Chichen Itza ruins and Swim in Cenote

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PRIVATE TOUR: Discover the Wonders of the Yucatan: private guided visit of Chichen Itza ruins and swim in a cenote (Xkeken, Samula or Oxman). With a lunch at a Gourmet restaurant in Valladolid.

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide
  • Toll road when pick up from Playa del Carmen and Cancun
  • All entrance fees
  • Life vests at the cenote
  • Coffee, snacks & cool drinks in the van (waters, soda)
  • Lunch with one main course a la carte

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Chichen Itza ruins and Swim in Cenote Private Tour

Have you always wanted to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World? If so, and you love both history and nature, then our all-inclusive tour that combines a Chichen Itza private tour with the amazing experience of swimming in a cenote is sure to be a perfect fit for your group’s day trip to the Riviera Maya.

Skip the crowds

Our Chichen Itza private tour is designed to ensure that you get the most for your money by avoiding the crowds at Chichen Itza ruins, whose main pyramid earned it the honor of being named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

When you reach this popular archaeological site that was once one of the largest cities of the ancient Maya, your private tour guide will show you around all of its most famous attractions. In addition to marveling at El Castillo, its impressive step pyramid, you’ll also be able to see features like the Great Ball Court, which was used to play a popular Maya sport, and many other temples, pyramids and notable archaeological ruins.

The best way to cool off after spending the entire morning exploring Chichen Itza in the hot Mexican weather is to have a swim in a cenote!

So, we’ll head to the cenote, you can choose one cenote to visit between Cenote Oxman, Xkeken and Samula, 2 beautiful underground caverns formed by rainwater eroding limestone. We provide all of the equipment you need to go swimming. Your certified guide will show you the cenote’s natural features and lead you through the cool refreshing water.

Once you’ve finished exploring the many fascinating areas of Chichen Itza and cenote, we’ll head to the nearby city of Valladolid, where you can rest for a bit and enjoy an authentic Mexican lunch at a gourmet restaurant, with the delicious cuisine from the Yucatan. After lunch you will have some time to walk around the colonial city and to shop!


General info

  • Private Tour: Only you, the guide and the driver, nobody else!
  • Duration: 11/12 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Snorkeling: Basic swimming skills required. This excursion suits everyone from novices to experts.
  • Cenote: You can choose one cenote between Cenote Oxman,Xkeken and Samula.
    Cenote Ik Kil is not included (read our article about it).
  • What’s on the menu? Selection of best specialities from Yucatan Cuisime… with vegetarian, fish, chicken & meat options. With corn or flour tortillas. We can accommodate special diets and allergies, just let us know!
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.

Price includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation (Booster car seat and baby car seat available on request)
  • Experienced certified private guide
  • Toll road when pick up from Playa del Carmen and Cancun
  • All entrance fees
  • Life jackets
  • Coffee and cookies
  • Snacks & Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda)
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte

Price excludes

  • Drinks at the restaurant
  • Ruins: In case you bring a go pro camera, a video camera or a phone with a selfie stick, there is a 50 pesos (less than 3USD) per device charged at the entrance of each archeological site, to be paid in pesos (INAH tax) – Drones and Tripods for video/cameras are forbidden.
  • Tips


Our tours are scheduled at the best hours to avoid high traffic and heat on the sites.
Discover the 3 benefits of an early departure to visit Chichen Itza

06:15am: Private transportation from your hotel to Chichen Itza (a little bit less than 3hours driving, we have one hour difference time between Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Tulum and Chichen Itza)
08:00am – 11:30am: Visit of Chichen Itza + free time
11:30am – 12:15pm: Transportation
12:15pm – 01:15pm: Swim in cenote Xkeken or Samula or Oxman
01:15pm – 01:30pm: Transportation
01:30pm – 03:00pm: Lunch in Valladolid + free time
03:00pm – 06:00pm: Transportation to your hotel

Pick up time is recommended time to avoid the crowds. We can leave later if you want to.

What to bring

  • Beach Towels
  • Swimsuit (We recommend wearing it in the morning and feel free to change after snorkeling activities)
  • Comfortable shoes for the ruins (We recommend tennis shoes)
  • Flip flops or sandals for water activities (Water shoes are optional but can be worn for added comfort)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and we recommend wearing a rash-guard/UV-Shirt for water activities*
  • Mosquito repellent*
  • Cash (for tour payment, tips, souvenirs…)
  • Camera/Underwater camera/Waterproof case for your phone
  • Ruins: In case you bring a go pro camera, a video camera or a phone with a selfie stick, there is a 50 pesos (less than 3USD) per device charged at the entrance of each archeological site, to be paid in pesos (INAH tax) – Drones and Tripods for video/cameras are forbidden.

* It is forbidden to apply sunblock and repellent before swimming or snorkeling activities to prevent water pollution in the cenotes, even if they are biodegradable products. Compliance with this rule is essential for the protection of the environment.
You can bring personal belongings you require during the tour (phone, camera, extra set of clothes…). While you are visiting or snorkeling you can leave the things you don’t need in the van. Our driver will always be in the van, so keeping your things safe!

120 reviews for Chichen Itza ruins and Swim in Cenote

  1. Charles

    Website had all the dates as full. They engaged through chat function and Claire helped find a date they could rearrange staff to accomodate our trip. 1st class service.
    Juan (our guide) reached out and strongly encouraged an earlier start (we wanted coffee) and arranged a stop for that life giving elixir for us. Great decision, cooler at Chican Itza and much less crowded. By the time we left it was much busier and a lot hotter.
    We had the Cenote swim as an add-on and had the out of the way location almost entirely to ourselves. Never had more than two other swimmers with us. Fantastic.
    Now, back to Juan. I have never had a better guide and interpreter. His knowledge of the Maya and their customs was excellent and accurate. He engaged our children (10,10 & 7) in the details and really excited their imagination.
    Lunch was in some hidden away local gem and has been our best meal of the trip.

  2. Justin

    The cenote swim made the entire trip. I mean I’ve always wanted to see Chichen Itza, so item checked, it was so hot our day one of the kids couldn’t do much more, absolutely no one’s fault and with this private tour we got there before opening. I can’t imagine arriving when we left and there were plenty of busses waiting to get in at that point. A/C and cold water revived everyone and then the cenote got us all the way back.
    The lunch was fantastic. Chris our guide gave good recommendations.
    I would highly recommend this tour just on the timeframe of getting there, the cenote, and lunch.
    Our driver Omar was super patient, and was fantastic in watching over whatever we left in the vehicle and was opening the trunk to the cooler as soon as he saw us after ever stop.

  3. Michael

    Great tour with Arturo. Very knowledgeable. It’s an early tour but it allows you to beat the crowds. By the time we were done at Chichen Itza, it was getting crowded. Same with the
    Cenote. Lunch in Valladolid was great. Highly recommend this tour. Thanks Arturo!

  4. Scott

    100% Worth the Money
    Went on the Chichen Itza private tour with another couple. Our guide was Alex and our driver was Omar. If you’re lucky, you’ll get these guys. They were total pros and we never had any worries at all during the day!
    Our pickup was early at the hotel and on time. Alex gave us an outline of what the day would entail while Omar drove in a safe yet efficient manner.
    Made a gas station stop on the way and any time we were away from the van, Omar was standing with it and it was a great feeling knowing our belongings were safe.
    At Chichen Itza Omar dropped us off at the entrance like rock stars and Alex led us through the already developing long line. We walked right into the site and I was blown away.
    Alex was an excellent guide and was fascinating to listen to. We learned so much about the Mayans and the buildings we were lucky enough to get to see. We all felt incredible appreciation for the history and respect for the area and the people who lived there.
    We were toured in a very efficient and enthusiastic way by Alex and we were out of there by 11 ish. By then there were literally thousands of people entering the site and an incredible amount of vans and tour buses. Omar had us hooked up near the exit and we were tail lights thankfully. It’s a pretty big crowd by noon.
    We then went to the Cenote and it was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. We had a refreshing swim in there and then headed to lunch.
    We had a wonderful lunch at the restaurant in town and it was really nice to have Alex join us.
    We weren’t really into the idea of going to a market since we’re not really into that kind of thing and we’d already gotten anything we wanted at the Chichen Itza site, so one of the benefits of this private tour was we had the ability to skip it.
    On the way back we had a few beers and then learned there was a protest on our route back. No problem-o. Omar knew a route we could take to get us back without getting jammed up in a protest.
    We got back to our hotel, got a group photo and we all talked the next day about what an absolutely fantastic experience this was.
    Make it happen folks. This is the way to do it. Zero regrets, and we’ll be sure to be taking the same route for any future tours if we’re in the area again.
    Thanks again Omar & Alex! You guys made it such a fantastic day! We’ll always remember it with nothing but positive memories!

