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Uncover the ancient mysteries of Chichen Itza on a day and night tour from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Sail past long lines at the sacred site with an archeologist guide, and then watch the sun set over the iconic pyramid of the park, sipping bottomless margaritas and feasting on Mexican tapas at a luxurious nearby resort. Afterward, enjoy a light and sound show and see the history of the Maya empire brought to life through color and music. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation plus access to Viator's hospitality suite is included in the tour.

Highlights

  • Viator VIP trip to Chichen Itza, Mayaland Resort and Be Maya Planetarium
  • Enter Chichen Itza through a private entrance without waiting in line
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert guide
  • View Chichen Itza’s observatory from Mayaland’s private terrace with tapas and unlimited margaritas
  • Watch the newly renovated light and sound show projected onto Kukulcán Pyramid
  • Tapas lunch, box dinner and round-trip hotel transportation from Cancun and Riviera Maya by Mercedes-Benz van included

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Lunch and Luxury Transport

Viator VIP: The Complete Chichen Itza Experience

After late-morning pickup from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel, sink into the soft seats of your luxurious Merceders-Benz minivan and enjoy the scenic 2.5-hour journey to Mayaland Resort. Venture within the highly acclaimed hotel to explore the fabulous facilities. If you want, you can access Viator's VIP on-site hospitality suite where you can relax after the tour.

Revitalized, immerse yourself in the ancient majesty of Chichen Itza; sail straight past the long lines and stroll through your own private entrance with your guide. Begin your tour at the iconic Kukulcán Pyramid, a colossal structure that boasts 365 steps representative of each day in the solar year. Imagine a thriving city of ancient Mayans as you wander amid ancient temples like the Temple of Warriors, gaining fascinating insight into an extinct empire. 

In the late afternoon, take a seat at your table on the private bar terrace of Mayaland Resort and taste delicious Mayan tapas. Sip margaritas made with zesty limes and tangy salt as you watch the sun set over the ancient structures of the park. Afterwards, visit the BE Maya Planetarium to learn about the secrets of the stars and space

Board a free shuttle and re-enter Chichen Itza to view the park from an alternative perspective. Take a seat for the light and sound show and watch dramatic lighting and advanced mapping projection techniques illuminate the 1,500-year-old Kukulcán Pyramid and offer insight in the turbulent history of the Mayan civilization. 

After the show concludes, return to your air-conditioned minivan and settle in for the journey back to Cancun or Riviera Maya. Enjoy a box dinner (select from either a steak-and-avocado baguette, chicken breast or vegetarian option) then sit back until you reach your destination.

Customer Reviews

Adam B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Maurice, our guide, was extremely informative, educational and a blast to hang out with on this tour! He was extremely accommodating and extremely helpful in explaining things! The tour itself was amazing especially the light show at the end. It and #39;s a long ride from our hotel in Cancun but worth it!

Michelle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I would recommend this tour to any adults visiting the Riviera Maya. It is a great value. You really do beat the crowds. The ride was smooth and relaxing. It leaves later than the other day tours, and routes you through a little town to an entrance not accessed by the other tours. The Mayaland Hotel grounds and the ruins are in a beautiful natural setting. Local vendors are set up along the main paths and the perimeter of the historic structures, away from the Mayaland Resort. Some of the merchandise was handcrafts I hadn't seen in Playa del Carmen, so if you like to bring home something special, I recommend bringing extra pesos, though there is not a lot of time to engage with the vendors if you want to keep up with our very knowledgeable tour guide. The walking tour ends around the time that the vendors are packing up. Tapas and drinks at the hotel were very good, with a beautiful sunset view over the silhouette of a distant ruin, but the food was delivered in small amounts. A wonderfully produced movie of the Mayan culture was presented in English at a small planetarium at the hotel, which was the perfectly prepared us for the light show, which was all in Spanish when we went, translating devices were not available yet. We were extremely fortunate to have had a cloudless sky with no moon for the light show. The day ended with a smooth and quiet ride home, and a box lunch which was nothing to write home about--but no complaints here, as we weren't there for the food. We arrived at our hotel just before midnight. It was a long, wonderful day, and it was truly the highlight of our stay in Mexico.

