This is an early start but well worth doing as the hoards of people entering when we were leaving was over whelming! Once we arrived, it felt like we had the place to ourselves and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Please be warned...the humidity was overwhelming!!! you'll sweat the moment you leave the air conditioned coach so carry plenty of water and wear light clothing and hats.
Worth it to get up early and beat the crowds to the site. Our guide Marco from Amigo Tours was excellent and gave us great explanations of the inscriptions, carving, and construction. Box lunch a little disappointing, but who cares? It was a great day!
This was an amazing opportunity and I was delighted I was able to learn so much about the Mayan culture I may have never had the chance to learn without this tour. Frank was so passionate about the Mayan culture and took time to listen to everyone's questions and share his knowledge with everyone interested in learning more about the Mayan culture. His enthusiasm and appreciation of the Mayan culture was infectious and I walked away pleased with being about to see something so monumental to this world and have more knowledge about the people who graced the world with it.
Really worth getting up early, beat the crowds and the heat and back to relax around 3pm at hotel. Marco was a great tour leader, with lots of Mayan information. This site you need a tour leader to give the information on the site. Would not have enjoyed just looking at the ruins, the information was amazing. The Mayans were so clever people.
Marco is an excellent tour guide who has an in-depth knowledge of the Mayan history and culture. He will explain every symbol and history related to Chichen Itza very thoroughly. He and #39;s very passionate at what he does and is very sincere. The tour also picks you up from your hotel.
This was a great tour! Very educational and a bit entertaining. Carlos was a courteous and careful driver Marco was thoroughly knowledgeable about the site, with a bit of humor added. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
If you are looking to do more in Mexico, this is the tour you want to join. This is a early access tour which means you will be done and back to the hotel by 3:00pm. It is must must less crowded in the morning and you will still have rest of the day to do other activities. We hopped on the Jungle Tour right after, LOL. Our guide Marco was great and I learned Mayan history much from him than Mr Tsoukalos. His perspective on why Mayan abandoned their cities was different than many and was interesting. If you do book this tour, ask for Marco for sure.
1. I love how simple booking is via Viator. All the info you need is directly on your receipt/ticket. We have used them before for trips to the UK and Europe.
Marco the guide Carlos the Driver I give them a thumbs up
2. Our tour guide Marco was unbelievably knowledgeable in the Mayan culture and in the ruins of Chichen Itza. During the first hour of our drive he let us nap, the second hour he explained the Mayan culture, language and history. I was so enthralled by the information and his passion on the subject matter that I took notes on my phone. I didn't want to miss out on anything he was sharing with us. One of the best parts of this tour is that we beat the crowds. It felt like we had the grounds all to our selves. Once we arrived they broke us up into two groups an English tour and a Spanish tour. Luckily for us Marco led the English group, but we would have gone along with him if he had led the Spanish group. He was very humble, it wasn't until the very end that he explained the reason behind what we perceived to be solely passion. Not only is he passionate on the subject he is well educated with a Masters in the field. He was very detailed with what he shared. One would assume that doing this type of work day in and day out they would lose interest and passion. Not so with Marco. Marco gladly answered any and all questions we had. I found him so interesting that I would have loved to hear more of what he had to share.
If you're on the fence on which tour to take, take this one. You won't be disappointed.
3. The only negative comment I have is when we booked our hotel pickup the day before the tour from our hotel we were told we would be picked up at 5:00 am. I asked if that was the latest we could be picked up and the lady said yes. Pickup will be at 5:00 am. We woke up at 4 to be ready for pickup in the lobby by 5, but we didn't get picked up until after 6am : But we did not let this minor hiccup ruin our experience.
Very good tour! Early access is the best way,beat the tour bus crowds. Our tour guide,Marco was very knowledgeable.
I visited Chichen Itza last week and would highly recommend the trip to anyone on holiday in the region. We opted for the early trip 5:15am pickup but this was definitely the right move because when we arrived at Chichen Itza it was very quiet but when we were leaving just before midday it was packed full of tourists - we also avoided some of the extreme heat! We were driven by Ramon and our tour guide was Marco - both were great! Marco was an excellent guide - his English was flawless, he was very knowledgeable about Chichen Itza he said he's been taking tours there for 21 years and he made the day a lot of fun - we really enjoyed the day!
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
This was AMAZING! Our guide was FANTASTIC! So interesting and knowledgable. He was even helpful with picking out meaningful souviners.
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.
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.
This experience was everything. I highly recommend you go on this excursion to get to experience Mexico's historical culture first hand.
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.
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!
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.
Great way of viewing Chicken Itza. It was a pretty big group which meant that we were as efficient in terms of actually entering the sight as I could have hoped for, but we still got there before most of the tourist busses and before it gets really got. The lunch is more of a breakfast sandwich as most people of the bus havent had breakfast, but you can buy lunch at the site! Really enjoyed it and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable!
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.
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.
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.
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