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Uncover the mysteries of ancient Mayan civilization on a spectacular full-day tour of Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen. Sail past long lines as you enter the archeological site through a private entrance with an expert guide. Explore significant structures and gain insight into the captivating history of the Mayans; gaze at sights like the iconic Kukulcan Pyramid as your guide regales you with fascinating stories about the capital of the Mayan empire. Then, venture to the modern and luxurious Mayaland Resort to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, a refreshing dip in the swimming pool and a relaxing time at Viator's hospitality suite.

Highlights

  • Enter Chichen Itza through a private entrance without waiting in line
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert guide
  • Explore the archeological park at your leisure as much as you'd like during the day
  • Enjoy the amenities of Mayaland Resort, including the swimming pool and botanical gardens
  • Sample Yucatecan dishes at a buffet lunch
  • Round-trip hotel transportation from Playa del Carmen by Mercedes-Benz van included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the ideal choice if you're looking for a leisurely, intimate experience of Chichen Itza. This tour gives you more time than others to explore and snap photos of the legendary Mayan ruins.

What You Can Expect

Chichen Itza Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Private Entrance

Explore Chichen Itza on a day trip from Playa del Carmen.

Depart from your Playa del Carmen hotel in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz van and sink into the soft leather of your seat during the scenic journey. Greet your guide at the Mayaland Resort, conveniently located within the archeological park.  
Sail straight past the crowded visitors entrance and follow your guide to your private admission point. Embark upon a fascinating 2-hour tour of one of the New World Wonders, learning about diverse architectural styles and the cultural significance of the sacred structures.  
Listen as your guide provides an enthralling explanation of the Mayan’s strong interest in astronomy, directing your attention to the astronomical alignment of the Kukulcan Pyramid’s precise design; each of the 365 steps that lead to the summit of the structure represent a day of the solar year. Admire the intricate serpentine carvings on the structure’s façade then descend into the temple’s subterranean depths to catch a rare glimpse of the vibrant red Throne of the Jaguar, an impressive throne studded with glittering jade stones. 
Wander through the atmospheric Temple of Warriors to the expansive Ball Court and discover how the mysterious acoustics of the area continue to perplex scientific experts. Peer downwards at the sacred and sacrificial Cenote and find out about the human skeletons and glittering jewelry that were excavated from the site. Next, return to the modern world and visit the luxurious Mayaland Resort to dine upon a traditional Mexican buffet lunch; savor the distinct flavors of Yucatan cuisine during this fulfilling feast. 
Soak up the sunshine beside the swimming pool before taking a dip in the refreshing waters or heading to Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite . Wander amidst the tropic beauty of the botanical garden, awakening your senses to the enticing aromas of flowers and the calls of exotic birds. Relax during the return journey to your Playa del Carmen hotel, where the tour concludes. 
Be Maya Planetarium Upgrade option:Grasp the opportunity to visit another incredible attract on your way back to Playa del Carmen; upgrade to gain entry to the Be Maya Planetarium and discover intriguing tales od Mayan mythology as you watch the swirling stars in the interactive planetarium.

Customer Reviews

Henrique F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Chichen Itza is a must see attraction if you are in PDC, Cozumel or Cancun... You'll learn a lot about the impressive Maya Civilization and the importance of their discoveries for the world as we know today.

The van was a MB very clean and comfortable , and the driver was very kind. The tour guide was a Maya descendant and demonstrated a good knowledge about Mayan history.

Viator is awesome too! I was in Cozumel for diving, and decide in the last day to make the tour. They were able to arrange it less than 12 hours before the tour. Nevertheless, I do not recommend you doing this. You'll probably need to call the local agenci Mayaland at 6:00 am, let then know about your late booking and arrange the van pick-up. As I was in Cozumel, and took the 7am ferry to PDC and arrived at 7:45 at the pier. The van driver was waiting for me at the front of Sr Frogs!

Jeffery A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This trip was amazing!

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

1st class tour, so glad we booked this trip.
The guide and driver were both friendly and informative.
The chance to relax by the pool before the long trip back to the hotel was great, and made the whole day even more enjoyable

zinsational

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a great tour despite some rain in the afternoon. Juan Carlos, our guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were picked up promptly at 7:15 for the trip to Chitzen Itza and were back by 6 p.m.. The buffet lunch at the hotel after the morning tour was very good and we had plenty of time to relax at the hotel or go back into the site to see more things. Unfortunately it was raining so our options were a bit more limited but certainly not the fault of the tour company. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends and family visiting the area.

david

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fantastic tour and I would highly recommend it. We ŵere picked up exactly on time and travelled to Chichen Itza in a comfortable mini bus. The tour group was quite small - only 10 in total - so it felt like a more personal experience. Quite a long drive to Chichen Itza - just over 3 hours - by the time we had picked up at 3 other hotels. The guide helped make the journey go faster as he gave us a history of the area as we travelled.

Chichen Itza was amazing, and no queueing. We used a private entrance but also got there just ahead of the big tour groups so it never felt too busy. Our guide took us round and talked us through the different buildings and we never felt rushed.

After lunch at Mayaland hotel we were given option of more free time at Chichen Itza or to go for a swim at a local cenote. The whole group chose to go to the cenote so we headed off for a refreshing swim to cool down after a hot morning walking through the ruins. A great way to cool off ahead of the journey back !

All in all, an excellent trip that I would thoroughly recommend.

One thing that could be improved that isn't made clear before you book. After booking online you need to phone up the tour organiser to arrange the pick-up from your hotel. After being asked to specify the hotel during the booking process I was surprised that I'd need to do this - I just expected pick up time to be confirmed as part of the booking process. When I did phone the tour organisers - it took several attempts to get through as lens were busy - I to make three different calls before the person was able to confirm they had my booking and what the pick up time was. The first two promised to call me back after being unable to find my details but never did.

Terence W United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

We was collected from our hotel in Maya on time. The drive is long from Riveria Maya approx 3hours. I really thought we would of swam in the Cenote. In fact we didnt even got shown the Cenote. The expert Guide Maurice was very informative and theatrical with his advice. The buffet lunch was average. There was a show put on by the locals when we ate our lunch. We went to the planterium..There is a warning with this excursion..The guide Maurice was making the other tourist pay thier entrance to the Chichen Itza and to the Planterium. This was already included as stated on the voucher which we showed. He then said he would get our tickets. But he only did that for us as we questioned him about it. There is no need to take swim wear as there is not much time to use the facilities at the Mayaland hotel.

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