Chichen Itza tours provide a peek into another world and another time. These Mayan ruins on the north of the Yucatan Peninsula are close to many of the resort towns, making Chichen Itza an easy day trip. You can spend the day climbing to the top of ancient temples and be back into time for dinner at your all inclusive resorts and beachside hotels.
Chichen Itza Tours From Cancun
Many companies lead Chichen Itza tours from Cancun. The two cities are just over 100 miles apart, so you won't have to spend a lot of time on the road. A typical tour starts after breakfast somewhere, between 7 and 8 a.m. Once you arrive, about two hours later, you'll have time to see the UNESCO World Heritage site up close. Several other outfitters offer transportation to and from the Cancun airport, with a variety of departure times to best fit your schedule.
Chichen Itza Tours From Playa del Carmen
Other tours are available from Playa del Carmen, but the trip is a little longer, but still easy enough to begin exploring before lunch. Chichen Itzen tours from Playa del Carmen are an excellent addition to your vacation plans. After plenty of time on the beaches, it's nice to take some time to experience Mexican culture. Most outfitters will pick you right at your hotel lobby and bring you right to the ruins. Once you arrive, a guide will fill you in on the interesting history of of the Mayan civilization and the purpose these buildings served. You'll also have time to explore the ruins on your own, with time to climb the steps to the top of El Castillo, the four-sided temple. Many packages include snacks and lunch along the way as well as cold drinks.
Chichen Itza Tours From Cozumel
If you're planning Chichen Itzen tours from Cozumel, plan for the trip to take two to three hours. Many of the tours begin at the ferry terminal. The trip between the two locations is fairly easy thanks to a paved highway. If you wanted to explore on your own rather than an organized tour, it isn't hard to rent a car or hop on public transportation. Plenty of tours are available once you arrive, so you can still get the insider's view even if you're traveling on your own. The Chichen Itzen ruins tend to be the busiest in the late morning, so you might want to plan to visit first thing in the morning or sign up for one of the afternoon tours.