• Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 54.00 View price calendar

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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.

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
  • Experience personalized attention on this Viator Exclusive tour

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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. Arrive back at your Cancun hotel at approximately 3pm.

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Customer Reviews

doctorgrrl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

My teenagers were less than thrilled when I broke the news that we were getting picked up at 4am for this tour. By the end of the day, however, they were raving about how cool it was! We snoozed on the bus and were happy to get to the site before the crowds and the worst of the heat. Our guide, Marco, was outstanding. He provided fascinating insight into the history and architecture of the site we could have spent hours more touring with him! Our driver Jorge was excellent as well. This was an unforgettable outing, and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

cd1506

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

The early rising is definitely worth the effort. We were finishing our tour when the hordes arrived. We definitely had a superior experience, not only because of reduced numbers and increased opportunity to explore without jostling, but because we completely avoided the unbelievable heat of the day. Touring with a qualified Mayan ethnologist enhanced the experience immeasurably. Don't miss this chance - it was the highlight of my trip.

Andrea W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Another outstanding Viator tour. Our guide, Marco picked us up outside our hotel at 5am - let us sleep until about 6:30 (so take a neck pillow or a good book) and then proceeded to offer excellent education about the Mayans and our day. Super guide!!!! So interesting. It’s super hot, though so bring water! THere is a full service snack stand in the main entrance with coffee, smoothies, etc. Lunch is lacking tho and at the end, on the way back, so you’ll be hungry. Bring snacks. Great tour! There are an abundance of vendors that offer a huge variety of Mexican and Mayan souvenirs, so be prepared for that.

Audrey R United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was easily our favorite activity of our stay in Mexico! Carlos was our driver and did an amazing job! Marcos was our tour guide and was the highlight of this adventure. Marco is very knowledgeable on Chichén Itzá and and the culture that surrounds it. His passion and love for this culture is contagious. While it was a early pick up, it was so worth it! Make sure to pack breakfast, lunch is included and was delicious!

Margarita V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Marco , was both knowledgeable and passionate about the culture . The tour was totally worth the 5am pick up call , and I wouldn’t want another tour guide , but Marco . AmigosTours :) is great !!!!

JESSICA C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Take the early tour...we were picked up at 4:30a, but it was well worth the early wake up! Our tour guide was Marco and he was AWESOME!!!! The entire guided tour was great and worth every minute! I encourage people to go, go, go!

Madeline T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Marco was such an exceptional tour guide. His vast knowledge of Chichen Itza was evident in everything he shared with us. Highly recommend this tour. Early access is the best way to enjoy this wonder of the world. Plenty of time to explore on our own after Marco shared some amazing Mayan history with us. Chichen Itza is truly monumental and this tour is the way to go bc we were the first bus there to arrive. Marco and Antonio ( bus driver) were a great team.

Pamela H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The best tour we have ever taken!! Marco was the best , clean bus and great people. We were the very first bus there!

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I have been here 4 times with various family members. This was first time to do early entry. It costs a few bucks more. So worth it. We were the first bus in. Pictures had no one in them. You could stand back and take amazing pics without 200 people in the way. Plus you beat the heat (some)... the early entry is worth it .... i would not hesitate to do it again.

MELISSA A C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

So glad we chose the early access! We avoided the crowds and the heat by going early which made it very enjoyable! Frank was an excellent guide and Coronado did a fine job of driving us safely. The tour of the ruins was very impressive and memorable. After the tour, we stopped at a gift shop where we had a little time to shop as well as pick up our boxed lunches. I recommend taking some light snacks and water. Great tour and I would highly recommend to others!

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