Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen
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Discover the mystery and allure of Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. At this UNESCO World Heritage site, marvel at the architectural wonder of the Kukulcan Pyramid, see the great ball court and learn about Mayan ceremonial customs. Before reaching Chichen Itza, swim at a nearby cenote, a deep natural well of clear water. End your tour with Mayan cuisine at a buffet lunch before heading back to your Playa del Carmen hotel.
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In Brief

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
12 hours

Daily except Saturdays

Day trip (destination A to B)
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula

Pick-ups from the Riviera Maya between 6:50 and 8:30 am.
You will be transferred to the starting center for excursions to the archaeological sites. There you will board the transportation, a certified guide will welcome you and accompany you during the course of the day providing assistance and interesting information.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Suytun Cenote, Carretera Ticuch Km 8 S/N, Valladolid 97780 Mexico

During the trip, we visit the Suytun ecotourism center ("Stone Center" in Maya) with a wonderful sacred cenote located in the middle of the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula where you can enter to purify yourself in crystal clear waters. According to the Mayan belief, these lands are protected by a mythological figure, the guardian of the jungle, called ALUX.

The restaurant is located 2 minutes from the cenote, where we will offer you a delicious buffet with authentic Yucatecan dishes.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula

The next stop is in the archeological zone of Chichen Itza where you will take a tour accompanied by a guide certified by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, you will also have time to continue expounding the wonderful vestiges independently.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Valladolid, Valladolid, Yucatan Peninsula

On the way back to Riviera Maya, we briefly visit the center of the Magical Town of Valladolid, located in the heart of Yucatan to admire the splendor of colonial Mexico in the architecture of its buildings, temples and the Church of San Servacio, the oldest in the peninsula, same that began to be built in 1543, located in front of the main square and park of the city.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula

Arrival at your hotel between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Certified guide
  • Brief visit to colonial Valladolid
  • Bottled water upon arrival at Chichen Itza
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Visit to cenote
  • Entry/Admission - Suytun Cenote


  • Gratuities
  • Optional drinks
  • State Tax applies Per Access of $260 MXP or its equivalent in USD

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

1: Plaza Antigua, 10 Avenida Sur 10, Playacar, 77717 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
2: La Bodeguita del Medio, 5ta Avenida, Calle 34 Nte Esq, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
3: Señor Frog's Playa del Carmen | Muelle, Plaza Marina Playacar Local 17, 37, 38 y 44, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

Traveler pickup is offered
In case you cannot find your hotel please contact our Call Center team to provide a pick-up time or to assign the nearest meeting point.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children ages 3 years and under are free, but seats are subject to availability; they may have to ride on parents' laps if seats are not available
  • Operated by a multilingual guide
  • It is recommended that you wear or bring comfortable lightweight clothing, walking shoes or sneakers, a hat, sunglasses, biodegradable sunblock, a swimsuit, towel and change of dry clothing
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate

