This full-day tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch—see Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO Site, and have a chance to participate in an ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural importance of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With round-trip hotel transport, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss.
Tour of Chichen Itza, Ik-Kil cenote, and Valladolid from Cancun
Discover the archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Swim in the tranquil Ik-Kil cenote and visit Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city
Participate in a Temazcal ritual led by a real shaman
Hear about Maya history and culture from a guide
Round-trip hotel transport included
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This tour makes covering these top Yucatan attractions easier (and less expensive) than trying to arrange transportation independently, especially if you're traveling with your family or large groups. Bring a few pesos if you want to rent a locker or life jacket for easy floating at the cenote.
After early morning hotel pickup, travel with your guide to Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city also called the Sultaness of the East. Get to know this quiet 16th-century city on a guided tour. Then enjoy a chance to participate in the ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. Then, head to the UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza, the city-cradle of ancient Mayans. During this tour, explore the area and gain insight into its top landmarks, including the Kukulkan pyramid, an astronomical observatory, and the ball court. Learn about the dangerous game of pok-ta-pok played by warriors. You’ll also have free time to enjoy Chichen Itza on your own. Take a break from sightseeing with a swim in Ik-Kil, an underground cenote before ending the tour with drop-off at your Cancun hotel in the evening.
The tour was very rushed and there was too much time spent in Kaua, and it was a bit of a tourist trap. Lunch was ok there. There was only about 25 minutes left to visit Valladolid, as it was the last stop, and most of us were wet from the cenote swim and also from the rain that day. The cenote swim should take place either last or first. The guide at Chichen Itza, Pedro was very slow and we had to break off from the group. Ulises our bus tour guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable and the driver was great. Weather conditions should be checked in order to adjust accordingly.
We are sorry to hear, that you had such a poor experience participating in the tour.
From our side, we would like to highlight several things:
1. The order of the tour is displayed there on TripAdvisor page: you first visit Chichen-Itza, then cenote Ik-Kil and then Valladolid. No surprises here.
2. The only way to make a visit to cenote Ik-Kil last is to visit Valladolid first, but we prefer to get our clients to Chichen-Itza earlier and not to start a tour with Valladolid.
3. Unfortunately, it is logistically impossible to change the order of the tour in accordance to weather conditions.
4. We usually recommend to bring changing clothes with you on the tour, if you don´t want to use wet clothes after swimming in the cenote.
5. The tour guide in Chichen-Itza usually takes an average rhythm so every member of the group can fully participate. After all it is a group experience.
Please don´t hesitate to contact us, if you have more questions.
Alexis was great! Very knowledgeable and great tour guide as well as others with him.
The cenote wouldve been better if wasnt packed with so many people and long line to get in. Otherwise good experience
The guide was extremely nice and he was very informed and was happy to answer any questions we had. He led us through various activities at Chichén Itzá and throughout the day to keep us entertained. Would highly recommend this tour and also very welcoming for children as well.
Excellent all around!! Galo was our tour guide and he was incredible! Bus was large and had plenty of space for any souvenirs purchased and bags. All of the stops up to and including the Chichen Itza was amazing and well worth it. Incredible experience! Highly recommend
Good service but we were not offered the 2 bottles of water as described in Viator so we had to buy the water by ourselves. This was a big group in a 47 seat bus. The stay time in Valladold was too short and we were only able to have a glance at the church. The explanation of the guide was excellent. Generally speaking, the quality of the tour is equivalent to its price. If you expect a tour with higher quality, you should pay more.
Carlos and Susanna were our tour guides. They spoke perfect English and Spanish and offered information in both languages. The bus picked us up timely. While en route to Chichen Izta, Carlos provided the history and other interesting background information about the sites we were visiting. He also taught us a few Mayan words and phrases and explained the Mayan numerical system. The buffet lunch was delicious and provided many vegetarian options. We had the opportunity to purchase our Mayan Sol y Luna personality profiles at the Mayan village where we had lunch--a fun piece of entertainment! I definitely recommend this tour! And hopefully Carlos and Susanna will be your guides!
This is one of the best guided tour ever had. The best of all is the friendly crew, their archeological knowledge, guided tour, local food, delicious lunch buffet, destinations, timely allocation, comfort bus and amazing experience!
A long day but what a great day, pictures can't really do Chichen Itza justice you have to see it with your own eyes, amazing.Our tour guide Ricciardo was fantastic, very knowledgeable, funny, thoughtful and kind. My 11 year old son loved it all but his favourite part was the Ik Kil Cenote at the end of the day.