Cancun

Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid Tour with Lunch

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Private tour to three most important mayan cities in one day
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  • 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

This full-day tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch—see Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO Site, and have a chance to participate in an ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural importance of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With round-trip hotel transport, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss.
  • Tour of Chichen Itza, Ik-Kil cenote, and Valladolid from Cancun
  • Discover the archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Swim in the tranquil Ik-Kil cenote and visit Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city
  • Participate in a Temazcal ritual led by a real shaman
  • Hear about Maya history and culture from a guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour makes covering these top Yucatan attractions easier (and less expensive) than trying to arrange transportation independently, especially if you're traveling with your family or large groups. Bring a few pesos if you want to rent a locker or life jacket for easy floating at the cenote.

What's Included

  • Pick up & drop-off, transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional certificated bilingual guide
  • Lunch (regional buffet)
  • Guided visit to Chichen-Itza & free time there, visit to the cenote Ik-Kil & free time there
  • All Taxes & Fees, no extra or hidden charges
  • Drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

For guests staying in the Cancun Hotel Zone, which is along Boulevard Kukulcan, please note the following specifics regarding pickup locations. If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort in this zone, pickup will be directly from your hotel lobby. However, for those staying at other types of accommodations in the Cancun Hotel Zone, we also provide a designated meeting point within the zone for your convenience. For guests staying in downtown Cancun, we offer several convenient meeting points. Additionally, there is a meeting point at Puerto Juarez Ultramar for guests staying in Isla Mujeres hotels. Please note that for hotels located between Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro and Moon Palace Cancun, the designated pickup location is Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro. Pickup from all-inclusive hotels in the Riviera Maya, Akumal, and Tulum areas is also included. For guests staying in Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Playacar, and Tulum downtown or hotel zone, we provide several meeting points for your convenience. It is essential to mention your hotel or accommodation details when making your booking. To ensure a smooth experience, please contact the local supplier at least 48 hours before your tour to confirm your pickup time.

What To Expect

After early morning hotel pickup, travel with your guide to Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city also called the Sultaness of the East. Get to know this quiet 16th-century city on a guided tour. Then enjoy a chance to participate in the ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman.

Then, head to the UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza, the city-cradle of ancient Mayans. During this tour, explore the area and gain insight into its top landmarks, including the Kukulkan pyramid, an astronomical observatory, and the ball court. Learn about the dangerous game of pok-ta-pok played by warriors. You’ll also have free time to enjoy Chichen Itza on your own.

Take a break from sightseeing with a swim in Ik-Kil, an underground cenote before ending the tour with drop-off at your Cancun hotel in the evening.

Chichen Itza

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Cenote Ik kil

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Valladolid

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bring towels, sunscreen and sunglasses, bottled water, remember to use biodegradable sunscreen.
  • You may want to bring a light sweater or jacket as it could get cold on the transportation on our way to Chichén Itzá and back.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, flip flops are not recommended for the archaeological site.
  • Don’t bring tripod for your camera, as it is not allowed to get these inside the Mayan Ruins.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • You must contact local supplier at least 24 hours before your product date to confirm your reservation and arrange transportation. Use the contact details on your confirmation/voucher.
  • Please don´t forget to specify your accommodation name and/or address in the booking.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Arthi_r
Our tour guides Carlos and Ricardo were awesome. We learned a lot about history of Mayans and enjoyed the tour of Chichen Itza and swam in the cenote which was a wonderful experience. We didn’t have to wait to pick up the passengers since they had arranged separate transportation for each group to collect in one place that saved a lot of time.

