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Mayan Ruins Tours From Cancun

By Viator, October 2017

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While Cancun’s pristine beaches are an obvious draw, there’s much more to this naturally stunning region than just sunbathing. Surrounding the area are numerous Mayan ruins, a cornerstone of the Yucatan’s history. Here are the top stone structures and ancient walls to visit from Cancun.

Chichen Itza — 122 miles (197 km) from Cancun
A two-hour drive from Cancun is Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited of all Yucatan archaeological sites. The highlight is the 82-foot-tall (25-meter) El Castillo pyramid, which guests can scramble up for unparalleled views of the site and jungle beyond. The pyramid is an important pilgrimage site as a representation of the Mayan calendar and holds particular significance during the spring and autumn equinoxes. Booking a day tour with included lunch, round-trip transportation, and the option of adding an archaeologist guide allows visitors to experience all Chichen Itza has to offer.

Tulum — 80 miles (128 km) from Cancun
Tulum’s ruins are beach-bound, meaning this site is ideal for those who can’t bear to be away from the ocean but still want a dose of history and culture. Day tours, which typically include transportation, lunch, and even early access to the ruins with an archaeologist tour guide, ensure you beat the crowds and access expert information about the excavations. After touring the grounds, consider descending from the cliffside Temple of the Wind God onto the nearby beach for swimming and time in the sun.

Cobá — 82 miles (132 km) from Cancun 
In Cobá, you’ll see the tallest pyramid in Mexico and tour an ancient Mayan city. Experience two unmissable Cancun adventures in one day by choosing a tour that combines a visit to the ruins at Cobá and a stop at Cenote Takach-Ha, where you can swim in crystal-clear waters while surrounded by rock walls. Most Coba tours include a buffet lunch, roundtrip hotel pickup and dropoff, plus transport around the ancient cities.

El Rey — 15 miles (25 km) from Cancun
Just 30 minutes from downtown Cancun is El Rey, the nearest ruins to modern Yucatan civilization. 
El Rey’s 47 structures are believed to have been inhabited by Mayans as early as 900 AD and are named for a ceremonial mask and skull that were found while excavating the site. Access this historical site without straying too far from your hotel by visiting on a Cancun day trip tour, and keep an eye out for the many iguanas who call the ruins home.

Ek Balam — 120 (193 km) from Cancun
A 2.5-hour drive from the Hotel Zone is one of the best preserved sites that explorers are still able to climb: the walled city of Ek Balam. Summiting the acropolis gives visitors magnificent panoramic views of the temple complex and the surrounding jungle. Visit on a half-day trip from Cancun to take in the sights and perhaps also visit the town of Valladolid to explore a local market and view Spanish colonial buildings.

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1381 Reviews

Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the most important archaeological zone and ancient ...  Read more

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Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza

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Indulge in some of the greatest attractions on offer in the Yucatan with this Cancun combo! Select two out of four amazing options – Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor or ...  Read more

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist, Cancun, Day Trips
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

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Tour Tulum, one of the most famous Mayan sites, with a private archaeologist — a Viator exclusive available nowhere else! Arrive in the early morning and miss ...  Read more

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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves, Cancun, Day Trips
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves

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This is the perfect 3-in-1 combination tour of the Riviera Maya. You'll visit the Tulum ruins, then go snorkeling in the colorful coral reef in the Caribbean ...  Read more

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Cancun Super Saver: Exclusive Early Access to Chichen Itza plus Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an ... 
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Cancun Super Saver: Exclusive Early Access to Chichen Itza plus Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archaeologist Guide

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Experience the Maya sites of Chichen Itza and Tulum in the morning hours, before the majority of the crowds arrive. With this Super Saver, you can combine two ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Mayan Appetizers and Luxury ... 
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Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Mayan Appetizers and Luxury Transport

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See the best of Chichen Itza by day and night on this Viator VIP tour available nowhere else. Sail past the hordes waiting to enter the UNESCO World Heritage ...  Read more

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Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
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Coba Tulum and Cenote Tankach-Ha with Lunch

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Seize a full day by visiting the three most know places: Tulum and Coba Ruins, the Cenote Tankach-Ha and enjoy a Lunch Buffet. Visit these two unique ...  Read more

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Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch

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Get to know one of the New7Wonders of the World during this full-day tour of Chichen Itza and Valladolid. At the ancient Maya site, admire the Kukulkan pyramid ...  Read more

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Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Discover the ancient city of Coba, without the crush of crowds, on this early morning tour with an archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be ...  Read more

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archaeologist, Cancun, Day Trips
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Gain essential insights into Mexico’s past on a visit to Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist. Miss the crowds by visiting in the early morning, and see ...  Read more

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