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Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

4.4 / 5

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Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 8 per person

Explore the ruins of Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan city offering a glimpse at this mysterious, long-lost civilization.

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Audio guide included
English, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Witness the towering Temple of Kukulcán, the iconic step-pyramid
  • Uncover the hidden symbolism behind the artistic designs found throughout
  • Tap into your inner archaeologist and learn the long-forgotten secrets of the site
  • Learn about ancient Mayan sports at the Great Ball Court
Full description

Start by downloading the app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour of Chichen Itza begins at the entrance to the archaeological site. As you enter and get your first look around, the first thing you’ll see is an ancient wall that once surrounded this site. The next landmark is pretty hard to miss--it’s the awe-inspiring Temple of Kukulcán, Chichen Itza’s most famous structure. But you won’t just be admiring this step pyramid, you’ll also learn about its remarkable construction and how it was built to honor the equinox. Continuing along, you’ll come to another of the city’s most amazing sights: the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game sort of like a cross between basketball and soccer--but with a 20-pound ball! Here, you’ll learn not just about the game, but also the unusual construction of the court. Next, you’ll pass the ominously-titled Wall of Skulls, depicting the heads of sacrificial victims! Then you’ll arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Here, intricate carvings and sculptures illustrate the exploits of these highly trained, fearsome warriors. After this is the Platform of Venus, which once held offerings to the stars. You’ll learn about the Mayans’ complex belief system here, how they used this platform and more. Soon, you’ll arrive at The White Road, an ancient stone road that is one of the largest and most intact of its kind in existence. This leads to the Sacred Cenote, where ancient Mayans performed human sacrifices to appease their rain god. Up next is the Temple of Warriors, an impressive, multi-tiered temple hiding a dark secret. Your route takes you next to the Hall of a Thousand Columns, where people once shared meals together, followed by the Ossuary, where the grave of a High Priest is located. Then it’s on to the Observatory. Here, you’ll discover how the Mayans viewed the heavens, and what they believed the stars told them about their future. Finally, you’ll arrive at the imposing but oddly-named Nunnery, followed closely by the Church. These two ancient structures are some of the most-photographed spots in the entire city, and for good reason! Your tour concludes here.

Includes
  • Mobile app
  • 24/7 support
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking

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This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Bus Stop, Chichen Itza, Yuc., Mexico. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Downloaded app
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app with a map, audio stories, and a guide
  • Buy one tour per couple. Use a phone speaker or share the headsets
  • The app offers a full itinerary, tips, professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions
  • Use it on any day and at any time- over multiple days
  • This tour never expires
  • All stories play based on your GPS location. Requires no buttons to press
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    3.8/5

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The audio guide was very informative and gave access to extra history and pictures if interested. Also liked how you could go in any order you wanted around Chichen Itza and it would orient itself to your whereabouts. I re-listened to much of the tape after my visit too, since it was easy to get distracted while there. Highly recommend!

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December 18, 2021

It was a great experience to walk around at Chichen Itza by yourself in your pace. Lots of information, also additional background information and videos if wanted. It’s the perfect solution, if you want to get some facts for a very good price! I definitely recommend it.

June 4, 2022

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Good quality for money

November 22, 2022

Product ID: 404746