When visiting the Yucutan Peninsula, one of the most popular things to do outside of your resort/hotel is to visit the Mayan ruins of Mexico. Mexico has so many ruins it’s hard to decide which ones to visit. This post isn’t designed to persuade you to choose one over the other or even tell you which tour you shouldchoose . Instead, it is designed to provide answers to your questions and show you what a typical Chichen Itza tour looks like.
WHICH MAYAN RUINS DID YOU VISIT WHILE YOU WERE IN CANCUN?
We decided to visit one of the most popular ruins in Mexico, the Chichen Itza Ruins, located in the Yucatan region. According to Wikipedia, Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.2 million tourists visit the ruins every year.
HOW LONG SHOULD I PLAN TO VISIT CHICHEN ITZA IF I’M COMING FROM CANCUN?
The tours from Cancun take approximately 12 hours. It is a full day tour and with all the adventures and commuting, you wouldn’t want it any shorter.
HOW FAR AWAY IS CHICHEN ITZA FROM CANCUN?
By car, Chichen Itza is roughly a 2-3 hour drive from Cancun depending on where you’re staying.
SHOULD I RENT A CAR AND DRIVE TO CHICHEN ITZA INSTEAD OF TAKING A TOUR?
The short answer is no. We were tossing this idea around and weighing the cost between renting a car or going on a scheduled tour. Because a lot of tours include pick-up from your resort or hotel, a lunch, guided tours, access and parking to attractions, creating your own itinerary would be difficult (and wouldn’t save you that much time or money).
HOW MUCH DO TOURS COST FROM CANCUN TO CHICHEN ITZA?
Tours vary greatly depending on where you’re staying, which tour company you’re using, how much time you want to spend, and other factors. We recommend talking to your concierge to see if they have any partnerships with tour companies to make it cheaper or easier. Our tour from Cancun to Chichen Itza cost roughly $100 per person. If you don’t have access to a concierge, I recommend travel tours with Viator or TripAdvisor.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A TYPICAL TOUR FROM CANCUN TO CHICHEN ITZA?
Our tour included transportation, a sit down lunch of authentic mayan cuisine, an adventure to a cenote, and access to Chichen Itza (+guided tour). See below for a snapshot of our journey!
Sit down lunch
Shopped for souvenirs
Ryan & Kira Jumping in a Mexican Cenote
Chichen Itza tour & exploration
We highly recommend going on a tour from Cancun to Chichen Itza. We had an awesome time! While we loved the Mayan ruins, the cenote was our favorite spot of the day. Feel free to post your experiences and recommendation below!