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.
2. CHICHEN ITZA AND CENOTE IK KIL - ALL INCLUSIVE
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.
This was the best decision we made as a group during our trip to Mexico. We were a group of three and wanted to freedom to explore as we wanted. We had a private Suburban and driver (Manuel). He arrived on-time at our condo rental in Playa del Carmen and took us first to Chichen Itza. We explored Chichen Itza for the amount of time we wanted and Manuel waited in the parking area for us. He then drove us to cenote Ik Kil and it was incredible! It was much larger than expected and we swam and captured great photo's/video. We had lunch at Ik Kil and then drove to Ek Balam. We enjoyed Ek Balam much more than Chichen Itza so we spent extra time here climbing and exploring. It was much less crowded and allowed visitors to climb to the top of the ruins. It was a bit warm so Manuel drove us to a second cenote called Hubiku. This was a gem of a find as well. Much less crowded and beautiful!If my opinion having the freedom of a fully customizable private tour was well worth the cost and was the highlight of our trip. Gracias Manuel!