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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

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
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 Itza 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 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Riviera Maya
Pick-ups from the Riviera Maya between 6:50 and 8:30 am. You will be transferred to the starting center for excursions to the archaeological sites. There you will board the transportation, a certified guide will welcome you and accompany you during the course of the day providing assistance and interesting information.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Suytun Cenote
During the trip, we visit the Suytun ecotourism center ("Stone Center" in Maya) with a wonderful sacred cenote located in the middle of the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula where you can enter to purify yourself in crystal clear waters. According to the Mayan belief, these lands are protected by a mythological figure, the guardian of the jungle, called ALUX. The restaurant is located 2 minutes from the cenote, where we will offer you a delicious buffet with authentic Yucatecan dishes.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
The next stop is in the archeological zone of Chichen Itza where you will take a tour accompanied by a guide certified by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, you will also have time to continue expounding the wonderful vestiges independently.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Valladolid
On the way back to Riviera Maya, we briefly visit the center of the Magical Town of Valladolid, located in the heart of Yucatan to admire the splendor of colonial Mexico in the architecture of its buildings, temples and the Church of San Servacio, the oldest in the peninsula, same that began to be built in 1543, located in front of the main square and park of the city.
Duration: 25 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Riviera Maya
Arrival at your hotel between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Great cultural experience!
PuraVidaSTL
, Dec 2019
We enjoyed the tour. Did the 3 for 1 tour (Chichen Itza, cenote and shopping). We liked Chichen Itza but would skip the other stops as the day is way too long. It was about 13 hours from Playa del Carmen. About 6 hours on bus.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank for writing your experience we will verify the time expend in each stop to guarantee a better experience.
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Misleading & Disappointing
jlugo32
, Jun 2019
First Cancun Vacation Experts telling you the experience include certain things and then you find out it does not. When you ask about it. Nobody knows anything. They tell you it includes lunch but yet the charge you the drinks at a high rate. It was a huge group the experience took forever around 14-15hr. They are always in a rush. Rushing everyone. Almost to the point of harassment.
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Marco, our guide was Amazing, maybe...
Miguel V
, Jun 2018
Marco, our guide was Amazing, maybe little hard to follow in the explannation, because is switching from spannish to english. Other than that, we maybe need some more time in Chichen Itza and the Cenote and less time in other places.
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This was an informative and...
Elizabeth L
, Apr 2018
This was an informative and immersive tour. Our guide Martin was very knowledgeable. He explained a lot of things to us on our way to Chichen Itza. However, he had to say everything in both English and Spanish which slowed things down a bit. We got picked up exactly at the time we were given and after a few stops to pick up other people and a bathroom/snacks stop, we were on our way. First stop was Valladolid, a colonial-era town, which was fun to see and walk around. Next stop was a Mayan co-op, with authentic but on the more expensive side souvenirs. A demonstration on the making of corn tortillas and a type of Mayan BBQ followed. Then we had lunch which was a decent buffet drinks were extra. Here you had the opportunity to purchase a personalized Mayan birth certificate for 370 pesos. We then drove to Chichen Itza. Things are kind of chaotic at the entrance so stick with the group. It's a short walk to the archaeological site, but the weather is much hotter than on the coast. We then split into an English-speaking and a Spanish-speaking group. We walked around for a bit more than an hour. The El Castillo pyramid is really cool, and Martin showed us some neat tricks regarding the acoustics of it. Afterwards, we toured a sacrificial building and a ballgame court. We then had 40min to walk around by ourselves take pictures, buy souvenirs, see the cenote that's a short walk North of the pyramid. I wish we were given a bit more free time. Then we went back to the bus, and drove to a really scenic cenote that's closeby. It was very crowded, but it's so pretty to see and swim in. The amount of time we were given here was reasonable. We then headed back to the van and drove to Playa. My suggestion would be to spend less time at the co-op and instead be given extra time at Chichen Itza.
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Guides good, lunch ok, but seriously...
Lavon B
, Mar 2018
Guides good, lunch ok, but seriously do yourself a favor and just take the ADO As then have 4 hr at Chichen Itza. Tour only 2 hr, guide talks for 1 hr in one way place. Can only see a little of site. Big regret. Wasted time at shopping area, useless 30 min stop at the colonial town.
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Our tour guide Martin was amazing...
msmikahl
, Feb 2018
Our tour guide Martin was amazing. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He has been a multilingual tour guide for 27 years, and it shows. This tour is important to see and feel some of the beginnings of our current civilization. It is amazing to see where so much of our current technology actually started.
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Amazing experience to see this...
Bent R
, Feb 2018
Amazing experience to see this place. Very clever and helpful guides. But the trip lasted from 8:20 to 21:30, 13 hours, though it was scheduled 7-9 hours. More than 4 hours driving home by bus. And, we would rather have had more time in Chichen Itza, instead of the shop with lunch.
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We took a day trip to Chichen Itza...
Olga Z
, Jan 2018
We took a day trip to Chichen Itza last week. We were met promptly by our guide Martin near Senior Frog nearby Cancun ferry dock we took a ferry from Cozumel. First stop was at Valladolid, a small colonial village. We only received about 30 minutes to take the pictures by the local church. Afterwards, we took off to another town where we were promised lunch. Following the demonstration of how tortillas and local meal dish are made, it took nearly an hour of waiting for lunch to be served. Appeared that it was nothing but a plot to get tourists to buy overpriced souvenirs at the local shop while they are waiting for food. Finally, we were served buffet style food. Bottled water and soda had to be purchased separately. We then headed to Chichen Itza itself. Martin handed our group over to another guide and our group had to join another large group. It was difficult to hear the guide as they were so many people. Following about a 1 hour long guided tour, we only had about 45 minutes to explore Chichen Itza independently. Goes without saying, not much can be accomplished in that short amount of time. Lastly, we were taken to the cenote nearby. Again, we were told that we only have 45munutes. 45 minutes to get to the dressing room, change, take a shower, wait in line to get into the cenote, swim in the cenote, walk back to the dressing room, and change into dry clothes? Obviously, we did not even attempt to. We were dropped off at Senior Frog at around 8pm as promised. In short...the tour is affordable, but they tried to squeeze in too many activities into it. We would be far happier with having an extra hour to explore Chichen Itza and cenote, then see how tortillas are made as well as be kept waiting for food in hopes that we would impulsively purchase souvenirs.
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This tour was amazing!!! Our guide...
Kirsten P
, Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!!! Our guide Carlos was so nice and had a wealth of knowledge. Our driver Eduardo was also very helpful. Prepare for a full day. We got our moneys worth.
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I had a great time on this tour. Tour...
askarjunior
, Jan 2018
I had a great time on this tour. Tour guide Miriam was friendly and helpful.

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