- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Gain essential insights into Mexico’s past on a visit to Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist. Miss the crowds by visiting in the early morning, and see parts of the site that traditional tours don’t visit. With pickup from Cancun, experience the majesty of the entire Chichen Itza site and receive personalized attention from your professionally certified guide.
- Exclusive to Viator
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Family friendly
- Lunch included
- Professional guide, according to selected option
- Box Lunch for Chichen Itza (includes a baguette, a boxed juice and a pack of cookies)
- Round transportation
- Entry/Admission - Chichen Itza
- Fee for use of video camera at Chichen Itza (between $10USD to $25USD)
- Please note that effective February 1st 2019 until December 31st 2019 all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax of $406 mxn. This amount is subject to change for bookings in 2020.
1. Smart Cancun by Oasis
2. InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
3. HM Playa del carmen
Traveler pickup is offered
Meeting Point: Downtown Cancun please go to the Oasis Smart Hotel at 05:00 am. Cancun Hotel Zone please head to Hotel President Intercontinental at 05:05 a.m. Pick up: In all the Hotels in the Cancun Zone 24 hrs before your activity you will receive an email with the confirmation of your pick time.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula
Your tour begins with an early morning departure. Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive.
Throughout the trip, your archaeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population.
Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases.
Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan.
Return around 3:00 p.m. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!
Duration: 3 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
- Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee is between $10USD to $25USD (depending on the device) and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
- Note: The tour is on shared basis and there is a private guide per each group of up to 20 people
- Please note that effective February 1st 2019 until December 31st 2019 all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax of $406 mxn. This amount is subject to change for bookings in 2020."
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Wow! What an incredible experience. We expected the early pick up, and early it was!! 5 a.m. early!! There is plenty of time to sleep on the bus as it was a 3 hour drive from our hotel, however we were some of the very first people to be picked up. The bus is nice, comfy, and air conditioned. Tony was a deft driver and kept us all alive. At times, you get to listen to the smooth sound of Franks voice as he tells you about the history of the ancient Mayans and and the current culture of the people today. The ruins are incredible. My favorite part was Franks presentation of the history of the Mayans. He was super informative, interactive, and also hilarious. I felt like he showed us all the secrets of the ruins in just a couple hours.
Afterwards on the way back you stop in the Chichén Itzá town if you want any souvenirs and it helps the economy of the little town, I thought that was cool. The sack lunch a banana, a bag of potato chips, and a super basic white bread sandwich. We were the first tour bus there and when we left there were over 20. We enjoyed the ruins when it was much cooler and left when all the people and heat showed up. I definitely recommend the early access. And I definitely recommend Frank, he was the best.
We got there early before all the crowds and other tour busses and before the temperature got really hot. Frank was our guide and he has so much knowledge of the site and the Mayan people. We were very impressed with this tour. It was just the right amount of time to spend. We got back to the hotel by 4:00 PM with time to relax and participate in activities. Highly recommend this tour.
Frank provides deep insight into the Mayan culture in a knowledgeable but fun and entertaining way. Well worth getting up early and beating the crowds and heat
Interesting and beautiful place to visit.
Tour co - pros- pickup was on time, archaeologist was knowledgeable and passionate.
Cons- in tour description it said max 20 ppl but it turned out to be at least 50 ppl. Complained to the tour co but never got any reply back. Stopped at a place to get blessed and into a sourvenir shop and got lunch.This could have been a shorter stop say 15mins and we'd had extra private time.
First of all: I recommend this tour (especially early access) and I would do it again. The early access is extremely important. We visited Chichen Itza from 8:00 - 11:00 and it was really enjoyable that only a few people were present at this site during that time. When we left at 11:00, so many people had arrived that I just wanted to get out of there. And keep in mind that most people arrive not before 12:00. Our guide said that 13.000 people visit daily.
The Tour was not cheap, (63 USD + 23 USD Tax), but in the end it was worth it. I saw many other tours, which were much more expensive. I can not imagine, what these more expensive could offer additionally?! Our guide (Marco) was amazing. Funny, knowledgable and entertaining. I am really glad that we did the tour, because you learn A LOT about mayan history. Our driver (Carlos) was also really cool and very helpful during the whole day. Do this tour and hope, you can enjoy Marco and Carlos as well as your guides.
Great visit to Chichen Itza. Our archaeologists tour guide,Frankie, was informative and not at all dull. Getting there early made for great photos and we be the heat. The three hours at the site gave us plenty of time. Well organized every step of the way. Including hotel pick up and return. Would do this tour again in a heartbeat!
The early access trip is the way to go to Chichen Itza! It was not hot early in the day, not crowded, and entrance was well managed. Our driver, Ramon, did a good job. Our guide, Marco, was outstanding....personable and very knowledgeable about the site and the Mayan culture . We would definitely recommend this trip.
Getting up extra early on vacation was worth it to get to Chichen Itza early and beat the crowds. Amigo tours was great our guide Marco was excellent and very knowledgeable and our bus driver Raphael was great also.
