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Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Your exclusive, direct admission ticket lets you enter the archaeological site the first ones of the day —so you can explore in cooler temperatures without the crowds. Plus, you’ll visit the colonial city of Valladolid, enjoy a buffet lunch, and swim in Cenote. Enhance your experience of one of the New7Wonders of the World with this unique access tour of Chichen Itza, available only on Viator and Tripadvisor.
  • Be the first group of the day at Chichen Itza with this exclusive direct access tour
  • Early morning entry to the world wonder means you’ll beat the heat and the crowds
  • Enjoy a mix of guided sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace
  • Recover energy and taste the Mexican food with the buffet lunch included
  • Enjoy free time swimming inside a cenote after the tour of Valladolid

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See and gain more insight than most visitors with a private guide and unique direct entry.

What's Included

  • Direct Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza
  • Hotel pick up
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Toll Road
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Professional Guide (English only)
  • Entrance to Cenote
  • Chichen Itza tax ($31) per person
  • Life Vest at Cenote
  • Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

The pick ups will start approximately at 4am. The exact pick up place and time will be confirmed the day before the tour

What To Expect

Travel to Chichen Itza for early direct 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.

Purchase your ticket and head inside through a direct entry to learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between AD 600 and 1200 from your expert guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages and a center of worship for the Mayan people, which 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.

Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet with vegetarian options, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city and finish your day swimming in a sacred cenote.

Cancun

Ride from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
  • Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee depending on the device and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
  • Please note that all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax fee.
  • We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The visit be only in English
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Do I need to bring my confirmation / ticket?

A:Please bring your ID and your voucher (printed or digital).

