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great tour with great tour guide! even tho we had to be at the lobby for pick up at 5:30 AM and it did involve multiple pickups and a tour bus transfer, we were officially on our way around 7 AM , we were back at our Cancun resort at 3 pm. I like that because we still had some time that day to enjoy some beach and dine in the restaurant.
our guide started the intro on the bus around 8:30 am so we could catch up some sleep before and we arrived Chicken Itza at 9:30 AM, we had about over one hour guided tour and over an hour free time for ourselves before we headed home around noon. when I thought an hour guided tour was not enough, it was more than enough! we learnt most of the things we need to know about the place before we were melted in the sun..lol... early access is a big plus because during our tour, it was nice and quiet but by the time we are done, there were mountain of people there.
Definitely recommend this tour to people who would like to check out Chichen Itza but do not want to spend whole day for the tour. tour itself was very interesting as well!
Great trip wonderful tour guide
We would recommend this tour! Shout out to Carlos Moo who was an excellent guide and shared part of his he is Mayan culture and heritage with us. We usually don't take tours but we were not sure how secure the area was and how the drive would be so we decided to take this tour. Everything was on time: they picked us up at 7:25am as we were told and we left every place shopping/rest stop, Chichen Itza and cenote as planned. We read about Mayan culture before going on this tour but Carlos added some interesting somewhat touristy facts about the place and culture. Again, we recommend this tour. But if you are a group of four and feel comfortable driving it is a relatively easy drive, maybe consider doing yourself. But if you want everything organized for you, take this tour.
Doing what: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun
our guide Frank is very nice and knowledgeable. Surprising to know that he is a Mayan! thanks to our driver carlos i think. i wish we could have another 30 mins or more to talk around.
Excellent guide and well planned trip.
This tour was awesome.
I highly recommend this trip. We were picked up at the Hotel in Riviera Maya and taken to Cancun where we met our Tour bus for Chitzen Nitza. Our Driver Jesus was very pleasant. For the tour we had excellent guides, Ricardo , Alexi and Jerry who kept us well informed. We certainly learned a great deal about the Mayans. We visited the Mayan gift shop before going on to the Ruins. After the Ruins we were taken for Lunch, very delicious Buffet, then many of us went down to the Cenote.
After leaving that amazing place we were then taken into a Colonial town where we saw one of the Oldest Churches, then back to Cancun where our Driver was waiting to take us back to our Hotel.
My only regret is that as I am not a swimmer, I did not swim in the Cenote, I would certainly like the experience. I have lots of pictures to remind me of this wonderful place.
Thank you Viator.
Doing what: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun
If you're debating whether or not you should go on this tour, let go of all your doubts and just go through with it you will not be disappointed. I went on this tour with my partner about a month ago and not a week has gone by without us mentioning this tour. It's that good!
To say that our tour guide, Carlos, was phenomenal would be a disservice to him. He was charismatic, funny, knowledgeable, and professional. Yet above all else, he provided a sense of authenticity that one rarely expects from a tour guide. Simply put, he will redefine your standards for how future tour guides should make you feel. While I have no doubts that his co-workers are just as good, if you have Carlos, get ready for the tour of a lifetime!
Admittedly, the one downside of this whole tour is the lunch that's included. While it's not anything to be mad at--considering all the other great experiences that are included in this package-- it's not the most mind-blowing food either.
Be warned: After taking this trip, you will not shut up about it.
Doing what: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun
We were picked up at our hotel in a big clean almost new bus and 3 hours later arrived at Chichen Itza. We were the first tour group to arrive in the morning, which meant we walked right in and started the guided tour immediately. Our guide, Frank, was a font of information on Mayan culture and the history of Chichen Itza. What a great tour with so much fascinating information, I recommend this tour highly.
Our guide was Marco and driver Ramon and we were SO pleased with the experience! The early access was worth the early morning wake up because we beat the heat yes, even in February, it was hot by midday and the crazy lines that were forming as we were leaving. We really got to hear what our guide was telling us without him having to shout over any other tours. By the time we left, the place was a madhouse, so it was an ideal time slot. Definitely bring a hat or rent an umbrella, its bright out there!
This was an amazing tour/trip/deal! Our guide was a genuine Mayan descendant who knew the area, the people, the customs, the language, and everything about the area. He spoke Spanish as well as English and was very accommodating and helpful. The tour ran extremely smoothly. It was a long and extensive tour that encompassed a great deal of information and area. I can't explain how much I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The bus was more than punctual and picked me up at 5.10 am, it was really modern and with a/c. After picking up the others we stopped one more time and then went to Chichen Itza.
Frank, our guide, was just awesome! Really helpful, attentive and so nice! After we could sleep a little bit he gave us some information about the Maya, Chichen Itza etc. When we arrived we were one of the first visitors, which was great. Frank led the english-speaking tour and was great! He is so passionate and loves what he does and what he believes in (he and #39;s a descendent of the Maya, which makes it even more interesting). He recommended us a mayan calendar of a date we want (birthday or something else). I did so and it and #39;s a really original souvenir from Mexico!
The tour took 1,50 hours and was not boring at all! Everything was explained very well and you could feel how the Maya must have lived. That and #39;s maybe because Frank really enjoyed telling us more about the lives of the Maya. And you could feel it!