  5. Geraldine

    Do not let the price of the private tour scare you away. Well worth the price even for family of 3. It is far and above worth the price-quality of tour, one on one interaction, ease of booking, travel accommodations, communication from company, or ANY special requests (departure time , breakfast choices, staying longer at Chichén Itzá or cenote). Joshua our guide and Omar our driver were wonderful. Joshua is knowledgable and informative. Clearly enjoys his work! The day starts early to avoid the long wait time to get into the park -on leaving the park saw a very long line of buses and cars. Then plenty of time for a very refreshing swim at a cenote and lunch in Valladolid. Breakfast , water , soda and snacks provided. Returned early evening to our hotel in Cancun for dinner. Highly recommend! Had NO safety concerns.

  6. Ayesha

    I read the amazing reviews before booking with this company and they definitely did not disappoint! I can definitely say that they deserve their 5 star rating! They picked us up from our hotel right at 6am, and started our way to Chichen Itza (we stopped in they way for some coffee and breads as a light breakfast), then Joshua gave us an amazing very knowledgeable tour in Chichen Itza, constantly changing between Spanish and English to accommodate all my family.
    After Chichen Itza we went to swim at the Cenote and then to have a delicious lunch at a wonderful restaurant in Valladolid. We had an amazing day and would recommend them to everyone!

  7. Michelle C

    Wow! I’m so exited and happy to be able to write this message. Being a tourist from another country and not knowing what you might be getting into, is hard. I told myself that if I liked this tour I would write a review and let others know that this is the real deal.
    First off, we were picked up on time, grabbed some juice or coffee. They had drinks (soda, waters), and snacks (chips) for us throughout the trip. We would stop for the restroom if needed. Our, first stop was Chichen itzá, and we were among the first people there, (Alex had our tickets, so we walked right in) which makes for really good pictures when no one in the background. It also makes for great weather as it gets hotter as a day goes by. We headed over to the Cenote. We were given the choice of two, and we picked the open air, one which usually is very busy, and we got really lucky that nobody was there yet, except for maybe one group of 10 which I hear is all to us considering that they get really busy.
    We ended up at Valladoldid for a stroll and lunch. They order ahead so we don’t wait long.
    This tour may be a little pricey, but I’ll tell you it’s really worth it. All the entrances are included and so is lunch (drinks not included). I would 1000 times recommend this, and if going back I will use them again for another tour to another place that they may offer.
    Thank you Alex, and to our driver for the great tour, you are a great tour guide and very informative.
    It was me and my husband and another couple friends and we all agreed that this was so fun and so worth it.

  8. John

    Alex (Alejandro) was a fantastic guide, attentive to our every need and very knowledgeable. His experience and enthusiasm were evident and he really helped us to imagine the lives of these ancient peoples in a compelling and interesting way. Rodrigo was a safe and careful driver who made the long trek easy. Together, they were a wonderful team that we would recommend very highly.

  9. Jeffery

    We embarked on a private tour of the Chichen Itza ruins, coupled with a visit to Cenote Oxman and a delightful lunch at a restaurant in Valladolid.
    Our guide, Alex, was punctually waiting downtown at 6:15, demonstrating their commitment to excellent service by arriving early. Accompanied by a skilled driver, we boarded a comfortable 5-passenger bus, fitting our group of 4 perfectly.
    The tour began with a brief stop for coffee and traditional Mexican bread before continuing towards the Chichen Itza ruins. Along the way, we made a convenient restroom break, ensuring a comfortable journey.
    Arriving at the ruins ahead of the crowds was a remarkable experience, made possible by Alex’s meticulous planning and organization. With our tickets in hand, courtesy of Alex, we bypassed any waiting lines, allowing us to delve straight into the historical wonders of Chichen Itza.
    Alex’s extensive knowledge and engaging storytelling brought the ruins to life, enriching our experience with captivating insights into their history.
    Overall, this tour exceeded our expectations, offering exceptional value for money and the added convenience of avoiding crowds. Alex’s enthusiasm and expertise truly made this trip enjoyable and memorable
    I would definitely recommend this company

  10. Lorraine

    Thank you to Arturo and Omar for a wonderful day today. Arturo was an outstanding guide. He was so knowledgeable and engaging. Omar was a safe driver and drove us down many back roads so we saw the culture of the places we visited. We are so grateful that we booked this tour. Way to go guys!

  11. Catherine

    Best experience ever! Alex and Omar were so kind and patient. Alex was incredibly informative about chichen and Mayan history. Every thing was seamless and very organized. Got to chichen early so it was cool and less crowded. Also was able to get some amazing photos. Had the best meal we had this trip in Vallodolid. Definitely a must and worth the price. Thank you Alex and Omar!

  12. Anita

    A trip we will always remember!
    Our sons (8) and (10) can’t stop talking about our trip to Chichen Itza. Our tour guide, Joshua, answered all of their questions and made the tour interesting for all of us! The entire day was seamless and well planned out! We would definitely recommend!!!! Especially with Joshua!

  13. tbust-moves1

    My family cannot be more pleased with our experience with Absolute Adventures. Booking was easy and the information provided on their website was very accurate. They kept in touch as our scheduled tour approached. Our guide Alex and driver Omar were great. Alex was awesome! He was very welcoming and he made sure my family was included in the experience. What impressed me was his knowledge of Chichen Itza and the passion he has for what he does! We were very impressed with his attention to the history of the site, the culture of the people, and making sure my family was good! It is refreshing to experience someone who truly loves what they do! Thank you to Alex, Omar, and Absolute Adventure.

  14. Travel61912345

    Wonderful private tour of Chichen Itza
    We really enjoyed our visit to Chichen Itza. Our guide Alex and driver Omar put us at ease right away. We learned so much on the drive there which made seeing the ruins much more meaningful and interesting.
    The Cenote swim was lovely and lunch was fun. It was great to get there early ahead of the crowds and the heat.
    All round a great day!

  15. Julie F

    We had a wonderful experience to Chichen Itza with Juan! He was extremely knowledgeable and kept our two teenage sons interested the entire time. We had to make an unexpected stop and Juan and our driver were very flexible and accommodating. I highly recommend this company!

  16. Vacation305967

    Amazing tour and tour guide!
    Our tour guide was Arturo! He was absolutely amazing! Arturo was very knowledgeable, patient and kind. He also took amazing pics of me and my group I’m so glad we booked this tour it was an amazing experience! We learned a lot about the Mayan culture and the history of Chichen Itza! Since we left so early in the morning we were able to avoid all the crowds! I highly recommend this tour!

  17. Vy

    If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable way to explore the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, I highly recommend booking a private tour with this company. The tour was well-organised, informative, and fun!
    Our guide Juan was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture of the site, and he answered all our questions with enthusiasm. He also took us to some hidden spots that were not crowded with tourists, and we got to see some amazing views and details that we would have missed otherwise.
    The private tour also included a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, and a refreshing swim at a nearby cenote. The whole experience was worth every penny, and we learned so much about the fascinating civilisation that once thrived there. This was definitely the highlight of our trip, and we are so glad we chose this option.

  18. Craig

    Great experience! Great gude!
    We visited Chichen Izta 22 years ago and decided to revisit. Such a remarkable place. Our guide and driver were very professional and very knowledgeable. Joshua and Enrique took very good care of us. My wife has limited mobility and they made sure we had enough time to enjoy all our activities. We went to a cenote and then to a nice lunch at a local restaurant in Valladolid. After that we had free time to shop and look around the main plaza.
    But what sold us on this particular guide service is that they are a small local business that does it right. They will customize a tour to fit whatever you want to do. We highly recommend this company. Thanks again to Joshua and Enrique.

