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Chichen Itza Tour from Isla Mujeres
Chichen Itza is one of the most fascinating places that you will visit on this vacation, it is living history, the pyramid is spectacular as well as the rest of the archeological area, and with our excursion to Chichen Itza from Isla Mujeres it is possible to know it very easily at a super competitive price.
- Round-trip transportation from Puerto Juarez
- Entrance fee into Chichen Itza
- Certified guide who is an expert in Mayan civilization
- Entrance fees into the cenote
- Buffet lunch (drinks not included)
- Visit to magical town of Valladolid, Yucatan
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We have to be very clear about the time and pickup area. If you are in Isla Mujeres it is necessary that you take the ferry to Puerto Juárez, the meeting place is outside the Ultramar terminal at the Oxxo (Convenience Store) located off to the side. Check this link
You have to get up early because we try as hard as possible to make the most of the day so that when you get back to your hotel in Isla Mujeres, you only have in your thoughts what a great time you had and the amazing places you visited.
Once we pick you up all you have to do is relax since from this moment on we take care of everything.
A truly natural place, it will be the first place we will visit on our excursion to Chichen Itzá from Isla Mujeres, this way we can avoid the hordes of people who arrive after visiting the ruins of Chichen Itza.
The cenotes are magical places, the Mayans use them to supply water to their villages. They are underground rivers that can only be found in this part of Mexico.
This place is beautiful, you could never have imagined that what you saw in the travel brochures was actually true. The water is cold, but I recommend taking a dip. The first time you see a cenote, a large hole in the middle of the earth full of crystal clear water, you will be spellbound, and this is one of the most famous and largest.
Treasure of nature, if you like swimming, you cannot miss this. The setting is wonderful with plants and birds, the whole place is amazing. I advise you to wear water shoes to go carefully down the stairs. There are bathrooms available here, and they are cleaned constantly.
Lunch is included in the price of the excursion to Chichen Itza from Isla Mujeres
Charming Spanish-style hacienda, clean with internal courtyards and beautiful gardens, swimming pool and a chapel. Walk around a bit because it is worth seeing the beautiful views. Buffet style food, very delicious, drinks are paid separately (not included with the tour). Be careful with the sauces, some are very spicy. They also present a short dance show with traditional clothing.
The food is quite varied and tasty, there are fish, salads, chicken, pork, beans and desserts.
They say that it is the most famous Mayan city in the world and the second most visited archaeological zone in Mexico, with more than a million visitors a year it is only surpassed by Teotihuacán (which is framed in the Aztec culture).
The most impressive structures of Chichen Itza are located in the central area. There you will find the spectacular castle (Kukulkan pyramid), the ball court, the temple of the warriors, the observatory, the group of a thousand columns, the platform of Venus, and the platform of the jaguars. We will be very close to the sacred cenote of Chichen Itza.
During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun creates the illusion of a snake ascending or descending on the stairs of the Kukulkan pyramid, a fantastic phenomenon that attracts many people. The illusion is intensified by the sound and light show that takes place every night at the archaeological site. Of course, all the guides will show us how when clapping in front of this place the song of the symbolic bird of this place and of the Mayans is heard: the quetzal.
This place was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 and in 2007, thanks to the votes of millions of voters around the world, the Kukulkan pyramid was considered one of the seven new wonders of the world (along with Machu Picchu in Peru, the Coliseum in Rome in Italy, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, The Great Wall of China in China, Petra in Jordan and the Taj Mahal in India).
We will visit the main park that is the epicenter and icon of the city of Valladolid Yucatán.
Here we will have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral, the Plaza, and the thousands of handcraft vendor stalls. You will be able to experience the daily life of the people in doing their chores, it will seem as if the years had not passed.
It is a typical square, but it has a special charm because you can appreciate all the traditions and customs of the area. You can not miss trying a famous marquesita filled with chocolate, cheese, fruit and various other ingredients to suit everyone's taste.
Booking an excursion to Chichen Itza from Isla Mujeres with us is a wise decision for a simple reason, we are the direct providers of the excursion, thay means that we leave out the middlemen who only raise prices in order to earn their commission.
