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Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil Day Tour

1. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil Day Tour

Explore the ruins at Chichen Itza on a guided tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Choose between a private or small-group tour and beat the crowds and the heat with early morning access. Learn about the history of Mexico with insightful commentary on one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Start your adventure with an early pick-up from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Beat the crowds and the heat as you arrive at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide around the once-bustling complex, learning about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Wander around the Mexican pyramids, gaze at the spectacular stone carvings, and take photos by the glorious steps of the ruins. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and leave right before the morning gets too warm and the crowds increase. Head to the charming town of Piste for a quick look around before making your way to Cenote Ik Kil. Marvel at its stunning views, take photos of the turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and maybe squeeze in a quick dip before going for lunch. After filling your belly with some local food, board the vehicle once more and make your way back to Cancun and Riviera Maya with nothing but knowledge and memories to remember your adventure by.

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

2. 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 driving to Valladolid, where you will spend about 30 minutes in the 16th-century colonial city before the return journey and drop off at your hotel between 06:30 and 07:30 PM.

Cancún: Classic Chichen Itza Day Tour with Lunch

3. Cancún: Classic Chichen Itza Day Tour with Lunch

Take a day trip from Cancún to Chichen Itza, the capital of the ancient Mayan civilization, with hotel transfers and entry included. Tour the ancient ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a guide. Visit the cenote of Ik Kil and swim in its waters. Enjoy a buffet lunch and a folk dance show. Begin the day with a drive that stops at an underwater grotto, Cenote Ik Kil. Admire the thread-like green vines cascading into the clear blue waters. Dive into the sacred sinkhole for a swim. Next, stop for a buffet lunch with fresh salads, soups, rice, chicken, fish, vegetables, and regional dishes. Be treated to a festive show where regional people perform traditional dances to folk music. Continue onward to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide to learn the secrets of the Mayans and the nearly 1000-year history of the place. Gain insight into its historical significance before wandering around the ruins on your own.

Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch

4. Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch

Discover the cradle of the ancient Maya civilization on a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. Marvel at the main monuments, such as the Kukulkan pyramid temple and the columns of the Temple of a Thousand Warriors. Learn more about their ancient beliefs at the observatory of El Caracol temple and other attractions. Then, cool down in one of the sacred underground swimming holes at the Ik-Kil cenote. Enjoy a buffet lunch before visiting the Lost City of Coba. Explore the network of temples by pedicab, and climb the tallest pyramid temple on the Yucatan peninsula for panoramic views of the rainforest.   End with a visit to the archaeological site of Tulum. Admire the main monuments of the only Maya ruins in Mexico located on the side of a cliff. Get stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and feel the soft white sand between your feet.

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

5. Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Coba Tour

Discover the fascinating world of the ancient Maya in this exclusive tour with an expert bilingual guide. Visit three of the top attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula – Chichen Itza, Coba, and the Saamal cenote for a full immersion into the history, culture, and nature of the region. Start with a journey in an air-conditioned vehicle. Meet your guide and driver who will ensure your safety and comfort as you travel to Yucatan. Enjoy a lunch box snack and the scenery of the jungle passing by as you make your way to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Tour Chichen Itza what your ticket that gives you full access to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Witness majestic temples including the iconic Pyramid of Kukulkan. Follow your guide who will regale you with incredible stories of this ancient city. Explore a very different site with a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins, still mostly hidden under the Yucatan jungle flora. Trek through the lush jungle and discover the ball courts and the impressive Nohoch Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula. Stop for a swim at the nearby sacred cenote of Saamal. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in the fresh waters of this jungle oasis before making the return trip back to Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

6. Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

Discover one of the "New Wonders of the Modern World" on a full-day trip back in time to the unique Mayan temples of Chichen Itza. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you will drive down the coast of the Maya Riviera, enjoying a breakfast en route. Upon arrival, a local guide will lead you on a fascinating tour of the archaeological remains to reveal the vision of the world as viewed by the Mayans. Learn about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic history at landmark monuments, such as the Kukulcan Pyramid and Temple of a Thousand Columns. You will have some free time to explore this magical place on your own, before heading to the cenote (sinkhole) of Saamal. Swim in the cold and mysterious underground waters, and learn why they were sacred to the Mayans. Taste the flavors of the Yucatan and Mexico at a local restaurant. Then, re-board the coach to drive back to Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Complimentary water, soda, and beer will be served on board throughout the tour, and before your drop off you will take a panoramic circuit of the colonial city of Valladolid, built over the Maya town of Zaci-Val in 1545.

