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Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour

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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Your exclusive, direct admission ticket lets you enter the archaeological site the first ones of the day —so you can explore in cooler temperatures without the crowds. Plus, you’ll visit the colonial city of Valladolid, enjoy a buffet lunch, and swim in Cenote. Enhance your experience of one of the New7Wonders of the World with this unique access tour of Chichen Itza, available only on Viator and Tripadvisor.
  • Be the first group of the day at Chichen Itza with this exclusive direct access tour
  • Early morning entry to the world wonder means you’ll beat the heat and the crowds
  • Enjoy a mix of guided sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace
  • Recover energy and taste the Mexican food with the buffet lunch included
  • Enjoy free time swimming inside a cenote after the tour of Valladolid

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See and gain more insight than most visitors with a private guide and unique direct entry.
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Direct Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza
Hotel pick up
Air-conditioned vehicle
Toll Road
Buffet Lunch
Professional Guide (English only)
Entrance to Cenote
Chichen Itza tax ($31) per person
Life Vest at Cenote
Drinks

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The pick ups will start approximately at 4am. The exact pick up place and time will be confirmed the day before the tour
Travel to Chichen Itza for early direct access to the ruins. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site before most of the crowds arrive, allowing up-close access and a more tranquil experience.

Purchase your ticket and head inside through a direct entry to learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between AD 600 and 1200 from your expert guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages and a center of worship for the Mayan people, which is still considered sacred today.

Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. Hear about the meaning of the staircases, stone carvings, platforms, pyramids, and ball courts according to the mythology and cosmology of the ancient Mayan people.

Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet with vegetarian options, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city and finish your day swimming in a sacred cenote.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cancun
Ride from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
Your tour begins with an early morning departure. Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive. Throughout the trip, your archaeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population. Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases. Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan.  Return around 3:00 p.m. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hotel Real del Mayab
Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet at a local restaurant
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hacienda Selva Maya
Enjoy the experience of swimming in a Mayan Cenote
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
  • Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee depending on the device and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
  • Please note that all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax fee.
  • We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The visit be only in English
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Do I need to bring my confirmation / ticket?
A:Please bring your ID and your voucher (printed or digital).
Dec 2020
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.

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  • "It is very hot there so make sure to bring water." See review
  • "It is absolutely advantageous to get up early and get into the door early." See review
  • "Definitely worth it to get there early before the heat sets in and crowds arrive." See review

