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Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch

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Cancún, Mexico
Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote before a certified guide leads you through the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, considered the most important archaeological zone of the Yucatán. Visit the ball court, El Castillo (the Castle), Pyramid of Kukulkan, and Temple of the Warriors. Then, indulge in a buffet lunch of regional dishes. Your Chichen Itza day trip includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.
  • Explore the observatory, a sacred cenote, the ball court, and the castle
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its fascinating temples
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Cancun hotels

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cool off at a cenote on the way to Chichen Itza, where you explore with a guide and independently.
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Certified bilingual guide
Visit to Colonial Valladolid
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Visit to a sacred cenote (Hacienda Selva Maya)
Buffet meal (drinks not included)
2 Water Bottles during the tour.
Wet refreshing wipes.
Gratuities
State Tax applies Per Access of $286 MXP or its equivalent in USD
Life jackets at cenote ( 3 dollars)

Departure Point

Mar Caribe, Kukulcan Boulevard, 500, Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

For this meeting point, the appointment is at 07:00 AM, at the door of the Oxxo minisuper. Remember to be 15 minutes before.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Av Tulum 4, capilla ecumenica, 4, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

For this meeting point, the appointment is at 07:00 AM. Remember to be 15 minutes before.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

SM 4-A Mz 1, Av. Sayil 07-Lt 4C, Centro, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

For this meeting point, the appointment is at 07:10 AM. Remember to be 15 minutes before.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Blvd. Kukulcan 7500, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

For this meeting point, the appointment is at 07:30 AM. Remember to be 15 minutes before.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Av Tulum Y Nichupte Supermanzana 11 M2 L3, 11, 77504 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

For this meeting point, the appointment is at 07:10 AM. Remember to be 15 minutes before.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Av Tulum Mza. 14-Lote 2, 4, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

For this meeting point, the appointment is at 07:00 AM. Remember to be 15 minutes before.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
From your hotel in Cancun, you’re picked up in the morning for the drive to Chichen Itza, considered the most important archaeological zone in the Yucatán.

Start your tour of significant locations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the ball court, el Castillo (the Castle), the Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors. Learn from your certified guide why the extraordinary architectural beauty and geographical location have led to Chichen Itza's designation as one of the New7Wonders of the World.

Then, stop to explore the natural wonders of a nearby cenote. Play in the deep, aquamarine waters of an underground swimming hole formed from a collapsed limestone cavern.

Head to a local restaurant for a buffet lunch of fresh salads, soups, rice, meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and other regional fare (drinks at own expense). 

Stop in the “magic town” of Valladolid on the way back to Cancun for a brief tour of its town center.

Your Chichen Itza full-day tour ends with return transport to your Cancun hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
In our first stop you will meet Chichen Itza, one of the seven Wonders of the World, contemplate The Castle, the majestic pyramid of the feathered serpent Kukulkàn. Our certified guides will give you a 45-minute tour where you will discover the meaning of its symbols and learn about the mysteries hidden by its incredible architectural decoration. We will be the first at the site avoiding crowds and the heat. A tour that you can not miss with the excellent service that defines us.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Cenote Saamal
You will awaken all your senses by immersing yourself in the pure and refreshing water of the spectacular semi-open cenote San Lorenzo Oxman, that has impressive turquoise tones, this cenote was considered sacred by the Mayans.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kaua
We will take you to the lunch time where you will taste regional food such as cochinita pibil tacos, Poc Chuc, Tacos al Pastor, chayitas, etc. Enjoy our salad bar and our different options for infants.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Valladolid
One of the oldest cities that has Yucatan and called "Magic Town" was founded in 1543 and has a population of approximately 49 000 inhabitants. In this beautiful and picturesque center, you can marvel at its beautiful church of San Gervasio. But an incredible point of this part of the tour are the flavors of the traditional ice creams and the delicious "Marquesitas" which is a Yucatecan dessert very similar to a crepe.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children ages 3 years and under are free, but their seats are subject to availability. They may have to ride on their parents' laps if seats are not available
  • Comfortable lightweight clothing
  • Good walking shoes or sneakers
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sun block
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Extra change of clothing
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cancun Vacation Experts
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch?
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 Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch?
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 Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch.

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  • "A long day, so make sure to bring a bunch of water." See review
  • "Water was supposed to be included but day of only the "deluxe" package got bottled water so make sure to check!" See review

