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Chichen Itza Tours

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One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza—meaning "at the mouth of the well of the Itza"—is Mexico's most-visited archaeological site, a magnificent display of the advanced civilization of the Maya people and the ceremonial center of the Yucatan.

The Basics
Chichén Itzá is a UNESCO World Heritage site, made up of many stone buildings in various states of preservation, all connected by a network of roads called sacbeob. The three most well-known of these monument complexes are El Castillo, the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court.

The highlight of Chichen Itza's Mayan ruins is the Kukulcan Pyramid, known as El Castillo. Mesoamerican cultures occasionally built larger pyramids on top of smaller ones, and this is the case for the 79-foot (24-meter) step pyramid of El Castillo, where an excavation discovered a temple with an elaborate jaguar throne. History and archaeology buffs would do well to choose a tour that combines a visit to Chichen Itza with the ruins at Ek Balam, Coba, and Valladolid. Alternatively, choose a tour with access to the Mayaland Resort and a buffet lunch.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many tours are led by archaeologist tour guides, who are well-versed in Mayan culture.
  • The Ossario group and Central group are open to everyone; Chichen Viejo (Old Chichen) is only open to archaeologists.
  • Come prepared for the heat with light clothing, sunscreen, bottled water, and a hat.
  • This popular site can get extremely crowded—book an early-access tour to beat the crowds.

How To Get There
Chichen Itza is roughly two hours from Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, Quintana Roo by car. Visitors to those coastal resorts will have plenty of options for day trips to the archaeological site. Departures are also available from Cozumel and Merida.

When to Get There
The best time to get to Chichen Itza is at opening time, before the crowds arrive and the sun is high in the sky. Some private tours and small-group tours offer early access to the ancient ruins. At sunrise and sunset on the spring and fall equinoxes, the corner of the pyramid casts a shadow of Kukulkan, a feathered serpent god, creating the illusion of a snake slithering down the north side with the sun's movement.

Nearby Cenotes
The Cenote Sagrado is also an impressive natural site at Chichen Itza, featuring a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter. Another nearby cenote is Ik Kil, and some Chichen Itza day trips combine visits to these freshwater sinkholes on the Yucatan Peninsula with a stop at the ruins.
Address: Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, Mexico
Hours: Daily 8am–5pm
Admission: Adults: 95 pesos, Children (12yrs and under): Free
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Cancun

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Confusing
corbin_carter_63
, Jan 2020
We booked ahead of time and my card was charged before I even went out to enjoy the place. The bus booking was booked as well so couldn't get out there cheaply. Really it should be 0 out of 5 stars.
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Get there early!
DayTrip50757626066
, Dec 2018
Amazing ruins. You can feel the history. Get your tickets ahead of time to avoid the line and go early to beat the crowds. Not much info on sight.
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It was not clear as to where to go...
Neil C
, Feb 2018
It was not clear as to where to go to get our tickets. None of the 'officials' were aware of the 'special ticket' and we moved from one place to another. Eventually all worked out as we were treated kindly by all. Signage is needed those assisting viistors need to be told about the pre-booking system. Works well in terms of skipping the linee, but it took us LONGER than if we had bought a ticket there. However, this was because we arrived early. Laetr in the day it would have been a great advantage to have pre-booked.

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Skip the Line: Entrance Ticket to Chichen ItzaAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza

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Save hours of waiting in line at one of the New7Wonders of the World with skip-the-line entry to Chichen Itza. Booking your admission ticket in advance allows you to arrive at the Mayan ruins at any time of day and still beat the crowds. Explore at your own pace without the rush of guided tours and admire highlights such as the Temple of Warriors and the Ball Court.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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Exclusive: Early Access Tour to Chichen Itza From Cancun & Riviera MayaDay Trips

Exclusive: Early Access Tour to Chichen Itza From Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A boxed lunch is also included for your convenience.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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All-Inclusive Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim & Mexican BuffetDay Trips

All-Inclusive Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim & Mexican Buffet

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Journey to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza on this full-day excursion that includes easy hotel pickup and drop-off. Along with seeing El Castillo and learning how this pre-Columbian city played an important role in the Mayan civilization, visit the colonial town of Valladolid, stop at a cenote for a quick swim, and enjoy a buffet lunch.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and LunchDay Trips

Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch

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Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote before a certified guide leads you through the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, considered the most important archaeological zone of the Yucatán. Visit the ball court, El Castillo (the Castle), Pyramid of Kukulkan, and Temple of the Warriors. Then, indulge in a buffet lunch of regional dishes. Your Chichen Itza day trip includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive TourDay Trips

Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

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The Yucatan Peninsula offers visitors a treasure trove of history, from the pre-Columbian archeological sites of the Maya civilization, to 16th century towns settled by the Spanish. Experience this history firsthand with a full-day tour from Cancun or the Riviera Maya. See the ancient Maya site Chichen Itza (admission not included) the pyramid of Kukulcan, and explore the architecture in Valladolid. After a busy day exploring, refresh yourself in the waters of the Ik Kil cenote, and enjoy a delicious buffet meal.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00 
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Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from CancunDay Trips

Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun

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This full-day tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch—see Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO Site, and have a chance to participate in an ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural importance of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With round-trip hotel transport, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza Arqueological Zone from CancunDay Trips

Private Tour: Chichen Itza Arqueological Zone from Cancun

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Discover Chichen Itza on a private tour from Cancun. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site outside of Cancun at your own pace; private tours allow you to dictate how long you'd like to spend at the site. Visit the ball court, the castle, and the Sacred Cenote, all integral parts of the most important archaeological sites from the Mayan Empire. Hire an on-site guide or upgrade your tour to include drinks and lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Guided Tour of Chichen Itza Mayan Archaeological Site and Cenote Swimming from CancunDay Trips

Full-Day Guided Tour of Chichen Itza Mayan Archaeological Site and Cenote Swimming from Cancun

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Travel back in time at the extensively excavated Mayan city of Chichen Itza, then swim in a crystal clear Yucatan cenote before enjoying a buffet lunch. Bilingual and certified guide, air-conditioned transport, entry fees, lunch and pickup from Cancun hotels is included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza Deluxe Small Group with Buffet Lunch & Cenote Day Trips

Chichen Itza Deluxe Small Group with Buffet Lunch & Cenote

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Explore Chichen Itza with a small group, entering through the Mayaland Resort to skip the long entry lines. On this full-day excursion, follow an expert guide through the Pyramid of Kukulcán and the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a buffet lunch of regional and international dishes before spending the rest of the day at the resort hotel swimming at the pool or a beautiful cenote. Plus, you can relax at Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite.
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  • 10 hours
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Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil and Coba Ruins from CancunDay Trips

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Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik Kil and Coba Ruins from Cancun

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Enjoy some of the cultural history and natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula on this day trip from Cancun. At the Maya cities of Chichen Itza and Coba, learn about the ancient civilization as you explore archaeological ruins with a guide. You’ll also visit Cenote Ik Kil to cool off with a swim. Lunch is included.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Low Cost Early Access to Chichen Itza & optional Valladolid and Swim at a CenoteDay Trips

Low Cost Early Access to Chichen Itza & optional Valladolid and Swim at a Cenote

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With this Viator Exclusive, get an early start to your sightseeing at Chichen Itza, one of the most popular sites of the Yucatán Peninsula. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site with an archaeologist as your private guide and gain essential insights into Mexico’s past. Skip the crowds and see sections that traditional tours don’t visit. 
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Privileged Early-Access Tour From CancunDay Trips

Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Privileged Early-Access Tour From Cancun

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Open the gate to Chichen Itza and be one of its first visitors of the day on this full-day tour from Cancun. An archaeologist guide escorts your group through a private entrance and takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s most notable landmarks, including the Kukulcan Temple, Ball Game Court, and Temple of the Warriors. Meet a Maya priest, visit the Mayan Planetarium, and dig into a sumptuous buffet lunch. Luxury van transport and access to Viator's hospitality suite at the Mayaland Hotel are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba from Riviera MayaDay Trips

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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba from Riviera Maya

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Visit two ancient Maya cities and a beautiful cenote on a full-day trip from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil cenote, and Coba. You’ll learn about the dramatic history and symbolic architecture of Chichen Itza, swim in an underground river, and climb to the top of the tallest Maya pyramid in the Yucatan. This comprehensive tour includes breakfast, lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transport from your Playa del Carmen hotel.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.00
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza on your own and Welcome Suite Day Trips

Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza on your own and Welcome Suite

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Enjoy transport to Chichen Itza, a welcome suite in the Mayaland Resort and use of the resort’s facilities with this Viator Exclusive, available nowhere else! Travel to and from the UNESCO site by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz van. Upon arrival, a guide assists you in purchasing admission to Chichen Itza (own expense) and escorts you through a private entrance, allowing you to bypass the crowds waiting in line. Enter and leave the archaeological zone as you like, relax in the welcome suite and make use of Mayaland’s amenities. Bonus: a booklet of discounts included!
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Riviera MayaDay Trips

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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Riviera Maya

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Spend a day exploring ancient Maya cities and an underground pool on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam. Visiting both Maya sites offers the chance to experience the most iconic ruins in the Yucatan, then tour a lesser-visited gem with vivid frescoes and a fascinating history. This tour includes pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch, and it’s limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private TourDay Trips

Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour

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Skip the crowded bus tours at Chichen Itza. Instead, opt for a personalized excursion from Cancun or Riviera Maya. This private day trip lets you customize the itinerary with your guide and choose your own pickup time from the hotel. Entrance fees and a buffet lunch are included, along with beer and soda in a cooler aboard the air-conditioned vehicle. Bonus: swim in Ik Kil or Xcajum cenote.
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  • 8 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza Basic, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid TourDay Trips