  19. David

    You can’t go wrong choosing this company!
    Honestly, it was an absolutely fabulous day out. Joshua (tour guide) and Enrique (driver) were great. We had the best time ever! Thank you guys

  20. Robert

    Great family experience
    Joshua was so patient with our family and provided great information on all the spots we visited but especially Chichen Itza. And our driver Rodrigo got us around safely and on time! I highly recommend starting EARLY. We left Playa del Carmen at 6:15 and arrived at Chichen Itza just before the gates opened at 8am. No lines! On our way out, a couple of hours later the line of vans and buses was sooo long. And the site was very crowded. And we got back to our hotel in time to shower and get ready for our dinner reservation. I also like that we could adjust our day as we went. We opted for more time at Chichen Itza and the Cenote (also very few people and GORGEOUS) and less time at Valladolid. I would highly recommend this tour!

  21. Cathie

    Wonderful experience!
    Juan was the best guide we have experienced! Efficient, Informative, great personality, just an overall perfect tour. My whole family was taken care of down to every little detail! I will definitely be booking another tour and will be requesting Juan! Thank you for a wonderful day!

  22. Dylan

    Using Absolute Adventure for a Chichen Itza tour is a no-brainer. They get you there early and have a plan of attack that avoids lines and crowds as much as possible. We were appalled at the sea of humanity that was in line to get in as we were done for the day and leaving. Plus, we gained so much more knowledge than if we had been on our own.

  23. Sanjay

    Just like they promised!
    This was an incredible, personal, and educational experience. Enrique got us from place to place safely and Alex is an excellent guide. Knowledgeable and friendly. One can tell he really cares about the material and the beauty and wonder that the Mayan civilization represents. This also was NOT a tour that puts you in a position to visit stores or tequila tastings. Just exactly what they promise. The cenote is an amazing geological destination. Will definitely use Absolute Adventures again and highly recommend!

  24. Anitha

    Private tour of Chichen Itza with Josh
    We had a private tour of Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid with Joshua. Incredibly nice tour guide. Very knowledgeable. In the morning, coffee and bread was included. Lunch was included, not too bad but small portions so beware of that. Snacks and beverages were included on bus. Our tour started at 6:30 am, recommend going early before the crowds. Definitely recommend Josh.

  25. Brady

    Juan was an amazing tour guide. He was considerate, knowledgeable, friendly, and very fun! He helped us beat the crowds of ppl and provided us an easy and awesome experience. Would 100% book with him again.

  26. Bonnie

    Amazing and Memorable tour of Chichen Itza
    My husband and I booked a private tour to Chichen Itza and what an amazing experience it was! We had the pleasure of having Alex as our guide, who is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also very interesting with a wonderful personality. We learned so much from him! The tour itself is timed perfectly, allowing for sufficient time at all of our destinations. Additionally, our driver Omar is amazing and made us feel safe the entire trip.
    Lastly, I’d like to thank Claire for being super timely and responsive to all the questions I had prior to booking. We will definitely be scheduling all future tours with Absolute Adventure!

  27. Jake

    Great tour of Chichen Itza, local cenote and restaurant/town. Tour guide and driver were incredible, would definitely recommend!

  28. Bryon

    Incredible experiences! We had Alex (Alejandro) as our tour guide for two days and Omar as our driver. Alex knew exactly how to get us to all the sites when no one else was there and was able to work with us to pick the best cenotes to visit. The food at both the Valladolid restaruant (for Chichen) and the jungle (for Tulum/Akumal/cenotes) was AMAZING! Seriously cannot say enough about how attentive Claire was with needs like a booster seat/drinks, etc.. and how amazing our experiences were. Getting up early and having your own private van (so we could stop for snacks, etc..) and the RIGHT GUIDE is everything.

  29. Doug

    Great trip beautifully orchestrated
    We had a superb experience. We were staying at a lovely resort in Riviera Maya. We booked this trip via TripAdvisor because of the superb reviews. I had some concerns in advance because we were devoting a full day to this and needed it to be worthwhile. It was great. The tour operator (and this was run by owners, not just a broker) did a great job communicating with us in advance. We were picked up at their recommendation at 6:45 which was a great idea because we stayed just ahead of throngs of tourists on Thanksgiving Day – they were pouring in as we were leaving both Chichén Itza and the Cenote. Our guide, Carlos, was a joy. He was super knowledgeable and a great communicator (impeccable English in our case). He’d been to CI thousands of times but there was nothing rote about how he guided us during the day. CI was about 2.5 hours from our resort, so it was a long day, but it was worth it. CI is breathtaking and the Cenote experience was easy and a lot of fun. The lunch was quite good. The whole day was paced just right. Great value, great guide, great day.

  30. Wendy

    Do things that take your breath away….
    The tour from the start was great …
    Pick up was on time …
    No language barrier !….
    The drive was great, nice roads…
    JAYJAY (Juan) was great…
    My family loves history and he answered all questions … I hope he enjoyed us as much as we did him!
    Alexander loved his job on the tour! 😉
    When we come back we will not hesitate and book with them again…

  31. Annie H

    Glad we booked you!
    Great day out learning about Mayan culture. Artura our guide and Carlos our driver were fabulous. Artura’s tour of Chichen Itza was informative and combined stories, questions and many interesting pieces of information including some basic Mayan words which were met with joy from the many stall sellers. The whole day was seamless with entry to all sites smooth and pleasant. The connote was spectacular and we had the whole experience to ourselves with one other couple… Amazing.
    You get what you pay for, a personalised experience with fabulous and talented staff. We are so glad we chose to visit with you.. thank you

  32. Emily

    One of a kind private tour
    This was our second time using Absolute Adventure Mexico. We were so impressed the first time we toured with them in Tulum, we wanted to book with them for our tour to Chichen Itza. We are so happy we did! We arrived first thing in the morning, before any of the other tours, so we had Chichen Itza all to ourselves with the exception of a local dog! Our guide Arturo was great! Very knowledgeable and told us about the historical and cultural aspects of the sacred grounds, all while keeping us as hydrated and shaded as possible. Once our tour conclude, we passed thousands of other folks pouring in from the larger tours as we were exiting. Our driver Carlos stayed with the van and our belongings the entirety of our trip, while was awesome and helps ease any concerns you may have about storing your belongings. We then made our way to X’keken cenote which was underground in what would typically be considered a cave, but was actually a cenote due to the small opening at the center of the cavern. It was a bit dark and mysterious, but still a delightful swim. After we change into dry clothes, we stopped at Valladolid where we learned about the cultural significance of the city and enjoyed a delicious authentic lunch with a view of the majestic church. We walked around the city and then had free time to explore the shopping square. Once we were ready, we headed back to our hotel. It was an amazing adventure and I highly recommend Absolute Adventure Mexico if you’re considering a tour. You will not be disappointed that you chose a private tour where you beat all the crowds!

  33. Stacy

    Alex and Omar – Fantastic Day in Chichen Itza! We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed our day trip with Alex and Omar! Alex’s knowledge of the Mayan culture and Chichen Itza was amazing. He made the 2 plus hour van ride from Puerto Juarez to Chichen Itza fly by. CI was pretty busy on the day of our visit, but Alex kept us moving and knew how to avoid the crowds, without missing any of the things we wanted to see up close. Our visit to the cenote after was just what we had hoped for, with plenty of time to swim and appreciate the beauty of the place. We stopped for a delicious lunch in a quaint restaurant followed by the ride back to the ferry landing. Alex and Omar were the utmost professionals. We are a mother and young adult daughter traveling together and we felt completely safe on this tour. It was a special day and given the opportunity we would take another tour with Absolute Adventure without hesitation! Thank you Alex and Omar!

  34. C.W.

    Amazing tour, amazing guide, skilled driver.
    I can’t remember taking a better tour than our tour today with Juan as our guide. He was engaging and knowledgeable, funny and encouraged all of our questions. Chichen Itza was magical first thing in the morning before the heat and crowds. The cenote was quite and uncrowded, and Valladolid was lovely, although we were rained out before we could really enjoy everything it had to offer. We did wander into a lovely little shop that ended up as a tequila tasting. Pineapple tequila might be my new favorite! But the chocolate tequila is in the running. Our driver navigated the wet, almost flooded roads with confidence and skill. We were back to our hotel in time for a swim before dinner.

