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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch

Tulum, Mexico

From USD 69.99

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The ancient archaeological site of Chichen Itza is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enhance your experience of Mexico’s iconic landmark on a day trip from Tulum, which includes lunch and a cenote visit. Plunge into the refreshing waters of Cenote Saamal, capture photographs of Chichen Itza highlights including the Kukulkan Pyramid, and feast on a buffet lunch inspired by Mexican classics. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Tulum are included.  
  • Full-day tour of Chichen Itza and Cenote Saamal from Tulum
  • Visit the must-see Chichen Itza, one of the New7Wonders of the World
  • Tour the archaeological site and see highlights including the Kukulkan Pyramid and the Ball Court
  • Cool off with a swim in the cenote and enjoy a buffet lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Tulum are included

What's Included

  • Guided visit
  • Certified bilingual guide
  • Lunch
  • Pickup and drop-off in Tulum Meeting Point San Francisco de Asis Store
  • Visit to a sacred cenote
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks during lunch
  • State Tax applies Per Access of $286 MXP or its equivalent in USD

Meeting And Pickup

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

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Start time

09:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Meeting Point  at Main  Entrance  Grocery Store SUPER AKI on  Avenue  Cobá Carretera Federal Tulum Ruinas s/n, by  Carretera Federal y Av. Tulum Oriente, 77780 Tulum, Q.R. For Tulum Hotel Zone and Tulum Downtown . Hotel Pick up service only from Akumal area up to Dreams Tulum.

What To Expect

Begin your day with hotel pickup and board an air-conditioned vehicle destined for the UNESCO-listed Maya site, Chichen Itza. During the journey, your guide provides a historical overview of Chichen Itza’s prosperous past.

Arrive at Chichen Itza and embark on a tour of the site, visiting highlights including the iconic Kukulkan Pyramid, the Temple of Warriors, and the Ball Court, whose acoustics have mystified scientists for centuries.

Enjoy free time to explore the site independently before reconvening with your guide for a buffet lunch featuring regional dishes—drinks can be purchased at your own expense.

During the tour you'll also have a chance to cool off with a swim at Cenote Saamal, a limestone sinkhole in the Yucatan jungle.

Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your Tulum hotel.

Cenote Saamal

Start the experience by visiting the great Saamal, one thin stone walkway that gets you into a perfect pool where you can immerse yourself in the turquoise water. This is one of the most photogenic cenotes

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Cenote Saamal

Enjoy a delicious and tradictional buffet lunch from a Yucatecan kitchen in the restaurant nearby the cenote.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children ages 3 years and under are free, but their seats are subject to availability. They may have to ride on their parents' laps if seats are not available
  • It is recommended that you bring comfortable lightweight clothing, walking shoes or sneakers, a hat, sunglasses, a swimsuit, a towel, an extra change of clothes and biodegradable sunscreen
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveller Tips

