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Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.


  • Early access Chichen Itza tour with a private archeologist
  • Beat the crowds with an early morning visit to Chichen Itza
  • Gain essential background information by touring with a private archeologist
  • Visit parts of the UNESCO World Heritage site that other tourists don't see
  • Enjoy a box lunch and round-trip transportation
  • Experience personalized attention on this Viator Exclusive tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Tour Chichen Itza in the early morning, when the site is less crowded, and gain essential historical and cultural background by visiting with a private archeologist. Hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees and box lunch are included, making this a great trip for families

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archeologist

Explore the archaeological site of Chichen Itza

After morning pickup from your Cancun hotel, travel to Chichen Itza for early access to the ruins. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site before most of the crowds arrive, allowing up-close access and a more tranquil experience. 

Learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between 600 and 1200 AD from your private archeologist guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages, center of worship for the Mayan people and is still considered sacred today. 

Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, which enjoys a special trick of the light during the spring and fall equinoxes. View the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. Hear about the meaning of the staircases, stone carvings, platforms, pyramids and ball courts according to the mythology and cosmology of the ancient Mayan people. 

Board your vehicle for transportation back to hotel, enjoying a provided box lunch on the way. Arrive back at your Cancun hotel at approximately 3pm.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is an early start but well worth doing as the hoards of people entering when we were leaving was over whelming! Once we arrived, it felt like we had the place to ourselves and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Please be warned...the humidity was overwhelming!!! you'll sweat the moment you leave the air conditioned coach so carry plenty of water and wear light clothing and hats.

Kevin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Worth it to get up early and beat the crowds to the site. Our guide Marco from Amigo Tours was excellent and gave us great explanations of the inscriptions, carving, and construction. Box lunch a little disappointing, but who cares? It was a great day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an amazing opportunity and I was delighted I was able to learn so much about the Mayan culture I may have never had the chance to learn without this tour. Frank was so passionate about the Mayan culture and took time to listen to everyone's questions and share his knowledge with everyone interested in learning more about the Mayan culture. His enthusiasm and appreciation of the Mayan culture was infectious and I walked away pleased with being about to see something so monumental to this world and have more knowledge about the people who graced the world with it.

Kathryn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really worth getting up early, beat the crowds and the heat and back to relax around 3pm at hotel. Marco was a great tour leader, with lots of Mayan information. This site you need a tour leader to give the information on the site. Would not have enjoyed just looking at the ruins, the information was amazing. The Mayans were so clever people.

Samiha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Marco is an excellent tour guide who has an in-depth knowledge of the Mayan history and culture. He will explain every symbol and history related to Chichen Itza very thoroughly. He and #39;s very passionate at what he does and is very sincere. The tour also picks you up from your hotel.

Jeannette K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour! Very educational and a bit entertaining. Carlos was a courteous and careful driver Marco was thoroughly knowledgeable about the site, with a bit of humor added. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

Billy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If you are looking to do more in Mexico, this is the tour you want to join. This is a early access tour which means you will be done and back to the hotel by 3:00pm. It is must must less crowded in the morning and you will still have rest of the day to do other activities. We hopped on the Jungle Tour right after, LOL. Our guide Marco was great and I learned Mayan history much from him than Mr Tsoukalos. His perspective on why Mayan abandoned their cities was different than many and was interesting. If you do book this tour, ask for Marco for sure.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

1. I love how simple booking is via Viator. All the info you need is directly on your receipt/ticket. We have used them before for trips to the UK and Europe.

Marco the guide Carlos the Driver I give them a thumbs up
2. Our tour guide Marco was unbelievably knowledgeable in the Mayan culture and in the ruins of Chichen Itza. During the first hour of our drive he let us nap, the second hour he explained the Mayan culture, language and history. I was so enthralled by the information and his passion on the subject matter that I took notes on my phone. I didn't want to miss out on anything he was sharing with us. One of the best parts of this tour is that we beat the crowds. It felt like we had the grounds all to our selves. Once we arrived they broke us up into two groups an English tour and a Spanish tour. Luckily for us Marco led the English group, but we would have gone along with him if he had led the Spanish group. He was very humble, it wasn't until the very end that he explained the reason behind what we perceived to be solely passion. Not only is he passionate on the subject he is well educated with a Masters in the field. He was very detailed with what he shared. One would assume that doing this type of work day in and day out they would lose interest and passion. Not so with Marco. Marco gladly answered any and all questions we had. I found him so interesting that I would have loved to hear more of what he had to share.

If you're on the fence on which tour to take, take this one. You won't be disappointed.

3. The only negative comment I have is when we booked our hotel pickup the day before the tour from our hotel we were told we would be picked up at 5:00 am. I asked if that was the latest we could be picked up and the lady said yes. Pickup will be at 5:00 am. We woke up at 4 to be ready for pickup in the lobby by 5, but we didn't get picked up until after 6am : But we did not let this minor hiccup ruin our experience.

Mary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good tour! Early access is the best way,beat the tour bus crowds. Our tour guide,Marco was very knowledgeable.

Deborah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


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