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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour
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Overview

Spend a day exploring ancient Maya cities and an underground pool on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam. Visiting both Maya sites offers the chance to experience the most iconic ruins in the Yucatan, then tour a lesser-visited gem with vivid frescoes and a fascinating history. This tour includes pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch, and it’s limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
  • Full-day Maya city and cenote tour
  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn about Maya history and culture
  • Swim in an underground pool
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen
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Box Lunch with sandwhich, fruit, juice and sweet
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Chichen Itza , Ekbalam and Cenote Hubiku Admission
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Gratuities
Not included Yucatan State Tax Chichen and Ekbalam 40 USD per person. Must be paid at the check in

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
For costumers staying in aparments or houses in Playa del Carmen or Cancun we have differents meeting point to pick you up. Custumers staying in Tulum City or Tulum Hotel zone will be pickup in Super Market Super Aki in Tulum city entrance at 06:00AM.

Departure Time

6:30 AM
Get an early start on the day with pickup at your hotel then enjoy a light breakfast during the 113-mile (182-km) trip to Chichen Itza, an ancient Maya city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, tour the sprawling complex with the guide, beginning with the Kukulkan Castle: also known as The Pyramid, this dramatic temple is aligned with the seasons, and a feathered serpent appears in shadow during the equinoxes. Continue to the ball court and the rest of the site, including the astronomical observatory, “The Church,” and more.

Following your time at Chichen Itza, travel to the Cenote Hubikku, an underground pool that’s perfect for a cooling swim. This is one of the many caverns that dot the Yucatan’s limestone plateau, and it’s often illuminated by a shaft of clear sunlight.

The final stop of the day is Ek Balam, where you can climb the acropolis to follow painted scenes from the Maya underworld, see the astronomers’ reflecting pools, and learn about the re-discovery of the site. Ek Balam is a less-visited site that’s still surrounded by thick jungle, and offers an explorer’s experience of Yucatan archeology. This tour concludes with return transfer to Playa del Carmen, and drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
After boarding the transportation at your hotel and a technical stop of 10 minutes, we’ll begin the route towards our first destination: Chichén Itzá. The main building is the Kukulkan Castle, known as The Pyramid. It is an icon of the astronomical, architectural, mathematical and engineering knowledge and, together with the platforms, they tell us about the past, with their many sculptures and representations of feathered serpents and Chaac masks, the majestic god of rain that lives in the sacred cenote. Other places like the monumental Ball Game, The Astronomical Observatory, also known as The Snail and the area of The Church are worth admiring, thanks to their masks from the Mayan classic period. Come and explore with us this World Cultural Heritage Site!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cenote Hubiku
The second stop of the day will be in Cenote Hubiku, after getting to know the history of Chichén Itzá. Here, you will be able to cool off in its water and have a relaxing time that you will surely remember forever. The cenote is subterranean, and we will enter it through its stone stairway. Thanks to its opening at the top, with the entrance of the sunlight, the water achieves a beautiful blue color.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Zona Arqueológica de Ek Balam
We will finish the tour at Ek Balam, where you can appreciate The Acropolis and its monumental entrance to the underworld, represented in the Uk’it Kan Lec Tok’ grave before being reborn as the mythical god of corn. The grave shows the jaws of a jaguar, flanked by a couple of Mayan “angels” and within it, the archeologists found an offering consisting of more than 7,000 pieces of jewelry in it, made by the best goldsmiths of the time.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • It is recommended that you bring sports shoes, sandals or flip flops, swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, hat, biodegradable sunscreen and mosquito repellent, a camera and Mexican Pesos in cash for expenses and tips
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Yalku Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku 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
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour.

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  • "This is well worth you time and money to do" See review
  • "I recommend it above those available at Hotel lobby.Everyone was professional, knowledgeable, with good food and destinations.It is an all day event, will be hot in summer and kids may not like the long day.Thomas Hendricks" See review
  • "Full 12 hour day for us after being picked up and dropped off at our Playa Del Carmen Hotel." See review