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Be sure to bring sun...
Kasey_P, Apr 2024
Be sure to bring sun protection hats, sunglasses, etc. and wear comfortable shoes. But it's worth every cent.
Awesome time in Mexico.
Ben_M, Apr 2024
Swimming in the cenote was the best part, especially after a hot day in the sin looking at the ruins.
Must Do!
Sandra_P, Mar 2024
Highly recommended. Our Tour guide, Mario was excellent. He was knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share. It's a jammed back day that does not disappoint. Be prepared to be out all day, but so worth it.
Very mid experience
Karen_G, Mar 2024
I really enjoyed most of the sites we went to but there were a few issues I had. 1. They say the day 12 hours which is already longer than I think is needed, but it was actually about 13.5 hours in all. 2. First was the Mayans. The guide (Jesus) had stresses on the bus NOT to buy from the vendors selling their works there that we were going somewhere after that to shop and we’d have much better options. There were so many great booths with handmade crafts, we even watched some stuff being made. I wish I would have bought there. 3. After the Mayans we went for lunch. The lunch was very good but after we ate, we watched a useless instructions on how the food was made and about some stones while we were standing in 95 degree heat. We then were taken into the “great store” and everything was like 4x the cost of what it should have been. Small turtle souvenir was $98. NO ONE from our group (about 75 ppl) bought anything other than snacks. He made us stay ant the store over 30 min. I really believe the guide was getting a kick back because why else would he have stopped us from buying at the Mayans. 4. We went to the cenote which was gorgeous. We were only given 1 hour though to get off the bus, change, get lockers, get life jacket, swim, get back in clothes and back to the bus. I would have liked more time to explore a little. I think the lunch place should have been skipped. Find a place to eat that’s not 25 min away. Spend 30 min at lunch rather than 1.5 hours to eat, hear about food being made and look at an outrageously priced store. Then have that extra time at the cenote and the place after. 4. After the cenote we went to a small outdoor craft town. It was so cute and I would have loved an hour there. He stressed 30 min and the bus will leave. 5. I have been on another tour in Cancun and it was a lot more personal. Smaller group and amazing guides. I have a pic with the guides because I felt like I knew them by the end of the day. This tour does not have that vibe at all.
Experience of a lifetime!
Dev_B, Mar 2024
It was fabulous. Our Tour guide Ricardo and associate Diego did such a great job Right from the very beginning of the two till end. Ricardo is a seasonal one with such a detailed background. He shared The log off his professional work around Mayan history and took us some specific areas.
Great experience
CHANNIE_T, Mar 2024
Our guide, Ricardo, was very knowledgeable and we had such a pleasant experience at Chichen Itza. He gave clear instructions and all three destinations went as planned.
Very interesting and informative.
Jerry_H, Mar 2024
Great guides! Interesting venues. Worth the money..... Don't miss this experience. A great perspective on the Myan people. .
A must to do when you are in Cancun
Marilyn_C, Feb 2024
The ruin of Chichen Itza is a must to see when you are in Cancun Mexico and swimming in Ik Kil Cenote is one in a life time experience. Our only comment is that we cannot understand why we used more than 1 1/2 hrs. to show us how to cook their native food and how to make the ceramic. We understand that they want to sell something but using more than 1 1/2 hrs. for that then giving us only 1 hr. for us to enjoy the swim is unfair. My husband heard that others have the same opinion too. The tour guide is Nice but too much information on the way to the destination is very tiring too. Our tour guide Henry in the ruins is brief and very informative.
A day trip to remember
Zora_M, Feb 2024
Loved the trip to Chichen itza and the site around it. We were impressed with the immersion into the lives of the local people and obsidian artisans in the village where we had lunch.
What a day!!!
Marc_P, Feb 2024
What a fun LONG day!!! They weren’t kidding when they said it would take 12 hours for the entire trip. Half of it was spent driving. Our guide, Diego, was super knowledgeable. Talked quite a bit about the destinations, the history, and his personal experiences, which was great, especially for newcomers like us. Definitely prepare for a long day, bring extra water and cash to use for buying souvenirs and snacks. Ask to have Diego as your guide! DI-E-GO!! :)
Seeing ruins
Barbara_M, Feb 2024
Great agenda for sites. Very well organized and good info on the mayans. Enjoyed enough time at each stop. It is a very long day though.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to know that the organization of the sites and the information provided on the Mayans met your expectations and that you enjoyed the time spent at each stop. We understand that it is indeed a long day, designed to ensure that our guests can fully immerse themselves in the experience without feeling rushed. Your feedback is invaluable, and we'll continue to explore ways to enhance the overall experience while maintaining the depth of exploration our guests appreciate. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you on another adventure soon! Best regards, The OlMar Travel Mexico Team
Highly recommend this tour
catherine_c, Jan 2024
This experience was incredible! Our tour guide, Able, was so informative about the Mayan culture and pyrmaids and had a great sense of humour. The whole day was above anything I had expected. Absolutely loved it! Highly recommend this tour!!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Dear Travelers, Thank you for such a wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that Able's knowledge and humor significantly enhanced your experience, providing you with insights into the Mayan culture and pyramids. It's fantastic to know the day surpassed your expectations and that you loved every moment. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we can't wait to offer you another unforgettable experience in the future. Warm regards, The OlMar Travel Mexico Team
