Chichen Itza Day Trip From Playa Del Carmen - Playa Del Carmen

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Overview

Discover the mystery and allure of Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. At this UNESCO World Heritage site, marvel at the architectural wonder of the Kukulcan Pyramid, see the great ball court and learn about Mayan ceremonial customs. Before reaching Chichen Itza, swim at a nearby cenote, a deep natural well of clear water. End your tour with Mayan cuisine at a buffet lunch while enjoying a traditional folk dance performance.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • All entrance fees included

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Complete your stay in Playa del Carmen with a visit to Chichen Itza, the most important archaeological zone on the Yucatan Peninsula. Explore the ancient Mayan city and leave in awe after setting eyes on the extraordinary architectural feats and learning about the mythological lore.

Before Chichen Itza, stop at either the Ikil cenote . The cenotes, Mayan for 'collapsed cave,' are natural sinkholes in the limestone plateau that today offer unique swimming spots with sunlight streaming down from above. Note the lush vegetation growing all around as you make your way down the stairs to reach the cenote and admire the clear, deep water full of fish. You’ll have time to frolic in this natural wonder, so make sure to bring along your swimsuit and towel.

Then head to Chichen Itza! Inside, you’ll be separated into smaller groups for a 1.5-hour tour, during which a certified guide shares the wondrous secrets of this Mayan city.

Admire the Kukulcan Pyramid, also called El Castillo, believed to have been built based on astronomical studies. This four-sided structure contains exactly 365 steps, the number of days in the solar year. Then peer over the sacred cenote, a sinkhole Mayans viewed as a gateway to the afterlife and used as a site for sacrificial offerings.

Walk across the enormous ball court, where the Mayans held athletic events. If the reliefs covering the walls of the court provide any indication, the Mayans took their sports seriously: the sculpted murals show the victor holding the decapitated head of an unlucky member of the team that lost.

At the conclusion of the guided tour, wander the grounds of Chichen Itza at your own pace. Be sure to visit the lesser-known but still very well-preserved temples.

After exploring the site, enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant that includes fresh salads, soups, rice, meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and other regional dishes (drinks at own expense). After lunch, you'll be transported back to your hotel in Playa del Carmen.

Inclusions for Chichen Itza Day Trip From Playa Del Carmen

  • Certified guide
  • Brief visit to colonial Valladolid 
  • Entrance fee to Chichen Itza archaeological site
  • Bottled water upon arrival at Chichen Itza 
  • Buffet lunch with one flavored softdrink
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Visit to cenote

Exclusions for Chichen Itza Day Trip From Playa Del Carmen

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Optional drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children ages 3 years and under are free, but seats are subject to availability; they may have to ride on parents' laps if seats are not available

Operated by a multilingual guide

It is recommended that you wear or bring comfortable lightweight clothing, walking shoes or sneakers, a hat, sunglasses, biodegradable sunblock, a swimsuit, towel and change of dry clothing

Wheelchair accessible

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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  • Friendly staff, experienced guide.

  • Chicken itza was definitely worth visiting, tour guide was good. Swim in the natural pool also good food, buffet included at the stop was basic. Quite a bit of time wasted during pickups at multiple hotels, but coach was very comfortable. Could have missed out the stops at the local village on the way and the gift shop

  • My granddaughter, two sisters and I loved our trip to Chichen Itza. It was one of the highlights to our seven night trip to Playa del Carmen. We weren't sure we should book a tour online before we left or wait until we got there. Glad we made the arrangements beforehand. All we had to do was confirm our reservation at our hotel with a Viator representative. We were picked up in front of our hotel at the time we were told we would. Loved that we were picked up in an air conditioned van with just two other couples and the tour guide. Stopped a couple of times to visit a small Mexican city of Valledolid for pictures and then again for souvenir shopping. Our favorite stop was to swim in a Cenote and have lunch and then of course learning all about Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza was my 21 year old granddaughter's favorite part of our seven night Mexican adventure.

  • This was a well organized tour-a full 12 hours. We had multiple stops, and the majority are worth it because of the variety. The tour guides-our's was Alexis-were great. He gave us multiple options and choices. I would have liked to spend more time at the cenote-a unique experience and wouldn't mind if we cut out the stop to Villalodos. Having quick access into Chichen Itza is a plus, as it is very crowded there. Pick up and drop off were very clear and punctual. I liked having a mix of guided tours and free time at each stop. The lunch buffet at the cenote was excellent. Overall, definitely worth the cost if you are interested in learning more about mayan culture.

  • Pick up was on time. Ricardo was our guide and he was very entertaining and clear with his directions and information. He was very knowledgeable and educational. The town was neat to stop at but I must say 2 hours didn't seem enough at the cenote. By the time we were let go inside it ended up being almost an hour and a half and with changing into and out of swim clothes it didn't leave much time to swim and eat. Seemed rushed. If your comfortable wearing swim clothes the whole day even at the ruins that may save you some time there. The cenote is 200 ft deep and they don't take credit cards so if you need a life vest you will need to bring 16 USA or peso equivalent with you per person. I didn't know this and my 7 year old was fining it hard to keeping above water for a long period. They have a rope but people hang out there.The buffet was very much ok. Nothing bad or great, it was fuel for the body that's about it. The ruins themselves were magical. Very interesting place. The negative about the ruins is the hundreds of vendors who hound you like vulchers. It Detracted from the experience and seemed disrespectful to the Mayan people. We were explained by our tour guide this is a result of the corrupt government there. When we visited in 1998 none of this was there and it was peaceful. Now it seems like a fair or circus. I still think it is very much worth seeing. The vendors circle the area inside the archeological site but you can keep inside and still enjoy yourself.

