Chichen Itza Tours

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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.
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Address: Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, Mexico
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Hours: Daily 8am–5pm
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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
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USD14.95
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  • Duration: 1 to 6 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archaeologist

Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD70.00
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Day Trip to Chichen Itza 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
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USD48.00
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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
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USD64.50
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Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil and Coba Ruins from Cancun

Enjoy some of the cultural history and natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula on this day trip from Cancun. At the Maya cities of Chichen Itza and Coba, learn about the ancient civilization as you explore archaeological ruins with a guide. You’ll also visit Cenote Ik Kil to cool off with a swim. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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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
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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
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USD89.00
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Tour from Cancun

Discover the cultural history and natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula on this day trip from Cancun. At the Maya cities of Chichen Itza and Ek’ Balam, learn about this ancient civilization as you explore archaeological ruins with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll also visit Cenote Hubiku to cool off with a swim in the natural pool. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour to Chichen Itza, Valladolid and Ik Kil Cenote with Lunch

If your time in Mexico is limited, tick off three top attractions in one day on this private 9-hour tour from Cancun. Save time by travelling to Chichen Itza — one of the New7Wonders of the World — in an air-conditioned vehicle and take a personalized tour of the UNESCO-listed site. Plunge into the Ik-Kil cenote for a refreshing swim and visit the colonial town of Valladolid. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Cancun hotel are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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USD96.00
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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
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USD69.00
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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
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Private Chichen Itza and Coba Ruins with Lunch and Cenote Ik Kil Swim from Cancun

Make the most out of your time in the Yucatan by booking this full-day guided trip to Chichen Itza and Coba, two of the most important archeological sites in the southern Mexico. Take delight in the sight of these wonders and then indulge in a hearty Mexican lunch. After, visit Ik Kil cenote.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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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
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Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza at Your Own Pace Plus Access to Welcome Suite

Enjoy transport to Chichen Itza, a welcome suite in the Mayaland Resort and use of the resort’s facilities with this Viator Exclusive, available nowhere else! Travel to and from the UNESCO site by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz van. Upon arrival, a guide assists you in purchasing admission to Chichen Itza (own expense) and escorts you through a private entrance, allowing you to bypass the crowds waiting in line. Enter and leave the archaeological zone as you like, relax in the welcome suite and make use of Mayaland’s amenities. Bonus: a booklet of discounts included!
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD32.00
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Private Chichen Itza Tour with Welcome Suite Access

Experience Chichen Itza in luxury with this deluxe tour that includes access to the hospitality suite and a private guide. Choose your time of departure and relax in the comfort of your own private transport. Make your way in a Mercedes Benz vehicle to one of the area's top attractions, where you'll stop at the Mayaland Resort and welcome suite as part of the tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD369.00
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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: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Beat the Crowds: Independent Tour of Chichen Itza with Private Transportation

Take a private car from Cancun to Chichen Itza to explore the ancient ruins at your leisure. Spend as much time as you like inside the archeological complex with its observatory, colossal pyramid, and ball courts. Enjoy lunch (included) and then a cool dip in a cenote. Next, spend time in a 500-year-old Mexican town, admiring the churches and architecture before heading back to your hotel.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD379.00
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Low Cost Day Trip to Chichen Itza with Cenote Swim and Lunch

Travel to Chcihen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site that once served as a center of Mayan culture on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Learn about the important role the complex played in everyday and ceremonial life, and see El Castillo, the massive stone pyramid at its center. After a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a refreshing swim in a cenote (natural sinkhole) before heading back to Cancun.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD54.29
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Chichen Itza Private Day Trip with Cenote Swim and Valladolid

The ancient world wonder of Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most popular landmarks, and the crowds it attracts reflects its popularity. This private 10-hour tour to the UNESCO-listed Mayan monument ensures you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout the day. Your private tour also includes a swim in a cenote, a visit to the traditional village of Valladolid, lunch and round-trip transport from your Cancun hotel.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD650.00
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  • 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
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USD128.50
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  • Duration: 2 days
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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
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USD125.00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Chichen Itza Mystical Private Tour From Cancun

Enjoy the ultimate Yucatan experience with a full-day private tour to Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Your private driver meets you in the morning at your Cancun or Mayan Riviera hotel and transfers you to Chichen Itza, one of Mexico’s most celebrated archeological sites. You’ll have approximately four hours to explore the ruins independently, or upgrade to include a guide. Continue to the lovely colonial city of Valladolid where you stop for lunch, have time to visit a cenote and go sightseeing in Valladolid.
  • Duration: 7 to 10 hrs
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USD116.85
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  • Duration: 7 to 10 hrs
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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
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USD110.00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Chichen Itza, Coba, and Ik-Kil Cenote Day Tour

This private tour includes two major archaeological attractions of the ancient Maya plus swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Ik-Kil (Sacred Blue Cenote). With a personal guide you’ll explore Chichen Itza, designated one of the New7Wonders of the World, and climb the Yucatán’s tallest pyramid at Coba: Nohoch Muul. Hear informative commentary and dine on a buffet lunch, with private hotel transport included from Cancun.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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USD130.00
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  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Cancun Super Saver: Exclusive Chichen Itza and Coba Early Access Tours led by Archaeologist

Discover two of the Yucatan's most intriguing Maya archaeological sites—the UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza and the jungle-clad Coba—each under the guidance of a experienced archaeologist. Choose which ruins you'd like to visit first and then gain early access to both spread over two days, meaning you'll have them virtually to yourself. Explore the Temple of the Jaguars, scale the towering Nohoch Mul Pyramid and learn a ton about ancient Maya culture as you go. This exclusive 'super savor' combo trip even includes a refreshing dip in a natural sinkhole.
  • Duration: 2 days
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USD168.57
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