  35. Carrie W

    The Best tour we’ve taken here! We went to Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid today. It was spectacular. Our guide, Juan, was fun and engaging as well as extremely knowledgeable. My husband, grandson, and I agree that the tour today was fun as well as informative. Juan was able to guide us through Chichen Itza in a way that ensured we were often the only visitors in any given area- it was amazing. The cenote was secluded and far from crowded. Lunch was a very good choice, and we appreciated the recommendations . We ate al fresco, in a courtyard next to the Cathedral. We got caught in a rainstorm Valladolid, but it was still very beautiful. Our drive home was very wet, but our driver, I believe his name was Carlos, handled the sometimes flooded roads with ease and confidence.
    I cannot recommend this tour highly enough, and would definitely use them again. Thanks so much!

  36. Andrew

    Amazing guided trip done by JJ! Our trip included Chichen-Itza, a dip into a beautiful cenote, and lunch at a delicious restaurant. JJ’s guided walk around Chichen-Itza was amazing. He is so full of knowledge and had an answer to literally every question that we asked him. We learned a lot about not only the area, but the culture as well. He picked a cenote for us that was gorgeous but not too crowded so we could truly enjoy it. The restaurant he brought us to at the end of the trip was delicious and wonderful. It even had two turtles in a little fountain! Go with JJ if you want to book a tour and learn the history of the area and be with a super fun and friendly guide!

  37. V A

    We visited Mexico for the first time early July 2023. We knew we wanted to visit some ruins but couldn’t decide on a tour company. To say I am beyond happy we decided to go private with Absolute Adventure Mexico is an under statement!
    Alex was the best tour guide. He enjoys what he does and he is super personable . He made us feel comfortable and some how some way we felt we were the only ones in Chichén Itzá and at the cenote we visited.
    He truly made our trip! thank you so much and when we return I will surely contact AAM!

  38. Corbin

    Altogether, the tour was awesome. Juan was really great guiding, catering, and had an abundance of knowledge about Mayan/Mexican culture, and Carlos did a great job of getting is to our destinations safe. Chichen Itza exceed all expectations and the cenote was beautiful! To top it off, the lunch at El Atrio in Tulum was *chefs kiss*. I would highly recommend anyone wanting to visit Chichen Itza to book this tour! Thanks again Juan and Carlos!

  39. Aurora

    Me and my family visited Playa Del Carmen and took two tours with an amazing guide Alex. During the ride our guide Alex, gave us unique information on mayan culture and history regarding the ruins. We went to swim in the cenote Samula and ate lunch in Valladolid. Our guide was amazing and did great with keeping 20 of us together and entertained for both adventures!!!

  40. Maura

    Great experience with excellent guide. Pick up was smooth and on time. A convenience store stop after our 6 am pick up was perfect for our needs. Our guide, Arturo, was knowledgeable, friendly, easy going, great with kids, and very informative. He guided us through Chichenitza in just the way we needed. We chose our cenote swim based upon his recommendations and enjoyed it tremendously. He helped us avoid the crowds and was flexible in regards to our kids needs. The lunch was excellent… we shopped a little at the end in town all based upon what we wanted to do. The return back to our hotel was smooth. The company Absoute Adventure Mexico is outstanding in their customer service. Great company.

  41. Pilar

    We did two excursions with Absolute Adventure and they were great. We were lucky to have the same guide, Alex, for both excursions and we were delighted with him. We chose to do the excursions first thing in the morning, being able to avoid the crowds at all times and enjoying the places practically by ourselves, something that was very important to us.
    The Chichen Itza excursion has a very long transfer part, but with Alex’s explanations it becomes very enjoyable. The visit itself is spectacular, and you enjoy it much more when you understand what you are seeing thanks to his explanations. For the cenote we were lucky to be able to enjoy it practically alone, which makes the experience even better. The food in the Valladolid restaurant was very good, both in terms of taste and quality, they treated us very well and we enjoyed true regional food.
    Both drivers, Omar and Carlos, were very nice all the time, always making sure that we didn’t lack for anything.
    In short, I recommend 100% Absolute Adventure.

  42. Grettel

    Juan José was our tour guide and Carlos was our driver and let me tell you how amazing they made our experience! They were punctual on coming to get us, so knowledgeable on the Chichén Itzá and even tought us a few words. After he took us to the Cenotes(spring water cave) and it was absolutely breathtaking! After we went to have lunch in the cutest little town near by and the food was amazing, we walked around and seen the little town before taking us back to our hotel. It was so nice to spend the day with them and I will be recommending him to EVERYONE I know! Juan José is such a nice genuine person who you can tell is so passionate about his job and loves to teach people the history of the Mayan people!

  43. Adam

    These guys did a great job! They were punctual, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Juan was our guide and was great with our kids, funny, smart, and a lot of fun. Would highly recommend it. Some might be scared off by the early start, but don’t be! To get to Chichén Itzá early without the crowds of tourists and vendors was totally worth it. We also loved the cenote and the place we ate in Valladolid. It was a great day and worth every penny.

  44. Jen

    Wonderful tour!! We did a day long to Citizen Itza and swim at a cenote. Every detail was looked after, including a few unexpected ones that came up during the tour. Alejandro (our guide) and Rodriguez (our driver) were super knowledgeable, polite, considerate, and took excellent care of us, including my 80 year old parents. Highly recommend!

  45. Sarah

    We booked 4 private tours with Absolute Adventure Mexico and all of them were fantastic! I would highly recommend!
    We had a group of 14 adults and 3 kids under 3 years old for the Tulum and Cenote tour and everything went wonderfully. We also did the Three Cenote Tour, Reef Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos and ChiChen Itza tour. We had Juan as our guide on all 4 tours and he is AMAZING! He had so much fun with him as our guide.

  46. Katel

    Perfect day of exploration & tradition. Perfectly planned day. Beat the crowds at Chichen Itza. Beat the heat in the cenote. Followed by a delicious, traditional lunch in Valladolid and some city shopping. Dulce was so knowledgeable and gracious as our companion and guide for the day. Highly recommend 💫💗

  47. Lynda

    Incredible experience – Tour Guide makes it special.
    The private tour was absolutely incredible, mainly because of our excellent tour guide Alex & Omar. Alex was extremely knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and took his time showing us all aspects. He was patient in letting us look around. On the van trip he told stories of the culture to prepare us and made sure we had drinks and snacks on the long trip. Highly recommend.

  48. Janine

    Best Chichen Itza Tour! Our group of five had a wonderful, informative visit to Chichen Itza, a fun swim in a cenote, and a delicious lunch. We highly recommend booking. Our guide, Dulce, was excellent. She and Rodrigo, our trusty driver, shepherded us through the entire day so smoothly, from hotel pickup to drop-off. They handled all the details so we could just soak up the experiences. We learned a lot about the archeological site, and Dulce handled all our questions deftly. (Plus she was just fun to talk with 🙂 Reserving online and communication with company prior to tour was seamless. Don’t hesitate to book!

  49. Lance

    the only way to see Chichen Itzá. Hundred percent the best option to see the ruins, swim, and lunch. The private tour allowed us to beat all the crowds and we had the ruins and cenote basically to ourselves. On the way out, the busses and people were pouring in. Juan, our guide was fantastic and his knowledge and humor was awesome. Omar was a great driver and we felt safe at all times. My wife and I and our 3 teenage children had am amazing experiences with a fabulous lunch. Could not recommend more.

  50. Cherylyn

    Superb experience! Our driver, Omar and our guide, Juan J, treated us to such a delightful day. Juan J was so informative and really showed us what the ruin was used for and helped us understand that time in history. The cenote experience was magical. Don’t leave the area without experiencing one! We had the MOST delicious lunch in the colonial town of Valladolid and enjoyed wandering around the square. The van was comfy and we had a very special day to remember. They did all the work, accommodated our wants and we had all the fun! I would highly recommend Absolute Adventures!

  51. Maria

    Great accessible tour. Alex G was a kind and knowledgeable tour guide. He was very attendant to the needs of my mother who was in a wheelchair. He answered all of my kids questions with enthusiasm and care. He spoke both English and Spanish which was very helpful for my kids who are still learning Spanish. Rodrigo was a great and safe driver. He was polite and helped my mom get in and out of van and onto her wheelchair. You can tell that both Alex and Rodrigo get along well and are a great team. Highly recommend this tour and guides/driver. Lunch was great too! And the whole trip went smoothly.