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star-5
highly recommend
george_b
, Jul 2021
Victor, Adrien and Choche were terrific. They were fun and full of knowledge. It was truly a beautiful and fun experience. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks guys for a great time.
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star-3
Sites worth seeing...with a different tour group if possible
Jen
, May 2021
I really enjoyed the sites in this excursion. I was anxious to do Chichen Itza and Ek Balam in the same day since they are both quite a drive from Playa del Carmen. And the Cenote Hubiku was a good addition. I will say, I was not impressed with Yalku tours which is the company that led this excursion for us. I found out the night before my scheduled outing that they were cancelling for the day I had scheduled because they didn't get enough customers. They pushed it out a few days which messed up my plans. If I had known that would happen, I would have easily used another company. They were not great about communicating options until very last minute and it made for a stressful situation. We decided to take the delayed option and go a few days later. The things I loved: The sites! All three were worth going to! Our tour guide was pretty good too. Negatives: The bus we rode on was messy (wrappers and empty water bottles everywhere when we got in), with lackluster AC. Then, to boot, it broke down when we were still almost 2 hours from being back at the resorts. The alternator totally crapped out. We're all pretty convinced it was because the driver slept with the AC on in the van during our tours. That was pretty disappointing. They eventually called and got a rescue van to come get us (this one was like the Ritz Carlton! Not sure why we didn't take it on the long road trip to begin with...) but weren't great about giving us updates and didn't offer anything in exchange for the inconvenience which was frustrating. I was surprised there was no discount or partial refund given, honestly. Also, be aware that in addition to the cost of this tour booked here, you have to pay $40 USD for the archaeological site taxes ($20/each) when you get picked up. They did give a "sack lunch" meat sandwich with fruit and juice on the first leg of the drive and had a cooler of cold water bottles for throughout the day. The late lunch/dinner buffet (super tasty food!) at the cenote was included with the exception of drinks and tip. And towels and life vests at the cenote cost to rent at Hubiku. Anyway, I would suggest doing these sites together, but I wasn't impressed with the tour company. Not really sure how you avoid that though.
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star-5
Wonderful experience, great tour guide!!!
Jin
, Apr 2021
Great tour, knowledgeable and experienced tour guide (Lucina), and responsible company (yalku tours). Lucina has been a tour guide for over 20 years, this guy knows his stuff! All the cultural information really made the places come alive. Chichen itza and ek Baram are only an hour away from each other, both are 2 hours drive just one way from cancun or playa, so I am so glad to be able to combine both spots in one day. We had a little over a hour at each location which is enough for the casual tourist like us. We liked ek baram better as it’s less tourist there, but chichen itza is clearly the biggest and most impressive center of power for Mayans of the old days and has more fun cultural information. Also, cancun folks gets picked up first and dropped off last, so if you want to save a hour, use a day in playa to do tours. I think this will be true of all the tour companies as playa is a central location to pickup tulip, playa, and Cancun tourists. Had two hiccups in this trip. They didn’t have vegetarian snacks ready for us but our tour guide stopped at a store and picked us up vegetarian items. You get a snack for the trip and a buffet at the end. Our van was also a bit old and broke down on the way back. The company promptly sent out another vehicle that was much nicer. Things happen, it’s good to know that the tour company will be responsible if something goes wrong. We stopped by cenote hubiku for our buffet and swim. The buffet is very tasty, great quality of food, with hot items, dessert, and vegetarian friendly. I recommend bringing your own towel or your hotel towel. (This is a tip for anywhere in the region, there is no towel rentals, only buying a towel at steep tourist prices) I would totally use yalku tours again.
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star-5
The Perfect Mix of On and Off the Beaten Path
Gretchen_H
, Mar 2021
Chichen Itza is a wonder of the world, but Ek Balam and the Habiku cenote will steal your heart. This is a great tour that mixes the on and off the beaten path. Our guide Mario was great! He’s always setting the record straight about what we might have seen in Indiana Jones or The Discovery Channel, which was awesome and informative. Ek Balam is really interesting and very worth the stop. We had a good time climbing the pyramids and enjoying the quieter pace. The cenote is gorgeous and the perfect way to cool off after a hot day of exploring ruins. It’s a long day, but they do a good job making sure we make the most of it and enjoy our time.
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star-5
Great day
Brett_B
, Dec 2020
Our guide was really good And the food at the cenote was great. It's a long day but worth it. The history is amazing
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star-5
Don’t overthink it
Pavel_S
, Dec 2020
Tour was exceptional. There was a bit of a delay in the morning organizing people into buses, but the rest of the say made up for it. Amazing tour guide, got enough free time to roam (would’ve liked more), but overall highly recommend!
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star-5
Highly recomend
Larry_B
, Mar 2020
Fine tour, our guide Adrian and driver Joel made our day quite enjoyable as they were both professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks for a great day !
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star-5
As it should be!
Serge_K
, Feb 2020
Spectacular! Professional guide, early access and two pyramid cites are complementary to each other. Chichen Itza gives you a smell of history but Ek Balam is amazing opportunity to touch and climb over ancient buildings. Cenote we visited during the tour was something special with no crowd and absolutely clear refreshing water. I recommend this tour to everyone!
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star-5
Very Cool
Lynndouville
, Feb 2020
Very well done, tour operator was so knowledgeable about history. Loved it. We were very well taken care of the entire day.
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Good Trip :)
jonmat1990
, Feb 2020
Nice & new car Good driver Friendly, nice and informativ guide Breakfast: Cookies , juices & bananas + Every Break some small waterbottles Tour: Chichen Itza, Cenote/lunch and ek balam And very nice - all Sales Actions were Really Friendly and Not Disturbing and annoying -
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