• Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 54.00 View price calendar

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Escape multitudes of tourists on a tranquil full-day tour of Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmel. Experience one of the world’s wonders without the noise and hassle of crowds on this early access Viator Exclusive tour. Follow a certified archeological guide on an ancient adventure to sacred cenotes, colossal pyramids and a vast ball court. Visualize the prosperous Mayan empire as you gain insight into one of the ancient world’s most powerful civilizations with captivating commentary from your knowledgeable guide.


  • Enjoy early access to Chichen Itza with an expert archeologist guide
  • Skip the crowds at this World Heritage site, and visit parts of the ruins that other tours don't include
  • See the Kukulkan Pyramid, ball court and sacred cenote
  • Learn about the mysteries surrounding the site and experience its majesty with your specialized guide
  • This Viator Exclusive can't be booked anywhere else, so don't miss out!

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen with Archaeologist

Beat the crowds and explore the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza!

Rise early and depart from your Playa del Carmen hotel in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan. Arrive at the colossal Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of the Mayan empire, and follow your guide as you begin your archeological adventure through the atmospheric ruins.
Wander through the perfectly preserved ruins in relative solitude, listening to the insightful background information provided by your expert guide. Learn of Chichen Itza’s pivotal role in Mayan society, and why it is still considered a scared place of worship today.
Discover the intricate processes undergone to unearth and excavate the magnificent monuments of the site, learning about how archeological discoveries provided Chichen Itza with UNESCO World Heritage status. In the context of history, philosophy and cosmology, the symmetrical staircases and intricate carvings of the ruins will suddenly become clear.
Gaze upwards at the legendary Kulkulcan Pyramid, or El Castillo, a sight you’re sure to recognize as one of Mexico’s most famous. Gain insight into the astronomical knowledge that influenced the construction of the temple. 
Venture to the sacred cenote, passing lush jungle and awakening your senses to the call of exotic birds and the eerie resonance of jaguar whistles. Peer down at the natural sinkhole, listening as your guide explains that the pool was used as a sacrificial site in the past. Archeologists recently unearthed human skeletons and jewelry to confirm the gruesome purpose of this natural wonder.
Conclude your tour by visiting the enigmatic ball court, whose acoustics continue to mystify scientific experts. Stand 150 feet (46 meters) from someone on the opposite side of the ball court and hear their whispers loud and clear.
After your enlightening experience, start your journey back to Playa del Carmen. Conclude your early access tour way before the day is out so you can spend the afternoon relaxing on the blissful beach.

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Customer Reviews

Jessica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Loved the staff!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Worth the early morning rise...guide was incredible

Julie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was our favorite tour on this trip! Marco was our guide and he was phenomenal. He was very knowledgeable and we could tell he was passionate about his work. The early access was worth it and I would recommend this tour to anyone.

John J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

To Chichen Itza. This tour is great for individuals who like an early start to an activity/tour 6 AM. The tour is also for those who want only a one of, one event or place to go to with an expert guide/professional Marco, Amigo Tours in the field of Mexican archeology and history. So here is what you get best price compared to many other tours, early start to your day, totally knowledgeable professional commentary and discussion, great humour, first class transportation, first into the site, exit when all other tours are arriving in 9 AM out by 12:45, back to PDC by 4:30 PM, two potty breaks along the way, lunch stop to pick up bag lunch on the way back very basic sandwich, fruit , juice. This was our third tour to Chichen Itza our adult grand kids had not been, also the best of the three tours thanks to Marco. This was a five star tour, early start, first class transportation, excellent commentary and discussion, early return, total satisfaction.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great day out - early access was great and made the early departure from the resort well worth it. Frank our guide was great and made the tour very interesting and filled with the history of the mayans along with the coach driver Rafa made this a perfect day. This is one of 5he best value tours I have been on during all my travels and even included a packed lunch on the coach back to our resort.

Catherine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The tour exceeded all of my expectations. Marco, our archaeologist/guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and personable - he has ruined me for all future tours because of his exceptional scholarship, humor, and storytelling skill I felt transported back to Mayan times. Our driver, Antonio, made sure we had a smooth ride, and the buffet lunch at the end was exactly what we needed after 3 hours walking in the sun. I would recommend bringing sunscreen and a small parasol - I rented a parasol but it was very large and I accidentally hit Marco in the head at one point so sorry about that.... I would also recommend lots of water. If you want to visit Chichen Itza, the only right way to do it is with Marco and Antonio and the early access pass there were large crowds forming just as we were leaving.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We truly appreciated the tour.
Marco our guide was in our opinion the most passionate and knowledgeable guide that we have ever had over years of touring throughout the world.His knowledge of Chichen Itza and his openness to share it and answer any and all questions made it an amazing tour.
Doug Bell

Judith F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Srs. Super Frank and driver Tony were awesome guides. Felt totally safe on the long drive to/from Chichen Itza. Learned so very, very much from Frank. I was super interested in the topic of Mayan culture anyway just read the book 1491 by Mann but Frank made the explanation of how people lived and what they were probably like so understandable - for the most part same human instincts that we have today - people are people. The only kink in our trip was that we are staying in Cozumel for a few weeks and there is no ferry early enough to get us to Playa del Carmen for a 6:00 pickup at central hotel so we had to stay the night before the trip in a Playa hotel. But it was well worth that extra expense. I wouldn't have missed it for anything. I don't have time to repeat all the good things others have said about Frank and the value of this trip - but I second them all.

Tonya W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Absolutely worth the early rise, beat the heat and the crowds. Marcos was our guide, he was incredibly knowledgable about Mayan culture and Chichen Itza's history. The tour was a good mix of guided tour and personal time, we learned a lot and had a great time! Would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I'm so glad that I booked this tour. Marco was an amazing guide and so knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and Chitchen Itza. Getting there early was definitely the way to go, no crowds or queuing on entry, just amazing views of Chitchen Itza and the surrounding area without millions of others tourist ruining your pictures.
On leaving Chichen Itza, when everyone else was arriving, we went to a mayan village for a traditional lunch.
Overall a fantastic trip with an amazing guide, definitely a must do whist on holiday in Mexico.

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