  52. Arlin

    This was an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it. Our tour guide Juan was the best and made this adventure a memorable one. I was with a group of 19 people and Juan not only kept the group together all the time, he was able to keep us on time to each of the destinations we needed to get to. Juan was very knowledgable about each location’s history. He kept the talks short and fun and answered any questions we had. Our group had two shuttle vans equipped with snacks and drinks. The shuttle picked our group up from our AirBnb early in the morning to make it to our first stop the Chichen Itza Ruins. Juan knew how to time everything so we would beat the crowds! After the ruins we went to a Cenote. We stayed there until everyone got hungry and it started getting busy. After the Cenote we had lunch at a nice restaurant in Valladolid. Following lunch we had time to explore the city of Valladolid by foot. This was our last destination before heading back to our Airbnb. Again thanks to Juan, the shuttle drivers and the Absolute Adventure Mexico Group for making this trip amazing. It was very organized and fun!

  53. Ashley

    Amazing!! Jose was such a great tour guide. We were a large group of 19 and we all agreed that he had the experience that much more memorable

  54. Iris

    Dulce and Carlos made this one of the most memorable vacations. Dulce made our experience one of the best with her knowledge of Chichén Itza and the Oxman Cenote. The two made us feel like VIP’s. Carlos was the perfect driver! We will definitely book again!!

  55. Juan A

    We did and excursion to the Chichen Itzá and Cenote.Are driver Carlos and the tour person Alex they take good care of us we are very happy with the services and most definitely will used them again for the future.Thank you again Carlos and Alex great job.

  56. Donald

    This was one of our best tour experiences ever and our guide Juan was fantastic and very
    knowledgeable. It felt like we spent the day with a great friend.

  57. Boranya

    We had absolutely wonderful time during our private tour – Chichen-Itza & Cenote. Comfortable transportation, friendly stuff and excellent customer service. Our driver and tour guide – Rodrigo and Alex were amazing. Highly recommend 🔝

  58. Hillary

    We loved our tour of Chichen Itza and our visit to the cenote. Juan was our tour guide and he made the day wonderful. He was attentive, flexible, knowledgeable, and very helpful. We enjoyed the history and information in Chichen Itza before coming off in the gorgeous cenote. Lunch was delicious, especially when following Juan’s recommendation. Would highly recommend this tour and Juan!

  59. Tasmin

    We had a great tour with Alex, Claire and Omar. We had a very early start but it was worth it to get to Chichen Itza before the crowds. Alex and Claire were really knowledgable and great to talk to about the history of the Mayans. The tour is relaxed and you’re able to spend as much time as you want on the different parts of the tour. Would really recommend this to anyone who wants a more personalised experience!

  60. Luca I.

    Our two families of adults and teens enjoyed a this amazing tour. We chose to leave our Cancun resort at 5:30 am, and it was definitely the right call, as we arrived at Chichen Itza before the heat and the crowds. Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, Alex, and driver Rodrigo were an excellent team, as we learned a ton and kept us all engaged. The cenote swim exceeded any expectations, and is something we will never forget. Awe-inspiring and beautiful, we are so glad we did this. The lunch at Vallodolid was a great choice. We SO appreciated the delicious food in such a beautiful town. This was an unforgettable adventure, and we cannot recommend this enough. Thank you, Alex, and Absolute Adventures!

  61. Heidi

    Excellent tour and highly recommended!
    Juan, our tour guide and Omar, our driver, were absolutely amazing! They provided a private tour of Chichen Itza, the Cenote and Valladolid. We enjoyed a delicious traditional Mexican lunch at Atrio. Juan was very knowledgeable and will definitely request them on any future travels to Cancun. We highly recommend them.

  62. Dana

    Perfect excursion
    We had an absolutely amazing adventure from start to finish with our private tour to Chichen Itza, swimming in a cenote and lunch and walking around Vallodolid! Claire was an incredible guide- She gave us so much info and patiently let us explore and ask questions about everything that we saw. They were punctual and friendly and we really enjoyed the 12 hours of the tour. I had a few questions before I booked and Claire answered them quickly. She was good about reaching out prior to the tour and was very easy to communicate with. The arrival at one minute until opening was perfectly timed so that we could get the best pictures of Chichen Itza and explore before it was too hot. She suggested the pick up time from our hotel so that we could get this accomplished and the day went perfectly. We almost had the cenote to ourselves and she took awesome pictures of our whole family. The lunch was delicious and it was great to be in authentic Mexican culture. We had our three children with us and they thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. We will absolutely use this company again on our future visits to explore other ruins, cenotes, and animal adventures. We have already recommended this to a few people and will continue to tell people about our excursion! Thank you for a fabulous day!

  63. Dan

    Wow – what an incredible day. Alex and Omar took incredible care of us and showed us all the sights of Chichen Itza, followed by an unforgettable swim in a gorgeous cenote (the kids loved jumping off the platform) and then a delicious lunch in picturesque Valladolid.

  64. Vicky

    Absolutely amazing! Waking up early on vacation isn’t always the first thing you wanna do. But it is definitely worth it to beat the crowds, heat and able to have certain sites practically all to yourself! Juan was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about the Mayan Ruins and cenotes. Loved lunch in town with delicious food! Will definitely recommend this to others and excited to see another soon with them!

  65. Sophie

    We had Juan as our guide and Carlos as our driver, and it was such a amazing experience. Our guide had so many wonderful facts and was very personable, easy to talk too. Carlos will get you where you need to be safe and swiftly.

  66. Ben W

    Second time using Absolute Adventure Mexico and my decision to be a repeat customer was absolutely the correct one. Last time we did Tulum, cenote and swimming with the turtles. Fantastic time. This time Chichen Itza, cenote and lunch.
    Day started early at 530 from PDC. Take their advice and make it an early morning. Juan (guide) and Carlos (driver) were waiting when we got the front our hotel. We stopped to get coffee and a snack on the long drive inland. Juan was very personable throughout the day and made sure we were comfortable at every step.
    We arrived at Chichen Itza just as they were opening at 8AM. Juan gave us a very thorough tour while also allowing us to “guide” the tour based on what we were interested in. It truly is a fantastic place. We learned so much more having a private guide than we would have trying to do it as part of a large group. Juan’s expertise made sure to maximize the time we spent there which was just enough. The crowds were really piling in as we were leaving. We were able to get many pictures where we were the only people in them. Can’t do that if you arrive even mid morning.
    From there we went to a cenote for a quick swim. I can’t recall the name but there were only three other people in the cenote the same time we were. Juan took care of my camera and my fiance’s phone while we were in the water. We stayed there for about 30 minutes. We were the ones that decided how long and I’m sure we could have stayed longer but we had to get back to our hotel for our covid test.
    From there we went to Valladolid for a wonderful lunch. The restaurant was beautiful and food was very good. We walked around town a bit but wanted to make sure we got back timely.
    Overall another top notch experience. I was hesitant the first time we used Absolute Adventures just because the cost for 2 people is a little high. But, you pay for what you get. And I think we had two wonderful experiences. After our first experience, I didn’t hesitate using them again.
    Juan was very personable and eager to accommodate our few requests. You can tell he is well known and that helps with lines, etc.
    Carlos our driver was very nice and safe throughout the long day. We never felt at risk.
    Overall, we couldn’t have had a better time and am very thankful to Juan and Carlos for helping make this a trip we will never forget!!

  67. T & D

    5 stars just cant possibly represent how amazing and how unique of an experience you get with them . They have been the best , very helpful from start to finish (from when we were in Canada till the end of our Tours) .They were Very informative and very respectful. We highly recommend them as this has truly been the best Tour experience we have ever had . We will definitely be seeing them again when we are back.
    Juan and Clare did a fantastic Job and I cannot thank them enough for the absolutely amazing adventures and experience that we had.
    Thank you again and we will definitely see you again soon!