Which leads us to the second statement, being the direct providers of the excursion allows us to give you the most competitive prices on the market without affecting its quality.
Don't think twice, send us an email, WhatsApp, or call to ask for more details about our excursion to Chichen Itzá from Isla Mujeres.
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The lowest price on the market without affecting from the quality of the tour
We are the direct providers of the excursion which allows us to guarantee the following statement.
If you find the same excursion to Chichen Itzá from Isla Mujeres under equal conditions at a cheaper price, we guarantee to give you the same price, that way you can be sure that buying with us is the best option.
Only have to meet these conditions
- Must be the same excursion
- Must have the same conditions
- Must be the same currency
- Price difference must be more than $50 pesos
- Price without tax
- Must be the same time (dates)
If you have a group of people, send us an email, we will surely have a current promotion that fits your budget.
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The meeting place would be in Puerto Juarez
Unfortunately due to cost issues, we do not have a pickup in Isla Mujeres, so our clients need to cross to the mainland.
We recommend taking the Ultramar company boat, we would meet at the Puerto Juárez terminal just outside of the OXXO (convenience store)
- Pick-up time is at the OXXO outside of the Ultramar terminal
- If you are unsure about the location of your hotel, do not worry, call us and we will advise you
We want to be as specific as possible to avoid misunderstandings
In this section we try to be as specific as possible in what things we have included in our excursion to Chichen Itzá from Isla Mujeres
We want to avoid misunderstandings as much as possible and one way is to try to explain in detail what our excursion includes. We want to be as professional and transparent as possible, so that you have the confidence that there are no surprises and that you are buying with a company focused on giving you a nice excursion to Chichen Itzá at a fair price.
- Round-trip air conditioned transportation
- Professional driver
- Buffet lunch (drinks not included)
- Entrance fee into the cenote
- Free time in the cenote to swim
- Entrance fee and taxes into Chichen Itza
- Free time in Chichen Itza for photos
- Certified guide inside Chichen Itza
- Early departures to take advantage of the entire day
- Visit to the colonial city of Valladolid
As there are things included, there are also things that are not included
Throughout the excursion, as in any part of the world, there will be people trying to sell you something, it is normal and our clients are not obligated to buy anything they do not want, it is totally optional and depends on the budget of each client.
For this reason we recommend bringing cash for anything that you may want to buy.
Making a list of the things that are not included would be very long and depends on the needs of each person. We have put together this list which contains the things that are not included it is not intended to be a detailed list. If you have questions follow this advice if it is not in the INCLUDED tab, it means that it is not included. If you are unsure about anything send us a message and I assure you that we will find a solution to your problem.
- Transportation to Puerto Juarez
- Drinks at the buffet
- Lifevests and lockers at the cenote
- Water or drinks in the bus
- If you bring a professional camera or tripod into Chichen Itza there is an extra fee
- If it is not on the included list it is not included
What to Bring
We recommend bringing the following, although if you don't have it on hand, don't worry, bring what you have.
Based on our experience and for the best comfort of our clients, we give you the following recommendations of things that you may need.
Again, it is not intended to be a detailed list since each person has different needs, using common sense and not assuming anything is a very good idea.
If you are currently taking any type of medications it is essential to bring them with. If you have any food allergies it is important to ask the people in charge if the food contains those ingredients. We want you to have a good time and enjoy the excursion to fullest.
If you have any questions send us an email we are here to support you in whatever you need
- Cellphone 100% charged
- Swimming suit and a change of clothes
- Comfortable light colored clothing no dark colors
- Comfortable shoes (tennos shoes or sandals)
- Sunhats, caps, umbrellas( the bigger the better)
- Mosquito repellent
- Food or snacks for the ride
- Small blanket in case the bus gets cold
- Sleeping collar
- Book, or games for the ride
- Small backpack or bag for your things
- Patience and a good attitude
Forms of payment
We have all the payment options available
We accept all normal forms of payment such as payment in Mexican pesos, dollars or euros, payment by credit card only VISA or MasterCard. We also accept payment by PayPal.
Take into account that if it is a last minute reservation, the recommended payment method is in cash when we pick you up.
