Maya Ruins Tours from Cancun

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

Explore coral reefs, ancient history, and nature in the Riviera Maya on an 8-hour combination tour that features some of the best of Yucatan in a single day. Snorkel through the coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, visit the Tulum archeological site, and swim in a cenote, then explore a limestone cave and take a jungle walk. This tour includes entrance fees, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door transport from hotels in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
  • Duration: 8 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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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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Full-Day Guided Tour of Chichen Itza Mayan Archaeological Site and Cenote Swimming from Cancun

Travel back in time at the extensively excavated Mayan city of Chichen Itza, then swim in a crystal clear Yucatan cenote before enjoying a buffet lunch. Bilingual and certified guide, air-conditioned transport, entry fees, lunch and pickup from Cancun hotels is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch

This 11-hour tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch — see the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO site, followed by a visit to Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural import of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With a delicious buffet lunch and round-trip hotel transport included, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch

Discover the essence of ancient Mayan civilization on this full-day excursion to Coba and the Tulum ruins. This Cancun Super Saver takes you to explore Tulum's ruins with an expert guide, then jump into a rejuvenating underground cenote. Tour Coba, a once-thriving Mayan village deep in the rainforest. Enjoy Yucatanean specialities at a buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Coba Tulum and Cenote Tankach-Ha with Lunch

Combine visits to top archaeological sites with swimming in a beautiful cenote on this full-day tour from Cancun. In Coba, make your way up the tallest pyramid in Mexico and learn about the ancient Maya city. Soak up jaw-dropping scenery at Tulum, perched on top of a bluff overlooking the Caribbean. Cool off with a refreshing swim at the underground natural pool of Tankach-Ha cenote. Enjoy a buffet lunch and hear informative commentary from an archaeology-certified guide. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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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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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

Discover the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum with an archaeologist on this full-day tour and enter the site early, before the crowds. Explore the ruins, set upon a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, on this Viator Exclusive available nowhere else. Visit all parts of the Tulum ruins and stop at the nearby beach for an opportunity to swim. Pickup and drop-off at Riviera Maya and Cancun hotels is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

Uncover the Mayan mysteries of Tulum and the aquatic majesty of Xel-Ha on this exciting full-day excursion from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Gain fascinating insight into the ancient archeology of Tulum on a guided tour with an expert guide; capture fantastic photographs of the rugged Caribbean coastline and atmospheric ruins; and see a colorful tableau of tropical marine life in the alluring Xel-Ha aquarium. Enjoy a fun-filled family day out with this wonderful tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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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Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Mayan Appetizers and Luxury Transport

Uncover the ancient mysteries of Chichen Itza on a day and night tour from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Sail past long lines at the sacred site with an archeologist guide, and then watch the sun set over the iconic pyramid of the park, sipping bottomless margaritas and feasting on Mexican tapas at a luxurious nearby resort. Afterward, enjoy a light and sound show and see the history of the Maya empire brought to life through color and music. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation plus access to Viator's hospitality suite is included in the tour.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist and Cenote Swim from Cancun

Explore the ancient ruins of Coba, including early morning access with an archeologist guide. Take this Viator exclusive tour, which can't be booked anywhere else, to discover one of Mexico's most spectacular ruins during this all-day excursion. Enjoy lunch and round-trip transportation from Cancun hotels. Climb Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula while learning about one of the largest settlements during the Classic period from your knowledgable guide. Swim in the refreshing waters at Aktun Chen cenote to cool off.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza

Experience some of the Yucatan’s most exciting and exhilarating activities with a Cancun Combo tour. Select from four outstanding options, visiting captivating attractions such as Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza. Immerse yourself in the natural and historical majesty of some of Mexico’s best aquatic, adventure and archeological parks, touring ancient sites and legendary landmarks with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Yucatan hotel is included, in addition to delicious food and drinks inspired by local specialties. Simply take your two selected tours with 15 days of each other to enjoy this excellent economical offer.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 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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  • Duration: 10 hours
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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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