  68. Russels Family

    Omar (the driver) and Jose Manuel were great!
    First we went to Chichen Itza and stayed there for about 2 hours. It was amazing! But, we made sure to leave our hotel at 5:30 AM. This was very important because we got there before the crowd and the heat hit. Also, Juan new all the special info about this place and took amazing photos!
    Next, we went to Cenote! It was absolutely beautiful! Omar and Juan also gave us water and chips! Yumm! There was hardly anyone there!
    Last, we went to one of Jose’s favorite places for lunch. It was yummy and a gorgeous setting. They also let us walk around down town if we wanted. But it was a bit to hit by then. Thank you Jose and Omar!

  69. Ericka

    The guide (JJ) was amazing! Super personable and knowledgeable about the Mayan culture. Rodrigo was a fantastic driver. The two made a great combo and our group thoroughly enjoyed the day. Highly recommend using them to tour ruins and cenotes as they made the day super easy and fun.

  70. Tom

    Our group of 10 had a wonderful time. Rodrigo was an expert driver with a comfortable vehicle and we can’t say enough praise for Juan “JJ”. He was so fun, informative and made our experience visiting the Tulum and Cota ruins, followed by 2 cenotes even better!

  71. MavEryck69

    A group of 12 of us went to Chichén Itzá with Juan and Rodrigo. We had a blast! It was awesome to have such a knowledgeable tour guide! Having a private tour van on standby helped the experience also 👍🏾
    You absolutely have to go for a swim in a Cenote!!!

  72. Elissa

    An unforgettable experience!
    Unbelievable and memorable day with Juan and Omar. Omar is an excellent driver and Juan is an exceptional tour guide. They spent a very long day with us and their attention and enthusiasm never waned. We especially appreciated the private tour during Covid and felt safe the entire time. Juan gives the perfect amount of information and history. Couldn’t have had a better day with @absoluteadventure.

  73. Paul B

    Magical tour of Chichen Itsa with Juan, a very knowledgeable guide who was a great guy. Very professional and made sure we had food and drink on our journey also. Juan will not bore you or your children with too much information but will always have an answer and expand on facts if you are inquisitive. The Cenotes was also an amazing experience and again we were well looked after. The meal in Valladolid was excellent and the restaurant was very charming as were the streets of the town we walked around after, real Mexico. Highly recommend this company and these sites are a must see.

  74. Nancy

    Amazing Day! I can’t thank Manuel and Omar enough for our tour yesterday!
    We arrived in Chichen Itza early and before crowds. Manuel is extremely knowledgeable of Mayan history and shared his expertise with enthusiasm. He answered all of our questions with ease. A very enjoyable individual!
    Swimming in the cenotes is a can’t miss experience! Manuel took photos for us throughout the day.
    The lunch in Valladolid was excellent!
    Omar is a driver with top notch safety standards.
    I highly recommend this company for any tour!

  75. Robert

    Amazing day trip! Our guide, Juan, was fantastic! Highly recommend!

  76. Kayla

    Seriously the highlight of our trip! Both our driver and guide went above and beyond expectations! Chris was our guide and was such a pleasure to talk to and get to know during the drive and throughout the entire tour. We did the Chitzen Itza tour and a swim in a cenote, both were amazing once in a lifetime experiences! Chris was so knowledgeable with all of the history about where we went and even the areas we drove through. He took FLAWLESS photos of us everywhere we went, he knew just the right spot and angle for everything we did to make the pictures looks great.They also go out of their way to get the tickets for the places you will visit in advance so there is virtually no waiting! This experience was worth every penny and gave us amazing memories. Our only regret is that we did not take a selfie with Chris to remember him by. We cannot wait to come back and book these guys for our next adventure, we will absolutely be using them whenever we are in the area!

  77. Jason

    On 17 Nov 2021 we had a wonderful day with Rodrigo and Juan from our hotel in Cancun. They were fabulous guides. The transportation was a comfortable, large air conditioned van. The took us to Chichen Itza and then to a beautiful, breathtaking, swim in a cavernous cenote. Later we were treated to a wonderful lunch and shopping in a beautiful small town along our route. What a great day it was. Ask for these two guys by name. You won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend them. Jason and family from Alaska

  78. Eli

    Good tour company – we had fun on our Chichen Itza trip with them.

  79. Andrea

    First we would like to thank Omar for driving, waiting for us while we toured. He is an extremely safe and careful driver and greatly appreciated.
    Secondly, Manuel is the best guide we have ever had. He is knowledgeable, funny and doesn’t rush you through the sites. We love the restaurant in Valladolid, El Atrio. This meal was the best meal we’ve had so far on our trip. Manuel gave us suggestions on what to order and food that is native to the Mayan culture. We throughly enjoyed the meal and chatting with Manuel.
    We started early and visited Chichén Itzá prior to the large crowd and heat.
    Manuel educated us on the history and preservation of the ruins.
    We cannot thank Manuel and Omar enough for this amazing tour! Manuel is a true gem!
    Thank you again!
    Andrea & Darlene

  80. Julia

    Thanks a lot for an amazing tour! We will be back, Julia & Fred

  81. Sabby

    Juan and Pasquale were amazing and made the trip for my family. Juan gives such a personal and informative tour of Chichen Itza that really makes you feel like you’re learning something you didn’t know before and you wouldn’t have known without someone like him. Chichen Itza is absolutely beautiful and rightfully one of the great wonders of the world (the Cenotes are the only thing that could possibly give the ancient ruins a run for their money). The food at Valladolid is also something I will NEVER forget and I will be chasing that level of deliciousness for the rest of my life! Thank you Juan and Pasquale!!

  82. Kenda

    I cannot recommend this day tour or these people enough! Chris was our guide and made the whole experience fun, entertaining & comfortable. All we did was show up in the lobby of our hotel and he took care of the rest. We never wanted for anything…coffee & danish for the ride there; snacks & beverages throughout the day. We started at the ruins, which were incredible. Chris was extremely knowledgeable of the history & answered all our questions. Next stop, a refreshing swim in the beautifuI Cenotes. We ended our day with a fabulous lunch & shopping in Valladolid. Shout out to Juan as well – our faithful driver who kept all our belongings safe & secure while we were off adventuring. Thank you for an unforgettable experience. I would 100% book another tour with them.

  83. Aja

    My wife and I did both the Chichen Itza, Valladolid, and cenote tour as well as the Tulum and swimming with the sea turtles tour last week on our honeymoon in Cancun. Everything about both tours was absolutely amazing. Our driver was wonderful and safe and our guide was friendly, helpful, and very insightful. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and would definitely use Absolute Adventure Mexico again. Thank you so much for an unforgettable time!

  84. Megan

    This tour was the highlight of our trip! Highly recommend, ask for Claire!

  85. James

    A group of four adults took the private tour of Chichen Itza through Absolute Adventure and had a great time. They promptly picked us up directly from our hotel and Chris was a fantastic tour guide the whole time. Very knowledgeable, and great conversation just getting to know the area.
    Absolutely follow their advice to leave EARLY. They’re not kidding when it goes from busy to packed later morning when dozens (if not hundreds) of tour buses arrive.
    Lunch was a very delicious, authentic Mayan food.
    The Cenotes were also really neat to see, and while they aren’t the best known ones, it means that it’s also much quieter and not super crowded.

    I really appreciated that throughout the whole tour it really went at our pace. If we wanted to stay somewhere longer/shorter we did. Chris was very accommodating and did a great job throughout.

    I would absolutely take another tour with Chris or Absolute Adventure again. And while it is more expensive than many of the other options, you get so much more out of it by having a private, personal guide the whole time.

  86. Sun

    First of all having a private tour is a must if you want to be at Chichen-Itza without the crowds AND if you want to learn the most about the Toltec/Mayan structures and civilization. Our guide, Hector was incredibly knowledgeable and even shared some of his own personal theories. He seemed more excited than we were to share and leave us with not only an unforgettable experience but with a much greater sense and history of the Mayan people.

  87. Kristen

    We loved Hector!! Best tour guide! We went to Chichen Itza & 2 Cenotes..Hector was so friendly and talkative. The private tours are the way to go..Clean van, early pick up at our resort, bathroom breaks, delicious mayan food, lots of knowledge, and photos! Thank you for the wonderful experience!

  88. Laura HART

    Amazing experience! This was the highlight of our vacation!