To give you more time in the cenote, I recommend starting the day wearing your swimsuit under your clothes so it takes less time to change.
And the cenote stop is first, so save some time and wear your suit out.
Bring some extra cash for lockers at the cenote and for the Mayan handmade items at the lunch spot you stop at.
191 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Great value for money. A trip we will never forget!
Sasha_J, Nov 2022
To hear the incredible stories of a time gone by. Valuable cultural history that was told brilliantly.
Derwin_G, Nov 2022
The drivers were pushy, rude and dishonest. Also refused to give me my change until I insisted. Even though I paid for an inclusive service they tried to avoid supplying the full service. They yelled at the riders several times. When reported the response was dismissive. Bad experience. Will never use this service again.
A beautiful historic tour
Celeste_A, Nov 2022
The Chichen Itza is a must see and our tour guide, Jesus, gave us great insight about the Mayan people on the way. As a well educated person of Mayan descent, Jesus provided meaning about the Chichen Itza and the structures and artwork inside. The journey there was quite comfortable and they stopped for a delicious lunch at a Mayan village on the way. After visiting the Chichen Itza we had another stop with a refreshing soak in a beautiful cenote. Our last stop was a short visit in Valladolid, a charming city built over Mayan ruins which were visible underneath the newer construction. The ride was very comfortable and they provided us water, beer and tequila on the way back. I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Celeste, Thank you for sharing this amazing feedback, we love it. Your experience is the most important to us and this means a lot. Jesus is an amazing tour guide, thank you for mentioning him. We are glad and grateful for this, for sure we hope to see you soon! Kind regards
Extremely long and not entirely honest.
Taylor_M, Nov 2022
The experience was not entirely what was indicated in all travel materials. Firstly there were two unannounced detours which were never disclosed at any point, one of which was an hour. Secondly the list of what you needed was significantly lacking.
Farrah_O, Oct 2022
Well at the beginning we had a few bumps. When booking the tour, the rep advise us that he would add our hotel to the pickup location. If you staying in Tulum, everything is about 30- 1 hour away. Once we were able to find transportation and get to the pickup spot things turned around for the better. The tour is literally all day! I wished we had more time at the cenote, but all in all the tour was pretty fun. The food could have been a little better. We got some good deals on the souvenirs. The pyramid was really cool. It was very hot and the tour guide talked a little too much. But it was something to experience.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Farrah, so glad that the small inconveniences at the beginning could be resolved and it turned out to be a good experience, our customers joy is a priority to us.
Definitely worth the trip!
Anthony_L, Aug 2022
The tour is an all day tour, the bus ride is a bit long so bring water(I recommend freezing your water bottle the night before), snacks, a hat and sunblock! The tour was well ran and Jesus was very informative. I would definitely recommend this tour. The cenote was beautiful and Chichen Itzá was amazing, pictures do not do them justice! Also the vendors inside Chichen Itzá had the best souvenir prices through out the whole tour.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate your time and feedback, this is very helpful for us, and we agreed Jesus has a lot of Mayan culture knowledge and Chichen-itzá is a must! Kind regards
A Bday to remember
Isaiah_C, Aug 2022
The whole trip was amazing if you in Tulum I highly recommend taking this tour I enjoyed every min of it
Response from Host, Aug 2022
We appreciate that you have taken the time to share such an enthusiastic review about your recent experience.
Think twice - Chichen Itza is amazing, but the tour …
Maximilian_K, Aug 2022
If I had to sum it up in one word: awful. You will spend 4 hours experiencing the longest informercial in order to even get to the place of why you actually booked the tour … to see Chichen Itza. The goal of the tour is clear: get as much of your money as possible in every shape and form. It’s a carefully curated story from the vendors you are going to see and what they will sell you. Nor the least they will aim to sneak more money out of your wallet every chance they get - whether it is the surprise gift (a random photo taken at the restaurant of you), where they then come on the bus with a small bottle of god knows what with a picture on it as a “gift”, which is then asked for you to just give USD 20 in return (what a gift). Or the not allowed to take any drinks that you may have packed at the lunch place … because of course they need you to buy the x5 as priced drinks they sell (and you can be reassured they get a cut of this - since every group walks “tagged” around with a number sticker to your chest … although they try to convince you it’s for your own safety). You spend more time being sold to than actually seeing anything. And in terms of the information provided, you spend your time listening to cringy jokes that are just mixed into the selling of anything and everything. There was about 10 minutes of useful info that was actually provided out of the whole day. I understand these tours are “cheaper” as they try to sell you on other stuff along the day, but never seen anything like it - spending most of your valuable vacation time on things that are just simply put a waste of time. Oh and did I mention that at the end an “optional tip” to this wonderful tour is very much delivered in a long speech as must and you should at least tip generously (not the little amount you give to restaurants tip) - and they make sure to put you point blank as you have to hand to them as you step out of the bus (feels truly “optional”). And when it comes to the timing spend - the Cenote is way too short: 1 hour to get into the place (lines waiting), get changed, jump in (enjoy… No time for that), get changed, go back to the bus. Nor do you have time when in the local town for food/ snacks, as you have 30 mins and the avg. wait time was 20-30 at each stand … so good luck making that. The only positives I can state: the bus driver drove well and actually seemed nice. And irrespective of the tour, of course Chichen Itza is beautiful no matter what - hence the magical one star that remains. I have spend my time writing above to help you avoid this experience - I ain’t getting my money or time back… so take it for what you will, but you at least been made aware of it beforehand.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you very much for this complete feedback, we are really shamed for not reaching your expectations we are considering all the points and we are making and special effort to avoid this kind of comments or type of service in the near future, especially to avoid to make this tour as a shopping tour to Chichen Itza. We are taking measures.
