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

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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 don’t 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, you’ll 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 guide’s 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. You’ll 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. You’ll 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 trip transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Meal according to season: During summer, lunch During winter, breakfast
  • Entrance fee to the site

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

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Fee for use of video camera (between $10USD and $25USD)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

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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319 reviews by the users

  • Great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

  • Chichen Itza was awesome! We got there right after the gates opened, so there were very few people there. I guess I was expecting to be there before it opened due to the early access description of the tour. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable, but again like the tour suggests was not an archaeologist. The tour company also needs to work on picking people up on time we were picked up 20 minutes late. The provided lunch was just ok, but it was worth it for the unobstructed views of the temple.

  • We booked this tour ahead of time because it said it would get us there early, which it did, and back to our hotel early enough to enjoy some afternoon beach time, which it did not. Our tour guide, Augustine Navaro, seemed knowledgeable but spent way to much time talking about himself, how the Mayan culture was not being correctly recognized by anyone, and that we should not buy any souvenirs from the vendors at the site, but wait to buy them from real Mayans artists at a place he would take us after the tour. We expected much more about what the history of Chicen Itza was, what was happening there over time, etc. Not too much of that. We were given some of that at the beginning of the tour once we got there, but didn't go into much detail and then just said ok, you have a couple hours to wonder on your own, no explanation or suggestions on where to go look or what to look for. After we all met back at the bus and loaded up. We went to a Mayan town shop where they had the same stuff the vendors at chichen Itza had. Then we had lunch, which was OK except for us because we are vegetarians I think most folks were ok with the lunch, but didn't work for us. Then, drove back and tour guide explained how 60 of his income is from tips. Not real professional at all Would not recommend. The tour spent WAY to much time at the shop after the tour and at the lunch stop. We were told ahead of time that we would get a small box lunch on the bus and that is what we planned for. Most follks were staying at nice resorts with lots of food and drink. Did not need to waste time at the shop and restaurant on the way home.

  • Had a great time exploring the ruins. Guide was very knowledgable about the history.

  • best tour guide ever, such an amazing place .He explained so much history to us was very informative such a friendly and happy archaeologist best to do early morning visit has this site gets very bizy so this excursion is the best one to do .

  • Worth it to go early to Chichen Itza

  • An early morning and a very long day but well worth it. Pick up was efficient and right on time. The bus was comfortable but there should be a washroom on these buses as there are a number of older people who may have to use it frequently. Something to think about. Our guide was terrific. Well versed and a great story teller. The ruins are amazing. The early entrance is the only way to go. Cooler and by the time we left at noonish the place was packed and we were there in the off season, July. Overall, a great experience that we still talk about!