rabarbee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had pick-up from our hotel and then went to a different hotel to pick-up another family. Had it not been for this family, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the trip as much. They were Mexican but had moved to America over 40 years ago and were back visiting. They brought their granddaughter and my wife and I had such a blast getting to know them and enjoyed seeing the sights with them. My recommendation for future travelers - Eat right before you go - get something minimal during the provided lunch at the restaurant - and spend as much time in the ruins as possible. We felt like we spent a very large part of our day driving, waiting, eating, etc...and only had 1.5 hours to see the ruins. Our guide Mauricio and his driver Francisco were absolutely great. Our light show got rained out, but we still had a blast. This was probably the best excursion we've been on while traveling.

Mark M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Chicken Itza is a wonderful experience and if one is a visitor to Cancun, try to get there. Take the time. It is 4 hours round trip but try to see it. Just make sure that the tour group gives you the same directions of where to be picked up as the tour director.

Christopher Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an amazing experience.
Our driver and tour guide, Carlos, showed up at our resort in a new, luxury Mercedes car. The car was very comfortable and Carlos was very accommodating to our needs and comfort on the 3 hour drive to Chichen Itza from our resort. We had a lot of questions along the way in relation to Mexico, Chichen Itza, the Yucatan area, etc, and Carlos was very knowledgeable in all areas - patiently answering all questions.
Arriving at the beautiful Mayaland Hotel, which sits within the historical site of Chichen Itza, we had a wonderful lunch... the food was fantastic and the service was amazing. Make sure you try all 3 hot sauces when the waiter brings the starter of chips/guac and Pico De Gallo to your table.
After lunch, Carlos led us into the historical site from the grounds of the Mayaland Hotel, which bypasses the main entrance of Chichen Itza.
Again, Carlos demonstrated his knowledge of the Mayan civilization and the historical site by giving us insight into each structure within the city. We were then free to wander on our own until 4:30 when the site closes. We headed back to the Mayaland Hotel to sit on the terrace and watch the sunset over the observatory of Chichen Itza while enjoying our complimentary drinks and tapas. Again, excellent food and service.
At approximately 7:30, we headed back to the main entrance of Chichen Itza to view the light show at the Temple of Kukulcan. I was a little skeptical at first about a light show, however, it turned out to be a beautiful and sophisticated journey of light imagery and sound projected onto the pyramid.
After the show, time for the drive back to our resort with Carlos. All in all, an extremely wonderful and awe-inspiring day. Carlos made sure we made it there and back in style and was there to answer questions and give us a very informative tour. We will have many memories for years to come. Thanks so much! If you want to tour Chichen Itza, this VIP package is a must.

Darcy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The driver was great. He picked me and my wife up at our hotel, and drive us out to Chichen Itza. When we got there we met with Victor our tour guide. He then took up for lunch at the hotel on the site. The good and drink were great. The best part of the tour was Victor and his knowledge of the site. He was able to paint a picture of the site and came from first hand knowledge. He would tell you the site you were looking at, his theory of the site and what is currently believed. He would also tell you the condition the temple was found and and show pictures. He would then tell you what he believed it looked like at the time. It was so great

Arabella B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an amazing tour. Our guide, Carlos was charming and knowledgable and made sure we were happy and pampered at all times. So glad we decided to splash out and do this once in a lifetime trip properly. The hotel, next to the site is quite something and #39; Mayaland and #39; superb food and drink!

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We couldnt go my wife was unwell,l met the guide gave him the voucher and that was it.

Angela N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was on our last day in Cancun. It is rather a long trip but worth it. The driver was amazing, plenty of stops for bathrooms along the way. The food as great. We walked around the site, watched the sunset, the planetarium is great to go along to if you don't speak Spanish as the sound and light show at night follows the same kind of story. Go to the sound and light show, it is amazing. So well done. It is rather late when you get back to Cancun but worth it. The temple complex is really great.

Nigel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our guide Carlos Solis was amazing, he made the day very special. His knowledge of Chichen Itza was brilliant, we could not ask for a better day.

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