Reviews

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1,440 Reviews

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star-5
A day out to remember
Steven_B
, Jan 2022
We had a great day, our tour guide Pastor was incredible, spoke both Spanish and English very well. It’s a long day but a day you will not forget. Chichen Itza is an amazing site and Pastor is very knowledgeable on the subject, no matter what questions are asked, he had all the answers. The swim in the cenote was refreshing after a hot day in the sun, my only complaint is, I would of preferred a little extra time there but the day is already long enough. All in all it was a great day and the whole family loved it so it’s 5 stars from us
star-5
Great experience
Yuhong_W
, Dec 2021
Great guide and experience, we went to a lot of attractions and each of them are arranged well. Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time, we appreciate it!
star-5
A Highlight of Cancun
Sunanda_M
, Dec 2021
Juan was a phenomenal guide all day long. He started the day with a thorough itinerary and review of rules for the trip. Throughout the day he peppered his information with memorable jokes and sincere details on his connection with Mayan culture so we all understood the gravity of embarking on Mayan territory. Highly recommend this tour- it's comprehensive (Chichen Itza, authentic Mayan lunch buffet, Vallodidad and an awesome cenote!) and it's a great way to immerse yourself in Mayan culture.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour guide and experience!
Kassidy_G
, Dec 2021
This was one of the best tours! And we did a LOT! The tour guide was amazing and I wish I remembered his name, we lost something very important at the cenote and he was so helpful and really made me feel better, he was very informative about the ruins and just a good guy. We went to chichen itza first, then ate at the buffet they offered, then finished swimming in a beautiful cenote. I recommend bringing snacks for the ride home at the end. Bus ride is kind of long.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write, tips will help others. We are always doing our best for customers to enjoy and create the best experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Long but worth it
Tara_S
, Nov 2021
We started our day being picked up at 7:15am from our hotel at the end of the hotel zone. Our bus for the day was very nice, and it had a restroom and overhead storage, comfy seats (less leg room than an airplane though). After picking up all the other passengers we set out for our first stop, a Mayan community. This is where we had our buffet lunch and did a little shopping for souvenirs (jewelry, obsidian, wood carvings, etc). After about an hour here we set off for Chichen Itza. We spent two hours here, 1 with our extremely knowledgeable tour guide, Juan, then about an hour on our own before getting back on the bus. Next we went to the cenote. They had areas where you could change into your swimsuit and rent a locker for your belongings. Renting a life jacket is mandatory if you want to swim in the cenote. It cost $6 USD to rent 2 life jackets and 1 locker. You can jump into the cenote from a platform or walk in on some steps. The water was not as cold as I expected. We swam around and took photos for about half an hour then got changed and back to the bus. Last we headed to the city of Vallolidad. We had a very short time here (we arrived after dark, mostly because we were running behind because of people on our bus being late for meeting times), we walked to a food court just down the road and ordered some authentic Mexican fast food. My boyfriend ordered tacos, asked for one chicken and one carne asada, and ended up with one box of each taco with 4 inside! For $8 USD! Very delicious but we had to ask for spicy sauce. I had “nachos” which didn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen but tasted good. We got back on the bus and settled in for the long ride back to Cancun. The travel time from Cancun to Chichen Itza is about 3 hours, it’s far, very far. Overall, we knew we signed up for an all day (12+ hours) excursion so we knew to be patient. The whole experience was well worth it for the price we paid ($110 USD) we had the CHICHEN Itza Premeir package which included: all entry fees, transportation, bagged breakfast on the bus, buffet lunch, water bottles, beer & soda. We arrived back at our hotel at 10:00pm. All in all it was a great day!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect Vacation
Ethan_P
, Nov 2021
The tour was absolutely amazing! The operators are fantastic, fun, and very knowledgeable. We felt safe the entire time and were given good information throughout the experience.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for the great review! We’re so happy you loved your experience and can’t wait to have you back ,Until then, we’re here if you need anything.
star-2
Rushed
Justin_G
, Oct 2021
Overall, visiting Chichén Itzá was a nice experience but an issue we had is that a lot of time was spent at the first stop (buffet) in order to try to sell us way over priced stuff however our guide told us not to buy anything nor gave us time at the actual Chichén Itzá site and went as far as telling the group that everything there was fake. Very rushed, also rushed at villatolid.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for sharing your opinion we are working hard on the improvement of the experience, the timing on each stop, reducing shop, and staying more time at Chichen Itza.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Oliver_M
, Oct 2021
This was an amazing experience. Lots of fun and info. The guides were so funny and considerate, never missed to accommodate for one's needs.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Oliver, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are really happy that your interaction with our staff so positive. As you can see, the opinions of our clients help us to provide better experiences and grow as a company. Regards,
star-5
All of the history that...
AuroraRamirez
, Sep 2021
All of the history that was shared with us. The guides were knowledgeable and very pleasant. Will do again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Long tour but great service
Liz_T
, Aug 2021
Our tour guide, Thomas and driver, Luis, were informative and great with being bilingual. Thomas made sure we hit all the places that was part of the package and made sure we made it into the bus after each stop. I felt a bit rushed during the cenote (only 1 hour). The cenote was a bit crowded as other tour buses made a stop there. We also had only 30 min at the city of Volladoid. I had to pay $50 USD for taxes extra that was not stated on the website so be prepared with extra cash for tax and tip. The entire tour lasted about 14 hours.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Liz, thanks for your review. We would love to hear more about your experience, so that we can use your valuable feedback to deliver an even better experience next time. Please reach out to reservation@cancunvacationsexperts.com with any further comments or suggestions you wish to share. Again, thank you for taking the time to review our business!

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