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Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A boxed lunch is also included for your convenience.
  • Early access Chichen Itza tour with a private archeologist
  • Visit parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that other tourists don't see
  • Experience personalized attention on this Viator Exclusive tour
  • A boxed lunch and round-trip transport from Cancun included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See and gain more insight than most visitors with a private guide and early morning entry.
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Professional guide
Hotel pick up if you select VIP (Cancún Hotels pick up) or DELUXE (Cancún or Riviera Hotels pick up)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Toll Road
Buffet Lunch
Soda/Pop
Chichen Itza tax (30USD) included in DELUXE option
Alcoholic Beverages
1 umbrella per reservation is included in DELUXE option
Visit to Valladolid and Cenote if Deluxe option selected
Drinks (available to purchase. Only included in DELUXE option)
Chichen Itza tax (30$). This is included in DELUXE option

Departure Point

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Crown Paradise (GO MART VILLAS DEL REY) 5:00am Beach Palace MP (BUS STOP) 5:15am Presidente Intercontinental PARADERO 5:40am PARADERO HOLIDAY INN-LAS PERLAS 5:50am CRAZY HOT COYOTE 6:10am

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico

OXXO EN LA GAS FRENTE A BAHIA PETEMPICH 5am (4am)* 7EVELEN PTO MORELOS JUNTO AL PUENTE 5:15am (4:15am)* OXXO DE LA GAS FRENTE A SECRETS CAPRI 5:40am (4:40am)* HM 6am (5am)* PLAZA ANTIGUA 5am (4am)* GOMART DE PUERTO AVENTURAS 5:40am(4:40am)* CIRCLE K FRENTE A CATALONIA ROYAL TULUM 5am (4am)* *Summer

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After morning pickup from a central meeting point, travel to Chichen Itza for early access to the ruins. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site before most of the crowds arrive, allowing up-close access and a more tranquil experience. 

Purchase your ticket and head inside to learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between AD 600 and 1200 from your private archaeologist guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages and a center of worship for the Mayan people which is still considered sacred today. 

Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. Hear about the meaning of the staircases, stone carvings, platforms, pyramids, and ball courts according to the mythology and cosmology of the ancient Mayan people. 

Board your vehicle and enjoy a boxed lunch for transportation back to Cancun.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cancun
Ride from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Valladolid
If you select the Deluxe option
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
Your tour begins with an early morning departure. 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.  Return around 3:00 p.m. 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!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piste
Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet at Piste
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
  • Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee can be up to 25MXN (depending on the device) and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
  • Please note that all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax of 30 USD. This fee is included in DELUXE option
  • We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Do I need to bring my confirmation / ticket?
A:Please bring your ID and your voucher (printed or digital).
Dec 2020
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds).
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds).
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds).
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds).

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Traveler Tips


  • "It is very hot there so make sure to bring water." See review
  • "It is absolutely advantageous to get up early and get into the door early." See review
  • "Definitely worth it to get there early before the heat sets in and crowds arrive." See review

Reviews

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2,188 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great excursion
Carlos_O
, Oct 2021
Swimming in the cenote, with only our tour group and experiencing the 7th wonder of the world, was an amazing experience
star-5
Daniel the guide and...
Zitlali_G
, Oct 2021
Daniel the guide and Felipe the driver did a great job. Daniel was so friendly and super knowledgeable. The restaurant for the lunch buffet was amazing. I didn't enjoy the cenote much just because it was super crowded. The tequila tasting however, was surprising and very good. Thank you for the good time!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Amig@ We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience. We are very happy to know that we did our job; to provide you with an incredible experience. Thank you for letting us know. Dulce, Amigo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Stacy_M
, Oct 2021
What a wonderful experience to visit Chichen Itza. Our tour guide, David, was so knowledgeable about Mayan history. He made the experience very worthwhile. I'd recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your comments and for recommending us. We really appreciate it Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-3
Great guides, poor planning
MaryBeth_T
, Oct 2021
Pros- Martino was an Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Kept your interest. Louis was a perfect driver. The site was beautiful and full of history. Cons- we were picked up at 5:05 AM. Thinking we would miss the crowds, we were fine with that. However, after picking up at various hotels in Cancun, we made a 1 1/2 hour trip to Playa del Carmen to pick up more people. Then it was 2 hours to Chichen Itza. We were in the van for 5 hours before we even got to Chichen Itza! This tour should Not pick up in Cancun And Playa del Carmen!! We didn’t miss the crowds. Although the site was big enough and not too crowded, but we did get there in the heat of the day. We were told that the whole day was going to be 10 hours. It was 12 hours, with 7 of that on the road. Also, there is no tequila tasting. Your drink included at the restaurant is a soda, you have to pay if you want a beer or something else.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your comments. We are sorry to hear that you found the time on the bus too long and that this has diminished your satisfaction. We will share your feedback with our colleagues so that we can continue to improve. Dulce, Amigo Tours
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Nathaniel_H
, Oct 2021
Daniel and Francisco did a wonderful job ensuring everything went smoothly, and the activities all brought an awesome combination of fun experiences and interesting learnings.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you for being part of this experience. Thank you for your comments. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Highlight of our trip!
Chelsea_D
, Sep 2021
This tour was the highlight of our Mexico trip! Our tour guides Freddy and Rodrigo were fun, incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, and were great at managing the group. The bus we rode on was very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your comments and for recommending us. We really appreciate it Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-1
Tour not happed as offered
Paulo_P
, Sep 2021
The local operator "Amigos Tour" contact me to inform that the tour, as sold, was not possível and give the option to upgrade or cancel. I accept to upgrade and the tour is supposed tô happen tomorrow (Sep. 19th 2021)
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you for your comments. We understand your discomfort, and we are sorry for any inconvenience that this change may have caused in your plans, however, we strive to provide you with the best experiences, we hope you can tell us what you thought of the tour with the upgrade that was provided. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
An entertaining and educational day trip that truly takes the whole day
Ryan_D
, Sep 2021
Daniel (our Guide) and Elias (our driver) gave us a wonderfully entertaining and educational tour of the Mayan ruins. Add lunch, a tequila tasting, cenote swim, and brief stop at Valladolid and it truly was a wonderful day. If I had one complaint it’s the length of the trip clocking in at over 12 hours (from hotel in playa del Carmen) but still had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for letting us know about your experience, we love to know that you had a great time. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Awesome day!
Kevin_P
, Sep 2021
Very memorable tour! Our guide, Daniel, was very friendly and full of knowledge about the areas we visited and Mayan culture. We learned so much that day and left with a greater appreciation of the history and culture! Bernardo, the driver, was also a excellent and made the day go very smoothly. I recommend a good nights sleep prior to this tour, as it is action packed. Chichen Itza was gorgeous and the tour was very informative. The lunch buffet was delicious, especially the pork tacos. The cenote was so beautiful and refreshing to swim in- jump in, you will not regret it! Overall a great experience!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Amig@ We love to hear about your experience, thank you very much for being part of this tour. We look forward to serving you again on your next trip. Dulce, Amigo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great time
Cleo_P
, Sep 2021
Frank, Rodrigo, and our bus driver Pablo did a great job on the tour. We were safe and learned lots about Mayan culture. Would definitely book with them again.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much for your comments. We love to hear that you had a great experience. Dulce, Amigo Tours

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