Descubra el misterio y el encanto de Chichén Itzá, la antigua capital del Imperio Maya, en una excursión de día completo desde Playa del Carmen. En este lugar declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, maravíllese ante la proeza arquitectónica de la pirámide de Kukulcan, vea la gran cancha de pelota y aprenda cosas sobre las costumbres de las ceremonias mayas. Antes de llegar a Chichén Itzá, báñese en un cenote cercano, un profundo pozo natural de aguas cristalinas. Termine su excursión degustando la gastronomía maya en un almuerzo bufé para, a continuación, dirigirse de vuelta a su hotel en Playa del Carmen.
Bastante decepcionante. Todo empezó muy bien con multitud de explicaciones sobre el mundo maya y la excursión programada, pero luego tuvimos que soportar 1,5h de propaganda sobre una cooperativa maya y diversos de sus productos. Por supuesto, paramos en la mencionada cooperativa para poder adquirir sus productos a precios desorbitados. Se nos recalcó que el tiempo de esta parada era ilimitado a voluntad de los usuarios. Al final la parada se prolongó 1,5h. Esto no hubiera sido de muy mal agrado cuando finalmente llegamos a las céleberrimas ruinas de Chichen-Itza y se nos recalcó que la parada duraría un máximo de 2h, de los cuales solo 1,5h serían para una breve y abrupta descripción de algunos de los edificios dejando la gran mayoría sin ni siquiera mencionar. No entro a valorar más el resto de la excursión que como calificaba inicialmente me decepcionó. Conclusión final: una excursión de 11h para unas tristes 2h en el lugar contratado.
Marco, our guide was Amazing, maybe little hard to follow in the explannation, because is switching from spannish to english. Other than that, we maybe need some more time in Chichen Itza and the Cenote and less time in other places.
This was an informative and immersive tour. Our guide Martin was very knowledgeable. He explained a lot of things to us on our way to Chichen Itza. However, he had to say everything in both English and Spanish which slowed things down a bit.
We got picked up exactly at the time we were given and after a few stops to pick up other people and a bathroom/snacks stop, we were on our way. First stop was Valladolid, a colonial-era town, which was fun to see and walk around. Next stop was a Mayan co-op, with authentic but on the more expensive side souvenirs. A demonstration on the making of corn tortillas and a type of Mayan BBQ followed. Then we had lunch which was a decent buffet drinks were extra. Here you had the opportunity to purchase a personalized Mayan birth certificate for 370 pesos.
We then drove to Chichen Itza. Things are kind of chaotic at the entrance so stick with the group. It's a short walk to the archaeological site, but the weather is much hotter than on the coast. We then split into an English-speaking and a Spanish-speaking group. We walked around for a bit more than an hour. The El Castillo pyramid is really cool, and Martin showed us some neat tricks regarding the acoustics of it. Afterwards, we toured a sacrificial building and a ballgame court. We then had 40min to walk around by ourselves take pictures, buy souvenirs, see the cenote that's a short walk North of the pyramid. I wish we were given a bit more free time.
Then we went back to the bus, and drove to a really scenic cenote that's closeby. It was very crowded, but it's so pretty to see and swim in. The amount of time we were given here was reasonable. We then headed back to the van and drove to Playa.
My suggestion would be to spend less time at the co-op and instead be given extra time at Chichen Itza.
Guides good, lunch ok, but seriously do yourself a favor and just take the ADO As then have 4 hr at Chichen Itza. Tour only 2 hr, guide talks for 1 hr in one way place. Can only see a little of site. Big regret. Wasted time at shopping area, useless 30 min stop at the colonial town.
Our tour guide Martin was amazing. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He has been a multilingual tour guide for 27 years, and it shows. This tour is important to see and feel some of the beginnings of our current civilization. It is amazing to see where so much of our current technology actually started.
Amazing experience to see this place. Very clever and helpful guides. But the trip lasted from 8:20 to 21:30, 13 hours, though it was scheduled 7-9 hours. More than 4 hours driving home by bus.
And, we would rather have had more time in Chichen Itza, instead of the shop with lunch.