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Chichen Itza Tour from Cozumel
Technically Chichen Itza is not in the Riviera Maya, rather it's in the state of Yucatan between Playa del Carmen and Merida. It's a fabulous tour, a very long day, but very worth it
If you are staying in Cozumel we have an option for you that would require you to wake up a little bit earlier and cross over to Playa del Carmen by means of the ferry. Our meeting point is at the end of the pier outside Sr Frogs where someone will be waiting for you to take you to the waiting transportation
During your search to explore the beauty of the Riviera Maya / Cozumel, one of the best options is this excursion to Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza was once one of the largest cities in the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza was inhabited for nearly 1000 years before its decline. The name Chichen Itza means "At the mouth of the well of Itzaes". This site is one of the most visited in all of Mexico
The Kukulcan pyramid was recently named one of the 7 wonders of the world. After visiting you will certainly be able to see why. There is one thing to see the pyramid in photos, but quite another to see it in person. I highly recommend this excursion, the memories will last a lifetime
Transportation will be provided, and waiting for you. The trip will take us approximately 2 hours depending on how many pickups are necessary. We have knowledge of the area, and will try to make it as quick and practical as possible
Our guides are here to enhance your experience and provide information and history of the area. Take advantage of their knowledge. Feel free to ask all the questions you have
I can't express how much fun you will have during this excursion to chichen itza from Cozumel not only in terms of history and knowledge of our guides, but the awesome things you will see, you will be able to experience applauding in front of the pyramid to hear the great acoustics. Guides will explain the hieroglyphs on the stones of the ball court and show you where / how humans sacrifices were performed
I would have neve known that the Kukulcan pyramid was built according to the cycles of the planets and the moon, or even that the number of steps on the pyramid had any importance without the information provided by the knowledgeable guide
After a day in the sun visiting Chichen Itza we will have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cenotes in the region. Entrances fees into the cenote are included in this excursion. Swimming in a cenote in Mexico is a once in a lifetime experience. The cenote is beautiful and the water is extremely refreshing. We will stop here for about an hour to relax and cool off. This area is full o natural beauty and will be an impressive experience
Some advice, the water is cold, nothing like the warm waters of the ocean. There is a depth of approximately 150 feet. This is a freshwater cenote, so you will be constantly treading water while in the cenote. If you are not a great swimmer, there are lifejackets rentals available. Depending on the season the area can get crowded especially on the platform and stairs
The water is refreshing. Lots of fun. A must visit place.
After all of the physical efforts of the day, we will stop fo lunch. The food here is delicious, there are many selections provided in this buffet (pork, chicken, rice etc.) the price of the buffet is included in the price of your tour to chichen itza from Cozumel but does not include drinks (including water)
It's worth it
This is a whole day trip approximately 12-13 hours long, but it's fascinating. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in history and learning about the mayan culture
If you have had a chance to explore other archeological sites without a guide you will realize that having a knowledgeable guide is really the best option. You will enjoy hearing the history and traditions of the mayan people who live here. To see the incredible ruins that were built thousands of years ago, that have stood the test of time and still stand for us to enjoy
This is truly one of the 7 wonders of the world, and a tribute to mayan creativity and ingenuity. An experience not to be missed!. In addition to swimming in the cenote after a long and hot day, is a nice and refreshing way to conclude this tour to chichen itza from Cozumel
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If you are in Cozumel the meeting place is outside Sr FROGS (Playa del Carmen) at 07:50 am
Only if you are staying in Cozumel the meeting point is outside of Sr Frogs at 07:50 am. This means that you will need to take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen at 06:50 am
At the end of the pier is where Sr FROGS is located, there will be a representative of www.chichen-itzatours.com waiting for you, they will then take you to the waiting transportation. It is important to be on time. Remember we have a 260 kilometer drive from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza. We need to leave as early as possible to make the most of the day
However there are exceptions such as if you are with a large group. Any questions please send an email and we will find a way to solve any problems
If you have any doubts about the location of your hotel, just ask and we will advise you
- Meeting time is outside Sr Frogs at the end of the Playa del Carmen pier.
