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

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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.


  • 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. Youll have time to frolic in this natural wonder, so make sure to bring along your swimsuit and towel.

Then head to Chichen Itza! Inside, youll 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 
  • 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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  • Amazing experience to see this place. Very clever and helpful guides. But the trip lasted from 8:20 to 21:30, 13 hours, though it was scheduled 7-9 hours. More than 4 hours driving home by bus.
    And, we would rather have had more time in Chichen Itza, instead of the shop with lunch.

  • It is an interesting trip!

  • Really great trip with amazing tour guide Alex is

  • I had a great time on this tour. Tour guide Miriam was friendly and helpful.

  • This tour was amazing!!! Our guide Carlos was so nice and had a wealth of knowledge. Our driver Eduardo was also very helpful. Prepare for a full day. We got our moneys worth.

  • We took a day trip to Chichen Itza last week. We were met promptly by our guide Martin near Senior Frog nearby Cancun ferry dock we took a ferry from Cozumel. First stop was at Valladolid, a small colonial village. We only received about 30 minutes to take the pictures by the local church. Afterwards, we took off to another town where we were promised lunch. Following the demonstration of how tortillas and local meal dish are made, it took nearly an hour of waiting for lunch to be served. Appeared that it was nothing but a plot to get tourists to buy overpriced souvenirs at the local shop while they are waiting for food. Finally, we were served buffet style food. Bottled water and soda had to be purchased separately. We then headed to Chichen Itza itself. Martin handed our group over to another guide and our group had to join another large group. It was difficult to hear the guide as they were so many people. Following about a 1 hour long guided tour, we only had about 45 minutes to explore Chichen Itza independently. Goes without saying, not much can be accomplished in that short amount of time. Lastly, we were taken to the cenote nearby. Again, we were told that we only have 45munutes. 45 minutes to get to the dressing room, change, take a shower, wait in line to get into the cenote, swim in the cenote, walk back to the dressing room, and change into dry clothes? Obviously, we did not even attempt to. We were dropped off at Senior Frog at around 8pm as promised.
    In short...the tour is affordable, but they tried to squeeze in too many activities into it. We would be far happier with having an extra hour to explore Chichen Itza and cenote, then see how tortillas are made as well as be kept waiting for food in hopes that we would impulsively purchase souvenirs.

  • We saw a lot in the scheduled time. The stop for lunch and shopping was much better than a tour taken previously with another company.

  • A must if you are in Cancun. I learned so much on this tour thanks to our knowledgeable guide. I have a friend who visited on his own a couple years ago without a tour and when I got back and was telling him about it he was bummed he missed so much by not getting a professional tour.

  • We signed up with Viator thinking it will be a good quality tour with a knowledgeable tour guide. It was one of the most disappointing tour I have taken and have changed my mind about Viator as a tour company.

    1. The office in cancun told us that a black large tour bus will meet us at 8am outside the security gate of a known hotel. So we took a taxi and waited outside the security gate from 7:40am. I called at 8am and confirmed again and the office asked us to wait for another 10 min. At 8:15 I got a call saying the driver has been waiting inside the hotel and that he could not wait any longer and has left and we would have to reschedule for the next day. Meanwhile, while I am talking to the main office, I hear my voice being yelled from a small van. The tour guide as well as the main office person were not polite at that time. We had no choice, it was the only day available for us so we went with the small van.

    2 We picked up more people. By the time we left playa del carmen it was about 9am.

    3 We were taken to the town of Valladolid for 30min. Instead of being driven straight to the ruins, we were taken to an obvious souvenir place where all the tour buses stop. There we were shown how tortillas are made and were told over and over again about supporting local artisans by spending some money here. Every item was overpriced. A coffee cup was USD 27 and it was the same one I saw for USD 5 the previous day. We had a buffet lunch here and finally drove to Chichen itza the ruins.

    4 More than half the day was over and we had not even arrived. We reached the ruins at 1:30 and we were handed off to another guide in the name of efficiency and better experience with a single language. This guide then handed us off to another guide inside the ruins. It took me a while to realize that we had been handed off. The tour guide was trying hard to explain but it certainly wasnt close to the experience we have had in other countries with viator tour guides.

    In other words, the entire point was to avoid the usual scams and get a good guide who can explain well and we got neither.

    After teh ruins we were taken to a Cenote natural pool for I kid you not: 30min. You had to stand in line and get your lifevest, go change, walk down 30 feet, swim in the cenote and get back and change back. Our kids did not feel it was worth it so we skipped it.

    When we got back into town, we were shifted to another van again for efficiency and trying to put everyone who is going in the same direction. There was a lot of pressure to tip the tour guide etc.

    The whole experience left a bad taste and we are certainly disappointed. I suggest that you find out more about who the local operators for viator are. If it is Cancun Vacation Experts, stay away. Viator should be more selective.

  • We had a great time on this tour! Our guides, Liz and Gerardo, were really enthusiastic and knowledgable. The journey to Chichen Itza is very long from Playa del Carmen approximately 2:30/3 hours each way so do go prepared! Absolutely loved both Chichen Itza and the Cenote we visited. Truly amazing!

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