CHICHEN ITZA Private Tours
- VIP access to Chichen-Itza.
- Certified archaeological guide.
- English speaking driver.
- Shortest travel time (we take the fastest toll highway).
- Lunch Buffet at Ex-Hacienda Mayaland.
- Entrance fee to the archaeological site.
- Visit Oxman Cenote.
- Visit Valladolid Colonial Town.
- Passenger insurance.
- Free time in all activities.
- Cold bottled water all day.
- Comfortable shoes
- Towels & swimsuit
- A BIG smile 🙂
- Drinks at the buffet
- Tips (optional)
- 2$199 USD p/p
- 3-4$179 USD p/p
- 5-7$149 USD p/p
- 8-10$139 USD p/p
- 11-12$119 USD p/p
- 13-17$99 USD p/p
- $50 USD p/k
- Age: 3-11 years
- Age: 0-2 years
- Speak with one of our local experts
- Experience our flexibility
- Answer all your questions
- Pay on the day of your tour
- We accept cash or credit card
- (Visa & MasterCard)
- Playa del carmen
- +Any Hotel or Airbnb in the Riviera Maya
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PICKUP AND ROADTRIP
Your English-speaking LOCAL EXPERT will be waiting for you at your HOTEL or AIRBNB lobby with a great smile at 7:15 a.m. if you are staying in PLAYA DEL CARMEN or TULUM and 7:00 am if you are staying in CANCUN or PLAYA MUJERES. We can change the pickup time if you wish but we recommend these times because we want to arrive early, avoid the crowds and the midday heat while you are inside of Chichen Itza.
We know that your time is valuable and that you want to spend the least time travelling so we take the TOLL HIGHWAY to the Chichen Itza. This route safes 1-hour and guarantees the safest and shortest travel time. Please note that if your hotel is in Tulum, we will first take the regular road to Valladolid and then take the toll highway – this is the SHORTEST ROUTE. We will arrive at Chichen Itza at 9:15 am. Remember that this is your private tour, so we won’t make any additional stops unless you want.
On the way to the site your local expert will tell you several stories about MEXICO, the Peninsula of Yucatan, the Riviera Maya, Mexican traditions, local life, he will also give you a broad explanation of the Mayan culture so that when you are at the ruins, you can focus more on architecture and specific facts of the ancient city of Chichen Itza. Your local expert will answer ALL your questions, he will also give you space to relax and, if you prefer, to sleep during this 2-hour ride.
The van has plenty cold bottles of WATER for you to take.
Once at CHICHEN ITZA, you will enter like a ROCK STAR, through an exclusive and VIP access, literally the backdoor of the site and what used to be the home of the owners of Chichen Itza, skipping the long lines and the big crowds of the main entrance. Chichen Itza has on average more than 18,000 visitors per day but with our special access you won’t wait a single second to enter and you will enjoy the clam of palm trees and birds signing instead of having overwhelming crowds.
We want you to take advantage of being one of the first to arrive and so the first place we will see inside the archeological site is the KUKULKAN CASTLE. We want you to have an intimate encounter with the pyramid and be able to take MAGNIFICIENT PICTURES without people. You will feel that the archaeological site was open exclusively for you. Take as many selfies as you like and your guide will also take many pictures of you – we are sure that one of these pictures will be your next profile picture, a photo with two wonders: you and Chichen Itza.
Remember that EVERYTHING is DONE at YOUR PACE and you can stay in the site as long as you want. Your guide, who is fluent in ENGLISH and certified by the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History), will give you an extensive narrative about the site and the Mayan culture and most importantly he will answer ALL your questions. Our guides love deep, complex and funny conversations so feel free to ask him anything you want.
The archeological site of Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 and one of the SEVEN WONDERS of the modern world since 2007. The important things to see in Chichen Itza are: 1) The temple of Kukulkan, 2) The Temple of the Warriors, 3) The temple of the Skulls, 4) The Sacred Cenote, 5) The main Ball Court, 6) The Observatory and 7) La Iglesia. Please note that around 10.30 am it start getting hot so please take several bottles of water with you and keep drinking water to STAY HYDRATED.
