Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza Unique Entry, Buffet Lunch & Cenote English Tour

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From $46.00

2,478 reviews   (4.53)

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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.



Gain essential insights into Mexico’s past on a visit to Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist. Miss the crowds, heat (98°F) and humidity (65%), by visiting in the early morning, and see parts of the site that traditional tours don’t visit.

Experience the majesty of the entire Chichen Itza site and receive personalized attention from your professionally certified guide.

After the visit to Chichén Itztá, you will enjoy a mexican lunch buffet.

Then, be prepared to swim at Cenote Saamal before heading back to Cancún.

We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Buffet Lunch

Direct Entrance Ticket to Chichen Itza

Entrance to Cenote

Hotel pick up

Professional Guide (English only)

Toll Road

What's Not Included

Chichen Itza tax ($31) per person


Life Vest at Cenote

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • The visit be only in English
  • We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza.
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee depending on the device and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
  • Please note that all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax fee.
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

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.

What To Expect

Ride from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Chichen Itza
Your tour begins with an early morning departure. Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive.

Throughout the trip, your archaeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population.

Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases.

Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan. 

Return around 3:00 p.m. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!

3 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet at a local restaurant

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great Experience Chichén Itzá
Erica_G, 18-09-2022
Great experience our family will book again. Rodrigo and Frank are very knowledgeable and grew up in the area they know the history, we learned a lot. Javier was our driver and got us to and from our destination safely.
The best tour! Marco and Rodrigo are awesome!
Carlos_C, 15-09-2022
If you want to beat the heat and large crowds this is it!!!! I am a morning person so getting up at 4-5am was a breeze. Yes, pick up is extremely early but so worth it! Please know what you’re getting yourself into with the early booking if you’re a night owl or just came back from the club that morning. We were first to every site and it was phenomenal! I got so many photos without random people in the background and the Centoe was empty when we arrived!!!! I had 30 minutes of solid swimming time before the rush came. The large amount of people we saw after wrapping each site was crazy. They definitely looked irritated and the heat only made it worse lol. I’m so glad this tour offers an early option. It was a breeze getting through and WE DIDNT WAIT AT ALL!!!! Our guides Rodrigo and Marco are the best! They are fun, charismatic people who’ve known each other for a very long time! They made sure we were well taken care of and gave us the best insight of the temple grounds as they are locals of the area. Also, Lil John the bus driver was solid! He got us there quick and the ride was smooth. 10/10 would recommend!!!
Best Tour ever! ...
Samlaree_B, 14-09-2022
Best Tour ever!
Punctual with their timing and an amazing tour guide
I learned so much, the food was delicious, and the cenote swim was breath taking
Great Chichen Itza photos!
Claire J, 08-09-2022
Really well organised tour. Went as family with 8 and 6 yr old boys. We looked for the earliest start time to beat the heat and the crowds and this was perfect. Marco was an excellent tour guide and provided just the right balance of fun information and opportunities to nap on the coach! Comfy coach for a long journey with toilet (important with small kiddos). Only issue was from playa del carmen we had to meet with the coach from Cancun which made the journey slightly longer than we hoped.
Rodrigo was an excellent guide around Chichen Itza - kept it interesting, very good spoken English. Our 8 year old was very engaged, 6 year old less so but it was still interesting and not too long. The tour guides also helped the group get some amazing photos.
Lunch was basic but tasty with soft drinks included and no overt pressure to buy souvenirs.
After lunch went to cenote to cool off - although didn’t need to as it was raining (!) but was still a great experience if you’d not done this before. Both boys loved jumping into the water. Need to pay on site for locker and life jackets.
Make sure you get an email with the pick up time (as mentioned in other reviews), it might be helpful if this was followed up with a text.

Thanks to Marco and Rodrigo for an enjoyable trip!
Couple of Mayans guiding us through Chichen Itza, doesn't get better than this
Argha_D, 07-09-2022
Chichen itza is a Mayan Ruin and who better to guide us through this than couple of passionate Mayan's themselves.

Frank our tour guide who was Mayan himself was extremely hardworking and passionate (we could see that by the way he explained things), he gave us ton of information and fun facts about the Mayan civilization which helped us understand and appreciate the place we were going to visit much more.

Rodrigo another passionate Mayan was our guide at Chichen Itza, he just blew our minds with all amazing fun facts and practical examples which we were all backed up by photographic evidence and proof.

This tour is a super early access tour to the Chichen Itza (5 am pick up) seems crazy at first but it all makes sense when we see all the benefits. We literally beat all the traffic, all the long lines and the crazy heat. It was as smooth as it can get. I wouldn't do it any other way.

All in all this was one of the best guided tour experience which we had, this tour is definitely recommend and a must do

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