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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Enjoy a box lunch and round-trip transportation from Playa del Carmen
  • This Viator Exclusive can't be booked anywhere else, so don't miss out!

Why Our Insiders Chose 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 and box lunch included, this is a great all-inclusive option for families.

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What You Can Expect

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, enjoy a box lunch on 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

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Summary:

Early pickup and 2.5 hours of transportation each way was well worth the great information provided by Marco and a 3-hour visit to this amazing Wonder of the World.

Detail:
We were picked up outside of our resort Playa del Carmen - Vidanta well before dawn, transported via coach, and arrived at Chichen Itza just after it opened. We were able to leave our stuff on the coach which was quite comfortable.

Here is our timeline, for reference:

5:30 - pickup
8:15 - arrival with a stop for restroom and coffee
8:30 - entrance
8:30-10:30 - guided tour
10:30-11:30 - free time for walking about
11:30 - departure
3:00 - hotel drop off

Note that some were picked up in the coach, while others were taken by a passenger van to an intermediary pickup the same for drop off.

Site:

Our group comprised about 100 people however, we were able to hear and see the presentation by Marco pretty well. Obviously, it would have been better with a small group, but the size was manageable.

Our guide stopped at each of the four major points, and provided information about the history, construction, and culture of the Mayan civilization. He provided a good mix of interesting facts and Mayan numerology.

I've been to this site in the past, and enjoyed this trip more in comparison, primarily because of the added perspective. I could not imagine visiting Mexico and NOT going to this amazing historical site.

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent tour. Tour guide Marco was very knowledgeable and made the tour fascinating. Although the pickup time was very early, it was worth it to not compete with the crowd to see everything and hear the guide. I especially appreciated splitting our group into 2 groups English and Spanish speaking so each group was small enough to interact with Marco.

Linda C.

alison m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The excursion was well worth getting up early. Marco was excellent at showing us many details that We all thought were amazing. He had pictures and explained many interesting finding that they know about the Mayan people. He showed us some amazing sounds throughout the site and was ready to answer questions. He knew so much , I would definately do a smaller tour just with him to learn more. thank you, it was fabulous

Marja Liisa N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour started early, but was absolutely more than worth it. We arrived safely to Chichen Itza after 9 AM before the crowds and heat. Our super competent Super Frank made our day. His ability to engage listeners was outstanding but never bored. Now we know a lot about Mayans. Thanks to our driver we came safely back before 4 PM. One improvement area is to streamline pick up process. We had to wait before the big bus arrived and we in mnemonic buses could join. Highly recommended!

Verena L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this early tour of Chichen Itsa with Amigo Tours. It's worth getting up early! Because it does quite hot and crowded by noon, which is when you'll be leaving. If you want an all day tour of this place and it is huge with lots to see, this is not the tour for you. If you want to see the highlights in cooler temperatures with an awesome tour guide and a ride on a nice, large AC bus, then this tour is a safe bet. Our tour guide, Super Frank, and his team were, indeed, super. Once at Chichen Itsa, the English speakers went with Frank and the Spanish only speakers went with the other guy sorry, don't remember his name. During the ride, Frank fluently switched back and forth between English and Spanish, very easy to follow. Tip: Bring some snacks and/or eat before you leave Chichen Itsa, and an umbrella if you don't want to be in the sun for three hours. Overall, we would take another tour with Amigo Tours.

Gillian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an excellent excursion to Chicken Itza and well worth the early morning start. We were the first bus into the car park and the first group into the site so got fantastic photos without any other tourists in the pictures. Marco, our tour guide, was quite exceptional in his knowledge and enthusiasm and made the whole Mayan culture come to life - we didn't want him to stop talking about it!

Jean-Philippe M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very good tour, a must-do if you like Mayan Ruins. I want to mention the incredible work and knowledge of our tour guide MARCO. He is without a doubt, the best tour guide to have around if you do these kind of tours. His english is perfect and he had so much interesting facts and informations to share with us about the ruins, the mayas, the civilization... i've learned so much during this tour. Once again, Marco, remember this name, if you're lucky enough to have him as your guide, you're gonna have a wonderful experience. 10 on 10

Terry J United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

One of the 7 wonders of the modern world with good reason. Truly impressive. And you really should take advantage of the early access, since it offers not only small group liberties but you can get some unobstructed by tourists shots. Expansive grounds with monumental edifices. Our guide was knowledgeable while adding a bit of unsubstantiated and factually questionable color for fun. The property is well maintained by the state - something which distressed me while visiting Pompeii. A proud cultural achievement presented by a proud country. Not to be missed - well worth the time and cost.
Note that the tour will require a full day. We left at 5:00AM from the Iberostar Tucan in Playa Del Carmen and returned at about 3:30PM. There were stops on the way for those needing the bathroom and there is food/drink available on site.

jonnywong1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Really fun and interesting tour. Everything ran perfectly and the early access is a must! Marco our tour guide, was superb and was extremely knowledgeable about everything we came across. He was engaging and funny. Would recommend this Tour to everyone.

Thomas d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was an early rise pickup at 5 am, but it was well worth it!
The archaelogist Marco explained a lot about the Mayan Culture and Chichen Itza. This already started in the bus, which made the long bus drive go by pretty fast. He was very knowledgeable and had a lot of humor as well.
Our busdrive Mario drove safely and was super friendly to everyone also.
When we arrived at Chichen Itza we were the first bus in line before the park opened. By the time we left the site it was getting crowded, which is not great for pics either.
It was great to get a tour when it was still almost empty better weather too!. The location is huge, you will not be able to see everything, but Marco makes your brief time there an amazing one!

We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

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