  • I will start with the negatives first, this was a tour made with Amigo tours, my second trip booked with them through Viator. My first tour was to Tullum. For both of these trips I was not contacted while in Mexico to be given a pick up time from my hotel, despite the company having my email address. I had to use the contact numbers on the print out voucher to find out this information, being in a different country and using your UK based phone abroad can be very expensive as I found out, the hotel phones kept coming back with this number is incorrect, or similar message. After finding Amigo tours website I was able to use the call link on the site to finally get through to someone. Eventually getting pick up times for both trips. Just to say I booked all my trips before leaving the UK. Ok so with pick up times sorted I was picked up in a small mini bus type vehicle, and we were taken on a drive to another location where a large coach was waiting, we were told to board this as it would take us to Chichen Itza. A few minutes later we were then told some people had not got out of bed so we would now be using the mini bus ! so all of us now switched to this small very uncomfortable vehicle for the two hour trip to Chichen Itza. In the bus was Ricardo driver and Frank tour guide This was an early access trip, so it was in the early morning, Frank seemed very tired, and was constantly falling asleep next to the driver, who seemed to be on his mobile phone a lot while driving. We went on our way to Chichen Itza, using a toll road, it appeared larger vehicles would be charged more to use this road ! was this the reason for the vehicle swap ? I cant say for sure.
    Frank gave us a bit of information on the way, and we were able to stop for a toilet break after an hour or so. When we neared the destination we were given more details, and told we would have lunch after our 3 hour visit.
    as this was a very early morning trip, when none of us would of had the opportunity to have any breakfast from our hotels, maybe a small refreshment bag, with a drink os something would of been good. A lot of emphasis was put on shopping, which is common in Mexico. Your always dropped off near a shop. Personal Maya reading offered as soon as we arrived. Just to add we were not asked to belt up in the mini bus, which reached speeds of 140 kM an hour.
    On the positive side, Marco the guy who took us around the site, was absolutely fantastic.He gave us a very informative tour, with some amazing insights into the mayan history. We had plenty of time to do our own thing after the guide was finished, to take pictures ect. Arriving early was also a very good thing, seeing the temple without 1,000s of people around it was good. By the time we left the place was buzzing with people. I struggled between giving this 3 or 4 stars, its a shame the transport side of things let it down. The apathy of Frank and his attitude when members were departing the bus and not tipping him was also not good to see. I imagine he thinks tips should be mandatory, maybe a slight change in attitude would improve this, he is taking people to see on of the 7 wonders of the modern world ! He should count this as a privilege and not a chore.................

  • This tour went wrong two days before we even went. We booked through Viator before we left home.
    We received an email message telling us to contact Amigo Tours on a local number to arrange pick up time after arrival at our hotel so we could provide them with our room number.
    The big problem was the number goes to a Mexican call centre!
    I'm not a big fan of call centres at the best of times but this one has a menu system you can't get out of, Press 1 for? It's all in Spanish, which I don't speak very well, but I did hear English option 2. Pressed this then didn't get anything like arrange your tour pickup. Eventually it says to speak to an Operator, Press 0.This took me straight back to the original Spanish Menu!!!. Tried again and the nearest I could get was For airport transfer Press 3? tried this and after several rings someone answered in Spanish. Her English was poor but she gave me a different telephone number. I was at our Hotel reception. Fortunately it was quiet and one of the Hotel staff was there to help. He dialled the new number, spoke to someone, shrugged his shoulder then replaced the handset. He then rang the call centre on our behalf and after about 15 minutes talking handed the phone to me. I was told to ring back less than 24h before the trip!
    I really don't think this is on but they gave me a different number to ring, and an extension number.
    I wouldn't have got this far without the help and good will of Mario on our Hotel reception.
    The following day I rang the number and dialled the extension, arranged pick up at 5.40 the following morning.
    Now the tour itself. We were picked up at 5.30, we always try to be early, in a minibus. Picked up more people then transferred to a coach where we met our guide Frank. He was the highlight of the tour, he spoke good English and introduced himself as being of Mayan descent. He talked non stop in English and Spanish all the way to Chichen Itza about the history of the Mayans and was very interesting.
    We arrived at the Temples about 8.00, then began our guided tour. It was quiet when we arrived but it wasn't long before other tours began to arrive and the place started to get busy, apparently 50,000 visitors every day!
    We were guided round the Temples for about 2 hrs then allowed 1hr to wander around on our own.
    We didn't research what we wanted to do and found out you can only see the temples on this tour, apparently there are Palaces and Downtown areas available on other tours.
    The first part of the Tour was excellent, it went downhill from there. A free lunch was included but this involved a visit to a souvenir shop, where we had to walk around for 45 minutes while our food was prepared. To be honest the food was a bit naff and you had to buy your own drinks.
    Then it was a 3 hour ride back to our hotel, finishing the journey with a frustrated formula 1 minibus driver. Got back to the hotel after 5PM, feeling a bit disappointed.

  • Fantastic day. Worth the early start we were the first group at the site. We got uniteruptted views of the temples so great photos, And the temperature was easy to bare. Marco was our guide he was so knowledgeable and passionate he really made the tour 10/10.

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