Day Trip to Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim and Lunch
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Day Trip to Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim and Lunch

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Stop At: Merida, Chichen Itza 97751 Mexico

Around midday, start your tour in Chichen itza of significant locations at the World Heritage site, including the ball court, el Castillo (the Castle), the Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Centro, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico

Valladolid, recently named Magic Town of Mexico, accompanied by an expert bilingual guide.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Xcajum, Dzitas Piste, Dzitas 97757 Mexico

After visiting Chichen Itza, you'll head to a refreshing cenote for a swim. Cenotes are natural sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes fresh water underneath.

Duration: 1 hour

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  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Round transportation from either meeting point or hotel, according to selected option
  • Professional guide
  • Brief Visit to Colonial Valladolid
  • Visit and swim in cenote
  • Chichen itza entrance
  • Entry/Admission - Chichen Itza
  • Entry/Admission - Xcajum
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks (available to purchase)
  • All visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax of $406 mxn.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated in both English and Spanish
  • For safety reasons, it is mandatory that you wear a life vest during the visit to the cenote (the cost is not included on the inclusions list)
  • All visitors to Chichen Itza will need to pay a local tax of $406 mxn.
  • Valladolid is a town wth many festivities and local traditions, in case the town is closed, we will change the experience visiting the nearby town of Piste.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
4 | 2019-09-23

Chichen Itza viewing time is to short. After a tour explanation of the historical monuments and there use. The time left for pictures is to short, not enough time to walk to the Chichen Itza Cenote that's located in the Historical Park. The swimming time at Cenote is also short about 60 minutes after you get changed into swimming gear you have about 45 minutes left. Sadly most big tours run in this time schedule. Other than this it's a great tour.

Keily D
5 | 2019-09-17

This was our first time in Cancun and of course we had to do this tour. The reviews did not lie. We loved this tour company. Our guide Caesar and driver Jorge were spectacular. Caesar was very knowledgeable and entertaining. As a bilingual passenger I couldn’t stop thinking how phenomenal Caesars English was. Everything was translated to a T. He discussed the history behind each destination and was very educational. I had seen reviewers complaining about the order of the tour but I believe it was in the precise order. Do I wish we could have stayed in the locations longer, yes. However, there’s a reason for the timing of the locations because there’s a drive to get to each destination. We had stopped in Valladolid first and were there for approx 20 minutes. They dropped us off in the center of the city so we could quickly take pictures. Then we headed off to Chichén Itzá and were there for a good amount of time. Approx 3 hours, give or take. However it was perfect because it was relatively hot and extremely humid. Recommend taking an umbrella if you’re traveling during a hot time of year and buy a good amount of water before entering, no water is sold inside the grounds. However, water can be purchased before entering the grounds and they do have umbrellas for rent. Ending with the cenote was the cherry on top. It was very refreshing and beautiful. We were there for about an 1 hour. We left around 8:30am and we were dropped off to our meeting spot with a taxi waiting to take us to our hotel (only for hotel pick-up) around 7:30pm so it’s a long day. Make sure you’re well rested, and comfortable, it’s a long day.

Joyce P
5 | 2019-08-26

We booked a tour for chichen itza with Amigo tours . We had a great tour guide Cesar and our driver was capitan Rafael! They picked us up at our Hotel and dropped us off at the time scheduled. Cesar was an amazing tour guide very informative and kept us on schedule . I highly recommend amigo tours for your next adventure

David D
5 | 2019-08-15

Our entire family loved the tour. Oscar was super nice and very knowledgeable. He explained everything in both spanish and english to accomodate everyone on the bus. The stops were fun and well spaced. We were very comfortable. The lunch and shopping was great-not too long, and great selection of things to buy. Chichen Itza and the Cenote surpassed our expectations. Overall a great day made even better by our awesome guide. Would definitely book again and encourage others to as well.

3 | 2019-08-01

To be one of the seven wonders of the world we were not provided any literature such as a pamphlet or flyer. No snacks or drinks on the transport bus. Stopped once for a restroom but it is 2 hours to the temple and 2 hours back. Also went to the Myan Temple in the hottest part of the day so should go there first and then to lunch and to the village and last Cenote. This trip can be shortened by eliminating the stop at the Church. Finally the tour guide was good but he spoke Spanish majority of the time and so did not get the historic information.

Luisa P
4 | 2019-07-30

Our guide was very helpful and friendly. June is a very hot and humid month, I am 55, used to extreme heat but I was very uncomfortable. Don't forget to bring plenty of water, a hat, walking shoes and an umbrella. Vendors by the ruins are more expensive than the ones at the entrance and before getting to the main plaza. More time to be able to go to the Cenote in Chichen Itza and less time to either the town visit or the other shopping stop. Lunch was good. Bring a blanket or sweater for the bus. Make sure you call them the night before to confirm pick up. Luckily I called otherwise I wouldn't have known that I was not being picked up at my hotel.

