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  • Chichén Itzá: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

    1. Chichén Itzá: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

    Enjoy one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with a variety of architectural styles. Discover how this large pre-Columbian city played an important role in the Mayan civilization from around 600 to 1200 AD, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. Even today, it is still considered sacred by the Mayan people of the Yucatan peninsula. Like many of the cities of ancient Mexico, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden in the jungle. Experience its rich history and stunning ruins.

    Very happy we decided to visit Chichen Itza. Followed up with visits to Coba and Tulum ruins. Having the advance ticket save time as the line was already long when we got there.

  • Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

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

    Be picked up from one of the meeting points in Cancun or Riviera Mayaand 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, and visit one of the secret sinkholes, or cenotes, sacred to the Mayan people.

    Very pleased with this tour. We are older travelers and had no problems keeping up with our 40 something group. Our group was divided into two groups, Spanish and English speaking. Our Tulum guide, (Frank) was very knowledgeable. Our main tour guide (also Frank) was also very knowledgeable and managed the dynamics of our tour well. I'd recommend this tour to anyone.

  • From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

    3. From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

    Start your journey by getting picked up in Tulum. Discover Chichen Itza, a spectacular archaeological site and a must-see for those interested in history and culture.  See renowned structures with your guide such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan and the Great Ball Court. Get a glimpse of the achievements of the Mayan civilization.  After Chichen Itza, go to a local community-run cenote, the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and cool down in the refreshing blue waters.  Then head to Valladolid, a city where past and present come together. Be amazed by the colorful architecture and the local food culture.  Have lunch at the courtyard of a restored colonial mansion and wander the square and nearby streets. Take photos and enjoy shopping as you get a taste of the slow-paced Mexican life.

    A really nice tour, we enjoyed everything about it and it was the highlight of our trip in Tulum so definitely recommend it.

  • Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

    4. Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

    After convenient pick-up from your hotel, you will head into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover a sparkling, picturesque cenote cavern pond at Hubiku. Dive into the cool, clear water and chat with your guide about how these jungle-surrounded pools are formed from underground freshwater streams. Afterwards, recharge with a tasty buffet lunch of Yucatecan specialties, before heading to the region's main historic attraction. Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, embark on a comprehensive guided tour that immerses you in the archaeological site's most breathtaking landmarks. Marvel at the mysterious Kukulkan Pyramid, learning about its role in pre-Columbian Maya civilization from your engaging guide. Nearby, take a look at the largest ball court in the Americas and imagine ancient players involved in a rousing game of pok ta pok, a ritual that was practiced throughout the Maya Empire. ...

    Denote and lunch was excellent. Chichen itza stop was short and rushed. Vladadoid was mostly a waste except for a church,square and park. Staff was nice. Trip spends over 6 hours picking and dropping people. Reached hotel at 9:45pm. For the price….certainly worth it

  • Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

    5. Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

    Take a self-guided walking tour through the iconic archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Use your tour guide app for navigation and audio narration to uncover the site's buried secrets. Begin your tour at the entrance of the site. As you enter, admire the ancient wall that once surrounded this place. Next, see the iconic Temple of Kukulcán. Find out about its construction and how it was built to honor the equinox. Continue along to reach another amazing sight, the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game somewhere between soccer and basketball—but with a 20-pound ball. Learn not just about the game, but also the peculiar way the court was built.

    Then, pass the ominously titled Wall of Skulls, where the heads of sacrificial victims ended up. Arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Find numerous intricate carvings and sculptures depi...

  • Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

    6. Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

    First stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history and the day to day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to the Hidden Treasures for a swim in the refreshing waters of Cenote La Gloria. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world view...

    The tour was organized and enjoyable. The sites we saw were fantastic. We are vegan, and at lunch they offered vegan selections!! This does not usually happen, so was great! Guides were knowledgeable, and they took good care of us!!

