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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Daily 8am–5pm
Carretera Costera del Golfo s/n, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

The Basics

Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of stone buildings in various states of preservation, all of which are connected by a network of roads called sacbeob. The three most well-known are El Castillo (Kukulcán Pyramid), the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court.

Visit independently or on a group or private day trip from nearby cities on the Yucatán Peninusla, which often combine a stop here with visits to Ek Balam, Cobá, or the town of Valladolid. Alternatively, choose a tour with access to the Mayaland Resort and a buffet lunch.

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Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)
Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)
$44.00 per adult
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Must do this tour!
This is by far the best tour we've taken our whole trip. Rodrigo is the best guide and really brings the tour to life. We learned a lot, laughed a lot and Rodrigo helped the whole group with taking some amazing pictures.
Chan_M, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

star-5
Great tour and worth the money
Venisha_B, Dec 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour
Chose to do a private tour due to covid and it was worth it. Great tour guide with Carlos 1 and Carlos 2 - they were both brilliant. Very flexible and very informative and we learned a lot about the history of Chichen Itza and the cenote world. Would highly reccomend it.
star-4
We enjoyed Chichen Itza,...
Juliette_M, Dec 2021
Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun
We enjoyed Chichen Itza, what an experience. We could’ve done without the stop for lunch, and the Cenote. The tour guides were knowledgeable. The tour bus was far too packed during Covid.
star-5
Pyramid and Cenote adventure!
Ann_M, Aug 2021
Chichen Itzá Full-Day Tour with Cenote Experience and Meals
Chichen Itza pyramid and grounds are beautiful; the buffet area was very nice and clean and the food was tasty! The cenote was Beautiful and so refreshing - what an experience!
star-5
Amazing Tour
Amy_F, Jan 2022
Chichen Itzá, cenote and Valladolid Small groups day Trip
An extremely knowledgeable guide took us through Chichen Itza telling us about its amazing history. We then went to the colonial town of Valladolid for a great lunch and shopping. We finished the day at an incredible Cenote. Great experience.
star-5
Awesome!
Joe_F, Jan 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote and magic town of Izamal
Edgar was an absolutely fantastic tour guide who explained Mayan culture so well! The early start to chichen itza is brilliant and you can avoid the crowds. Travelling to Izamal and the smaller private cenote is really fun. The family at the cenote make a delicious guacamole!
star-5
Beautiful trip
Kimberly_R, Jan 2022
Early Access to Chichen Itza All Inclusive & optional Valladolid and Cenote Swim
Love Daniel and Alfred. Great experience although I did not see the appeal of Valladoid but the buffet afterwards was pretty good. The pyramid was just immensely beautiful and the guide was knowledgeable and funny. Exiting Chichen Itza had the little market with the best prices. The cenote was beautiful and the tequila was delicious. If you are planning to jump in, get the life jacket before the tequila tasting because it is a tight time squeeze
star-5
Great day tour of Yucatan
Amy_G, Jan 2022
Chichen Itza, Cenote and magic town of Izamal
This was a great tour all around! It was an early start, but definitely worth getting to Chichen Itza ahead of the crowds. Our guide, Edgar, really knew his stuff and gave us a wonderful tour of the site. The lunch was delicious and the cenote was incredible (and not crowded at all since it was part of the family's grounds - a hidden gem!). We closed out the day by stopping in Ixamal which was a charming and beautiful town.
star-5
Wonderful time
Judith_G, Jan 2022
Chichén Itzá Tour with Hubiku Cenote, Valladolid & Lunch
This trip was awesome! We love the Cenote experience and Chichen Itza. The tour guide (Marco) and bus driver (Victor) were very pleasant and professional. Definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour
Diana_P, Jan 2022
From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Full-day Tour to Chichen Itza and Cenote Maya
I had a great experience with alltournative visiting Chichen Itza & Cenote Maya. The Mayan lunch was good and flavorful. The traditional Mayan ceremony was a nice touch. Rafael was my tour guide. He was so nice, knowledgeable and funny. He spoke English very well too. I would definitely recommend booking this tour. Don’t forget to tip your tour guide!
star-5
Impeccable Service
Marie_N, Jan 2022
Chichen Itza Elite Private Tour from Merida
Of course, Chichen Itza is amazing. And the stop at the cenote for a swim and lunch was great. But what really made the tour special was the impeccable service of our guide and driver. They were both awesome!
star-4
it was awesome. Bucket list checked!
Karen_R, Jan 2022
Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun
Chichen Itza tour was awesome and informative. Truly a one of the seventh wonder of the world. I will see it again if I have a chance.
star-4
The visit to Chichen...
Jennifer_A, Dec 2021
Chichén Itzá Early Access, Ek Balam & Cenote Small Group Tour
The visit to Chichen Itza, El Bakam and the cenotes was excellent. The lunch was lovely and Reuben was very informative and friendly! The only downsides were being informed the day before we'd be meeting at 5am (not 6 as described) and returning for 7pm which was both earlier and later than expected.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many tours are led by archaeologist tour guides, who are well-versed in Mayan culture.

  • The Ossario group and Central group are open to everyone; Chichén Viejo (Old Chichén) is only open to archaeologists.

  • Come prepared for the heat with light clothing, sunscreen, bottled water, and a hat.

  • This popular site can get extremely crowded—book an early-access tour to beat the crowds.

  • Skip Sundays, when the site is free to enter for Mexican nationals and incredibly busy.

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How To Get There

Chichén Itzá is between 2–2.5-hours by car from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun respectively. Visitors to those coastal resorts will have plenty of options for day trips to the archaeological site, and departures are also available from Cozumel and Merida.

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When to Get There

The best time to get to Chichén Itzá is right around opening, before the crowds arrive and the sun is high in the sky. Some private tours and small-group tours offer early access to the ancient ruins. At sunrise and sunset on the spring and fall equinoxes, the corner of the pyramid casts a shadow of Kukulkán, a feathered serpent god, and creates the illusion of a snake slithering down the north side of the pyramid.

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Nearby Cenotes

The Cenote Sagrado, a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter, is an impressive natural site at Chichén Itzá. However, you can't swim in it. Another nearby cenote is Ik Kil, and some Chichén Itzá day trips combine visits to these freshwater sinkholes on the Yucatán Peninsula with a stop at the ruins.

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