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

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

Take a self-guided walking tour through the iconic archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Use your tour guide app for navigation and audio narration to uncover the site's buried secrets. Begin your tour at the entrance of the site. As you enter, admire the ancient wall that once surrounded this place. Next, see the iconic Temple of Kukulcán. Find out about its construction and how it was built to honor the equinox. Continue along to reach another amazing sight, the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game somewhere between soccer and basketball—but with a 20-pound ball. Learn not just about the game, but also the peculiar way the court was built. Then, pass the ominously titled Wall of Skulls, where the heads of sacrificial victims ended up. Arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Find numerous intricate carvings and sculptures depicting the exploits of these highly trained, lethally effective warriors. After this is the Platform of Venus, which once held offerings to the stars. You’ll learn about the Mayans’ complex belief system as well as how they used this platform. Soon, arrive at The White Road, a white stone road that is one of the largest and most intact of its kind in existence. Find yourself at the Sacred Cenote, where ancient Mayans sacrificed people to appease their rain god. Up next is the awe-inspiring Temple of Warriors, a multi-tiered temple with a dark secret hidden inside. Follow the route to the Hall of a Thousand Columns, where people once shared meals together. Visit the Ossuary, home to the grave of a High Priest. Then it’s on to the Observatory to understand how the Mayans viewed the heavens, and what they believed the stars told them about their future. Finally, arrive at the imposing Nunnery and the Church. These 2 ancient structures are some of the most frequently photographed spots in the entire city, so keep your camera ready.

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From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

2. From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

Visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Archaeological Zone of Kabah on this guided tour starting from Mérida. Spend the day getting to know Mayan culture at these historic sites and enjoy a traditional Mexican meal for lunch. Experience two of the most legendary archeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and gain insight into the rich legacy left by the Mayan civilization with the help of an expert guide. Stop first in Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth, or anecdote. Visit the pyramid of the Magician and the Governer’s Palace before seeing the Kabah archeological site and its iconic arch.  After sightseeing, finish your cultural day recharging with a traditional Mexican lunch before drop-off back in Mérida.

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

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

After convenient pick-up from your hotel, you will head 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.

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From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

4. From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

Discover the landscapes and cenotes of Hacienda Mucuyché, a former estate and plantation. Wander through the partially-restored buildings, and admire the Arabic and French-style architecture. Soak up the atmosphere in the dining room, the stables, the chapel, and the engine room. Change into your swimwear experience swimming in clear waters of this hacienda's cenotes. Jump into Cenote Carlota, surrounded by lush vegetation. Cool off in the Blue Cenote, a pool within a cave covered in stalactites. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back in Mérida.

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Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

5. Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

Spend 2.5 thrilling and adventure-filled hours at the Cenote Maya Native Park. Descend into the region’s most impressive cenote which reaches 60 m (196 feet) in diameter with an almost perfect circular shape. Admire the stunning crystal-clear waters and geological formations which make this swimming hole a great natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase. Take part in optional included adventure activities including swimming, diving, traversing "trepachanga" (ropes),  swinging on Tarzan-style vines, and rappeling down 26 m (85 feet) into the water.  After that, participate in an authentic Mayan ritual. Delve into the natural world and witness a blessing ceremony carried out by a Mayan shaman of the community and scented by copal, a tree resin used for incense. Finally, enjoy a traditional meal made with organic orchard supplies and handmade tortillas.

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Cancun & RM: Xcaret Park, Xel-Ha & Chichen Itza 3-Day Combo

6. Cancun & RM: Xcaret Park, Xel-Ha & Chichen Itza 3-Day Combo

Learn more about the Mayans and their ancient civilization with a combo package of three tours to the ruins of Chichen Itza, the underground cenote (swimming hole) of Xcaret, and the nooks and crannies of Xel-Ha theme park. The three tours combo package also features a delicious variety of culinary specialties in the colonial city of Valladolid. Valid for 15 days from first redemption, daily departures make this combination convenient and great value. Chichén Itzá: Visit the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, before going to the colonial city of Valladolid, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of gastronomic specialties, visit the Church of San Gervasio, and explore the historic monuments of the town center. You will also go to the Mayan sinkhole of Santuario Tsukán, renowned for its natural beauty (please note that due to time restrictions, swimming in the sinkhole will not be possible. A bilingual guide (Spanish and English; Spanish and Portuguese; or Spanish and French) will be on hand to answer questions and assist you every step of the way. Enjoy a light gourmet breakfast (baguette sandwich, fruit, muffin, and fresh juice) on board the transfer bus, along with a buffet lunch and drinks at the exclusive Casona de Valladolid. The panoramic bus is fully equipped with 2 bathrooms (one for the ladies, and one for gentlemen), while unlimited soft drinks, fruit juice, coffee, bottled water and beer are provided. One of the largest of the Mayan cities, Chichén Itzá is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Mexico. Walk among the columns of the Temple of a Thousand Warriors, see the jaguar throne inside the pyramid of "El Castillo," and much more. Xcaret: Learn the history and traditions of the Mayans in Mexico at the privately-owned theme park of Xcaret. Watch cultural shows, such as the ritual of the voladores (flyers). Journey into the Mayan jungle, and swim in underground rivers. Use of the snorkel equipment is complimentary (subject to a refundable USD 25 deposit), while other facilities include access to the beaches, bays and natural pools, lounge chairs, hammocks, and rest areas, and a buffet lunch, including one beer and unlimited beverages (soft drinks, flavored waters and coffee). Xel-Há: Xel-Há is a snorkel paradise with a dazzling inlet and fun activities. In addition to your transfer by luxury bus and entrance fees to the park, you will enjoy access to life jackets, inner tubes and bikes to explore the park by land or on water, use of snorkel equipment (subject to a refundable USD 25 deposit), aquatic activities in the river and inlet, sightseeing in the gardens and jungle trails, and lounge chairs, hammocks, and rest areas to enjoy the Caribbean sun. See colorful fish and other marine species in the sinkholes, learn more about the plants that thrive in the region at the nursery, and much more. Your all-inclusive package also includes unlimited drinks and an open bar for domestic drinks, and Mexican and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and snacks.

