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

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Please note that departure times may vary according to the selected tour option Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time... read more
  • Departure Details :
    Please note that the pick up time for this activity may vary according to your selected option. Please contact our staff in destination to get further detail
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Arrive early and beat the crowds on this tour of Chichen Itza with an expert archaeologist guide a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else! Experience in tranquility attractions like 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. Round transportation is included, according to the tour option that best suits you!

Highlights

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

Know More about this tour

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

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

Exclusions

  • 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

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