Columbian city played an important role in the Mayan civilization, stop at a cenote for a quick swim and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$55.00 USD
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Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid in One Day from Cancun

Enhance your experience of Chichen Itza by combining the archaeological site with a cenote and the colonial town of Valladolid on a 12-hour tour. Departing from Cancun, you’ll travel by air-conditioned coach to Chichen Itza, one of the New7Wonders of the World, for a guided tour. Cool down during a cenote swim and take a whistle-stop tour of Valladolid, a pretty colonial town. A buffet lunch, two drinks, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$64.00 USD
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen with Archaeologist

Escape multitudes of tourists on a tranquil full-day tour of Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmel. Experience one of the world’s wonders without the noise and hassle of crowds on this early access Viator Exclusive tour. Follow a certified archeological guide on an ancient adventure to sacred cenotes, colossal pyramids and a vast ball court. Visualize the prosperous Mayan empire as you gain insight into one of the ancient world’s most powerful civilizations with captivating commentary from your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$54.00 USD
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote (Ik Kil or Hubiku) before a certified guide leads you through the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, considered the most important archaeological zone of the Yucatán. Visit the ball court, el Castillo (the Castle), Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors. Then, indulge in a buffet lunch of regional dishes. Your Chichen Itza day trip includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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8-Day Yucatan Peninsula: Small-Group Tour from Cancun Including Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam and Tulum

Uncover the mystifying mysteries of the ancient Mayans on an enriching and explorative 8-day tour of the Yucatan’s most significant archeological sites from Cancun. On this personalized small-group tour, explore the ancient World Wonder of Chichen Itza with a knowledgeable guide. Delve other atmospheric ruins such as Uxmal, El Baklam, Tulum and more, while gaining fascinating insight into the unique culture and intriguing history of the region. Travel in comfort, feast upon sublime local specialties and luxuriate in lavish hotel accommodations during your spectacular journey through the Yucatan Peninsula.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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From Playa del Carmen: Day Trip to Chichen Itza with Cenote Swim and Lunch

Escape the crowds of Playa del Carmen to explore Mexico’s ancient history on a full-day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza and a secluded freshwater cenote. Going with a guide is recommended, as the Mayan ruins are often unmarked and need explanation. Recharge after lunch at a natural sinkhole (cenote) in the jungle, an experience that visitors to the Yucatan often miss.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
$57.06 USD
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Chichen Itza Day Trip From Merida

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most visited destinations. This early morning tour gets you to the ancient capital of the Maya empire before the crowds pour in. Experience in tranquility the Kukulkan Pyramid, the sacred cenote, the ball court, and learn about these archaeological wonders from a knowledgeable guide. This full-day tour includes lunch and hotel transport from Merida.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$88.00 USD
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

Discover Chichen Itza on a private tour from Cancun. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site outside of Cancun at your own pace; private tours allow you to dictate how long you'd like to spend at the site. Visit the ball court, the castle, and the Sacred Cenote, all integral parts of the most important archaeological sites from the Mayan Empire. Hire an on-site guide or upgrade your tour to include drinks and lunch, both at additional costs.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$66.00 USD
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Cancun Super Saver: Exclusive Early Access to Chichen Itza plus Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archaeologist Guide

Combine two top tours at one discounted price over two days with a Cancun Super Saver. This Viator Exclusive provides early access to Chichen Itza and Tulum, two of Mexico’s most popular Maya landmarks, before most of the crowds arrive. An archaeologist guide will lead you around each site in the morning, providing fascinating facts about ancient civilizations as you check out ruins like Chichen Itza’s El Castillo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire Tulum’s stunning setting on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Lunch is included on both tours.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
$100.00 USD
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$78.57 USD
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Private Day Trip: Ek Balam and Chichen Itza with Cenote and Tequila Factory

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. After touring the important archaeological sites, take a swim in a nearby cenote. Then quench your thirst with a visit to a local tequila factory. Round-trip private transportation is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$110.00 USD
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric splendor of Chichen Itza on a fascinating full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Discover the secrets of the ancient capital of Mayan civilization as an informative guide provides captivating commentary on your comprehensive tour of the site. Gaze upwards at the colossal Kukulcan Pyramid; experience the mysterious acoustics of the ball court; and learn about the ceremonial significance of a nearby sinkhole. Before arriving at the ruins, refresh in the crystal clear waters of a submerged cenote for an adventurous addition to your experience. Conclude your day with a fulfilling buffet lunch before heading back to your Playa del Carmen hotel.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Merida

Immerse yourself the mysterious allure of ancient wonder Chichen Itza on a full-day excursion from Merida. Skip crowded lines as you enter the atmospheric ruins through a private entrance, completely avoiding hassle or stress. Listen to your guide’s captivating commentary as you journey through the significant archeological site, discovering sacrificial cenotes, sacred temples and the ancient ball court. Delve into the darkened depths of the Kukulcan Pyramid to catch a rare glimpse of the Chac Mool sculpture before enjoying a fulfilling lunch and dance performance at the Mayaland Resort. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with number limited to 25 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$85.00 USD
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Chichen Itza Small-Group Tour with Private Entrance