- Bank deposits (At least 2 days in advance)
- Electronic transfers (At least 2 days in advance)
- Credit card (there is a 4-5% bank fee included)
- PayPal (At least 2 days in advance)
- If you are apprehensive, you can pay everything in cash at the time of pickup,once you see the transportationyoand know that the tour will begin (only cash) *** Restrictions apply ***
1.- Will you pick me up at the lobby of my hotel in Isla Mujeres?
Unfortunately we do not have a pickup in Isla Mujeres, it is mandatory that our clients take the ferry from Isla Mujeres to Puerto Juárez (not included in the price), we would meet outside the Ultramar terminal at the OXXO that is next to it.
2.- I am not staying in a hotel in Isla Mujeres, where us the meeting place?
If you are in Isla Mujeres, the meeting place is always in Puerto Juárez on the mainland, outside the overseas terminal there is an OXXO where we would meet.
You need to take the ferry from Isla Mujeres to Puerto Juárez very early in the morning
3.- I want to leave at a specific time, is that possible?
It is not possible, the excursion to Chichen Itzá from Isla Mujeres is shared and there are already pre-established routes.
The time is very early in the morning, since you will be the first pick up, it is the only possible way to take this excursion for this price.
If you want to leave at the time you want, we have Chichen Itza private excursion and then you can set your own times
4.- What time is pickup?
Very early in the morning, send an email so that we can tell you the exact time as it may change depending on the day and the number of reservations
5.- What type of transportation will we be taking?
It can be in a bus or van, we reserve that right since it depends on the volume of reservations we have for that particular day and what vehicles we have available
6.- How will I be able to identify you?
When you make the reservation you will be given the specific information, do not worry, everything is very clear
7.- I am unsure this is the first time I have bought a tour online, will you pick up my family?
Yes, of course, in fact let's make a deal, don't pay us anything, until we pick you up, we're risking that you won't show up but, just as you trusted us, we trust you.
8.- If I'm running late will you wait for me?
No, we already have other outings scheduled, but why don't you try tomorrow!
9.- I'm at OXXO but I don’t see anyone what should I do?
Contact us at the customer service phone (+52) 987 112 9491 and they will inform you where the transportation is exactly
1.- I forgot my receipt what can I do?
You can show it on your cell phone if you need to compare information
2.- Can I show my receipt from my phone?
Yes, that is no problem
3.- How do you recommend that we dress?
Light clothing, take into account that the heat at certain times of the year in Chichen Itzá is very intense, please bring as much sun protection as you can
4.- Is there a place for me to keep my things?
No, it is your responsibility to see that your things are with you at all times. Lockers can be rented in the cenote.
5.- What day are there less people at Chichen Itza?
It is difficult to say there are always a lot of people, but usually at the beginning of the week, avoid going on Sundays as much as possible, if you do not want crowds
6.- I'm bringing my 2 year old that only drinks milk, can I bring it with me?
Yes, of course and we will do what we can to help you, just let us know
1.- What is included in my reservation to excursion to Chichen Itza from Isla Mujeres?
- Round-trip transportation
- Entrance fees into Chichen Itza
- Certified guide who is an expert in Mayan civilization
- Visit a beautiful cenote
- Lunch buffet (drinks not included)
- Visit magical town of Valladolid
2.- What is included in the visit to the cenote?
Entrance and visit to the cenote, does not include life jacket or lockers
3.- Are drinks included?
No, for this price drinks are not included
4.- Why is the excursion so long?
The distance to Chichen Itza is long, but it's worth it, don't let that discourage you, just go prepared and ready to enjoy
1.- I want to save my cash for other things, can I pay by credit card?
Yes, but only Visa and MasterCard, take into consideration that if you pay with a credit or debit card there is an increase of 4% for administrative expenses.
2.- Can I pay for the whole excursion at the time of pickup?
Yes, it would have to be in cash
3.- Do you have the promotion of months without interest is active?
No, unfortunately we do not have this option
4.- What is the price for adults?
As of today $55 USD per person, but remember that prices may vary without prior notice, send us an email for the current prices
5.- What is the price for children?
$50 USD, between the ages of 3-10 years old, remember that there may be price increases without prior notice, please contact us so that we can provide you with the most up-to-date information
6.- Could you tell me about the current promotions?
