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Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

1. Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá, Valladolid, and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through Yucatan and Quintana Roo peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to reach the city of Valladolid. Stroll through the colorful streets before chowing down on a Mexican buffet lunch. Relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back to home.

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Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, & Valladolid with Lunch

2. Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, & Valladolid with Lunch

Depart for the archaeological site of Chichen Itza between 07:10 AM and 08:10 AM and prepare yourself for a 2.5-hour historical tour of the most famous of the ancient cities of the Yucatec Maya. Named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007, Chichen Itza was once one of the largest cities of the Mayan civilization and thought to be one of the most mystical. See the stunning pyramid Temple of Kukulkan and marvel at the row of columns in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors. Look at the observatory temple of "El Caracol" and continue to highlights such as the sacrificial pit of the Great Ball Court, where the ancient ball game of "pok-ta-pok" was played. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Then, take a refreshing swim in the cenote of Ik-Kil and experience an underground lake on one of the subterranean river systems sacred to the Mayans. Enjoy lunch before driving to Valladolid, where you will spend about 30 minutes in the 16th-century colonial city before the return journey and drop off at your hotel between 06:30 and 07:30 PM.

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From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

3. From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

Start your journey by getting picked up in Tulum. Discover Chichen Itza, a spectacular archaeological site and a must-see for those interested in history and culture.  See renowned structures with your guide such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan and the Great Ball Court. Get a glimpse of the achievements of the Mayan civilization.  After Chichen Itza, go to a local community-run cenote, the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and cool down in the refreshing blue waters.  Then head to Valladolid, a city where past and present come together. Be amazed by the colorful architecture and the local food culture.  Have lunch at the courtyard of a restored colonial mansion and wander the square and nearby streets. Take photos and enjoy shopping as you get a taste of the slow-paced Mexican life.

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Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

4. Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

After convenient pick-up from your hotel, you will head into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover a sparkling, picturesque cenote cavern pond at Hubiku. Dive into the cool, clear water and chat with your guide about how these jungle-surrounded pools are formed from underground freshwater streams. Afterwards, recharge with a tasty buffet lunch of Yucatecan specialties, before heading to the region's main historic attraction. Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, embark on a comprehensive guided tour that immerses you in the archaeological site's most breathtaking landmarks. Marvel at the mysterious Kukulkan Pyramid, learning about its role in pre-Columbian Maya civilization from your engaging guide. Nearby, take a look at the largest ball court in the Americas and imagine ancient players involved in a rousing game of pok ta pok, a ritual that was practiced throughout the Maya Empire. Catch your reflection in the Cenote Sagrado sacrificial pond, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Observatory, which dates back over 1,000 years. On your way back, make a stop at the main square of Valladolid and admire its colonial architecture and the 16th-century San Gervasio Church before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

5. Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

Discover one of the "New Wonders of the Modern World" on a full-day trip back in time to the unique Mayan temples of Chichen Itza. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you will drive down the coast of the Maya Riviera, enjoying a breakfast en route. Upon arrival, a local guide will lead you on a fascinating tour of the archaeological remains to reveal the vision of the world as viewed by the Mayans. Learn about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic history at landmark monuments, such as the Kukulcan Pyramid and Temple of a Thousand Columns. You will have some free time to explore this magical place on your own, before heading to the cenote (sinkhole) of Saamal. Swim in the cold and mysterious underground waters, and learn why they were sacred to the Mayans. Taste the flavors of the Yucatan and Mexico at a local restaurant. Then, re-board the coach to drive back to Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Complimentary water, soda, and beer will be served on board throughout the tour, and before your drop off you will take a panoramic circuit of the colonial city of Valladolid, built over the Maya town of Zaci-Val in 1545.

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Cancun: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

