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Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

Dive into Mayan culture with this full-day immersion in the incredible archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World for being one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. Stop by the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Wander the cobblestone streets, take photos, and find souvenirs. Once at Chichén Itzá, follow the guide while learning all about the most important buildings. From the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins that once housed tens of thousands of Mayans, the Pyramid of El Castillo or El Caracol, this visit is filled with rarely heard stories, incredible details, and stunning photo opportunities. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage. After your Chichén Itzá adventure, enjoy a tequila tasting and an authentic Mexican buffet lunch, with the option to include a non-alcoholic drink on the VIP and Deluxe tour options. At this point, the fun is just getting started as no visit to the area would be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

2. Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

Head out to discover the variety of caverns and caves that fill the Mayan forest. Cenotes were considered by the ancients as portals into the underworld, allowing us entry into another realm of the earth. You will ride through a quiet forested road to explore 3 different cenotes. Explore the wonderful Grand Cenote just as it opens, avoiding the crowds of tourists, followed by a delicious brunch in the forest, located in a beautiful environment along a jungle trail. This leads us to other cenotes where you can swim, snorkel, and jump in crystal clear sinkholes and underground rivers, while learning about the prehistoric past of the Yucatan peninsula on this great bike tour from Tulum. Surrounded by lush vegetation, you will enjoy riding a quiet jungle path surrounded by the sounds and colors of nature.

Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Tequila Tasting

3. Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Tequila Tasting

Pre-book your entry ticket to the archaeological site of the Mayan city of Tulum and enjoy skip-the-line privileges and a tequila tasting. Discover the numerous records of the past depicted in murals and other works found in the buildings of this historic city. Start with a streamlined entry process by simply exchanging your voucher for a ticket at a designated location near the site's entrance. Then, start exploring all the wonders of Tulum at your own pace. Step into the past as you explore the Tulum city ruins. Immerse yourself in Tulum National Park’s extension of 664 hectares filled with a great variety of flora and fauna characteristic of the region. Snap photos of scenic views to remember your visit.

Tulum: Mystika Museum Entry & Skip-the-Line at Tulum Ruins

4. Tulum: Mystika Museum Entry & Skip-the-Line at Tulum Ruins

Immerse yourself in Mayan cosmology, culture, and nature with a visit to the Mystika Immersive Museum in Tulum. Walk through 7 immersive rooms at the museum before benefitting from your skip-the-line admission to the Tulum Ruins. Learn more about Mayan history and take your time walking through this archaeological site. Once at the Mystika Immersive Museum, go through 7 immersive experiences that transport you into the wonders of Mexico. Walk through differently themed rooms with bright light installations and striking colors, including Ascension, Liberation, Coming Home, Manifest, Espíritu, Sanctuary, and Maya. After visiting the museum, head over to the Tulum Ruins, where you can skip the long lines with your pre-reserved ticket. Walk through this historical archaeological site at your own pace, learning more about Mayan culture and history.

Cancún: Tulum Archaeological Site and Cenote Guided Tour

5. Cancún: Tulum Archaeological Site and Cenote Guided Tour

Discover the Tulum Archaeological Site and a picturesque cenote on a guided tour from Cancún. Learn about the ancient Mayan civilization as you see what remains of buildings such as the pyramid temple of El Castillo. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Cancún. Travel to Tulum and explore one of the last cities built by the Mayans on an express tour of the archaeological site. See the pyramid temple of El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and Templo Dios del Viento (Temple of the God of the Winds). You can then explore on your own and take in the views of the Caribbean Sea. Then, take some free time at the beach in Tulum. Afterward, make a quick stop at a cenote where you will be able to refresh yourself with a swim at this natural sinkhole. Finally, relax on the journey back to your hotel in Cancún.

