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Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

1. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through the jungles of the Yucatan 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 relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one of 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 home.

Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

2. 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. Get picked up from one of the meeting points in Cancun or Riviera Maya, or at your hotel if you select the VIP or Deluxe tour options. 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, with the option to include a non-alcoholic drink on the VIP and Deluxe tour options. After, visit one of the secret sinkholes, or cenotes, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

Chichen Itzá Guided Tour With Transfer Options

3. Chichen Itzá Guided Tour With Transfer Options

Following pick-up from your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, journey towards the archaeological site of Chichen Itzá. Visit the ecotourism center of Suytun and its sacred cenote (sinkhole) to refresh yourself with a purifying bath in the holy waters. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the restaurant at Suytun before making your way to Chichen Itzá. Take a guided tour of the ceremonial site and listen to an informed commentary about the ancient Maya civilization. Enjoy some free time to explore by yourself. Then, stop in the colonial center of Valladolid before getting dropped off at your hotel.

From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

4. 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, head to Valladolid, a city where past and present come together. Be amazed by the colorful architecture and the local food culture.  Have lunch in 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. To finish the day, go to a local community-run cenote, the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and cool down in the refreshing blue waters.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

5. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

Visit a natural park that cradles the best of the traditions and cultures of Mexico. With this special tour package, enjoy a food buffet and take a round trip tour to Xcaret Park, the most popular attraction in Cancun and the Maya Riviera region. There's fun for the whole family at a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the region. Experience more than 40 different exciting activities, from the Underground River Journey to exploring the coral reef aquarium. Try visiting an authentic Mayan Village or remnants of the Spanish colonial past at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. Or meander down to the water to row past Spider Monkey Island, or simply kick back, put your feet up, and relax on the beach.

From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

6. From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided tour of the region. Swim in the clear waters of a cenote, and marvel at an old Mayan city, among other local natural and cultural wonders. Begin your tour with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its vestiges, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and its beautiful white sand beach. Next, discover Cobá, a hidden Mayan town, now in ruins, boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Climb up to the top to admire the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds. Stop for a buffet lunch along your tour and taste local delicacies. Afterward, head to the Cenote Zemway, an other-wordly natural underground sinkhole filled with crystalline water where you can swim. End your Mexican tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping.

Tulum: Self-Guided Mayan Ruins Tour

7. Tulum: Self-Guided Mayan Ruins Tour

Discover the past as you walk through Mayan ruins outside of Cancún. Explore the Tulum Ruins in depth using an app as your audio guide. Learn about the fascinating, complicated history of Mayan society and about the mystery surrounding their hieroglyphics. See the House of the Cenote, where the city’s ancient residents got their water. View the old fortifications, and hear about the Mayan beliefs at the Temple of the Wind. Admire the Palace of the Great Lord, which was occupied by the rulers of this city. Then, walk to the detailed engravings at the Temple of the Descending God. Stroll to the impressive Castle, the House of Columns, the Temple of Frescoes, the House of Chultun, and the Temple of the Initial Series. Use the Action Tour Guide app to learn about the Mayan Calendar, high stakes ball games played by the Mayans, and to get filled in on where the Mayans are today. Listen to information from local guides that is narrated by professional voice artists allowing you to visualize the history that you cannot see.

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. Catch your reflection in the Cenote Sagrado sacrificial pond, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Observatory, which dates back over 1,000 years. On your way back, make a stop at the main square of Valladolid and admire its colonial architecture and the 16th-century San Gervasio Church before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Chichen Itza: Private Tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya

9. Chichen Itza: Private Tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya

Following pick-up at your hotel in Cancún, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya, journey to the pre-Colombian city and archaeological site of Chichen Itza, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, and now considered one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Upon arrival, benefit from the services of a private guide with expertise in archaeology. Hear explanations of the Mayan civilization and the main monuments of one of their most significant sites in your chosen language. Learn how the city played an important role from around 600 to 1200 AD, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Chichen Itza is considered a sacred site by the Mayan people of the Yucatan to this day. Like many cities from Mexico's ancient history, it was eventually abandoned and fell into ruins to be buried by the jungle. It re-entered the popular imagination in 1843 with the publication of the book "Incidents of Travel in Yucatan" by the American explorer John Lloyd Stephens. Get personalized attention from your guide on a morning tour before the large tour groups arrive. You will return to your hotel in Cancún, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya at around 15:00 to enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

10. From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

Start your adventure by meeting your tour guide right in front of the swallows’ statue so that you can take the ferry ride to playa del carmen and enjoy a scenic 45 minute ride in the blue waters of the Caribbean. After that, you will take an air conditioned van/bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you’ll explore the magnificent and restored temples rising above the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is an archeological site that offers one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. You will be guided by a local expert through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan civilization, getting the opportunity to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls of prominent buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, in which you will be able to shoot amazing photos during approximately 2 hours. After this unforgettable experience, you will return to your transportation in which you will enjoy a delicious light snack while getting back to Playa del Carmen, where you will catch the ferry just in time to be back to Cozumel.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 78 reviews

We were blessed to have a wonderful weather and the best guide ever. We had Oscar and Cesar. Cesar was our guide and a very enthusiastic anthropologist who loved teaching us about the history of the Mayans and of the local cenotes. The trip took us to wonderful places and we got to eat a fine meal at a top restraunt followed by sampling chocolates at a Local factory. We really got the best tour of Chechen ItZa.

We visited this tour on May 22. Everything worked great! We had Daniel as our tour guide and were thrilled. He has a great deal of expertise and explained everything to us in great detail. :) Also worth mentioning is the delicious lunch buffet and the bus driver. Price performance top.

Everything went perfectly. Ruben as a tour guide was great. Transport bus was modern. The sights were interesting and no long waits. We can recommend the excursion. Price/performance is right!

Daniel and Paulo were brilliant. Very knowledgeable. Had a brilliant day the Cenote was a brilliant way to cool off after a good day.

Long transport overall but the Toru itself is worth it