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LocalAventura Tour: Full-Day Chichen Itza Tour

Full-Day Chichen Itza Tour

Spend the day discovering ancient history in Chichen Itza and nearby Mayan archaeological sites!
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12 hrs

Cancún

1 ~ 12

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Description

Embrace the opportunity to view one of the new Seven Wonders of the World: Chichén Itzá. This marvel of ancient technology is one of the most famous Maya cities in the world. It is beautifully and meticulously built and contains the largest ancient ball court in the American continent with unique, detailed stone carvings that have survived centuries. The Maya designed and situated their creations so carefully that, on sunset of the equinox, the edges of The Temple of Kukulkán illuminate in a way that displays a descending serpent of light on its steps. At night, the ancient city comes to life with daily light shows that illuminate the buildings’ unique architecture. Among these, you’ll also tour Chichén Itzá and the Sacred City of the Water Sorcerers while your guide gives you details of the history of the buildings.

Afterwards, you cool off in a cenote (imagine a naturally formed cave pool with a stunning sunroof), relaxing in its crystal clear water. After refueling with some lovely Mayan delicacies at a local restaurant, you’ll embark on the last leg of your adventure: Izamal, a little town with a lot of history. Known as “The Yellow City,” due to the color of its buildings, Izamal is a major archaeological site with five giant Mayan sculptures and thousands of smaller ancient structures. Once there, you’ll climb one of the tallest temples in the Yucatán Peninsula, Kinich Kak Mo. You’ll also visit the colorful and traditional local market and then end your stay at Izamal on a horse-drawn carriage through the central square. Come join this incredible tour through history and witness the grandeur of the Mayan civilization while listening experiencing the tastes and smells of the still living Mayan traditions.

Itinerary:

  • Get picked up at your accommodations in Cancán (or anywhere in Riviera Maya) 
  • Cool off in a Cenote at high noon
  • Relax with a traditional Mayan meal
  • Arrive at Izamal, also known as “The Yellow City”
  • Return to your accommodations

Available days

Everyday

Eligibility criteria

  • This tour is suitable for all ages
  • Must have basic swimming skills
  • Must be able to walk comfortably for periods of up to one hour

What's Included

  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Expert Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Necessary gear

What's not included

  • Breakfast

Additional Pricing Information (*)

Larger groups may be accomodated, please contact founders@localaventura.com for a price quote.


Recommendations

  • Wear light­colored clothing, comfortable walking sneakers, and sunglasses
  • Bring sunblock, mosquito repellent, a camera, a bathing suit and towel
  • Get a good night's sleep to prepare for your day of adventure!

Tags

Good for Groups Family-Friendly Outdoorsy Types Day Trip

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Gudelio and Team

I was born and raised in Monterrey, México. I've been in love with my country, its traditions, and its pre­hispanic cultures since I was a kid. When I first learned about the ancient cultures of Mexico, I was fascinated and sought out any archaeology, Maya, or Aztec book I could get my hands on. I also love nature so much that, in my youth, I would take long hikes in the mountains that surround my hometown, sometimes camping out for a whole week. There’s nothing I love more than a bonfire under a sky full of stars. Deciding to experience other cultures, I moved to California for 4 years and was immersed in the diversity of American culture. I loved getting to meet people from all over the world. It was an experience that widened my view of the world and showed me the differences in people’s histories and languages. I then traveled around the U.S., Cuba, Belize, Spain, and Honduras.

When I finally returned to Mexico, I moved to the Yucatan peninsula because I had always dreamed of its beaches and wanted to be closer to Mayan culture. Moving to Cancun was a dream come true. Its coast is beautiful, its jungle lush, and its Mayan heritage strong. After that, I fell in love with Playa del Carmen and decided to move here after a few years because of its small town atmosphere and the diversity of the people that pass through. I traveled around a lot of Mexico, but still have a lot to explore and learn. I've called the Yucatan Peninsula my home since 2008 and wouldn't trade it for anything.

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