If you have a group of more than 7 people there are discounts available, contact us and we will tell you which ones we have in place
1.- Can I bring my children?
Yes, however, the excursion is not intended for small children, but we understand that sometimes this is the only way that parents can attend. Without problem, we have done it before and we have no problem.
2.- I want to bring my mom but she is in a wheelchair, is it possible?
Yes. Just take into account that it is very likely that you will not be able to do the complete tour, because Chichen Itzá, is not designed for a wheelchair, there are roots and slopes, if someone can help you it would be excellent. Please let us know if we in some way could help you
3.- I can't swim what can I do at the cenote?
We recommend that for your safety you rent a life jacket.
1.- I am convinced how do I make my reservation?
Send an email and we will explain everything in detail
2.- How do I know that my reservation is made?
We will send you a receipt with all the pertinent information, but most importantly we will give you a confirmation number that identifies only you. This will guarantee that your reservation has been made.
3.- What hours are customer service agents available?
- Monday- Friday from 7:00am – 10:00pm
- Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am – 8:00pm
4.- How much time in advance do I have to make my reservation?
Within 1 month to 2 days before. However, we can take reservations until one night before, but it has to be before 10:00 pm, because that is the time we close the office
5.- Can someone else buy my ticket?
Yes, as long as both parties are aware and they notify us
6.- I can not attend on the reserved date, can I change the date?
Yes, just let us know as soon as possible so that we can make necessary changes
7.- I'm sick, can I cancel?
We understand, there is no problem, contact us by any available means and if it is urgent, a call would be an excellent option.
8.- Is there an penalty if I cancel?
No, as long as it is not a private tour there is no penalty.
But if it is private, we use the following criteria
- 100% refund with 24 hour advance notice
- 50% refund for cancellations with 12 hour in advance notice
- No show no refund
9.- It is raining really hard, I don't want to go in this weather what should I do?
Do not get on the transportation and contact the customer service telephone immediately (+52 987 112 9491) either to reschedule or cancel your reservation
10.- I like to have everything ready in advance when can I make my reservation?
Up to a month before the date we can guarantee the same price, but take into account that there may be increases or decreases in the price of the excursion due to outside factors, such as gasoline prices, entrance to archaeological sites, input costs etc.
Check our excursion step by step
In this section we break down in detail the itinerary of our excursion to Chichen Itzá from Isla Mujeres, it is important to explain that we reserve the right to modify the order of the places we visit based on our experience and always thinking about the general well-being of the excursion.
The times will be the same for the places we visit, the only thing that would change would be the order of the visit.
For example, in the rainy season if it is raining very hard when we arrive at Chichen Itzá we can do the cenote first and then have lunch to wait for the rain to pass and enjoy the best of the excursion, which is the visit to Chichen Itzá more comfortably.
The schedule in this section are illustrative and do not mean that they have to be followed to the tee, depending on external factors such as late people, torrential rain, demonstrations, etc. We will try as hard as humanly possible to comply to them and generally we achieve it 90% of the time. However sometimes things do not go as planned and we have to make the necessary adjustments to preserve the general well-being of the excursion.
We know that by putting the itinerary in this section can be a double-edged sword, however, one of the main guiding principles of Chichen Itzá tours is to be honest and transparent at all times, we will never lie to you to achieve a sale or create false expectations. If we do not know the answer, rest assured that we will ask the necessary questions to whomever is necessary to always give you updated and correct information.
One of the most common lies that vendors, use to make a sale is by saying that Chichen Itzá is only 45 minutes from Isla Mujeres which is not true. Chichen Itzá is far from Isla Mujeres approximately 3 hours from Cancun and it is an excursion that will take us all day. Is it worth investing a full day of your vacation to visit this place?
The answer is a definite YES since we will visit a place considered one of the new wonders of the modern world, similar to visiting the Eiffel tower in France or the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
If there is something in this itinerary that is not to your liking such as the duration of Chichen Itzá, send a message regarding our Chichen Express excursion we are in the archaeological zone longer, if you want to leave later, we have the option of visiting Chichen Itza private excursion (different price). If you have your own car and want to go on your own, no problem we have packages that include only entrance + food and guide at the entrance of Chichen Itzá.
