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Chichen Itza, Private Cenote and magic town of Izamal

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover some of the Yucatan's highlights on this full-day tour from Mérida. Embark on an early morning trip to Chichén Itzá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore ancient Mayan ruins without the heat and crowds. See even more Mayan architecture at your next stop, Izamal, before ending the day with a nice dip in a local cenote.
  • Visit a New 7 Wonders of the World site — Chichen Itza
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
  • Learn about ancient Mayan history and culture
  • Travel between locations in air-conditioned comfort

What's Included

  • purified water, air conditioned vehicle (small van of maximum 10 travelers) Professional specialized licensed tourguide
  • Lunch
  • Entry fee to Chichen Itza , lunch and cenote

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • C. 60 154
    C. 60 154, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

    Meeting point is the Cathedral of Merida, San idelfonso located in the main square of the city. Crossroad 60 and 61 street

Start time

06:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No wheelchair access
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Well off the beaten tracks of those "highly traveled" and visited places, you'll enjoy the countryside and get a better understanding of how people live outside the hustle and bustle of the big resorts.
122 reviews
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This is the tour to go on!
Denice_C, Feb 2023
Get yourself up early and go on this tour. Being at Chichén Itzá early, before the crowds, makes all the difference. Our wonderful, patient guide was the best.
Great Maya adventure
Gary_J, Jan 2023
The tour participants were from 5 countries that was special. Alejandro (Alex) was a great guide and provided flexibility to trip. The private cenote was incredible because was an underground cave and arriving early at Chicenitza avoided crowds with great pictures. Visit to Izmala was good to see another Maya ruin and the yellow town.
Best tour out there
Carla_V, Jan 2023
Alex was the best tour guide I could have imagined. He has a proud Mayan heritage and is so knowledgeable about his culture’s history. Going early was well worth it! And the family cenote is such a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else. Just book it!
Early Chichen Itza tour was so worth it!
Susan_A, Jan 2023
This tour was a great choice for us! So happy we got there at the opening before the crowds arrived. Our guide, Delio, was very kind and gave us a good tour at Chichen Itza. The lunch and cenote in Sotuta with the local family was very enjoyable. We had a wonderful small group of travelers that we enjoyed meeting. The pick up and return both went smoothly. We would highly recommend this tour! Thanks for the memorable day!
Fantastic day trip!
Dan_H, Jan 2023
Comfortable transportation. Very informative tour guide. Tasty Mayan lunch complete with a private swim in a locals cenote. Great experience!
The early departure was...
Charles_W, Dec 2022
The early departure was worth it, because we were the first folks in the park. Alejandro, our guide, really brought the story of the Maya to life. The cenote and lunch were great. Izamal was incredibly interesting. It was a very rewarding excursion!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Relax time
escamilla2525, Aug 2022
Everything was wonderful special when we enter the pirámides site at Chichen Itzá that was a whooooouuuuuu! I want to say thank you to our guide tour He was excelente ! Nice person i will repeated this trip again!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour, and our...
Lainie_W, Jul 2022
Excellent tour, and our tour guide Alejandro was very knowledgable. Wonderful day. Wonderful tour. Thank you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
A good one day trip from Merida
Kiran_K, Jul 2022
Amazing guide ! you will be the first one to enter the site! Spending time with local family and having lunch from there was an awesome experience!
Wonderful day
Natasha_S, May 2022
A very well-organised trip. We were literally the first people to enter Chichen Itza that day which made for a lovely experience - worth the early start. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and answered any questions we had. Visiting the private cenote was such a great experience. The water was beautiful and the homemade food delicious! Would highly recommend this trip to anyone.
Great mayan experience
DANTEV_A, May 2022
Alex was a great tourguide, very knowledgeable in the mayan history and the sorroundings of the yucatan peninsula. The mix of chichen itza, the cenote experience and visiting the magic town of izamal brings and unforgettable experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful tour!
Casey_S, Apr 2022
The tour was very informative, organized and a lot of fun! Alejandro was a great tour guide, and we enjoyed getting to know the other people on the tour. It was nice getting to Chichen Itza before the crowds. The homemade lunch and backyard cenote was amazing!
Do it!
Reid_W, Apr 2022
Our tour was amazing. The ruins were incredible and the underground senote was truly unique. Our tour guide Alexandro was great and our driver got us everywhere safely :)
was nice history lesson...
ADAM_L, Apr 2022
was nice history lesson with views,the chichen itza my favorite part. tour guide was great,dont miss out its a nice tour.
First time in Merida
Marha_J, Apr 2022
This is the best tour in Merida! Great Itineraries, a local family cooked the best organic foods. Thank you for making this tour memorable!
Don't waste your time if you want Cenote Yokdzonot
Ellen_O, Apr 2022
So had we done the tour we paid for- meaning the cenote YOKDZONOT- instead of someone's backyard cenote- I would have given this tour a 4. But once again- false advertising! An overpriced lunch was an additional charge. Which really- ok - I don't mind being gringo priced to help a poor family BUT I highly object wasting my precious holiday time on going to the wrong location!! I booked this tour to go to a particular cenote. The backyard cenote does not compare!! Chicken Itza and Izamal are best seen in another tour The only reason I give this tour any stars at all is for the guide Alejandro who was highly informative & would be much better off working for a more reputable business! He's great!!
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello, it's been a long time since we stoped going to Yokdzonot, sorry the missunderstanding in the advertisement. We already took care of the wrong information, however we disagree in some facts, like gringo prices. We don't charge extra prices to anybody, In this tour has been people from many parts of the world and all have paid the same price. The family and the cenote that we visit is unique and off the beaten path, not touristy and is a very good way to meet a local family who by a stroke of luck found a cenote in their backyard and taste very good home made traditional food, WE have been to many cenotes like Yokdzonot, but never like the one with the family.. Thanks for you star to Alex, he is very good, that is the reason you can see his name in many five stars reviews, we take care of him very well.
Aside from the +90°...
Albert_L, Apr 2022
Aside from the +90° temperatures, we had an amazing time on this tour! Our tour guide Hernan was very knowledgeable of all three sites that we visited and gave a comprehensive background presentation for each one. Of you are a history buff, I would highly recommend this tour.
Most go on this tour!!!!
Brian_F, Mar 2022
Edgar is the most impressive tour guide we have ever experienced, and we have traveled the world extensively. His knowledge of the Mayan culture as well as his general expertise of Mexico is at the same level of a college professor. An unbelievable tour
Perfect Day Trip from Merida
Alexander_M, Mar 2022
Very nice to travel in a small group. It is an early start but worth it to arrive before the heat and the crowds. The cenote part of the excursion was very special including the home made lunch, and it was great to top off the trip with a stop in Izumanl. Overall, a great day.
Amazing experience.
James_C, Feb 2022
This was a wonderful experience. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!


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