Explore the ancient Mayan world of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and swim in the magnificent Cenote Ik Kil. This is a PRIVATE tour departing from locations throughout the Riviera Maya for one low price. Guests will be picked-up at their location of choice in the region and have up to 12 hours to explore.
Since this is a private tour you can choose where to spend more time, less time, or no time at each destination. Tour does not include entrance fees.
Round trip transportation from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Rivera Maya to Chichén Itzá archaeological site, visit and refreshing swim in cenote Ik Kil, and a lunch buffet at Ik Kil restaurant.
*Includes bilingual guided tour in Chichén Itzá
3. CHICHEN ITZA, CENOTE ZACI, VALLADOLID - DELUXE ALL INCLUSIVE
Explore the famous Chichén Itzá archaeological site, visit Zaci cenote at Valladolid (non swimming) and experience an authentic Yucatecan buffet lunch at La Casona del Valladoid (a prestigious 18th century restaurant).
*Includes bilingual guided tour in Chichén Itzá and a light gourmet breakfast on board the panoramic bus.
CHICHEN ITZA DISCOUNT TOUR OPTIONS
Choose the best option for you group below. Keep in mind that the all-inclusive Chichen Itza tours do not operate on Sunday. If you do not see them listed below change the desired date to a day other than Sunday.
Chichen Itza Tour operates from Monday to Saturday
Duration: 12 h approximately (including transfers)
Inside the archaeological site the use of video camera requires an extra tax not included at the tour price
Free admission for children from 0-4 years old. Children 5-11 pay half of the adult ticket. Children taller than 4.5 ft but under 12 years old must show an ID to verify their age when boarding
Children over 12 years pay an adult ticket price
Reservations cancelled 15 days or more prior to the day of the visit are subject to an additional 20 % fee; from 4 to 14 days prior to the scheduled day of the visit are subject to an additional 50 % fee. All reservations cancelled 3 to 0 days before the date of your visit or in case of no-show will not be reimbursed
Changes are not permitted on the same day of the visit
Lockers and lifejackets at the Ik Kil cenote are not included.
It is necessary to confirm the time and location of the pickup
Wear fresh clothes and comfortable shoes for a walk
Use hat or cap and sunglasses
Bring a towel and a change of clothes for the cenote
Sunscreen and insect repellent must be free of the following chemicals: Benzophenone, Etilhexila, Homosalate, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Octyl Ssalicylate, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, and Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
Bring extra cash or credit card for beverages at the restaurant, souvenirs and personal expenses.
CHICHEN ITZA TOUR TIPS
Your Chichen Itza tour first enters a large parking lot and lets you off near the entrance. The front entrance has stores and restaurants where you can buy books, maps, videos and arts and crafts. This is where the public washrooms are as well.
If you reserve the private transportation tour option you can purchase entrance tickets and if you prefer to have a private guide at the entrance to hire a professional.
Take a hat or an umbrella with you especially in the summer [June - August], it gets hot.
Better to ware hiking shoes over sandals if you want to climb up things. This is because your feet get all sweaty and it becomes easy to slip unless you have really tight well fitting sandals.
Bring a nap-sack to carry your stuff on your back.
Keep an eye on your children at all times and warn them not to walk off into the jungle.
Bugs are not a problem but are more prevalent in the dry seasons. Take bug spray as a precaution.
Pay close attention to your guide and you will learn a lot about the Maya and Chichen Itza.
Climbing Up the Great Kukulcan Pyramid - In 2006 a visitor fell from the great Kukulcan pyramid and unfortunately lost her life. Because of this incident INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia) has closed access to climbing the pyramid.
If you stand directly in front of the Kukulcan pyramid and clap your hands the echo is alleged to be that of the sacred Mayan bird known as the Quetzal.
In the Ballcourt, if you put one person at one end then stand at the opposing wall at the other end you "may" be able to hear the person whispering. This is stated as fact in numerous web sites however do the experiment and see for your self.
During the summer and winter equinox a shadow appears on the side of the steps of the Kukulcan Pyramid that resemble a snake.
I’ve spent the last 11 years living in Playa del Carmen Mexico and thought this would be the perfect the opportunity to go and visit Chichen Itza for the first time!The three of us were picked up in a new Suburban right on time and met the driver, Manual, who could not have been any nicer! And since we do not speak great Spanish, his excellent English was terrific! Manual provided us with great insight into the culture and the people all throughout the 10-hour tour through the Yucatan. Manual in fact was so great, that we requested he pick us up the following day and take us to the airport for our departure flight.Chitzen Itza is incredible! No wonder it is considered now the 7th Wonder of the World. However, not to be outdone I actually enjoyed the rest of the day even more! After Chitzen Itza we proceeded to the Cenote il Kil which was just incredible. We enjoyed some diving and swimming and then had a great lunch at the local restaurant on site.Then off to Ek Balam which was equally as incredible. The grounds of the ruins are much smaller than Chichen Itza, however stunningly beautiful. Here you can climb on the ruins and offers great opportunities for photos. Not to mention, that there were probably no more than 20 other people on site; felt as if we had this incredible piece of history all to ourselves.Before returning to our condo in Playa del Carmen, Manual drove us through the historic city of Valladolid and then his personal recommendation of the cenote ********** which was absolutely stunning. Another great swimming cenote! Be sure to bring your Camera, because you will never see anything like this again.Overall, it’s an absolute must trip! I’ve been living in the area for over 11 years and by far the best historical, cultural and fun day I have ever had. Thanks to Manuel from Travel Yucatan transportation services for making it so special.