Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Playa del Carmen

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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Playa del Carmen
from AUD $158.60
Two Mayan ruins sites and a stunning Yucatan cenote in one day, visit Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku from Cancun, lunch included!

The Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza are waiting for you! Come explore this ancient Mayan city with an expert guide and learn all about this fascinating culture and civilization. Discover the Kukulkan pyramid and the ball court and all the incredibly preserved structures of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

After exploring Chichen Itza, we’ll bring you to the magical underground cenote Hubiku for a refreshing swim in the mineral-rich waters. Your day of history and adventure continues with a trip to Ek Balam, a beautiful Mayan ruins site where you can climb the Acropolis! Lunch and drinks included!
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In Brief

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
12 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Chichen Itza Mexico

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!

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Cenote Hubiku, Kilometro 1.5 Carretera Temozon-Tizimin, Temozon 97740 Mexico

The second stop of the day will be in Cenote Hubiku, 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.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ek Balam, Ekbalam, Yuc., Mexico

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.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Light breakfast (Banana, Cookies and juice)
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Cenote Hubiku Admission
  • Entry/Admission - Chichen Itza
  • Entry/Admission - Cenote Hubiku
  • Entry/Admission - Ek Balam


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Not included Yucatan State Tax Chichen and Ekbalam 40 USD per person. Must be paid at the check in

