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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

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11,163 Reviews
Daily 8am–5pm
Carretera Costera del Golfo s/n, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

The Basics

Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of stone buildings in various states of preservation, all of which are connected by a network of roads called sacbeob. The three most well-known are El Castillo (Kukulcán Pyramid), the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court.

Visit independently or on a group or private day trip from nearby cities on the Yucatán Peninusla, which often combine a stop here with visits to Ek Balam, Cobá, or the town of Valladolid. Alternatively, choose a tour with access to the Mayaland Resort and a buffet lunch.

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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
$29.00 per adult
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DO IT
This experience was amazing and Marco was absolutely incredible. He has a real passion for what he does and he is so educated on the Mayan culture that it made the excursion all the more enjoyable. I have so much respect for Marco and the Mayan culture after this experience. Make sure to bring cash and be prepared for a long but fun day!
Hailey_E, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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Pyramid and Cenote adventure!
Ann_Marie_and_Sarah, Aug 2021
Chichen Itzá Full-Day Tour with Cenote Experience and Meals
Chichen Itza pyramid and grounds are beautiful; the buffet area was very nice and clean and the food was tasty! The cenote was Beautiful and so refreshing - what an experience!
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Fun and Flexible Tour
Edith_R, Jul 2021
VIP Chichen Itza Private Tour
Wow, what a fun tour. It was not crowded and we had the opportunity to really dig into all the historical and architectural details of Chichen Itza with our tour guide Mariana. She was so knowledgeable, had all the information handy and set a nice pace for the tour. We also appreciated the flexibility of the tour, due to some last minute unforeseen changes. The vehicle was nice and clean and everyone took covid precautions seriously.
star-5
The best tour ever!
Samuel_P, Jun 2021
Chichen Itza Plus with Sacred Cenote from Cancun and Mayan Riviera
This was the best spiritual , holistic, funny, adventurous tour of chichen Itza ever. We loved Gonzalo, Freddy , and Manuel. They really cared about the people on board and their safety.
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This was a fantastic...
Rebecca_L, Apr 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour
This was a fantastic tour! We had both a private driver and private tour guide who was able to explain all the details about Chichen Itza! We also were able to make many stops and loved the Cenote they brought us to. This is a great way to view the site during COVID as we had all the transportation an activities to ourselves. Thank you for a wonderful tour I would highly recommend!
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Great value for a full day tour
Nicholas_B, Aug 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Tour
Our guide Alan was great as was the other guide we got inside Chichen Itza, 1 hour of free time at Chichen Itza after the tour was just enough time, the buffet lunch was great, and swimming in the cenote was awesome. The only negative was driving all up and down Riveria Maya picking people up and dropping off - a lot of inefficiencies and wasted time.
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Well organized tour.We we’re picked up from El CID marina resort and met in Cancun with the rest of the group.
Tamara_D, Aug 2021
Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun
Everything was unforgettable experience , especially cenote. We wish we had more time there. If you are going to Chichen Itza bring with you plastic rain cover and have comfortable shoes.
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A great tour!
Michael_N, Aug 2021
Chichen Itza Private Tour with Sacred Cenote
We spent our wedding anniversary on a tour with Angela to Chichen Itza and. Cenote and loved every minute. Angela really knew her stuff and was a joy to be with throughout the day. Highly recommend. It’s worth a bit more money to have that 1 on 1 interaction and to arrive early and beat the crowds and heat.
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Long day but worth it
Kirsten_D, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
Martin was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable. It was a long day of driving but well worth it for the destinations. Coba and Chichen Itza were amazing. Ik Kil was impressive as well.
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Efficient!
Mikio_J, Jul 2021
Skip the Line: Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza
Very well paid service. We didn't take any lines and everything worked out! Chichen Itza is a worderfull place to visit. A lot of history and beauty.
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The best day!
Jessica_G, Jul 2021
Private World Wonder Discovery Tour in Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid
We are SO glad we did this private trip with Said! He was an incredible tour guide and gave us the best experience! The tour through Chichen Itza was so interesting, he had a laser pointer that he used to show us certain details throughout the site! Lunch at Valladolid was delicious! It was nice having a table already reserved for us. And the Cenote! Amazing! I loved going to a Cenote off the beaten track- there was only one other group while we were there!
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Very nicely planned..
Sagar_G, Sep 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
Chichen Itza pyramid tour was planned perfectly. Our guide Marco was very good. Enjoyed a lot in this tour.
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Magic
KINGUE-R, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza, the Pink lagoon and Pink flamingos
Driver guide was excellent,he gave us full explanations on each site and answered each of our request.The tour itself is very complet. We arrived at the opening of the chichen itza and left before the walkabout and the strong heat to denote it then las coloradas. I'll let you discover the rest

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many tours are led by archaeologist tour guides, who are well-versed in Mayan culture.

  • The Ossario group and Central group are open to everyone; Chichén Viejo (Old Chichén) is only open to archaeologists.

  • Come prepared for the heat with light clothing, sunscreen, bottled water, and a hat.

  • This popular site can get extremely crowded—book an early-access tour to beat the crowds.

  • Skip Sundays, when the site is free to enter for Mexican nationals and incredibly busy.

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How To Get There

Chichén Itzá is between 2–2.5-hours by car from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun respectively. Visitors to those coastal resorts will have plenty of options for day trips to the archaeological site, and departures are also available from Cozumel and Merida.

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When to Get There

The best time to get to Chichén Itzá is right around opening, before the crowds arrive and the sun is high in the sky. Some private tours and small-group tours offer early access to the ancient ruins. At sunrise and sunset on the spring and fall equinoxes, the corner of the pyramid casts a shadow of Kukulkán, a feathered serpent god, and creates the illusion of a snake slithering down the north side of the pyramid.

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Nearby Cenotes

The Cenote Sagrado, a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter, is an impressive natural site at Chichén Itzá. However, you can't swim in it. Another nearby cenote is Ik Kil, and some Chichén Itzá day trips combine visits to these freshwater sinkholes on the Yucatán Peninsula with a stop at the ruins.

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