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Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

Travel back in time as you explore the Mayan  archeological ruins of Chichén Itzá on a guided tour. Connect with nature as you swim in the azure waters of the cenote of Saamal. Eat a mouth-watering buffet lunch and take a guided walking tour of Valladolid. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, or a nearby meeting point, and then journey to one of the most important monuments on the Yucatán Peninsula.   Upon arrival at Chichén Itzá, look at the step pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending.   Go to the ancient cenote of Saamal and experience one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal and take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience.

Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

2. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back home.

Chichén Itzá Exclusive Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

3. Chichén Itzá Exclusive Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

In this GetYourGuide Exclusive, your guide will give you an in-depth tour of Chichen Itza. Listen as they provide background information to help you better understand the history of this place. End the tour with lunch at a local restaurant. Beat the crowds and the heat by arriving early in the morning at the Chichen Itza Archeological Site. Be the first to enter this Wonder of the World and take amazing pictures with the place almost completely to yourself. Learn how this large city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around 600 AD to 1200 AD and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. The site was abandoned and its ruins were eventually hidden by the jungle. In between the tour, enjoy a typical Mexican buffet lunch at a local family-run restaurant. Swimming at the Saamal Cenote (entry included) and a visit to Valladolid are also on the itinerary.

Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

4. Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

Explore the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá and uncover the history of Mayan civilization. Visit important sites, such as the step pyramid of El Castillo, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Get picked up from one of the meeting points in Cancun or Riviera Maya, or at your hotel if you select the VIP or Deluxe tour options. Then, travel to the pre-Colombian city of Chichén Itzá on the Yucatán Peninsula. Located in the Tinúm Municipality, Chichén Itzá is famous for its step pyramid of El Castillo. Benefit from the services of a guide to learn the history of the ancient city and journey back to the days of the Mayan civilization. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the site, with the option to include a non-alcoholic drink on the VIP and Deluxe tour options. After, visit one of the secret sinkholes, or cenotes, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

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

5. 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.

Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

6. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán as you begin this 12-hour program. Stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos.

Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

7. Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

After convenient pick-up from your hotel, you will head into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover a sparkling, picturesque cenote cavern pond at Hubiku. Dive into the cool, clear water and chat with your guide about how these jungle-surrounded pools are formed from underground freshwater streams. Afterwards, recharge with a tasty buffet lunch of Yucatecan specialties, before heading to the region's main historic attraction. Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, embark on a comprehensive guided tour that immerses you in the archaeological site's most breathtaking landmarks. Marvel at the mysterious Kukulkan Pyramid, learning about its role in pre-Columbian Maya civilization from your engaging guide. Nearby, take a look at the largest ball court in the Americas and imagine ancient players involved in a rousing game of pok ta pok, a ritual that was practiced throughout the Maya Empire. Catch your reflection in the Cenote Sagrado sacrificial pond, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Observatory, which dates back over 1,000 years. On your way back, make a stop at the main square of Valladolid and admire its colonial architecture and the 16th-century San Gervasio Church before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

8. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

Go see some sights while visiting the Cancun area with this day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. See an ancient wonder and take a refreshing swim in a cenote. Be among the first visitors of the day to explore Chichen Itza. Let your guide broaden your knowledge of archeology and Mayan culture. Imagine how the Mayans once lived in this city. Stroll through the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you about Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology. Gain a deeper understanding of the meanings behind the stone sculptures and platforms. After admiring the views, take a break in the Cenote Saamal. Get a break from the heat with a refreshing swim right next to its waterfall. When you're finished with your swim, savor a Mexican buffet lunch. To finish off your tour, visit the Ek Balam archaeological site and explore the Mayan ruins. Climb the pyramids for a panoramic view of the Mayan jungle at your feet. Have some free time to explore on your own afterward.

Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xichén, & More: 2-Day Combo

9. Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xichén, & More: 2-Day Combo

Save time and money with this all-inclusive 2-day combo experience. Choose between combos including Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xplor, Xenses, Xoximilco, and Xichén tours. Make your trip more convenient with round-trip transportation and a 15-day validation period from your first tour redemption. Xcaret TourSpend a day celebrating the natural beauty and rich culture of Mexico at the Xcaret Park. Swim or snorkel in the pristine waters of Xcaret’s underground rivers, stroll through the Tropical Jungle Trail, and watch cultural shows such as the ritual of the voladores (flyers). Use complimentary snorkel equipment (subject to a refundable $25 deposit) and enjoy other facilities including access to the beaches, bays, natural pools, lounge chairs, hammocks, and rest areas. Savor a buffet lunch, including one beer and unlimited beverages (soft drinks, flavored waters, and coffee). Xel-Há TourAt Xel-Ha Park, visit inlets, lagoons, sinkholes, caves, and more. Discover a snorkeling paradise with a dazzling inlet and fun activities. In addition to your transfer by luxury bus and entrance fees to the park, get access to life jackets, inner tubes, snorkeling equipment, and bikes to explore the park by land or on water. See colorful fish and other marine species in the sinkholes, learn more about the flora that thrive in the region at the nursery, and much more. Sip on unlimited drinks at an open bar and try Mexican and international cuisine. Xplor TourGear up for an action-packed day at the Xplor theme park where you can try the biggest zip lines in Riviera Maya and enjoy a lavish buffet. Take part in two zipline circuits, adventure through an underground river, and ride through verdant jungles. Head to the top of the jungle and zoom down one of the tallest zipline courses in Latin America, spanning 14 different lines. XensesAwaken your senses at the Xenses amusement park, where down is sometimes up. Enter an unusual world in which you are going to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel in a different way than what you have always known as true. Xoximilco TourJump onboard a Trajinera boat for a floating fiesta. Experience an original Mexican party at Xoximilco with traditional dishes while you cruise along the canals of Tour Xoximilco. Live the Mexican culture, customs, music, food, and games on this joyful evening. Dance along to authentic Mexican music such as mariachi, marimba, jarocho, and bolero. Xichén TourDiscover the best of the Mayan culture at Xichén. Visit the colonial town of Valladolid and Chichén Itzá, one of the most popular archaeological sites in Mexico. Walk among the Chichén Itzá’s Temple of a Thousand Warriors, see the jaguar throne inside the pyramid of El Castillo (the castle), and much more. Taste a variety of local specialties, visit the Church of San Gervasio, and explore the historic monuments at Valladolid. Stop at the Mayan Santuario Tsukán Cenote, renowned for its natural beauty. 

From Merida to Cancun: Chichen Itza, Valladolid & Cenote

10. From Merida to Cancun: Chichen Itza, Valladolid & Cenote

You will start the day tour from a convenient pickup from your hotel in Merida to journey to one of the most important Mayan monuments. The first stop will be at Chichén Itzá, where you will see the pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending, here, you will be accompanied by an expert certified bilingual guide, who will explain the historical significance of all the most important temples of this ancient city before leaving you to enjoy Chichen Itza at your own. After your walking tour, we set off at an ancient cenote, one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people; there same, you will enjoy a delicious Yucatecan buffet meal, then take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience; Valladolid is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of Yucatan and is known for the majesty of its temples and the ancestry of its old neighbourhoods; today, it is a peaceful city where you can admire beautiful old houses. Then we will proceed to drop you off at Cancun or Playa del Carmen city so that you can relax and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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What people are saying about El Castillo, Chichen Itza

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,075 reviews

Had a great time on this tour. Caesar our tour guide was very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the history of the Mayan people and their culture. He kept our group engaged and entertained. Jesus our driver was terrific too. They made a great team. Highly recommend this tour.

Totally killer! Julio and Lalo the tour guide and driver were amazing! They made the trip completely worth it! Best guides that I have ever had!

Excellent. Thanks to the Guides Allan and Martin who were great. Very rustic city of Valladolid Nice and the Chichen Itza very interesting

Our guide Martin was sensational!!!! Well-founded knowledge with an incredible amount of background information! Highly recommended

Long transport overall but the Toru itself is worth it