Explore Chichen Itza with a small group, entering through the Mayaland Resort to skip the long entry lines. On this full-day excursion, follow an expert guide through the Pyramid of Kukulcán and the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours. Enjoy a buffet lunch of regional and international dishes. Spend the rest of the day at the resort hotel swimming or strolling through the botanical gardens. Plus, you can relax at Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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9-Hour Private Tour to Chichen Itza from Merida

Visit the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza on this all-day private tour. After a time-saving hotel pickup, head to the UNESCO-recognized pre-Columbian archaeological site and learn about its legends and history from an informative guide. Enjoy a small, personalized tour experience with a group of up to eight people and a buffet lunch included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$65.00 USD
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Combo: Exclusive Chichen Itza and Coba Early Access Tours led by Archaeologist

The ruins of Chichen Itza and Coba are among the most visited Mayan sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, and this combo deal combines both into one great-value package. Dodge the crowds with early access to Chichen Itza on a full-day tour from Tulum, then hike or bike around Coba on another full-day tour, including a swim in a natural cenote. Tours includes lunch, hotel pickup, and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Ik Kil Cenote, Lunch

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this jam-packed full-day tour that hits all of the famous Mayan sites around the Riviera Maya. With private transportation from Riviera Maya or Cancun, visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and the Ik Kil cenote with a dedicated guide. All entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$179.00 USD
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Chichen Itza Private Tour with Sacred Cenote and Authentic Lunch

Discover the archaeological site of Chichen Itza on a full-day private tour. Learn about the history of the site and the ancient Mayan people from your informative guide. Then take a refreshing dip in a sacred cenote, a natural sinkhole, before enjoying a delicious lunch at a local establishment. End the day with a tour around the city of Valladolid to get a feel for what colonial Mexico was like.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$148.00 USD
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Private Tour of Chichen Itza from Cancun

Experience the history and allure of Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, on this private guided tour from Cancun. Your certified guide takes you around the top landmarks of the UNESCO World Heritage site, also named one of the New Seven Wonder of the World. See what you want to see, including the Kukulkan Pyramid, the ball court and other impressive archaeological wonders. With hotel pickup from Cancun, enjoy lunch, private transport and personalized attention from a professionally certified guide.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$425.00 USD
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza Aboard Deluxe Van with Lunch

Explore Chichen Itza in style with a private guide and transportation in a deluxe SUV. During this outing from Cancun, travel to these ancient Mayan ruins, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Walk through the ruins with your guide, listening to commentary about ancient Mayan traditions and culture. Spend some free time exploring on your own and taking photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Appreciate the personalized attention and flexible itinerary on this private tour. Stop at Cenote Ik Kil for a refreshing dip, then enjoy a buffet lunch before heading back to Cancun.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$204.00 USD
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza Photography Tour

Join your own personal photographer for a day at Chichen Itza, and learn to take amazing pictures at one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most famous archaeological sites. Explore the ancient Maya city during this full-day private tour, departing early from Cancun or the Riviera Maya to capture the best light and beat the crowds. You have the option of photography instruction or letting your professional guide photograph El Castillo, Temple of the Jaguars, the ball court and more. Buffet lunch included!
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$79.00 USD
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Full-Day Sunrise Tour of Chichen Itza from Cancun with Breakfast

Make your experience of Chichen Itza, UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World, unforgettable on a 10-hour sunrise tour from Cancun. After watching the sun rise majestically over the Kukulkan Pyramid (El Castillo), you’ll take a 2-hour tour of the archaeological site and marvel at highlights such as the Ball Court and Observatory. Then, you’ll enjoy breakfast at the Mayaland Resort. Hotel pickup and drop-off by luxury Mercedes in Cancun are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$125.00 USD
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam Cenote, and Tequila Factory

Tour two important archaeological sites of the Yucatán Peninsula on this private day trip from Cancun. A personal guide accompanies you via air-conditioned transport to Ek Balam and Chichen Itza. Wander on foot past famous pyramids such as Kukulkan while you listen to riveting commentary about the former Maya inhabitants. Then swim in a cenote, a limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. Lunch plus a tequila factory visit are included in your full-day itinerary.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$110.00 USD
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Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Early-Access Tour with Private Entrance

Open the Gate to Chichen Itza and be one of its first visitors of the day on this full-day tour from Cancun. An archaeologist guide escorts your group through a private entrance and takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s most notable landmarks, including the Kukulcan Temple, Ball Game Court, and Temple of the Warriors. Meet a Maya priest, visit the Mayan Planetarium, and dig into a sumptuous buffet lunch. Luxury van transport and access to Viator's hospitality suite are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

Explore the highlights of the Yucatan peninsula on this tour that includes a visit to Chichen Itza and sailing on a catamaran to Isla Mujeres. On this all-day excursion, see the ruins of Chichen Itza and enjoy a buffet lunch at the Mayaland Resort. Then, sail to Isla Mujeres, snorkel and shop. Choose these adventures on two days in a row, or schedule them with a day in between to rest.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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