There are more ways than one to visit Chichén Itzá from Tulum. Check out this comparison of the best tours to the stunning world wonder.
It’s easy to get swept up in the laid-back pattern of life in the new age haven of Tulum, but even if you only make one day trip during your stay, make sure it’s to Chichén Itzá. Voted one of the seven modern wonders of the world, this site was not only revered by the Maya empire native to this land, but also attracted Aztecs and many other regional cultures. The city is a remarkable example of the advanced nature of the religion, culture and science of these pre-Columbian societies.
Chichén Itzá, Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour from Tulum
There are three components to this 10-hour tour from Tulum that explore three very different sides of the Yucatán Peninsula. First is the rich, deeply fascinating pre-Columbian culture found at Chichén Itzá, an ostensibly Maya city that also attracted Aztecs and many other regional groups. Second are the unique natural landforms, such as cenotes, where fresh water fed entire communities and nowadays makes for a fun swimming spot. Finally, there’s the Spanish colonial imprint at Valladolid, in the form of leafy plazas and sturdy cathedrals. From $64 per person.
Chichén Itzá Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch
Another daily Chichén Itzá tour from Tulum starts out by visiting Cenote Saamal, one of the more impressive examples of this natural limestone formation. Water pours over the edges and down into the pool below, where swimmers escape the heat. Next you will have a guided tour of Chichén Itzá, the perfect way to appreciate the intricate meanings and details etched onto the remarkably preserved temples and observatory. A buffet lunch is included in the price. From $96 per person.
From Tulum: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, and Valladolid Small Group Tour
If the idea of pouring out of a coach at each stop with 40 other travelers does not sound too appealing, then this small group option limits guests to ten, each day. Another bonus of this more personal tour is that you can visit a community-run cenote, have lunch in a colonial mansion and best of all, Chichén Itzá is your first port of call for the day, so you can avoid the main tourist rush that comes later on. From $145 per person.