- 12 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
See the best of Chichen Itza by day and night on this Viator VIP tour available nowhere else. Sail past the hordes waiting to enter the UNESCO World Heritage site and uncover the secrets of the ancient Mayan city with an expert guide. While most people head out after a day at the monument, you get to see a stunning sunset over Chichen Itza's observatory while enjoying Mayan tapas and bottomless margaritas at Mayaland Resort. At night, Kukulcán Pyramid transforms into a living canvas with undulating images during the light and sound show. Hotel transport and access to Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite are included.
- Roundtrip transportation in a Mercedes Benz van
- Mayan tapas in the afternoon with all the Margaritas you can drink
- Dinner on board: steak, chicken breast baguette or a veggie option (includes soft drinks and beer)
- Entrance fee to Chichen Itza
- Entrance fee to Be Maya Planetarium
- Admission to Chichen Itza Light and Sound Show
- Entry/Admission - Chichen Itza
- Guaranteed to skip the lines
- Translator device rental used during the night tour and the Light and Sound show
Traveler pickup is offered
• Tour departs from most Cancun and Playa del Carmen hotels. Pick up between 11:30AM- 12:30PM (summer time) or 10:30AM- 11:30AM (winter time) depending your hotel. No service pick-up for hotels at downtown:
• For passengers staying at hotels located in the downtown of Cancun, the meeting point will be at the Bonampak Hotel.
• For passengers staying at hotels located in the downtown of Playa del Carmen or in its surroundings, the meeting point will be at The Reef Coco Beach, The Reef Playacar or The Reef 28.
You must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick-up time.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Merida, Chichen Itza 97751 Mexico
Your Viator VIP experience begins with late-morning pickup from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz van. Arrive about 2.5 hours later at Mayaland Resort, conveniently located inside the archeological park of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Inside Mayaland, a Condé Nast Traveler magazine winner and National Geographic favorite since 1936, you will have access to Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite where you can relax before or after the tour.
Next, embark on a tour of Chichen Itza led by an expert guide. As a Viator VIP, bypass the crowds of visitors waiting in line to enter the park, and follow your guide through Mayaland’s private entrance to visit the site’s most important temples.
Stand in awe before the four-sided Kukulcán Pyramid, a structure containing 365 steps, the number of days in the solar year, and learn about the snake-shadow that only appears during the equinox. Imagine how the ancient Mayans lived as you stroll through the gathering place of the Temple of the Warriors, the ball court, observatory and nunnery.
After the tour, wander the grounds of Chichen Itza at your own pace or stop by the BE Maya® Planetarium to admire a swirling starry sky. During the show, learn more about Mayan mythology, astronomy, science and art.
In the late afternoon, settle into your table on the private bar terrace of Mayaland Resort and savor delectable bites of Mayan tapas, paired with as many margaritas as you’d like to drink. You’re in for another treat: Your table gives you a prime view of the sun setting over the El Caracol observatory.
Board a free shuttle and re-enter Chichen Itza to admire its main temples bathed in moonlight. Then grab a seat for another memorable experience, a light and sound show called Nights of Kukulcán. Watch the 1,500-year-old Kukulcán Pyramid come alive, newly revitalized with 3D mapping projection and dramatic lighting and music, for a special look into Mayan culture and the discovery of the archaeological zone. After the 25-minute show concludes, you’ll be taken back to your Mercedes-Benz for a ride back to your hotel. During the trip, tuck into a satisfying box dinner (choices include a steak-and-avocado baguette, chicken breast or a vegetarian option). After a full and satisfying day at Chichen Itza, arrive at your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel.
Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.
Duration: 12 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- No flash photography is permitted at the archaeological site or during the projection
- We suggest you wear comfortable clothes and sneakers (roads are not paved at the site), bring with you: sunscreen, hat and extra money for personal expenses or souvenirs.
- Note: Please note This tour is nonrefundable. Note that if cancelled, modified, or in case of no-show, the total Price of the reservation will be charged.
- Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years.
- Entrance fee to Chichen Itza apply to children from 3 years old
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
I have been to Chichen Itza three times now and this tour is hands down the best way to see it. The value is great, the guides are the most knowledgeable and just everything was perfect. The Mercedes Passenger Vans are so much more comfortable than the buses and walking around was much better as you could easily hear the guide and did not get lost in the crowd. I can not recommend this tour enough!!
Professional quality guide. Nice vehicle. The food at the hotel was outstanding. The nighttime show was awesome.
Great tour! Highly recommend! Delio was a great guide and tour was 100 in line as was promised. Chichen Itza temples were great, especially during the night show. Tapas tasty and plenty of Margaritas in nice resort.
I can not recommend this tour enough! This tour has truly a fantastic treat, it turned me into a Viator loyalist! You get picked up in a Mercedes and it is just you and whoever you are going with. It was a completely private tour. Our guide was just fantastic and full of history.
This tour was great! Mr. Solice was very knowledgeable, and took good care of us. The seats for the light show was in the front row! I definitely recommend this tour. I have no complaints!
We booked the tour thinking that we would have a small group. To our surprise we were the only people going. Carlos our driver and guide was on time in a really nice Mercedes My wife and I was treated to an awesome tour. Although the tripe to Chizen Itzel took several hours Carlos made sure that all of our needs and questions were answered Mayaland tours really did a great job. When I return I will certainly use there company and will request Carlos as our guide. The best tour I have had. Thanks Mayaland and of course Carlos.
Tour was excellent and that is all due to our fabulous Tour Guide Maurice and Driver Pedro. I rate the tour experience 5. The appetizers, tapas, drinks 4 and the box lunch 3.
Tour Guide knowledge of the Mayan culture, the temples and just his general insight is truly note worthy and exceptional. The night light show was unbelievably beautiful. The only regret was that the headphones were not made available, but the information given to us previous to the show from our guide made watching without headphones bearable because of all the information he laid out to us. This is truly a must see/do before leaving Cancun.
Everything was perfect - the weather, the food, the entertaining, the trip, the time at Chichen Itza, the driving back and forth but the absolute top of the mast was our driver and guide Mauricio. We had a very good time with him and I hope one day I will see him again.
Thank you Mauricio and best regards from Florida,
Maurice, our guide, was extremely informative, educational and a blast to hang out with on this tour! He was extremely accommodating and extremely helpful in explaining things! The tour itself was amazing especially the light show at the end. It's a long ride from our hotel in Cancun but worth it!
I would recommend this tour to any adults visiting the Riviera Maya. It is a great value. You really do beat the crowds. The ride was smooth and relaxing. It leaves later than the other day tours, and routes you through a little town to an entrance not accessed by the other tours. The Mayaland Hotel grounds and the ruins are in a beautiful natural setting. Local vendors are set up along the main paths and the perimeter of the historic structures, away from the Mayaland Resort. Some of the merchandise was handcrafts I hadn't seen in Playa del Carmen, so if you like to bring home something special, I recommend bringing extra pesos, though there is not a lot of time to engage with the vendors if you want to keep up with our very knowledgeable tour guide. The walking tour ends around the time that the vendors are packing up. Tapas and drinks at the hotel were very good, with a beautiful sunset view over the silhouette of a distant ruin, but the food was delivered in small amounts. A wonderfully produced movie of the Mayan culture was presented in English at a small planetarium at the hotel, which was the perfectly prepared us for the light show, which was all in Spanish when we went, translating devices were not available yet. We were extremely fortunate to have had a cloudless sky with no moon for the light show. The day ended with a smooth and quiet ride home, and a box lunch which was nothing to write home about--but no complaints here, as we weren't there for the food. We arrived at our hotel just before midnight. It was a long, wonderful day, and it was truly the highlight of our stay in Mexico.
