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Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour

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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Your exclusive, direct admission ticket lets you enter the archaeological site the first ones of the day —so you can explore in cooler temperatures without the crowds. Plus, you’ll visit the colonial city of Valladolid, enjoy a buffet lunch, and swim in Cenote. Enhance your experience of one of the New7Wonders of the World with this unique access tour of Chichen Itza, available only on Viator and Tripadvisor.
  • Be the first group of the day at Chichen Itza with this exclusive direct access tour
  • Early morning entry to the world wonder means you’ll beat the heat and the crowds
  • Enjoy a mix of guided sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace
  • Recover energy and taste the Mexican food with the buffet lunch included
  • Enjoy free time swimming inside a cenote after the tour of Valladolid

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See and gain more insight than most visitors with a private guide and unique direct entry.
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Direct Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza
Hotel pick up
Air-conditioned vehicle
Toll Road
Buffet Lunch
Professional Guide (English only)
Entrance to Cenote
Chichen Itza tax ($31)
Life Vest at Cenote
Drinks

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5:00 AM
The pick ups will start approximately at 5am. The exact pick up place and time will be confirmed the day before the tour
Travel to Chichen Itza for early direct access to the ruins. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site before most of the crowds arrive, allowing up-close access and a more tranquil experience.

Purchase your ticket and head inside through a direct entry to learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between AD 600 and 1200 from your expert guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages and a center of worship for the Mayan people, which is still considered sacred today.

Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. Hear about the meaning of the staircases, stone carvings, platforms, pyramids, and ball courts according to the mythology and cosmology of the ancient Mayan people.

Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet with vegetarian options, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city and finish your day swimming in a sacred cenote.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cancun
Ride from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
Your tour begins with an early morning departure. Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive. Throughout the trip, your archaeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population. Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases. Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan.  Return around 3:00 p.m. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hotel Real del Mayab
Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet at a local restaurant
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hacienda Selva Maya
Enjoy the experience of swimming in a Mayan Cenote
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
  • Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee depending on the device and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
  • Please note that all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax fee.
  • We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The visit be only in English
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Do I need to bring my confirmation / ticket?
A:Please bring your ID and your voucher (printed or digital).
Dec 2020
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour.

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  • "It is very hot there so make sure to bring water." See review
  • "It is absolutely advantageous to get up early and get into the door early." See review
  • "Definitely worth it to get there early before the heat sets in and crowds arrive." See review