6. Cancun: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

Get free entry to over 30 attractions in Cancun and Riviera Maya and save up to 50% compared to buying individual attraction tickets with this easy-to-use digital pass. Purchase a 3, 4, 5, or 7-day pass and enjoy one premium activity, including manatee and dolphin encounters, Xcaret Park admission, and a Chichen Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Day Trip. Take to the skies on a parasailing adventure, hop aboard a catamaran to Isla Mujeres, snorkel the reef at Puerto Morelos, climb the highest pyramid in the Mayan Riviera on a tour of Coba, and much more. Attractions and tours included: • Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise with Steak or Vegetarian Food • Parasailing Adventure in Cancun • Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park Adventure • "Get Up and Go" Catamaran Sail to Isla Mujeres • 1-Day Avis Car Rental • Textures of Mexico: Cancun Street Food & Art and Local Market Day Tour • Tulum Express Tour with Hotel Pickup • Reef, Turtle and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour • La Gran Rueda Cancun "The Wheel" • Interactive Aquarium Cancun • Isla Mujeres Discovery Sailing Trip • Ventura Pass at Ventura Park • Extreme Canopy Tour at Selvatica Park • Shopping Tour in Cancun • Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen • Extreme Adventure Puerto Morelos Snorkel • Coba and Cenote Swim Tour with Lunch • Snorkel Native Park Admission • Jungle Maya Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • Dancer Cruise Cancun with Snorkeling • Full-Day Tour to Ek Balam & Cenote Maya with Lunch • Paradise SubSee Excursion at Paraiso Nizuc • Snorkel in Musa Nizuc plus Subsee Experience • Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya • Underwater Museum Snorkel at Paraiso Nizuc • Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour • 2-hour Open Bar at Señor Frog’s • Jungle Tour Speedboat with Aquabounce Tour • Chichen Itza & Valladolid Roundtrip Transportation Choose 1 premium attraction (3+ day passes only): • Xel-Há Park All-inclusive Entry • Xcaret at Night Park Admission • Extreme Adventure Park All-Day Combo Tour • Manatee Encounter with Lunch in Cozumel or Isla Mujeres • Dolphin Encounter with Lunch, Maroma Beach Club Access, and Transportation • Chichen Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Day Trip Check the included digital guide for the most up-to-date list of attractions and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass.

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Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

7. Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

Spend 2.5 thrilling and adventure-filled hours at the Cenote Maya Native Park. Descend into the region’s most impressive cenote which reaches 60 m (196 feet) in diameter with an almost perfect circular shape. Admire the stunning crystal-clear waters and geological formations which make this swimming hole a great natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase. Take part in optional included adventure activities including swimming, diving, traversing "trepachanga" (ropes),  swinging on Tarzan-style vines, and rappeling down 26 m (85 feet) into the water.  After that, participate in an authentic Mayan ritual. Delve into the natural world and witness a blessing ceremony carried out by a Mayan shaman of the community and scented by copal, a tree resin used for incense. Finally, enjoy a traditional meal made with organic orchard supplies and handmade tortillas.

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From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

8. From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

Discover the culture and heritage of Yucatecan on a day trip from Mérida to the cities of Izamal and Valladolid. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers, and savor a delicious buffet meal during the tour. After pickup at your hotel, the experience begins with a panoramic visit to the colonial city of Valladolid. Pass through beautiful neighborhoods, and admire the architecture of monuments such as the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and the Cathedral of San Gervasio. Following the tour, you'll enjoy some free time to explore these sites at your own pace. Continue to a buffet restaurant for a delicious lunch of local Yucatecan dishes. After your meal, take a dip in the cool waters of a cenote by the restaurant. Head towards Izamal, and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque place. Admire the yellow-painted houses, and learn why this city is known the city of the three cultures. See its pyramids and visit the Franciscan convent, before returning to your hotel in Mérida.

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From Cancún: Chichen Exclusive Adventure VIP Tour

9. From Cancún: Chichen Exclusive Adventure VIP Tour

Depart from Cancún in the morning and be one of the first to arrive at Chichén Itzá, the complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Beating the crowds and the heat, enjoy a tour with a specialized guide and learn all about the incredible civilization that once dominated this area.   Before making your way back to Cancún, stop for a quick visit to the colonial town of Valladolid, known for its medieval religious sites with a history dating from the 1400s.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 465 reviews

Our guide Marco was incredibly informed, spoke with great detail and passion, and kept his energy positive and upbeat throughout the long trip. The day was well organised, the tour fascinating, and the cenote swim an absolute joy. The only negative points: Get Your Guide website said we’d leave Tulum at 730. We left at 8:15am and began our tour at nearly 11am. The sun was so hot I got a bad migraine and was exhausted by 1pm. Would strongly prefer to start a tour like this at 930am latest. Our driver drove above the speed limit (!)… made us queasy. Lunch was very light and more like an appetiser than a full meal, considering the price we paid ($130 per person).

Very nice trip! Good guide. A little long time at the ruins. Would be great to see another Cenote - it was insanely beautiful. Great with a very delicious restaurant. All in all, a really good day.

This was a great experience and well worth the price. The tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and definitely made the trip unforgettable.

It was an amazing day. My tour guide sam was the most incredible! My second tour guide Jose was just as good!

This was awesome excursion and worth every penny. The staff was awesome and it made our vacation.