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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Daily 8am–5pm
Carretera Costera del Golfo s/n, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

The Basics

Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of stone buildings in various states of preservation, all of which are connected by a network of roads called sacbeob. The three most well-known are El Castillo (Kukulcán Pyramid), the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court.

Visit independently or on a group or private day trip from nearby cities on the Yucatán Peninusla, which often combine a stop here with visits to Ek Balam, Cobá, or the town of Valladolid. Alternatively, choose a tour with access to the Mayaland Resort and a buffet lunch.

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Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour
Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour
$59.00 per adult
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Vicente is a great tour guide
Vicente is a great tour guide who is knowledgeable with great sense of humor and made our experience unforgettable.
Amber_L, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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True VIP experience
CHANG_M, Apr 2022
VIP Chichen Itza Private Tour
Our tour guide Jony did it all: picking up at our hotel on time, clean and luxury transportation, toll route to save time on the road, great knowledge about Chichen Itza, astonishing cenote experience, and most importantly (per my girlfriend), Jony took great photos. We are so glad we found this tour and it’s definitely a highlight of our first Cancun trip. Highly recommended.
star-5
Amazing experience
Jamie_F, Mar 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour
Alberto, our guide, was incredible! He was knowledgeable, engaging, funny, and kind. Prompt pickup, great driving skills, fully stocked cooler, and clean van. Chichen Itza lived up to the hype and the kids loved the Cenote swim afterwards. The buffet lunch exceeded my expectations! Would definitely use this company again!
star-4
Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik Kil
Nadia_S, Mar 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
My partner and I enjoyed our trip to Coba, Ik Kil and Chichen Itza! Our guide Alberto was very knowledgeable and friendly. Our group had an issue with tickets when we arrived to Chichen Itza which put a damper on the trip but overall it was not a bad experience,the food was okay and the van was clean.
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Our Amigo tour bus was...
Merrilyn_D, Feb 2022
Chichen Itza Monolingual Tour, Buffet Lunch, Cenote,Tequila tasting & Valladolid
Our Amigo tour bus was super clean. Marco our travel guide was excellent and spoke great English. Rodrigo our guide at Chichen Itza knew everything…a real historian. Everything about this tour met expectations. Do not skip the tequila tasting…very surprising flavors.
star-4
Great mayan experience
DANTEV_A, May 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote and magic town of Izamal
Alex was a great tourguide, very knowledgeable in the mayan history and the sorroundings of the yucatan peninsula. The mix of chichen itza, the cenote experience and visiting the magic town of izamal brings and unforgettable experience.
star-5
10/10 excursion!!!!!!!
Jenna_D, May 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid Small Group Day Trip
I HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone in Mexico!!!!! Claudio was incredible, funny and so informative about Mayan culture. He had snacks and water for us as well as making us laugh all day. It was definitely a long day but it went by really fast and was so worth it. The lunch was delicious, cenote and Chichen itza are BEAUTIFUL and the small group is fun because you get to know everyone and stay together. 100000/10 recommend, you won’t regret it
star-5
Incredible
Andrew_B, May 2022
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch
The visit to the Mayan place on the way was nice although there was a hard sell to buy products and to tip for a buffet, the tour of Chichen Itza was incredible and the cenote to finish was beautiful. Gonzalo, our tour guide, did a fantastic job keeping everyone entertained and comfortable and the bus driver was fantastic, keeping us safe on such a long day.
star-5
Great tour and worth the money
Venisha_B, Dec 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour
Chose to do a private tour due to covid and it was worth it. Great tour guide with Carlos 1 and Carlos 2 - they were both brilliant. Very flexible and very informative and we learned a lot about the history of Chichen Itza and the cenote world. Would highly reccomend it.
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The cenote time was too...
bunu, May 2022
Chichen Itza Premium early access, Ikkil Cenote, Valladolid & Local Gastronomy
The cenote time was too short , maybe 1 hr in chichen Itza and 2 hr in cenote would have been perfect
star-4
We enjoyed Chichen Itza,...
Juliette_M, Dec 2021
Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun
We enjoyed Chichen Itza, what an experience. We could’ve done without the stop for lunch, and the Cenote. The tour guides were knowledgeable. The tour bus was far too packed during Covid.
star-5
Great informative tour!!!
MELODY_P, May 2022
Chichen Itza Monolingual Tour, Buffet Lunch, Cenote,Tequila tasting & Valladolid
I enjoyed my tour to Chichen Itza! Ulysses was very informative and provided a ton of background information on Mayan culture and history. He made the tour interactive with stories and photos. The cenote visit after the ruins was amazing!!!
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Amazing tour & Mayan information
Michelle_L, May 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
Great tour guide & driver! I learned so much. Bonus to go to Il Kil & Coba - highly recommended. (Went alone - husband didn't want to return to Chichen Itza - so glad I went!)

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; Chichén Viejo (Old Chichén) 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.

  • Skip Sundays, when the site is free to enter for Mexican nationals and incredibly busy.

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How To Get There

Chichén Itzá is between 2–2.5-hours by car from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun respectively. Visitors to those coastal resorts will have plenty of options for day trips to the archaeological site, and departures are also available from Cozumel and Merida.

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When to Get There

The best time to get to Chichén Itzá is right around opening, 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 Kukulkán, a feathered serpent god, and creates the illusion of a snake slithering down the north side of the pyramid.

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Nearby Cenotes

The Cenote Sagrado, a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter, is an impressive natural site at Chichén Itzá. However, you can't swim in it. Another nearby cenote is Ik Kil, and some Chichén Itzá day trips combine visits to these freshwater sinkholes on the Yucatán Peninsula with a stop at the ruins.

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Chichen Itza
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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