Get out of bed. Getting to Chichen Itza in the morning was the best decision we made this trip. The crowds that were in line when we were leaving was unbelievable. Busses and cars for a mile. Frank and Charlie made a great experience even better. I highly recommend Amigo tours.
Excellent trip with Amigo Travels. The guide and driver were really good and the trip followed the set timelines. Also we were offered veg. option which was the cherry on cake, Early access provides good pictures ( ours was the second bus in the parking lot) .
Was surprised to find out (when the concierge called to confirm) that pick up time was 0430! I had read "early access" as 0700. Yes, that is about the time you get there! But, it was well worth it! By the time we were leaving, it was starting to get VERY hot and there were PEOPLE everywhere. When we arrived, there were only about 5 buses. Marco is an EXCELLENT guide and Ramon (driver) got us there safe and sound. Very much enjoyed day...even if it was early!
Marco was our guide, and he is as good as all the reviews say he is. No doubt that it is not fun waking up at 4 am to catch your ride to the tour bus. However, you get to rest on the bus for a while, then Marco starts describing some of the history of the Maya. He sets the stage for truly appreciating the moment when you see the grounds. You get a nice stop to pick up some souvenirs as well as your lunch, and I recommend taking a look. The quality and prices of the souvenirs tend to be better than those you can buy at Chichen Itza. Also, you want to minimize your time shopping with the vendors when you are at Chichen Itza so you can look around the grounds, which is the whole reason you are there. Once on the grounds, Marco gives a great tour with a description of the engineering features of the buildings, especially El Castillo. Instead of just looking at everything, you get some details that I was able to find on Wikipedia, but I would have had a hard time seeing them just walking around on my own. By the way, while you are walking around, there are substantially fewer people walking around compared with when we were leaving. Since I love to take pictures, this was great for getting some shots of El Castillo and the other buildings with no people. The line to get onto the grounds was huge as we were leaving, while we waited no time to get in. I suspect it was much less frustrating than sleeping in and coming later. At any rate, we got back to the hotel early enough to relax and have some drinks. It's a 12 hour day, but you will end it with a smile and an appreciation for the intriguing Mayan Empire. Highly recommended!
The confirmation email for the tour pick up came about 24hrs before the tour. It said we would be picked up at 450am and sure enough, the bus showed up at 450am. After that, we went along to pick up a few more people from other hotels in the area. Our tour guide Marco was very informative and had a great sense of humor. It was a long drive out to Chichen Itza, but thanks to all of his anecdotes, time flew by. He also did an excellent job at switching between English/ Spanish without losing the message or sense of humor. I'm personally not a morning person and believe me, getting up so early in the morning while on vacation doesn't sound very inviting, but this excursion was worth it. We were the first tour bus there and none of my pictures have other people in them.
Long day but Marco and Carlos made it so much fun. Worth getting up at dark. Very imformative. Would do again!
My bf and I booked early access to chichen itza for our thanksgiving cancun trip. Originally they said they will send out the confirmation email about meet up time 24 hours before the trip. But I did not hear from that so i wrote an email to follow up and then I received the email after that. The bus was pretty on time and our tour guide was Marco. He was the best tour guide ever. He was knowdgeble, humorous and authencitic. He gave us about 1-2 hours for sleeping and then started introducing to history of Maya in Spanish and English. I felt super educated. We had restroom break, small souvenir store trip and then chichen itza. We stayed in chichen itza almost 3 hours. Marco gave us 2 hours detailed introduction and went through all the details on the wall. We were very impressed the wisdom of Maya people and the story of the temples, walls, and “echos”. Then we had 1 hour to walk around. We left around 11:20. Yeah, it’s hard to imagine to stay there later. It was just too hot, so early access is definitely very worthy and less crowded. Overall, it was a very educational tour about Maya chichen itza. My bf and I had a blast!!! Highly recommend it.
We loved getting to Chichen Itza early while it was cooler and not as many people. We did get up very early and it was worth. Just to help the next person we did get picked up at our hotel at 4:20 am (we stayed in the hotel zone in Cancun) in a van then made a few other stops before we got transferred to a large tour bus. Marcos our Archaeologist was so knowledge and fabulous. Our group walked around with Marcos and he talked about the history and showed us the majority of the buildings at the site. We had about 45 minutes to walk around on our own. I believe that we got back to our hotel around 3:30 pm.
If you are going to visit Chichen itza - do an early access tour. It really just means that you get there as soon as the attraction is open. It is an early pickup but worth it. When you get there you are a few of the tour parties there and have a great chance of getting photos of just yourself and maybe a couple of others in the photo. You give it another 1-2 hours and it is teeming with people. You can hardly move.
Great tour with guide Franck. Well worth the early start (picked up at 4.15am) to beat the crowds and the heat. Added bonus to be back at the hotel by 3pm. Amigo Tours were very helpful and responsive when I had a query. Highly recommended!
Marco is a great tour guide that has a very authentic way of sharing his knowledge. Going to Chichen Itza this early in the morning is really worth it because you miss the crowds and the heath! I highly recommend this tour!