    We were blessed to have Juan as our guide and Rodrigo as our driver on two amazing tours with Absolute Adventures May 21st and 23rd! We booked the two tours over their website-Tulum/Coba one day and Chichen Itza/2 Cenotes the next. The Cenotes were a last minute add on for the second tour and Claire made that happen with no issues. We corresponded via email before the trip and that made things simple.
    Pick-up from our RIU resort in Playacar was right on time and Juan was absolutely right to “gently” nudge us to move up our pick up time for Chichen Itza. It’s a long drive (2-2.5 hrs)and it was very, very hot; an early start from our location was a must. Pickup at 5:30 am got us back to resort just after 5:00 pm.
    Both tours were loads of fun and Juan shared the extremely interesting History of the Maya civilization. On both tours we had a great driver, Rodrigo. We always felt safe and he was very courteous while getting us where we needed to go. On both tours they had drinks (water, pop, beer) and some snacks but feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. Also on both tours we had an amazing lunch at a local restaurant-best food we had on the entire vacation! Juan was very nice and extremely helpful; we really felt taken care of on the tours. The 2 Cenotes were a wonderful way to cool off after a hot day, so glad we added them! Shopping in Valladolid was great with lots of shops if you like that kind of thing. We felt safe during this “free-time” to explore and shop. Lots of vendors at Chichen Itza too. I’m not a shopping nut on vacation, so that was a bit annoying to me. If you like to shop-bring pesos! You get a better deal than with dollars.
    Both days we returned to the resort in plenty of time for dinner. They will go at your pace-if you would like to speed it up or slow it down, just tell your guide.
    Overall, these three American ladies had an amazing time with Juan as our guide. If we ever return, we will definitely request Juan. These tours cost more than others but having a private van and your very own, hands on guide made it well worth it! We saw bus after bus coming into the sites and we were always happy to be in our own van getting there early before the rush. Thank you to Chris and Claire for making the booking process so easy and to Juan and Rodrigo for making our “Mother/Daughter” trip a vacation to remember. Book with these folks, request Juan and Rodrigo and you will not regret it!

  89. Mc from Alaska

    BEST PRIVATE TOUR EVER!!!! Juan is AMAZING! We had such a wonderful time, well worth it every penny. We were running a little late but we still got to our destination before it got overly crowded. One of the best experiences we had. Thank you Absolute adventure for offering great options for tours. Juan took the best pictures of us, hands down the best tour guide in Mexico!!

  90. RELAX

    BEST PRIVATE TOUR EVER!!!! Juan is AMAZING! We had such a wonderful time, well worth it every penny. We were running a little late but we still got to our destination before it got overly crowded. One of the best experiences we had. Thank you Absolute adventure for offering great options for tours. Juan took the best pictures of us, hands down the best tour guide in Mexico!!

  91. Leah

    We are so glad we choose Absolute Adventure Mexico! Our guide, Juan, was so knowledgeable and so friendly . He went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible! if you want a great experience with a personal guide who will make sure you get it then spend a little more and book your tours with this company. You won’t regret it!

  92. Henrietta P

    Excellent tour
    “We had a wonderful tour with Claire to Chichen Itza. She was personally lovely, very punctual (6.30am sharp at the hotel), hugely knowledgeable about the site and the Mayan people (very helpful colourful booklet which helped us to visualise how it originally looked) and sensitive to the needs of our whole family (ages 3, 12 and 15; navigating with a buggy, who needs suncream, water and needs a rest). We could not recommend her company more highly. Thank you again for a wonderful day, we could not recommend this company more highly.”

  93. Judd Ekdahl

    Chichen Itza and Cenote tour
    We had a great tour. Pascual and Manuel picked us up at our resort and drove us to Chichen Itza. We had an excellent tour with a seasoned Maya guide, we followed this up with lunch and a cenote swim. The restaurant in Valladolid was excellent. We had a great Mayan meal in a beautiful garden courtyard opposite a 16th century church. We swam in a covered cenote and were returned home. The drive stayed with the van and our extra belongs while we were on excursion and eating. Drinks and snacks were provided. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgable. The duration of stay at each place was tailored to our needs at the time. We are a family of 4 with two older children (16 and 20). I highly recommend Absolute Adventure and would go on another of their tours when next in the Playa del Carmen area.


    We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour to Chichen Itza! The driver and guide were on time and picked us up at the hotel. It was just over a two hour drive, but we were one of the first inside. The guide was very knowledgeable and customized the information back to what interested us.
    We visited two cenotes, both absolutely beautiful! Neither of us swim so we didn’t stay long but you’re allotted time to swim.
    Afterward, we went to lunch, which was also included in the cost. The food was delicious Mexican with handmade corn tortillas.
    It was expensive, but it was just me and my boyfriend and taylor made to what we wanted. Perfect. I would highly recommend!

  95. Jeremiah

    We had a great trip to Chichen Itza that included door-to-door service, lunch, private tour, and 2 cenotes. Well worth it and I would hire Absolute again.

  96. Dan

    An early start proved to be worthwhile to avoid the crowds and heat of the day. The vehicle was comfortable with plenty of space for the 3 of us. Our excellent driver was considerate and looked after our rucksacks whilst visiting the various sites.
    Juan was an informative guide, bringing the culture to life, with his knowledge of the ancient peoples and structures. His flexible approach matched our needs, giving us the oppportunity to decide on timings at each location.
    Lunch was tasty, plentiful and in a very relaxing environment.
    Overall a worthwhile activity for the discerning visitor offering good value for money.

  97. Ambassador

    Very well organized and informative tour. Would highly recommend this tour company. As I had a knee injury I very much appreciated the thoughtfulness in arranging a wheelchair for my comfort and Ervin patiently pushing me around all day Juan and Ervin were super tour guides very knowledgeable and fun to be around making our tour fun a well as educational.

  98. Ron

    Great family trip! I would definitely recommend Absolute Adventures to anyone wanting a guided Mexican adventure. We got to see the country and everything went very smoothly, from pickup to drop off and everything in between. It met and exceeded all of our expectations. Arturo (our guide) was friendly and personable and his english was excellent. He was really knowledgable about Chichen Itza and any other general questions we had during our ride out there and time in the city for lunch. An added bonus that comes with the tour was the pictures Arturo took while we toured Chichen Itza and swam in 2 cenotes and had lunch. Just received them in an email after we arrived back home. What a wonderful reminder of a great trip and would highly recommend Absolute Adventures to anyone and everyone.

  99. Linda

    Group of 4 adults for day trip to Chichen itza, Cenotes swim and lunch and shopping at Valladolid. Arturo and MIsael took great care of us and their insight gave the trip a more authentic feel than we would have had on our own! Very professional and knowledgeable. Starting so early was well worth it to beat the heat and the crowds. Not only did we learn about the Mayan culture but more about Mexico in general. Swimming in the cenotes was a refreshing experience and a beautiful show of nature. The authentic lunch at a local restaurant was delicious and we really appreciated Arturo’s recommendations and explanations about the drink options and cuisine. Cool drinks, beer and snacks provided on the van were greatly appreciated. Van was very nice and clean. They even took pictures of us throughout the trip – candid and posed, so it was one less thing we needed to worry about. We would definitely book wtih this company again. Highly recommend.

  100. Nancy L

    My fiance and I had so much fun on our private tour with Juan as our guide, and Nicholas our driver. We were picked up ontime, were provided breakfast and plenty of cold water and snacks throughout the day. We visited Chichen Itza bright and early before the huge crowds rolled in, then swam in two breathtaking cenotes (Xkeken and Samula) before sitting down to a delicious lunch in Valladolid. We did not have to worry about photography for the day because Juan took care of that! We enjoyed every moment of our tour, we learnt a lot and shared many laughs. I even picked up a few new Spanish slangs! We had a blast and highly recommend Absolute Adventure Mexico, especially with Juan as a tour guide 🙂

  101. Daniel K

    This is the second time my friends and I did an adventure tour with Absolute Adventure Mexico. Not only were they were flexible with personal requests, but it was evident that this company goes out of their way to provide authentic and personable experiences for their guests. Always impressed with their stellar service and wealth of knowledge of Mexican culture and history.
    My friends and I did a trip that consisted of a trip to Chichen Itza and ended the day exploring some remarkable cenote. Not only was our guide, Arturo, knowledgeable, but also willing to go out of his way to ensure that we were comfortable and at ease traveling to unknown places.
    If you are currently debating which private tour company to book for your adventure in Mexico…look no further and go with Absolute Adventure!
    I would rate higher than 5 stars if I could!