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star-5
Rodrigo is the best!
Darby_S
, Aug 2022
Marcos tour was hands down the best experience and adventure! Well planned, early morning visit was worth the early morning! Rodrigos knowledge and tour was gripping! Totally recommend
star-5
Memorable experience
XueMei_Y
, Aug 2022
Early entering is wise choice, it's worthy. Wonderful tour guides and drivers. Thanks them so much! Recommend to friends.
star-1
Never again
Ignacio_C
, Aug 2022
Pathetic service, the agency changed my pick up direction for another hotel, but My Show off it was 04:35 AM !!!!!!!!!!!! Do you know what is going on Walking at that hour ?????
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Ignacio_C, we are sorry to read about this situation, could you please send a message to aux_calidad@amigotours.com? We would like to provide you a solution as soon as possible. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Amazing experience
Steven_D
, Aug 2022
Frank and luna were awesome. The entire tour frank gave great historical facts during and after the drive to both locations. Everything was smooth including pickup, lunch and dropoff.tour was amazing as well as the tour guide at chichen itza, Omar.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Amig@ Steven_D, Thank you very much for writing us, we are glad to know that your experience was amazing and the tour met all your expectations. Your preference gives us the greatest satisfaction. Best wishes!!! Michelle, Amigo Tours
star-5
Temples, Tequila and a dip in paradise...
Aslom_S
, Aug 2022
The tour was an amazing experience. Our guides Marco and Rodrigo were very well versed and knowledgeable in the places we visited. Chichen Itza is simply amazing and the Cenote was an extremely pleasant way to end the day. Would definitely recommend using Amigo tours for this experience. Thank you Marco, Rodrigo and our driver Ephraim.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Amig@ Aslom_S, Thank you very much for contact us, we are very happy to know that you had a great adventure with us, and we are very happy to say that you are already part of the bus friend family. Best wishes! Michelle, Amigo Tours
star-5
A great tour with just the right stops
Maaria_T
, Aug 2022
This was the second tour I've taken to Chichen Itza and I have to say that this time it was 400% better than my last one. Being there early was great, and the schedule made so much sense. Also skipping Valladolid that is included in some of the other tours was great, since it didn’t add anything but time in my last tour. I really liked the cenote we were taken to as well as the guides. All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Amig@ Maaria_T We really appreciate your valuable comments and your recommendation. It is a pleasure for us to know that you had a great day. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
You wont regret it
Evelyn_T
, Aug 2022
Chichen itza is hot, like really hot and humid so this early access tour is the best option in my opinion. I think i may get a heat stroke if i reach mid-day. Frank our tour bus guide and Omar our chichen Itza guide were both amazing. Shared a ton of history, culture and stories if the amaxlzing kulkulcan and other sights in Chichen Itza. Buffet lunch is per expectation. Cenote is beautiful and tequila tasting is free. Throughout, i do not feel pressure to buy or tip but i did buy and tip cause i think they all did an amazing job and the tour is well worth its cost
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Querid@ Amig@Evelyn_T, Thank you very much for share your experience with us, we hope you had enjoyed your trip. We keep you up to date and focused on serving you as you deserve. Best regards! Michelle, Amigo Tours
star-5
Incredible Tour
Karl_Z
, Aug 2022
We were on the fence on whether or not to go to Chichén Itza. All of the other tours are quite expensive but we found this tour and decided to pull the trigger. We were scared that because it was so cheap we would be paying a lot in additional “on the spot” fees. It does mention that you do have to pay for your local tax for Chichén Itza and for your life jackets/locker at the Cenote. For two people we paid $46 a person for the tour plus $31 a person for the local tax and $9 total for two life jackets and a locker rental at the Cenote. We paid $163 total for two people for the entire day. Quite a lot cheaper than the other tours. Rodrigo and Marco were incredible. They made the trip super enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this experience. Do be sure to bring water and face masks though. You need the face mask to get into Chichén Itza. The 4:45 am departure was a little daunting but worth it as we were the first tour group at all of the different stops allowing us to have a more intimate experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Amig@ Karl_Z, Thank you very much for sharing your amazing experience, we hope it met all your expectations. We look forward to your next visit. You are now part of the amigo tours family. Best Regards! Michelle, Amigo Tours
star-5
Excelente!!!
Dena_V
, Aug 2022
The 4 am pick up is well worth it! Marco made the tour fun and highly informative! I think our driver was Rodrigo and he was a great driver! Best thing was we beat crowds at Chichén Itza , the lunch and at the cenote. Swimming in that cenote was a beautiful experience!! Thank you so much Amigo’s!!! Hasta luego
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Amig@ Dena_V Excellent comment, thank you very much for letting us know your point of view and your experience. It has been a pleasure to serve you. Hasta luego Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Mind blowing thanks to our guide Marco!
AnneMarie_B
, Aug 2022
Waking up at 4 am is not what you expect on holidays but being the first ones on site and having the privilege to discover Chichen Itza with no other group of tourits is more than expected! So this super early tour is more than worth while! The icing on the cake was our tour guide, Marco. An amazing guy with an amazing knowledge, a stunning storyteller, a true passionate whose love for his country and its history was contagious. I truly recommend to take a guide. And if it comes to be Marco, you will be blown away!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Amig@ AnneMarie_B We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience. Thank you very much for letting us know. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Excellent Tour
Chin_O
, Aug 2022
I wanted to learn a bit of Mayan history. My 12 year old son just wanted to have fun. He started off not excited about the tour and especially not excited about the 4am pick up time. By the end of the day, we were both pleasantly surprised and more than satisfied. Marco was an excellent guide. Chichen Itza and the cenote were wonders. Go, you won’t regret it! And early morning is definitely the way to go. You can sleep on the bus ride there and you’ll be happy that to miss the crowd which you’ll see as you’re leaving each stop.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Amig@ Chin_O We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience, we hope to be at your service again on your next trip. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Great Excursion with Great Tour Guide
