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Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour

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Safety measures
icon12 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See and gain more insight than most visitors with a private guide and early morning entry.
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Professional guide (Monolingual, only english)
Hotel pick up (if option selected)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Toll Road
Buffet Lunch
Tequila Tasting
Entrance to Cenote
Chichen Itza tax (31$) Included in Deluxe Option
Life Vest at Cenote
Drinks
Fee for use of video camera at Chichen Itza (between $10USD to $25USD)

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5:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.The exact pick up place and time will be confirmed the day before the tour
After morning pickup from a central meeting point, travel to Chichen Itza for early access to the ruins. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site before most of the crowds arrive, allowing up-close access and a more tranquil experience. 

Purchase your ticket and head inside to learn about the important role that this well-preserved site played in Mayan civilization between AD 600 and 1200 from your private archaeologist guide. Listen to your guide's explanation of how this pre-Colombian settlement was an important destination for pilgrimages and a center of worship for the Mayan people which is still considered sacred today. 

Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory. Hear about the meaning of the staircases, stone carvings, platforms, pyramids, and ball courts according to the mythology and cosmology of the ancient Mayan people. 

Board your vehicle and enjoy a boxed lunch for transportation back to Cancun.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cancun
Ride from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
Your tour begins with an early morning departure. Arriving at Chichen Itza, join your specialized guide for an in-depth tour of the site, and enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit before the crowds arrive. Throughout the trip, your archaeological guide’s commentary provides essential background to the well-preserved site of Chichen Itza. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Maya population. Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and unearthed by archaeologists, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient site, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball courts and staircases. Visit the Observatory, Temple of the Jaguars, Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan.  Return around 3:00 p.m. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Chichen Itza helps you to beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piste
Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet at Piste
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cenote Saamal
Enjoythe experience of swimming in a Mayan Cenote
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable walking shoes and camera
  • Note: An additional fee is required for the use of video camera at the site. The fee can be up to 25MXN (depending on the device) and must be paid directly on site on the day of the tour
  • Please note that all visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax of 31 USD. This fee is included in the Deluxe option
  • We care about your safety and we guarantee a safe route by toll road to Chichen Itza.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The guided visit to Chichén Itzá will be only in English. The rest of the tour will be in English and Spanish
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Do I need to bring my confirmation / ticket?
A:Please bring your ID and your voucher (printed or digital).
Dec 2020
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, Buffet Lunch & Tequila Tasting English Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It is very hot there so make sure to bring water." See review
  • "It is absolutely advantageous to get up early and get into the door early." See review
  • "Definitely worth it to get there early before the heat sets in and crowds arrive." See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
2,334 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 2,334 reviews
star-5
Vicente is a great tour guide
Amber_L
, May 2022
Vicente is a great tour guide who is knowledgeable with great sense of humor and made our experience unforgettable.
star-3
poorly described trip
Chris_O
, May 2022
complaint to be made, trip was not as sold/described. arrived 2hrs after opening & no tequila tasting
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Amig@ Thank you for your confidence, we have read your comments, however we have not reported not having done the tequila test, it is unlikely that it did not take place, perhaps you could have separated from the group when it took place. We regret that part. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-4
Very early but worth it.
Gail_C
, May 2022
It was a great experience. Marco and Rodrigo were very knowledgeable and personable. It was very hot and Marco was on point with his recommendation to rent the umbrella. We missed reading that we would be swimming at the cenote. Oh well, it was a lovely spot to sit, relax and have a cold beverage. A friend took basically the same tour through another tour company. When we told him about ours he was a little jealous.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must do when In mexico.
Christine_Y
, May 2022
Marco and Rodrigo were awesome tour guides. Very knowledgeable and made sure the tour was fun and exciting. Buffet lunch was great, try the pork tacos. The tequila tasting and cenote at the end of the trip was refreshing and tasty experience!
star-2
False description
Ross_E
, May 2022
Described as “early access and avoid the midday heat” but we arrived at Chichen Itza at 12pm to the busiest time and the hottest part of the day…
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Amig@ We deeply regret your disappointment. In the change of tour that was made, the itinerary also changed, that was the reason why we arrived a little later to the archaeological site. Dulce, Amigo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Fun despite an accident
Tommy_C
, May 2022
This excursion started off a bit wonky. The driver of our initial bus hit a car as we were departing one of our pickup places and I believe we lost about 45 minutes to an hour of time. This meant not arriving to see the sights at Chichen Itza as the sun was rising/ or rather as early as was promised. Once the excursion was back on trach, however, it went fairly smoothly. Our new driver, Alfredo kept us safe. Our guide, Frank was fantastic. He was full of information about Mayan culture that was not taught in schools and that was refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed his knowledge. The buffet lunch was great, but I got full fairly fast, so couldn’t eat as much as I wanted to. But I will say, the fish was so tasty! And the tequila tasting was located in the same vicinity as the cenote, so you could do your tasting before or after, but it's recommended to do so before the cenote. Also... the tequila is amazing! Of note: Bring enough money to support at least 1 or two of the vendors at the many locations we go to. NO need to buy anything extravagant. Just be prepared to pour back into the economy a bit since tourism tends to be how many of the people make their money. Also, have a currency converter app downloaded on your mobile device, just in case you need to check the prices of things. There were times when vendors tried to overcharge me just because I am an American and I was able to say “That is overpriced.” Basically, be prepared to haggle… Overall, even with time lost, a good time.