Christian J
5 | 2019-07-25

Very fun and great learnings. Our guide Rodrigo was passionate about the history of Chichenitza. We got rained on at the cenote, but it was still a great trip. Worth the time and money. Highly recommend

1 | 2019-07-18

Where do I start? You go on a tour bus and it of course takes 2 hours to pick everyone up. Then You drive 3 hours stopping twice for 15 minutes. After being picked up at 7:00 AM we finally got to Chichen Itza at 1:00 PM! However, before we got there, we had "Authentic Mexican Cuisine". Was supposed to be part of the tour however, of course drinks were not part of the tour. The food was horrible. I got the runs from the food. Reminded me of a Chinese Buffet where the heat lamps just stay on 24/7 and there were flies on the food and the ladies serving didn't have hair nets or gloves. Then again it is Mexico. Got to Chichen Itza. It was cool. Very hot but that had nothing to do with the site. Very interesting. We were there about 2 hours so we learned a lot. Then we left and went to a "Cenote". I have been to a few cenote's and this one was basically the worst ever. Reminded me of the River in Deliverance. Looked dark and gross and it was overcrowded. We stayed like 45 min then it took another 3 hours to get back finally at 9:00 PM. Cesar the tour guide was cool I guess although stopping in Valloidad was dumb and waste of time. I will say it was weird when he asked everyone for tips. He said that the people that get offended when asked for a tip are seen as disrespectful people. I guess I am disrespectful because i jumped off that bus and didnt look back. If you are considering this trip, consider something else.

5 | 2019-07-15

We had an amazing trip with David! He was so incredibly knowledgeable, it was a pleasure to learn about Mayan history and culture (and of course, Chichen Itza). The colonial church, cenote, and Chichen Itza were all absolutely beautiful. Also, the lunch was delicious. Probably the best tacos I had all week in Mexico! The bus was also very comfortable and had AC. Simply a wonderful experience overall! Even the kids loved it!

Vikash D
5 | 2019-07-11

It was so amazing to see what the city have to offer, they people was amazing and the cave to swim was too much fun, my wife and I loved it.

Aggie Class of 90
5 | 2019-07-03

Frank our guide and Ramon our driver were great!! Recommend this trip for anyone who vacations in Cancun

Susana V
5 | 2019-07-03

Marco our tour guide did a great job! Very hot so go prepared with a hat and water. Also u have to pay an extra $23 U.S. dollars for the taxes per person to the entrance but it's worth it. Everything flowed as it should. Would highly recommend this tour. Marco did a GREAT job explaining the Mayan history and culture. I was amazed leaving chichen itza and the swim at the cenote was very refreshing after the hot will want to swim in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Joanne G
5 | 2019-07-03

Long day however excellent and very educational. Guide was amazing and able to give lots of history. Very hot at chichen itza but excellent otherwise. Definately recommend

Katrina R
5 | 2019-07-03

Marco, our guide, was very knowledgeable. It made the tour more interesting. It’s very hot out there so pack water sunscreen and a hat

Lourdes R
3 | 2019-07-03

The meeting place for pickup changed at the last minute. Had it not been for us calling, we would have not known. The bus was kept, but not the best. By the way did see a better bus going on the same tour, same company too. The ac inside the bus was not cooling well, it was not much different than outside temp and we were not even able to open a window. The price has a catch because they charge you the tax at the bus and, if you pay in US dollars or anything other than MX pesos, they charge you more. Please make sure you pay in pesos so you don't get screwed over on the exchange. Our Guide, Marco Polo, and the driver were great. Marco Polo was very knowledgeable and very friendly. He interacted with the audience which made the trip fun. He was also willing to take pictures for the group, answered questions and rapidly translated between english and spanish to accommodate everyone on the tour. The tours were kept on time and were informative, interactive and engaging. 5 star service review for them! The food was included, it was a good buffet service. Note that the only thing you need to pay for are the drinks. Drinks were a little on the pricey side. Little bit like theme park prices. We had 4 basic drinks (7up can,pepsi bottle,water bottle) at 10$ dollars, so about 2.5$ a piece. I would give them a 3.5 star.

Edwin P
4 | 2019-07-03

The tour was amazing but the company did not email us the night before where we would be picked up and we waited at 7am for one hour and they didnt pick us up. then the next day we rescheduled our tour, spoke with the mexican tour company Amigo Tours but they charged us $30 "rebooking" fee which could only be paid in cash - SKETCHY

Irene C
5 | 2019-05-09

It was great thou the sun is killing us! LOL Our guide was very good and very knowledgable. I will recommend this to all my friends that want to go to Cancun! :) Great Job!