- If you have doubts about the location of the meeting point, don't worry, contact us and we will advise you
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Many people who contact us ask. If there are any other charges or surprise fees. We at Chichen Itza Tours try to be as detailed as possible with our explanations so that there are no surprises. This way we can guarantee exactly what's included and what is not. We try to include almost everything so that you have an enjoyable tour without worries. However it is highly recommended to bring cash for things that may arise
- Round trip transportation
- Professional Driver
- Buffet Lunch (Drinks not included)
- Entrance to Cenote
- Free time in Cenote (Swimming)
- Entrances and taxes to Chichen Itza
- Free time in Chichen Itza (photos)
- Certified guide inside Chichen Itza
- Early departures to make the most of the day
- Visit to the colonial city of Valladolid
There are certain things that are not included please check this list
Throughout the tour, there will be people trying to sell you things as in any part of the world while in tourist locations. Our clients are not obliged to buy anything. Here is a list of things that are not included. Please note that this can vary from person to person. It is not intended to be detailed, rather a general idea. If it is not on the list, it's not included
- Transportation to Playa del Carmen
- Drinks at the buffet
- Lifevest and lickers at the cenote
- Water and drinks on the bus
- At the entrance if you have a very sophisticated camera or tripod there is an additional cost
- Again if it's not in the included tab, it is not included
What To Bring
To fully enjoy the excursion, here are a few recommendations and some of the most important things to bring
The heat in the Yucatan jungle during the summer months is intense, bringing sunscreen, caps, sunglasses etc. It is practically obligatory so that you are comfortable and can fully enjoy the excursion
Each person is different, some have more tolerance to the heat than others. If you have any kind of medical issues and need special medicine it is your responsibility to bring it with you. If you are bringing small children it is recommended to bing a small stroller with umbrella so that the child is comfortable and you are not having to carry them throughout the tour
The main function of this list is to give you a general idea of the things you might need, things we consider essential. However, it is your decision whether to bring some things or not. In the same way it is important to mention that if you are under any medical care please bring all medications necessary. If you are under any special diet please bring foods for the trip, remember this is an all day excursion. Please do not take anything for granted any questions we are here to help you.
- Cell phone 100% charged
- Dry Towels
- Swimsuit and a change of clothes
- Comfortable clothes, we do not recommend dark colors
- Comfortable footwear
- Hats, caps, umbrellas (the bigger the better)
- Bug spray
- Food / snacks for the road
- blanket in case that van is too cold
- Sleeping collar
- Book or travel games for the ride
- Small backpack or bag to store your things
- Patience and a good attitude
You can pay as you like
We have all possible forms of payments, you can pay in the way that suits you best. We always prefer cash but if you don't have enough we have other options on the table
- Bank deposit
- Electronic transfer
- Credit Card Payment (with a 5% extra charge)
- If you don't feel confident, you can pay in cash when we pick you up. You can pay once you see the vehicle and the guide, and confirm that this is real (Cash Only) **Conditions apply**
The order of the stops may vary, but this does not affect the tour
Please note: based on our experience, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the excursion, i.e. If we see that it's raining upon our arrival to Chichen, we may go first to the Cenote, then lunch and, finally, to Chichen, once the rain has stopped. You will spend the same hours at the same places, only backwards. This decision is based on operation purposes, logistics, comfort and the places to visit.
Please note: All times published on this site are estimated, and we will make our best effort to comply with them, however, there are factors that are beyond our control that could prevent us from meeting the schedule, like flat tires, mechanical problems, rallies, etc. We will do all we can to be on schedule, however this information is for illustrative purposes only.
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2.- Many people ask us "how many hours does the tour last?", the answer is 12 hours, at least. It is completely worth it. The answer is always the same, YES, because you will visit a place you will never forget.
Chichen Itza is one of the new wonders of the modern world for a reason. It is incredible. If you were in Peru, the first place that would come to your mind would be Machu Picchu, and if you were in China, it would be the Great Wall, because these are iconic places that you can't stop visiting when you are there. So, if you travel to the Yucatan Peninsula, visiting Chichen Itza is a must.
Please check this route out, and if for some reason you have a different idea for your visit to Chichen Itza please share it with us, we have all the possible combinations, for example: “I want to spend more time at Chichen”. We have Private Chichen and Chichen Express. “I don't want to go with a lot of people”. We have Chichen for Small Groups. “I want to arrive early”. We leave for Chichen very early, this means we have all possible options to visit this great place covered . You can call, email or message us. Find us on Facebook, we are here to serve you.
