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How to Visit the Mayan Ruins Without the Crowds

How to Visit the Mayan Ruins Without the Crowds

Dating back thousands of years in some cases, and shrouded in mystery, the Mayan ruins are among Mexico’s most visited sites. Sometimes that popularity can mean too many people, however, so here are some ways to see the ruins without the crowds.

Early-Access Tours

One of the best ways to experience the magic and mystery of the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula—without feeling like you’re at Grand Central Station during rush hour—is by visiting before most tour buses arrive. Early-access tours of Tulum, Chichen Itza, or Coba ensure you’ll be one of the first visitors there, so you can get that perfect photo without all the tourists in it. Of course, you’ll also get expert insight into Mayan civilization from an archaeologist tour guide. It’s worth the early-morning wakeup.

VIP Tours

There’s no better way to experience a bucket-list site like Chichen Itza than on a VIP tour. You’ll feel like royalty as you head to the ruins from your Riviera Maya hotel in a luxurious private vehicle. With an archaeologist guide at your side, you’ll breeze past long entrance lines at the Mayan site to your own private entrance, and after your visit, you can watch the sun set over the ancient Mayan city while sipping unlimited margaritas on a private terrace.

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Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet

Early Access Guided Tour to Chichen Itza with Lunch Buffet

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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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$47.00
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VIP: Chichen Itza Tour, Light and Sound Show with Mayan Appetizers From Cancun

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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$215.00
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Chichen Itza Deluxe Small Group with Buffet Lunch & Cenote

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

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Spend some time beyond Cancun exploring Ek Balam, one of the Yucatán's newer excavation sites. Embark on a guided tour of this ancient Mayan wonder, learning its history, wandering among its plazas and even scaling its main pyramid for incredible jungle views. Then continue on to Cenote Maya Park, where your choices for adventure are endless. Take a refreshing dip in natural pool, zipline through tropical forest canopy, rappel into a cave or shop for handmade Maya crafts. Savor a delicious meal of traditional Maya eats before returning to Cancun.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.99
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Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza on your own and Welcome Suite

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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$34.00
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Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Privileged Early-Access Tour From Cancun

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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$109.00
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5x1 Tulum by land and sea, boat, beach club & snorkel

5x1 Tulum by land and sea, boat, beach club & snorkel

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Escape the crowds and explore the mystifying Mayan city of Tulum in relative solitude on this Viator Exclusive full-day tour. Venture to one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan sights in early-morning tranquility and visit areas rarely explored on traditional tours. Admire the rugged coastal setting of Tulum’s ruins while discovering the illustrious history of Mayan civilization from your qualified archeologist guide.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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 Chichen Itzá & Holbox Exclusive

Chichen Itzá & Holbox Exclusive

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Combine two top tours at one discounted price over two days with a Cancun Super Saver. This Viator Exclusive provides early access to Chichen Itza and Holbox Island before most of the crowds arrive. An archaeologist guide leads you around each site in the morning, providing fascinating facts about ancient civilizations as you check out ruins like Chichen Itza’s El Castillo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the paradisical Holbox Island set on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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