• Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Spend a day exploring ancient Maya cities and an underground pool on a 12-hour tour from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam. Visiting both Maya sites offers the chance to experience the most iconic ruins in the Yucatan, then tour a lesser-visited gem with vivid frescoes and a fascinating history. This 12-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch, and it’s limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.


  • 12-hour Maya city and cenote tour
  • Visit a UNESCO Site
  • Learn about Maya history and culture
  • Swim in an underground pool
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen

What You Can Expect

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Playa del Carmen

Visit Hubiku Cenote

Get an early start on the day with pickup between 5:30am and 6:45 am, then enjoy a light breakfast during the 113-mile (182-km) trip to Chichen Itza, an ancient Maya city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, tour the sprawling complex with the guide, beginning with the Kukulkan Castle: also known as The Pyramid, this dramatic temple is aligned with the seasons, and a feathered serpent appears in shadow during the equinoxes. Continue to the ball court and the rest of the site, including the astronomical observatory, “The Church,” and more.

Following your time at Chichen Itza, travel to the Cenote Hubikku, an underground pool that’s perfect for a cooling swim. This is one of the many caverns that dot the Yucatan’s limestone plateau, and it’s often illuminated by a shaft of clear sunlight.

The final stop of the day is Ek Balam, where you can climb the acropolis to follow painted scenes from the Maya underworld, see the astronomers’ reflecting pools, and learn about the re-discovery of the site. Ek Balam is a less-visited site that’s still surrounded by thick jungle, and offers an explorer’s experience of Yucatan archeology. This 12-hour tour concludes with return transfer to Playa del Carmen, and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My husband and I had a great time on this tour. Our guide, Wilbert, was very knowledgable and passionate about the Mayan culture. The highlight was seeing Chichen Itza in person and cenote Huniku definitely surpassed my expectations. Some constructive feedback I would like to give is making this tour language specific. We were in a Spanish/English combo so having to listen to the information twice felt redundant and took up more time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing full day of Mayan experience. Arriving early at Chichen Itza is a blessing, as the immense crowds start by the time you are leaving. The cenote is very unique, refreshing, and beautiful and lunch at the restaurant is very good home cooked authentic Mexican food... very fresh and tasty. Ek Balum is lesser known than Chichen Itza but no less spectacular. It was a fantastic, low key way to end the day. The trip from the Riviera Maya is long, and the day a full one, but well worth it. The guide was spectacular knowledgeable, personable, very relaxed, and spectacularly accomodating to a bilingual English/Spanish group. I would not want to do these places without a guide as grascious and brilliant as ours was. The transportation and driver was excellent, and rounded off a great experience we will not forget.

Nikolai N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was an excellent experience from start to finish.
The company organizing the tour was Yalku Tours. We were very lucky to have a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide called Francisco. The added pleasure and bonus was the fact the he was a Maya Mexican whose mother language is Mayan. He know a lot and conveyed well the main historic facts. The driver Cesar was polite, cortGeous and a very careful driver. Over all this was an excellent experience and I would strongly recommend this particular tour - a good mixture of history, pleasure and new experiences.

Christopher D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Trip was great, early start and late finish. tour makes the best of the day. I could have spent a little longer at chichen itza, ek balam was a highlight of our holiday.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Amazing! Had a wonderful time and it was all very easy!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Abraham was a great guide, did his best! I definitely recommend to book this trip as you will see a lot , you will learn a lot and in reality it is amazing to see what the Mayans could build that time. I also recommend to take some pictures during the speech of the guide, because after that you have max 20 min to look around so for example we didn't even had time to see the observatory at Chichen Itza due to lack of time and that the area is quite big to walk through in 20 mins.However I understand that we had limited time on each place otherwise we would not finish and come back to the hotel till late evening.

Agnes C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Wonderful tour. Carmen was a fantastic guide. You really do get to see a lot in one day, and all the info about ancient Maya culture and religion was really interesting. The Hubiku cenote was absolutely beautiful!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

An excellent guide and tour though you may not want to do this one if you are out of shape or have an injury. A long but very informative day having the small group was very nice for this. Drinks were provided along the way lunch was at a very nice buffet. Highly recommended

Jackie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

If you are going to visit Cancun/Playa del Carmen, you must absolutely see all of the historical sites nearby. This was an extremely organized and educational tour -- and you see THREE different places Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku. Lunch is provided at the cenote and it was delicious. Our bus driver was very safe and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about each site we visited. You even get to climb to the top of Ek Balam. You will also have time to explore the entire grounds of Chichen Itza. Definitely book this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour was amazing. The guide Sergio and driver Orlando were very friendly with good services. The tour was well planned and all the attractions were worth to visit. We had a good time on our trip.

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