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

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

Travel back in time as you explore the Mayan  archeological ruins of Chichén Itzá on a guided tour. Connect with nature as you swim in the azure waters of the cenote of Saamal. Eat a mouth-watering buffet lunch and take a guided walking tour of Valladolid. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, or a nearby meeting point, 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.

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.

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

3. Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

Spend the day discovering ancient Mayan archaeological sites on this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Swim in a sinkhole and enjoy free time for taking photos. After being picked up in the lobby of your hotel by a certified guide, start your tour and receive an introduction to Mayan culture on the way. Make your first stop at Coba, the tallest pyramid in México, where you can take in an incredible view of the area.  Swim in natural cenotes (sinkholes) and relax in the refreshing water. Finish the day at the Tulum Archaeological Zone, an impressive Mayan city built on the coastline. Enjoy a guided tour through the area and free time to explore and take pictures.

Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

4. Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

Explore local history on a day trip from Riviera Maya to the Tulum Archaeological Zone. Swim through the crystal-clear waters of two cenotes and savor some local tacos. Spark your creativity with a visit to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum. Snack on a fruit basket while you travel in a SUV.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected areas in Riviera Maya. Relax in an air-conditioned SUV on the way to the Tulum Archaeological Zone which is at the edge of beach.Sip on chilled drinks from the cooler that is stocked with water, soft drinks, and local beers.  Step back in time as you learn about the history behind the Mayan civilization on a guided tour. Walk around pyramids and take in views of the turquoise waters as you admire the ancient architecture.  Have the chance to purchase local handcrafted goods at the end of your tour. Continue on to swim at two different cenotes. Uncover the secrets behind this breathtaking geological formation.  Explore the jungle and learn about the local flora and fauna and meet some Melopona bees, an endangered specie in the Yucatan Peninsula. Savor a delicious lunch at a place serving authentic tacos in downtown Tulum. Try three different tacos with a seasonal fruit water drink.  Continue to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience that takes you on a journey of connection with Mayan cosmology, natural spaces, and the spiritual power of horses. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

Chichen Itzá Guided Tour With Transfer Options

5. 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

6. 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.

From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

7. From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

The Xcaret Park Full-Day Tour is the best way to visit Xcaret Park with roundtrip transportation included and all the benefits of full-day entry. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel and head straight to Xcaret, the top family theme park in Mexico. Your Xcaret tour includes: Roundtrip transportation in a bus with air conditioning and tour conductor. Access to Xcaret eco park from 8:30 to 21:30. Upon your arrival plan your day with more than 40 activities and attractions. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings during the underground river journey, and life vests. Xcaret at Night begins with colorful cultural performances, aMayan Ball Game, and the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration at 19:00. Water Activities: Underground River journey, Río del Paraíso journey, Beach, Inlet, and Natural Pools. Exhibitions: Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer Refuge, Jaguar Island, Spider Monkey Island, Mushroom Farm, Living Museum of Orchids, Tapir's Territory, Tropical Jungle Trail, Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm and Rotating Scenic Tower.Culture & Performances: Archaeological sites, House of Whispers, Mayan Village, St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, Hacienda Henequenera, Stained-glass Plaza, Nature and Culture tours, Papantla Flying Men, Pre-Hispanic Ball Game, and Fiesta Charra.

Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

8. Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

Explore Tulum and discover local eateries. Enjoy authentic Mexican food while learning about the city's culture and history. Your tour begins with delectable bites of tacos de guisado, followed by fresh fruit juices and some more regional tacos. Afterwards, hear about the history of Tulum and the surrounding areas as you make your way to the local market. Arrive at the market to enjoy more flavors of Tulum. While here you'll try the authentic Mexican dishes of tamales and mole. Continue on to avoid the tourist hot spots and head to the fruit market where you'll conclude your food tour with a refreshing dessert. This is a unique experience where you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide that will take you around Tulum, typically away from common tourist hot-spots to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico and meet its people.

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

9. 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 and Coba: Full-Day Maya Village Tour

10. Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Maya Village Tour

Upon arriving at the site, you can follow the paths to arrive at the highest temple there. From the top of this temple you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the amazing jungle that surrounds the site, with optional bike rental available at the site for your convenience. You will then take a 1.5-hour tour around Tulum, exploring this archaeological site. The site is one of the most impressive ceremonial centers of the area due to its seaside location, which makes it even more unique. You can learn about the Maya culture and history of this beautiful ancient city which was occupied in 1200, before admiring the beautiful Caribbean beach with its turquoise waters. You will then explore a Maya Village, with the opportunity to interact with the Mayas of this region as they share their customs and traditions. Be marveled by the life they have lived for generations, and get to know a typical Maya house and its lifestyle. You can also earn how this town has evolved with the arrival of ecotourism, and observe its current lifestyle and its economic and social growth. You will also have the opportunity to swim in a cenote here, as well as witness a traditional Maya ceremony. Finally, you can cross an imposing cenote by traversing an amazing suspension bridge, before enjoying a traditional Maya meal.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 91 reviews

Had a great time on this tour. Caesar our tour guide was very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the history of the Mayan people and their culture. He kept our group engaged and entertained. Jesus our driver was terrific too. They made a great team. Highly recommend this tour.

The very nice tour, a lot of history of the city and cenote, history of the Maya. The very kind guide Mr. Martin and Mr. Tino gave us a lot of excellent information, he helped us with our Mayan Calendars, I recommend them 100%% Thank you. Everything is safe

Totally killer! Julio and Lalo the tour guide and driver were amazing! They made the trip completely worth it! Best guides that I have ever had!

Excellent. Thanks to the Guides Allan and Martin who were great. Very rustic city of Valladolid Nice and the Chichen Itza very interesting

Our guide Martin was sensational!!!! Well-founded knowledge with an incredible amount of background information! Highly recommended