• 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

Iain D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

What a fantastic day from start to finish.. I booked this excursion as Im currently on crutches and didnt fancy a long busy coach drive with a potentially rushed tour around Chichen Itza!
We were picked up from our hotel by Carlos at 6.10am slightly early only to be told we were the only two on todays tour, fantastic.
The Mercedes mini van was perfect, clean and really comfortable for the long journey.. Carlos explain how the day was going to go as we set off with our breakfast bags..
Chichen Itza was amazing. Carlos was so knowledgable and passionate about Chichen Itza and Mexico hes a credit to his company. I couldnt recommend him enough.
The planetarium was really interesting too as was meeting a Shaman. The lunch in the hotel was lovely as well, there was time throughout the day to look around yourself and time to buy souvenirs etc.
This was a brilliant day with a fantastic guide.. thanks

dianamcdermott9

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Comfortable transportation, small group though we were still held up by one straggler. I'm not sure what the special Viator welcome room is at the hotel. Planetarium was closed for refurbishment so we requested and received a refund for that portion of the trip. Getting to Chichen Itza early is a must because the site becomes swamped in no time whatsoever.

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+!

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