  102. Anka

    Wonderful tour!
    “We spent the day with Juan visiting Chichen Itzá, two cenotes and Villadoid. We had fun, learned a lot and overall enjoyed personal attention. Thank you!”

  103. Richard

    Chichen Itza
    Incredible site with unbelievable history. Truly one of the great wonders of the world. This trip was made even more special by our guide, Juan. His knowledge and gifted personality made an amazing day even more remarkable.

  104. Rima K

    Worth every penny!!
    Me and 3 of my friends had a private tour to Chichen Itza with Arturo as our tour guide and Ervin as our driver on October 8, 2017. It was awesome! First off, I thought that the drive to Chichen Itza would be too far but it was totally worth the drive and our tour guides made it worth it. First off, you are picked up very early from your resort, stop off to get a quick pastry/coffee and then you’re on your way. All of us napped in the van on our way to Chichen Itza which helped because it is a pretty long day that you are gearing up for. Ervin was a great and safe driver throughout the entire trip! Arturo had a lot of knowledge to share and also took pictures of our group to share at the end of our tour for free. Chichen Itza is amazing – you can really see what incredible astronomers and mathematicians the Mayans were. There are also a lot of vendors there – Arturo even helped us bargain and we came home with some great souveniers.
    After Chichen Itza, we headed to 2 Cenotes to go swimming which was so refreshing on a hot day.
    Arturo was so great giving us the history behind the centotes and also swimming along with us!
    Last, we went to the town of Vallodolid where we had lunch at a local restaurant and ordered the local Yucatan combination platters and they were declicious! It was so great getting to know Arturo and his own experiences. We had the option of touring the city and doing a little shopping but opted to go back because it was a pretty long day – one of the many benefits of the private tour is being able to manage how long you spend at various places and both Arturo and Ervin were very flexible.
    A couple of other things to note:
    – Absolute Adventure is a very small company run by people who are committed to giving back to the community. They intentionally chose a local restaurant and local owner for us to eat at. They are in the process of working with the community to help displaced and homeless dogs as well. We were so impressed with this and were so happy we chose a company who has these core values.
    – When we first got to Valladolid, there was a woman with a baby in the street who came up to Arturo and asked for water which of course he gave her. One of the things that we all appreciated about Arturo is that you can tell he also cares very much for his country and his community

    I would happily recommend this tour and our tour guides to anyone!!

  105. Sean

    Amazing tour and Guides!!
    Our private tour with Absolute Adventures and our tour guides Juan-José and Ervin to Chichen Itza, incredible lunch in town, and swimming in 2 Cenotes was one of the best tours I have ever taken and my wife and I have been coming here for 30 years! Juan was very informative and took some amazing photos for us. Jaun and Ervin went out of their way to make our tour truly spectacular and never once rushed us or told us we had to leave. Juan even carried our bags for us through out the different parks so we were free to take pictures of our own. You can leave everything in the van which was very clean and comfortable when you tour and Ervin stays with the van. Not only did they have all of the equipment we needed for the tour they also had cold beer, soda, and water for us in the van for the ride.
    I will highly recommend Absolute Adventure tour company and especially our guides Juan-José and Ervin to all of my friends and family and anyone else who reads this review. I promise you wont be disappointed, the price and tip is well worth the experience!

  106. James

    Had a great time walking around this fascinating place. Van was clean and comfortable. Would highly recommend this tour as it was organized well, and full of lots of information and humor.

  107. Brittany

    Couldn’t have been better!
    My husband and I booked Absolute Adventure to take a tour of Chichen Itza and swim in cenotes with a stop in Valladolid for lunch. Claire was extremely quick to respond to our booking request and answer any questions we had.

    The day of the tour was absolutely wonderful. Our guide for the day was Arturo and he couldn’t have been better. He was extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to and made the day smooth and fun. He also took great pictures for us! Our driver was also wonderful and very nice. Absolute Adventure provided a tour guide at Chichen Itza who did an excellent job and made the visit very thorough and informative. It was so worth getting there early before the heat and crowds! We got wonderful pictures with no one in the background and were able to leave before it go too hot.

    Throughout the day, we never felt rushed and had plenty of time to enjoy all aspects of the tour, including a delicious lunch.

    We would HIGHLY recommend Absolute Adventure and will use them again on future trips.

  108. Jason

    The most overwhelming aspect of this site was when and how it was built. We had an excellent guide, Luis, who really knew his stuff. He made it very interesting for everyone. We were glad we went early in the morning (5:30am start) as by the time we were leaving, the site was absolutely packed.

  109. Michael

    Juan was amazing! Funny and very knowledgeable! we had a great trip! I loved all the stops we did!! I would definitely recommend this team!! The cenotes were amazing and not crowded!!

  110. Araceli

    Our first (original) tour consisted of Chichen Itza Valladolid Cenote Our guide, Claire, was awesome. Not only did she hire the perfect guide for the Chichen but she also added more information that she knew. She made sure we had all the details and background info on the areas we visited. We were so impress with her that we booked a last minute tour with her on the same trip. We decided to do Tulum/Snorkeling in cenotes and with turtles.

  111. Steve

    Doing Chichen Itza with Absolute Adventure was a great choice ! Our guide was incredibly nice and knowledgable and took tons of pictures for us! There were very few tourists in Chichen Itza, it was amazing! Having it be a private tour is a major plus!

  112. Sue

    We chose the day at Chitzen Itza. Arturo was our guide and he was so much fun and super knowledgable. We were just our group so we spent how much time we wanted to take picture and ask questions. Be sure to book your tour with Absolute Adventure !

  113. Brittany

    My husband and I booked Absolute Adventure to take a tour of Chichen Itza and swim in cenotes with a stop in Valladolid for lunch. The day of the tour was absolutely wonderful. Our guide for the day was Arturo and he couldn’t have been better. He was extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to and made the day smooth and fun. He also took great pictures for us! Our driver was also wonderful and very nice. Absolute Adventure provided a tour guide at Chichen Itza who did an excellent job and made the visit very thorough and informative. It was so worth getting there early before the heat and crowds! We got wonderful pictures with no one in the background and were able to leave before it go too hot. Throughout the day, we never felt rushed and had plenty of time to enjoy all aspects of the tour, including a delicious lunch. We would HIGHLY recommend Absolute Adventure and will use them again on future trips.

  114. Bose

    Our extended family of seven had an unforgettable private tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide, Chris and excellent driver Allan. We spent a full day exploring Chichen Itza. We highly recommend this private tour with Absolute Adventure Mexico.

  115. Frederic

    My family and I went to Chichen Itza and a cenote. Our guide made sure everything was ok. He shared his culture and knowledge about the ruins. I would recommend Absolute Adventure Mexico to anyone looking for a private tour in the area of Cancun, your won’t regret it!

  116. Daniel

    Chichen Itza was absolutely amazing. Early morning pick up was the best choice we skipped all lines and crowds of people. We had a delicious lunch in a local mexican restaurant, it was perfect!

  117. Lidy

    Our guide Arturo was very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and history. It was a long day but we visited the city of Valladolid, had a excellent lunch and we stopped at 2 cenotes where we could swim. Totally worth it!

  118. Patricia

    We had a wonderful day with Arturo. Loved visiting the ruins, cenotes and lunch.

  119. Kevin

    Toured chichen itza, cenotes x 2, restaurant in valladolid. All day affair that was awesome. Ruins amazing cenotes very cool, meal excellent. Absolutely worth it. Comfortable van. No big douchey tour bus. Jose at chichen extremely knowledgeable. Arturo also super smart, friendly and fun. Ervin drove and was great. Booking etc all a breeze. All in all worth it.

  120. Tracy

    Had a very good tour of the ruins, knowledgeable helpful staff with excellent English and lots of historic knowledge. Juan was the guide & Misael the driver. They were great! Tour included a delicious lunch in Valladolid & a trip to a gorgeous cenote.

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