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Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist 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 archaeologist. 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 Archaeologist

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 archaeologist 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, 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

Andree P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was so informative! Marco does an amazing and it was SO nice to be there before the crowds. Our pictures were fantastic and there was no one in them!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Words can't express how amazing this tour was. The early access was great because it's not too hot and there aren't too many people there yet. Our guide was Frank and he was fantastic! He taught us so much and was so entertaining, loved his jokes. Our driver Ramon was awesome as well. The ride to and from Chichen Itza was smooth and Ramon is a super star because you leave before the sun rises. This was on the top list of my places to visit while in cancun and it did not disappoint. There is so much history here and the Mayan's are so incredibly. You'll learn all about the math that went into the construction of this. I highly recommend this tour and loved every second of it. Also they gave us cold water when we were getting back on the bus to leave! On the way there they make a bathroom stop where you can buy snacks or a breakfast so that was nice also. Love this trip!

Paula P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent tour, and so worth getting up early to beat the heat and the crowds! Our tour guide was Marco and our driver was Ramon, both very friendly and professional. Marco was extremely knowledgeable so we really got a lot out of this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour. We have teenage boys. They enjoyed it too. It's a super early pick-up, but I can't imagine going on this tour any later in the day. We left the ruins before lunch, in November, and it was already getting super hot outside. If you want a day away from the beach, this is a good way to spend it. We were picked up at the Westin Lagunamar - easy. Some reviews said we could bring our camera. So, I lugged the big bag with us, and our guide said no cameras allowed. I had to leave it on the bus. Once in the park, everyone used their cell phone cameras anyway. The lunch was a minimal bag sandwich, etc. On the way up, our regular coach bus stopped at a 7-11 type store for snacks and a bathroom. There was also a large tourist-y snack bar in the park. Get comfortable with the fact that it's a few hours to get to Chichen Itza, a few hours to do the actual tour, and then a few more hours to drive back to the Cancun strip. Worth it!

Nicholas K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Marco, the Private Archaeologist was everything we hoped for and more. Marco was not only highly knowledgeable, but he share that knowledge in an effective, meaningful and interesting manner. His English and Spanish was impeccable, and his ability to switch between the two languages mid sentence was impressive. Marco added the context that the site deserves and without his guidance we would have missed the essence of this great site.
Early access to the site also was a big benefit as there were hardly any people there. By the time the tour was over the real crowds were coming in.
Overall a real highlight.

Terry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very good tour and knowledgeable guide

Eddy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Absolutely spectacular ! Tour of a life time. We read many reviews and a common theme was to take the early trip to beat the heat and the crowd and they are right! The early trip is worth getting up for. If you can do it twice, take the guided tour one day and then go back another day just to roam around on your own. The meal is a meager snack so take something of your own to eat. If it's your lucky day you will get Super Frank as your guide. If you have the option to pick a guide you better pick Super Frank because of his knowledge of his Mayan culture. Can't say enough good things about this tour.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Super Frank was a great guide! Elisar was a wonderful driver who got us there and back safely.

This tour leaves early but we were the first bus there and employees were still shuffling in. This allowed unobstructed views and photos of the sites.

The included box lunch is for breakfast on the road.

Adolfo R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Highly Recommend the Early AM tour. Marco, Cesar,and Mario did a fabulous job providing safe travel as well as a very informative tour. Be sure to dress comfortable. Bring sun screen,a hat, sun glasses and Mexican currency to buy souvenirs from the many vendors through out the park.

Sonja S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The bus was more than punctual and picked me up at 5.10 am, it was really modern and with a/c. After picking up the others we stopped one more time and then went to Chichen Itza.
Frank, our guide, was just awesome! Really helpful, attentive and so nice! After we could sleep a little bit he gave us some information about the Maya, Chichen Itza etc. When we arrived we were one of the first visitors, which was great. Frank led the english-speaking tour and was great! He is so passionate and loves what he does and what he believes in (he and #39;s a descendent of the Maya, which makes it even more interesting). He recommended us a mayan calendar of a date we want (birthday or something else). I did so and it and #39;s a really original souvenir from Mexico!
The tour took 1,50 hours and was not boring at all! Everything was explained very well and you could feel how the Maya must have lived. That and #39;s maybe because Frank really enjoyed telling us more about the lives of the Maya. And you could feel it!
After the tour we had spare time (1,50 hours) and then went back to Cancún. This was good because it was starting to get really hot and crowded! The lunch is really okay and at the end we even got a bottle of water.

The tour was just amazing, and Frank and Oscar, our driver, were awesome! I would absolutely recommend this tour if you want to see Chichen Itza avoiding the crowds and the heat. With this tour you get to know the mayan culture but still have some free time by returning to your hotel in the afternoon (I got home at 3 pm, perfect!).

Thank you so so much, Frank and Oscar!

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