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From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

1. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

Spend a day full of culture, history, and cuisine on a multi-stop guided tour from Mérida to Izamal, Valladolid, Cenote Chichikan, and Chichén Itzá, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Discover traditional cooking during a live demonstration. Enjoy breakfast, a buffet lunch, and entry tickets. After meeting your guide in Mérida, head to the archeological site of Chichén Itzá. Walk through the center of this thousand-year-old place and see highlights like the Temple of the Warriors. For breakfast, enjoy a packed meal. Later, transport your senses to the root of regional cuisine, one of the greatest legacies of the Mayan culture, during a demonstration of the region’s unique gastronomy. Learn about tradition and innovation in the use of plants, vegetables, and wild fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch of local products, then let yourself be enchanted by the story and cultural richness of two magical towns of Yucatan during the next stops. Explore Valladolid, known for its natural beauty, cobbled streets, coffee shops, restaurants, and delicious food. Stop at the main plaza for some free time to wander before moving on to Izamal. Learn why the town's houses are all painted yellow and fall in love with its colonial architecture, dating back to the 16th century. Spend time at the main landmark: the Convento de San Antonio de Padua. In between the Valladolid and Izamal stops, seize the chance to take a dip in the cool waters of Chichikan Cenote. 

Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, and Valladolid Day Trip

2. Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, and Valladolid Day Trip

Travel back in time with a guided tour of the Mayan Chichen Itza ruins. Swim thorugh the azure waters of the Ik Kil Cenote and have some free time to explore the charming town of Valladolid. Watch a live Mayan cooking demonstration and sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cancun. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to Chichen Itza to experience one of the 7 wonders of the world. Pay the local tax and follow your guide on a tour of ancient Mayan sacred sites.  Engage your senses with a live cooking demonstration. Be amazed as a chef whips up delightful Mayan dishes with local vegetables and fauna. Transcend frontiers and experience the culinary diversity of Mexico.  Savor a buffet lunch packed with mouth-watering flavors. Head to the Ik Kil Cenote and descend a staircase carved in stone to enter the deep pool. Immerse yourself in the cool waters of this site that was once sacred to the Mayans.  Continue the town of Valladolid and have some free time to take a stroll through the streets to soak up the colonial architecture. Return to your accommodation in Cancun at the end of your excursion. 

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Ik Kil Cenote Tour

3. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Ik Kil Cenote Tour

Explore the ruins at Chichen Itza on a guided tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Choose between a private or small-group tour and beat the crowds and the heat with early morning access. Learn about the history of Mexico with insightful commentary on one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Start your adventure with an early pick-up from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Beat the crowds and the heat as you arrive at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide around the once-bustling complex, learning about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Wander around the Mexican pyramids, gaze at the spectacular stone carvings, and take photos by the glorious steps of the ruins. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and leave right before the morning gets too warm and the crowds increase. Head to the charming town of Piste for a quick look around before making your way to Cenote Ik Kil. Marvel at its stunning views, take photos of the turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and maybe squeeze in a quick dip before going for lunch. After filling your belly with some local food, board the vehicle once more and make your way back to Cancun and Riviera Maya with nothing but knowledge and memories to remember your adventure by.

Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, & Valladolid with Lunch

4. Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, & Valladolid with Lunch

Depart for the archaeological site of Chichen Itza between 07:10 AM and 08:10 AM and prepare yourself for a 2.5-hour historical tour of the most famous of the ancient cities of the Yucatec Maya. Named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007, Chichen Itza was once one of the largest cities of the Mayan civilization and thought to be one of the most mystical. See the stunning pyramid Temple of Kukulkan and marvel at the row of columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors. Look at the observatory temple of "El Caracol" and continue to highlights such as the sacrificial pit of the Great Ball Court, where the ancient ball game of "pok-ta-pok" was played. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Then, take a refreshing swim in the cenote of Ik-Kil and experience an underground lake on one of the subterranean river systems sacred to the Mayans. Enjoy lunch before driving to Valladolid, where you will spend about 30 minutes in the 16th-century colonial city before the return journey and drop off at your hotel between 06:30 and 07:30 PM.