LUNCH AT MAYALAND HOTEL
For lunch, we have chosen the MAYALAND HOTEL buffet, one of the BEST buffets in the region and an ICONIC hotel that is part of the modern history of Chichen Itza and the PENINSULA of YUCATAN. The hotel was built in 1923 by the Barbachano family in what today comprises the archeological site of Chichen Itza and played a crucial role in the exploration and development of the archeological site as we know it today. The hotel has been house to ROYALS, MONARCHS and CELEBRITIES and due to its history, amazing gardens, architecture and special views it makes a GREAT PLACE for lunch.
The buffet OPENS at 12:00 pm (noon). So, when you are ready exploring Chichen Itza, all you need to do is walk back to the entrance and the restaurant is only a 5 minutes’ walk from there. If you arrive before, you can use the extra time to rest and admire the beautiful gardens of the hotel.The buffet offers MEXICAN food, YUCATEC food, MAYAN food and INTERNATIONAL food. If you are VEGETARIAN, don’t worry, there is a very good salad bar and specialties like pasta, pizza, rise, beans, grilled vegetables and great fresh fruit. The best part of the buffet is the HANDMADE TORTILLAS, so please don’t forget to try them and enjoy a great taco!
The food is included in the tour but unfortunately the drinks during the buffet are not (this is the only thing that is not included in the tour). The bottles of water that we give cannot be used inside.
After lunch we want that you RELAX and COOL DOWN and the best way to do that is inside of a wonderful Cenote. The Mayas believe that Cenotes are SACRED PLACES with MAGICAL POWERS and their cold crystal-clear water will make you feel like in a spa. Cenotes are UNIQUE to the Peninsula of Yucatan; they were formed circa 55 million years ago and there are several types. The region of Chichen Itza is around 30 meters (90 feet) above sea level and it has 2 types of Cenotes 1) deep cylinder sinkholes and 2) big caves. If you would like to read more about the history of Cenotes, please see the article “The birth of Cenotes & Underground Rivers” in our blog.
The Cenote we currently go to (and believe us we are constantly looking for the best) is Hacienda OXMAN. This Cenote is a DEEP CYLINDER sinkhole. We love this place because the setting and the BLUE COLOR of the water when the sunlight enters are amazing. Also, this Cenote is LESS crowded and if we arrive early you will be able to enjoy this place almost by yourself and take the BEST photos.
The Hacienda has changing rooms so please don’t forget to bring your SWIMSUIT and a TOWEL. It is important to know that to enjoy this beautiful place, we will need to go down around 90 steps (the water is at sea level because ALL Cenotes are connected through UNDERGROUND RIVERS that end up in the sea). To enter the water, you can calmly walk the final steps or, if you are more ADVENTUROUS, you can jump from a rope like Tarzan. If you jump, ask your local expert to take a SLOW-MOTION video, you will LOVE it!! Swimming in the Cenote is safe but in case you need, we always bring our own life jackets, they are CLEANED and DISINFECTED every day. The time at the Cenote is free, we will stay in the Cenote AS LONG AS YOU WANT, you tell us when to leave.
Hacienda OXMAN is 5 minutes from Mayaland Hotel. To get there we need to take the regular road and we will pass several small VIALLAGES and COMMUNITIES so you will get to see the rural side of Yucatan State and some of the local life. After lunch you will also feel a bit tired so this can also be a good opportunity for a short nap.
COLONIAL TOWN OF VALLADOLID
5 minutes away from Hacienda OXMAN is the COLONIAL town of VALLADOLID. Founded in 1543 AC, one of the oldest cities in YUCATAN, Valladolid is a great place to wonder. Start your tour walking the charming street of Calzada de los Frailes with its beautiful Spanish architecture, boutique stores and small cafes. At the end of the street you will arrive at the Ex Convento de San Bernardino de Siena, admire this beautiful monastery and take incredible pictures. From here, your local expert will take you to the main square or zocalo. We recommend having an ice cream, visiting the main cathedral and exploring the small streets next by with its amazing MEXICAN COLORS and local life. If you are looking for LOCAL HANDCRAFTS, there are little shops or small markets where you can find beautiful things.
