El Castillo, Chichen Itza

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Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

1. Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

Explore the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá and uncover the history of Mayan civilization. Visit important sites, such as the step pyramid of El Castillo, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Be picked up from one of the meeting points in Cancun or Riviera Maya and then travel to the pre-Colombian city of Chichén Itzá on the Yucatán Peninsula. Located in the Tinúm Municipality, Chichén Itzá is famous for its step pyramid of El Castillo. Benefit from the services of a guide to learn the history of the ancient city and journey back to the days of the Mayan civilization. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the site, before visiting one of the secret sinkholes, or cenotes, sacred to the Mayan people.

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Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

2. Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá, Valladolid, and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through Yucatan and Quintana Roo peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to reach the city of Valladolid. Stroll through the colorful streets before chowing down on a Mexican buffet lunch. Relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back to home.

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Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

3. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

Go see some sights while visiting the Cancun area with this day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. See an ancient wonder and take a refreshing swim in a cenote. Be among the first visitors of the day to explore Chichen Itza. Let your guide broaden your knowledge of archeology and Mayan culture. Imagine how the Mayans once lived in this city. Stroll through the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you about Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology. Gain a deeper understanding of the meanings behind the stone sculptures and platforms. After admiring the views, take a break in the Cenote Saamal. Get a break from the heat with a refreshing swim right next to its waterfall. When you're finished with your swim, savor a Mexican buffet lunch. To finish off your tour, visit the Ek Balam archaeological site and explore the Mayan ruins. Climb the pyramids for a panoramic view of the Mayan jungle at your feet. Have some free time to explore on your own afterward.

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Chichén Itzá: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Lunch

4. Chichén Itzá: GetYourGuide Exclusive Early Access & Lunch

In this GetYourGuide Exclusive, your guide will give you an in-depth tour of Chichen Itza. Listen as they provide background information to help you better understand the history of this place. End the tour with lunch at a local restaurant. Beat the crowds and the heat by arriving early in the morning at the Chichen Itza Archeological Site. Be the first to enter this Wonder of the World and take amazing pictures with the place almost completely to yourself. Learn how this large city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around 600 AD to 1200 AD and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. The site was abandoned and its ruins were eventually hidden by the jungle. To end the tour, enjoy a typical Mexican buffet lunch at a local family-run restaurant.

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Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xichén, & More: 2-Day Combo

5. Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xichén, & More: 2-Day Combo

Save time and money with this all-inclusive 2-day combo experience. Choose between combos including Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xplor, Xenses, Xoximilco, and Xichén tours. Make your trip more convenient with round-trip transportation and a 15-day validation period from your first tour redemption. Xcaret TourSpend a day celebrating the natural beauty and rich culture of Mexico at the Xcaret Park. Swim or snorkel in the pristine waters of Xcaret’s underground rivers, stroll through the Tropical Jungle Trail, and watch cultural shows such as the ritual of the voladores (flyers). Use complimentary snorkel equipment (subject to a refundable $25 deposit) and enjoy other facilities including access to the beaches, bays, natural pools, lounge chairs, hammocks, and rest areas. Savor a buffet lunch, including one beer and unlimited beverages (soft drinks, flavored waters, and coffee). Xel-Há TourAt Xel-Ha Park, visit inlets, lagoons, sinkholes, caves, and more. Discover a snorkeling paradise with a dazzling inlet and fun activities. In addition to your transfer by luxury bus and entrance fees to the park, get access to life jackets, inner tubes, snorkeling equipment, and bikes to explore the park by land or on water. See colorful fish and other marine species in the sinkholes, learn more about the flora that thrive in the region at the nursery, and much more. Sip on unlimited drinks at an open bar and try Mexican and international cuisine. Xplor TourGear up for an action-packed day at the Xplor theme park where you can try the biggest zip lines in Riviera Maya and enjoy a lavish buffet. Take part in two zipline circuits, adventure through an underground river, and ride through verdant jungles. Head to the top of the jungle and zoom down one of the tallest zipline courses in Latin America, spanning 14 different lines. XensesAwaken your senses at the Xenses amusement park, where down is sometimes up. Enter an unusual world in which you are going to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel in a different way than what you have always known as true. Xoximilco TourJump onboard a Trajinera boat for a floating fiesta. Experience an original Mexican party at Xoximilco with traditional dishes while you cruise along the canals of Tour Xoximilco. Live the Mexican culture, customs, music, food, and games on this joyful evening. Dance along to authentic Mexican music such as mariachi, marimba, jarocho, and bolero. Xichén TourDiscover the best of the Mayan culture at Xichén. Visit the colonial town of Valladolid and Chichén Itzá, one of the most popular archaeological sites in Mexico. Walk among the Chichén Itzá’s Temple of a Thousand Warriors, see the jaguar throne inside the pyramid of El Castillo (the castle), and much more. Taste a variety of local specialties, visit the Church of San Gervasio, and explore the historic monuments at Valladolid. Stop at the Mayan Santuario Tsukán Cenote, renowned for its natural beauty. 

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Cancún: Tour to Chichen Itza, Mayan Towns, & Cooking Class

6. Cancún: Tour to Chichen Itza, Mayan Towns, & Cooking Class

Learn about the history and day to day lives of Mayan people on a full day tour from Cancún to the ruins at Chichen Itza and to the towns of Piste, and Tekom. Uncover how the ancient Maya civilization was one of the most sophisticated indigenous civilizations in Mesoamerica.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Cancún and relax on the drive to the Chichen Itza ruins. Purchase your tickets to the archeological site and enjoy a guided tour. Hear about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Admire the Temple of Kukulcán pyramid.  Continue to the Mayan towns of Piste and Tekom. Explore some of the larger settlements in the area and see how they have evolved over the years. Stop by Jardin Alak to appreciate the lush greenery and tranquility of the garden. Make your way to a cooking class where a local family will teach you how to cook age-old recipes passed on from generation to generation. Whip up some tasty local fare and bring home some recipes to share with your friends and family.  Head over to a local bee farm to learn about the ancient Mayan beekeeping practices. Meet a unique species of bee that is only found in this area before sitting down to a traditional Yucatecan lunch. Return to your accommodations in Cancún. 

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What people are saying about El Castillo, Chichen Itza

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 95 reviews

We had two great exciting days with Xcaret. Everything is very well organized and customers are well taken care of with good information and on-site service. The experiences themselves were exhilarating. We especially loved our day trip to Chichen Itza. Our guide Dally was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting with facts about the site itself and about Mayan history. We learned a lot and had so much fun. One point of improvement: the transport was a little complicated with needing to switch between buses and stopping off in lots of places. We understand this has to do with the high numbers of customers the company takes care of every day, but it added a few unnecessary hours for us.

The tour was very good. We only booked one day in advance and it was a Sunday so we were a bit worried that it was too short notice but everything worked fine. Our guide Frank was very entertaining and led us well through the day. They changed the visiting order a bit on our tour. We went to Valladolid first then had lunch (at 11 am) and only went to Chichen Itza afterwards. I would have preferred to do it first while it is still cooler but I guess everyone wants that and they have to distribute the masses a bit. The tequila tasting is not really worth mentioning. you can taste a few small sips of flavoured tequilas at the cenote where they sell them.

Chichen-Itza trip was very well organized. It'll be a long tiring day but worth it. Our guide Ruben from Amigo tours was very good in explaining us the history, culture and made it entertaining.

It was great, the tour guides are very professional

Freddy was great.. we got to do so much in one day!