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Chichén Itzá, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

Duration: 12 hours
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Tour the impressive archaeological ruins of Chichén Itzá and discover a ceremonial center of the Maya civilization. Then, go to the sacred Cenote of…

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Chichen Itza: Top 5 facts

Supposedly the great mythical city in Mesoamerican literature, this Mayan city stands today as one of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico. Read on for more on Chichen Itza history and Chichen Itza facts.

Origins: El Castillo & Kukulcan

Origins: El Castillo & Kukulcan

Archeologists believe the main monument, El Castillo, was dedicated to Kukulcan, the Mayan snake god, and was built between the 9th and 12th centuries A.D.

The Meaning Behind the Name

The Meaning Behind the Name

Chichen Itza translates to “at the mouth of the well of the Itza.” The Itza were a sea-warding subset of Mayan people.

Why was it built there?

Why was it built there?

It is likely that the city was built in this location on the Yucatan Peninsula because of two large natural “cenote” nearby that would have provided water to the population.

The Mayan Calendar

The Mayan Calendar

The total number of steps on the pyramid El Castillo, including the temple platform at the top, is 364—the total number of days in the Mayan calendar.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Mayans were great athletes. Archeologists have found 13 ball courts for their Mesoamerican game; the best preserved and largest lies on this site just northwest of El Castillo.

Our insider tips

Chichen Itza Weather: How to pack & What to Wear

Nothing is worse than setting out for a big day of exploration and getting hit with a spell of dehydration. Prepare ahead and bring lots of water, it cannot be overstated how hot this place can get. Bring a sturdy set of shoes and a hat or umbrella for sun. Bug spray is a must, especially in the rainy season when mosquitoes are running amok.

Rent A Car or Hire a Defensive Driver

If you decide to rent a car, make sure to purchase a map and have a friend in the passenger’s seat navigating on the way to Chichen Itza. Be careful—some of the road is rocky or in disrepair. Be sure to keep your gas tank full, because there aren’t many gas stations along the toll highway. For a day trip from Cancun, the drive will take a little more than two hours.

Take a Dip in the Cenote for a Quick Cool off

Stop at Ik Kil to go swimming in this ancient water source, a popular spot open to the public.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, year-round.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at 64 MXV (about $4) and continue upwards with tours, packages and other perks available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much history to learn about, a guide is a great idea.
  • How to get there
    You can rent a car (parking is 10 pesos), take public transportation, or take a tour from Cancun or Cozumel.
  • Additional information

    • Try to arrive in the morning or later in the afternoon, as the sun is hottest at midday.

    • A light and sound show is put on each evening, and times vary by season, so plan to stay late if you can!

What people are saying about Chichén Itzá

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 2,175 reviews

(DISCLAIMER, PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE $28USD PER PERSON CHICHEN ITZA TAX) The guides were excellent. A one in particular was a little harder to understand but if you focused you were fine. We were the very first group picked up because we were pretty far south in the Cancun Hotel Zone and we spent the next hour and a half picking everyone else up. That was not fun. Good thing they started from the south when they dropped everyone off. When we were running late coming back they arranged for vans to meet the main bus and take some groups to their hotels. So they were very accommodating on that. I wish they would have done that at the beginning. Also this price DOES NOT include the $28 USD tax PER PERSON for Chichen Itza even though the description says everything is included EVEN THE NEW CHICHEN ITZA TAX. Food was great. Sales pitches and pressure to buy items were a little too strong. Bus had bathrooms Oxman Cenote was pretty hole in the wall-esque. Kinda dirty. Valladolid was nice

As Chichen Itzá archaeological site closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was tweaked to a ¨Cenotes and Mayan traditions¨ with local tour affiliate, Ekinox Tours. The tour guide was rather knowledgeable & thorough. The tour included hotel pick-up, swimming in two impressive Cenotes (Mariposa & Chen-Ha), learning about the process of collecting honey from the Maya bee, the Melipona; traditions related to cocoa in the daily life of the Mayans; Mayan ceremony with a Shaman a nice lunch then shopping on 5th Ave in Playa del Carmen.

The guide is very informative and very helpful. The tour is enjoyable, however, Coba is closed early this due to pandemic, after traveling 1 1/2 hours form Ik Kil we were informed that Coba was closed. As part of the tour I hoped the company should have been knowledgeable of the open hours before putting the tour on the website. We ended up going to Playa del Carmen for shopping. It’s no Pyramid but it’s still ok.

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Amazing experience! From the beginning until the end the guides were very attentive and engaging. They ensured that we were comfortable the entire time. The food offered was delicious and we were able to get authentic desserts on the last time. Would really recommend this tour for a complete experience.

It was a great day from start to finish. Our tour guides were very informative and answered all of our questions. It was a long day but it was broken up well. We had time to purchase souvenirs and drinks. We even did a tequila tasting & purchased several bottles of tequila.