Chichen Itza ruins and Swim in 2 Cenotes

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PRIVATE TOUR: Discover the Wonders of the Yucatan: private guided visit of Chichen Itza, swim in 2 cenotes. With a lunch at a Gourmet restaurant in Valladolid.

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Chichen Itza ruins and Swim in 2 Cenotes 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 cenotes 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 cenotes, 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

  • Duration: 11/12 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Snorkeling: Basic swimming skills required. This excursion suits everyone from novices to experts.
  • Cenote: We visit cenote Xkeken and Samula. Cenote Ik Kil is not included (read our article about it).
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.

This is an exclusive private tour to better meet your expectations.

Price includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • All entrance fees
  • life jackets
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda, beer)
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte and one drink (water, soda or beer) per person
  • Your guide will show you where to take the best pictures and will be happy to help to take you in photo with your camera or phone!

Price excludes

  • Ruins: In case you bring a go pro camera, a video camera or a phone with a selfie stick, there is a 45 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 early departure to visit Chichen Itza

06:30am: Private transportation from your hotel to Chichen Itza*
08:00am – 11:30am: Visit of Chichen Itza + free time
11:30am – 12:15pm: Transportation
12:15pm – 01:15pm: Snorkeling in cenote Xkeken and Samula
01:15pm – 01:30pm: Transportation
01:30pm – 03:00pm: Lunch in Valladolid + free time
03:00pm – 06:00pm: Transportation to your hotel

*During summer time, pick-up at 05:30am due to time difference between Riviera Maya & Chichen Itza.
Itinerary is based on a departure from Playa del Carmen.
Pick up time is recommended time to avoid the crowds. We can leave later if you want to.

What to bring

  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Comfortable shoes and light clothes to visit the ruins
  • Flip flops or water shoes for swimming activities
  • Hat or cap and sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Biodegradable mosquito repellent
  • Camera/Underwater camera
  • Cash for souvenirs/tips

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!

17 reviews for Chichen Itza ruins and Swim in 2 Cenotes

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Patricia

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 !

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. Brigitte

    Mon mari et moi avons réservé chez Absolute Adventure pour voir Chichen Itza et nager dans des cenotes avec un arrêt à Valladolid pour le déjeuner. Le temps pendant la visite était parfait. Notre guide pour la journée était Cyril et ça n’aurait pas pu être mieux autrement. Il était extrêmement bien informé, enthousiaste et a rendu la journée agréable et amusante. Il a également pris de superbes photos pour nous! Notre chauffeur était aussi très gentil. Il avait prévu des boissons et il a surveillé nos affaire pendant les visites. Cela valait vraiment la peine d’y aller tôt avant la chaleur et le monde! Nous aurons de nouveau recours à eux si nous revenons dans la région.

  18. Caroline

    Nous avons passé une excursion avec un guide francophone compétent et ayant beaucoup de connaissances historiques. Manuel était le guide et Rodrigo le conducteur. Ils étaient super! Tout était prévu, nous n’avons eu à nous occuper de rien. La journée inclu aussi un délicieux déjeuner à Valladolid et une descente magique dans un cénote.

  19. Michel

    Manuel était super, sympathique et il connait très bien la région. C’était une super journée, nous avons aimé toutes les activités! Nous recommandons vivement l’équipe ! Les cénotes choisies étaient incroyablement belles et tranquilles.

  20. Bruno

    Notre grande famille de sept a eu une excursion privée inoubliable avec un guide extrêmement compétent, Cyril et un excellent conducteur Misael. Nous avons passé la journée entière à explorer Chichen Itza. Nous recommandons fortement cette visite privée avec Absolute Adventure Mexico.

  21. Judith

    Claire, responsable de Absolute Adventure est vraiment très professionnelle, elle connaît parfaitement son sujet, elle organise les visites et les activités avec beaucoup de sérieux, vous emmène dans des endroits typiques. Nous avons fait Chichen Itza et cenote et aussi l’excursion Tulum Coba. Pour nous, ça a été 2 jours magnifiques. 10 sur 10.

  22. 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!!

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