Tour to Chichen Itza and Ekbalam with Cenote


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From $59.00

204 reviews   (4.67)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 12 hours

Departs: cancun, mexico

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Overview

A Mayan ruins tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to enjoy adventures in history and nature in the Yucatan. Explore the Chichen Itza and Ek Balam Mayan ruins with an expert guide and swim in Cenote Saamal and enjoy a tasty lunchbox.


What's Included

Box Lunch with sandwhich, fruit, juice and sweet (Just with Plus option)

Chichen Itza, Ekbalam and Cenote Saamal Admission

Guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Just with Plus Option

Lunch

What's Not Included

Gratuities

Not included Yucatan State Tax Chichen and Ekbalam 48 USD per person. Must be paid at the check in


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • It is recommended that you bring sports shoes, sandals or flip flops, swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, hat, biodegradable sunscreen and mosquito repellent, a camera and Mexican Pesos in cash for expenses and tips
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • It is recommended that you bring sports shoes, sandals or flip flops, swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, hat, biodegradable sunscreen and mosquito repellent, a camera and Mexican Pesos in cash for expenses and tips
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Chichen Itza
After boarding the transportation at your hotel and a technical stop of 10 minutes, we’ll begin the route towards our first destination: Chichén Itzá.

The main building is the Kukulkan Castle, known as The Pyramid. It is an icon of the astronomical, architectural, mathematical and engineering knowledge and, together with the platforms, they tell us about the past, with their many sculptures and representations of feathered serpents and Chaac masks, the majestic god of rain that lives in the sacred cenote.

Other places like the monumental Ball Game, The Astronomical Observatory, also known as The Snail and the area of The Church are worth admiring, thanks to their masks from the Mayan classic period. Come and explore with us this World Cultural Heritage Site!

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Cenote Saamal
The second stop of the day will be in Cenote Saamal, after getting to know the history of Chichén Itzá. Here, you will be able to cool off in its water and have a relaxing time that you will surely remember forever. The cenote is subterranean, and we will enter it through its stone stairway. Thanks to its opening at the top, with the entrance of the sunlight, the water achieves a beautiful blue color.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

We will finish the tour at Ek Balam, where you can appreciate The Acropolis and its monumental entrance to the underworld, represented in the Uk’it Kan Lec Tok’ grave before being reborn as the mythical god of corn. The grave shows the jaws of a jaguar, flanked by a couple of Mayan “angels” and within it, the archeologists found an offering consisting of more than 7,000 pieces of jewelry in it, made by the best goldsmiths of the time.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

Good experience
Brett_N, 12-08-2022
Great trip with Cancun Bay tours and our great guide tomas!! Trip was excellent with good stops, bus was clean
actual tour itinerary
TerryABarnes, 25-05-2022
The descriptions of most tours are vague and ambiguous, so I thought I'd detail what happened on our tour. It may differ from day to day and guide to guide, but this was what happened on the May 10 tour.

First, it was virtually impossible to contact the tour company. They didn't respond to two emails, and my phone calls before we left home just rang unanswered. I wanted to be sure they had contact info for us that worked in Mexico (since my phone didn't). Our airport shuttle driver was finally able to get through to them on his phone. They sent a text confirming our pickup time and location at 9:30pm the night before the tour.

We were picked up from the northern part of the Cancun hotel zone by the 19 person van at 6:45am, and headed South to Playa Carmen. Along the way we picked up 7 more guests for a total of 9 on the tour. The tour company rents out space for a table in a gift shop in Playa Carmen, and you exchange your voucher and $40 for park fees there in exchange for a wristband. You can use the toilets there and buy a hat, sunscreen, water, etc. if you forgot something.

At 8:30 we left for Chichen Itza, and were given a sack meal with a sandwich, fruit drink box, and fruit or cookie to tide us over until lunch. We arrived in the park at 11:15 and got a 1:15 tour of the central area (El Castillo, ball court, etc.), followed by 45 minutes on our own. We used the free time to see the observatory, nunnery, etc. in the South.

At 1:15 we left Chichen Itza and at 2:45 arrived at Ek Ballam. We had a 45 minute tour, including time to climb to the top for those who wanted to. We arrived at the Cenote/restaurant around 3:40 and had a buffet lunch. The food was fine (though tourist bland), and you could go back as many times as you wanted. Just be aware that all drinks are extra (water is $2, soda is $3 and beer is $4) and no outside drinks are allowed. Afterwards we had access to the cenote until they closed at 5:00.