3 | 2019-05-08

We enjoyed the day however there are a few things that need improving. We made a couple of unnecessary stops on the way to Chichen-Itza, one being in a market only 5 minutes away. We arrived here at 11.30am and were told we would be having lunch here! We would have preferred to have gone straight to the temple, that way we would have avoided being out in the peak time heat, and then gone for lunch after at a more sensible time. We also think that it's unacceptable on a whole day trip for no bottles of water to be provided at all. When it gets up to 37degrees (which it was on the day we were there), water is a must but had to be bought separately. This being said, our guide was very good and knowledgeable but it felt like time was being wasted with certain stops to lengthen the day out. We left our hotel at 7.30am and did not get back until 9pm and we feel this could have been considerably shortened, especially with no water provided.

Rachel D
5 | 2019-05-03

This tour was worth it! The drive is long but they pick u up in an air conditioning bus. The driver Jorge and tour guy Rodrigo we're very professional and friendly! The Mayan ruins we're amazing! The tour guy was very informative even though it was really hot it was worth it! Then went to cenote beautiful and refreshing! The whole experience was worth it!

Ivy J
5 | 2019-04-25

When I planned this excursion I didn’t really know what to expect .i took my 23 year old and 18 year old sons. I was picked up at my hotel by Amigos tours . Let me caution you on something. Viator failed to inform me about the $23 tax charge per person additional to what you may girvthe trip . They claimed that it’s a new tax charged by Chicken Itza , but failed to tell me why I wasn’t informed of this charge when booking the trip . So I pain $150 for all 3 of us and an additional $23 per person . Luckily I had the money . Also make sure to bring $2 for life jackets at Cenote .Rodrigo and Antonio were very information and they were awesome. Antonio got us to every tour point safely. The bus is a nice size and has AC. Rodrigo was like a walking encyclopedia, in a good way . I gained such a huge appreciation for Mexican culture. They make several rest stops to use the bathroom. The buffet style lunch was nothing to write home about . Cafeteria style eating. I must warn you though that it’s very hot at Chichen Itza . So bring water , hat , and sun screen . If you have kids that are easily aggravated you may not want to do this particular tour . I started to have a melt down as well after the 6 th hour , the whole trip is like 13 hours not 9. You will get back to your hotel late , like 9 pm . Overall I really enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you Rodrigo who was my tour guide and to Antonio our driver .

Stuart M
3 | 2019-04-24

This excursion was a great day out, pickup was on time, guide on bus and driver were good. Interesting history lessons throughout the day from both guides. The Valladolid stop off could of been longer, Lunch was good, there could be room for improvement about meeting times and where, as we had to ask, at times didn’t know where to go and felt a bit rushed. Cenote swim was good also. A long drive but that’s unavoidable unless you stay nearer. Overall a good day, no major problems but there’s room for improvement.

Mary B
5 | 2019-04-11

Our group of 4 had an amazing time on our trip. Roman our driver was professional, on time and got us there safely. Cesar our tour guide was very friendly, funny and informative. His demonstrations and guided tour at Chichen Itza were fantastic, he recommended we rent umbrellas for sun protection before we entered the site and they were very much needed with the hot mid afternoon sun. It was a long drive from Cancun (about 2 hours each way), but the bus was air-conditioned and comfortable. Lunch buffet had a pretty good variety and the cenote swim was amazing after a long and hot day. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Abby K
5 | 2019-04-01

Rodrigo and Carlos from Amigo Tours were amazing. Rodrigo was so knowledable and the tour felt more like an educational field trip than a tourist event. Cenote was so refreshing after the hot day at the ruins!

McKell G
5 | 2019-03-21

Rodrigo and Carlos were awesome! Rodrigo was so knowledgeable and passionate about Mayan history and Chitchen Itza. The cenote was beautiful and we really enjoyed seeing “actual Mexico” the city of Valliodad! I thought there was plenty of time at each attraction and had a really great time!

Jacki B
5 | 2019-01-15

We had the best tour guide at Chichen Itza!! Rodrigo was so knowledgeable and a great tour guide! Highly recommend this tour!

Kerry H
5 | 2019-01-08

Freddy and Raphael were excellent! I took my family of 9 people, ages from grandparents to a 6 year old. We took the tour of the ruins, played in the Cenote and had lunch. Everything was great. The Tour bus was vey comfortable and safe. We could leave our souvenirs in the bus while we went swimming. Freddy the tour guide was awesome! Thank you!

5 | 2018-12-11

Mr. Frank was our guide and a Mayan himself, explained everything in detail and was nice and polite! We visited with our 18 month old. I would definitely recommend this tour hotel pickup, lunch, chichen itza, senote and hotel drop off... 7 am to 8 pm, totally worth it.

Maria C
5 | 2018-10-22

We were a big group picked up from the Hotel Zone. Estimated travel time was pretty much accurate. Our tour guide, Franck, was delightful and knowledgeable about Mayan culture. Particularly loved his anecdotes and spiel on the Mayan calendar. He was accompanied by the tour bus driver, Raymond who was equally helpful and courteous. Enjoyed our experience although it was a hot and tiring day. Definitely worth it!

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