Welcome to Chichén Itzá
The most famous and best restored of the Yucatán Maya sites, Chichén Itzá, while tremendously overcrowded – every gawker and his or her grandmother is trying to check off the new seven wonders of the world – will still impress even the most jaded visitor. Many mysteries of the Maya astronomical calendar are made clear when one understands the design of the ‘time temples’ here. Other than a few minor passageways,... Read More
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archaeologist
Your Viator Exclusive tour begins with morning pickup from your Cancun hotel.Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive.Throughout the trip, your archaeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population.Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases.Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan. Hear how a serpent of light appears to wriggle its way down the temple’s stairways on the spring and fall equinoxes.Enjoy a box lunch while in transit back to Cancun. Return to your hotel at around 3pm. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun
During your stay in Cancun, you simply must take the opportunity to visit Chichen Itza, the most important archaeological zone in Yucatan. After hotel pickup in Cancun, explore the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire and learn why it has been designated one of the modern wonders of the world. Its extraordinary architectural beauty and geographical location are sure to leave you in awe. Your first stop is a 50-minute visit to either the Ik Kil cenote or Hubiku cenote. The cenote visited will depend on which area is less populated on the day of your tour. You'll have free time to explore this natural wonder, so be sure to bring along your towel and swimsuit! By 10:50, you'll head to the world famous archaeological site of Chichen Itza. At approximately 12pm and once inside the archaeological site, you'll be divided into English and Spanish speaking groups for a guided tour. You'll be taken on a 1.5 hour tour with a certified guide who will introduce you to the secrets of the Mayans. Your guide will explain the historical significance of all the most important sites before leaving you to enjoy the ruins on your own until 3pm. See the Pyramid of Kukulkan, el Castillo (the Castle), the Temple of Warriors and much more. After exploring the site, you'll head to the local restaurant and enjoy a buffet of fresh salads, soups, rice, meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and other regional dishes (drinks at own expense). After lunch, you'll be transported back to your Cancun hotel.
Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza and Tulum Ruins
Day 1 or 2 — Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private ArchaeologistYour tour starts with hotel pickup in Cancun in the very early morning, so when you arrive at Chichen Itza, you can enjoy this tranquil time of day with your archaeologist guide during your in-depth experience.During your tour, hear background information about the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza, and learn how this pre-Colombian city played an important role in Maya civilization from the years 600 to 1,200 AD. A center of worship and pilgrimage until the Spanish arrived, the site is still considered sacred by the Yucatán’s present-day Maya population.Learn how the city was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, earning UNESCO protection, and hear from your guide about the philosophy and mythology behind the ancient ruins. Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan. On the ride back to Cancun, enjoy a box lunch. Day 1 or 2 — Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an ArchaeologistBegin your tour with early morning hotel pickup, and stop for snacks (own expense) during the drive to Tulum. When you arrive, join your guide, a certified archaeologist, for your extensive exploration of this Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean. During your tour of Tulum, a Mayan word for ‘wall,’ listen to your guide’s informative commentary about the research of the site and the civilization that once lived here. Learn how Tulum was one of the major Maya cities of the 13th and 14th centuries due to its strategic location on the coast, its elevation (the region’s highest) and its defense system. Today, Tulum is best known for its sandy beaches and the remains of colorful murals painted over bright white walls, but as you wander the ruins of the city, you’ll learn about the archaeological uncovering of this political settlement that once exploited the rich marine resources off the coast. Return to your hotel in the afternoon, enjoying a box lunch during the drive. Viator Exclusives combine unique experiences and great deals — from traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences — and are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.
Chichen Itza Tour and Cenote Swimming from Cancun
Get picked up at your Cancun hotel, then travel in a deluxe motor coach with reclining seats and air-conditioning for the journey to Chichen Itza where a certified bilingual guide brings this ancient Mayan city to life. Chichen Itza, which means “at the mouth of the Itzáes´well” in the Mayan language, is one of the main archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the most representative and renowned windows into the ancient Mayan culture. During this full-day tour (allow about 12 hours) you will see the main landmarks of the site and visit a cenote for a refreshing swim in crystal clear water (around 45 minutes) followed by a buffet lunch (drinks not included) before returning to your hotel in Cancun.
Viator VIP: The Complete Chichen Itza Experience
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.
Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza at Your Own Pace wi
Your tour begins with hotel pickup in Cancun or Riviera Maya. Board a Mercedes Benz van and head to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Once you get there, you will be helped with purchasing your tickets to the site (not included) and avoid the crowds as you enter Chichen Itza through a private entrance. From there, you will be directed to Viator's welcome suite within Mayaland's facilities. You will have approximately 4.5 hours to spend here and you can enter the archaeological site as many times as you'd like. Take pictures of all the amazing temples including the Pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. You can also see the Ball Court; The Sacred Cenote, Temple of Venus, The Nunnery, The Church, The Market,The Mayan Steam Baths and many other places not usually covered by most of day tours to this place. Since you can choose how long to be at the site, you can stay as much as you want or head to Viator’s Hospitality Suite which cannot be purchased anywhere else. Enjoy the use of a concierge plus air-conditioning, towels, flavored waters ("aguas frescas") and access to all Mayaland facilities including Cenote Xtoloc (just a walking distance from the private entrance) and beautiful tropical fresh water pools. Here, you can swim and cool down and then head to see the “Maya Skies” 360 degree cinema presentation at Mayaland’s Planetarium if you'd like. You will also receive a booklet with special discounts to restaurants, bars, stores, SPA, Horseback rides and more to use while at Mayaland. You will have unlimited access to this welcome Suite, so you can spend time here as much as you want before departing to your hotel. Viator Exclusives combine unique experiences and great deals — from traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences — and are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.