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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

Samar J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enjoyed the tour. Early Morning the site is beautiful, not as hot, and busy. Frank our tour guide kept us well informed,while allowing enough time to walk around and take photos.

Laken G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Carlos and Marcos were AMAZING! So knowledgeable and shared his own thoughts about things, but let you still form your own opinions. The early access was EXCELLENT since it got to be so hot, even in the early morning when we arrived. It was worth it to get there early and get pictures before a lot of other people were there. It was super hot! When they suggest renting an umbrella, I would definitely take them up on it. Buy water at the store before you go out into the tour it is worth it. The market was fun to walk around and buy things and you can haggle with the vendors for cheaper prices.

Brent G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

So happy that we went on the early access to Chichen Itza. Everything about it was perfect. Frank, our guide, was very knowledgeable and thorough. I highly recommend this tour.

Cristina U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Such a breathtaking place, great tour!

Denean R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

They were not lying when they said EARLY access....at first i grumbled at the 5am pick up....but OMG it was WELL WORTH IT!!!! the information and history behind this place is amazing!!! i didnt really know what to expect when i booked this tour and i am blown away!!! i will recommend this to ANYONE wanting to visit chichen itza. You get there before the crowds and the sun ..omg the sun!!! please walk with sun screen! if you book any other tour and a later time i think the crowd may have ben discouraging as well as it would only get hotter!!

Tina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Frank was great telling about the history, he gave us time to take photos and explore on our on as well. The driver was safe. It was definitely better to go in the morning when it was cooler and not a lot of people. Wish we could have still climbed the temple and gone inside, but Frank did show us some pictures of the inside. Take this trip, it was less time spent wasted, and cheaper than what our resort was offering!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was amazing! Well worth getting up early, avoiding the crowds and the HEAT!! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the ruins.

Carrie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Carlos our driver was on time, safe and very helpful with questions. Marcos our tour guide was amazing! He very knowledgable and took his time answering questions. He showed a genuine passion and appreciation for the Mayan culture. Our 4 children were engaged and learned so much! Perfect!

Paulo D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Marco Antonio was AWESOME. I wish I would have recorded the whole thing bc it was so detailed and well explained. Definitely want to return. Take umbrella, fan, and sunblock- it and #39;s HOTTT. Also, soak it in- less pics more observations. Really amazing place.

Matthew A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Frank was a perfect tour guide. He did a good job of explaining Mayan religion and how the temple complex was used to perform various rituals. Early access is the only way to go. There was hardly anyone there. When the tour was over the place was crawling with other tourists and trinket venders.

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