Logistic issues but an amazing time nonetheless
Guimy_d, Dec 2023
Logistics around this tour were confusing: it said I could get a hotel pick-up and let me select my hotel, but then I received an email informing me of a meeting point. Turns out the hotel pick-ups are only for the bigger resort on the highway, and this was not made clear at all. All the small prints seem to be contradictory. Then be aware that the timings are not realistic at all if you are getting on the bus as first passengers. It’s more like 14h/15h rather than 12h. I’d asked confirmation beforehand and I wish the adviser I spoke to had been clearer/more honest about that. NOW though, our tour guide Angel made up for all of this 300%!! He was so passionate and a really warm guy, super interesting and engaged with the group. You could tell that he really cared about our experience and wanted to show us a good time. The information he gave us was great and his knowledge was exceptional. Angel made such a difference and I really enjoyed my day thanks to him. So all in all, once you are aware of the slight logistics issues, it is still well worth it, and top marks for Angel :)
Perfecto was outstanding, could speak English very well. My wife fell in love with him.
Richard_K, Dec 2023
The pyramid with the 365 steps and what they all mean amazing calendar Perfecto explained about how all the other buildings work and their purpose, and how the snake was very important to them
Highly recommend!
Edmond_H, Dec 2023
Loved the tour! Maurizio was a great guide! Super knowledgeable and a true Mayan. So many great parts of the trip. I highly recommend! Everyone loved it on the tour. Very comfortable bus. Excellent local Mayan cuisine.
A great Honeymoon trip
Colin_M, Oct 2023
The guides were amazing and very knowledgeable. They were very professional as well. It was a very nice cultural experience. It was very hot though!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Colin, Thank you for your feedback! We're delighted to hear that you found our guides knowledgeable and professional. We strive to offer an authentic cultural experience for our visitors. We understand the weather can be quite warm at times, and we appreciate your understanding. Safe travels! ☀️🌿 Best regards, The OlMar Travel Mexico Team
informative courteous...
Tarun_S, Sep 2023
informative courteous guide able, ramon and blanco and safe driver santiago. well information provided
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Dear Traveler, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We're delighted to hear that you had a positive experience with our team. Your kind words motivate us to continue providing top-notch service to all our guests. We hope to welcome you back on another adventure soon! Warmest regards, The OlMar Travel Mexico Team
Drink Water
Shane_N, Sep 2023
The most memorable moments were seeing Chichen Itza and swimming in the Ik Kil Cenote. It was hot outside, and we moved quickly as a group. The tour guide did his best to keep everyone together, although it may have worked out better to give everyone a meeting time at a specific location so people could move around the sites at their own pace. At Chichen Itza, we were given 15-20 minutes of free time; ten minutes later our guide and group had disappeared. The confusion coupled with the heat elevated emotions and created unnecessary stress. Additionally, we did not make it back to our hotel until after 10 p.m., which added to the stress because we were flying out early the next morning. Ultimately, adhering to a more accurate agenda and giving people the option to either move with the group or meet at a specific time and place would have made a long day more enjoyable
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Dear Traveler, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed Chichen Itza and the Ik Kil Cenote, two of our favorite spots! We genuinely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the group's movement and timing. Your feedback is invaluable, and we'll definitely consider implementing a meeting time system for free exploration and ensuring our itinerary aligns better with our promises. Your comfort and enjoyment are our top priority, and we're committed to making improvements based on your insights. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future and provide an even better experience. Safe travels! Warm regards, OlMar Travel Mexico Team
Very Interesting.
JLancefield_E, Aug 2023
The visit to Chichen Itza ruins was very interesting. The swim on the Cenote was also exciting. The trip was a bit long. I would have been satisfied to end after the Cenote swim.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're thrilled that you found the visit to Chichen Itza ruins and the swim in the cenote interesting and exciting! Both are indeed incredible experiences. If you decide to join us again, feel free to explore our other tours that might better suit your preferred duration. We're here to make your next adventure just as enjoyable and memorable. Warm regards, The OlMar Travel Mexico Team
Awesome experience
Vickie_G, Jul 2023
Awesome experience, Ricardo was amazing. BOOK IT. Knowledgeable guides, great food, and the cenote was so refreshing
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Dear Traveler, We're absolutely thrilled to hear about your awesome experience with us! Our team takes pride in being knowledgeable guides and ensuring you have a great time. Thank you for the fantastic recommendation! We can't wait to welcome you back on another adventure. Until then, keep exploring and making memories! Warm regards, The OlMar Travel Mexico Team
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