We pick you up OUTSIDE SEÑOR FROGS
If you are staying in Cozumel the meeting place is outside Señor Frogs Playa del Carmen at 07:50 am
Courtesy stop TO USE THE RESTROOMS AND STRETCH YOUR LEGS
We have everything planned in advance and we always try to think ahead to help make your day perfect. We make stops so people can use the restrooms, stretch their legs and have breakfast (not included). We also take this time so people who need to pay with credit cards can do so, and to give change to people who are paying in cash.
Swim in the spectacular Cenote
After suffering the heat of Chichen Itza, there is nothing more comforting than taking a dip in a natural beauty. It is one of most beautiful cenotes in the region. It is a beautiful cenote with vertical walls. Don't forget your swimsuit and beach towel. We will spend approximately one hour in the cenote.
The taste of our land BUFFET STYLE FOOD
Yucatecan cuisine is one of the most delicious of Mexico. Try the cochinita pibil, panuchos and salbutes. Don't worry, we have options for all tastes, like chicken, fish, fruit, salads, spaghetti, beans, rice, etc. Please note: food is included in the price, however, drinks are not included and they have to be paid for in cash.
Arrival to Chichen Itza
We will go directly to the place you have been waiting for, Chichen Itza in all its glory and majesty. It includes access to the archaeological site, a guided tour with a certified guide who will explain the importance of the mayan civilization, to help you see more than just ruins. The visit to Chichen Itza is about 2 hours long. Trust me, it's enough time to take 1000 photos and explore the most important parts of the site. If you want to spend more time at Chichen, we have the perfect excursion for you. Please send us an email, our operators are waiting for your call.
Visit THE MAGIC TOWN OF VALLADOLID
Seeing the descendants of the Mayan sell their crafts and the way in which they interact in their everyday life, it really is a spectacular scene. Valladolid is a magical town in the southeast of Mexico, it has a very beautiful colonial church and a picturesque park. Don't miss the chance to try the delicious marquesitas.
Return to PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Now, back to Playa del Carmen without intermediate stops. This is a good time to rest, reflect on your ideas, look at your photos and, more importantly, savor a wonderful day of your vacation.
Arrival to PLAYA DEL CARMEN
The arrival time at your hotel is between 08:00 and 09:00 pm in the area of Playa del Carmen
The estimated time of the ferry back to Cozumel is at 09:00 or 10:00 pm
There is some restrictions
Unfortunately there are certain restrictions for security reasons
- This excursion is not recommended for people with circulatory problems as this is a 2-3 hour trip
- It is very important to be on time, because waiting for someone who is late can result in a long delay that would affect the rest of the passengers.
- This excursion is not recommended for people in wheelchairs due to the conditions of the site (you’ll find slopes, tree roots and gravel)
- You must know how to swim in order to enter the cenote (If you don't know how to swim, we recommend wearing a life-jacket)
- This tour is not recommended for small children
- It is important to be well physically and emotionally
- People under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian
- You must be able to walk short distances
- It is strictly forbidden to climb the ruins at Chichen Itza (due to conservation purposes)
- Drones and tripods are not allowed at the archaeological site. For more information, send us an email.
We only ask you, if you are not going to attend, let us know as soon as possible to avoid wasting time and money.
We know that there are things that we cannot control such as illness, tiredness, changes of mood, etc. We are aware and we understand
We only strongly ask you that if for any reason (whatever this is) you are not going to attend this excursion, let us know as soon as possible, to avoid losing time and money
Important: If it is a private reservation, the following conditions apply
- No penalty until 24 hours before
- Cancellation fee of 50% if you cancel 12 hours before.
- No-Show cancellation fee of 100%
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"We did it as an all day trip from Cozumel spending 2 hours there. It is a must visit site for anyone who has an interest in pre-Colombian America."
"Visited the ruins for about 2 hours during our excursion from Cozumel. It was a lengthy journey, 35 minutes ferry to Playa del Carmen, then 2 hour bus ride. However it was totally worth it! Having a very knowledgeable guide to prepare everyone on the trip out there also helped quite a bit."
