Things to do in
Yucatán

The Mexican peninsula is world-famous for its Caribbean waters, Mayan ruins, and underwater cave systems.

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Chichén Itzá: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

1. Chichén Itzá: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Enjoy one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with a variety of architectural styles. Discover how this large pre-Columbian city played an important role in the Mayan civilization from around 600 to 1200 AD, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. Even today, it is still considered sacred by the Mayan people of the Yucatan peninsula. Like many of the cities of ancient Mexico, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden in the jungle. Experience its rich history and stunning ruins.

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

2. 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.

Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

3. Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

Discover the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá on a guided tour from Playa del Carmen. Immerse yourself in the jungle at an eco-park, with some time for swimming in a cenote and a hearty buffet lunch. Start with pickup from Playa del Carmen and first travel to the jungle eco-park. Marvel at the sacred cenote as you refresh yourself with a purifying swim in crystalline waters. Dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant at the eco-park, and be ready for a flavor sensation. Try some of the famed Mexican cuisine with regional dishes from Yucatán. After your buffet, head to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá. Take a guided tour of the ceremonial site and listen to fascinating tales of the ancient Maya civilization. Learn more with your expert guides and hear of entertaining stories of life at Chichen Itzá. Discover a culture that was way ahead of its time. Then, enjoy some free time to explore by yourself and walk in the footsteps of the Mayan people. Your final stop is in the colonial center of Valladolid for a quick visit to this charming “Magic Town” of Mexico. The imposing church and architecture of the town surrounding the “zocalo'' or town square are perfect photo ops and a chance to relax and enjoy the laid-back vibes of Yucatán, before heading back to Playa del Carmen,

From Cancún: Tour of Chichén Itzá & Valladolid with Lunch

4. From Cancún: Tour of Chichén Itzá & Valladolid with 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. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, 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.

From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

5. From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

Visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Archaeological Zone of Kabah on this guided tour starting from Mérida. Spend the day getting to know Mayan culture at these historic sites and enjoy a traditional Mexican meal for lunch. Experience two of the most legendary archeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and gain insight into the rich legacy left by the Mayan civilization with the help of an expert guide. Stop first in Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth, or anecdote. Visit the pyramid of the Magician and the Governer’s Palace before seeing the Kabah archeological site and its iconic arch.  After sightseeing, finish your cultural day recharging with a traditional Mexican lunch before drop-off back in Mérida.

From Cancún: Chichén Itzá Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

6. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

In this tour, 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.

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

7. 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.

From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

8. From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

Start the tour with pickup from your hotel in Mérida. Journey to the amazing Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge in 1979. Explore the primary site for pink flamingos wintering in the northern hemisphere and get up close to the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Look for some of the other 300 species of native and migratory birds, along with reptiles, mammals, and different plants. See large colonies of brilliantly colored flamingos feeding in the estuary, and take a boat ride through the mangrove forest that provides food and shelter for shrimp and other creatures.

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

9. 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.

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 Yucatán

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,456 reviews

was amazed how great tour was . For once was actually picked up at exact time and place . Guide Marco was an exceptional historical guide and just loved that we took an interest. Bus looked brand new and aircon managed well. Our driver got us everywhere safely. The trip was not rushed. Yes it took time but worth it cenote as best had seen ..meal all you can eat usual buffet with salad and desserts. A spotless restaurant too.. Waiters brought me any soft drink inc beer too.. I chose that option on booking. I chose Jamaica soft drink. Fruit and little cake for dessert. Then mezcal tasting. Chichen Itza was amazing and made much more enjoyable with Marco s explanation and jokes and photos. Then 30 minutes in another town ..we could have had 1 hour! Safe journey back A really good experience and a lot better than many tours I have taken. Excellent.

Great tour would recommend Food was decent The shops are expensive and i didnt buy anything The info was good from the tour guide Ps if bringing young kids get them to wear something that makes them stand out as a child got lost then found but its so crowded it would be good for the young kids to stand out . Bring an umbrella sunscreen tips for the tour guide and driver water and something to do on the tour bus as its a long journey The cenote was good too

This tour was definitely a unique experience that I will never forget! Both of our guides, Luis and Miguel, created such an incredible atmosphere as they made the Mayan culture accessible to everyone with kindness, humor and a deep knowledge about history, art, local environment, etc.

WOW Freddie and George was amazing Freddie was amazing guide and George drove us there very safely. Right the early start is highly recommended you beat the crowds and miss the heat Freddie is unbelievable good at his job 5 stars great tour thanks Freddie & George amazing day

great as an activity really to make a big special mention to victor manuel and pastor everything was perfect top food during the activity the real Mexico to see! do not hesitate to ask for tortillas of more everything and circumstances to be amazed!