Chichen Itza Basic, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid Tour

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Take a day away from the beaches and bars of Cancún and see a different side to the Riviera Maya. This guided tour takes you to see the pyramid temples and other monuments of Chichén Itzá and the colonial city of Valladolid, and includes the opportunity to swim in an underground cenote.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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VIP: Chichen Itza Tour, Light and Sound Show with Mayan Appetizers From CancunDay Trips

VIP: Chichen Itza Tour, Light and Sound Show with Mayan Appetizers From Cancun

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of Chichen Itza on a day and night tour from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Sail past long lines at the sacred site with a certified Guide, and then watch the sun set over the iconic pyramid of the park, sipping bottomless margaritas and feasting on Mexican tapas at a luxurious nearby resort. Afterward, enjoy a light and sound show and see the history of the Maya empire brought to life through color and music. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation plus access to Viator's hospitality suite is included in the tour.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Tour from CancunDay Trips

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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Tour from Cancun

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Discover the cultural history and natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula on this day trip from Cancun. At the Maya cities of Chichen Itza and Ek’ Balam, learn about this ancient civilization as you explore archaeological ruins with a knowledgeable guide. You also visit Cenote Hubiku to cool off with a swim in the natural pool.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
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Chichen Itza Classic with Cenote Suytun and Valladolid CityDay Trips

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Chichen Itza Classic with Cenote Suytun and Valladolid City

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Discover one of the new seven wonders of the world on a day trip to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Traveling with a group tour simplifies the trip and enables busy travelers to see the UNESCO-listed site without worrying about transportation or logistics. Plus, this efficiently organized tour includes time for a stop to swim in a cenote (underground river) and the chance to explore the historic city of Valladolid.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
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Chichen Itza Classic Tour Day Trips

Chichen Itza Classic Tour

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YOU MUST BE HERE!, this is one of the most enigmatic activities in Mexico. Chichen- Itza is unique in the world since there is no such thing anywhere. This activity is cataloged as mandatory for all travelers who visit Mexico. The food is prepared with the highest standards of hygiene.. We recommend to bring towel, swimming suit and comfortable shoes like tennis or sneakers. It is important to mentioned that you need to use biodegradable sunblock. Due to our commitment to nature we recommend our travelers use biodegradable products The experience is so incredible that it takes you to live the unique history of the Mayan culture. Only registered companies like us have exclusive access to this activity. Thank you for choosing us please give us the opportunity to give you an excellent service. We are a certified company and only few companies like us have the access to suytun park. Forget long lines in the entrance to Chichen Itza, we have the quick access. Thank you for choosing us.
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  • 10 hours
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Chichen-Itza, Cenote Ik-Kil, Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas Private Tour with LunchDay Trips

Chichen-Itza, Cenote Ik-Kil, Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas Private Tour with Lunch

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The ancient Maya ruins of Chichen Itza are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited attractions in Mexico. On this private tour, combine a guided visit to the ruins with other Yucatan highlights. Admire the stunning pink lagoons of Las Coloradas, cool off with a swim in the Ik-Kil cenote, and spot pink flamingos and crocodiles on a cruise around the Ria Lagartos biosphere reserve.
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  • 12 hours
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Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sail with SnorkelingSnorkeling

Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

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Explore the highlights of the Yucatan peninsula on this tour that includes a visit to Chichen Itza and sailing on a catamaran to Isla Mujeres. On this all-day excursion, see the ruins of Chichen Itza and enjoy a buffet lunch at the Mayaland Resort. Then, sail to Isla Mujeres, snorkel and shop. Choose these adventures on two days in a row, or schedule them with a day in between to rest.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza Sunrise and Cenote Ik Kil from CancunDay Trips

Chichen Itza Sunrise and Cenote Ik Kil from Cancun

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Avoiding crowds and heat, this is the best way to see one of the new wonders. Your pictures well be amazing with not many people around the buildings, we are very flexibles and we are very good managers in the time, we can follow the itinerary or be flexible with this, and add another activities, like stop in one of the Cenotes, stop for lunch, or visit another archaeological site like Ek Balam, Coba or Tulum.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Chichen Itza + Cenote + ValladolidDay Trips

Chichen Itza + Cenote + Valladolid

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Get to know the wonderful site of Chichen Itza, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore its temples and stepped pyramids accompanied by a certified archaeologist, and swim in a cenote
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  • 11 hours
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What are Chichen Itza hours of operation?
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Chichen Itza hours of operation: Daily 8am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Chichen Itza tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Chichen Itza can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 254 Chichen Itza tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Chichen Itza 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Chichen Itza costs USD 48.00. Guided Chichen Itza tours start around USD 48.00 per person. See all 254 Chichen Itza tickets and tours on Viator.
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