Day trip

Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza, Cenote, Ek'Balam Tour

4.6 / 5

47 reviews

Activity provider: Yalku Tours

Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza, Cenote, Ek'Balam Tour

Activity provider: Yalku Tours

From US$ 110 per person

Take adventures in history and nature in Yucatan. Explore 2 ruins with an expert guide, swim in a cenote, and enjoy a tasty lunchbox.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Meet your guide in your hotel lobby.


  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Ek'Balam with an expert guide
  • Swim in a breathtaking cenote in the Yucatan
  • Discover the magic of the Mayan world, be immersed in culture and history
Full description

Discover the magic of the Yucatan on this day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Ek Balam and a visit to cenote Saamal. Benefit from a hotel pickup by air-conditioned van, lunchbox, and a guide.

Journey to the ancient city of Chichen Itza, one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world. Be accompanied by an expert guide throughout the day and learn fascinating facts and folklore of the Mayan civilization. 

Next, visit Ek Balam, an off-the-beaten-track Yucatec-Maya archaeological site with incredible carvings hidden in a jungle landscape. Climb the soaring Acropolis pyramid, the highest point of the ruins. To recover from the Yucatan heat, dive in the crystalline waters of the underground, semi-open Cenote Saamal. Soak up the natural light illuminating the waters and the sight of tree roots cascading towards the sinkhole water.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (Cancun and Playa del Carmen)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Lunchbox with a sandwich, fruit, juice, and a sweet
  • Bottled water
  • All activities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Yucatan State Tax for Chichen Itza and Ek Balam (48 USD per person, payable at check-in)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Credit card
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash
  • Biodegradable insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  •  It is recommended that you wear sports shoes, sandals or flip flops
  • Bring your swimming costume, a towel, sunglasses, hat, biodegradable sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a camera and Mexican pesos in cash for any expenses and tips
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 47 reviews

Review summary

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Ο οδηγός έχασε τον δρόμο και για 3 ώρες περιπλανιόμασταν γύρω γύρω χωρίς λόγω.ο δρόμος ήταν πολύ χαλια με λακούβες και σαμαράκια και ταλαιπωρηθήκαμε αφάνταστα.αργήσαμε ποκυ να φτάσουμε στο canote κι έτσι δεν κολυμπήσαμε γιατί μόλις έκλεινε κι ήταν σκοτεινά .ο Ξεναγος θα έπρεπε να γνωρίζει καλύτερα αγγλικά γιατί δεν τον καταλάβαινες τι έλεγε .

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November 30, 2022

Great, both Ovet and Eliuk made the excursion super enjoyable. I would repeat a thousand times more with them. We had a great time, Ovet's explanations were the best, solving doubts and making the tour so interesting that he kept you attentive at all times. Both chichen itza and balam are spectacular. And hubiku, really the best.

February 20, 2020

This was an amazing day! The weather the horrible at the start of the day but but the time we got to our first destination it was beautiful. Mario was our tour guide and he was beyond excellent. He took the time to explain everything. He gave us a detailed explanation of Chichen Itza on the way there and then when we got there explained things in more detail. He was the best tour guide we have ever had. I highly recommend this tour and Mario as the guide!!

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October 31, 2019

Product ID: 69147