Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Privileged Early-Access Tour

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Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Privileged Early-Access Tour
from £84.77
Be among the first to enter Chichen Itza as the park opens. You'll avoid the crowds and enter the site from an exclusive privileged entrance. Take a guided small-group tour of the archaeological site, visit the Mayan Planetarium and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Your tour includes a professional guide, transport and access to Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite.
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In Brief

Chichen Itza, Mexico
10 hours
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Zona Arqueologica de Chichen Itza, Carr. Costera del Golfo 180 Pisté, Chichen Itza Mexico

Enjoy your visit to Chichen Itza in almost complete privacy before the masses arrive. The Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows, the world’s first hotel inside an archaeological site (founded in 1921), will be your base, allowing you to enter archeological site through its private gates.

You’ll be visiting the classic Maya temples as well as the Mayan-Toltec vestiges with a certified bilingual Gray Line guide for two hours before deciding your next move. In this tour you will have the option to explore the archeological site for an extended amount of time, relax at the spa, use the pool or just enjoy the grounds of the Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows, Km.120 Chichén Itzá Highway Merida Cancun, 97751 Chichén Itzá, Yuc., Mexico

Arriving at the hotel, you will have the opportunity to be spiritually enriched by a H’men, a high Maya priest. An experience you won’t forget.

Don’t forget to visit our unique Mayan Planetarium, included in your tour. Here you will witness the “Maya Skies”, a thirty-minute, 360° presentation that will greatly enhance your understanding of the Mayan civilization.

Before parting to your base in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, enjoy a delicious buffet full of Yucatecan, Mexican and Maya cuisine as well as international, pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options.


  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Mercedes Benz transportation
  • Light breakfast onboard our vehicle
  • Buffet lunch at the Mayaland Hotel, including beverages
  • Free access to Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows pool facilities, including towels
  • Water and soft drinks and beer on-board the Mercedes Benz vehicle
  • Entrance to the Mayan Planetarium


  • Gratuities
  • On site optional activities
  • Entrance fee to Chichén Itzá (payment only in pesos)
  • Entry/Admission - Zona Arqueologica de Chichen Itza

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Tour departs from most Cancun and Playa del Carmen hotels. Pick up between 4:45 am to 5:45 am (summer time) or 5:45 am to 6:45 am (winter time) depending of your hotel. No service pick-up for hotels at downtown:
• For passengers staying at hotels located in the downtown of Cancun, the meeting point will be at the Bonampak Hotel.
• For passengers staying at hotels located in the downtown of Playa del Carmen or in its surroundings, the meeting point will be at The Reef Coco Beach, The Reef Playacar or The Reef 28.

You must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick-up time.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended. Bring extra money for personal expenses and souvenirs
  • Entrance fee to Chichen Itza apply to children from 3 years old.
  • Pick up between 4:45 am to 5:45 am (summer time) or 5:45 am to 6:45 am (winter time) depending of your hotel. No service pick-up for hotels at downtown.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Admission fee into the archaeological site is NOT included, and will be payable upon entrance. This is governed by the local municipality and our Tour providers have no control over this.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