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From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

7. From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

Discover the culture and heritage of Yucatecan on a day trip from Mérida to the cities of Izamal and Valladolid. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers, and savor a delicious buffet meal during the tour. After pickup at your hotel, the experience begins with a panoramic visit to the colonial city of Valladolid. Pass through beautiful neighborhoods, and admire the architecture of monuments such as the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and the Cathedral of San Gervasio. Following the tour, you'll enjoy some free time to explore these sites at your own pace. Continue to a buffet restaurant for a delicious lunch of local Yucatecan dishes. After your meal, take a dip in the cool waters of a cenote by the restaurant. Head towards Izamal, and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque place. Admire the yellow-painted houses, and learn why this city is known the city of the three cultures. See its pyramids and visit the Franciscan convent, before returning to your hotel in Mérida.

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Merida Street Food Walking Tour

8. Merida Street Food Walking Tour

Discover the Yucatecan cuisine! Skip breakfast this morning and visit the main market of Merida as a local. Discover the original flavors of Yucatecan gastronomy. Among cumbia songs, colors and the kindness of their sellers, you will taste seasonal local fruits, spices, juices and the most popular art meals of Yucatan cuisine: panuchos, salbutes, cochinita pibil and much more. While you delight your palate, you will learn about local plants and herbs, the process of making tortillas and the importance of habanero pepper in the Yucatecan kitchen. Then, you will visit a seafood restaurant to try a ceviche, Shrimp or fish tacos and accompany them with a very cold beer. You will end your tour with a dessert at a local Gelato shop with unique flavors like sour orange, bean with pork, bitter chocolate, avocado and flan. The guide will fill you with stories about our customs, traditions, legends and local life in general.

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From Merida: Private Tour, Mayas from Yesterday & Today

9. From Merida: Private Tour, Mayas from Yesterday & Today

Tekit is a traditional Yucatecan town whose everyday life revolves around the beautiful church, the market, and some small businesses. Join this tour to spend the day with a local cooperative there and discover their daily activities. Enjoy a private tour with a local guide exclusive to your group, and benefit from included hotel pickup and drop-off.  After pickup at your hotel in Merida at 8 AM, drive for approximately 1 hour to Tekit. Once there, make your first stop at a local bakery where you'll prepare and try local bread in a stone oven. Then, walk to a Mayan household where Ana and Manuel will introduce you to the Mayan agroecological systems. Learn about the production of Melipona bees, taste different varieties of honey, and end your visit to Ana's house with a Yucatecan meal. After lunch, visit a guayaberas factory to find out about the manufacturing process, and explore some local stores where it's possible to buy typical clothing and quality garments directly from the producers. Finally, head to the archaeological site of Mayapan, one of the last capitals of the pre-Hispanic Mayan era. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel around 6:30 PM.

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Tikal & Yaxha Archaeological Sites: 2-Day Tour

10. Tikal & Yaxha Archaeological Sites: 2-Day Tour

Experience the wonders of 2 of Guatemala’s most important Mayan archaeological sites. On this 2-day tour you’ll explore ruins and learn about the more than 100 wildlife species that live in and around the parks. Day 1: Tikal morning tour You’ll be met at your hotel in Flores by an expert guide and head out on an hour’s drive to the Tikal archaeological site. You’ll explore the site on a 3-hour guided tour and learn about the temples and ruins you encounter, dating from the Mayan Classic period. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Day 2: Yaxha sunset experience Today your driver will meet you at your hotel at noon to take you on a tour of the Yaxha archaeological site. See the ruins and explore jungle in the park. After sunset you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Flores. Please note that the price of the tour does not include a local guide at Yaxha, or the entrance fees to the 2 parks.

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What people are saying about Yucatán

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 274 reviews

Ten stars! We had an amazing time and the food was simply delicious. Our guide Leo was great, he took us to places where as a tourist you would rarley wander to but boy would you miss out. The food was excellent at all the stops and by the end of our tour we were really full. Leo also knew a lot of stuff about the food, Merida or Mexico in general and we had a lot of fun

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!

Amazing experience accompanied by an amazing guide. We had probably our best activity in Mexico. We have traveled through the Mayan era, we recommend with our eyes closed!

It was an amazing day. My tour guide sam was the most incredible! My second tour guide Jose was just as good!

Pyramids worth every effort to see. The group was small, everything worked out, we have no objections.