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
  • Light breakfast
  • Snacks & 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!

27 reviews for Chichen Itza ruins and Swim in 2 Cenotes

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.”

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. 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!”

  15. 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.

  16. 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!!

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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 !

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. Patricia

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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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