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Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun

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Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

This full-day tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch—see Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO Site, and have a chance to participate in an ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural importance of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With round-trip hotel transport, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss. *Please note that cenote Ik Kil is still closed and on the tour, at the moment, we will visit the cenote Selva Maya, which is very similar to Ikkil, until Ikkil is opened.
  • Tour of Chichen Itza, Ik-Kil cenote, and Valladolid from Cancun
  • Discover the archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Swim in the tranquil Ik-Kil cenote and visit Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city
  • Participate in a Temazcal ritual led by a real shaman
  • Hear about Maya history and culture from a guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour makes covering these top Yucatan attractions easier (and less expensive) than trying to arrange transportation independently, especially if you're traveling with your family or large groups. Bring a few pesos if you want to rent a locker or life jacket for easy floating at the cenote.
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Pick up & drop-off, transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Professional certificated bilingual guide
Lunch (regional buffet)
Guided visit to Chichen-Itza & free time there, visit to the cenote Ik-Kil & free time there
All Taxes & Fees, no extra or hidden charges
Drinks, unless specified
Temazcal part for the option of the tour with the pick up from Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel lobby in Cancun hotel zone; for downtown hotels/accommodations in Cancun we offer several meeting points; and meeting point in Puerto Juarez Ultramar for Isla Mujeres hotels. Pick up from All-Inclusive Hotels on Riviera Maya, Akumal and Tulum is included. For Hotels in Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Playacar and Tulum we offer several meeting points. Please make sure you mentioned your hotel/accommodation details when making a booking. Please contact local supplier at least 48 hours before the tour to confirm your pick up time.

After early morning hotel pickup, travel with your guide to Valladolid, Yucatán’s third-largest city also called the Sultaness of the East. Get to know this quiet 16th-century city on a guided tour. Then enjoy a chance to participate in the ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman.

Then, head to the UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza, the city-cradle of ancient Mayans. During this tour, explore the area and gain insight into its top landmarks, including the Kukulkan pyramid, an astronomical observatory, and the ball court. Learn about the dangerous game of pok-ta-pok played by warriors. You’ll also have free time to enjoy Chichen Itza on your own.

Take a break from sightseeing with a swim in Ik-Kil, an underground cenote before ending the tour with drop-off at your Cancun hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Valladolid
Visit to Valladolid where you'll spend about 20 minutes in the center of the colonial city built in 16th century.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chichen Itza
2.5-hour historical tour in one of the most famous ancient Yucatan cities - Chichen Itza.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cenote Ik kil
One complete hour of refreshing swim on one of the most beautiful sinkholes in a cenote called Ik-Kil.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Bring towels, sunscreen and sunglasses, remember to use biodegradable sunscreen.
  • You may want to bring a light sweater or jacket as it could get cold on the transportation on our way to Chichén Itzá and back.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, flip flops are not recommended for the archaeological site.
  • Don’t bring tripod for your camera, as it is not allowed to get these inside the Mayan Ruins.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • You must contact local supplier at least 24 hours before your product date to confirm your reservation and arrange transportation. Use the contact details on your confirmation/voucher.
  • This tour is available only from Cancun. Please don´t forget to specify your accommodation name and/or address in the booking.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers
  • OPERATED BY OlMar Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun.
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What is the maximum group size during Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you have mobility issues don’t even think about swimming/ the stairs down are not safe." See review
  • "It was extremely HOT with very little shade so it’s best to bring an umbrella." See review
  • "Would definitely recommend bringing a hat/umbrella to Chichen Itza as there is minimal shade and stock up on water!" See review

