Day trip

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Early Chichen Itza and Ik Kil Cenote

Activity provider: TripGuru Mexico
Day trip

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Early Chichen Itza and Ik Kil Cenote

Activity provider: TripGuru Mexico
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Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Chichen Itza ruins on an early access full-day tour. Visit the quaint town of Piste and enjoy a dip in the Ik Kil Cenote while avoiding crowds.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German
Pickup included
Your tour guide will contact you the night before the activity with your pickup time. Please be at your selected meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. The tour guide will be wearing a green T-shirt and a TripGuru logo.
Small group available


  • Explore the ancient ruins and gaze at the wondrous carvings and stone structures at Chichen Itza
  • Avoid the crowds with a small group and early access to the sites
  • Visit Cenote Ik Kil, believed to be used by the Maya to pray to the rain god
  • Have a quick look around the charming town of Piste
  • Learn all about these historical and natural sites from your guide
Full description

Explore the ruins at Chichen Itza on a guided tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Choose between a private or small-group tour and beat the crowds and the heat with early morning access. Learn about the history of Mexico with insightful commentary on one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Start your adventure with an early pick-up from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Beat the crowds and the heat as you arrive at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide around the once-bustling complex, learning about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya.

Wander around the Mexican pyramids, gaze at the spectacular stone carvings, and take photos by the glorious steps of the ruins. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and leave right before the morning gets too warm and the crowds increase. Head to the charming town of Piste for a quick look around before making your way to Cenote Ik Kil. Marvel at its stunning views, take photos of the turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and maybe squeeze in a quick dip before going for lunch.

After filling your belly with some local food, board the vehicle once more and make your way back to Cancun and Riviera Maya with nothing but knowledge and memories to remember your adventure by.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees if option selected (Chichen Itza 614 pesos, Cenote Ik Kil 350 pesos, payment in cash; no USD or credit card accepted)
  • Lunch (if option with entrance fees is selected)
  • Water
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with heart problems
    • People with respiratory issues

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Swimwear
    • Change of clothes
    • Towel
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Cash

    Not allowed

    • Drones

    Know before you go

    • This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility
    • The use of a domestic video camera has a cost of 50 pesos
    • Drone cameras are not allowed in the Federal Area
    • Before entering any cenote in the area, you have to take a shower to remove sunscreen and bug spray
    • A life vest is mandatory in all Cenotes (sacred places) in the area
    • Hotel pickup starts up to 2 hours before starting time
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 123 reviews

    Review summary

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    The experience was amazing and Sergio was so informative! I loved all the information he gave us about the Chichén Itzá and he really sold me on coming back when the Tren Maya is open. What a beautiful culture & a beautiful time! The one negative point is that I had a Cancun departure and we had to go get more people in Playa Del Carmen which was a massive waste of time considering I’m sure there are enough people in Cancun to simply have it leave from there.

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    March 16, 2023

    Everything went as planned. The early tour is the best thing to do, few people at Chichen Itza and plenty of room in the cenote afterwards. Top changing rooms and lockers for the backpacks as well as a top meal rounded off the stay in the cenote. Our tour guide Alejandro "Alex" went to a lot of trouble and explained everything in detail. If I had anything to complain about at a high level, I would say that Itza could use a little more time. So it fitted better in time with the cenote.

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    February 27, 2023

    We had an amazing day, our guide Pedro was extremely knowledgable and made the visit to Chichen Itza really interesting and incredible. The cenote Ik Kil is one of the best we've visited in Mexico, an amazing natural place. We had a meal at the Cenote buffet and the food was great. A day to remember!

    February 19, 2023

    Product ID: 405821