Viator Exclusive: Early Access To Chichen Itza From Playa Del Carmen With Archeologist

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Arrive early and beat the crowds on this tour of Chichen Itza with an expert archeologist guide a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else! Experience in tranquility attractions like the sacred cenote, the Kukulkan Pyramid, the ball court and other areas of this impressive archeological zone not part of most traditional tours. As you take in the grandeur of the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, enjoy informative and fascinating commentary from your specialized guide. Hotel transport from Playa del carmen is included.


  • Exclusive to Viator
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Family friendly
  • Lunch included

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Start your day trip with early morning pickup from your Playa del Carmen hotel, making sure you dont miss the chance to be one of the first visitors of the day to explore the wonders of Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire. With essential background knowledge provided by a specialized archeologist guide just for you and your group, youll easily imagine how the Mayans once inhabited this city.

As you wander through the well-preserved ruins in relative peace and quiet, learn how Chichen Itza played a pivotal role in Mayan society from around 600 to 1200 AD and endured as a base of worship and pilgrimage until the Spanish landed. The Maya people of the Yucatan Peninsula today still regard Chichen Itza, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, as a sacred place.

Listen to your guide about how archeologists unearthed the abandoned site, buried over time by the jungle, and how their discoveries provided Chichen Itza with UNESCO status. With your guides presentation of Mayan mythology, philosophy and cosmology, gain a deep understanding of the meaning behind the stone carvings, platforms, ball courts and staircases. Then see the famous ruins with a new perspective.

Make your way through the observatory and the Temple of the Warriors. Youll of course visit the legendary Kukulcan Pyramid, also referred to as El Castillo, a four-sided structure constructed with a keen knowledge of astronomy. Your guide will explain that during equinox on a clear day, a snake slithers down the pyramid stairs, which is actually a shadow created by the setting sun.

As you peer into the sacred cenote, your guide explains how archeologists delved into this pilgrimage site and pulled out wood, shells, cloth, jewelry and the skeletons of men and children, confirming that the natural sinkhole indeed was once used as a human sacrifice site.

Stand on one of the platforms at the colossal ball court where Mayans played sports, and have another person from your group whisper from 150 feet (46 meters) away. Youll be surprised to hear every word. This acoustical engineering feat of the Mayans is not entirely understood even today.

After your tour, ride back to Playa del Carmen and return to your hotel mid-afternoon. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning visit to Chichen Itza allows you to explore the site before the crowds so you can enjoy the rest of your day on the beach.

Inclusions for Viator Exclusive: Early Access To Chichen Itza From Playa Del Carmen With Archeologist

  • Round transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Box Lunch (includes a baguette, a boxed juice and a pack of cookies)
  • Entrance fee to the site

Exclusions for Viator Exclusive: Early Access To Chichen Itza From Playa Del Carmen With Archeologist

  • Optional gratuities
  • Souvenirs or pictures
  • Drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes

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

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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  • Srs. Super Frank and driver Tony were awesome guides. Felt totally safe on the long drive to/from Chichen Itza. Learned so very, very much from Frank. I was super interested in the topic of Mayan culture anyway just read the book 1491 by Mann but Frank made the explanation of how people lived and what they were probably like so understandable - for the most part same human instincts that we have today - people are people. The only kink in our trip was that we are staying in Cozumel for a few weeks and there is no ferry early enough to get us to Playa del Carmen for a 6:00 pickup at central hotel so we had to stay the night before the trip in a Playa hotel. But it was well worth that extra expense. I wouldn't have missed it for anything. I don't have time to repeat all the good things others have said about Frank and the value of this trip - but I second them all.

  • Absolutely worth the early rise, beat the heat and the crowds. Marcos was our guide, he was incredibly knowledgable about Mayan culture and Chichen Itza's history. The tour was a good mix of guided tour and personal time, we learned a lot and had a great time! Would highly recommend this tour.

  • I'm so glad that I booked this tour. Marco was an amazing guide and so knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and Chitchen Itza. Getting there early was definitely the way to go, no crowds or queuing on entry, just amazing views of Chitchen Itza and the surrounding area without millions of others tourist ruining your pictures.
    On leaving Chichen Itza, when everyone else was arriving, we went to a mayan village for a traditional lunch.
    Overall a fantastic trip with an amazing guide, definitely a must do whist on holiday in Mexico.

  • Good trip and a very good guide with a lot of knowledge. He gave us a lot of information both about Chichen Itza and the Maya Culture.
    The bus we had on the tour was an old one and that is why I will not give 5 stars. In the tourinformation it was nothing about that.

  • I did not book ahead for this tour before arriving in Mexico and had not problem making reservations on-line after arriving at our resort. Because of the early access, our pick-up was scheduled for 5:10 am before other pickups. The tour bus was comfortable and was able to sleep after we transferred to the bus. Our guide Frank was 5th generation Mayan and friendly, informative and provided insights into Chichen Itza and Mayan culture. Getting to the ruins early to avoid the crowds that arrived as we were leaving was well worth the early morning rise. The included lunch buffet at a nearby establishment was good.

  • Great tour, if you don't mind waking up really early on your vacation. Very informative, led by a local Mayan who really loves sharing his culture. Got to sleep about an hour on the bus before the learning began. The drive each way is 3 hours, but there is a 1 hour time change to your advantage on the way there. Had about 2.5 hours at Chichen Itza, most of which was led. About 1/2 hour of on your own time.

    After Chichen Itza, went to a local Mayan Co-op for a lunch buffet and handcrafted souveniors. Overall a long and tiring day, but worth it! Crowds were easily doubled when we left compared to when we got there.

  • The guide was very knowledgeable! Loved him!

  • Frank was a great guide but the tour itself was short about 2 hrs compared to the drive to Chichen Itza from Playa Del Carmen. I wish we had more time to visit the Cenote and see more of the site @ Chichen.

  • Our tour guide was knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Chichen Itza. Our guide David explained all the buildings, their uses and their restorations. The only 1 negative thing I have to mention is that it was nearly 12 hours from pick up to drop off at our hotel. The duration listed on the tour said 9hours so we expected to be back earlier.

  • Chichen Itza site was great. However, we had NO early access and NO archaeologist, which were the whole point of this tour. We arrived at the site at close to 9:30AM, and the tour lasted around 20 minutes. All other tour guides had much more interesting things to show and talk about. Disappointed.:(

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