1 - 2 Hours
One Per Person
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Chichen Itza Tour
Uncover the mystery of Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of The World, with this self-guided walking tour. Learn about the complex Mayan civilization, explore the iconic El Castillo step pyramid, and uncover these ruins’ deepest secrets! The Chichen Itza tour allows you to explore this one-of-a-kind site at your own pace.
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Preview the Tour
Your Chichen Itza tour begins at the entrance to the archaeological site. As you enter and get your first look around, the first thing you’ll see is an ancient wall that once surrounded this site. The next landmark is pretty hard to miss–it’s the awe-inspiring Temple of Kukulcán, Chichen Itza’s most famous structure. But you won’t just be admiring this step pyramid; you’ll also learn about its unique construction and how it was built to honor the equinox.
Continuing, you’ll come to another of the city’s most impressive sights: the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game sort of like a cross between basketball and soccer–but with a 20-pound ball! Here, you’ll learn about the game and the unusual construction of the court.
Next, on the Chichen Itza tour, you’ll pass the ominously-titled Wall of Skulls, depicting the heads of sacrificial victims! Then you’ll arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Here, intricate carvings and sculptures illustrate the exploits of these highly trained, fearsome warriors.
After this is the Platform of Venus, which once held offerings to the stars, you’ll learn about the Mayans’ complex belief system here, how they used this platform and more.
Soon, you’ll arrive at The White Road, an ancient stone road that is one of the largest and most intact of its kind in existence. This leads to the Sacred Cenote, where ancient Mayans performed human sacrifices to appease their rain god.
Next is the Temple of Warriors, an impressive, multi-tiered temple hiding a dark secret. Your route takes you next to the Hall of a Thousand Columns, where people once shared meals together, followed by the Ossuary, where the grave of a High Priest is located.
Then it’s on to the Observatory. Here, you’ll discover how the Mayans viewed the heavens and what they believed the stars told them about their future.
Finally, you’ll arrive at the imposing but oddly-named Nunnery, followed closely by the Church. These two ancient structures are some of the most-photographed spots in the entire city and for a good reason! Your Chichen Itza tour concludes here.
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Starting Point Address: Bus Stop, Chichen Itza, Yuc., Mexico
Chichen Itza Entrance Ticket
When at the Chichen Itza, buy the ticket from the final entrance for $42. OR Buy “Skip the Line” tickets here: https://www.chichenitza.com/tickets
Chichen Itza Timings
You can visit the site from 8:30 AM – 5 PM. However, the cut-off time to enter the site is 4 PM. So plan accordingly.
Get the Mayan Ruins Bundle
Interested in knowing more about the Mayan ruins of Mexico? We highly recommend getting the Mayan Ruins bundle for just $16.99. The bundle include Coba, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam & Tulum.
How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
What You'll See
Ancient Walls of Chichen Itza
El Castillo : The Pyramid of Kukulkan
The Great Ball Court
Tzompantli : The Wall of Skulls
Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors
The Platform of Venus : The Platform for Offerings
Sacbe One : The White Road
Sacred Cenote : The Sacrificial Waters
Temple of the Great Tables
Temple of the Warriors
The Hall of Thousand Columns
The Ossuary : The High Priest’s Grave
El Caracol : The Observatory
The Red House : Casa Colorada
The Nunnery : Las Monjas
The Church : La Iglesia
East Wing of the Nunnery
Preview the Tour
Welcome Audio Story
El Castillo : The Pyramid of Kukulkan Audio Story
Chichen Itza is an archaeological site of an ancient city in Yucatan, Mexico.
Due to their relatively close proximity, tours from Cancun to Chichen Itza are plentiful. Tours from Cancun to Chichen Itza can range in prices from fifty-five to seventy-five USD per person.
Chichen Itza and Cancun are 120 miles apart.
Slightly further than Cancun, Tulum is 151 miles from Chichen Itza.
Playa del Carmen is about 110 miles from Chichen Itza, it will take drivers about two hours to get from one place to the other.
The weather is the best from November to March in Yucatan, Mexico. The summer months can be oppressively hot, and the rainy season begins after June, which would make for a wet and miserable tour of the ancient city. If you’d like to avoid the large crowds of visitors touring Chichen Itza, visit closer to November.
The first step that you will want to make when flying solo to Chichen Itza is to pick your timing. The best time of year to visit Chichen Itza is from November to March, as these are the months when you will have the most mild temperatures for your visit, avoiding the heat and rain. If you want to avoid crowds, you should arrive right at 8 am when the park surrounding the temple opens.
To prepare for your tour of chichen Itza, bring along a good pair of walking shoes, something to eat, and most importantly, plenty of water.
Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven wonders of the world. It is an exceptional display of the genius of the Mayan people and a glimpse into Mexicos’ fascinating history. It is well worth a tour.
Chichen Itza occupies about four square miles and there is a lot to see. On a tour of Chichen Itza, you can anticipate about three hours of standing and walking.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.