It was an amazing day at Chichen Itza as Juan Carlos took great care of us from start to finish as the transportation, grounds, tour, food and drink were all top class!
• Submitted 06 Sep 2018
What a fantastic day from start to finish.. I booked this excursion as Im currently on crutches and didnt fancy a long busy coach drive with a potentially rushed tour around Chichen Itza! We were picked up from our hotel by Carlos at 6.10am slightly early only to be told we were the only two on todays tour, fantastic. The Mercedes mini van was perfect, clean and really comfortable for the long journey.. Carlos explain how the day was going to go as we set off with our breakfast bags.. Chichen Itza was amazing. Carlos was so knowledgable and passionate about Chichen Itza and Mexico hes a credit to his company. I couldnt recommend him enough. The planetarium was really interesting too as was meeting a Shaman. The lunch in the hotel was lovely as well, there was time throughout the day to look around yourself and time to buy souvenirs etc. This was a brilliant day with a fantastic guide.. thanks
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
Comfortable transportation, small group though we were still held up by one straggler. I'm not sure what the special Viator welcome room is at the hotel. Planetarium was closed for refurbishment so we requested and received a refund for that portion of the trip. Getting to Chichen Itza early is a must because the site becomes swamped in no time whatsoever.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
Stunning, enjoyable and amazing.....and wow the photo opportunities. Well worth doing early before everyone else. Excellent lunch as well.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2017
This tour was a blast, kinda early departure for a vacation day but turned out to be worth it. The Mayan priest, lunch and departing before the heat got too bad made for a very enjoyable day.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2017
We really enjoyed this tour. Of course we had to get up at o'dark thirty for our 4:50 am pickup but it was worth it as we arrived early before the crowds and the heat! Our guide was very informative and we enjoyed seeing all the sights and hearing about the history. We also got to see a planetarium show air conditioned! and had a private shaman ceremony. The buffet lunch was wonderful and the food was excellent. As were the ladies who danced for us with beer bottles and trays on their heads! There was a bit of free time to souvenir shop or take a dip in the pool. We were back at our hotel mid-afternoon with plenty of afternoon pool time left. The bagged meal we received during a bus break about halfway to Chitzen Itza was a very nice touch and saved us from having to scrounge up breakfast before we left.
• Submitted 04 Aug 2017
Great tour! I would recommend. Juan Carlos is the unofficial Mayor of Chichen Itza He has a lot of knowledge and you are in good hands with him. Getting there early allows you to escape the brutal heat of the day and experience the ruins with very few people around. Both were worth the 4:45am pick up time. We were back in Cancun around 3:45pm. The lunch is a buffet, but the tacos are not to be missed. You have about an hour of free time to go back to the ruins or visit the vendors. I stuck around the hotel to grab a swim to cool off and got the see the resident peacock.
• Submitted 16 Jul 2017
I highly recommend this excursion. We arrived at the Chichen Itza ruins before many of the vendors, other tourists, and extreme heat had arrived. Furthermore, the buffet lunch was delicious with authentic Yucantanean-style cuisine. Out tour guide did an excellent job explaining the ruins and showed a real passion for teaching Mayan history.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2017
I highly recommend this excursion. We arrived at the Chichen Itza ruins before many of the vendors, other tourists, and extreme heat had arrived. Furthermore, the buffet lunch was delicious with authentic Yucantanean-style cuisine. Out tour guide did an excellent job explaining the ruins and showed a real passion for teaching Mayan history.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2017
Highly recommend this tour starts before the crowds, The lunch was amazing and the detailed information is well worth the cost.
• Submitted 09 May 2017
Despite the early hour to begin our day, everything went well and we were at Chichen Itza and walking around the amazing architecture and ruins even before the vendors had set up! Guide Carlos and driver Luis were very friendly, and Carlos was a wealth of information on Chichen Itza! Great lunch too! A+!
• Submitted 13 Apr 2017
Wonderful experience! There were 3 people in our group, accompanied by our wonderful tour guide, Carlos Munoz and excellent driver, another Carlos. The tour started a bit early I was picked up at my Cancun resort at 5:30 AM and our other two members were picked up at about 6:30 AM from a hotel in Playa Del Carmen which was on the way to Chichen Itza. The van was clean, comfortable, and the driver was excellent. We were given a lovely sack breakfast, including a sandwich, granola bar, apple, and juice box. Water and other drinks were readily available in a cooler in the van as well. We stopped a couple of times on the way for scheduled restroom break, always at clean and well-equipped facilities. Carlos M. was a fantastic guide, teaching us about ancient as well as modern day Mayan communities and pointed out many important and informative facts about the areas we drove to and from Chichen Itza and answered all of our questions readily. We got to Chichen Itza early, not waiting in lines or being heavily solicited by the numerous vendors of trinkets and souvenirs who typically get there and set up a little later. Carlos M. offered us an amazing personalized tour, talking about each of the monuments. We enjoyed the planetarium experience, relating the history of the Mayan people as well as the shaman who shared some ancient healing rituals with us.The tour culminated in a delicious buffet lunch with a show including Mexican dancers at the Mayaland Resort. After a short shopping experience, we all headed back to our resorts, with Carlos M. sharing more information about Mexican history, Mayan culture, pointing out modern day Mayan communities. Getting back to our resorts before dinner time was definitely an advantage as well. This was an excellent tour, well worth the early start to the day. I would definitely recommend this tour!
