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The UNESCO World Heritage site of Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most visited destinations. This early morning tour gets you to the ancient capital of the Maya empire before the crowds pour in. Experience in tranquility the Kukulkan Pyramid, the sacred cenote, the ball court, and learn about these archaeological wonders from a knowledgeable guide. This full-day tour includes lunch and hotel transport from Merida.


  • Early access tour of Chichen Itza from Merida
  • Miss the crowds with an early morning visit to Chichen Itza
  • Gain insight into the mysteries and majesty of the ancient capital city
  • Learn about the UNESCO site’s history and culture from an informative guide
  • Enjoy lunch and round-trip transportation from your Merida hotel

What You Can Expect

Chichen Itza Early Access Tour from Merida

Get to Chichen Itza before the crowds

Customer Reviews

Marcel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Well timed. Professional guidance. Very service minded and considerate

Rosalina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This trip was amazing! I recommend a lot, service is very professional and you always have an answer for your doubts, Thank you very much Viator, I really appreciated it

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great,excellent guide ,informative and well worth the value
Highly recommend

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and because of our groups small size, we had a lot of interaction with him. The early arrival meant almost no crowds and we had a great tour. If you are going to see Chichen Itza, this is definitely the way to go.

Adam L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

My wife and I loved this tour, our guide Santiago went through the history of the site and all of the theories around how it was built, he was really knowledgable and made the tour for us. Also the packed lunch was a nice inclusion rather than being taken to the big tourist trap restaurants. Getting to the site early is a must, as by 10 or 11 the place is crammed with people. Highly recommend this tour.

jandmbenedetti United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Very nice tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. The only problem we had was that we were not picked up at our lodgings as we were promised. We stayed at a Airbnb lodging and were told we had to go to a hotel to be picked up. It was a 30 minute walk to get to the hotel or a taxi ride. So if you book this tour and do not stay at a hotel in the center of Merida they will not pick you up.

Avi Z

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

I was somewhat disappointed from Chichen Itza. It is true that the site, and especially the center pyramid are amazing, But the fact you cannot really access any of the buildings, not to mention climbing the pyramid reduces the effect of the visit. At first I was afraid that the time allocated to the visit is too short, but given the limited access, 2-3 hours are enough time to explore the site. If you do not mind rising early, choosing the early morning option is the best way to enjoy the site, because it tends to get very crowded around lunch.

Frank D

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2016

This was a great experience, with a great guide, David. However, the information given before the trip was wrong on the start time and the duration of the trip. I ended up getting up at 4.30 and ended up waiting for 1.5 hours, and the trip was shorter than promised. I felt I had to rush through, and did not get to see both denotes. Finally, instead of lunch being included, it was breakfast, so that was wrong as well.

Craig M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2016

Local tour company had no idea they were picking us up for this tour until after we waited for 30 minutes and called them. After the tour, we were supposed to have lunch, for which we paid. It was a long, hot morning at Chichen Itza. The other participants had lunch provided but we did not. Viator let us down - with this tour and subsequent customer service.

David C

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2016

The tour guide gave us too short of a description. Other tour guide would wlak their group to the cenote and explain about it. Not ours.

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