See the best of Chichen Itza by day and night on this Viator VIP tour available nowhere else. Sail past the hordes waiting to enter the UNESCO World Heritage site and uncover the secrets of the ancient Mayan city with an expert guide. While most people head out after a day at the monument, you get to see a stunning sunset over Chichen Itza's observatory while enjoying Mayan tapas and bottomless margaritas at Mayaland Resort. At night, Kukulcán Pyramid transforms into a living canvas with undulating images during the light and sound show. Hotel transport and access to Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite are included.
Your Viator VIP experience begins with late-morning pickup from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz van. Arrive about 2.5 hours later at Mayaland Resort, conveniently located inside the archeological park of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site.Inside Mayaland, a Condé Nast Traveler magazine winner and National Geographic favorite since 1936, you will have access to Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite where you can relax before or after the tour.Next, embark on a tour of Chichen Itza led by an expert guide. As a Viator VIP, bypass the crowds of visitors waiting in line to enter the park, and follow your guide through Mayaland’s private entrance to visit the site’s most important temples. Stand in awe before the four-sided Kukulcán Pyramid, a structure containing 365 steps, the number of days in the solar year, and learn about the snake-shadow that only appears during the equinox. Imagine how the ancient Mayans lived as you stroll through the gathering place of the Temple of the Warriors, the ball court, observatory and nunnery.After the tour, wander the grounds of Chichen Itza at your own pace or stop by the BE Maya® Planetarium to admire a swirling starry sky. During the show, learn more about Mayan mythology, astronomy, science and art.In the late afternoon, settle into your table on the private bar terrace of Mayaland Resort and savor delectable bites of Mayan tapas, paired with as many margaritas as you’d like to drink. You’re in for another treat: Your table gives you a prime view of the sun setting over the El Caracol observatory. Board a free shuttle and re-enter Chichen Itza to admire its main temples bathed in moonlight. Then grab a seat for another memorable experience, a light and sound show called Nights of Kukulcán. Watch the 1,500-year-old Kukulcán Pyramid come alive, newly revitalized with 3D mapping projection and dramatic lighting and music, for a special look into Mayan culture and the discovery of the archaeological zone.
After the 25-minute show concludes, you’ll be taken back to your Mercedes-Benz for a ride back to your hotel. During the trip, tuck into a satisfying box dinner (choices include a steak-and-avocado baguette, chicken breast or a vegetarian option). After a full and satisfying day at Chichen Itza, arrive at your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel.Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.