• Submitted 14 Feb 2017
This was an incredible tour from beginning to end! The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and the highlight was getting into Chichen Itza through a private entrance and early in the morning before the crowds arrive. It really became a totally different experience getting to see Chichen Itza from a different perspective once you enter than any other tour. We learned a lot from our guide and had plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy. Also, we had a chance to freshen up at Viator's hospitality suite which was a nice break from the heat. Finally, the buffet lunch was really delicious and the Mayaland facilities were great! I'd totally recommend this tour. It's completely worth it.
• Submitted 21 Dec 2016
Amazing, amazing tour! It was our first time visiting Chichen Itza and we chose this as it was different than any other tour including a private entrance. It was totally worth it. Loved seeing the site for the first time from a completely different angle and being there early in the morning. We avoided the heat, had plenty of time to explore and take pictures and our guide was amazing. The buffet lunch was delicious and we got to freshen up at the hospitality suite. I'd do this tour again next time we visit and recommend it to anyone.
• Submitted 21 Dec 2016
Overall excellent experience and highly recommended. Juan Carlos was our driver and guide. Driver and van were on time to hotel pickup. Van was clean and comfortable. There were plenty of drinks, including beer. Breakfast was a ham/cheese sandwich, granola bar, apple, and juice box. Juan Carlos gave an excellent tour and answered questions knowledgeably. It was great to get to the site early, when there weren't as many people and it wasn't as hot. We did not feel rushed. Had time to take photos. Buffet lunch at Mayaland had large variety of foods, including Mayan/Mexican and international foods. Alcoholic beverages were included. Got back to Cancun around 3:30pm.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016
It was great getting there early and having some time that was slightly cooler. It was as good as expected but we would have liked a little spare time to wander on our own. We were expecting that because the trip said that we would have use of the hospitality suite, pool and towels but we didn't. We had an hour for lunch then we were whisked away. September 2016
• Submitted 29 Sep 2016
Having a small group was great. The tour guide, Carlos was extremely informative. Our bus driver, Hilario was a very careful, conscientious. The sack breakfast was good. The buffet luncheon was great. Would definately recommend.
• Submitted 18 Jun 2016
Loved this tour! Our group guide was awesome, so knowledgeable and friendly! The ruins were beautiful and well worth the early time and extra money to beat the crowds! Would do it again in a heartbeat.
• Submitted 28 Sep 2015
Booked this early access tour with Viator. Would highly recommend the early arrival. Julio was our driver and Mauricio our guide. Both were great.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
Getting there early in the day is the only way to go. No crowds and a smaller tour group. We had a nice bagged breakfast on our way to Chichen Itza then we met up with the rest of the tour group. Our guide was great at pointing out and explaining everything. Though his English was a bit hard to understand at times. My kids, aged 9, 17 and 19 all had a good time. Lunch was ok, but the staff was very helpful and pleasant.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2017
Leaving Cancun very early was the best thing - I was picked up at 5am by the guide Mauricio and driver think Alex was his name guide very knowledgeable and has good sense of humor. He managed to get us into Chichen Itza first! we had about 10 minutes of it all to ourselves with great photo ops. Accessing via Mayaland resort entrance was great and the lunch meal at Mayaland was super as well as the dance entertainment during the meal. Only comment: I thought we would have time to swim at the Mayaland resort in the afternoon and/or return back to Chichen Itza itself if we wanted - think it stated that on the tour description. Instead we left just after lunch...
• Submitted 12 Jun 2017
Great trip. Oscar and Mauricio were excellent. Food was superb. Time on site is somewhat short I thought, and it would have been nice to have been offered a bathroom break and a water/drink on the ride back to Cancun. Enjoyed it very much though.
• Submitted 14 Apr 2017
This tour was organized very well. We were picked up on time and given a sack breakfast. The transportation was very comfortable. Being able to enter the site early and from a different angle made a big difference. The film in the planetarium and the buffet lunch were also well done. Thanks for thinking of everything!
• Submitted 12 Apr 2017
Chichen Itza was fantastic. We had a expert guide, who was very knowledgeable. The only issue was that the guide went very fast and was hard to keep up with. Near the end, my wife fell down and the guide was nowhere in sight. He later found us after finishing the tour and taking the other tourists back to the starting point. There was also a presentation about Mayan culture in a planetarium and a very nice lunch.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2017

In Brief

Chichen Itza, Mexico
10 hours
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

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