• Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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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 before heading back to your Playa del Carmen hotel.


  • 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
  • Pickup and drop-off at most Playa del Carmen hotels included

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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. After enjoying a typical Mayan meal, relax during the return journey to your Playa del Carmen hotel.

Customer Reviews

Peter J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Really great trip with amazing tour guide Alex is


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I had a great time on this tour. Tour guide Miriam was friendly and helpful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We saw a lot in the scheduled time. The stop for lunch and shopping was much better than a tour taken previously with another company.

Adelaida C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A must if you are in Cancun. I learned so much on this tour thanks to our knowledgeable guide. I have a friend who visited on his own a couple years ago without a tour and when I got back and was telling him about it he was bummed he missed so much by not getting a professional tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a great time on this tour! Our guides, Liz and Gerardo, were really enthusiastic and knowledgable. The journey to Chichen Itza is very long from Playa del Carmen approximately 2:30/3 hours each way so do go prepared! Absolutely loved both Chichen Itza and the Cenote we visited. Truly amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Interesante tour con un buen guía.
Me parece excesivo la parada que se hace en la cooperativa maya y poco tiempo el que se dedica a disfrutar del cenote.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Interesante tour con un buen guía.
Me parece excesivo la parada que se hace en la cooperativa maya y poco tiempo el que se dedica a disfrutar del cenote.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This trip was amazing to see the ruins and hear the history of the Mayan and Aztec people!! Definitely a must do when you are in the Cancun area!

Agnes M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Friendly staff, experienced guide.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

My granddaughter, two sisters and I loved our trip to Chichen Itza. It was one of the highlights to our seven night trip to Playa del Carmen. We weren't sure we should book a tour online before we left or wait until we got there. Glad we made the arrangements beforehand. All we had to do was confirm our reservation at our hotel with a Viator representative. We were picked up in front of our hotel at the time we were told we would. Loved that we were picked up in an air conditioned van with just two other couples and the tour guide. Stopped a couple of times to visit a small Mexican city of Valledolid for pictures and then again for souvenir shopping. Our favorite stop was to swim in a Cenote and have lunch and then of course learning all about Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza was my 21 year old granddaughter's favorite part of our seven night Mexican adventure.

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