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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.

Highlights

  • 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

kita28

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Tour guides were very informative. Awesome trip.

Liliana C K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It is a very interesting experience. History comes to you.
Everything went ok.

Andrea S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Enjoyed very much. Wished we could have stayed longer to wander around the additional sites and eat at the lovely restaurant. the box lunch provided was meager. It served better as a breakfast as we had to get picked up before there was time to eat. Suggest bringing an umbrella to provide some shade as it is very hot.

maryhoeger7725

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

our guide was Frank and our driver was Lucio. Frank was fantastic, very knowledgeable and made this visit very interesting. Going early was the way to go. Even though we had to get up so early, it was worth it. I would recommend this to anyone.

alexander r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic experience. I am so glad i chose this version if the tour. It starts early, you nap on the bus, and we got there literally first. By the time we left, there was swarms of people starting to show up. Marco, the guide, was spectacular, passionate, and organized.

stephen w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Thanks to the family that we met at the airport in Cancun for recommending Viator and the EARLY tour !We can't begin to tell you how privileged my wife and I were to have Marco Solis archaeologist and anthropologist as our tour guide on November 23,2016. It's apparent that he fell in love with Chiche'n Itza as a small boy and that love guided him through his life - on to College to seek his Master's degree and then share the wealth of knowledge he possesses in such a way that YOU feel his passion and want to learn more about the Mayan culture. He is truly a gem and this was one of our BEST tours in the many places that we've traveled around the world!! Be SURE and book the EARLY tour and hopefully you will have Marco as your guide request him IF you can!!

Shennan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour was amazing! Definitely take the early tour to get to the site before anyone else. Amigo tours was great, efficient and very knowledgable. Carlos and Marcos were great!

Kelly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Carlos and Frank were awesome. Carlos was such a great driver and Frank was extremely informative in his discussions of the Mayan culture and Chichen Itza. We were picked up shortly after 5am from our hotel in the Hotel Zone, and were allowed to sleep for the two hour drive. We arrived at Chichen Itza at opening and found ourselves admiring the ruins with no one else around. This is the BEST way to see Chichen Itza. Bring sunscreen -- it's hot, even in mid-November. Overall, an amazing tour.

KAB2942 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Rules:
1. Small backpacks only
2. They charge to bring video cameras in.
3. Phones, gopros, and professional cameras are allowed in at no additional cost. NO TRIPODS
4. They do sell food and drinks inside and outside the park.
Carlos the driver and Frank the tour guide were amazing. It is about 2.5 hours from Cancun to Chichen Itza. There are no bathrooms on the bus, but we did make a stop for restrooms about 30 mins in. Bring sunscreen, bug spray and comfortable shoes. You have the option of staying with the group or going on your own. I would recommend staying with the group because out guide was of Myan descent, and he knew a lot about Myan culture. The bag lunch was a sandwich, juice, banana, and granola bar. When we first got to the park Frank gave us 15 mins. to take photos before the crowds started arriving. Over 15,000 people come to Chichen Itza a day, so this is why early access is crucial because we got there before the crowds and the heat of the day. We were picked up at out hotel at 5:30 am and arrived back at 3:10 pm. Once we got to Chichen Itza we were divided into groups based on language. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour November 2016 to Chichen Itza was amazing. Our guide, Marco, was entertaining and very informative and he made our visit more than just a sightseeing event. During our bus ride, Marco presented some Mayan history and background of the site - in English and Spanish. While at Chichen Itza, his presentations were more than just explanations as he made each temple and building come alive with simple demonstrations.
We were picked up from our resort, north of Cancun proper, on time and the bus ride to Chichen Itza was comfortable.
The early access option beat the crowds and the heat. It was a good choice for us.
Wonderful time. Highly recommended.

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