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

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

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

Our tour guide Martin was amazing. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He has been a multilingual tour guide for 27 years, and it shows. This tour is important to see and feel some of the beginnings of our current civilization. It is amazing to see where so much of our current technology actually started.
• Submitted 28 Feb 2018
Really great trip with amazing tour guide Alex is
• Submitted 25 Jan 2018
I had a great time on this tour. Tour guide Miriam was friendly and helpful.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2018
We saw a lot in the scheduled time. The stop for lunch and shopping was much better than a tour taken previously with another company.
• Submitted 03 Jan 2018
A must if you are in Cancun. I learned so much on this tour thanks to our knowledgeable guide. I have a friend who visited on his own a couple years ago without a tour and when I got back and was telling him about it he was bummed he missed so much by not getting a professional tour.
• Submitted 29 Dec 2017
We had a great time on this tour! Our guides, Liz and Gerardo, were really enthusiastic and knowledgable. The journey to Chichen Itza is very long from Playa del Carmen approximately 2:30/3 hours each way so do go prepared! Absolutely loved both Chichen Itza and the Cenote we visited. Truly amazing!
• Submitted 13 Dec 2017
Interesante tour con un buen guía. Me parece excesivo la parada que se hace en la cooperativa maya y poco tiempo el que se dedica a disfrutar del cenote.
• Submitted 12 Dec 2017
Interesante tour con un buen guía. Me parece excesivo la parada que se hace en la cooperativa maya y poco tiempo el que se dedica a disfrutar del cenote.
• Submitted 12 Dec 2017
This trip was amazing to see the ruins and hear the history of the Mayan and Aztec people!! Definitely a must do when you are in the Cancun area!
• Submitted 17 Nov 2017
Friendly staff, experienced guide.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2017
My granddaughter, two sisters and I loved our trip to Chichen Itza. It was one of the highlights to our seven night trip to Playa del Carmen. We weren't sure we should book a tour online before we left or wait until we got there. Glad we made the arrangements beforehand. All we had to do was confirm our reservation at our hotel with a Viator representative. We were picked up in front of our hotel at the time we were told we would. Loved that we were picked up in an air conditioned van with just two other couples and the tour guide. Stopped a couple of times to visit a small Mexican city of Valledolid for pictures and then again for souvenir shopping. Our favorite stop was to swim in a Cenote and have lunch and then of course learning all about Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza was my 21 year old granddaughter's favorite part of our seven night Mexican adventure.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
Fantastic tour! Ricardo our guide was amazing. Tour starts with a short stop in Vallaloid, then a stop at a Mayan shop, then lunch and a dip in a beautiful Cenote and then finally a tour of the ruins of Chichen Itza. Really enjoyed chichen itza. It is a long day (and drive) but it is worth it!
• Submitted 07 Jun 2017
Great guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
• Submitted 24 Apr 2017
Our tour of Chichen Itza was great! Our guide, Alexis, was knowledgeable and very friendly.
• Submitted 22 Mar 2017
Excellent Trip. Knowledgable and interesting tour guides.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2017
Overall a wonderful experience! The Chichen Itza tour was full of Mayan history and culture. Our English speaking guide, Ricardo had so much information to share and was very enthusiastic. I appreciated the explanation and warning about the vendors in Chichen Itza. This also encouraged and validated my purchases at the pre-Chichen Itza stop, a Mayan souvenir shop. I was happy to directly support the Mayan community rather than an unknown vendor. In addition to this itinerary we stopped by a cenote where the included buffet was offered. The actually cenote was amazing and refreshing after our hike through the hot Chichen Itza site. The buffet was of lower quality with minimal variety but I did not book this trip for the food!. Our final stop was through a French/Spanish influenced colonial town. Here there were more traditional Mexican food vendors but the stop was short less than 20 minutes. If you take this tour be prepared to be on the move. The guide will show and discuss a few places within Chichen Itza and then youll have about 30 minutes to explore yourself. The guides do a great job of letting you know how to exit the site and where the rendezvous points are. If you like to be leisurely or do not want to listen to a tour guide this may not be the tour for you. I thought there was the right amount of time spent at each place within Chichen Itza and throughout the day. About 1.75 hours at Chichen Itza, 1.5 hours at the cenote and a brief stop in the Mexican town. Transportation pick up is available at a selection of major hotels. I did not stay at one, however in my reconfirmation email to Viator, I was able to coordinate which hotel to be picked up from. On the return back to Playa the driver was able to drop me off at my Airbnb and save me a short walk. Highly recommend this trip. If you can follow directions and are respectful you can really sit back and enjoy the experience.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2017
Very knowledgeable and passionate tour guide!!
• Submitted 10 Jan 2017
Our tour guide Martin is very knowledgeable and helpful, so is the English guide Marco we had in chichen itza. Don't think the Mayan village part is necessary, but like all the other parts of this trip a lot!
• Submitted 06 Jan 2017
We loved this tour. They were on time with picking us up and communicated on where to meet us. Our guide was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We only had a short time in Playa del Carmen and this tour was great to get to see some ruins, experience a cenote and see a Spanish influenced town. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 08 Dec 2016
Great trip! Small van/bus with about 18 people. Guide was fantastic. We all loved it!!
• Submitted 04 Dec 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 21 Jun 2016
Amazing tour! Especially our tour guide victor was awesome! Loads of background information and a really nice service!
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
Great tour guide who explained history etc very well and kept a good humor also.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2016
The tour was great, the guide was really knowledgeable and kind. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2015

In Brief

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
12 hours

Daily except Saturdays

Day trip (destination A to B)
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included