Reviews

4.5
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2,392 Reviews

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star-5
Amazing Tour
RitaOkpalanma_O
, Jul 2022
Our guide Maco was very knowledgeable and experienced. He pointed out all interesting things and spots about the site. Lunch was great!!
star-5
Freddy was the best!
Lyndsie_J
, Jul 2022
The sunrise tour had an early start but it was worth it to be one of the first people at each of our stops. Freddy (tour guide) and Manuel (driver) were great! Freddy had the right combination of knowledge and humor to make the entire day perfect. It was amazing to get get away from the resort and see such a great piece of history and learn more about the Mayan culture. We traveled with friends that opted not to go on the tour with us and they really missed out. It was the highlight of our trip to Cancún for sure.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Johnny_L
, Jul 2022
Manuel and Freddy were great! We had lots of fun visiting the ruins and learning about the history of the Mayan people!
star-5
Tour guides were great!
Benjamin_S
, Jul 2022
Rodrigo, Frank, and Victor were incredible! The info on the tour had a unique perspective coming directly from Mayan guides. My wife and I weren’t really sure what to expect from Chichen Itza. We left the tour with an appreciation for Mayan history and amazement for both ancient and modern Mayan culture. The cenote at the end of the tour was beautiful and refreshing after the heat and humidity of the day. 10/10
star-5
Great fun for the family
Sarah_N
, Jul 2022
We loved the swimming in the cenoote. What a great experience in a beautiful sinkhole. We learned so much about Mayan history and culture on our tour
star-5
Great experience!
Andrew_J
, Jul 2022
My wife and I had done a tour to Cozumel a couple of days earlier and it was not a great experience with the customer service. However, Frank (tour guide) and Coronado (bus driver) were excellent hosts and very knowledgeable. we enjoyed our time very much and the early access to Chichen Itza was excellent (as we were leaving, a number of tour busses were just showing up!). If you get the chance to go with Frank and Coronado (of Amigo Tours), go for it!
star-4
4/5 experience - Chichen tour is a must!
kim_s
, Jun 2022
Highlight of this trip was Rodrigo “Cat”, our mayan tour guide around Chichen. Such an amazing, hospitable and intellectual dude with great stories about his childhood growing up around the pyramid. The rest of the tour was ok, mostly Spanish dialogue during the bus. I don’t speak fluently but it would have been nice to hear a lot of the history in English
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear kim_s, Rodrigo will be happy to receive your comments! We are glad to know that, overall, you enjoyed this adventure! Sorry about the bilingual tour inconvenience, we are working on that. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Definitely worth while.
Mike_K
, Jun 2022
Marco our tour guide was excellent and a wealth of knowledge. I would definitely recommend using Marco and he was funny make the trip entertaining. The Cenote was amazing. We would totally do the trip again. The only bad experience we had was our shuttle ride was 45 min late and luckily he saw us as we were leaving think our day was shot.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Mike_K, thanks for taking the time to share your comments, we are very happy to know you had a great experience! Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
I have a very pleasant experience from booking to the actual tour
Karen_W
, Jun 2022
I was not able to book the tour I want online because it's fully booked already. So I called the hotline. The operator helped me to find and book another similar tour. The operator is very patient and careful in taking my personal information to make sure my email address is correct. They sent me an email with link where I can book the tour. After the tour is booked, the tour guide sent me email regardingy pick up time and location. All the introduction is clear. And I specially like the early pick up 4.30am of this tour so that the weather is not as hot and I can finish the day early. So I can still go back to hotel to enjoy an early dinner.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Karen_W, we are incredibly happy to know this tour met your expectations and more! it was a pleasure to share this adventure with you and we hope we have the chance to see you soon once again! :) Mariana, Amigo tours
star-1
Horrible Experience
TommyLin
, Jun 2022
We were notified by the tour to be outside waiting at 5:25am. We had 3 kids and an infant so that is difficult for us. While waiting at 5:25am, I messaged the tour and they told me they made a mistake that it should've been 4:25am. Because of their mistake, we wasted an entire day because these tour has to be booked in a day in advance. Their response was sorry but we can reschedule you another day. Like wow.. that was the best you could offer? After much bickering, they only offer me a 10% refund for the tour and reschedule it. Since my family wanted to see chichen itza, we booked the tour for next day and lost out on visiting another place. When we got on the bus, the tour guide told us to go to the back and assigned us seats. I had to tell him my mom needs to sit in the front or she get car sick. Literally everyone else that got on the bus were allowed to sit wherever they wanted without him telling them where to sit but we were told to sit in the back?? The tour we bought specifically has a departure time at 5:00am but they already started picking people up at 4:00am and didn't really end picking people up till 6:00am. So you would have a lot of stops on the way. In their overview, they mentioned visiting Valladolid after the cenote. We did not go to that in the tour as well. So plan on spending first 2 hours picking people up across cancun at 4:00am.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Amig@ TommyLin Thank you for letting us know your opinion and for being part of this experience. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. On the other hand, you were seated in the back since it was a family group of 11 people, we wanted you to be comfortable and together. An apology if you misunderstood our intention. We have it on record that you were picked up at 4:25 and the tour left for Chichen at 5:17 am, so you spent less than 1 hour on the bus. Dulce, Amigo Tours
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Early but well worth it!
Marisa_B
, Jun 2022
Even though our tour was unexpectedly cancelled, viator was able to immediately reschedule the next day. I would highly recommend this tour. It is an early day but so worth it to avoid major crowds. Frank, Juan, and Rodrigo make an amazing team. Very knowledgeable!!! Awesome!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Amig@ Marisa_B Thank you very much let us know your comments, and encouraging us to continue providing extraordinary experiences. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Chichen Itza
Arvind_P
, Jun 2022
It was great experience with this tour that I purchased with this Viator on line. Every event was well on time with enough communications to keep us informed Pick up and drop off to our resort that was not in their schedule pick up point ,and still they managed to pick us and drop off precisely. The tour guide Marco was very informative with the history associated with Chichen Itza and very courteous man who took care of all our needs.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Amig@ Arvind_P Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear you had an excellent experience. We look forward to seeing you soon. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Best tour ever
Valleen_S
, Jun 2022
