Chichén Itzá Early Access, Ek Balam & Cenote Tour - Playa Del Carmen

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  • Duration: 10 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    05:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    1: HM Playa del carmen, Avenida Constituyentes 180, entre Avenida 15 Norte y, 20 Avenida Nte., Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
    2: Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Visit Chichn Itz, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Ek Balam and swim
in a cenote in one day.
You will be one of the first visitors of the day to explore one of the seven wonders of the modern world Chichen. With knowledge of archeology and Mayan culture, it will be easy for you to imagine how the Mayans once inhabited this city. As we stroll through the well-preserved ruins we will tell you about Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology, to gain a deep understanding of the meaning behind the stone sculptures and platforms.
After admiring the views, have a break in the Cenote Saamal and get over the heat with a refreshing swim right next to its waterfall. Then we are ready to taste an amazing Mexican buffet lunch.
To end the trip, visit Ek Balam, probably one of the most important places in the Tlalol kingdom. Climb the pyramids to have a panoramic view of the Mayan jungle. After knowing all the secrets of this archeological site, youll have free time to explore on your own.


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

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Stop At: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula

Start your day trip with an early morning departure, 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.
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 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.

Duration: 2 hours


Round transportation

Bilingual guide

Buffet Lunch

Air-conditioned vehicle

Toll road

Ticket to Ek Balam

Ticket to Chichen Itza

Admission to Cenote

Entry/Admission - Chichen Itza

Entry/Admission - Cenote Saamal


Optional gratuities

Life vest (mandatory)


Taxes ($48 USD)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes

Taxes of Archeological Sites are not included (48USD)

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

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  • 14-Dec-2022

    The tour is nice since it starts really early and you avoid the queues, but the van was freezing cold and the guide did not give us lot of information about the different places that we visited.

  • 27-Nov-2022

    What we (a group of 4 people) booked and what we expected: "Highlights (as stated in the tour description) + Avoid the tourists crowds with early access to UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza + See El Castillo and the Great Court, plus areas exclusive to this tour + Benefit from the expert knowledge of your archaeologist guide + Enjoy early access to Chichen Itza with an expert archeologist guide" As we had visited Chichén Itzá already last year with a "standard bus tour" we were looking for a special, more individual tour. On the date we wanted to go, this tour was only offered as "private" version at almost three times the cost. We agreed, since this promised more flexibility to be accustomed to our wishes and we were looking forward to a visit of Chichen Itza before the masses of buses are arriving and with plenty of time to explore the area. What we experienced: We were picked up at 7:00 a.m. and were first brought to Ek Balam, where we arrived with the first buses, so that place was already getting crowded. In Chichén Itzá we were in the afternoon, when it was really crowded and we were given only two hours time there. The guide there was great, but the time much too short. The whole program was very unflexible and sticked to the program you have when going with a big bus. Being a private group we would have expected to have lunch in a smaller place (and not where all the big buses are going to) and also to be able to go to a smaller and not so crowded Cenote and especially to have as much time as we want to have in Chichén Itzá, since this was the main purpose of our tour. Another point, which caused unnecessary discussions: While it is stated that taxes have to be paid as extra costs it is not clear, what are entry fees and what are taxes, since both tickets which had to be bought in Ek Balam had the titles "admission" and "entry" fee. It is strange for us that the costs of what the tour provider identified as the "taxes ticket" are much higher than the actual ticket price. Why not giving the complete price for a tour including all the so-called taxes? These have to be paid anyway and we do not suppose that they are changing frequently. Our tour guide Mina was very nice and dedicated and the driver did a really good job.

  • 27-Nov-2022

    Very good trip. We were picked up around 5:45 from our hotel. The tour went to Ek Balam first, then a Mayan village with lunch, the chichen itza and finally saamal cenote. We got back to the hotel around 6pm. This is a small group so it was much more efficient and little waiting around. A long day but a very worthwhile one.

  • 25-Nov-2022

    We were very exited about this tour, BUT The tour company cancelled a day before. We are very disappointed.

