Adults: 12 years and olderChildren: 5 to 11 years oldInfants: 0 to 4 years old
From : 89.00 USD
Pack 1,000 years of history into one day with this excursion taking you to Chichen Itza, whose magnificent Mayan ruins make it a New Seventh Wonder of the World. Discover some of the world’s most fascinating cultural riches at this archaeological complex full of temples and ancient structures, with a bilingual guide showing you the way. This excursion includes lunch at a local restaurant featuring the flavors of the Yucatan Peninsula, plus a refreshing swim at a nearby cenote (freshwater sinkhole) for a complete immersion into the Mayan world.
Experience the iconic ruins of Chichen Itza
Your adventure begins early in the morning with transportation from your resort to the hallowed grounds of Chichen Itza. Meet your bilingual guide, who will give you all the information about one of the most impressive structures in Mesoamerica, a pre-Columbian cultural region extending approximately from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica.
Your exploration of Chichen Itza starts at the foot of the awe-inspiring Temple of Kukulcan, a step pyramid known as El Castillo dominating the scene at 98 feet (30 meters) high. There are lots of myths and legends to witness. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during the spring and autumn equinox, watch out for the shadow of Kukulcan, the Serpent God, who slithers down the side of the main temple’s staircase.
Encounter even more structures at this site
And no matter what the season, remember to clap once in front of the Temple of Kukulcan to hear the chirping of a sacred bird. You'll also get a chance to view the magnificent El Caracol temple, which the Mayan astronomers used as an observatory. Nearby are the Nunnery and the Monastery, intricately decorated temples that housed Chichen Itza’s clergy.
Later, discover the Ball Court, where the Mayans used to play the ancient 'pitz' ball game. Additionally, explore the Temple of Warriors, several columned structures, and smaller temples whose stairways have the same two-snake motif, like El Castillo.
Feel the crystal-clear waters of an area cenote
After a lunch buffet, you’ll swap one wonder for another, visiting one of the area’s naturally beautiful cenotes, a freshwater sinkhole located a short drive from Chichen Itza. You can dive into the crystalline waters of the cenote or simply take some great pictures of this dream-like setting.
At the end of the day, your air-conditioned transportation will return you to your resort as the sights of the archaeological and natural wonders become ingrained into your memory.
Location(s): Cancun / Riviera Maya
Season: All year long
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
Includes Transport: Yes
Good physical condition required: No
Suitable for children: Yes
Suitable for the elderly: Yes
Pregnant women allowed: Yes
- Entrance fee to the archaeological site
- Bilingual tour guide
- Round-trip transportation to/from hotel or meeting point
- Pick-up times run from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and vary according to your resort, so see your Amstar representative for more information
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
- Bring insect repellent, sunglasses, a camera, a swimsuit and a towel (if your excursion includes a trip to the cenote)
- Drinks are not included at the restaurant
- Bring extra money for shopping, beverages or souvenirs
- Times, duration and order of excursion activities can vary depending on weather conditions, unexpected events and operations of the day
- Wheelchair users must be able to move independently or be moved by a family member or companion
- Wheelchairs with wider wheels are suggested for easier movement in the archaeological zone
- Infants from 0 to 4 years of age must ride on their parent’s laps or pay a recovery rate to ensure a seat
- Order of excursion activities may vary depending on weather conditions or operations of the day
"This is a great tour. Very much worth it. Just be aware it's extremely hot, so be prepared. Was a little disappointed we could not go up into the ruins themselves, but can't be helped since they were closed by the government. We did the deluxe and went to the Cenote. That is also awesome. "
Jeff leuschner - Rowlett - 29 May 2016