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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

Daniel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Booked the day before we went. Picked us up from the hotel at 7am and we were back by 330pm. Comfortable bus, great tour guides, excellent trip!!

Joanne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great trip through Amigo Tours via Viator. Samuel and Marcus shared their knowledge and passion. We normally would book through the travel company but this trip was half the price and more than worth it. We would definitely use them again. Thank you for a wonderful experience and sharing the history of your country.

Michael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing place. Beautiful architecture. The guide was very knowledgable about the Mayan city and culture. I have long wanted to visit this site and your tour was just the ticket to experience the site and learn about Mayan culture.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an amazing trip to Chichen Itza. Our tour guide was Samuel. He was very funny and knowledgeable. He took the time during the trip to teach us about the Mayan civilization on our way there showing us many things that won't describe here so you can discover it on your own.
Samuel engaged people to participate but more importantly shows us a very interesting world total different from ours nowadays.
If you are the kind of person you don't like crowded places, this is the tour for you. My wife and I had plenty of time to go around by ourselves to take photos and buy souvenirs. There were only few groups that it felt we had the place only for us. We left around 12:15pm and by that time, the place was getting crowded but we were leaving.
We did not hit traffic on our there or back and we got back to the hotel at 2:30pm. We rested on the bus so we had plenty of time and energy to do more stuff during the day. We really liked it a lot. Very informational and convenient. We highly recommend this tour!

stephen l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very early morning tour and worth it being no crowds when we arrived.

On improvement side, driver for pick up was late and left but did NOT leave instructions on how to catch main bus for tour. We made it by calling main number. Instructions on voucher were incorrect on bus pick up location.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was arranged through Amigotours, with our English speaking Archaeologist Marco, he opened our minds to what the Mayan people had managed to achieve especially their mathematics and understanding of the universe especially the way the year was broken up into astrological events. Getting to the site early was definitely a bonus as it was so easy to move around and take in the sure scale of the ruins. My only criticisms on the tour, were we hadn't been informed that it was a 3 and a half hour drive to the site from Cancun, making it 7 hours on a coach. This was was further compounded by an additional half hour lay over in Puerto Cancun awaiting a feeder bus, which is something Amigo tours need to address to be a bit more slicker.

Neil W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Marco was an excellent guide. It was great to arrive so early and miss the crowds and heat.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great tour to beat the crowd. Bus pick us up at exactly 5:15 am at our hotel. We had to make a stop to pick up other people. Bus was clean and comfortable, slept going to Chichen itza and had a washroom stop in between. Our tour guide Frank was knowledgeable and funny. The tour was too hot we did some sight seeing on our own, and had one hr to grab lunch while waiting for the meeting time. Brown bag was given for sandwich, juice and banana, included in the tour. And cold bottle water were provided going back to the bus.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was brilliant. Would highly recommend. Frank was great - super knowledgeable and good sense of humour! Thanks also to our driver Jacinto! We were picked up at 5am from our resort, they let us sleep for the first hour or so and then for the second half of the bus journey we got lots of information and background about the Mayan people. It was really interesting.
We also got a lunch included - a sandwich, banana, juice box and snack bar.
Everything Frank said was true - we were one of the first tours to arrive, Chichen Itza wasn't hot, it was super super super hot, and when we left there were loads and loads of people arriving. The early access tour is definitely a great idea - and we're so glad we did it.
You can hire umbrellas to help protect from the sun. Make sure you take sun cream and wear loose clothing! It's a sweaty day! There is a cafe, a snack bar and a shop at the entrance to Chichen Itza, so you can buy stuff there. There's also lots of vendors there selling souvenirs.
Thank you so much Frank and Viator - we really enjoyed the trip, it was really interesting and would definitely recommend to others. Another Wonder of the World ticked off the bucket list! :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was amazing! The guide is very knowledgeable and interesting, and I wouldn and #39;t have done it any other way. We would have missed out on a lot of interesting facts about this incredible place without the guide. Overall, the tour is very affordable for what you get out of it. Definitely worth it

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