Is possible that after the cenote you are tired. If this is the case and you don’t want to walk in Valladolid is no problem, just ask your local expert to drive you through the town and show you these attractions from the comfort of the van.
When you are ready admiring Valladolid we will head back to the hotel or your Airbnb. For the ride back we will take the TOLL HIGHWAY. If you are staying in PLAYA DEL CARMEN, the ride is 1.5 hours and if you are in CANCUN consider 1 hour and 45 mins. If you are staying in TULUM, we take the regular road that passes next to the archeological site of Coba and it takes around 1.5 hours.
The tour was planned to be back in your hotel or Airbnb at 17:15 pm but since everything is done at your pace the exact time of the return will depend on you. Also please note that this is your private tour and so you have the FLEXIBILITY to go back to the hotel at any point or skip any activity you don’t want to do.
We have created this tour thinking in EVERY DETAIL, making sure that the schedule is perfect. Our final product is not only a tour to Chichen Itza, it’s your TOTAL SATISFACTION and an unforgettable experience. If you would like to read the REVIEWS that past clients have left on TripAdvisor about this tour, please click HERE.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW AND REMEMBER ABOUT MY QUEST CONCIERGE
MY QUEST CONCIERGE is committed to give you the BEST SERVICE and an AMAZING DAY. We take care of EVERY DETAIL to guarantee the best experience. (This has been our secret to becoming one of the best TOP 10 COMPANIES in the Riviera Maya according to TripAdvisor in only 10 months).CLEANING and SANITIZING. Today more than ever is very important to have the HIGHEST STANDARDS of HYGIENE. At My Quest Concierge, we DEEP CLEAN and SANITIZE ALL our vans and equipment DAILY. We also provide HAND sanitizer and FACEMASKS to have the uppermost precautions during your tour.
ALL our GUIDES are certified, they are KIND, FRIENDLY, FUNNY and KNOWLEDGEABLE, they are our biggest asset and they have been CAREFULLY SELECTED to give the best experience.
Everything is done at YOUR PACE. The schedule that you see is only for you to have an idea of what to expect from the tour, but the exact time that you will spend in each attraction will depend on you. Our guides and local experts will NEVER rush you and for MY QUEST CONCIERGE is very important that you enjoy every moment of the trip at your own pace.
My Quest Concierge ONLY offers PRIVATE TOURS and we will love to adjust the tour to anything you or your family wants or wishes. If there is anything you want to change from the schedule all you need to do is contact us or look at other options that we have already build for you. You tell us where to pick you up and where to drop you off (your hotel, Airbnb or any place you are staying or wish to be left) and, if part of your family or friends are staying in different places, we can do multiple pickups.
SAFETY is FIRST. For our regular tours we use a VW Transporter (up to 7 people) and Ford Transit Bus (from 8 to 17 people). We have chosen these vans because they are the SAFEST VANS in the market. They have solid frames and 3-point seatbelts. These vans are also very comfortable and energy efficient. If you are a small group and you wish to UPGRADE for an SUV, please contact us.
Traveling with KIDS and BABIES. We know that kids and babies have their own times and needs that is why our local experts and guides will help you with anything you need – from making an additional stop to pushing the stroller, they will make sure that you have an AMAZING DAY. We also have BABY SEATS and booster seats for kids. This service is for FREE so just write this request on your purchase or contact us.
WHEELCHAIRS. We know that sometimes is not easy to walk for several hours so if you want or prefer to use a wheelchair just contact us and we will bring one (with special wheels for the retain) – this service is FREE. If you have your own wheelchair, please bring it along, our vans have enough space.
We are LOCAL EXPERTS and want to be your VIRTUAL Concierge in Mexico so feel free to contact us via WhatsApp, Email or call us and ask us any question about your holidays. We will be more than happy to give you the BEST TIPS or help you with anything you need. EASY reservation and payment. We want to make this experience as SIMPLE as possible for you. If you want to make a reservation through one of our local experts just send us an email, WhatsApp or give us a call. Once the reservation is confirmed you can pay on the day of the tour with cash and/or credit card and you can use as many cards as you need.