The ball game
At only 40km/25 miles from Valladolid, this astonishing Mayan-Toltec archaeological site, is a must-see. We’ll arrive at opening time. So, besides having Chichén for your own (before the coast buses arrive), you’ll also avoid the heat.
A multilingual certified guide (+- 1 1/2hrs) will explain you about the Itzáes, the ancient inhabitants of Chichén Itzá, their impressive 30m/98 feet high Castle of Kukulcán (and its solar calendar reflected in it), the largest Ball Court in Mesoamerica and the Temple of the Warriors.
The Mayas are known for their astronomical knowledge. Not a telescope, but the windows in the Caracol point in the cardinal and subcardinal directions and are believed to enable the tracking of the movement of Venus, the Pleiades, the sun and the moon and other celestial events.
We’ll finish with this palace complex that shows some beautiful examples of different architectural styles: Chenes and Puuc.
After the guided visit you’ll have +- 1hr free time.
After visiting the archaeological site, we’ll go to a remote cenote. A quiet place to rest or take a refreshing dip. There we will have lunch made by the local Mayan women community we support.
This yellow city with its 16th century convent constructed on a Maya structure and having the second largest atrium in the world, is one of the first Magical Towns of Mexico.
We will show you some Maya structures you still can climb. One of these is the third largest building in Mesoamerica (in terms of volume).
Before we head back to Valladolid, you´ll have the opportunity to admire the beautiful work of one of the very talented local artisans Izamal offers:
- Cocoyol: jewelry made from local fruit seeds and spine of henequen.
- Miniatures: small-scale artwork.
- Papier-mâché: amazing work with mâché paper.
- Woodcarving: quite common artwork in the Maya region
Light and sound (optional)*
This evening performance brings you back in a mysterious Mayan time. You can see the simulation of the equinox: a magical play of light and shadows creates the appearance of a snake that gradually descends a staircase of the pyramid to complete the feathered serpent, Kukulcán.
- Entrance and transport not included
- You can buy tickets on this site: NOCHES DE KUKULKÁN (nochesdekukulkan.com)
|07:00am – 07:30am||Pick-up service|
|07:30am – 08:15am||To Chichén Itzá|
|08:30am – 10:00am||Guided tour|
|10:00am – 11:30am||Free time|
|11:30am – 11:45am||Trip to remote cenote|
|11:45am – 12:30pm||Swimming/relaxing time|
|12:30pm – 02:00pm||Lunch and trip to Izamal|
|02:15pm – 04:15pm||Visit Izamal|
|04:30pm – 06:30pm||Back to Valladolid|
Chichén Itzá sound and light show*
|05:45pm – 06:30pm||Departure|
|07:00pm – 08:00pm||Visit part of the site|
|08:00pm – 08:25pm||Show|
|08:30pm – 09:15pm||Back to Valladolid|
- In summertime we leave 1 hour later.
Price: 1790 mxn / 99 usd per person.
Children: From 4 – 11 years old 1490 mxn / 85 usd per child.
Includes: Transport with a.c., professional certified guide (+-1 1/2hrs + free time) in Chichén Itzá, transport insurances, taxes, entrance of a remote cenote, lunch (also vegetarian/vegan), and visit Izamal, pick-up and drop off your hotel/Airbnb Valladolid.
Not included: Entrance to Chichen Itza (237/533). Tips are appreciated.
Minimum: 3 people (If only 2 people on the tour, 25usd more per person).
Pick-up service included: Between 07:00 am.- 7:30 am
If you want to continue your trip to Merida, we can help you to catch the bus from Izamal.
Payment for booking is with Paypal or Transferwise. Only cash at arrival for due amount. More details in ‘Contact’.
We don’t get commissions in the places we visit! We won’t bother you with stopping at shops to let you buy souvenirs. So you will pay a correct price.
Prices for Chichén Itzá sound and light show
Price: 550 mxn / 29 usd per person.
Includes: Transport with a.c.
Not included: Entrance.
You can buy tickets on this site: https://nochesdekukulcan.com/.
Minimum: 3 people.
Recommended for all ages
You can change clothes at the cenote.
We recommend you to bring:
- Comfortable clothes
- Sport shoes or sandals
- Bug repellent
- Rain jacket
- Bottle of water
- Cash in pesos to pay the entrances
- Good humor
We recommend you not to apply insect repellent or sunscreen before entering the cenotes
We want to reduce the amount of plastic bottles on the tours. Please refill your bottle with purified water we´ll have available.