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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 Archeologist

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

Rise early and depart from your Playa del Carmen or Tulum 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 before descending into one of the pyramid’s atmospheric hidden chambers. Within, marvel at the fearsome and jade-studded Throne of the Jaguar, a vibrant red depiction of a jaguar that originated in ancient Mayan times.
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 or Tulum. 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

Gordon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was truly one of the best experiences filled with amazing history at every turn. Thank you for the tour. I would do it again.

Emmanuel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

David was excellent! well worth the money.

Britta L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Early pick up from our hotel with an early arrival at Chichen Itza was well worth it. We had the place to ourselves and were able to take loads of photos and soak up the atmosphere without hundreds of other tourists - as we were leaving it was a different matter. The guide was good, lots of information given to us before our arrival. Would definitely recommend this to anyone staying in Playa del Carmen.

Tony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was my first experience with viator and I have to say it was EXCELLENT!! We were prepared for a long day, in total 10 hours. But it was well worth it. Frank, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and had a personality that made the trip fun!! I would recommend this trip to anyone!!

Joy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was amazing!

Larry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

we left early 4am but it was worth all the effort. The guide Marco was amazing in the knowledge of Maya culture and chichen itza . I would highly recommend this tour above the others because the knowledge you recieve you will find nowhere else. L.S. Lenexa Ks

AMALA K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour is done through Amigo Tours-Cancun our tour guide was the wonderful Marco and our driver for the trip was Carlos.
It started off with an extremely early morning with a 5am pick up at our resort. Marco jumped out of the bus to greet us and we were on our way. We stopped to meet/pick up the rest of the group at the meeting point then were on our way to chichen itza I slept the entire way!. I can not recommend enough how AMAZINGLY worthwhile it is to go early. When we arrived at Chichen itza, we were the second bus there and pretty much had the entire site to ourselves. The second and probably the best part is that it is nice and cool early in the morning.
Our driver Carlos was an extremely safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the nice clean bus that he transported us in. Marco was an amazing tour guide. He has an archeological background and his passion for the mayan culture/history is extremely clear. We got such a detailed and unique tour from him and I wish I could go back tomorrow with family and friends to have them experience it! It is such a beautiful site and the information that Marco provided us with left us literally speechless! Thank you Marco and Carlos for the wonderful trip!!

Tiffany H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Although it was early in the morning the trip was so worth it. To be there before any big groups was great and to be leaving before the heat got unbearable was great. The guide knew so much.

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What an amazing experience! It is so worth getting up early, to beat the heat and the crowds. Also, unlike other tours we did, we had an actual archeologist, Marcos, who knew the history and made the trip so worth while. The only complaint is the lunch which was awful, but that is also said in other reviews, so we knew what to expect. This was definitely worth every penny and I would highly recommend it!

eastendpete United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

the person doing it frank was so good and had great knowledge and knows his stuff
and the history he knows is good

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