star-4
Excellent tour guides but hidden charges
Kirstie_B
, May 2022
Brilliant trip and the tour guides were so knowledgeable. Only downside was all of the extra costs that are not made clear before booking. It's an extra 31 dollars EACH to enter Chichen itza. Plus there's a rental charge for lifejackets at the cenote, something you cannot swim without
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent!
luz_A
, May 2022
Chichén Itza was amazing ! Loved it! Our English tour guide Alejandro was awesome and very knowledgeable!
star-5
Fascinating sound discovery
Ania_H
, May 2022
Excellent day. Marco, our guide was professional. We have learned a lot . Energy sounds in Itza will amaze you . Thank you Amigos Travel. Ps.Lunch pork tacos highly recommended.
star-5
Awesome experience
Jiaqian_L
, May 2022
Awesome experience overall, despite the bus situation in the morning. Our tour guide Frank was awesome, he knows and used both English and Spanish during the bus ride to explain everything that we need to know about the trip. We also learned the real Maya histories from him and get to experience a little bit of Maya cultural during one of the stops. Chichen Itza was wonderful, we get to learn the history and background of the ancient Maya and the building itself. 10/10 recommend! Worth the money and time
star-5
Great Value. 3 trips in one.
Delynn_B
, May 2022
The tour guide, Enrique, was amazing. So knowledgeable about the cities and cultures. This was a great was to start of our trip to Tulum.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Amig@ We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience. Thank you very much for letting us know. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-1
Do not book Amigo Tours. Trust the bad reviews
dentist363
, May 2022
Had a total shocker when the tour operator didn't turn up. An early start with a 2 Yr old and 4 year old was not easy. Waiting for our 5.45 am pick up. No one came! Complete waste of time, effort and money. Claiming they turned up, lies. Our hotel tried calling them multiple times and confirm the no show. They then said Amigo Tours are known for being late or not turning up. Beware! I'd book through the hotel next time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Amig@ We are very sorry for this experience, we have tried to identify your reservation, but your Tripadvisor user ID does not allow us to locate it for better attention. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Good tour guide but timing needs to be managed as stated
Priya_S
, May 2022
The tour guide( Rodrigo) at chichen itza was wonderful and knowledgeable. The timing was bit awkward, tour says early access to chichen itza and buffet lunch. However, buffet was served in morning 10 and visited chichen itza at 2 pm.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Amig@ Thank you for being part of this experience. Thank you for your comments. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-3
Food was not that great,...
nixon_n
, Apr 2022
Food was not that great, but that was expected, the tour guide talked to much, but the cenote was awesome
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Amig@ Thank you for your comments and observations. They help us to keep improving. We look forward to serving you again soon. Dulce, Amigo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent
Harry_B
, Apr 2022
Great day out, tour guide Daniel was clearly passionate which made the day fun and interesting which was great as we wanted to learn about the Maya culture, very friendly and overall a fun day
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Amig@ Thank you very much let us know your comments, and encouraging us to continue providing extraordinary experiences. Dulce, Amigo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best tour ever
Sergio_A
, Apr 2022
We love the Maya History, the guide tour was amaizing, we enjoy the hospitality fron the Maya people.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Amig@ We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience, we hope to be at your service again on your next trip. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-4
Beyond my expectations
Marissa_D
, Apr 2022
We were a bit skeptical before the tour as we were contacted with defaulted messages saying we needed to pay more when we already paid for certain amenities. Amigo Tours assured us we didn’t need to pay anymore, only that we upgraded to a longer session at Chichen Itza. Marcos was amazing with translating everything he was saying in English and Spanish. He talked pretty fast, so just keep that in mind and know you can always ask the person next to you for clarification once he’s done talking. He was so good about preparing us for each destination, and giving us an overview of what to expect and how much time we had at each site. Efrain, the driver was great and I didn’t feel any whiplash throughout the whole day. I felt safe and comfortable enough to close my eyes and nap. Rodrigo was our tour guide at Chichen Itza and his guidance was beyond amazing. I felt he had the insider scoop on literally everything. More than once, I saw people from other groups look at us because Rodrigo showing and telling was so captivating. He was so patient with everyone, and giving us the best photo with the pyramid in the back group. 10/10 would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Amig@ We love to know that you had a 10/10 experience, thank you for your trust and for letting us know your opinion. Dulce, Amigo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Adventure is out There!
Michelle_S
, Apr 2022
Vincente P was amazing! His knowledge and relationships with the other sites and vendors was superior! More cenote time! Lol! Chichen Itza and the history! Vinny is an excellent teacher! Take your time this is all day but worth it! Sunblock,shade,hat,cover necessary at CI 🌄
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Amig@ We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience. Thank you very much for letting us know. Dulce, Amigo Tours
star-5
Great day experience
Lisa_S
, Mar 2022
My husband and I had a great time on our excursion. Our group leader, Samuel, and our driver, Manuel, were professional, personable, and led the group with expertise. Samuel was amazing when it came to switching from English to Spanish in order to accommodate everyone in the group. The trip had a great combination of shopping, sight seeing, historical teaching, lunch, and of course, Tequila tasting. It was a great day.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Amig@ We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience. Thank you very much for letting us know. Dulce, Amigo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Lots of fun!
Stephanie_R
, Mar 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Vicente knew his stuff and shared a lot of history of they Mayan culture with us. It was a lot of fun and we got to do all the activities mentioned!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Amig@ Excellent comment, thank you very much for letting us know your point of view and your experience. It has been a pleasure to serve you. Dulce, Amigo Tours

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