"Our family of four adults ferry'd over from Cozumel for a day off from diving to explore Mayan culture. We couldn't have picked a better guide Jorge, his driver Javier was fantastic as well. They picked us up at the Playa ferry terminal by Senior Frogs, we picked up a few more folks nearby and off to Chichen. From the coast it is close to a 2 hour drive. Most folks slept as it was an early morning for us all. bring a hat, sunscreen and something to cover up with. Even the folks going for a tan were cooking after 1/2 an hour. You walk alot so comfortable shoes (no spike heels, all grass). Also super important, Our guide got a chance to show us the pyramid in the beautiful sun, take lots of pictures and explain the amazing, brilliant Mayan culture, math and calendars to us with almost no one else there. We enjoyed the sports field, and the other temples nearby. Then, just as we were taking final pictures and leaving, a mass of buses pulled up, tons of people, all with brightly colored tour unbrellas sure to ruin any great photo, were upon us. TIME TO LEAVE! but we enjoyed every moment"
"a coach from Playa de Carmen to visit Chichen Itza, which approximately took two hours to reach this site. Please keep atleast 90 minutes to 120 minutes to appreciate this beautiful site. Our guide was very efficient and has booked the tickets for us in advance and has given a good sense of this historical site during our journey to this place. We visited this place in August and please be prepared to explore this site in scorching sun. The main attraction of this site is the Mayan Pyramid -temple of kukulkan. Apart from this magnificent structure, there are temple of warriors, the ball game court , the thousand pillar market etc. Some of the ancient sites are still being restored to ancient glory."
"Chichen Itza is an amazing place. I have been to many ancient sites in Mexico and Central America, and Chichen Itza is one of the most unique and awe inspiring. El Castillo, the iconic step pyramid that comes to mind when most people think of Chichen Itza is an ancient wonder and a monument to how truly intelligent the ancient Maya were. The pyramid acted as a type of calendar much like Stonehenge. It has four sides each with 91 steps. If you count the the roof of the temple atop the pyramid as a final or last step, 91+91+91+91+1=365, obviously the number of days in the year. On the north side of the pyramid, there are large serpent heads on each side of the stairway. During the spring and fall equinoxes, the shadows from the pyramid steps descend down the sides of the stairway to the serpents' heads making it look as if there is a live undulating snake. Another curiosity about the pyramid is that if you stand in front of any of the staircases and clap, the echo comes back as a squawking sound much like a bird. The pyramid was built to honor the Mayan god, Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god who was related or connected to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. The squawking echo almost certainly was purposefully designed to honor the feathered serpent. El Castillo is just one of the wonders that Chichen Itza holds. There is also a large ball court and a astronomical observatory that are well worth seeing. The archaeological site itself is quite large and you will probably need at least three hours if you want to see everything. The site is also very popular, so if you want to beat the crowds, you should show up early. If you are at all interested in Mayan history and culture, I would strongly recommend hiring a private guide, it is well worth it. Also, take some money to buy souvenirs and food. There are a lot vendors selling t-shirts, sculptures, masks, and many other trinkets as well as a restaurant on site. If you buy a souvenir, don't be afraid to bargain-never pay the asking price, the vendors will always come down if you bargain with them. Unfortunately, because of vandalism and safety issues, you can no longer climb the pyramid, a huge disappointment for me. Still, all in all, Chichen Itza is a must see if you are visiting Cancan or Cozumel. You will not be sorry you visited this ancient site."
"I have been wanting to visit Chichen Itza for many years. Our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel for the day. We were going to fly to Chichen Itza but they planes were not flying. So we took the long bus ride. I know it was long and you only get 1.5hr at the site, but what a experience. The sheer scale of the buildings can only be experienced first hand. Think new world Egypt. The craftsman ship is outstanding. I was ah struck. Best 6 hour commute for 1.5 hours of amazing ever."
"This is a must-visit place if you are into historical and unique places. Our guides were great, both had excellent knowledge of Maya culture and history, and were able to communicate this in an interesting way. The buildings are full of details, and to know the story behind some of the details makes the visit special. I would not visit on my own without knowing a bit of history and what it is you get to see. Know that it is hot and humid there, so dress accordingly. Ours was a full-day trip with a long boat and busride from Cozumel, but worth it even if we just had two hours at the site. Note that you have to pay a fee to use a go-pro camera, but not to film using your photo or mobile camera."