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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.

From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

2. 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.

Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

3. 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.

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. 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.

From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

5. From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation in Riviera Maya or Tulum and head to Sian Ka’an, a rich and diverse nature reserve south of Tulum. Board a small boat to visit Boca Paila lagoon and spot the local wildlife. Head out a short distance on open water to snorkel, if weather permits, on the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and be delighted by the healthy corals and abundance of fish. If the weather does not permit you to snorkel, visit an open cenote instead. See tropical saltwater canals, mangrove islands, and flooded sinkholes.  Return to the beach where your homemade lunch awaits you. Relax amongst the coconut groves or go for a swim in the sea before going back on the road. Get dropped off at your accommodation and reflect on the unique landscapes you just encountered.

Chichen Itza: Private Tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya

6. 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

7. 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.

Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Ik Kil and Coba Tour

8. Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Ik Kil and Coba Tour

Enjoy a guided tour from Cancun to two fascinating archaeological sites: the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Coba. Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Discover its majestic temples, like the iconic Pyramid of Kukulkan. You’ll discover a very different site at Coba, still mostly hidden under the jungle flora. Climb to the top of Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the region. This tour also includes a swim in a sacred cenote. The fresh waters of Ik Kil will refresh your mind, body, and spirit.

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins & Jungle Maya Park Tour

9. From Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins & Jungle Maya Park Tour

Combine culture and adventure on this day trip to the Tulum Ruins and Jungle Maya Native Park from Playa del Carmen. Your professional guide will pick you up from major hotels in Playa del Carmen, then drive you to Tulum in an air-conditioned van. Upon arrival, start exploring the different buildings and find out more about the importance of this site for Mayan culture. Enjoy enough time to discover the ruins on your own and take spectacular photos of this archaeological marvel. From the ruins, move on to the jungle park. At the check-in office, receive a safety briefing before starting your adventure. Rappel down a cenote, and watch a small ceremony by a Mayan shaman before getting into an underground river snorkeling to see the centuries-old stalactites and stalagmites. Jump from the platforms on the ziplines to end up at another cenote. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of your most dazzling moments in the park, and you can purchase these to take home with you. To round off your experience, tuck into a buffet lunch of Mayan cuisine before returning to your hotel.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

10. 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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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 93 reviews

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.

It might be a loonnnng day. However, it is full of memorable experiences and well worth the money

Long transport overall but the Toru itself is worth it