• Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 110.00 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • Early access tour of Chichen Itza from Cancun
  • Explore the UNESCO site with an archaeologist-guide, well before the crowds arrive
  • See major attractions including Temple of Kukulcan, the Observatory and the Nunnery
  • Watch a presentation inside the Mayan Planetarium
  • Enjoy a complimentary cruise through Cancun’s Nichupte lagoon (subject to availability)
  • Buffet lunch and air-conditioned hotel transport by Mercedes-Benz van included

What You Can Expect

Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Early Access Tour with Private Entrance

See the Mayan Planetarium

Customer Reviews

carlylee61

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Stunning, enjoyable and amazing.....and wow the photo opportunities. Well worth doing early before everyone else. Excellent lunch as well.

Chuck C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was a blast, kinda early departure for a vacation day but turned out to be worth it. The Mayan priest, lunch and departing before the heat got too bad made for a very enjoyable day.

Patricia J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We really enjoyed this tour. Of course we had to get up at o'dark thirty for our 4:50 am pickup but it was worth it as we arrived early before the crowds and the heat! Our guide was very informative and we enjoyed seeing all the sights and hearing about the history. We also got to see a planetarium show air conditioned! and had a private shaman ceremony. The buffet lunch was wonderful and the food was excellent. As were the ladies who danced for us with beer bottles and trays on their heads! There was a bit of free time to souvenir shop or take a dip in the pool. We were back at our hotel mid-afternoon with plenty of afternoon pool time left. The bagged meal we received during a bus break about halfway to Chitzen Itza was a very nice touch and saved us from having to scrounge up breakfast before we left.

Tasha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour! I would recommend. Juan Carlos is the unofficial Mayor of Chichen Itza He has a lot of knowledge and you are in good hands with him. Getting there early allows you to escape the brutal heat of the day and experience the ruins with very few people around. Both were worth the 4:45am pick up time. We were back in Cancun around 3:45pm. The lunch is a buffet, but the tacos are not to be missed. You have about an hour of free time to go back to the ruins or visit the vendors. I stuck around the hotel to grab a swim to cool off and got the see the resident peacock.

coachbb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

I highly recommend this excursion. We arrived at the Chichen Itza ruins before many of the vendors, other tourists, and extreme heat had arrived. Furthermore, the buffet lunch was delicious with authentic Yucantanean-style cuisine. Out tour guide did an excellent job explaining the ruins and showed a real passion for teaching Mayan history.

coachbb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

I highly recommend this excursion. We arrived at the Chichen Itza ruins before many of the vendors, other tourists, and extreme heat had arrived. Furthermore, the buffet lunch was delicious with authentic Yucantanean-style cuisine. Out tour guide did an excellent job explaining the ruins and showed a real passion for teaching Mayan history.

Al B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Highly recommend this tour starts before the crowds, The lunch was amazing and the detailed information is well worth the cost.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Despite the early hour to begin our day, everything went well and we were at Chichen Itza and walking around the amazing architecture and ruins even before the vendors had set up! Guide Carlos and driver Luis were very friendly, and Carlos was a wealth of information on Chichen Itza! Great lunch too! A+!

sjmhon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful experience! There were 3 people in our group, accompanied by our wonderful tour guide, Carlos Munoz and excellent driver, another Carlos. The tour started a bit early I was picked up at my Cancun resort at 5:30 AM and our other two members were picked up at about 6:30 AM from a hotel in Playa Del Carmen which was on the way to Chichen Itza. The van was clean, comfortable, and the driver was excellent. We were given a lovely sack breakfast, including a sandwich, granola bar, apple, and juice box. Water and other drinks were readily available in a cooler in the van as well. We stopped a couple of times on the way for scheduled restroom break, always at clean and well-equipped facilities. Carlos M. was a fantastic guide, teaching us about ancient as well as modern day Mayan communities and pointed out many important and informative facts about the areas we drove to and from Chichen Itza and answered all of our questions readily. We got to Chichen Itza early, not waiting in lines or being heavily solicited by the numerous vendors of trinkets and souvenirs who typically get there and set up a little later. Carlos M. offered us an amazing personalized tour, talking about each of the monuments. We enjoyed the planetarium experience, relating the history of the Mayan people as well as the shaman who shared some ancient healing rituals with us.The tour culminated in a delicious buffet lunch with a show including Mexican dancers at the Mayaland Resort. After a short shopping experience, we all headed back to our resorts, with Carlos M. sharing more information about Mexican history, Mayan culture, pointing out modern day Mayan communities. Getting back to our resorts before dinner time was definitely an advantage as well. This was an excellent tour, well worth the early start to the day. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Suraj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing, amazing tour! It was our first time visiting Chichen Itza and we chose this as it was different than any other tour including a private entrance. It was totally worth it. Loved seeing the site for the first time from a completely different angle and being there early in the morning. We avoided the heat, had plenty of time to explore and take pictures and our guide was amazing. The buffet lunch was delicious and we got to freshen up at the hospitality suite. I'd do this tour again next time we visit and recommend it to anyone.

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