Reviews

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star-4
Amazing Experience- Best Way to experience the Yucatan Peninsula
Mary_S
, Sep 2021
This is the best way to see Chichen Itza as well as do a Cenote. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. Victor was our tour guide and he was amazing. His English was perfect, so even with a mask those that only speak English can understand everything he is saying (he also speaks spanish and Mayan). As someone who loves history he was full of knowledge and never tired of my questions. He was funny, informative and professional. I am usually one to defer tour guides and do it myself. Chichen Itza has no signs in its venue and I got so much more from Victor than any sign could have explained. I highly recommend this avenue to see this Wonder of the World. The Cenote they take you to is amazing, one of the largest which includes a waterfall. Even though there were buses and buses of people, it was big enough to accommodate and didn't take from the experience. These were our two must sees- Chichen Itza and a Cenote on our trip to Mexico, this tour did both of these thing amazingly. Valladolid was an added bonus and a wonderful bonus. Its an old colonial town that you can wander around the square and see a 300 year old church and try some authentic Mexican street food. Reasons this isn't 5 stars -You are in the bus a lot!!!! We spent a total of 9 hours in the bus! Which we did not expect. Granted we were unfortunate in that they picked us up from our hotel first and dropped us off last, so most spend 1-2 hours less driving than us (we stayed at Dreams Riveria Maya). But we were gone from our hotel all day with a lot of it in the car. Chichen Itza is 3 hours from Playa del Carmen, so be aware. Bring a book or be ready to nap. -Lunch was amazing, but they stopped us at a place of vendors and it felt like the only reason we stopped was for them to sell stuff to tourists. There are vendors at Chichen Itza that sold almost the same stuff and the vendors at the location were just as aggressive. We would highly recommend this trip! But those are some things we wish we had known.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Mary, Thank for taking your time and leave such a great and detailed review. We are pleased to hear you have enjoyed our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. Unfortunately, because of the specifics of the area, distances between the hotels on Riviera Maya and the distance from Playa del Carmen to Chichen-Itza, the logistics of the tour can be tricky and complicated. We are, of course, trying to do our best to optimize the logistics. Hope to see you again soon on OlMar Travel Mexico tours. Best regards, OlMar Travel Team
star-5
Coolest experience ever
Rachel-J
, Sep 2021
My husband and I did this tour on our honeymoon and had the best time ever!!! They spoke both Spanish and English for everyone on the bus, gave us tips of things to avoid while in chichen itza and gave us a very full experience. They do try to sell you on a few things but you can just ignore it if you want to. Lunch was absolutely delicious, the tour at chichen itza was so knowledgeable then we had free time to explore, and swimming at the cenote is amazing! I would suggest eating a snack like elotes or something similar when you’re in Validolid because you get back a bit late (around 8pm) but that didn’t bother me, I had an amazing time!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Travelers, Thank for such a great review. We are pleased to hear you have enjoyed our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. Hope to see you again soon on OlMar Travel Mexico tours. Best regards, OlMar Travel Mexico Team
star-3
Overall it's a nice experience, but too rushed.
Maria_Z
, Sep 2021
It's a very long trip from Cancún, take snacks and lots of water. Our first stop was to have lunch. At this same location they have an over priced gift shop, my suggestion is not to purchase anything until you arrive to Chichen Itza where you can find the same souvenirs for half the price. Once you arrive to Chichen Itzq make sure you ask your tour guide to provide you with an umbrella to protect you from the strong sun rays,( we got some rain). Our third stop was the Cenote with only 1hr, you still have to get into your swim wear, rent locker and a life jacket, now you only have 30min to enjoy the Cenote. I recommended having your swim wear under your light clothes to expedite your time. Our final stop was Vallidot. This place is really nice where you can take pictures and enjoy a nice Mexican treat, but again, we only had 30min at this location. Overall it's a nice experience, but too rushed.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Maria, Thank you for taking your time and tell us about your experience on our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. Unfortunately, because of the specifics of the area, distances between the hotels and the distance from Cancun to Chichen-Itza, the logistics of the tour can be tricky and complicated. Chichen-Itza is 3 hours away from Cancun (one way). Taking this into account you may understand, that it requires a strict schedule for a large group to be able to visit and enjoy all the spots. We are, of course, always trying to do our best to optimize the logistics. For those travelers seeking more personalized experience we usually recommend to book a private tour, where you will be picked up by private transport, you will have your own personal certificated guide and you will enjoy your own private experience having the opportunity to customize the tour. Please don´t hesitate to contact us, if there is anything else we can help you with. Best regards, OlMar Travel Team
star-5
Hope you love it as I did!
Rosario_N
, Aug 2021
Hearing the story and history from a local guide was a great experience. All the places included are amazing and make this a great option tour to choose. In one day, you experience the Mayan culture history, breathtaking Chichen Itza, ancient beautiful Valladolid, and swimming in the cold yet amazing water of a cenote. Great lunch option, spiritual and fun trip!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Travelers, Thank for such a great review. We are pleased to hear you have enjoyed our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. Hope to see you soon on OlMar Travel Mexico tours. Best regards, OlMar Travel Team
star-5
Well organized tour.We we’re picked up from El CID marina resort and met in Cancun with the rest of the group.
Tamara_D
, Aug 2021
Everything was unforgettable experience , especially cenote. We wish we had more time there. If you are going to Chichen Itza bring with you plastic rain cover and have comfortable shoes.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Travelers, Thank for such a great review. We are pleased to hear you have enjoyed our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. Hope to see you soon on OlMar Travel Mexico tours. Best regards, OlMar Travel Team
