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Chichen Itza Day Trip with Lunch and Cenote Swim

When it comes to exploring Chichén Itzá and its ancient structures, it’s important to take your time enjoying all that you get to see. That is why this day trip is designed to give you plenty of time visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert local guide, as well as time going beyond the ancient Mayan ruins to see a real and wonderful side of the Riviera Maya. In addition to seeing one of Mexico’s most famous archaeological sites, you also get to enjoy a lunch featuring local dishes; a refreshing dip in a cenote; and time to see the beauty and history of Valladolid, a city filled with art, restaurants, and shops.

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Tour code: 96581

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Duration: 11-12
Age: All ages
Level: Moderate
  • We go beyond traditional sightseeing . Our bilingual guides have spent years learning all there is to know about Chichén Itzá. Expect the famous things you want to see, as well as hidden gems.
  • Fresh, local ingredients are on the lunch menu. Expect rice, fresh fish, and tender meat; assorted fruits and vegetables 
  • We care about our Mayan culture. As natives, we hope to connect you to our history through nature, food, and stories of science and astronomy.
  • Experience some of the best cenotes. While each offers its own beauty, on this day trip you get to swim in refreshing waters of the Saamal Cenote.
  • Safety is important to us. On our tours, we want travelers to relax and have fun knowing that we are following strict Covid guidelines. If we have to change our itinerary for any reason, we will communicate that to you in advance.
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Included

  Round-trip transportation

  Guided tour and free time in Chichen Itza.

  Buffet meal (drinks not included).

  Visit a sacred cenote Saamal

  Panoramic Visit Colonial Valladolid

  2 Water Bottles during the tour

NOT included

  State Tax applies Per Access $497 MXN or or its equivalent in USD (approx. $25 USD

  Drinks (optional)

  Gratuities (optional)

Start your day with hotel pickup

Expect to be picked up right at your hotel door in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum hotel zones in the early morning. Your climate-controlled vehicle is equipped with hand sanitizers and bottled water for your comfort and safety.

Drive to Chichen Itza

Sit back for a comfortable trip to the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire with your expert guide. Chichén Itzá is located about 125 miles from Cancun, making for a 2.5-hour drive. Along the way, your expert guide will answer any questions you may have about the day ahead, and share interesting stories as you drive along highway 180.

Start with Lunch

Taste cuisine that is unique to the Yucatan with options such as chicken, fish, beef, pork, steamed vegetables, fresh fruit, salads and desserts.

Begin Your Chichen Itza Discovery

On this Chichén Itzá day trip, the majority of your time is spent exploring this ancient site, where you learn about the majestic pyramid and surrounding architecture that has been recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO. Expect even surfaces and easy walking with as many breaks as you need, including free time.

Swim at the Saamal Cenote

In the afternoon, depart Chichén Itzá for about an hour to relax in the pure and refreshing water of this spectacular underground cenote. For those who want to swim, grab a provided (and required) life jacket and make your descent down stone stairs. Alternatively, there is plenty of space on a viewing platform for you to enjoy a waterfall and cool off.

Take a relaxing drive through Valladolid

After a reinvigorating swim, the van will be waiting for you. Finish this incredible experience with a brief visit to the city center of Valladolid, where you can enjoy colonial-style architecture and palm-tree lined avenues and plazas, from the comfort of the air-conditioned vehicle. The San Gervasio Cathedral is a sight to behold.

Depart back to your hotel

After a day learning about the famous Chichén Itzá with stories of the serpent king Kukulkan; swimming in a cenote; and enjoying the tastes and sights of Valladolid, it’s time to depart back to your hotel in Cancun, Tulum, or Playa del Carmen. Expect to arrive in time for happy hour and dinner, whatever you wish to do in your evening.

  Comfortable shoes

  Comfortable clothes. We recommend a change of clothes for after your cenote swim

  Bring a bathing suit and towel

  Biodegradable insect repellent

  Sunglasses

  Hat

  Extra money for souvenirs

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible except for the cenote
  • GoPro and video cameras are permitted at Chichen Itza for a fee of 50 pesos
  • No professional cameras allowed by Chichen Itza authorities

 

Health Restrictions

  • Not suitable for persons with serious medical conditions

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

  • Face mask required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available

Full refund for all cancellations that are made 24 hours before the service from the start or departure. • Cancellation the day of the services or after: You will be charged a 100% cancellation fee (no refund). • If travelers miss a tour, transportation, or attraction by failing to be on time and place: No refunds will be given. • In case of force majeure or cancellation due to inclement weather, it may be rescheduled for another time or day according to availability.

How active do I need to be to take this tour?

Most of the pathways around Chichen Itza are flat and paved. There will be moderate walking during the guided tour, which lasts over an hour, but plenty of shaded areas to sit and rest. Swimming in the cenote is optional, and life vests are required.


What do I see on this Chichen Itza tour?

El Castillo, the Temple of Warriors, and the Great Ball Court are some of the famous places you’ll see, but expect your guide to show you other important landmarks such as the North Temple, the Steam Bath, Sacbe Number One, and El Mercado.


Why was Chichen Itza famous?

Typically, some 1.8 million people travel to see Chichen Itza. Upon arriving you’ll quickly see why it is a UNESCO-designated site that was once the ancient city of the Itza people. One of the most spectacular sights is at spring and autumn equinoxes when a shadow zigzags down the side of El Castillo, representing the feathered serpent king, Kukulkan. Whether it was intended, or a delightful accident of the builders, will be something we talk about on tour.


Why is it called Chichen Itza?

It translates to “at the mouth of the well of the Itza.” This part of the Yucatan was inhabited by ancient Mayans known as the Itza people, and the well represents our many underground rivers that likely served as a source of water for this ancient city.


Is Chichen Itza worth visiting?

For us in Mexico, Chichen Itza represents the ingenuity of our Mayan ancestors. The grounds are connected by a network of roads called sacbeob, and to think many of these stone monuments have survived thousands of years is astonishing. Standing before the nearly 100-foot-tall pyramid El Castillo, with its 365 stone steps, is a sight you won’t forget.


Is Chichen Itza open in 2021?

Yes, except for certain holidays and if there are any Covid-related closures.


How do I pronounce Chichen Itza?

Chichén Itzá is pronounced “CHEE-chen EET-za.”


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