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Exclusive:Early Access to Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Overview

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

This Viator exclusive tour allows you to visit Chichen Itza before the hordes of tourists pour in.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning visit to Chichen Itza allows you to explore the site before the crowds so you can enjoy the rest of your day on the beach.
Duration: 3 hours 
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What is the maximum group size during Exclusive:Early Access to Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya?
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This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

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  • "Going early is imperative as it was HOT even at 9am." See review
  • "Going early is well worth it to beat the rush and heat." See review
  • "Getting to Chichen Itza early is highly recommended to not only beat the heat but also the crowds." See review

Reviews

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Great Early Tour
karen
, Mar 2020
The guide Marco was very informative. They were nice enough to pick us up at our hotel even tho we were supposed to go to a central meeting place 10 minutes away. They picked us up in a van with about 12 people. We stopped once to pick up before heading to the ruins. Had one stop at a convenience store on way for break (heartbreaking to see a nursing female dog with porcupine quills imbedded in its mouth so that it couldn't eat) Wished they had a humane society that could have put it out of its misery and rescue the pups. Anyway, they provided a box lunch and the tour was facinating! Well worth beating the crowds! Took about 2 hours each way
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello :) We are happy that you enjoyed this experience since in amigo Group we strive to offer the best to our customers as we love what we do. We hope you return to live a new experience with us soon. Regards, Amigo Group.
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Wonderful tour, very knowledgeable guide
felisawood
, Feb 2020
We went on the Early arrival to Chichen Itza tour. Our guide , Frank, was extremely knowledgeable. We enjoyed stopping at the shop run by local Mayans as well. Super impressed with Frank’s knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello :) We appreciate your comment as we are committed to offering unforgettable experiences to our customers. Frank will be happy to receive your comment. Come back soon! Greetings, Amigo Group.
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Not early access
jemmasearant
, Jan 2020
Transport was terrible. Was meant to be early access but the bus was so late we weren’t there with early access
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Good afternoon Jemma. We are sorry you didn't have the best experience with us. Attending your comments. The "Early Access to Chichen Itza" is a shared service and the pick up time is early in the morning. Due is a shared service each pick up time is assigned according the pick up zones. The access to the site is "Early Access" because from Playa Del Carmen 06:00 am to Chichen Itza are 2 hours on the way and the site is open 08:00 am. Regards. Amigo Group.
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Chichen Itza Tour
Storyteller438181
, Jan 2020
This is a fantastic tour! Beating the crowds to the grounds of Chichen Itza is worth getting up early for. The transportation to and from was great and the tour guide, Marcos, was fantastic. I wish we could have had a whole day just spent roaming around with him. I highly recommend this tour and I have been on another tour of Chichen Itza less than a year ago that was also good. This one was way better.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Good afternoon! Thank you so much for your comments, we're glad to know you had a great time with Marco in Chichen Itza. You choosed the best option "Early Access to Chichen Itza" because avoid the crowds, heat and the site is completely for our Group and is perfect due the customers return to the Hotel in the afternoon to keep enjoying the time at the resort or another personal activities. Remember that we offer many other experiences all around the world. Please come back soon!! Best Regards, Amigo Group
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Nice trip to the Maya Pyramid and other buildings
torbenmoller
, Jan 2020
Overall a nice trip. Only let down was that it was 11 hours from start to end but only 3 hours on site. Transport was very long due to various pickups and bus changes. But nice place to see and a good guide. Very certainly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Good morning Torben! Thank you so much for your comments. This Tour is a shared activity and the pick up time is assigned according of each zone and the distance from each zone plus the time from the last meeting point to Chichen Itza is 2.5 - 3.0 hours approximately. We hope you come back soon and we will follow up your opinion to improve our services. Best Regards. Amigo Group.
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Super Frank is great
Ryanndh87
, Jan 2020
Super frank was our guide and extremely knowledgeable about the site. Definitely worth following him around for 2 hours.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Good afternoon Ryan! We're glad to know you had a wonderful time with Super Frank in Chichen Itza. He is very professional and loves that the customers enjoy the experience. We hope you to come back soon :) Best Regards, Amigo Group
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Our Guide Made All the Difference
mkalynuk
, Dec 2019
Getting to Chichen Itza early is highly recommended to not only beat the heat but also the crowds. Our tour guide made all the difference. He was fantastic and the stories and insights enriched the experience of being in a place with such a rich history.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Good morning! Thank you so much for your comments, we're glad to know you had a wonderful time with us. You choosed the best option "Early Access to Chichen Itza" because avoid the crowds and the site is completely for our group. Please come back soon!! Best Regards, Amigo Group
star-5
Excellent Trip!!
Anita B
, Nov 2019
Remarkable opportunity to learn so much about a rich culture long gone. Marcos shared so much with us, his enthusiasm was evident. Wonderful day...highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello! Thank you for sharing your comments. It is great to know about your good experience with us. We are working constantly to offer the best service to all our clients. Please comeback soon. Best regards, Amigo Group
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Early morning start is recommended
Sherpa298007
, Oct 2019
We arrived to Chichen Itzhak at 8 AM just when it opened. It allowed us to visit the sites almost alone and having the time and quite to really enjoy it. Marco, the guide from Amigo, was excellent. We’ll spoken in English and Spanish, patients, with sense of humor and attentive to the group.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, Thank you for your comments, it is great for us to know you had a wonderful time with us. We work every day to provide the best service to all our clients because we love what we do. We hope you to come back soon. Best regards, Amigo Group
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Early access is the way to go
colingfranks
, Sep 2019
Early access is definitely the way to go, it's still hot, but somewhat more bearable and with far fewer people.  Our guide Marco was fantastic, he engaged the whole group, was informative, had a good sense of humour and you can tell he enjoys what he does.  Raphael kept the rubber on the road and allowed us to sleep away the 2 1/2 hour trip there which was much needed after waking up at 4 a.m. ( I also slept the way back, cause I was up at 4 a.m.).  This was my second visit to Chichen Itza and like many people I wanted more time, there is so much to see and after the two hour guided tour and one hour of exploration you still haven't seen it all.  First timers should definitely take the tour, but I would suggest a second visit (early access) where you leave the tour and wander around on your own, then meet up again for departure. Gracias!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello, Thank you for your comments, it is great for us to know you had a wonderful time with us. We work every day to provide the best service to all our clients because we love what we do. We hope you to come back soon. Best regards, Amigo Group

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