Mark_P
, Aug 2022
We had an awesome time on this excursion! Markos was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and professional. He also took great care of us. You should plan to experience this excursion. Also, the Cenote was awesome!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Mark_P, Marco will be delighted to know you had a great experience with him! We hope to have the chance to see you once again. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
We had an amazing time,...
HerbertCooper_C
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing time, and our tour was awesome. We recommend that everyone take this tour. We're looking forward to doing another tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear HerbertCooper_C, its amazing to know how much you enjoyed this tour, thank you so much for trusting us! Mariana, Amigo tours
star-3
Highs & lows
Carey_U
, Aug 2022
Rodrigo (guide in Chichen Itza) was fantastic! Frank (guide on way there & back) was great! Other parts of this trip had some issues. Early departure/ arrival at Chichen Itza was clutch. Wish we could’ve departed even earlier. Would be nice if tour company could iron out the pickups processes so less time is wasted at the start. (Much confusion over pickup locations and times among participants I spoke with.) They should ditch the horrible lunch buffet stop at the overpriced gouging ‘artisenias’ place where the food is meh and they charge $8 for a coconut. Instead, let the people have more time at Chichen Itza and either have lunch on their own there, or do group lunch at the Cenote location. Lunch stop was a totally frustrating, disappointing, expensive waste of time & money that could’ve been exceedingly well spent exploring more of Chichen Itza instead. At cenote, it would have been helpful if Frank had told us that it’s mandatory to rent a life jacket if you wish to enter the water so that you don’t walk all the way to the cenote to learn that, then have to turn around and walk all the way back to entrance to rent one. Loved Chichen Itza, loved Rodrigo, really like Frank. Please offer a tour that provides early morning access and longer time in Chichen Itza (like at least 3.5 hours). That’s a tour I would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Carey_U, we ar eglad to knoe you had a good experience with our team; thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us, we truly appreciate it. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
A perfect day with our wonderful guide Ulises
susan_p
, Aug 2022
We had a fantastic day, from early morning pick up at 5:30 from our hotel, our driver was friendly and professional, we then went on to have a wonderful informative day of culture with Ulises. So glad we took the early morning tour with Amigo Tours before the crowds descended and the heat turned up. After a couple of hours in Chichen Itza, we went on to have a lovely buffet lunch, followed by a swim in a beautiful cenote and a little tequila tasting too. Can’t recommend highly enough,… Ulises was a brilliant guide, such an enjoyable day trip. Many thanks
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear susan_p, it´s amazing to know how much you enjoyed this experience; thank you so much for being part of it. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-4
Amazing Tour Guides
Divyam_G
, Aug 2022
Totally worth going early to avoid heat and massive crowds. You will appreciate every second of getting up early after the tour. Marco & Rodrigo were amazing, gave us so many tips as well. They gave us so much history to truly appreciate the magic of chichen itza. Cenote was breathtaking. One thing could be better a little more time for pictures, but I can understand due to the time planning. Also, don't hesitate to buy some Momentos right at the chichen itza because they are cheap. The ones at the restaurant the tour takes you are much more expensive.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Divyam_G, Marco and Rodrigo will be delughted to know that you had a great experience with them; thanks for sharing your feedback with us. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Marco our driver was a...
Jennifer_S
, Aug 2022
Marco our driver was a great friendly host and made our long drive entertaining! Choose the early time. It's super early but worth it. We were there before anyone else to all the places. Rodrigo our tour guide at the ruins was knowledgeable, friendly and went out of his way to make sure we knew the history, experience the greatness of their scared land and must be a part time photographer because he takes amazing pics!! They place is breath taking.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Jennifer_S, we are delighted to know you had a great experience with our team, thank you so much for being part of this avdenture. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Great experience with Frank and Amigo tours
Steven_M
, Aug 2022
This trip is amazing, I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Mexico. First off, they were right on time picking us up at our hotel. The bus driver Luna is the best in the business. Our host Frank was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the Mayan culture on the way to Chichén Itzá. The early start of this tour is great because we got into Chichén Itzá early and beat the crowds. Our guide for Chichén Itzá was Rodrigo. Rodrigo’s knowledge and passion for the Mayan culture really shines. He taught us so much. He is a wonderful guide and we will be seeing him on National Geographic!! Our next stop was selva maya, a small Mayan settlement with shops and food. The lunch here was very good and the people are very friendly. Last stop was cenote saamal. This place is beautiful and very refreshing after a long day . Jump into the delicious water and you come out younger!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Steven_M, our team will be delighted to receive your feedback, it is truly amazing to know you had a great experience during the tour! We hope to have the chance to see you once again. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Early Morning Tour
Claudette_T
, Aug 2022
Great tour. Starts very early but worth it to beat the crowds and get sometime back at your resort. The lunch buffet is not good. The tour guide Marco was the best and very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Claudette_T, Marco will be happy to know you enjoyed the tour, thank you so much for being part of this experience! Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Must Do Day Tour
Sarah_W
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing day with Frank as our guide for the day, please recommend him, he is a native Mayan and has a great personality for this job. He is able to educate and entertain you on the history of the Mayan culture and history. The lunch was delicious and the cenote was gorgeous and refreshing after a long hot day at Chichen Itza. Our guide at chichen itza was the best as well Rigaldo I believe his name was, request him too, he was great!!!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Sarah_W, it´s a pleasure to know you had a great experience with Frank, thanks for being part of this adventure! Mariana, Amigo tours

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