After the tour we had spare time (1,50 hours) and then went back to Cancún. This was good because it was starting to get really hot and crowded! The lunch is really okay and at the end we even got a bottle of water.
The tour was just amazing, and Frank and Oscar, our driver, were awesome! I would absolutely recommend this tour if you want to see Chichen Itza avoiding the crowds and the heat. With this tour you get to know the mayan culture but still have some free time by returning to your hotel in the afternoon (I got home at 3 pm, perfect!).
Thank you so so much, Frank and Oscar!
This is a great excursion for active folks! You'll really get the most out of the trip by participating in everything it has to offer. We began the day albeit a bit hectic getting picked up directly from our hotel. It was an early start but worth it. There was a bit of confusion as to which bus we were supposed to be on, but after this was sorted out we were on our way. Our driver, Angel and our tour guide, Arthur, made sure we had an enjoyable ride and even made a pit stop after we requested a quick coffee/potty break the drive was 3 hours, so this was needed. We toured the ruins in Coba first. As it was early-access, we avoided the crowds. Arthur was very knowledgeable you could tell he was passionate about the grounds and all Mayan history and gave us a great tour. We rode bikes for the majority of the tour as the grounds are expansive and more easily traveled this way. The climb to the top of The Grand Mountain the big pyramid was one of the most incredible things I've ever done. It was 120 feet up and the view was like nothing I've ever seen and we rock climb!. Getting down was a bit tricky, but there is a rope to hold onto if you're having trouble. It's a must-do. The grounds were VERY full as we were leaving, so we were glad to have been there early. After the climbing and the biking, we traveled to a lagoon on the grounds. We climbed down into the cenote and went for a swim. It was breathtakingly gorgeous -- and quiet! Our group was the only group there. There were bats along-top the stalagmites and small catfish in the water. There were even two diving boards -- my husband jumped off of the lower one. After the cenote swim, we made our way to lunch. It was traditional Mexican cuisine and absolutely delicious. The drive back to the hotel zone in Cancun was long -- the only thing I would recommend is that the transport offered be a bit more roomy and cooler. We didn't have the AC running on full blast and the quarters were close. However, that is the only thing I would change about this tour. The rest of it was breathtaking and a once in a lifetime experience!
Highly Recommend the Early AM tour. Marco, Cesar,and Mario did a fabulous job providing safe travel as well as a very informative tour. Be sure to dress comfortable. Bring sun screen,a hat, sun glasses and Mexican currency to buy souvenirs from the many vendors through out the park.
Super Frank was a great guide! Elisar was a wonderful driver who got us there and back safely.
This tour leaves early but we were the first bus there and employees were still shuffling in. This allowed unobstructed views and photos of the sites.
The included box lunch is for breakfast on the road.
Absolutely spectacular ! Tour of a life time. We read many reviews and a common theme was to take the early trip to beat the heat and the crowd and they are right! The early trip is worth getting up for. If you can do it twice, take the guided tour one day and then go back another day just to roam around on your own. The meal is a meager snack so take something of your own to eat. If it's your lucky day you will get Super Frank as your guide. If you have the option to pick a guide you better pick Super Frank because of his knowledge of his Mayan culture. Can't say enough good things about this tour.
This tour was amazing. The food involved was great. Tour guides fun and knowledgeable about the sites. We especially enjoyed Xel-Ha.
The tour guide was amazing, transportation was great. Very disappointed with meal. My husband and I could not eat it at all :-
I attached pic of our guide. I am not good with names but I think his name is Enrique. He was very knowledgeable, funny, good English and interesting to listen
Very good tour and knowledgeable guide
Amazing underground tour. Got to swim and walk in the clear water. It and #39;s useful to borrow their walking stick as my cousin was using it to mark where the rocks are. No artificial lights; very peaceful.
Our Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Marco, the Private Archaeologist was everything we hoped for and more. Marco was not only highly knowledgeable, but he share that knowledge in an effective, meaningful and interesting manner. His English and Spanish was impeccable, and his ability to switch between the two languages mid sentence was impressive. Marco added the context that the site deserves and without his guidance we would have missed the essence of this great site.
Early access to the site also was a big benefit as there were hardly any people there. By the time the tour was over the real crowds were coming in.
Overall a real highlight.
Great tour. We have teenage boys. They enjoyed it too. It's a super early pick-up, but I can't imagine going on this tour any later in the day. We left the ruins before lunch, in November, and it was already getting super hot outside. If you want a day away from the beach, this is a good way to spend it. We were picked up at the Westin Lagunamar - easy. Some reviews said we could bring our camera. So, I lugged the big bag with us, and our guide said no cameras allowed. I had to leave it on the bus. Once in the park, everyone used their cell phone cameras anyway. The lunch was a minimal bag sandwich, etc. On the way up, our regular coach bus stopped at a 7-11 type store for snacks and a bathroom. There was also a large tourist-y snack bar in the park. Get comfortable with the fact that it's a few hours to get to Chichen Itza, a few hours to do the actual tour, and then a few more hours to drive back to the Cancun strip. Worth it!
Very hot around noon, so best to go with this early access in the morning.
This was a true adventure, perfect for my teenage sons and myself. The underground caves and crystal water felt absolutely other-worldly!
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