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The afternoon before to the tour we´ll provide to you the pick up time in your hotel lobby. If you are in an aparment we´ll provide the nearest meeting point to pick you up.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • 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
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Very well done, tour operator was so knowledgeable about history. Loved it. We were very well taken care of the entire day.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2020
Nice and new car Good driver Friendly, nice and informativ guide Breakfast: Cookies , juices and bananas + Every Break some small waterbottles Tour: Chichen Itza, Cenote/lunch and ek balam And very nice - all Sales Actions were Really Friendly and Not Disturbing and annoying -
• Submitted 07 Feb 2020
The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our time! The Cenote was absolutely beautiful and had great food.
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
One of the best days we had on our visit to Mexico. Alfredo, our tour guide, was very pleasant. He had a wealth of knowledge to share about all of the places we visited, and also the towns we passed through along the way. He even recommended some of the excellent local foods to try from our lunch buffet. Bikar, our driver was very friendly and professional. I highly recommend both of them and will request them in the future when we come back. Thank you!
• Submitted 03 Dec 2019
We got to Chichen Itza at a really good time before the crowds arrived. Our guide Jorge was enthusiastic, informative and funny. Loved the Cenote and a good lunch. We had just the right time at each place. Really good day out
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
Picked up 20 minutes late but we were advised by email that the pick up was late. All as detailed in the itinerary, 2nd stop the food/lunch was at the Cenote you can swim then eat or the other way around. We swam first and the changing rooms where okay as was the food and entertainment. If you want to spend a lot of time at Chichen Itza our 1st stop then maybe do less on another tour but we saw everything on the site with our guide, but we were a little pushed for the free time at the end with only 30 minutes, 10 of which we spent getting back to the beginning, because we had 2 more sites to visit. But it worked for us. Ek Balam our 3rd site, was also a great site to visit. Full 12 hour day for us after being picked up and dropped off at our Playa Del Carmen Hotel. Great guide and Driver and we had a cool box filled with as much water and juice as you could drink. We went on Monday the 29th of April and would use Yalku Tours again. Thank You
• Submitted 06 May 2019
Awesome tour, the guides knew their stuff and arranged the trip to avoid the crowds. Very well planed and executed...
• Submitted 25 Mar 2019
Excellent all around tour and a great value. I recommend it above those available at Hotel lobby.Everyone was professional, knowledgeable, with good food and destinations.It is an all day event, will be hot in summer and kids may not like the long day.Thomas Hendricks
• Submitted 04 Jan 2019
Our tour guide was the best. He went above and beyond what I had expected. This exceeded all my expectations.
• Submitted 24 Dec 2018
Alberto was our tour guide who had extensive knowledge and a personal touch to every location. The driver was amazing as well. This is well worth you time and money to do
• Submitted 13 Dec 2018
A well organized day trip. Everything was smooth and easy. Our guide Carmen was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Our driver Hugo was professional and kind. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 09 Jul 2018
My husband and I had a great time on this tour. Our guide, Wilbert, was very knowledgable and passionate about the Mayan culture. The highlight was seeing Chichen Itza in person and cenote Huniku definitely surpassed my expectations. Some constructive feedback I would like to give is making this tour language specific. We were in a Spanish/English combo so having to listen to the information twice felt redundant and took up more time.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2018
Amazing full day of Mayan experience. Arriving early at Chichen Itza is a blessing, as the immense crowds start by the time you are leaving. The cenote is very unique, refreshing, and beautiful and lunch at the restaurant is very good home cooked authentic Mexican food... very fresh and tasty. Ek Balum is lesser known than Chichen Itza but no less spectacular. It was a fantastic, low key way to end the day. The trip from the Riviera Maya is long, and the day a full one, but well worth it. The guide was spectacular knowledgeable, personable, very relaxed, and spectacularly accomodating to a bilingual English/Spanish group. I would not want to do these places without a guide as grascious and brilliant as ours was. The transportation and driver was excellent, and rounded off a great experience we will not forget.
• Submitted 04 Apr 2018
This was an excellent experience from start to finish. The company organizing the tour was Yalku Tours. We were very lucky to have a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide called Francisco. The added pleasure and bonus was the fact the he was a Maya Mexican whose mother language is Mayan. He know a lot and conveyed well the main historic facts. The driver Cesar was polite, cortGeous and a very careful driver. Over all this was an excellent experience and I would strongly recommend this particular tour - a good mixture of history, pleasure and new experiences.
• Submitted 04 Mar 2018
Trip was great, early start and late finish. tour makes the best of the day. I could have spent a little longer at chichen itza, ek balam was a highlight of our holiday.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2018
Amazing! Had a wonderful time and it was all very easy!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
Abraham was a great guide, did his best! I definitely recommend to book this trip as you will see a lot , you will learn a lot and in reality it is amazing to see what the Mayans could build that time. I also recommend to take some pictures during the speech of the guide, because after that you have max 20 min to look around so for example we didn't even had time to see the observatory at Chichen Itza due to lack of time and that the area is quite big to walk through in 20 mins.However I understand that we had limited time on each place otherwise we would not finish and come back to the hotel till late evening.
• Submitted 29 Jan 2018
Wonderful tour. Carmen was a fantastic guide. You really do get to see a lot in one day, and all the info about ancient Maya culture and religion was really interesting. The Hubiku cenote was absolutely beautiful!
• Submitted 17 Jan 2018
An excellent guide and tour though you may not want to do this one if you are out of shape or have an injury. A long but very informative day having the small group was very nice for this. Drinks were provided along the way lunch was at a very nice buffet. Highly recommended
• Submitted 10 Jan 2018
If you are going to visit Cancun/Playa del Carmen, you must absolutely see all of the historical sites nearby. This was an extremely organized and educational tour -- and you see THREE different places Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku. Lunch is provided at the cenote and it was delicious. Our bus driver was very safe and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about each site we visited. You even get to climb to the top of Ek Balam. You will also have time to explore the entire grounds of Chichen Itza. Definitely book this tour!
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
The tour was amazing. The guide Sergio and driver Orlando were very friendly with good services. The tour was well planned and all the attractions were worth to visit. We had a good time on our trip.
• Submitted 28 Dec 2017
Long day, but great tour! Felt a little rushed at Chichen Itza, but so much to do in a short amount of time, it was fine.
• Submitted 27 Nov 2017
We had the most amazing day on this tour! We arrived at Chichen Itza while it was still quiet...and cool! We had a great tour round, our guide was very knowledgeable about the site, the Mayans and Mexico. We had some free time after the tour, and by then Chichen Itza was getting very busy. Next stop was the Cenote - and our group of 10 had it all to ourselves! Buffet was excellent. Ek Balam was the highlight - you get to walk up the top of the pyramid and it was very peaceful, not crowded at all. 100 recommend. It's a full day, but worth it!
• Submitted 21 Oct 2017
Really enjoyed the experience and Pablo our guide was both passionate, knowledgeable and extremely likeable. The tour was so much better than the usual vanilla mainstream holiday company trips you normally get stuck with - being in a smaller group you get so much more time and can enjoy the experience. Would definately use the tour firm again and no hesitation in recommending the trip, company or Pablo. Note : Just one small issue we had was that we were supposed to ring Yalku tours the day before to confiorm pick up times. Unfortunately we couldn't get an answer on the number supplied by Viator or that on the Yalku website. The mexican operator kept repeating that both numbers were not able to be connected. We spoke to the concierge at our hotel who managed to get a cell phone number from somewhere and confirmed our pick up times for us. We did mention it to Pablo who confirmed both numbers we had were correct so he didnt know what had happened. It didn't spoil our day but thought we would mention it. Enjoy.
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017