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

Cancún, Mexico

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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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.
  • Explore the observatory, a sacred cenote, the ball court, and the castle
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its fascinating temples
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Cancun hotels

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cool off at a cenote on the way to Chichen Itza, where you explore with a guide and independently.
From your hotel in Cancun, you’re picked up in the morning for the drive to Chichen Itza, considered the most important archaeological zone in the Yucatán.

Start your tour of significant locations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the ball court, el Castillo (the Castle), the Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors. Learn from your certified guide why the extraordinary architectural beauty and geographical location have led to Chichen Itza's designation as one of the New7Wonders of the World.

Then, stop to explore the natural wonders of a nearby cenote. Play in the deep, aquamarine waters of an underground swimming hole formed from a collapsed limestone cavern.

Head to a local restaurant for a buffet lunch of fresh salads, soups, rice, meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and other regional fare (drinks at own expense). 

Stop in the “magic town” of Valladolid on the way back to Cancun for a brief tour of its town center.

Your Chichen Itza full-day tour ends with return transport to your Cancun hotel.
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
In our first stop you will meet Chichen Itza, one of the seven Wonders of the World, contemplate The Castle, the majestic pyramid of the feathered serpent Kukulkàn. Our certified guides will give you a 45-minute tour where you will discover the meaning of its symbols and learn about the mysteries hidden by its incredible architectural decoration. We will be the first at the site avoiding crowds and the heat. A tour that you can not miss with the excellent service that defines us.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Cenote Ik kil
You will awaken all your senses by immersing yourself in the pure and refreshing water of the spectacular semi open cenote Ik Kil that has impressive turquoise tones, this cenote was considered sacred by the Mayans.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
We will take you to the lunch time where you will taste regional food such as cochinita pibil tacos, Poc Chuc, Tacos al Pastor, chayitas, etc. Enjoy our salad bar and our different options for infants.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
One of the oldest cities that has Yucatan and called "Magic Town" was founded in 1543 and has a population of approximately 49 000 inhabitants. In this beautiful and picturesque center, you can marvel at its beautiful church of San Gervasio. But an incredible point of this part of the tour are the flavors of the traditional ice creams and the delicious "Marquesitas" which is a Yucatecan dessert very similar to a crepe.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Traveler Tips

  • "It gets very hot, really very hot - so take sunscreen, an umbrella even men!"
  • "A long day, so make sure to bring a bunch of water." See review
  • "Do not be late back to the bus when your guide lets you go off for a few hours in the different places." See review


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Chichen Itza experience
, Mar 2020
I had an amazing experience traveling to Chichen Itza, it was a long tour but it was great. The tour guide Ricardo was excellent.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
We are glad to see that you enjoyed this tour, we hope to serve you again soon.
Chichen itza - so/so
, Mar 2020
The Good: Jesus was our tour guide at the Chichen itza site and he was great. He was extremely informative and authentic and I walked away with a world of knowledge about the culture and history. The bus was comfortable, air conditioned and well maintained. Ik kill was beautiful, lots of people but it was just enough time to have a dip and cool off. The bad: Too much effort was spent discrediting the vendors at chichen itza with the aim of selling you stuff from Kaua. The items were almost exactly the same but the guides made a number of efforts to sell you items from Kaua, it left a real sour taste in my mouth and felt like tourists were really being taken advantage of - it felt sly and manipulative which I've never experienced on a tour before. The tour is way too long. Prepare for a very long and exhausting day! I think a few things need to be cut out in order for the tour to be satisfying. 12 hours is much too much.
Better than expected
, Feb 2020
It was a very informative day. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history and was able to answer all our questions and concerns. The ride was long but it was comfortable. However, they didnt tell us about extra $25 charge until we confirmed our ticket the day before. Remember to bring snacks because it is a long day and we dont eat lunch until much later.
Swimming in the cenote
, Feb 2020
Great informative tour! It was nice to go and eat at an authentic Mayan restaurant and bring money for souvenirs made by the Mayan people. But be aware it is a very long day!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write this kind comments regarding your experience on this expedition. We apprecciate your feedback.
Fun and Informative Adventure
, Feb 2020
The Chichen Itza trip was long but fantastic. We were picked up from our hotel right on time, and from that moment on our guide, Carlos, made the day fun, informative and easy. Since our group was multilingual, he easily switched back and forth between English and Spanish, teaching us about Mayan culture and history. Diving and swimming in the cenotes was refreshing after walking through the ruins, and grabbing some photos and a quick dessert in Valladolid was a great way to end the day. The only thing I didn't love was the cooking demonstration and mini tour of the small town before lunch. By that point, we were pretty hot and hungry, and just getting inside for A/C and lunch would have been preferable. Overall, though, this was a great trip and well worth it.
Great experience
, Jan 2020
First of all, we loved our guide, Jorge. He made the entire trip really fun. The way there, we learned a lot about Mayan culture and the temple and sites we were going to visit. I will say, though, the Mayan village we stopped at felt a little harassing, because they really really want you to buy stuff. But overall, it was pleasant. We also had an English guide for Chichen Itza itself that was nice.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your good review. Best regards
Visit Chichen Itza, but don't expect much from this company.
, Dec 2019
Chichen Itza was amazing! I learned so much from our tour guide on the bus from Cancun to the site. The guide at the location was also knowledgeable, but we had more time with the guide who was on the bus who shared a wealth of information. She was delightful and fully bilingual in English and Spanish, which I have a lot of admiration for. Her love of Mayan culture and people clearly came through. All of the people we met were informative, patient, and kind. That said, the administration of this trip was awful. The company's correspondence asked that I call before to confirm the date and pick up location, which I did. I asked every tour bus that stopped at our hotel if we were on their list; we weren't. After waiting 15 minutes to be picked up, I called. I was on hold for another 15 minutes, only to be told there was a mixup with our pick up time. We waited 45 minutes in total to be picked up. Communication about what the tour included wasn't clear. We visited 4 places (a Mayan village, Chichen Itza, a cenote, and a colonial city), which was okay but it was a longer day than I had prepared my two young children for. I was also told I had to pay in cash a $13 per person transportation fee the day of, and no one knew anything about that.
Great Day
Paula K
, Dec 2019
Tour provided by local company Bakutun was excellent, especially Jorge who was so engaging! Recommend
Great Experience
, Dec 2019
This was a great experience! The guides were incredible and very passionate about their culture/teaching others about what it has been like for the local Mayan tribes. Plan for an all day trip! This tour went from 7 am - 9 pm. It’s worth it and the time goes by fast!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience and recommendations, we are glad to hear you enjoyed the tour.
Amazing trip and amazing weather
, Dec 2019
It was a fairly long trip and our guide has explained things very well along the way. He has extensive knowledge of Mayan culture and history. The weather was great, it was a bit cloudy and not very hot. We enjoyed our trip for sure.

Product code: 3206CHI_01

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