Chichen Itza Full-Day Tour: Xichén Clásico

7. Chichen Itza Full-Day Tour: Xichén Clásico

Visit the sacred Mayan city of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World. Your bilingual guide will take you on a tour of the archeological site, showing you the main pyramids before leaving you to explore the area on your own, and to enjoy the views. On this full-day tour, you’ll also travel to the ancient Xcajum cenote, formed by the collapse of a cave. You’ll reach the cenote by descending 25 meters below the surface on a stairway carved into the limestone rock. Enjoy a swim in the deep natural pit that’s open to the sky! You’ll also enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the site (drinks at extra cost).

Yucatan: Self-Guided Mayan Ruins Walking Tour Bundle

8. Yucatan: Self-Guided Mayan Ruins Walking Tour Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. About the Chichen Itza Tour Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the Seven Wonders of The World and is famous the world over. Its iconic pyramid-shaped temple is the poster-child for the Mayan civilization, explaining why the Chichen Itza tour is on most travelers’ bucket lists. I know it was on mine! The only way to do the Chichen Itza tour is to go there by yourself, either in a car or staying in a nearby town. About the Tulum Tour Ah, Tulum. This ancient walled city perched on the edge of a cliff in Quintana Roo overlooking the Caribbean ocean in Mexico is quite a sight in person. Tulum’s greatest attraction is its location. It stands on a bluff facing the rising sun looking out on views of the Caribbean that are nothing less than spectacular. The Tulum ruins site is compact and easy to explore independently in only an hour or so. The self-guided Tulum tour takes you through the rise and fall of the Mayan empire. About the Ek Balam Tour Ek Balam: Ancient Maya’s Best-Kept Secret and often overshadowed little brother to uber-crowded Chichen Itza, is a special place. There are Mayan Ruins scattered across the Yucatan Peninsula, but few rivals the intimate experience available here. Between getting there, exploring along the way, and eventually scaling the massive temple, you are guaranteed a fantastic day at one of Cancun’s favorite ruin sites yet. The word Ek Balam means “black jaguar” in the Yucatec Maya language, and carvings of jaguars can be seen on the structures and ruins throughout the site. Ek Balam is a compact and fascinating ruins site with impressive ancient pyramids and structures with exciting architecture. About the Coba Ruins Tour Not a lot is needed to explain the popularity of the Coba Ruins. If you want to experience the ruins independently, on your own, the Coba Ruins tour is what you should book. Enjoy the sights without the group tour rushing you.

Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik-Kil Cenote: Private Tour

9. Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik-Kil Cenote: Private Tour

Enjoy a private 11-hour trip to 3 top Yucatan attractions, arriving at Chichen Itza before the crowds. Chichen Itza was recently named one of the New7Wonders of the World. Walk along the columns in the Temple of 1,000 Warriors. Climb El Castillo, the 98-foot-tall pyramid that towers over the ancient grounds. Learn about Mayan culture and history. Continue to Ik-Kil Cenote, a fresh water swimming hole that the Mayans considered sacred. Climb down into the cenote for a dip in the mineral-rich turquoise waters, then refuel with a traditional Mexican buffet lunch. After lunch you’ll visit Coba, yet another ancient city, where you can climb the tallest pyramid on the Mayan peninsula.

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If there's one thing you do when you come to Cancún, it has to be a day excursion to Chichen Itza. Absolutely nothing compares to standing in front of one of the 7 wonders of the world, and learning all about the immense and fascinating history of this area. Furthermore our guide, Sergio, was one of a kind. He was absolutely hilarious, and he knows the history of this area inside and out, and his passion shines through throughout the whole tour. He was great at answering additional questions, as well as taking into account the needs of the group! I wish I could take him with me and make him my forever tour guide! Juan, our driver, was expert and professional as well! Following up Chichen Itza with the cenote was the perfect refreshing balance and felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

A must in Cancun! The tour guide was supper knowledge her name was Jacquie. She was really nice and supper inclusive making sure she answered any questions we had. She had a wonderful sense of humor that made the tour extra fun to be a part of. Must must take glasses, sunscreen, and hat as it’s supper hot!!! Cenote was beautiful after the pyramids would love to do again.

Very enjoyable trip as long as you come prepared. Bring snacks because “lunch” is around 3:00.. The cenote was beautiful and refreshing after the 2 plus hour tour at Chichén Itzá. The guides were amazing and very informative with extensive cultural knowledge. We might come back again with our teenagers next time.

Pickup was on time and not too early from the time as Chichen Itza is crowded every day. Tour group size was comfortable. The Cenote Ik-Kil is fantastic, but unfortunately also very crowded. You may find an alternative here.

Wonderful time for the whole family, Sergio was awesome and informative