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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. 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 archaeologist. 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 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, enjoying a provided box lunch on the way. Arrive back at your Cancun hotel at approximately 3pm.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great to get there before the crowds, Frank the guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative.

Louise A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Really enjoyed this tour, worth going with these guys, they did their best to avoid the crowd and were very informative. The female archaeologist was very good, I think her name was Elda, can't remember exactly. Also the gentleman with the long hair in a ponytail, can't remember his name, but he looked after us so well. Sorry I can't remember their names, but fully recommend this tour.

Joree R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The whole day was fantastic! From a timely pick up at 5:30am, to a comfortable bus, a friendly bus driver, and a wonderful tour guide - Marco - the day was great! Marco was super knowledgeable and passionate about the Mayan civilization and his love of his work heightened our experience. I highly recommend this tour! I also highly recommend doing the early pick up - we actually have a photo of us with not one person in the background in front of the big temple!! By the time we left, it was super crowded, not to mention really hot.

Bruce L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This trip to Chichen Itza was fantastic and made all the better by our guide, Marco!! Marco was very knowledgeable of the site and his lectures on the site were fascinating and thought provoking. Amazingly, Marco switched from English to Spanish without breaking stride and repeated everything in both languages. He was so good that when he told us he had more to tell but was beyond the time for us to wander by ourselves, no one in the group wanted him to stop sharing his knowledge. For the site itself, pictures do not do it justice and even after all the research I had done before going, I was surprised by all the cool things that aren't described or mention in the literature. You have to see it to fully appreciate!

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a fantastic excursion. The whole family loved it. Marco the tour guide really brought to life the ancient Mayan civilisation and their incredible feats of engineering were. We also liked the fact that we arrived early no big queues and we were back at the hotel early afternoon. Go ahead and book it - you will not be disappointed!

Jessica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was an amazing tour. My mom and I were so glad we took the early tour even though it was so hard to get up at 4:15am but it was totally worth it. Carlos the driver and Marco the tour guide were so great. Marco knows his stuff and he is funny too.

Stephanie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing tour! Super early start, but you can get a couple of hours sleep on the bus and worth it to beat the crowds and the heat. Frank was a excellent guide and we all learned so much about Mayan culture and beliefs - I would have missed out on so much going by myself. Take your own lunch though...

Penny B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A great tour at a great price with a great guide... Frank. Superrrrr Frank. He really did make the tour interesting. Highly recommend. Thanks.

Manish Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Everything was great. The tour bus picked us up on time and provided great tour around the facility. I would recommend them for sure.

Neilsnz New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Best tour ever. Our guide Marco was interesting and knowledgable. The buses were in good order and driving great. At first you think a 5'am start is crazy, but it is so worth it. We saw Chichen Itza with limited numbers of people around. On leaving, the line of buses waiting to get in was over a mile long. Great tour, best I have booked on Viator!

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