From Cancún: Chichén Itzá Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

6. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

In this tour, your guide will give you an in-depth tour of Chichen Itza. Listen as they provide background information to help you better understand the history of this place. End the tour with lunch at a local restaurant. Beat the crowds and the heat by arriving early in the morning at the Chichen Itza Archeological Site. Be the first to enter this Wonder of the World and take amazing pictures with the place almost completely to yourself. Learn how this large city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around 600 AD to 1200 AD and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. The site was abandoned and its ruins were eventually hidden by the jungle. In between the tour, enjoy a typical Mexican buffet lunch at a local family-run restaurant. Swimming at the Saamal Cenote (entry included) and a visit to Valladolid are also on the itinerary.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

7. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

Visit a natural park that cradles the best of the traditions and cultures of Mexico. With this special tour package, enjoy a food buffet and take a round trip tour to Xcaret Park, the most popular attraction in Cancun and the Maya Riviera region. There's fun for the whole family at a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the region. Experience more than 40 different exciting activities, from the Underground River Journey to exploring the coral reef aquarium. Try visiting an authentic Mayan Village or remnants of the Spanish colonial past at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. Or meander down to the water to row past Spider Monkey Island, or simply kick back, put your feet up, and relax on the beach.

From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

8. From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

Start your journey by getting picked up in Tulum. Discover Chichen Itza, a spectacular archaeological site and a must-see for those interested in history and culture.  See renowned structures with your guide such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan and the Great Ball Court. Get a glimpse of the achievements of the Mayan civilization.  After Chichen Itza, head to Valladolid, a city where past and present come together. Be amazed by the colorful architecture and the local food culture.  Have lunch in the courtyard of a restored colonial mansion and wander the square and nearby streets. Take photos and enjoy shopping as you get a taste of the slow-paced Mexican life. To finish the day, go to a local community-run cenote, the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and cool down in the refreshing blue waters.

From Cancun or Puerto Morelos: Guided Day Trip to Tulum

9. From Cancun or Puerto Morelos: Guided Day Trip to Tulum

Explore the archaeological ruins of Tulum with an experienced guide, plunge into a refreshing cenote hidden by the jungle canopy, and check out the hip shops and stylish boutiques in Playa del Carmen on this full-day excursion. Be picked up at your hotel and relax on the way to site of Tulum's weather-worn ruins that are perched above the sandy shores of the Caribbean. Let your guide take care of the admission fees and head inside to uncover the secrets of the ancient Maya. Stroll between temples, palaces, and fortresses that have stood for hundreds of years. Slip down to the beach for some leisure time on the sand. Continue on to the Mariposa cenote, where dappled sunlight illuminates a freshwater pool in the middle of the jungle. Take a dip to cool off, enjoy a tasty buffet lunch on site, and then take a ride to wrap up your day among the bustling activity of Playa del Carmen.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

10. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

Discover natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of a society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. At Cobá you’ll find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Race to the top or take it slow and steady, and take in the gorgeous view from the top. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of Choo-Ha cenote. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to Tulum. With the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea, it’s easy to picture the town’s origins as a major port. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have some free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Catch some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

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based on 296 reviews

The tour was perfectly organized from start to finish. We were picked up from the hotel on time - as announced by email the day before - and then taken to a larger bus in Cancun. From there we went straight to Chichen Itza - tour guide Marco was great! we were there shortly after 8 a.m. and there we were welcomed by guide Rodrigo, the best photo spots and a lot of information were shared - great!!! Then we went to lunch, the food was sufficient and of good quality. Afterwards we went swimming in the cenote - an absolute highlight!! There was also the possibility of a tequila tasting. Return transfer just as easy and comfortable. All in all a great tour, with extremely motivated and very good tour guides Marco and Rodrigo!!

The whole day was fantastic. It is a long day but very worth it. David was our guide & he was really knowledgeable & very funny. Make sure you have a hat or umbrella as it is very hot. At the Cenote you do need to hire life jackets ( not optional). You will love it!

We had a great time on this tour Frank the guide was incredible, informative, clear, helpful and funny. I would definitely recommend this tour to any friends going to Mexico.

Ruth was amazing tour guide. Explained everything perfectly. Took our pictures. Made sure we were looked after and knew the spots!!

Excellent! I would love to stay more time in Chichén Itzá but the tour was amazing.