  • I booked this trip as couldnt wait to visit whilst in Mexico. This was my one must do item. I agreed the pick up time with the local tour operator before I left the UK. I was told to be there 10 mins before and agreed the confirmed pick up. Off I went to Mexico all excited for my holiday. Then the bad bits..

    I was at the pickup point 20 mins before the agreed time. There were lots of excited guests all going off on different trips. My pickup time arrived. All the other guests excited went off on their trips and we were still sat there. its ok I said, its only just our pickup time now, you know what these things are like. However, 30 mins went by, still no pickup. By which time we were the last ones sat there.

    I rang the local tour operator to find out what was going on, which I have just had my phone bill in and cost me 12!! They could hardly speak English and took ages to explain what I wanted. I then got put on hold for ages. Eventually the man came back to tell me that the van was at the pickup point waiting for me. I assured him no van was at the agreed pickup point, he said hang on again. Then the van turned up. He said it should be there. I told him it just pulled in.

    Off we go, now lets hope the day gets better. Well sort of.

    The 2 tour guides spoke Spanish as the first language and then English as a second language. We were made to feel like second class citizens. I would have booked a private tour if I had known it was going to be like that. 1 of the tour guides regularly had jokes in Spanish and everyone laughing, then when he repeated in English was very basic info. The other tour guide to give him his dues was trying to at least explain what he said that the Spanish. Luckily when we arrived at Chicken Itza he was the tour guide that took the English speaking guests off.

    The only good point is that chichen itza itself is amazing and a must see.

    I am very disappointed with the whole experience. I have used Viator loads of times with my last company and had never been disappointed. I am also off to Monaco in November and will be looking for another company this time.

    I contacted Viator directly to raise my concerns before making my review public but they didnt bother to reply, so here it is.

  • I booked this trip as couldnt wait to visit whilst in Mexico. This was my one must do item. I agreed the pick up time with the local tour operator before I left the UK. I was told to be there 10 mins before and agreed the confirmed pick up. Off I went to Mexico all excited for my holiday. Then the bad bits..

    I was at the pickup point 20 mins before the agreed time. There were lots of excited guests all going off on different trips. My pickup time arrived. All the other guests excited went off on their trips and we were still sat there. its ok I said, its only just our pickup time now, you know what these things are like. However, 30 mins went by, still no pickup. By which time we were the last ones sat there.

    I rang the local tour operator to find out what was going on, which I have just had my phone bill in and cost me 12!! They could hardly speak English and took ages to explain what I wanted. I then got put on hold for ages. Eventually the man came back to tell me that the van was at the pickup point waiting for me. I assured him no van was at the agreed pickup point, he said hang on again. Then the van turned up. He said it should be there. I told him it just pulled in.

    Off we go, now lets hope the day gets better. Well sort of.

    The 2 tour guides spoke Spanish as the first language and then English as a second language. We were made to feel like second class citizens. I would have booked a private tour if I had known it was going to be like that. 1 of the tour guides regularly had jokes in Spanish and everyone laughing, then when he repeated in English was very basic info. The other tour guide to give him his dues was trying to at least explain what he said that the Spanish. Luckily when we arrived at Chicken Itza he was the tour guide that took the English speaking guests off.

    The only good point is that chichen itza itself is amazing and a must see.

    I am very disappointed with the whole experience. I have used Viator loads of times with my last company and had never been disappointed. I am also off to Monaco in November and will be looking for another company this time.

    I contacted Viator directly to raise my concerns before making my review public but they didnt bother to reply, so here it is.

  • Fantastic tour! Ricardo our guide was amazing. Tour starts with a short stop in Vallaloid, then a stop at a Mayan shop, then lunch and a dip in a beautiful Cenote and then finally a tour of the ruins of Chichen Itza. Really enjoyed chichen itza. It is a long day (and drive) but it is worth it!

  • Ik Kil Cenote and Chichen Itza were beautiful and amazing. However, the driver was over a half hour late picking us up from the resort. One we were finally picked up, we were taken to a a corner convenience store, waited for at least 15-20 minutes, and then were picked up by a large travel bus. We had about 15 minutes to explore Valladolid, which gave enough time to look briefly in the cathedral there, and go into one small shop, before being rushed to the next location, a souvenir shop. Then we waited there for another 15-20 minutes until we could finally leave for Ik Kil Cenote. Once we arrived there, we had a short time to eat lunch in a throng of people, then had about an hour to swim in the cenote. We rushed back to the bus, then left for Chichen Itza. Once we arrived there, we had about 2 hours to spend at Chichen Itza, then left for the 3 hour ride back. The whole trip we heard a toddler crying and screaming it's head off, and the shopping trips were a complete waste of the money I paid for the trip, because you could buy the same things in Playa Del Carmen and from the vendors in our resort. I didn't pay to shop, I paid to swim in a Cenote and check out Chichen Itza. Also, please DO NOT allow children under the age of 12 on these trips. I didn't pay money for an excursion so that I could hear somebody's child scream its head off the whole day! Thanks for ruining part of my vacation : Please make sure your drivers are on time, and there are no pointless shopping stops. It would have been a lot nicer to have more time to explore Valladolid, but we wasted that slot going to a stupid shop. Not thrilled at all. This was poorly run, and wasn't worth what we paid.

  • This was a good tour. It's a very long day but full of a lot of historical information. It would have been nice to have a snack sometime before we had lunch. Since we leave from the the hotel so early, there is a long time before we eat lunch. We made one stop at a gas station about 20 minutes after we were picked up bit it would have been nice to have made a stop a little closer to the site for a snack break. The guides were very knowledgeable about the site and the history of the area.

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