Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote 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.
Day trip to Chichen Itza from Cancun
Explore the observatory, a sacred cenote, the ball court and the castle
Enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its fascinating temples
Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Cancun hotels
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Cool off at a cenote on the way to Chichen Itza, where you’ll explore with a guide and independently.
From your hotel in Cancun, you’re picked up in the morning for the drive to Chichen Itza, considered the most important archaeological zone in the Yucatán. En route to the ancient Maya capital, stop to explore the natural wonders of a nearby cenote.
You’ll have about an hour to play in the deep, aquamarine waters of an underground swimming hole formed from a collapsed limestone cavern, before you continue on to Chichen Itza.
Around midday, start your tour of significant locations at the World Heritage site, including the ball court, el Castillo (the Castle), the Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors. You’ll learn from your certified guide why the extraordinary architectural beauty and geographical location have led to Chichen Itza's designation as one of the New Wonders of the World.
After some time to enjoy the ruins on your own, head to a local restaurant for a buffet lunch of fresh salads, soups, rice, meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and other regional fare (drinks at own expense). Your Chichen Itza full-day tour ends with return transport to your Cancun hotel.
Early morning pick up from hotel lobby via shuttle bus to the tour departure zone. Big comfy air conditioned bus and a very entertaining introduction to mayan history and culture by Jorge, very funny guy, very helpful and made the 2 hour trip to the mayan village fly past, buffet lunch (which btw Jorge I'm still waiting to try that rattle snake you promised) and had a blessing from a mayan shaman (fri-sun only) then on to the glorious chichen itza (no chicken pizza). Then at chichen itza we had a great tour from Bibiano AKA Bibi, learned a lot about the history of all of the structures and religion of the Maya, but especially the great temple of Kukalkan. Back on the bus and Xavier kept us all entertained until we reached the cenote, a beautiful mayan sinkhole for a quick swim, locker (1USD) and lifejacket (1USD) rental you have to take a compulsory shower prior to the cenote to help keep the water pure, which is great because the cold shower helps to prep you for the water. Back or the bus (after a quick churro!) And then into the picturesque city of valladolid, the police only let the bus stop for 20 minutes in the square so take photos quick! And try some of the great street foods from the park! Finally the bus back to Cancun and Henry (the resident Mayan tour guide) shared more about his culture. So to Jorge, Xavier and the bus driver (cant remember his name) muchos gracias, and to Henry jumbot teek!
Be prepared to spend 2 hours early in the morning getting shuffled between buses. After your hotel pickup you are dropped off at an abandoned storefront before being loaded back into another bus. We were one of the unlucky ones that didn't make the first cut and were placed back into a van to a different location before being loaded onto another bus. Many of the participants were already pretty annoyed at this time.
After finally departing Cancun, you drive for about 3 hours. The tour guide is bilingual and translates himself between Spanish and English. The first stop is the tour company's own rest stop/restaurant to have lunch. After lunch, you finally make it to Chichén Itzá where the group is split between Spanish and English. They allowed about 1.5 hours at the site. The English speaking tour guide was informational. After Chichén Itzá, you are taken to the Cenote, which is packed with other tourists. The final stop is Valladolid to see a church, which takes 20 minutes. By the end of the day, everybody is pretty exhausted. All in all, expect to be picked up around 7AM and return to your hotel at 9PM.
Great value for the price; however, we never got the free water, so don’t pay the $10 extra. A ton of expected tipping, so bring a bunch of singles. EVERYONE expects tips (Dancers, Servers, people providing tequila samples, all the tour guides). A long day, so make sure to bring a bunch of water. All in all a very fun day and would recommend!!
Chichen Itza itself was a great experience but i would suggest Uber or Taxi there and pay entry fee. DO NOT book this tour, its a total scam!! We were taken to a village on pretense on getting lunch, we reached there and was blessed by priest and then coerced to buy the artifacts he used in prayer which was made in China. We were then taken to lunch and was being forced to photograph, I declined, we were harassed to pay dancers who performed when we were eating, to pay the waiter and pay for Tequila with our photographs, harassed the whole time, even was asked for money for toilet paper when we used the toilet!!
They picked us up at our hotel at 7 which was nice and we got onto a large comfortable tour bus (with a bathroom which was nice). We had to drive for an hour continuing to pick people up (which was fine). The drive to Chichen Itza is far about 2.5 hours. During the trip you get a lot of information from Jorge, which I loved for the most part. Jorge was really knowledgeable and funny, so that was good. Before you get there though you stop at a "Maya Cooperativa" which is a 50 families who live there. They do a welcome ceremony, and then invite you to shop in their store which obsidian, fabrics, jewelry, etc. You feel totally pressured to buy things and the prices are above what you might pay elsewhere. You are supporting their culture and community but I didn't totally love this part. Then you do a tequila tasting, which was fun, but again, they want you to buy tequila. Then a buffet lunch which was not my thing (I had the tacos which were OK). They do a dance and ask for tips and then the waiters ask for tips. I understand this, but it made me feel uncomfortable and I just wanted to get to Chichen Itza. We didn't get to Chichen Itza until 1:00, had a decent tour of the grounds by a local, were told we could wonder around for 45 minutes but didn't have maps or anything so I didn't really know where to go. We didn't ride back but stayed in a hotel called Mayaland onsite, that was our plan all along. The tour wouldn't have arrived back in Cancun until 8 PM. This tour was not for me. I wouldn't recommend.
The trip was very good, well organized and the guides were very knowledgeable and funny. Nothing was too much trouble for them, always helpful. The best part of the trip was Chichén Itzá, the cenote and Valladolid. Would have loved to stay longer in Valladolid. Lunch was great too :)