  • From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá Tour with Lunch

    7. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá Tour with Lunch

    On this 12-hour excursion, explore the Chichen Itza archaeological zone. With a specialist guide, you'll discover the important role that the city played in Mayan civilization. Today the site is still considered sacred by the Mayan people of the Yucatan. Like many of the cities of ancient Mexico, Chichen Itza was abandoned and its monuments became hidden in the jungle growth. Chichen Itza is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and has also been named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

    Jam-packed day. Activities and tours were great. A little disappointed the tour ran long (scheduled for 12 hours but took 14 hours).

  • From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

    8. From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

    Discover the landscapes and cenotes of Hacienda Mucuyché, a former estate and plantation. Wander through the partially-restored buildings, and admire the Arabic and French-style architecture. Soak up the atmosphere in the dining room, the stables, the chapel, and the engine room. Change into your swimwear experience swimming in clear waters of this hacienda's cenotes. Jump into Cenote Carlota, surrounded by lush vegetation. Cool off in the Blue Cenote, a pool within a cave covered in stalactites. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back in Mérida.

    Everything went like clockwork with the transportation. We waited a short amount of time to get a bilingual guided group. The tour was great and we learned a lot about Hacienda culture from Guil. This particular place has Cenotes that are connected (I was pleasantly surprised that it was more than a quick dip in the pool) and we traversed from the initial Cenote where we entered, through a cave passage, through a canal, into another Cenote which also had a very large, completely underground area with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. After spending some time in the underground area we returned to the second Cenote and went back to the start via a pathway. This was an incredible experience, much more than we initially expected. Our guide Guil was excellent, full of information about the Haciendas and Cenotes.

  • Yucatán: Ek' Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour

    9. Yucatán: Ek' Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour

    Walk through the jungle that saw the Mayan people blooming. Ek' Balam has the perfect experience of avoiding the crowded sites and the Acropolis, the main building, is still open for you to climb. Ek' Balam is one of the latest findings of the Mayan world, the main pyramid and the stelae located on the bottom of the monument count the story of this important city and its emperors. The different buildings surrounding the area include the Oval Palace, the twin pyramids and a beautiful arch marking the entrance to this ancient city. Head to cenote Hubiku, a sacred entrance to the underworld on the Mayan beliefs, this natural pool has a semi-open cave letting the sunbeams to light your swimming. The Don Tadeo Tequila Museum will guide you through an interactive experience to know the process to make one of the most popular beverages in the world made in Mexico.  You will experience an exam...

  • Cancun & RM: Xcaret Park, Xel-Ha & Chichen Itza 3-Day Combo

    10. Cancun & RM: Xcaret Park, Xel-Ha & Chichen Itza 3-Day Combo

    Learn more about the Mayans and their ancient civilization with a combo package of three tours to the ruins of Chichen Itza, the underground cenote (swimming hole) of Xcaret, and the nooks and crannies of Xel-Ha theme park. The three tours combo package also features a delicious variety of culinary specialties in the colonial city of Valladolid. Valid for 15 days from first redemption, daily departures make this combination convenient and great value. Chichén Itzá: Visit the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, before going to the colonial city of Valladolid, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of gastronomic specialties, visit the Church of San Gervasio, and explore the historic monuments of the town center. You will also go to the Mayan sinkhole of Zací, renowned for its natural beauty (please note that due to time restrictions, swimming in the sinkhole w...

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What people are saying about Yucatán

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 86 reviews

Very pleased with this tour. We are older travelers and had no problems keeping up with our 40 something group. Our group was divided into two groups, Spanish and English speaking. Our Tulum guide, (Frank) was very knowledgeable. Our main tour guide (also Frank) was also very knowledgeable and managed the dynamics of our tour well. I'd recommend this tour to anyone.

Super Frank was super amazing! Very knowledgeable and fun! Driver Elis was just awesome! Best driver around. Pick this excursion and these people for your trip

A really nice tour, we enjoyed everything about it and it was the highlight of our trip in Tulum so definitely recommend it.

Pyramids worth every effort to see. The group was small, everything worked out, we have no objections.

Frank and Francisco were amazing! Super experience!