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Time11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

This 11-hour tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch — see the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO site, followed by a visit to Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural import of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With a delicious buffet lunch and round-trip hotel transport included, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss.
  • 11-hour tour of Chichen Itza, Ik-Kil cenote and Valladolid from Cancun
  • Discover the archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Swim in the tranquil Ik-Kil cenote
  • See Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city
  • Hear about Maya history and culture from a guide
  • Buffet lunch and round-trip hotel transport included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour makes covering these top Yucatan attractions easier (and less expensive) than trying to arrange transportation independently, especially if you're traveling with your family or large groups. Bring a few pesos if you want to rent a locker or life jacket for easy floating at the cenote.
After early morning hotel pickup, travel with your guide to Chichen Itza, the city-cradle of ancient Mayans. During a 2.5-hour tour, explore this UNESCO site and gain insight into its top landmarks, including the Kukulkan pyramid, an astronomical observatory and the ball court. Learn about the dangerous game of pok-ta-pok played by warriors. You’ll also have free time to enjoy Chichen Itza on your own.
 
Take a break from sightseeing with a swim in Ik-Kil, an underground cenote, followed by a hearty buffet lunch. Combined time for the cenote and lunch is two hours.
 
Then, visit Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city also called the Sultaness of the East. Spend 30 minutes getting to know the quiet 16th-century city.  
 Your 11-hour tour ends with drop-off back at your Cancun hotel that evening.

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M
, Oct 2018

We had a great day! The tourguides gave us a lot of interessting informations about the Mayas. They spoke verry good English and Spanish. Lunch was delicious.

E
, Aug 2018

Learned so much about Mayan history, how ahead of the times this culture was thanks to our tour guide. He filled us withso much info on the way to. Schedule wastolerable, Chichen Itza was the highlight and the cenote swim was the refresher!

C
, Jul 2018

Very knowledgeable guide. A good tour to gain a small look at the Mayan history. Although a long day - well worth the journey.

R
, Mar 2018

We would have like to have spent more time in Valladolid. We were only given a very short time to visit and then rushed to get to lunch at an official gift shop/luncheon area where we joined many other groups for a subpar cafeteria style meal where we had three times the amount of extra time in their shop that we did in Valladolid. Our tour guide was informative and entertaining throughout the tour, especially when we visited Chichen Itza, and the teenagers liked swimming at Ik Kil, but the first half of the day could have been much better.

a
, Mar 2018

Resting in Cancun and not going to Chichen Itza - it's just barbarity. The tour is combined, it gives an opportunity to get acquainted with the typical colonial town of Valladolid, explore Chichen Itza and visit and swim in the Ik-Kil cenote. When you are in Chichen Itza, one immediately recalls Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. Be sure to choose a tour with a visit to Ik Kiel cenote.

F
, Mar 2018

Our guide, Miriam was so knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We loved the tour.

D
, Mar 2018

From start to finish this was a great trip - we’ll worth the money and time. Highlights were the pyramids and the cenote. Ricardo, our tour guide, was excellent. He gave us a lot of facts but in a friendly and laid back manner. We learned much about the Mayan culture. Shout out to Mauricio and Martin

Y
, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

a
, Feb 2018

Pretty good tour! Four stops total, in this order: Valladolid, lunch, Chichen Itza, and Ik Kil cenote.

Valladolid is a quaint, authentic Mexican town, but ultimately forgettable. at least, there's not much exploring to be done in just half an hour-- we mostly just snapped pictures around the town square.

Lunch was incredible!-- far superior to the lunches I had on other tours. At a roadside tourist stop with a big store selling a wide variety of Mayan merch, we watched a brief demo of how traditional Cochinita Pibil and corn tortillas are made, then got to eat some along with other yummy Yucatan cuisine, like Sopa de Lima and marinated chicken at an impressive, high quality buffet lunch. 5 stars.

Chichen Itza was as impressive as you'd hope, and it's geographically vast. We had about an hour and a half there total-- half the time we followed our guide Raphael on a guided tour of the ancient ball court and the most famous structure, El Castillo, a.k.a. the Temple of Kukulcan. He gave us some interesting facts, though some of it was purely theoretical or contradicted with information I'd researched online. He took some liberties with the legends-- take his facts with a grain of salt, that's my advice. Then we had free time to explore the grounds-- but again, since they're so vast, we had to choose between seeing the ancient Observatory or the Sacred Cenote. I would've preferred if we'd skipped Valladolid and just had more time at Chichen Itza. One last thing I didn't like about Chichen Itza: all the wooded paths are clogged with merchants hocking Mayan merch, most of it the same as the next table's. They should really move these guys outside the grounds.

And finally, the Ik Kil cenote: It was very cool. A little crowded, but not too bad. We descended into the wide sinkhole and took turns jumping into the cool waters. They rent lockers there, have plenty of toilets and changing rooms, and kindly ask you to rinse off before jumping in, to preserve the water quality. Which is great, when you see how many tourists go through there every day. A fun, 45-minute stop, and a nice refreshing way to end a day under the hot Mexican sun.

Overall, a positive experience! Like I said, I would lose the Valladolid stop in favor of more time at Chichen Itza. Oh and the bus was very comfortable and our driver was professional. Everything on this tour was clean, safe and comfortable.

d
, Feb 2018

good family tour.


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