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Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

1. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back home.

Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

2. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Yucatán on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Visit the breathtaking Mayan city of Chichén Itzá and the colorful city of Valladolid. Explore the Yucatán jungles, swim in the Hubiku cenote, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán and stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

3. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

Explore the Yucatan Peninsula on a guided day tour from Cancún. Discover the fascinating ruins of Chichén Itzá, swim in a stunning cenote, and make a stop in the charming city of Valladolid. After pickup from your hotel, travel into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover a sparkling, picturesque cenote cavern pond at Hubiku. Dive into the cool, clear water and chat with your guide about how these jungle-surrounded pools are formed from underground freshwater streams. Afterwards, recharge with a tasty buffet lunch of Yucatecan specialties, before heading to the region's main historic attraction. Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, embark on a comprehensive guided tour that immerses you in the archaeological site's most breathtaking landmarks. Marvel at the mysterious Kukulkan Pyramid, learning about its role in pre-Columbian Maya civilization from your engaging guide. Nearby, take a look at the largest ball court in the Americas and imagine ancient players involved in a rousing game of pok ta pok, a ritual that was practiced throughout the Maya Empire. Catch your reflection in the Cenote Sagrado sacrificial pond, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Observatory, which dates back over 1,000 years. On your way back, make a stop at the main square of Valladolid and admire its colonial architecture and the 16th-century San Gervasio Church before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Cancún: Classic Chichen Itza Day Tour with Lunch

4. Cancún: Classic Chichen Itza Day Tour with Lunch

Take a day trip from Cancún to Chichen Itza, the capital of the ancient Mayan civilization, with hotel transfers and entry included. Tour the ancient ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a guide. Visit the cenote of Ik Kil and swim in its waters. Enjoy a buffet lunch and folk dance show. Spend your day exploring, also declared one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. founded in the year 514 AD, Begin the day with a drive that stops at an underwater grotto, Cenote Ik Kil. Admire the thread-like green vines cascading into the clear blue waters. Dive into the sacred sinkhole for a swim. Next, stop for a buffet lunch with fresh salads, soups, rice, chicken, fish, vegetables, and regional dishes. Be treated to a festive show where regional people perform traditional dances to folk music. Continue onward to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide to learn the secrets of the Mayans and the nearly 1000-year history of the place. Gain insight into its historical significance before wandering around the ruins on your own.

Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Coba Tour

5. Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Coba Tour

Discover the fascinating world of the ancient Maya in this exclusive tour with an expert bilingual guide. Visit three of the top attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula – Chichen Itza, Coba, and the Saamal cenote for a full immersion into the history, culture, and nature of the region. Start with a journey in an air-conditioned vehicle. Meet your guide and driver who will ensure your safety and comfort as you travel to Yucatan. Enjoy a lunch box snack and the scenery of the jungle passing by as you make your way to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Tour Chichen Itza what your ticket that gives you full access to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Witness majestic temples including the iconic Pyramid of Kukulkan. Follow your guide who will regale you with incredible stories of this ancient city. Explore a very different site with a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins, still mostly hidden under the Yucatan jungle flora. Trek through the lush jungle and discover the ball courts and the impressive Nohoch Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula. Stop for a swim at the nearby sacred cenote of Saamal. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in the fresh waters of this jungle oasis before making the return trip back to Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

6. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

Go see some sights while visiting the Cancun area with this day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. See an ancient wonder and take a refreshing swim in a cenote. Be among the first visitors of the day to explore Chichen Itza. Let your guide broaden your knowledge of archeology and Mayan culture. Imagine how the Mayans once lived in this city. Stroll through the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you about Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology. Gain a deeper understanding of the meanings behind the stone sculptures and platforms. After admiring the views, take a break in the Cenote Saamal. Get a break from the heat with a refreshing swim right next to its waterfall. When you're finished with your swim, savor a Mexican buffet lunch. To finish off your tour, visit the Ek Balam archaeological site and explore the Mayan ruins. Climb the pyramids for a panoramic view of the Mayan jungle at your feet. Have some free time to explore on your own afterward.

Chichen Itza Full-Day Tour: Xichén Clásico

7. Chichen Itza Full-Day Tour: Xichén Clásico

Visit the sacred Mayan city of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World. Your bilingual guide will take you on a tour of the archeological site, showing you the main pyramids before leaving you to explore the area on your own, and to enjoy the views. On this full-day tour, you’ll also travel to the ancient Xcajum cenote, formed by the collapse of a cave. You’ll reach the cenote by descending 25 meters below the surface on a stairway carved into the limestone rock. Enjoy a swim in the deep natural pit that’s open to the sky! You’ll also enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the site (drinks at extra cost).

Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

8. Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

Discover one of the "New Wonders of the Modern World" on a full-day trip back in time to the unique Mayan temples of Chichen Itza. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you will drive down the coast of the Maya Riviera, enjoying a breakfast en route. Upon arrival, a local guide will lead you on a fascinating tour of the archaeological remains to reveal the vision of the world as viewed by the Mayans. Learn about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic history at landmark monuments, such as the Kukulcan Pyramid and Temple of a Thousand Columns. You will have some free time to explore this magical place on your own, before heading to the cenote (sinkhole) of Saamal. Swim in the cold and mysterious underground waters, and learn why they were sacred to the Mayans. Taste the flavors of the Yucatan and Mexico at a local restaurant. Then, re-board the coach to drive back to Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Complimentary water, soda, and beer will be served on board throughout the tour, and before your drop off you will take a panoramic circuit of the colonial city of Valladolid, built over the Maya town of Zaci-Val in 1545.

From Cancun: Ek Balam, Cenote Hubiku, & Rio Lagartos Reserve

9. From Cancun: Ek Balam, Cenote Hubiku, & Rio Lagartos Reserve

This full-day tour from Cancun will show you some of the best sights that Yucatán has to offer. On either a private or shared tour, see the ruins of Ek Balam, visit Cenote Hubiku, and head to the UNESCO-listed Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. Start your adventure with an early pickup in Cancun. Your first stop for the day is Ek Balam, a Mayan archaeological site, where you can view the ancient structures, stuccos, and carvings. Learn about the history of the area's ancient civilizations as you explore. Cenote Hubiku is an underground swimming hole known for its perfectly round shape and opening. On sunny days, rays of sunlight filter through the sinkhole and provide breathtaking views. Take a quick swim and spend some time marveling at this natural wonder. The UNESCO-listed Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is home to a diverse range of ecosystems and landscapes. Check out its mangroves, forests, and lagoons. During the boat tour, be sure to keep your eyes peeled to spot flamingos, pelicans, sea turtles, and crocodiles. Afterward, devour a tasty lunch (at your own expense) in Rio Lagartos before boarding the vehicle and making your way back to your accommodation in Cancun.

Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

10. Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

See the beauty of Rio Lagartos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems such as mangroves, forests, lagoons, and more. Admire the pink lakes at Las Coloradas on this full-day tour too. Begin with an early pickup from accommodation in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. From there, you’ll make your way to the busy town of Valladolid for a cup of coffee and a snack. Head to Rio Lagartos after a brief pit stop, and upon arrival, skip the crowds and board a private boat to enjoy the scenery of the reserve. Cruise around the reserve with a friendly guide pointing out the numerous local flora and fauna, potentially catching glimpses of flamingos, pelicans, sea turtles, and crocodiles. Stop by the beautiful pink lakes at Las Coloradas (the color of the water depends on weather and chemical conditions) and snap a few photos. After, enjoy a stop for lunch before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Cancún

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 443 reviews

was amazed how great tour was . For once was actually picked up at exact time and place . Guide Marco was an exceptional historical guide and just loved that we took an interest. Bus looked brand new and aircon managed well. Our driver got us everywhere safely. The trip was not rushed. Yes it took time but worth it cenote as best had seen ..meal all you can eat usual buffet with salad and desserts. A spotless restaurant too.. Waiters brought me any soft drink inc beer too.. I chose that option on booking. I chose Jamaica soft drink. Fruit and little cake for dessert. Then mezcal tasting. Chichen Itza was amazing and made much more enjoyable with Marco s explanation and jokes and photos. Then 30 minutes in another town ..we could have had 1 hour! Safe journey back A really good experience and a lot better than many tours I have taken. Excellent.

The strength of this tour is also its weakness. With this tour you get a great range of sightseeing and activities for a fair price. Because there are so many "stations" it is often a little stressful. At Coba we had just 1 hour. It takes about 20 minutes there and back just to get to the ruins. Effectively we were only 20 minutes at the ruins. It goes on all day long and there is always little time for the stations. That was fine with my wife and me, since we will probably only be in Mexico once and therefore wanted to see as much as possible. The guide and the bus driver were both very nice and in a good mood. In particular, we got a lot of great information from the guide about the Mayas and Chichen Itza. We found that very good. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Highly recommended, long and I would remove Valladolid and the Mayan village (souvenirs at prohibitive and exorbitant prices) in favor of a shorter route.

Great all-round package. Our guide Ruben was in his element with heart and soul to bring us closer to his culture. A fantastic day.

It was wonderful and our guide Esther and driver Lalo were extraordinary. 10 out of 10