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Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet

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Cancún, Mexico

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A boxed lunch is also included for your convenience.
  • Early access Chichen Itza tour with a private archeologist
  • Visit parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that other tourists don't see
  • Experience personalized attention on this Viator Exclusive tour
  • A boxed lunch and round-trip transport from Cancun included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See and gain more insight than most visitors with a private guide and early morning entry.
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Professional guide, according to selected option
Round transportation from the meeting points
Air-conditioned vehicle
Toll Road
Buffet Lunch
Drinks (available to purchase)
All visitors to Chichen Itza need to pay a local tax of $453 mxn. Only credit card payment.

Departure Point

1: Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
2: Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After morning pickup from a central meeting point, travel to Chichen Itza for early access to the ruins. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site before most of the crowds arrive, allowing up-close access and a more tranquil experience. 

Purchase your ticket and head inside to learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between AD 600 and 1200 from your private archaeologist guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages and a center of worship for the Mayan people which is still considered sacred today. 

Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. Hear about the meaning of the staircases, stone carvings, platforms, pyramids, and ball courts according to the mythology and cosmology of the ancient Mayan people. 

Board your vehicle and enjoy a boxed lunch for transportation back to Cancun.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
Your tour begins with an early morning departure. Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive. Throughout the trip, your archaeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population. Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases. Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan.  Return around 3:00 p.m. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
  • Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee is between $10USD to $25USD (depending on the device) and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
  • Note: The tour is on shared basis and there is a private guide per each group of up to 20 people
  • Please note that all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax of $417 mxn. Only credit card payment the day ot the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet .
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Do I need to bring my confirmation / ticket?
A:
Please bring your ID and your voucher (printed or digital).
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Traveler Tips


  • "Bring lots of water, sunblock, umbrella, and wear a hat because there's not enough shade to cool you down walking from one end to another." See review
  • "It is very hot there so make sure to bring water." See review

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Fantastic
Kimberly_S
, Jan 2021
Awesome experience from start to finish... early morning was a great choice.. the best tour guide ( Himee)
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Dear Kimberly Thanks a lot for your honest comments. Tracy, Amigo Tours.
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So worth it!
George_B
, Jan 2021
We got the BEST tour guide at Chichen Itza. His name was Roberto & he was a pro. I'd been before but this time was absolutely incredible. Also the buffet meal was delicious and we loved all the chances we had to shop and see Valladolid. We would suggest to have cash on hand for the lunch, souvenirs, and lifevests. Overall it was an incredible day!!
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Dear George It make us very happy to read that you had a incredible day. Thank you. Tracy, Amigo Tours.
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Chichen Itza was breathtaking
Neil_L
, Jan 2021
Marco was an excellent trip facilitator and Rodrigo was an outstanding guide at the park, very knowledgeable of Mayan culture.
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Dear Neil Thanks a lot for yours comments. Tracy, Amigo Tours.
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Amazing!
Ryann_F
, Dec 2020
The pyramids and swim and cenote and lunch buffet was absolutely once in a lifetime. I felt safe and comfortable with strict hand washing and social distancing guidelines installed
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Dear Ryan Your comment is very important to us, thank you very much. Tracy, Amigo Tours
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Awesome!!!
Yvonne_S
, Dec 2020
The information provided by the guides was interesting and it made the experience memorable. Also, the bus was on time and comfortable. Great choice for our family.
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Dear Yvonne Your comments make us continue to do our best, thank you very much. Tracy, Amigo Tours,
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star-4
Good trip, good guides, but no free time given
mwoodley09
, Dec 2020
Very good time, pick up was on time and seamless. We did have to pay over 800 pesos for the state tax with credit card upon boarding the bus. Bus was comfortable and clean, no food or beverage given on board but you were able to bring your own snacks and drinks. Marco and Rodrigo were excellent guides, Rodrigo took the best pictures of my husband and myself and was very happy to do it. He was passionate about the history of Chichén Itzá. It was a very hot day, bring a hat, lots of water, sunscreen, and big spray. The buffet lunch was good, drinks are not included so plan accordingly if you don’t want to purchase there. The only negative thing about this trip is that we were not given free time at Chichén Itzá to wonder on our own or shop with the many vendors who were right there at the site. In fact, rodrigo and Marco both discouraged shopping from the vendors at the site and did not allow us time to even look at their products. I didn’t like this, I wanted a good 30 minutes to shop and spend my money where I chose. Marco encouraged you to purchase from the people who hosted the lunch, but they didn’t have as much stuff and it was way more expensive. Please improve the trip by allowing some free time at the Chichén Itzá site and not making us feel guilty if we want to buy a cheap little Chichén Itzá figurine from the vendors.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Dear Amigo We greatly appreciate your valuable comments and know that we will take them into account. Thanks a lot. Tracy, Amigo Tours.
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star-5
Great day of history and culture
Ricardo_Q
, Dec 2020
Great balance between time alone to explore and guided tour explaining the best parts of the site. The site itself was amazing, the food is Mexican and always great...
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Dear Ricardo Thank you for your comments. we hope to see you on your next trip Tracy
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A Great Vacation!!
Ivonne_O
, Nov 2020
Everything was Amazing, the Tour guide from Amigo Tours; Marco was a great person and awesome, very friendly. The bus driver Luis was a great driver between the crazy traffic, simply the best. It was and excellent experience overall. Thank you so much!!
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Dear Ivonne We are happy to hear that you had a great vacation day with us. Thanks for your comments. Tracy
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star-4
Mostly okay.
Joseph
, Nov 2020
The buffet lunch and visit to Chichen Itza were fine. I feel the cenote part was too hectic with many tour busses and people swarming about. That detracts from the cenote experience which is meant to be relaxing.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Dear Joseph Thank you for your comments. We hope to receive you again on the next trip Tracy
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Unbelievable and unforgettable experience. 10/10!!
Matthew_R
, Nov 2020
I cannot say enough about this tour. From the timely and quick responses to the comfortable transportation and the amazing staff (Marco and our driver who’s name escapes me). We originally were booked for just the Chichen Itza experience however we were able to upgrade to the lunch and Cenote which we are absolutely glad we did. I cannot say enough incredible things about Marco and the rest of the staff. From the beginning of our trip we felt safe and Marco is an amazing person and tour guide. I truly felt as if I went back in time with how Marco was able to operate this tour and give us amazing knowledge and a truly unforgettable experience. While at Chichen Itza, Marco was able to provide knowledge and truly paint the picture of what life was like back then, and I truly believe we were given a tour like no other person/group there. If there is only one thing you decide to do during your time in Mexico, make sure it is this tour with Marco. You truly will never forget it. I will absolutely do this tour again and encourage you to do it as well.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Dear Amigo We are very happy to know that Marco and our entire team managed to make this experience a beautiful day for you. We greatly appreciate your valuable comments. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip. Tracy
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