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From Mérida: Chichén Itzá and Cenote Tour with Buffet Lunch

1. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá and Cenote Tour with Buffet Lunch

Experience the mysticism of the historic city of Chichen Itzá with a visit to its archaeological site, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Take a detour during your trip to Yucatán and join an excursion from Mérida to learn about history, swim in a sacred cenote, and taste authentic food. Head directly to Chichén Itzá on a bus ride from Mérida. Make the most of your travel time by hearing about the Mayan civilization and its history from your expert guide. Reach Chichén Itzá while it's still early before the crowds arrive and the heat sets in. Admire the perfection of El Castillo, recognized as the masterpiece of the complex. Visit the old field where the pre-Hispanic ball game was played, the Mayan astronomical observatory known as El Caracol, and the Temple of the Warriors. Take some time to explore at your own pace. Up next, taste a delicious Mexican buffet lunch with vegetarian options and recharge energies before heading to your next stop. Discover a beautiful cenote, a natural freshwater pool, where you can swim in its cool waters, sacred to the Mayans. Hop back on the bus and return safely to Mérida.

Xcaret Park: Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

2. Xcaret Park: Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

Your full day admission to the Xcaret Park is your ticket to a wonderful paradise where you can enjoy more than 40 activities and attractions. During your visit to Xcaret be a special guest at an ancient Mayan ball game, and join the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration! Access to Xcaret Park in the Riviera Maya from Cancun is from 08:30 to 21:30. Upon arrival plan your day of activities and attractions. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings, life vests and parking. Xcaret at Night begins with colorful cultural performances and the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration is at 19:00. Water activities include exploring the underground rivers, the Río del Paraíso journey, and lazing on the beach, inlet and natural pools. Explore the Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer Refuge, and Jaguar Island. See howler monkeys at Spider Monkey Island, and explore mushroom cultivation at the Mushroom Farm. Or visit the Living Museum of Orchids to discover Mayan orchids in full glory. Wander through the Tropical Jungle Trail, and visit the Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm. Take in the Rotating Scenic Tower for spectacular views. Experience cultural performances and see archaeological sites. Visit a Mayan Village. Discover colonial history at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel and folk art at the Hacienda Henequenera. Watch the sky turn to a rainbow of colors at the Stained-Glass Plaza. And take nature and culture tours throughout the theme park on this 9-hour ticket.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil Day Tour

3. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil Day Tour

Explore the ruins at Chichen Itza on a guided tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Choose between a private or small-group tour and beat the crowds and the heat with early morning access. Learn about the history of Mexico with insightful commentary on one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Start your adventure with an early pick-up from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Beat the crowds and the heat as you arrive at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide around the once-bustling complex, learning about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Wander around the Mexican pyramids, gaze at the spectacular stone carvings, and take photos by the glorious steps of the ruins. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and leave right before the morning gets too warm and the crowds increase. Head to the charming town of Piste for a quick look around before making your way to Cenote Ik Kil. Marvel at its stunning views, take photos of the turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and maybe squeeze in a quick dip before going for lunch. After filling your belly with some local food, board the vehicle once more and make your way back to Cancun and Riviera Maya with nothing but knowledge and memories to remember your adventure by.

Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza, Cenote, Ek'Balam Tour

4. Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza, Cenote, Ek'Balam Tour

Discover the magic of the Yucatan on this day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Ek Balam and a visit to cenote Saamal. Benefit from a hotel pickup by air-conditioned van, lunchbox, and a guide. Journey to the ancient city of Chichen Itza, one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world. Be accompanied by an expert guide throughout the day and learn fascinating facts and folklore of the Mayan civilization.  Next, visit Ek Balam, an off-the-beaten-track Yucatec-Maya archaeological site with incredible carvings hidden in a jungle landscape. Climb the soaring Acropolis pyramid, the highest point of the ruins. To recover from the Yucatan heat, dive in the crystalline waters of the underground, semi-open Cenote Saamal. Soak up the natural light illuminating the waters and the sight of tree roots cascading towards the sinkhole water.

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.

From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

6. From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

Discover the culture and heritage of Yucatecan on a day trip from Mérida to the cities of Izamal and Valladolid. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers, and savor a delicious buffet meal during the tour. After pickup at your hotel, the experience begins with a panoramic visit to the colonial city of Valladolid. Pass through beautiful neighborhoods, and admire the architecture of monuments such as the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and the Cathedral of San Gervasio. Following the tour, you'll enjoy some free time to explore these sites at your own pace. Continue to a buffet restaurant for a delicious lunch of local Yucatecan dishes. After your meal, take a dip in the cool waters of a cenote by the restaurant. Head towards Izamal, and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque place. Admire the yellow-painted houses, and learn why this city is known the city of the three cultures. See its pyramids and visit the Franciscan convent, before returning to your hotel in Mérida.