Professionalism, transparency and a good price are the 3 virtues that characterize us.
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We pick you upAT THE OXXO IN PUERTO JUAREZ
If you are in Isla Mujeres, it is essential that the you take the ferry to Puerto Juárez, the meeting place is outside the Ultramar terminal outside at the OXXO that is next to it.
Stop to use the restrooms AND STRECH YOU LEGS
We take people of all different ages to Chichen Itzá and we are aware that after a while it becomes necessary to use the restroom, which is why we make this courtesy stop so that our clients are as comfortable as possible, after here there will be no restrooms available for the next two hours.
Here there are also breakfasts available (extra cost) and we will take this time to charge people who are paying with a credit card.
Beautiful cenote BREATHTAKING BEAUTY
Fresh water that after the heat of the walk in Chichen Itzá feels very refreshing. Immerse yourself in a magical place. It is important to bring a towel and a bathing suit. If you do not know how to swim, life jackets are available for rent (not included)
Buffet included Drinks not included and must be paid apart
We have a buffet-style meal included in the price of the excursion, you can eat as much as you’d like and as many times as you’d like. We only ask that you only serve what you will eat, and it is also important to emphasize that drinks are not included and must be paid in cash when you finish eating.
Arriving to CHICHEN ITZA
We are in Chichen Itzá for approximately 2 hours divided as follows. 1 hour with a certified guide who is an expert in the Mayan civilization who will explain the importance of the site, so that you will not just see rocks, and then 1 hour of free time to explore the place at will, take photos, etc. If the duration is not to your liking send us a message we have several options available.
Visit to Valladolid a beautiful magical town
Picturesque place to see a beautiful park, a colonial church, buy some handcrafted souvenirs and sit and watch people walk and try to understand their way of life is something very interesting.
Regreso a PUERTO JUÁREZ
Partimos de vuelta a Puerto Juárez, después de un largo pero bien aprovechado día llegó el momento de descansar y acomodar ideas y pensamientos acerca de los lugares que se visitaron.
Returning to PUERTO JUÁREZ
We set off back to Puerto Juárez, after a long but well spent day. It is time to rest and settle ideas and thoughts about the places that were visited.
Unfortunately if we have certain restrictions
95% of the people can take our excursion to Chichen Itzá from Isla Mujeres, in general terms if you are physically well there should be no problem to visit Chichen Itzá, just take into account the following data
- To apply the payment on the day of the excursion it is only for groups of less than 4 people. If you make two reservations we cannot guarantee that you will go on the same transportation
- Should not have circulation problems the journey too Chichen Itza is a 2-3 hour ride.
- Be on time at all of the meeting places, this is a shared tour and being late will affect our itinerary and it will also mean that other have to wait for you
- In Chichen Itza there are un paved gravel roads, it is not recommended for wheelchairs
- You should know how to swim if you are going to enter the cenote (lifevests are available for your safety)
- Not recommended for small children
- Should be well physically and mentally
- Under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
- Have the ability to walk short distances
- It is strictly prohibited to climb the ruins at Chichen Itza
- You are not allowed to use drones or tripods in the archeological zone for more information send us an email
We are aware that there may be a last minute change of plans
We understand that there are things that happen which are out of our control which might prevent you from taking the excursion such as illnesses, fatigue, mood swings, etc. With us there are almost never penalties, we only ask that you let us know as soon as possible at any time of the day or night if you will not be attending.
If you have a reservation on an excursion that is not private, we do not have cancellation charges, the only thing we ask is that if for some reason you will not be able to take the excursion, let us know as soon as possible to avoid wasting time by going to look for you and you do not appear.
- No penalty with 24 hour advance notice
- 50% refund for cancellations with 12 hour advance notice
- 100% surcharge for no shows
We visited the famed Chichen Itza as part of a tour while in Isla Mujeres Mexico right outside of Cancun.
I was super excited as I love history and the pyramids scattered around the world even more!
While I utterly enjoyed the Mayan history and the ruins, I do have to warn other's looking to visit this site.
