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Immerse yourself in the atmospheric splendor of Chichen Itza on a fascinating full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Discover the secrets of the ancient capital of Mayan civilization as an informative guide provides captivating commentary on your comprehensive tour of the site. Gaze upwards at the colossal Kukulcan Pyramid; experience the mysterious acoustics of the ball court; and learn about the ceremonial significance of a nearby sinkhole. Before arriving at the ruins, refresh in the crystal clear waters of a submerged cenote for an adventurous addition to your experience. Conclude your day with a fulfilling buffet lunch and traditional folk dance performance.


  • Day trip to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site and see its intriguing temples with a knowledgeable guide
  • Explore the sacred cenote, the ball court, the Kukulcan Pyramid and other famous archeological landmarks
  • Stop and swim at a beautiful cenote near Chichen Itza
  • Enjoy a buffet-style lunch featuring Mayan cuisine while watching a traditional folkloric dance
  • Pickup and drop-off at most Playa del Carmen hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

As one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is a must-see, and the extremely knowledgeable guides on this tour will help you discover why. You also get free time to explore these well-preserved Mayan ruins at your own pace.

What You Can Expect

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Admire the ancient architecture of Chichen Itza

Greet your guide at your Playa del Carmen hotel and begin your journey to one of the world’s most significant archeological sights. Relax during a scenic drive to Chichen Itzla before stopping at a spectacular cenote. 

Disembark your vehicle at either the Ikil or Hubiku cenote and descend into the atmospheric depths of the subterranean sinkhole. Watch as iridescent natural light dances upon the water’s surface and learn the origin of the word ‘cenote’, which translates from Mayan as ‘collapsed cave.’ Plunge into the inviting waters and feel fish tickle your feet as you swim and splash. 

Arrive at Chichen Itza and split into smaller groups for an intimate tour with your personal guide. Wander the site for 1.5 hours and listen as your guide unravels Mayan mysteries and fascinating facts. 

Gaze at the iconic Kukulcan Pyramid, also known as El Castillo, and marvel at the symmetry and skillful craftsmanship of the structure. Learn about how the structure was built according to astronomical research, and discover why the 365 steps represent each day of the solar ear. Listen to the calls of exotic birds as you wander through lush vegetation and peer at a cenote with great sacrificial significance. 

Visit the colossal ball court to learn of ancient athletic events and decipher elaborate murals that depict Mayan scenes. Discover the mystifying acoustics of the ball court before hearing gruesome stories of decapitations during football games.   

After your guide has concluded the informative commentary, wander the ruins at your own pace during some relaxed free time. Return to your vehicle and journey to a local restaurant for a delicious buffet lunch; feast upon local specialties like fresh fish, spiced rice and tender meat as locals perform traditional dances to folkloric music. After enjoying these cultural expressions, relax during the return journey to your Playa del Carmen hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Overall a wonderful experience! The Chichen Itza tour was full of Mayan history and culture. Our English speaking guide, Ricardo had so much information to share and was very enthusiastic. I appreciated the explanation and warning about the vendors in Chichen Itza. This also encouraged and validated my purchases at the pre-Chichen Itza stop, a Mayan souvenir shop. I was happy to directly support the Mayan community rather than an unknown vendor. In addition to this itinerary we stopped by a cenote where the included buffet was offered. The actually cenote was amazing and refreshing after our hike through the hot Chichen Itza site. The buffet was of lower quality with minimal variety but I did not book this trip for the food!. Our final stop was through a French/Spanish influenced colonial town. Here there were more traditional Mexican food vendors but the stop was short less than 20 minutes.
If you take this tour be prepared to be on the move. The guide will show and discuss a few places within Chichen Itza and then youll have about 30 minutes to explore yourself. The guides do a great job of letting you know how to exit the site and where the rendezvous points are. If you like to be leisurely or do not want to listen to a tour guide this may not be the tour for you. I thought there was the right amount of time spent at each place within Chichen Itza and throughout the day. About 1.75 hours at Chichen Itza, 1.5 hours at the cenote and a brief stop in the Mexican town. Transportation pick up is available at a selection of major hotels. I did not stay at one, however in my reconfirmation email to Viator, I was able to coordinate which hotel to be picked up from. On the return back to Playa the driver was able to drop me off at my Airbnb and save me a short walk.
Highly recommend this trip. If you can follow directions and are respectful you can really sit back and enjoy the experience.

Gerardo P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very knowledgeable and passionate tour guide!!

Peggy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide Martin is very knowledgeable and helpful, so is the English guide Marco we had in chichen itza.
Don and #39;t think the Mayan village part is necessary, but like all the other parts of this trip a lot!

Jamie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We loved this tour. They were on time with picking us up and communicated on where to meet us. Our guide was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We only had a short time in Playa del Carmen and this tour was great to get to see some ruins, experience a cenote and see a Spanish influenced town. I would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great trip! Small van/bus with about 18 people. Guide was fantastic. We all loved it!!

Steven G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Sophia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing tour! Especially our tour guide victor was awesome! Loads of background information and a really nice service!

Anu I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour guide who explained history etc very well and kept a good humor also.

Agustin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was great, the guide was really knowledgeable and kind. Highly recommended.

Stefano L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Beautiful excursion. Well organized: Cenote, maya lunch and chichen itza in the same day. Places wonderful, guide very prepared, transport by van and bus perfect!

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