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  • Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

    1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and then journey to one of the most important monuments on the Yucatán Peninsula.   Upon arrival at Chichén Itzá, look at the step pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending.   Go to the ancient cenote of Saamal and experience one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal and take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience.

    Der Reiseführer sprach fast nur portugiesisch und kaum und sehr schlecht Englisch. Lediglich Elvis, unsere Führer in Chichen Itza, war top informiert.

  • Chichén Itzá: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

    2. 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

    3. 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 Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

    4. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

    Start your day with pick up from your hotel in the Riviera Maya or Cancun between 6 AM-7:30 AM. After arriving at Chichen Itza between 9:30-10:00 AM, start your 2-hour and 15-minute tour of the archaeological site. The name, Chichen Itza means “water well of the Itzan people” and it was the capital of the Maya area and its most revered center of worship. Walk through remarkable buildings and get detailed explanations provided by your expert guide during the tour. Arrive at Cenote Maya Native Park at approximately 1:30 PM and spend approximately 2.5 hours in the park.  Visit and refresh yourself at Cenote Maya and descend into the region’s most impressive cenote. Its crystal-clear waters and geological formations make it an impressive natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase.   Optional activities include swimming, diving, and rappellin...

    Amazing experience!Chichen Itza was trully impressive,a unique structure!we were there when it opened in order to avoid the crowds and not to be so hot!Cenote Maya was our first cenote and it was breathtaking!we were expecting something great but it was an amazing experience,with rappeling and ziplining!The maya village was also very nice and traditional,something you definitely have ti see!Definitely recommend it!Our guide Debbi was amazing!

  • Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    5. Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or apartment in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Temozón. Stop for a coffee and to taste some delicious antojitos (street food) before going to Cenote Hubiku to explore one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya civilization. Get some free time to explore the archaeological site at your own expense. Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Marvel at the different shades of pink in the lagoons of Rio Lagartos during a boat ride through the mangroves. Keep a look out for different birdlife, including cormorants, ospreys, herons and pelicans. Stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks and a main course of your choice from fresh fish, chicken or a vegetarian option. Get dropped off at your hotel at t...

    Very professionally organized, tours started and left on time. Be aware as other reviewers have said, we left the hotel at 7:15 Am and got back around 10:15 pm so it's a very long day, but a very fun way to spend it.

  • Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

    6. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

    Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán as you begin this 12-hour program. Stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos.

    Fun tour. A bit long. And less stop on touristy trap place would make it better.

  • Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, & Valladolid with Lunch

    7. Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, & Valladolid with Lunch

    Depart for the archaeological site of Chichen Itza between 07:10 AM and 08:10 AM and prepare yourself for a 2.5-hour historical tour of the most famous of the ancient cities of the Yucatec Maya. Named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007, Chichen Itza was once one of the largest cities of the Mayan civilization and thought to be one of the most mystical. See the stunning pyramid Temple of Kukulkan and marvel at the row of columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors. Look at the observatory temple of "El Caracol" and continue to highlights such as the sacrificial pit of the Great Ball Court, where the ancient ball game of "pok-ta-pok" was played. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Then, take a refreshing swim in the cenote of Ik-Kil and experience an underground lake on one of the subterranean river systems sacred to the Mayans. Enjoy lunch before d...

    Carlos and Jose did a good job! The drive going and coming back was smooth. Carlos is knowledgeable about history and culture. He always managed to get the group going and kept our group ahead of the other tour buses so we’re not clumped with a big crowd of other travelers The first stop was souvenir shops. For lunch a choice of pork or chicken tacos was included but you have to pay for beverages. We got bottled water and coconut juice for $10. I gave $20 but didn’t get the change… it’s probably my fault because I didn’t understand the server. Inside the grounds of Chichen Itza is peppered with vendors trying to haggle. The noise from some vendors is distracting when you’re trying to listen to the ground tour. The place is an archeological treasure. Vendors should have a designated areas only( my honest opinion only). In Cenote, like I said Carlos was great in getting us there before all the crowd. Yay!!

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

    8. 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

    9. 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...

  • Cancun: Chichen Itza Early Access with Lunch

    10. Cancun: Chichen Itza Early Access with Lunch

    Beat the crowds and the heat by arriving early in the morning at the Chichen Itza archeological site on this 10-hour tour. A specialized guide will give you a detailed and in-depth tour. Listen as your guide provides background information to help you better understand the history of Chichen Itza.  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 jungle. Chichen Itza is one of the New7Wonders of the World.

    It was a great experience the tour was well put together and quite a treat Freddy & Fank did a great job on the explanation of the history and made it a delightful experience

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I had a great time during this tour and I can definitely recommend it. Guide picked me up near the designated meeting place, but be aware, it usually gets crowded since there are many tour companies departing at the same time. I had to call in the morning to make sure which bus I’m joining. I would request this info in advance next time. My guide was Alan. 5 star guide, funny, spoke great English and engaged with guests. Very knowledgeable too. Tour went smoothly, there was plenty of time to enjoy all activities. Information during the tour was very clear and communicated in advance. Overall a great tour and the one worth taking at least once in your life! Enjoy

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.

An unbeatable experience, the guide mike very attentive and explaining everything correctly, always helping in all doubts, of course appointing the driver román, thank you for your work too.

We had a blast! it was well planned, a lot of fun, and our tour guide Allan was awesome. Will definitely recommend it to all my friends.

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