Chichen Itza Day Trip From Merida

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Overview

Immerse yourself in Mayan culture at Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, where a private entrance awaits you – without the lines! This day trip from Merida takes you throughout the archeological park to top attractions like the Great Ball Court, La Iglesia and the sacrificial cenote. Step inside the Pyramid of Kukulcán for a rare glimpse of the Chac Mool sculpture. Enjoy lunch and a dance performance at Mayaland Resort, with access to the swimming pool. Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 25 people.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Skip the line and gain private entry to Chichen Itza after 9am pickup from your Merida hotel by minivan. Then, embark on a small-group tour of the archeological park with your knowledgeable guide and discover this ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, founded in 514 AD.
Follow your guide to the Great Plaza, the heart of Chichen Itza, to see the excavated temples of the Yucatan’s most important archaeological zone. Explore El Castillo (the Castle) and the Pyramid of Kukulcán, which reveals an astronomical phenomenon each equinox when shadows resembling a serpent project over the architectural features of the building.
Your guide will regale your small group with stories of priests and Mayan kings who once stood atop the pyramid overlooking the entire city. Then, head to the Great Ball Court, the largest in Mesoamerica – 537 feet (164 meters) long and 224 feet (68 meters) wide – with perfect acoustics. Walk to the Temple of the Jaguars at one end of the ball court, where a steep stairway leads to the second story.
Next, visit the Sacred Cenote, where sacrifices took place, and see Tzompantli – Wall of Skulls – a Toltec structure where the heads of sacrificial victims were displayed! Your guide will take you to a set of buildings constructed during the Mayan classical period, including the nunnery, La Iglesia (the Church) and Akab Dzib, meaning ‘The House of Mysterious Writing’ in Mayan. Admire the circular observatory known as El Caracol, and view the Temple of the Warriors and the Thousand Columns.
After your small-group tour, you’ll have extra time to explore the site on your own. Then, head to Mayaland Hotel for a delicious buffet lunch, featuring traditional Yucatan dishes, and watch a regional dance show accompanied by folklore music. Enjoy all of the Mayaland Resort facilities, including the swimming pools, lounge chairs, botanical gardens and access to the resort’s sacred Xtoloc Cenote.
Be ready to depart by minivan at 3:30pm, arriving back in Merida around 5pm.

Inclusions for Chichen Itza Day Trip From Merida

  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fee to Chichen Itza
  • Lunch
  • Use of facilities at Mayaland
  • Mayaland Resort Fee

Exclusions for Chichen Itza Day Trip From Merida

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Beverages

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note: it is recommended that you bring bottled water, a swimsuit and to wear comfortable shoes and clothing

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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62 reviews by the users

  • Tour was average I've attended better.

  • My tour guide was so kind and patient with all of us. One of my best trips.

  • Great Tour with excellent guide.

  • We had an absolutely amazing time! If you're going on a hot day it was 104 degrees fahrenheit when we went you'll need a hand towel, lots of sunscreen, a reservoir bag for constant hydration, and a good hat. I would have been a lot worse off without it.

    Anyway - our tour guide's name was Josue Hoh-sway and he was magnificent. He gave us details about every little part of Chichen Itza in both English and Spanish. Every aspect of the tour was incredible, from the ride to Chichen Itza itself to the amazing buffet. I recommend asking your tour guide to take you to a local cenote we went to Ik Kul after to cool off.

  • Tour guide was very friendly and took great care of us. I would have liked to hear more about the whole of Mayan culture.

  • The tour was wonderful . Very informative. The ruins look even more amazing in person. My guide Wilbreth was very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend his tour to anyone. Make sure you wear a hat!

  • Excellent tour guide who provided both Spanish and English translations for our small group. Made helpful suggestions for the best picture-taking spots. She was thoughtful and patient while taking breaks in the shady spots. The Mayaland resort buffet had PLENTY of fresh selections for all tastes at lunchtime. We ended up resting in the hotel lobby not understanding the time immediately after lunch on our own could have been spent swimming. We were waiting for the driver to reappear soon to give us instructions. Even though tour could have ended earlier in the day, the driver was happy to let us stay through the 6 p.m. Spring Equinox assembly. As foreigners can't really carry umbrellas through airports, it would have been nice if the company provided light-color umbrellas to carry around the grounds.

  • Our driver was 20 minutes late picking us up from the hotel in Merida. He spoke enough English for communication and was nice. We were the first to be picked up and then we had to stop and pick up one other person at another hotel which took a lot of time. Once we arrived at the Chichen Itza Mayaland Hotel and Bungalow, the driver came in with us and spoke to someone at the desk in Spanish, then walked out of the hotel without saying a word. No one told us what was happening. There was seriously a lack of communication and it was confusing. We stood there looking around like now what? About 10 minutes later the driver came back in and we started asking him questions about where to go and what we needed to do. We were finally taken to meet our guide for the Chichen itza. Our admission tickets were already included but we had to pay to use our GoPro recorder. I think it was only around 2.50 USD but felt they were trying to nickel and dime us by having to pay a fee to use it.

    Our bilingual tour guide spoke English very well. She was knowledgeable about the history of the ruins but she did not take us up close to most of the ruins or give us time at the end of her history lessons to take pictures, which was extremely upsetting. It got to the point where I just started walking away to get a closer look and take pictures. All three of us had asked if we could have some time to get a closer look and take pictures but she adamantly stated that she had to stick to giving us her tour then have us back at the Mayan Hotel at a specific time for lunch. Once we reached the Mayan hotel we would have 1 1/2 hours to eat and do what we wanted. We went back with our guide to the hotel for lunch and quickly scarfed down one plate of food, then took off running for the ruins again so we could get a closer look and finally some good photos. Even though we didn't spend much time at the buffet, it was delicious with a lot of great choices. As a side note, the food is included in the buffet but you have to purchase your own drinks. They will not allow you to drink your own bottled water in the dining area. I wish we would have had more time to explore the hotel and hotel grounds because it was beautiful. Also, there are so many locals selling goods at the ruins and they are very pushy at tourists to buy something for a special price. The Chichen Itza itself was absolutely amazing but if we were to do it over, we would pick a different tour with more time to spend at the location. This trip was extremely short in our opinion. We also booked the Uxmal and Kabah day trip but enjoyed that one much more.

  • The tour to Chicen Itza was really great. The archeological site is amazing and Josue, the guide, was very informative. The time of our pickup was confirmed by mail two days in advance and took place in perfect time. The van used was a new and clean Mercedes and air conditioned worked perfectly. The group was formed only by four persons, so it was a very friendly, familiar trip. On our way to Chichen Itza Josue showed us some Maya-Villages. The visit of the archeological site was very interesting, but we saw not every part of the site. The lunch buffet was great. There was a lot of choice of Mexican and International food. Before heading back to Merida, Josue asked if we were interested to see a nearby cenote. We agreed and so he took us there. He told us that the entrance ticket was 80 pesos, but when he gave us the tickets, me noticed that it actually was 70pesos and that the price had been amended by pen. That was the only thing we didn't like very much. The way back was ok as well and we enjoyed the trip of the day.

  • Very good organization and an amazing guide who really enjoyed what he was doing, it was just a great day!

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