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

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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.

lauren.dudley

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.

Carol F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

I did not book ahead for this tour before arriving in Mexico and had not problem making reservations on-line after arriving at our resort. Because of the early access, our pick-up was scheduled for 5:10 am before other pickups. The tour bus was comfortable and was able to sleep after we transferred to the bus. Our guide Frank was 5th generation Mayan and friendly, informative and provided insights into Chichen Itza and Mayan culture. Getting to the ruins early to avoid the crowds that arrived as we were leaving was well worth the early morning rise. The included lunch buffet at a nearby establishment was good.

Chelsey J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

The guide was very knowledgeable! Loved him!

Michael V B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Chichen Itza. Our guide David explained all the buildings, their uses and their restorations. The only 1 negative thing I have to mention is that it was nearly 12 hours from pick up to drop off at our hotel. The duration listed on the tour said 9hours so we expected to be back earlier.

saundrabeckley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Sara was full of knowledge and very amazing. The lunch stop was beautiful and the food was good. We wish we had a little more time on our own for pictures but the overall experience was absolutely fantastic!

Diana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This was the best tour that I've ever been on! My friend who joined me on the trip agreed. Marco, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and I walked away having learned a great deal!!! Omar, our driver, was also really great and the trip was smooth I was easily able to sleep on both trips. I am very excited to continue learning more about Mayan history and culture after this phenomenal experience. It is all so fascinating. This tour is so incredibly worth it. A steal for the price! There are some opportunities to buy things on the tour too which I normally hate but was actually great this time because the money was going straight back to the Mayan community and the handicrafts were really special. Expect to be away until 4pm or so and just relax and enjoy the experience and the vast amount of knowledge at your disposal. These people know how to run a tour! I've had many friends visit Chichen Itza without a tour or with a different company and they didn't know half of the very awesome things that I told them. Definitely take this tour!

becca

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This was one of the best tours I have ever taken anywhere in the world. Having early access an Archeologist to share their knowledge and background was well worth the extra cost and being up at 4:00 am! Marco, our archaeologist guide, was wonderful, friendly and full of knowledge and ideas to share with us. We also enjoyed the commentary from Frank, our in-van host from Playa.

After the ruins we went to a Mayan restaurant gift shop, and enjoyed a homemade meal and browsed some chotchkie's before the long drive back to Playa Del Carmen.

My main note is expect this to be a FULL day, of around 12 hours from pickup to drop off.

My only feedback was that somehow we had a mix up with pickup and they were about 35 minutes late getting us, and there seemed to be some confusion on where we should meet. Also, we were gone about 12 hours, while the tour lists 9 here on Viator. My only suggestion is maybe updating this information. Also, we got lunch instead of breakfast as a meal.

Sarah

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This tour was great! Our guide, Frank, was so knowledgeable. Explained how long it would take and said we could have time to sleep on the drive because it was so early. He walked us through some parts of Chichen Itza then gave us time to explore on our own. After we went to a local shop, they encouraged us to shop there to support the locals. Then we all dinned together before driving back to our hotels. All in all this was a great tour, wish we had a bit more time to explore Chichen Itza as opposed to shopping, but I would still recommend this. Pro tip: Bring bug spray! It was extremely humid and many small bugs fly around the area.

Ernest A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Early access is the best if doing this trip.

Alyson G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Fantastic day out totally organised from start to finish , we were split into two groups spanish speaking and English speaking which was good our guide was very informative and generally good fun the lunch in the way back to playa del Carmen was really nice and all the people were so nice .

Thall306 Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This was a fantastic tour. Going early in the morning to avoid the rush and the heat was the best plan. Frank was an excellent guide, very informative. There were about 16 in our group. Had an hour to explore on your own as well as the two hour guided tour.

evettelittle8

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

I liked the fact they were on time. We were early and beat the large crowd and the sun. I learned a lot ! Frank was awesome!

Chris D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

Peter E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Had a great time exploring the ruins. Guide was very knowledgable about the history.

k_hilder

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

best tour guide ever, such an amazing place .He explained so much history to us was very informative such a friendly and happy archaeologist best to do early morning visit has this site gets very bizy so this excursion is the best one to do .

Nora Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Worth it to go early to Chichen Itza

Terry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

An early morning and a very long day but well worth it. Pick up was efficient and right on time. The bus was comfortable but there should be a washroom on these buses as there are a number of older people who may have to use it frequently. Something to think about. Our guide was terrific. Well versed and a great story teller. The ruins are amazing. The early entrance is the only way to go. Cooler and by the time we left at noonish the place was packed and we were there in the off season, July. Overall, a great experience that we still talk about!

rebecca b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Fantastic day. Worth the early start we were the first group at the site. We got uniteruptted views of the temples so great photos, And the temperature was easy to bare. Marco was our guide he was so knowledgeable and passionate he really made the tour 10/10.

Fredric H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great guide with lots of knowledge to share, left Chichen Itza with a new admiration for Maya culture!

Kevin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Getting up so early was hard, but in the end well worth it. They picked us up at our hotel around 4 am and took us to meet the big bus. The big bus was comfortable bus and they let us rest for the first hour. Marco was our guild and was awesome. He really knew what he was talking about and presented the information in a fun way. Going early pretty much gave us the place to our selves and made for some great pictures without having to fight for a place to take them. Gone are the days of the sack lunches, we stopped in a little Mayan village for a great lunch and souvenir shopping. Over all this was great tour and well worth getting up so early.

mellis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Our tour guide Frankie was great and we learned so much from this trip.

Rae-Ann J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was an awesome tour! Our guide, David was very knowledgeable and patient. We were able to see all the key highlights and had enough time to shop afterward, and return in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend this one!

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

We had Marco Antonio Solis as our guide. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. 24 years of Knowledge which you could clearly see his passion to share plus inform us about Mexican and Mayan culture. This was our favorite excursion of all and a lot had to do with how informative Marco was. He answered all of our questions and understood our curiosities. He did not rush our excursion and he gave us MORE information than I'm sure other guides give. I highly recommend this tour and I highly recommend Marco Antonio Solis as your guide. ALSO pay the extra fee to get the EARLY ACCESS. It is SOOO worth it. By the time your tour ends, the site is packed with people. We got the early access and were able to take pics alone plus really hear the chirping sounds of the pyramid with minimal people around.

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