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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.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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

See the Mayan Planetarium

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Overall excellent experience and highly recommended. Juan Carlos was our driver and guide. Driver and van were on time to hotel pickup. Van was clean and comfortable. There were plenty of drinks, including beer. Breakfast was a ham/cheese sandwich, granola bar, apple, and juice box. Juan Carlos gave an excellent tour and answered questions knowledgeably. It was great to get to the site early, when there weren't as many people and it wasn't as hot. We did not feel rushed. Had time to take photos. Buffet lunch at Mayaland had large variety of foods, including Mayan/Mexican and international foods. Alcoholic beverages were included. Got back to Cancun around 3:30pm.

philip g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was great getting there early and having some time that was slightly cooler. It was as good as expected but we would have liked a little spare time to wander on our own. We were expecting that because the trip said that we would have use of the hospitality suite, pool and towels but we didn't. We had an hour for lunch then we were whisked away. September 2016


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Having a small group was great. The tour guide, Carlos was extremely informative. Our bus driver, Hilario was a very careful, conscientious. The sack breakfast was good. The buffet luncheon was great. Would definately recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved this tour! Our group guide was awesome, so knowledgeable and friendly! The ruins were beautiful and well worth the early time and extra money to beat the crowds! Would do it again in a heartbeat.

debra c

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

loved the tour and guides were excellent. the problem was that the van was uncomfortable and bumpy__i have some back issues anyway and this ride did not help.

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