From Cancún: Chichen the Luxe VIP Tour

7. From Cancún: Chichen the Luxe VIP Tour

Depart from Cancún in the morning and be one of the first to arrive at Chichén Itzá, the complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Beating the crowds and the heat, enjoy a tour with a specialized guide and learn all about the incredible civilization that once dominated this area.   During this Luxe Chichen Itza day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya, you can enjoy as much water, soda, and beer as you want and a light lunch on the way to the Mayan ruins. For your comfort and pleasant journey Our Chichen Itza tour also includes a visit to Valladolid, a charming colonial town in Yucatan, and a stop at a beautiful 2 cenotes where you can go swimming. You will also enjoy delicious a buffet lunch.

Coba: Full Day of Activites, Adventure and Food

8. Coba: Full Day of Activites, Adventure and Food

This action-packed day of activities is designed to bring you closer to nature, teach you about the area, and immerse you in the culture of the Yucatan Peninsula—but most of all, the goal is to have fun. Explore an archaeological site, try some thrilling activities and water sports, and learn to make tortillas with a local family.   Start your day with a 120-step climb to the top of the tallest temple in the Yucatan Peninsula. You won’t believe the view you get from the top: get spectacular views over the entire jungle from the summit. Then, tour the archaeological site of the temple by bicycle of Mexican limousine with a guide certified to work at an INAH site (National Institute of Anthropology and History). Then, head out into the Mayan jungle to take part in a variety of thrilling activities: cross the lake in a canoe, hike jungle paths in search of spider monkeys, zipline over a beautiful lagoon, swim in a cenote in the heart of the village, and finally, enjoy a purification ceremony by a member of the “wise people” of the community. Your busy day ends with the best part: some food! Visit some local families who will open their homes up to you, where you can take part in an amazing activity: learning how to make traditional Mexican tortillas. After this demonstration, savor some delicious authentic Mexican food made by Doña Angelina and her daughters.

From Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Mayan Purification Ceremony

9. From Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Mayan Purification Ceremony

Immerse yourself in Mayan daily life and traditions on this tour. Start your tour with a visit to a small Mayan community in the middle of the jungle. Meet with your shaman and learn all about the ceremonial rituals before entering the temazcal, an all-natural steam bath that will help detox your body and mind. After the ceremony, sit down to a traditional Mayan lunch before visiting a local village. Here, enjoy a guided tour and learn more about the Mayan peoples' traditions and lifestyles. Finish with a refreshing swim in a cenote before heading back to your hotel.

Coba, Tulum, Cenote and Mayan Village Tour with Transport

10. Coba, Tulum, Cenote and Mayan Village Tour with Transport

During this tour, visit Coba, an ancient city lost in the rainforest, where the tallest pyramid on the peninsula stands 42 meters tall. Climb and contemplate a spectacular view from the top of it. Take a ride on pedicabs conducted by native Mayan people, find lost temples and pyramids, and learn the true significance of the date 21.12.2012, engraved into one of the columns several centuries ago. After Coba, visit the picturesque city of Tulum, placed on the edge of the rock, see the temple of murals, the ancient lighthouse, the high-class house, and take some pictures by the majestic ruins and Caribbean sea. Also visit a small Mayan village. Traditionally, Mayan people still live near the source of fresh water, and this is why you will take a swim in a cenote, see where modern Mayan people live, and enjoy a lunch based on traditional Mayan recipes. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 109 reviews

If there's one thing you do when you come to Cancún, it has to be a day excursion to Chichen Itza. Absolutely nothing compares to standing in front of one of the 7 wonders of the world, and learning all about the immense and fascinating history of this area. Furthermore our guide, Sergio, was one of a kind. He was absolutely hilarious, and he knows the history of this area inside and out, and his passion shines through throughout the whole tour. He was great at answering additional questions, as well as taking into account the needs of the group! I wish I could take him with me and make him my forever tour guide! Juan, our driver, was expert and professional as well! Following up Chichen Itza with the cenote was the perfect refreshing balance and felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

A must in Cancun! The tour guide was supper knowledge her name was Jacquie. She was really nice and supper inclusive making sure she answered any questions we had. She had a wonderful sense of humor that made the tour extra fun to be a part of. Must must take glasses, sunscreen, and hat as it’s supper hot!!! Cenote was beautiful after the pyramids would love to do again.

Very enjoyable trip as long as you come prepared. Bring snacks because “lunch” is around 3:00.. The cenote was beautiful and refreshing after the 2 plus hour tour at Chichén Itzá. The guides were amazing and very informative with extensive cultural knowledge. We might come back again with our teenagers next time.

Excellent service. Upon arrival we were able to quickly get the tickets at the box office, just by showing the QR code. The park is spectacular and worth the experience.

Charming the guide and the group that made the ride enjoyable even in the rain.