From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenotes Tour with Lunch & Drinks

5. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenotes Tour with Lunch & Drinks

Marvel at the ruins of Chichén Itzá and swim in the cenotes of Ikkil and Suytun on a day trip from Cancún. Learn the history behind each turn from your guide, visit the village of Valladolid, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Depart from Cancún in the morning and be one of the first to arrive at Chichén Itzá, the complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Beating the crowds and the heat, enjoy a tour with a specialized guide and learn all about the incredible civilization that once dominated this area.   During this luxury Chichen Itza day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya, you can enjoy as much water, soda, and beer as you want and a light snack-box lunch on the way to the Mayan ruins. Explore the complex of Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá and admire the large step pyramid, Temple of Kukulcan. Learn about the ancient city which dates back to 600 A.D. Then, visit 2 beautiful cenotes, Ikkil and Suytun, and go swimming in the crystal-clear water. After swimming and exploring the cenotes, enjoy delicious a buffet lunch. On the way back to Cancún, stop for a quick visit to the charming colonial town of Valladolid, known for its medieval religious sites with a history dating from the 1400s.

Cancún: Classic Chichen Itza Day Tour with Lunch

6. 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 a folk dance show. 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.

Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

7. 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.

Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch

8. Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch

Discover the cradle of the ancient Maya civilization on a private tour of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. Marvel at the main monuments, such as the Kukulkan pyramid temple and the columns of the Temple of a Thousand Warriors. Learn more about their ancient beliefs at the observatory of El Caracol temple and other attractions. Then, cool down in one of the sacred underground swimming holes at the Ik-Kil cenote. Enjoy a buffet lunch before visiting the Lost City of Coba. Explore the network of temples in Coba by pedicab and immerse into the mysterious world of Mayan Civilization. End with a visit to the archaeological site of Tulum. Admire the main monuments of the only Maya ruins in Mexico located on the side of a cliff. Get stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and feel the soft white sand between your feet.

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

9. 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.

Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik-Kil Cenote: Private Tour

10. Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik-Kil Cenote: Private Tour

Enjoy a private 11-hour trip to 3 top Yucatan attractions, arriving at Chichen Itza before the crowds. Chichen Itza was recently named one of the New7Wonders of the World. Walk along the columns in the Temple of 1,000 Warriors. Climb El Castillo, the 98-foot-tall pyramid that towers over the ancient grounds. Learn about Mayan culture and history. Continue to Ik-Kil Cenote, a fresh water swimming hole that the Mayans considered sacred. Climb down into the cenote for a dip in the mineral-rich turquoise waters, then refuel with a traditional Mexican buffet lunch. After lunch you’ll visit Coba, yet another ancient city, where you can climb the tallest pyramid on the Mayan peninsula.

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based on 521 reviews

What an excellent tour! This trip was one of the highlights of my time in Mexico. Our guide Jacqui was knowledgeable and passionate about Mayan history and the Chichen Itza. Even though the pick up was very early, it was definitely worth it as we made it to the site before all the other big tourist buses. The guide gave an invaluable information about the site and helped us to see hidden details that we would have otherwise missed. The only downside was that it would of been nice to have more free time around Chichen Itza site, as half an hour seemed very rushed, especially if you want to see the cenote which is a 5 min walk (one way) from the main area. The Ikl Kil cenote was astonishing, We spent nearly an hour swimming around it and just admiring the surroundings. It is definitely worth going into the cenote first and then going for the buffet lunch. Just a minor thing-the van didn't have much leg room and some seats were broken. Would of been nice to have a better transportation.

Pickup was prompt, the transport was excellent and we arrived in good time to bet the rush which appears to be the secret to a positive experience. Our guide, Jacky did a great job of explaining all the highlights in the time that we had and had an answer for all questions. The cenote was a welcome relief after a warm walk around the ruins. The latter was a little crowded but largely due to it being a local holiday period. It's 3 hours drive from Cancun but if you're prepared with a pillow, book and/or iPad even my young son didn't find it too onerous.

Chichen is closed at the moment and they offered us the tour to Ek Balam, it is an Archaeological zone where one can climb the buildings, very beautiful, the cenote is beautiful and the buffet is very complete and rich, the visits to the cities are short, but very informative, our Guide Carlos is highly recommended

Beautiful experience and the guide Alex was amazing, funny and super prepared. We were not able to head to chichen itsa site due to some blocks but we went to Ek Balam that was also great and there was the possibility to climb the pyramid. Highly recommend!

Great tour- well organised , great tour guide, good driver. A very full day.