  • 18-Nov-2022

    I like the fact that we started early before most tourists get there. Marcela, our tour guide, was incredibly personal and we felt taken care of. All the places we visited were impressive. Not enough time in all places, so be ready to be deprived of time, but at least you get to see various parts of the area. You get a lot for your buck.

  • 10-Nov-2022

    Amazing experience. The guides Frank and Rodrigo were outstanding and made the tour a unique experience. The Driver Artur was a model of reliability and friendliness.

  • 04-Nov-2022

    We fell in love with Marcela the moment she stepped out of our private van. We were the first party to be picked up and she took great care to make us feel at ease. Our driver Arturo, was friendly, but focused on making our ride safe and pleasant. Once the other groups were on board, we began our long trek to Chichen Itza. It was a long journey, but Marcella was exceptional in balancing time for us to nap with time to inform of us what we were seeing, and preparing us for the day to come. Once at Chichen Itza, Marcela took very good care of us. We felt very special learning about the Mayan culture from her. She spoiled us with stories, including her personal interactions with diving and how she helps with further exploration of the Mayan history underwater. After Chichen Itza, we were treated to a wonderful lunch before moving on to Ek Balam. WOW! We had an amazing time. The highlight was when Marcela climbed the pyramid with my partner. Most of us stayed on the ground, but for the 2 other people who climbed with her, she continued educating. Simply amazing! Our final stop was at a beautiful cenote! We were given plenty of time to swim and to enjoy the scenery. Our 16 hour adventure was one that we will never forget. We took a much larger bus excursion 2 days later and it paled in comparison to this small group experience with Marcela. Our minds were filled with new knowledge, new friends, and a unique experience we will never forget.

  • 02-Nov-2022

    A comfortable ride with a good driver and friendly tour guide, Esther. Chichen Itza was the highlight with a specialist tour guide with a great deal of knowledge. Swimming in the Cenote was fun.

  • 29-Oct-2022

    My family and I had a beautiful, adventurous and relaxing time with this early access tour. Our guide, Marcela, was extremely knowledgeable and attentive which made all of us very comfortable and happy throughout the entire 12-hour tour. Our pick up was on time (thank you to our great driver, Marco) and we were early to every place on our itinerary. We beat the rush of tourists and were able to soak up the experience of each site. Marcela was awesome and took amazing pictures of our family where ever we went since she had a great eye for what looks/feels best to memorialize our experience. Our family became tired half way through, but Marcela was very understanding and made sure to provide us choices whether or not to continue the tour (our family was fortunate enough to be the only party on this specific tour, therefore allowing us a very intimate and personalized experience). Her energy and flexibility actually motivated us to finish the entire itinerary which I AM SO HAPPY THAT WE DID. I cannot explain how immersive and amazing this day was. Honestly I’m going to miss Marcela since she really felt like family by the end of the day. Please note our family took time to prepare and ask the appropriate questions concerning the tour. We made sure to bring multiple disposable water bottles, towels, hats, sun screen, and USD. We also took into account that we may have to use credit cards at certain sites due to conversion rates/taxes which was explained by Marcela once we inquired at the very beginning of our tour (at 5am). I could write a novel on how happy this entire experience made me, but I will end on this note: Thank you so much, Marcela, for leading us through your beautiful country. I am so glad to have crossed paths with you and I hope other tourists get the chance to enjoy your energy!

  • 29-Oct-2022

    Marcela our tour guide and Marco picked us up in a gigantic sprinter van more than spacious enough for our family of 5. It was early in the morning (5:30am) but it was worth it to see Chichen Itza with almost no one there. Marcela is so knowledgeable about everything she showed us and she was also great about taking pictures for us! The Mayan buffet lunch and the timing worked out so we just beat out the big tour bud crowds. Then we swam at Cenote which is a big sink hole with a tiny waterfall - once in a lifetime experience! Afterward we went to Ek Balam which is worthwhile since it’s the only Mayan temple you can actually climb. Then they drop you off right back at the hotel. Marcela is absolutely amazing so recommend you request her if you sign up for this tour!

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