star-3
Pyramids were a powerful presence.
Teachertori
, Aug 2021
Seeing the pyramids was amazing. The constant selling of the tour guide was exhausting and irritating. The 1 hour stop prior to lunch at the store of his preference..the mayan calender..and then personalized bottle...it's like If I knew ahead time without the hard-sell I'd make choices... and being surrounded through out the pyramids and then being naive in purchases later finding marked made in China was disheartening. The trip to the town is a joke...no historical information and literally 20 minutes to explore was a waste of time. However aside from the constant selling our tour guide was kind I informative and professional. The bus was very comfortable. I needed to bring more money for tips and to pay for life jacket at canote.... I'll plan better next time. Tour at pyramids was okay but the guides visuals were not professional and appeared to have been used well beyond their expiration. Printing info from Wikipedia or such probably just as I formative....except for the clapping at the steps...that was worth it
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Traveler, Thank you for taking your time and tell us about your experience on the tour. Your opinion is very important for us. Unfortunately, we can´t take responsibility for ambulatory market vendors you may find around Chichen-Itza and for the things they sell there. However, let me say, that for many of these local communities representatives these sales are the only source of income and our guides usually try to help them. The purchases are not obligatory. Visit to Valladolid is short, just as described in the tour description. Once again, thank you for your review. We constantly working on improving our products and will take all these into consideration. Hope to see you on OlMar Travel Tours once again soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Best regards,  Mariia Kireeva 
star-5
Awesome Experience
Marlon_W
, Aug 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The bus arrived on time overall a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Travelers, Thank for such a great review. We are pleased to hear you have enjoyed our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. Hope to see you soon on OlMar Travel Mexico tours. Best regards, OlMar Travel Team
star-2
Poor experience
Jcm
, Jul 2021
Tour guides were a little pushy when it came to buying souvenirs and wanting tips at the end of the tour. Arrived 2.5 hours late at resort than scheduled at end of trip. Tour of Mayan temple was rushed. Made unexpected food stops.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Travelers, First of all, thank you for taking your time and to tell us about your experience on our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. We are sorry to hear, that the experience was not pleasant for you. We would like you to ask you some questions regarding the experience, you answers may help us to improve our products quality overall. You are saying, that the "Tour of Mayan temple was rushed". We usually give our travelers 2,5-3 hours in Chichen-Itza. You can explore the ruins with the assigned guide or on your own path. Usually this time is more, than enough. Have you been given less time on the tour? "Arrived 2.5 hours". Usually our clients are back to their hotels at around 8-9 p.m. depending on the traffic. It is 12 hours tour and the distance to Chichen-Itza is large. Can you please specify what time you came back to the hotel on the day of the tour? Whats do you mean by "unexpected food stops"? Waiting for your comments. Thank you in advance. Best regards, OlMar Travel Mexico Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Comment about the tour
leopoldo_D
, Jul 2021
The tour guide in the bus Orlando was very knowledgeable & very helpful on giving tips ( like what you should do & what you should not do) to the places that we visited.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Travelers, Thank for such a great review. We are pleased to hear you have enjoyed our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. Hope to see you soon on OlMar Travel Mexico tours. Best regards, OlMar Travel Team
star-3
Just an "ok" tour
Erika_G
, Jul 2021
This tour was average. It was crowded with a lot of people so keep that in mind. We stopped in a Mayan town where we could purchase souvenirs. A buffet lunch was also provided there. Drinks (inluding water) was not provided but could be purchased. They charged about $3 (usd) for water, so bring cash. Visiting the Chichen Itza was great but very hot. I recommend taking lots of water, sunscreen, and an umbrella. This tour company doesn't provide guides on site but you can be assigned a guide when you get there or elect to roam the ruins on your own. We visited Cenote Samal which was not in a cave and open. It was super crowded, so it was not as enjoyable as our visits to other cenotes from different tours. Out of all the tours I took on my trip, this was our least favorite.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Erika, Thank you for taking your time and tell us about your experience on our shared tour to Chichen-Itza. First off all, I would like to highlight, that we do provide professional guide in Chichen-Itza. Those guide you are saying that the travelers can be assigned to are paid by a tour providers. Once you get to Chichen-Itza with our tour you can explore the ruins with the guide we provide o choose to explore on your own. In the tour description you can find a detailed information on what is included and what is not. We do provide lunch, but beverages are not included. The description of the experience on Trip Advisor is very clear about this. When sending a confirmation email to our clients we usually recommend bring water and cash for personal expenses. As for the weather and crowds, we wish we can control this factors, but we can´t. Especially in a high tourist season in the middle of the summer, when it is particularly hot. Thank you for all your comments and observations. We are always working on improving our products quality and these will definitely help us. In conclusion, we would like to add, that those travelers seeking more personalized experience, which suits their specific need (taking a very precise type of the photos, getting to the cenote early in the morning, spend more time in any given spot, etc) we encourage them to book a private experience. On a private tour you will be picked up by private transport, you will have your own personal certificated guide and you will enjoy your own private experience having the opportunity to customize the tour. Please don´t hesitate to contact us, if there is anything else we can help you with. Best regards, OlMar Travel Team

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