Dec 2020

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips


It is very hot there so make sure to bring water.
It is absolutely advantageous to get up early and get into the door early.
Definitely worth it to get there early before the heat sets in and crowds arrive.
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A great experience!
payeu4, Sep 2022
Our guide Frank (last name) and driver Luna were very friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed all that I learned and saw. We were gone all day, well with the price paid!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear payeu4, Frank will be pleased to receive your feedback, thank you so much for being part of this trip. Mariana, Amigo tours
Marco is the man!
Carla_G, Sep 2022
The 4am pick up was rough but it was definitely worth it! Marco was attentive, entertaining, and knowledgeable, and made sure everyone on the tour had a great time. Highly recommend this 5am tour… get in before it’s too hot and too crowded because by the time we were leaving every place was packed with people! Thank you Marco!!!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hi Carla! we are delighted to read you had an awesome time with our team, hope to see you soon on another tour with us! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Massively recommended
Jay_W, Sep 2022
The early start to this tour was a winner. First at Chichen Itza, and food, and cenote was much quieter than it gets later in the day. Super tour guide, Frank, full of interesting facts, done in a fun way and driver Luna, that had us snoozing on the comfy 2hour drive. A day full of experiences we won't forget and home to our resort by 5pm to enjoy the rest of the day. Perfect.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Jay; We have no words to express our joy to know that this was a perfect experience for you, thank you for your comments. Mariana, Amigo tours
Amazing!
Aurora_K, Oct 2022
Marco and Rodrigo were absolutely fantastic hosts and the whole trip went absolutely seamlessly. This trip was fantastic value for money and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in going to Chichen Itza. The early morning was completely worth it as we were the first group to arrive at both Chichen Itza as well as the cenote
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Aurora_K, we are so happy to know you had an amazing time with our dear partners, hope to see you again soon! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Amigo Tours are liars- STAY AWAY
Jesslyn_P, Sep 2022
I paid for a Chichen Itza tour for two. On the day that we were supposed to meet the transportation service, it stated that we had to meet them at 4:10 AM and that they will wait an additional 5 minutes before they pulled off. My husband and I arrived at the meet up spot at the front of the hotel at 4:10 AM and watched the driver pull off and drive away. I couldn’t get ahold of an Amigo Tour representative so I had to go through a Viator representative. They contacted Amigo Tours and forwarded me what they said. Amigo Tours told two lies. The first lie they said they waited until 4:15 AM before pulling off. Another email from Amigo Tours said they waited until 6:16 AM for us. Mind you the tour is supposed to start at 7AM at a location that is two hours away. Why would they wait until 6:15 AM for us? I had a very unsavory experience with Amigo Tours and I would advise caution when dealing with these liars!
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We had a wonderful time...
PILAR_P, Sep 2022
We had a wonderful time Frank was a great guide he explained bits of Mayan history. Rodrgo the guide for Chichen Itza was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Ephraim the tour driver was very skilled in Maneuvering the bus on tight turns. Very rewarding experience. We will go with Amigo Tours again !! Excellent crew!!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear PILAR_P, we are very glad to know you had a wonderful time with our whole team, we hope to see you again soon! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Best your in Cancun
Priya_R, Sep 2022
Pick up instructions was very clear. Our tour guide explained very well. Lunch provided was also good.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Priya_R, we are delighted to know you had a great time, thank you for taking your time and leaving your review, we hope to see you again soon! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Chicken itza is worth to...
chin_S, Sep 2022
Chicken itza is worth to visit even the trip started early as 4:30am. Marco the guide is very good and experience. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear chin_S, Marco will be pleased to know you had a great experience, we hope to see you once again! Mariana, Amigo tours
Tour adventure
Sherry_N, Oct 2022
Marco and Efrain were great. The buffet could have been better. It was cold and not very good in taste. The drinks were great.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Sherry, we are very glad to know you had a great day with us, thank you for sharing your review, we will take it into account for the next tour, have an excellent day Ivana, Amigo Tours
Amazing experience
Ailin_G, Sep 2022
This was an amazing trip! We wanted to be in the chichen itza in the morning, and this trip makes this happen. Our pickup time is 4:05am and the bus is quite on time, so we were able to be the first group go into the park. It’s so worthwhile.The tour guide Rodrigo is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He is the best guide we ever had. He also instructed us how to get the best ins photo of it. The saamal cenote is also impressive.Our tour guide Frank and driver Luna are amazing as well. They made the tour fun and organized. I really appreciate booked this tour over others.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Ailin, we are very happy to know you had an amazing experience with our dear team, sure they were delighted to join you in your adventure, we will waiting for you! Ivana, Amigo Tours
One of a kind
Umid_Y, Sep 2022
Everything was great about this tour. I especially liked that we were taken into for the back entrance (which is actually an exit) whereas everyone else was waiting in line! My family couldn’t be happier.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Amig@, we are delighted to know you had a wonderful time with our team, we will be waiting to seeing you again on another tour! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Couple of Mayans guiding us through Chichen Itza, doesn't get better than this
Argha_D, Sep 2022
Chichen itza is a Mayan Ruin and who better to guide us through this than couple of passionate Mayan's themselves. Frank our tour guide who was Mayan himself was extremely hardworking and passionate (we could see that by the way he explained things), he gave us ton of information and fun facts about the Mayan civilization which helped us understand and appreciate the place we were going to visit much more. Rodrigo another passionate Mayan was our guide at Chichen Itza, he just blew our minds with all amazing fun facts and practical examples which we were all backed up by photographic evidence and proof. This tour is a super early access tour to the Chichen Itza (5 am pick up) seems crazy at first but it all makes sense when we see all the benefits. We literally beat all the traffic, all the long lines and the crazy heat. It was as smooth as it can get. I wouldn't do it any other way. All in all this was one of the best guided tour experience which we had, this tour is definitely recommend and a must do
