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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Daily 8am–5pm
Carretera Costera del Golfo s/n, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

The Basics

Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of stone buildings in various states of preservation, all of which are connected by a network of roads called sacbeob. The three most well-known are El Castillo (Kukulcán Pyramid), the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court.

Visit independently or on a group or private day trip from nearby cities on the Yucatán Peninusla, which often combine a stop here with visits to Ek Balam, Cobá, or the town of Valladolid. Alternatively, choose a tour with access to the Mayaland Resort and a buffet lunch.

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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
$28.00 per adult
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Daniel and Manuel best guide and driver!
We had Daniel as guide and Manuel as a driver. The best. Daniel it’s funny and know and love the culture and history of his people and can transmit that to you. It was a great experience.
AnnaKatrina_G, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

Pyramid and Cenote adventure!
Ann_Marie_and_Sarah, Aug 2021
Chichen Itzá Full-Day Tour with Cenote Experience and Meals
Chichen Itza pyramid and grounds are beautiful; the buffet area was very nice and clean and the food was tasty! The cenote was Beautiful and so refreshing - what an experience!
Fun and Flexible Tour
Edith_R, Jul 2021
VIP Chichen Itza Private Tour
Wow, what a fun tour. It was not crowded and we had the opportunity to really dig into all the historical and architectural details of Chichen Itza with our tour guide Mariana. She was so knowledgeable, had all the information handy and set a nice pace for the tour. We also appreciated the flexibility of the tour, due to some last minute unforeseen changes. The vehicle was nice and clean and everyone took covid precautions seriously.
The best tour ever!
Samuel_P, Jun 2021
Chichen Itza Plus with Sacred Cenote from Cancun and Mayan Riviera
This was the best spiritual , holistic, funny, adventurous tour of chichen Itza ever. We loved Gonzalo, Freddy , and Manuel. They really cared about the people on board and their safety.
Azeem_Q, Oct 2021
VIP tour to Chichén Itza in a full day from Cancun or Riviera
Had a wonderful information and fun packed day. First stop was lunch with the Mayans, then an inclusive tour of the Chichen Itza grounds and a refreshing swim in the Cenote to cool off. Topped off by visiting the magical city of Valladolid. Our guide, Tomás did an amazing job of bringing the whole experience to life and our driver got us there and back safely!
Victor was very impressive
Kelley_D, Sep 2021
Visit Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and a Cenote Maya from Cancun in a deluxe tour
I was very impressed with our tour guide, Victor, who handled our group at Chichen Itza. He was very knowledgeable and I actually learned a few things that I had never heard before in 25 years.
Great value for a full day tour
Nicholas_B, Aug 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Tour
Our guide Alan was great as was the other guide we got inside Chichen Itza, 1 hour of free time at Chichen Itza after the tour was just enough time, the buffet lunch was great, and swimming in the cenote was awesome. The only negative was driving all up and down Riveria Maya picking people up and dropping off - a lot of inefficiencies and wasted time.
Highly recommended! It...
Maria_B, Oct 2021
Chichen Itzá, cenote and Valladolid Small groups day Trip
Highly recommended! It was a perfect trip. My guide was Jhony. I liked everyting: interesting excursion to Chichen Itza, tasty lunch in a local restaurant, senote with crystal water (no people there), comfortable transfer from/to Cancun.
Great Tour
Stacy_M, Oct 2021
Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)
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.
Had a wonderful...
Janet_X, Oct 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
Had a wonderful experience with guides Tino and Edwin and driver Felipe! All of them were kind, organized, and personable — and they worked hard to make sure everything was smooth for guests. They shared knowledge about Mayan history, personal stories, and helpful information at every stage. Chichen Itza, the cenote and Valladolid were all incredible locations, and the experience was well-organized.
Long day but worth it
Kirsten_D, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil, and Coba Ruins Day Trip All Fees Included
Martin was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable. It was a long day of driving but well worth it for the destinations. Coba and Chichen Itza were amazing. Ik Kil was impressive as well.
Mikio_J, Jul 2021
Skip the Line: Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza
Very well paid service. We didn't take any lines and everything worked out! Chichen Itza is a worderfull place to visit. A lot of history and beauty.
The best day!
Jessica_G, Jul 2021
Private World Wonder Discovery Tour in Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid
We are SO glad we did this private trip with Said! He was an incredible tour guide and gave us the best experience! The tour through Chichen Itza was so interesting, he had a laser pointer that he used to show us certain details throughout the site! Lunch at Valladolid was delicious! It was nice having a table already reserved for us. And the Cenote! Amazing! I loved going to a Cenote off the beaten track- there was only one other group while we were there!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many tours are led by archaeologist tour guides, who are well-versed in Mayan culture.

  • The Ossario group and Central group are open to everyone; Chichén Viejo (Old Chichén) is only open to archaeologists.

  • Come prepared for the heat with light clothing, sunscreen, bottled water, and a hat.

  • This popular site can get extremely crowded—book an early-access tour to beat the crowds.

  • Skip Sundays, when the site is free to enter for Mexican nationals and incredibly busy.

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How To Get There

Chichén Itzá is between 2–2.5-hours by car from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun respectively. Visitors to those coastal resorts will have plenty of options for day trips to the archaeological site, and departures are also available from Cozumel and Merida.

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When to Get There

The best time to get to Chichén Itzá is right around opening, before the crowds arrive and the sun is high in the sky. Some private tours and small-group tours offer early access to the ancient ruins. At sunrise and sunset on the spring and fall equinoxes, the corner of the pyramid casts a shadow of Kukulkán, a feathered serpent god, and creates the illusion of a snake slithering down the north side of the pyramid.

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Nearby Cenotes

The Cenote Sagrado, a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter, is an impressive natural site at Chichén Itzá. However, you can't swim in it. Another nearby cenote is Ik Kil, and some Chichén Itzá day trips combine visits to these freshwater sinkholes on the Yucatán Peninsula with a stop at the ruins.

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