Freddy was an amazing tour guide. He brought the history of Chichen Itza to life with his knowledge and personality. He really grasped my attention with his passion for the Mayan history! Lunch with the local Mayan village was always a great experience! 100% recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see both Chichen Itza and one of the cenotes!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Valleen_S, we are happy to know you had a great experience during this tour! thanks for sharing this adventure with us. Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Early access is the best!
Neena_M
, Jun 2022
Rodrigo, Rolando (driver) and Super Frank were amazing! It makes so much sense to go first thing in the morning. We beat the rush and the heat. Enjoyed the tour and explanations. Hotel pick up was punctual. Rodrigo our tour guide explained everything so well and made us feel very welcome. Great tour thank you to Rodrigo.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Neena_M, thanks for sharing your comments, Rodrigo will be happy to receive them. We hope to see you soon once again! Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Amigo Tours... Our Amigos!
Antoinette_A
, Jun 2022
The booking experience was straightforward. Questions were answered by the Amigo staff in good time before the trip. Bare in mind, this was tour was booked last minute the night before! We were picked up on time and made way to Chichen Itza. Antoine very hospitable driver despite the bumpy roads. Then the lovely tour master Marco introduced himself. Very friendly and accommodating. My cousin Amanda was unwell and l unexpectedly experienced really bad pain during the journey. When we arrived at Chichen Itza, I expressed to Marco she wasn't feeling well. I asked if there were any wheelchairs of facilities to accommodate Amanda. Marco gladly showed me an office where they kept wheelchairs. A straightforward process. Though Amanda was in pain, Marco really made her feel at comfort. He even pushed her wheelchair during the tour around the Mayan ruins. Such a wonderful and kind gesture - like a doting uncle. In Amanda's own words: "Unfortunately I began to feel unwell whilst on the tour. Marco personally saw to it that I had the things I needed to successfully navigate the day. He was so kind and thoughtful and ensured I was included throughout. he handled the situation with care and sensitivity for which I will be forever grateful. Marco is extremely knowledgeable, wise, entertaining and all round brilliant tour guide. Although a difficult experience for me, he managed to make the day memorable." Marco allowed us to wonder around the Samaal Cenote and take our Tequila. I bought a bottle of Coco tequila and I jumped in the Cenote. What an exhilarating experience, though I was scared! :) Overall, definitely great value for money. Only negative is the space van was very tight. Definitely book with Amigo Tours, you'll have an unforgettable experience and honestly, Marco is the real deal. You get a sense that he's about the real Mexican culture, storytelling of the history and has such a knowledgable and showman demeanor. Especially as for myself I'm very aware of the spiritual aspects i.e. 7 chakras and the science/technology of the Mayans. So fascinating. Thank you so much to Marco and Amigo Tours!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Antoinette_A, we are so happy to read your review, it is so heartwarming. It´s great to know Amanda was looked after Marco because those are the kind of experiences we want our customers to have, we truly want them to feel safe at every moment. Thanks for sharing this adventure with us, hope to see you soon once again :) Mariana, Amigo tours
star-3
Early access Chitchen Itza
TsengTeresa
, Jun 2022
Recommend: Early access is great! The tour guide at Chitchen Itza Raul is good. Not recommend: The van ride to Chitchen Itza but bumpy and uncomfortable. Driver forgot to turn on AC when returning from Chitchen Itza and it was terrible. We didn’t get to see the cenote near Chitchen Itza. Not enough time there. Only get to visit three “buildings” of Chitchen Itza. Buffet and the souvenir stop is not necessary. Next time I would recommend early access without the buffet.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear TsengTeresa, We are sorry that this experience was below your expectations, We will do anything that needs to be done to improve our services. Thanks for your comments, We will absolutely consider them. Mariana, Amigo tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth booking - a fun and educational experience
Tiffany_A
, Jun 2022
It was a great experience. Rodrigo, Frank and Julian were very knowledgable, giving lots of tips. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello dear Tiffany_A, we are happy to know you liked this tour, thanks for taking the time to share your comments with us :) Mariana, Amigo tours
star-5
Awesome Experience!
Amanda_W
, Jun 2022
This tour was the highlight of our trip! There were eight of us vacationing together and Freddy was fantastic! He was so friendly and knowledgeable and made us feel so welcomed to this beautiful part of the country! We all agreed that selecting the Early Entry was by far the best choice! We were among the first people to enter Chichen Itza, the heat wasn't too bad, and as we were finishing there the entrance lines were crazy! It was a bit tough waking up so early, but there's plenty of time to nap on the bus! The lunch and shopping were great and we loved swimming in the cenote, such a unique experience! Overall highly recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Amanda_W, We are truly happy to know you enjoyed the tour which we created with so much love for our guests. We hope to see you soon! Mariana, Amigo tours
star-1
I am really disappointed...
Olga_B
, Jun 2022
I am really disappointed in this tour. It was mistake. tour send me information about point for pick up (Paradisus Cancun) but we stay at Paradisus Playa del Carmen. I sent request to change the point and they told me come at 4.20 am for another point (I should take a taxi to get there!!) It was impossible to get there so yearly!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello dear Olga_B, We are very sorry for this inconvenient, this is not the kind of experience that we want our customers to have, so, we are truly ashamed because of this. Please accept our most sincere apologies, we will do anything that needs to be done to improve our service. Kind regards Mariana, Amigo tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly Recommended
Miranda_G
, Jun 2022
This tour was absolutely amazing and probably my favorite part of this vacation. Our tour guides name was Freddie and he was the best. He was very professional, knowledgeable of Mayan history and his personality made it a very fun learning experience for us all. Our driver was Gustavo and he did a great job of transporting us to our destinations and back safely. Pickup time was accurate, the van was very comfortable with TV, AC and overhead storage. This is a very early tour but well worth it because you beat the extreme heat, avoid the large crowds and get the best pictures. The cenote was breathtaking! So if you want a good cenote experience I highly recommend this particular tour. I went for a tour earlier in my trip with a different company and the cenote we visited was dirty and looked nothing like the pictures. We were very disappointed. If you're looking for a great excursion you should definitely choose this one, each experience was great.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Amig@ Miranda_G, Thank you very much for your comment! We truly appreciate your trust in Amigo Tours; our customers are the most important thing for us so We work hard everyday to offer them great experiences just like yours. We hope to see you soon again for another exciting adventure! Kind regards Mariana, Amigo Tours

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