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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  • The local was very interesting, guide knowledgeable and understandable, but it was hot and got very crowded toward the end. I think youd be better off to take a bus in your own. Leave Merida early to avoid the heat and crowd.

  • Chichen Itza is extraordinary. While visitors cannot climb on the ruins, they are still an extraordinary experience I was happy to have brought a small pair of binoculars. Travelling alone, I was fortunate to be in the company of only four other people on my tour a charming family, so never had the feeling of being part of a big herd. Our guide, Jose hoe-sway was well informed, found the right pace for our group, and gave us time to explore on our own. While there are many people selling handicrafts at stalls ringing the perimeter of the site, this was not a distraction. Lunch was good, and stopped at a cenote on the way back to Merida. There were a lot of folks jumping in for a swim, so I decided just to watch, but the others on the tour took a dip and seemed to have a great time. Visitors may rent life preservers and towels for a few pesos.

  • Tour was AWESOME! We went first to a cenote in Yokdzonot. Then headed out to Chichen Itza with a good guided tour in both English and Spanish. The place is amazing and you have enough time for pictures. Then we had buffet lunch in a hotel nearby and the food was really good. Then we finished off with a cenote called Xcajum. I highly recommend this tour for your visit. Tour guide Santiago deserves a medal for his efforts!

  • A long hot day of memorable sights. And a swimming hole...

  • Chichen Itza was lovely. The hotel we had lunch at was also excellent. Unfortunately we were we a couple that never understood being on time and kept delaying us at each stop. Thus ended up being a longer day than usual. Could have skipped the Cenote not included in price. It was nothing special since we did not swim.

  • The site tour was excelent and the lunch was also very good.

    However pick-up at my hotel was delaied 30 minutes later than what was anounsed in your web site
    and I remained very anxisious.

  • 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.

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