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Amig@, we are really happy to know you had a great time and enjoyed the tour with our dear partners, we will be looking forward to seeing you again! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Excellent !
nora6763, Oct 2022
Chichén Itzá was my favorite part of the trip. Our guide Marco is very knowledgeable of the Mayan History . Found it very interesting. He is very pleasant and funny. Pick up was very early but us was worth it. We were the first group to get in and not only avoided the big crowds but the heat. Got to swim in the Cenote really enjoyed it. Thank you Marcos!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear nora6763, we are very happy to know you had an amazing time with us, hope to see you again soon! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Scam
Sherri_K, Sep 2022
My ticket said 5:00 a.m. pickup got down to the lobby at 4:45 and was told that my driver left at 4:25 a.m. and he will not come back and I cannot have my money back. I will never tell anyone to book from your company. And do not pay for the $46 tour because you will eventually get there and have to pay a lot more. book from your resort
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Sherri; We are sorry about this situation; unfortunately, the pick up time was sent one day before your tour through this platform. We deeply regret that you did not notice the reminder. Mariana, Amigo tours
1000% with it! Marco is awesome
Samantha_Z, Sep 2022
This was an awesome trip! Do not let the early pick up time deter you. It is totally worth it to be at all the stops early! Marco was our tour guide and Efraín was our driver. They were both very kind and attentive. Marco was absolutely awesome! Hands down the best tour guide ever. He was extremely knowledgeable and made everything so fun. The other tours looked jealous of our group!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Samantha, we are thrilled to know our team went above and beyond to make your tour fun and informative, we hope to have you back soon! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Fantastic day
Serena_H, Sep 2022
What an amazing day, everything was made so good by Marco and Rodrigo. They were the best guides, so informative and friendly. The guided tour of chitzen itza was amazing, learnt so much about the Mayan culture and people. The meal at the hacienda was really good, I tried a tiny bit of the chillie sauce, wow that stuff is hot. And oh wow the cenote was just out of this world. Marco was always at hand to answer any questions, the same at the temple with both him and Rodrigo, always happy to answer any questions. I will definitely do this trip again when I come back to mexico
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Serena, we are delighted to read you and to know you had an amazing time with us, we will waiting for you! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Wowowowow- Rodrigo and Daniel are the best!
k4hwyz8nbm, Oct 2022
I loved the trip! I would have given it 5 stars but they forgot to pick me up the day before and charged me $40 usd to reschedule. That was very annoying and an inconvenience but it definitely made up for it during the tour. My guide throughout was Daniel. He was very informative and has lots of information to provide while on the 2hr bus ride and throughout our stops. Rodrigo was our tour guide at Chichen itza. We loved him so much we are considering hiring him for a private tour to show us more about the culture. He grew up there and is very well educated and has a great personality and photography skills. Rodrigo alone is 5 stars. We will definitely come back and return back to him. Also, someone in our group lost their phone in the cenote and it was great that people were able to dive 200ft to recover it. I appreciated the care for their customers. I definitely recommend them but make sure to have ample pictures for when you arrive. They claimed to have proof of showing up but neither us or the hotel staff saw the bus while we stood outside at 4:40am after landing in Cancun at 10pm.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear k4hwyz8nbm, once again we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience with your pick-up, but we are really happy to know that our partners Rodrigo and Daniel made your tour amazing! Hope to see you again soon! Ivana, Amigo Tours
Best Tour ever! ...
Samlaree_B, Sep 2022
Best Tour ever! Punctual with their timing and an amazing tour guide I learned so much, the food was delicious, and the cenote swim was breath taking 10/10
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Sam; Thank you so much for letting us know your opinion, it is truly important to us. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again. Mariana, Amigo tours
Great Experience Chichén Itzá
Erica_G, Sep 2022
Great experience our family will book again. Rodrigo and Frank are very knowledgeable and grew up in the area they know the history, we learned a lot. Javier was our driver and got us to and from our destination safely.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Erica_G, we are delighted to know you enjoyed your tour with us, hope to see you again some day! Ivana, Amigo Tours
The best tour! Marco and Rodrigo are awesome!
Carlos_C, Sep 2022
If you want to beat the heat and large crowds this is it!!!! I am a morning person so getting up at 4-5am was a breeze. Yes, pick up is extremely early but so worth it! Please know what you’re getting yourself into with the early booking if you’re a night owl or just came back from the club that morning. We were first to every site and it was phenomenal! I got so many photos without random people in the background and the Centoe was empty when we arrived!!!! I had 30 minutes of solid swimming time before the rush came. The large amount of people we saw after wrapping each site was crazy. They definitely looked irritated and the heat only made it worse lol. I’m so glad this tour offers an early option. It was a breeze getting through and WE DIDNT WAIT AT ALL!!!! Our guides Rodrigo and Marco are the best! They are fun, charismatic people who’ve known each other for a very long time! They made sure we were well taken care of and gave us the best insight of the temple grounds as they are locals of the area. Also, Lil John the bus driver was solid! He got us there quick and the ride was smooth. 10/10 would recommend!!!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Carlos; we love to hear that you enjoyed this adventure! Thank you so much for joining us. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you once again. Mariana, Amigo tours
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