If you want to discover one of the largest settlements of the Maya culture and get to know one of the 7 wonders of the world without any worries, booking a tour will be your best choice!
Now we will tell you why...
This is a very popular activity in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, visiting Chichen Itza is a must when you are in the area. The archaeological site is located 2.5 hrs from the main destinations in Quintana Roo, and 1.5 hrs from Merida, the capital of Yucatan.
To visit the site you must dedicate a full day. Most tours are all-inclusive, that is, they offer round-trip transportation, entrance to the site, and more elements that we will tell you about here.
That said, are you ready to take a tour of Chichen Itza?
If you are one of those who just want to enjoy the tour this is your option, the guides will take care of everything during the tour, the only thing you will have to do is enjoy and follow the indications.
There are many packages to visit the site, from the basic tours to the most complete ones. But rest assured that all of them will include round trip transportation, entrance to Chichén Itzá, entrance to the cenote, lunch included, and the obligatory visit to Valladolid.
Depending on your budget you will decide what kind of tour you are going to buy, of course, we recommend you to buy the most complete one, but if it is not in your possibilities choose the basic one, but make sure it includes the following so you can enjoy the tour: Then there are other more complete packages that include unlimited drinks on board either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, buffet lunch with or without drinks in the restaurant, rental of vests in the cenote, lockers and box lunch at the beginning of the tour, Premium drinks and many more complements.
During the tour to Chichen Itza, you will travel through the Yucatan highways full of charming Mayan communities. Along the way, you will be able to observe the extensive vegetation of the region and learn a little about how people live in this area.
Depending on the itinerary of the tour you will arrive first at the Mayan ruins or the cenote.
When you are visiting Chichen Itza, the guide will have already purchased your tickets, so when you arrive at the site you will only have to wait your turn to enter in an orderly manner and with all the security protocols.
You will enter an unreal world, full of mysticism, history, and culture. You will walk through the sacred paths where the Mayas forged one of the most important civilizations of humanity. The value of these buildings lies in the stories, facts, and events behind each one of them. Each ruin tells something different and you will be able to understand the main activities and traditions of these great beings.
A friendly guide will be waiting for you to begin the guided tour starting at the main pyramid "El Castillo", you will learn impressive facts about the main Mayan ruins such as the ball game and the temple of the warriors. Afterward, you will have free time to explore the area on your own.
As a recommendation, wear cool and light clothing, hats, hats, wear plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated since most of the year, Chichen Itza remains hot.
Your visit to the cenote will be fantastic, there are many in the surroundings, but the most famous one to go to on a Chichen Itza Tour is the Ik Kil and X-Cajum cenote. One of the main characteristics of these cenotes is that they are located many meters underground, you have to go down some stairs until you reach the water, this way a gigantic hole is formed.
Take a refreshing swim in these natural pools, you can jump from one of its platforms and experience the adrenaline or just relax while you swim and admire the scenery. Visiting a cenote after Chichen Itza will be ideal, we assure you that you will not regret it.
Something important is that in many of the cenotes a life jacket is mandatory, and some tours do not include it in the cost. Consider it if you want to go swimming, it has a cost of $50mxn approximately.
Find more information about Ik Kil Cenote on our blog!
Lunch on the tour is usually taken at the cenotes, as many of them have their own restaurant. Taste delicious regional dishes such as cochinita, salbutes, empanadas, Mexican food, and much more, usually the restaurant offers a buffet so you can enjoy the food you want.
This is a quick stop to get to know a little bit about this colonial city. In the main square, you will find a beautiful parish church and a lovely park where you can find stands selling candy, chips, and ice cream. All around you will also find excellent restaurants and stores. Although this is an express stop, you will get a taste of Valladolid's beauty and take pictures in its iconic church.
The price of the basic tour starts at 69 USD ($1200 - $1300 MXN).
This is the end of a successful tour to Chichen Itza, as you can see this tour provides valuable cultural experiences. It will be a spectacular day, and the best thing is that you don't have to worry about anything!