Chicken Itza day tour
Virendra_A, July 2022
Good Guides, helpful coach operators, pleasant experience. Travelled with family. I would highly recommend it.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you for taking the time to wright us a review, really appreciate it, so glad you enjoy it and had a good experience.
Highlight of Trip
Anessa_D, July 2022
I want to first shout out our tour guides Rhett and Julius who were excellent and also the driver Carlos! They shared great historical info and helped make the trip so light and fun from the start. It was awesome getting to check out the different stops on the tour, especially Chichen Itza and the cenote. I wish we would have gotten more time at the cenote but the was the only small complaint I had of the tour. This tour was definitely the highlight of our trip. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Response from Host, July 2022
Dear Anissa, Thank you for sharing this amazing feedback on this review, Rhett, Julius and Carlos are more than glad!! Your experience is the most important for us. We are glad and grateful for this, for sure we hope to see you soon! Kind regards
A day in the Yucatán!
Jeanne_D, July 2022
Long day but so worth it! Chichen Itza was just incredible and the tour guide Gonzalo was funny and had a lot of information for us!
Response from Host, July 2022
We know is far but worth to see one of the new seven wonders, thank you for sharing your experience.
The entire trip was well...
JEFFERY_M, July 2022
The entire trip was well prepared and enjoyable. All the sites were nice and the guides were very personable.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, it means a lot
Great experience!
Icee_E, June 2022
This tour was fantastic! Our guide was very friendly and incredibly knowledgable. The entire group found something to enjoy, even one person who'd already been. The cenote was super fun and I think an hour was an appropriate amount of time there. The shopping stops were honestly not bad at all - I didn't feel pressured to buy anything and the lunch at the restaurant was basic but very good. Chichen Itza itself was a great experience; not only did our guide teach us a lot, he also helped us with our photos! It is a long day but surprisingly I never felt too hungry, thirsty, tired, etc. I would 1000% recommend this experience to anyone traveling in the area that wants to get even a small understanding of the rich cultural history of the region.
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you for the great review! We’re so happy you loved your experience at Chichen Itza and can’t wait to have you back for your next time in Cancun. Until then, we’re here if you need anything.
Excellent experience
Melodie_L, June 2022
The time alloted for each place was perfect. Our guide, Julio, was great. We brought hats, Reef sunscreen, water shoes, towels, and swim suits so our trip was perfect. Bring pesos for lockers and life jackets at the cenote. Our first Modern Wonder of the world! Six more to go.
Response from Host, July 2022
Definately a must do, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, and I´m sure customers will appreciate the tips.
We enjoyed our day trip....
Jacqueline_S, June 2022
We enjoyed our day trip. Sun was hot, air was humid and heavy, but the place was magical!! We wish we had more time at the cenote, and less time shopping
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you for the feedback, always help us to improve.
Good day trip covered lots in one day
Andrew_B, June 2022
This was a very good trip all around and the tour guides were very good and informative. The day was broken up well so that you never felt like you were on the coach too long, I would maybe cut the Mayan shopping village back and give a more time for Valladaloid. The shopping part I was expecting locals to be selling their goods from stalls outside instead it was an extremely commercialised and slick set up and just as pushy as the stalls that align Chichen Itza.
Response from Host, June 2022
Thank you very much for sharing your experience, we are working to improve the experience and it is very important to us to have feedback on the shopping since this must not be the essence of this activity
Would do again !
Nadine_S, May 2022
This was a full day trip. Both of our tour guides were very nice and informative our whole trip. You could tell they love what they do. We were well taken cared of. Everything was on time and according to plan. There is admission of $13 USD you have to pay for Chichen Itza admission before getting on the bus to get your wristbands. We first stopped at a gift shop to buy souvenir from the Mayan people before going to Chichen itza. The things we bought were proceeds going towards the Mayan children. Rather than buying it at Chichen Itza where it’s all the same things but the money is going to the Mexican government. We also had lunch there. A buffet. The tickets we bought didn’t include drinks, even water. But I brought my own water. So please be sure to bring your own drinks. We then headed to the pyramids. I was warned before that It was veryyyy hot at Chichen Itza. And they were not lying. So wear closed toed shoes. Bring a hat or an umbrella. Preferably an umbrella. Trust me you will need it. There’s was not an ounce of clouds around. Our tour guide, was very nice. Gave us a lot of information on the pyramids first and then let us roam free by ourselves to get pictures. After we went to the cenote. You are required to buy a life jacket and locker which where each $3. So bring extra cash for that. We had about an hour there. And then headed to Valloid. We didn’t spend much time there but about 30 minutes. So we could only grab something to eat and stay close. But it was understandable due to the long day of travel we had. And it was getting dark. So overall it was a 10/10.
Andrew_B, May 2022
The visit to the Mayan place on the way was nice although there was a hard sell to buy products and to tip for a buffet, the tour of Chichen Itza was incredible and the cenote to finish was beautiful. Gonzalo, our tour guide, did a fantastic job keeping everyone entertained and comfortable and the bus driver was fantastic, keeping us safe on such a long day.
Good tour, not a transparent itinerary
Harry_O, May 2022
Great tour with Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid being the must see attractions in Yucatun. Note that the itinerary is completely different to what is advertised. We were very frustrated at times, but don't worry, it will be a highlight of your trip - despite the incredibly slow start.
Awesome experience
Lior_M, May 2022
Great guides with great humur and a lot of knowledge and information about the sites and the history. The tour is very interesting and the places we saw are beautiful
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you, Chichen Itza is a must go if you come to Cancun. Really appreciate your words.