As one of the seven wonders of the world, Chichen-itza is one of the most magical and historical places in all of Mexico to visit. Located in the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula – here are 4 tours to guide your exploration around this sacred land.
Pronounced “chee-chehn eet-sah”, Chichén Itzá is a massive Mayan city that was an absolute powerhouse during its prime from around 600 AD to about 1200 AD. It was inhabited by Ancient Mayan people, whos descendants still live in this part of Mexico.
Chichén Itzá’s name translates to “mouth of the well of the Itza”, Itza translates to “enchanter of the waters” – which totally makes sense and aligns with all the nearby cenotes and underwater rivers that helped make the Yucatán Peninsula not only famous, but one of the most enchanting places in the world. Chichén Itzá was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Even though it is an easy place to visit and you don’t need a guide and a tour, for a place like this sometimes it’s nice to have someone take care of all the heavy work, make sure you get the most out of your experience and teach you all the history behind it. Here are a couple tours and tour guides loved by travelers.
Experience hosted by Jose Eduardo
This 5-start Airbnb host is well loved for his in depth knowledge, positive attitude and overall thoughtfulness throughout the experience. He likes to beat the heat, beat the crowds and give the best local recommendations for food. Small groups of no more than 8 on the tour at a time.
*Note: This tour is over 12 hours due to drive time, please bring any necessary medications or anything you might require
Tour length: 13.5 hours including drive time
Price: From $143 USD
Included: Transportation, entrance fees and refreshments
All-inclusive Chichén Itzá by Amigo Tours
This all-inclusive tour hosted by Amigo Tours has over 1,000 positive ratings on TripAdvisor, and for good reason. Not only do you get an in depth guided tour but you also get to indulge in tequila tasting, swimming in a cenote, eating an epic buffet and experiencing Valladolid.
*Note: Admission fee’s and visitors tax not included in cost, contact host for the ‘deluxe’ option.
Tour length: 12 hours
Price: From $28 USD
Included: Professional guide, buffet lunch, tequila tasting, hotel pick-up, cenote admission, etc.
Chichén Itzá, the pink lagoon & pink flamingos
Ancient ruins, pink waters & flamingos – oh my! This tour is bound to bring out your curious side as you witness the wonder of Chichén Itzá and then get to experience the magic of the pink lagoon as well as make friends with the pink flamingos.
*Note: Not wheelchair accessible & Admission fees not included
Tour length: 8 hours
Price: From $94 USD
Included: Bottled water, air-conditioned transportation, licensed guide and biosphere reserve fee to observe pink flamingos in their natural habitat
Experience hosted by Kaeru Andrea
These certified guides have been living in the area for almost two decades and with over 180 positive reviews on AirBnb, Kaeru and the team have become some of the favorite guides in the area to help you beat the crowds and have an overall unique experience. You will get the chance to explore Chichén Itzá , shop directly from the Mayan vendors at this UNESCO World Heritage site, eat some delicious local cuisine – all while keeping the tour under 8 hours long. This half-day trip wandering around one of the seven wonders of the world is highly recommended.
*Note: Up to 8 people only
Tour length: 7.5 hours
Price: From $145 USD
Included: Includes food, drinks, tickets and transportation
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