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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

Martha L F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Marco and Jacinto were awesome. Marco was very knowledgeable and explained everything very clearly. I would recommend this tour to everybody! Chichen Itza is an AMAZING place!!!

Alison A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing! Such a wonderful experience despite the early start. The air conditioned bus took us swiftly to the site during which Marcos, our brilliant guide from Amigo tours, explained the history and what we would see. We arrived around 9am and began our tour before the crowds and the heat arrived. After walking around as a group we had time to roam on our own before heading back to Cancun just as the crowds starting piling in! Fascinating site accompanied by lots of little stalls selling crafts. Would recommend taking an umbrella - not for the rain but as protection from the heat even in the early morning although you can hire them on arrival - and plenty of water. Brilliant tour and well worth getting up early.

Paula M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had such an amazing time and would highly recommend this trip for all visitors to Cancun. Our Guide- Marco, and our driver- Carlos, collected us on Wednesday morning last at 05.25hrs from our Hotel. They left us all in peace for about another hour until everyone woke up properly. Marco has a real passion for this tour and is a Fantastic Bi Lingual Guide. We all felt included and he increased our interest in Chichen Itza and the Mayan History with his super knowledge. We loved that we got to the site early so that we avoided the large lunchtime crowds and also the lunchtime heat! We had a really awesome time- and would highly suggest this tour!

Kade L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

So worthwhile! You get there before everyone else and when the day is much cooler. Right when we left the whole place was just swamped with people. I can't say enough about our tour guide Frank. He knew so much about these structures and was able to make Chichen Itza come alive.You could tell how passionate he was about Mayan history. I would definitely recommend visiting Chichen Itza through Amigo Tours!

Brittany R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was AMAZING! Our guide was FANTASTIC! So interesting and knowledgable. He was even helpful with picking out meaningful souviners.

dinesh_nalaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Best excursion
We were 9 people and stayed in Akumal, GS Mayan Beach away from all other resorts.
Our pickup was at 4.20 am., Transfer van came on the dot 4.20am and there were several pickups on the way, only one pickup didnt go well but the driver was very patient and waited for the 3 female passenger to get ready and get on the van.
Transfer to the coach was done in reasonable time due to the hickup. When boarding the coach we were handed a box lunch.
Our Guide was Mario he was AMAZING! So knowledgeable and shared his own thoughts experience about Mayan culture and answer all questions,

the early access was the Best decision with Viators.

Mario explained extremely well and showed every angel of the Bull court/games, sound travel distance directions, main pyramid, important tablet markings, Vinus pyramid, sacrifice tables/pyramid and relations to modern world.and many more. Thank you Mario
We recommend Viators and Amigo travels for any one.
Tips.
Call Amigo travels to confirm pickup time
Be ready to board the pickup van Dont make other wait for you.
Take plenty of water, Hats, snacks, Sunglasses, Camera Video Cam, sunscreen.
Most importantly proper working shoes.
Before entrance go to the washrooms, on your way back you will have a mile long lineup.
Finally Purchase the Mayan calendar through the tour operators and help the Mayan community.

We will use Viators again with out hesitation.

Gia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This experience was everything. I highly recommend you go on this excursion to get to experience Mexico's historical culture first hand.

Jerry T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful time during this tour. We had great service from our tour guide Frank and bus driver Ramon. I would recommend this tour.

lars

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a BLAST of a tour! Pickup worked smoothly and on-time, transferring to a bigger tour-bus. First hour the whole bus was quite quiet - everybody sleeping. Last hour or so before arriving, the guide Frank gave a thorough presentation on the Mayan history, also setting the scene for what we were about to see.
During the actual visit, Frank once again proved to be a VERY competent guide, knowing his history. Amazing trip - ending around noon - back to a chilled bus, beating all the usual tour-bus lines arriving late. A DEFINITE must see when in Cancun - and definitely go for this tour!

juliojjansen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a place!! My only regret was not buying the tour that included Valladolid. Will do it next time!! I'll definitely recommend this tour.

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