We had pick-up from our hotel and then went to a different hotel to pick-up another family. Had it not been for this family, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the trip as much. They were Mexican but had moved to America over 40 years ago and were back visiting. They brought their granddaughter and my wife and I had such a blast getting to know them and enjoyed seeing the sights with them. My recommendation for future travelers - Eat right before you go - get something minimal during the provided lunch at the restaurant - and spend as much time in the ruins as possible. We felt like we spent a very large part of our day driving, waiting, eating, etc...and only had 1.5 hours to see the ruins. Our guide Mauricio and his driver Francisco were absolutely great. Our light show got rained out, but we still had a blast. This was probably the best excursion we've been on while traveling.
Chicken Itza is a wonderful experience and if one is a visitor to Cancun, try to get there. Take the time. It is 4 hours round trip but try to see it. Just make sure that the tour group gives you the same directions of where to be picked up as the tour director.
This was an amazing experience.
Our driver and tour guide, Carlos, showed up at our resort in a new, luxury Mercedes car. The car was very comfortable and Carlos was very accommodating to our needs and comfort on the 3 hour drive to Chichen Itza from our resort. We had a lot of questions along the way in relation to Mexico, Chichen Itza, the Yucatan area, etc, and Carlos was very knowledgeable in all areas - patiently answering all questions.
Arriving at the beautiful Mayaland Hotel, which sits within the historical site of Chichen Itza, we had a wonderful lunch... the food was fantastic and the service was amazing. Make sure you try all 3 hot sauces when the waiter brings the starter of chips/guac and Pico De Gallo to your table.
After lunch, Carlos led us into the historical site from the grounds of the Mayaland Hotel, which bypasses the main entrance of Chichen Itza.
Again, Carlos demonstrated his knowledge of the Mayan civilization and the historical site by giving us insight into each structure within the city. We were then free to wander on our own until 4:30 when the site closes. We headed back to the Mayaland Hotel to sit on the terrace and watch the sunset over the observatory of Chichen Itza while enjoying our complimentary drinks and tapas. Again, excellent food and service.
At approximately 7:30, we headed back to the main entrance of Chichen Itza to view the light show at the Temple of Kukulcan. I was a little skeptical at first about a light show, however, it turned out to be a beautiful and sophisticated journey of light imagery and sound projected onto the pyramid.
After the show, time for the drive back to our resort with Carlos. All in all, an extremely wonderful and awe-inspiring day. Carlos made sure we made it there and back in style and was there to answer questions and give us a very informative tour. We will have many memories for years to come. Thanks so much! If you want to tour Chichen Itza, this VIP package is a must.
This was an amazing tour. Our guide, Carlos was charming and knowledgable and made sure we were happy and pampered at all times. So glad we decided to splash out and do this once in a lifetime trip properly. The hotel, next to the site is quite something ' Mayaland' superb food and drink!
The driver was great. He picked me and my wife up at our hotel, and drive us out to Chichen Itza. When we got there we met with Victor our tour guide. He then took up for lunch at the hotel on the site. The good and drink were great. The best part of the tour was Victor and his knowledge of the site. He was able to paint a picture of the site and came from first hand knowledge. He would tell you the site you were looking at, his theory of the site and what is currently believed. He would also tell you the condition the temple was found and and show pictures. He would then tell you what he believed it looked like at the time. It was so great
We couldnt go my wife was unwell,l met the guide gave him the voucher and that was it.
This was on our last day in Cancun. It is rather a long trip but worth it. The driver was amazing, plenty of stops for bathrooms along the way. The food as great. We walked around the site, watched the sunset, the planetarium is great to go along to if you don't speak Spanish as the sound and light show at night follows the same kind of story. Go to the sound and light show, it is amazing. So well done. It is rather late when you get back to Cancun but worth it. The temple complex is really great.
Our guide Carlos Solis was amazing, he made the day very special. His knowledge of Chichen Itza was brilliant, we could not ask for a better day.