Firstly, be sure to put on tons of sun screen, pack sunglasses, and a hat as there is VERY minimal shade. I was burnt and I had the glasses and hat, but neglected to slather my body properly with sunscreen. It was roasting that day!
Also be prepared to be hounded by merchants. While I respect someone trying to make a living and the hustle associated with a historical monument, it takes away from the experience.
Also be patient when trying to get that photo devoid of a slew of tourist as it is a big attraction. It will happen, just take advantage of your opportunity.
All and all, great experience but take heed and enjoy!
We had a family group staying on Isla Mujeres, and we wanted to see Chichen Itza. I found chichen-itza tours, and am so glad I did. He was punctual, professional, friendly, engaging, and well-informed. In one day, starting in Cancun, we visited Chichen Itza, Cenote Saamal (beautiful sinkhole deep below ground), and a Mayan village. It was a great adventure, Our guide also found some authentic local food for lunch. He is personable, easy-going, and flexible, and knows the territory very well.
Chichen Itza is very much worth seeing - the vendors are not that big a deal. Guide arranged for a highly educated and outstanding tourguide, to meet us there. We had a wonderful visit and learned a great deal.
We spent 11 days on Isla Mujeres and decided to take a bus tour to Chichen Itza, as we had never been there in all our visits to Mexico.
For $55.00 per person, it was well worth the money, Our day started at 7:00 a.m. and we were taken to at least a couple of "markets" (one was supposed to be a typical Mayan village with "all souvenirs made right here in the village"....some things were unique and very high priced, but most were the usual plastic-cast masks/pyramids/blankets), a short visit to a cenote (it was beautiful, but quite commercialized), a buffet lunch with a bit of a "show", then on to the ruins.....we didn't arrive there until 3:00 p.m. and it was hot. We left the ruins at 5:30 p.m. (delayed for 30 minutes because they were selling pre-ordered silver "mayan name" necklaces on the bus, and when they were delivered somebody's credit card didn't work.....grrrr!!! ) and didn't arrive back at our hotel until 9:00 p.m. that night; On a positive note, we did meet some wonderful people on the bus and enjoyed their company.
The history behind the ruins is amazing, considering there was no heavy machinery back then, and the engineering is mind boggling! Because our guide spent so much time in only two areas, we missed quite a bit around the outskirts of the main property. I wish we had visited Chichen Itza a few years ago when it was just ruins, and not a never-ending market.
When you first enter the ruins, there is a huge marketplace outside, which is fine. When you get IN to the ruins, there are tables literally lined up all along the walkways, and vendors are approaching you constantly while you are in the middle of your tour (whether the guide is speaking or not). I found it extremely frustrating, as the guide then began to try and encourage us to buy the "stuff" that was being sold, rather than focussing on the history of the ruins themselves.
This is an incredible architectural site, and well worth seeing. I would recommend you try to be there early in the day, and NOT on weekends (especially Sunday) when all the locals stream in. Our tour operator told us Sundays are incredibly packed. Make sure you have lots of sunscreen, water, bug spray (we got a few nasty bites in the shade), a hat and camera. If you want to use a video camera, you have to purchase some sort of licence....but we saw a lot of people with video cameras, and very few people paying for a licence. The history of the large pyramid and the ball court is amazing; we learned a lot about both areas.
Be prepared to be approached by vendors at least 50 times while you are on the grounds, and be wary of their "scams" ("Senorita, one dollar!" as they hold up a beautiful mask....hiding a little plastic pyramid in their other hand, which is actually the one dollar item). Don't get me wrong - I love the Mexican people and I understand that this is how they make their living, but it is intimidating after a while.
I hope this will be a helpful review.
We had a great time. It's an extremely hot trip and masks were "required" outside, though no one really complained when I took it down for a bit in the 107 degree blazing heat. It's truely an amazing site and it's worth the drive!
"Mind blowing historical site"
"Chichen Itza. What can I say! It was magnificent and fantastic. To say I've been to this ancient wonder of the world is mind blowing."
"I love seeing the wonders of the world. So seeing Chichen Itza in person is a privilege for me. Its astonishing to see especially if you have a guide explaining the sites for you."