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Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

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

2. 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.

Playa del Carmen/Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Tour

3. Playa del Carmen/Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas on a day trip from Playa del Carmen or Cancún. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and see them up close at a crocodile sanctuary. Marvel at the pink shades of the lagoons of Las Coloradas and watch the flamingos fly by, you can’t help but fall in love with Yucatan! This Las Coloradas tour from Playa del Carmen or Cancun lets you travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to the neighbouring state of Yucatan and the famous pink lakes of Las Coloradas. This is an area of untouched nature that will knock you out, the stunning views of Las Coloradas Yucatan have to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will explain the facts and folklore of the region and help you get the best Instagram-worthy photos of this marvelous Yucatan attraction. A Rio Lagartos tour from Playa del Carmen or Cancun takes you on a boat ride through the mangroves of a magnificent protected area. Keep a lookout for the crocodiles and the huge array of bird species, including cormorants, ospreys, herons, and pelicans. Rio Lagartos Yucatan is a bird watcher's paradise, just this side of heaven. Finally, stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks, and a main course of your choice between fresh fish, chicken, or a vegetarian dish. The food is fresh and delicious and a great way to refuel after all your adventures. Once you've had your fill, head back to your hotel after an incredible day trip in the Yucatán Peninsula. A Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas tour is the best way to discover Yucatan!

From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

4. 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.

Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

5. Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

Take a self-guided walking tour through the iconic archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Use your tour guide app for navigation and audio narration to uncover the site's buried secrets. Begin your tour at the entrance of the site. As you enter, admire the ancient wall that once surrounded this place. Next, see the iconic Temple of Kukulcán. Find out about its construction and how it was built to honor the equinox. Continue along to reach another amazing sight, the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game somewhere between soccer and basketball—but with a 20-pound ball. Learn not just about the game, but also the peculiar way the court was built. Then, pass the ominously titled Wall of Skulls, where the heads of sacrificial victims ended up. Arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Find numerous intricate carvings and sculptures depicting the exploits of these highly trained, lethally effective warriors. After this is the Platform of Venus, which once held offerings to the stars. You’ll learn about the Mayans’ complex belief system as well as how they used this platform. Soon, arrive at The White Road, a white stone road that is one of the largest and most intact of its kind in existence. Find yourself at the Sacred Cenote, where ancient Mayans sacrificed people to appease their rain god. Up next is the awe-inspiring Temple of Warriors, a multi-tiered temple with a dark secret hidden inside. Follow the route to the Hall of a Thousand Columns, where people once shared meals together. Visit the Ossuary, home to the grave of a High Priest. Then it’s on to the Observatory to understand how the Mayans viewed the heavens, and what they believed the stars told them about their future. Finally, arrive at the imposing Nunnery and the Church. These 2 ancient structures are some of the most frequently photographed spots in the entire city, so keep your camera ready.

Cancún: Classic Chichen Itza Day Tour with Lunch

6. Cancún: Classic Chichen Itza Day Tour with Lunch

Take a day trip from Cancún to Chichen Itza, the capital of the ancient Mayan civilization, with hotel transfers and entry included. Tour the ancient ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a guide. Visit the cenote of Ik Kil and swim in its waters. Enjoy a buffet lunch and folk dance show. Spend your day exploring, also declared one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. founded in the year 514 AD, Begin the day with a drive that stops at an underwater grotto, Cenote Ik Kil. Admire the thread-like green vines cascading into the clear blue waters. Dive into the sacred sinkhole for a swim. Next, stop for a buffet lunch with fresh salads, soups, rice, chicken, fish, vegetables, and regional dishes. Be treated to a festive show where regional people perform traditional dances to folk music. Continue onward to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide to learn the secrets of the Mayans and the nearly 1000-year history of the place. Gain insight into its historical significance before wandering around the ruins on your own.

Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Ik Kil and Coba Tour

7. Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Ik Kil and Coba Tour

Join a guided day trip from Cancún or Playa del Carmen to visit 3 popular sites on the Yucatan Peninsula – Chichen Itza, Coba, and the Ik Kil cenote. Stroll through the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, then head for a dip in a cenote followed by lunch. Continue your Mayan history immersion at Coba. Start your journey in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan and head to Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Discover its majestic temples, including the iconic Pyramid of Kukulkan, with a guide. Next, discover a very different site at Coba, the remains of which are mostly hidden under the Yucatan jungle flora. Climb to the top of Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the region, and enjoy views of the jungle. Next, stop for a swim at the nearby sacred cenote of Ik Kil. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in the fresh waters of this open-top sinkhole, before making the return trip back to Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

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.

From Cancun: Coba, Tulum & Mayan Traditions Guided Tour

9. From Cancun: Coba, Tulum & Mayan Traditions Guided Tour

Explore Tulum, the legendary walled city by the sea that has a privileged view of the Caribbean. Continue to the crystalline and rejuvenating waters of an open cenote, where a journey through Mayan traditions awaits you. Learn about the Mayan legacies of Honey and Cocoa. Receive the blessing of an authentic shaman who will give you one of his noble inheritances at a Mayan ceremony. Savor the best of regional cuisine to renew your strength. Then, travel to the legendary Coba to visit the base of the highest pyramid on the peninsula and appreciate the view.

Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

10. Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

See the beauty of Rio Lagartos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems such as mangroves, forests, lagoons, and more. Admire the pink lakes at Las Coloradas on this full-day tour too. Begin with an early pickup from accommodation in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. From there, you’ll make your way to the busy town of Valladolid for a cup of coffee and a snack. Head to Rio Lagartos after a brief pit stop, and upon arrival, skip the crowds and board a private boat to enjoy the scenery of the reserve. Cruise around the reserve with a friendly guide pointing out the numerous local flora and fauna, potentially catching glimpses of flamingos, pelicans, sea turtles, and crocodiles. Stop by the beautiful pink lakes at Las Coloradas (the color of the water depends on weather and chemical conditions) and snap a few photos. After, enjoy a stop for lunch before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Yucatán

Marco was the best! We had so much fun on the chitchen itza, cenote and tequila tasting tour. The lunch provided was EXCELLENT, and the tequila was so smooth and like nothing I have tasted in the US. Rodrigo was awesome and so knowledgeable about the Mayan culture. They both really made our trip a blast!!!

Roberto was a great guide. We had an excellent time. My only small complaint was that they booked the tour with both English and Spanish speakers. Roberto handled switching back and forth between the two languages really well, but perhaps whoever books the tour should be more careful trying to avoid that?

The guide Roberto was excellent. It tells the story from passion and knowledge and that is appreciated. The driver Luis, super friendly and respectful. I highly recommend them. a wonderful duo

Sergio as a guide is great! A good tour and really recommended. The only small minus point: there was not enough drinking water available.

Excellent tours! Rodrigo at chichen itza was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The timing of everything was great!