Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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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!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit Chichen Itza before the hordes of tourists pour in, and gain a unique historical and cultural perspective of this amazing place with the help of an archeologist. With hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees included, this is a great all-inclusive option for families.
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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Aug 2018

Loved the staff!

, Apr 2018

Worth the early morning was incredible

, Apr 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.

, Mar 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.

, Mar 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.

, Mar 2018

seeing Chichen Itza was great ,but being rushed around the site was not the best ,if you stopped to take a photo you were left behind at points the guide was not keeping track of his party .when promised an authentic mexican lunch in a small village and you end up in a tourist shopping mail with pizza ,chips and poor tastles food then its not great best not to promise anything advice take lots of water for the trip in the van as they offer you 0 in the heat .over all yes we got there early and we saw the site but that was the basics .I know its about what you see and not the food but do not promise and make a big thing about the meal being the best authentic mexican meal you can have with as the guide said no pizza and chips I have never beenon a trip where tips /gratuities were mentioned so much must have been the buss word of the day

, Mar 2018

Frank was a very knowledgeable tour guide, and getting up early to beat some of the crowds and the heat was well worth it. I wish the tour group was smaller but for the price I would definitely recommend!!

, Mar 2018

No archaeologist leading our tour group. The guide was an Anthropologist that did an excellent job. Would have given 5 stars if the description said tour with Anthropologist.

, Mar 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.

, Mar 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

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