We left at 5:00, dropped off the other guests at 7:15, and we were dropped off last at around 8:00pm.

I picked this tour because it visited two archeological sites and had a minimum of wasted tourist trap time (gift shop, restaurant, "cultural" event). I had hoped that the advertised 6am start time implied an early park arrival, but no such luck - that time was spent driving south to Playa Carmen and picking up other guests. I was happy with the tour overall, though I didn't realize that it was based out of Playa Carmen. If you are staying in Cancun you could save a couple hours of pointless driving by selecting a company based there.
Great experience in small group!
Andrea_L, 06-05-2022
Fantastic day among Mayan ruins, great service overall. Francisco was a great guide and explained us everything relevant
Look for another tour operator. Chichen Itza amazing! Tour guide & operator very disappointing.
leathalea, 04-05-2022
After looking forward to this tour as the potential highlight of our trip, we couldn’t have been more disappointed. Where the 2hr + drive to (& from) Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen could have been a fabulous opportunity to give us an insight into Mexican life, whether past or present, instead our tour guide slept. We were given very little information on Mayan history & culture on our tour, essentially just provided transportation to & from piles of rocks! Thank goodness I’d brought my own travel guide/book. About an hour at the start of the tour just consisted of making payments for “extras”. We were told to bring USD for the extras, then the company only accepted Pescos. Unfortunately despite offering early entry to Chichen Itza, this messing around pushed us further into the heat of the (42 degree Celsius) day & the masses of other tourists. Would I recommend this tour operator? I’m sure you could do better!!
OK - read everything involved ( I missed important $ details)
Rodney W, 20-04-2022
My wife and I went to Chichen Itza and Hubiku cenote about 5 years ago. While my guide was nice, his English was not the greatest unlike our previous guide. Chichen Itza really felt like it was rushed and we did not explore nearly as much as we did the first time we went which was disappointing as that was one of the reasons for re-visiting. It just felt very rushed. Ek Balam was new to us and we enjoyed seeing/climbing this area - we did seem to get to spend more time here. Hubiku was a welcome cool relief from the sun. Our operators were kind and consistently offering us water and pop which was appreciated. While I am aware it takes time to get to these areas, the areas themselves should not be rushed and some free time to wander (like I experienced before) would be a much better trip. I could have easily dropped the Cenote visit in order to spend more time at the other places (as I've done a cenote swim before). The packed lunch was probably edible but we didn't eat it. The actual dinner lunch had people serving you at a buffet with people dancing around and waiters literally placing baskets on the table waiting for tips. Being my second time around, I'm wondering if the tour operators were 'pushing' for us to buy at certain venues which are giving them 'kick backs' for this service. I wondered about that the last time I visited and this time felt very similar - to the point that we were being told not to buy at certain areas??? At the end of the trip the tour guide also pushed for tips which after spending over $300 US shouldn't happen. We gave tips regardless but that shouldn't happen. Please note that it's $40 US per person (another $80 for a couple) that must be paid to the tour guide for entrance to the various sites. I saw this afterwards in an email and was a bit disguested as we'd already paid $230 to go to the sites. Fortunately I saw this before we left. The perdiciment was that I couldn't access US cash from the bank, only pecos. The tour operator wanted US cash (as they make more that way). Mexican law states they must take pecos which he did but I got charged even more after I calculated the amount out - whatever. Also the amounts to access sites were less what was being asked for (another money maker). WEBSITE shoud be MORE upfront about TOTAL costs and make that your "price" for people to see in the future. I found it afterwards in a "read" section which I obviously missed (my fault but let's face it - Just make it included in the base price so people know upfront what they're paying for). Tour guide and driver were great people but needed to learn better English (for people paying for an english tour guide). Please note I don't often leave negative reviews but felt for the cost and per my previous experiences, this was a bit of a let down . One final comment. Bonus points to the tour guide and driver for going back to my hotel to help me find my wallet I had literally just dropped outside the shuttle... Minus points for not pointing it out at the time as he stated later that he had seen me drop something at the time. Thankfully it was turned in right away with everything intact. Chichen Itza and the sites were fun to see again despite the limited time frames. Hope this helps others.




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