Taking a day trip to Chichén Itzá is an absolute MUST if you’re visiting the Yucatán Peninsula!
During our last visit to the Yucatán Peninsula, we went on a tour of Chichén Itzá with Cancun Passion tours. This trip was our first time staying at an all-inclusive resort, the Moon Palace Cancún, and booking excursions and tours instead of booking an entire trip with a tour company. For us, booking a Chichén Itzá tour was the best option for us because everything for the day was included! You can see the details of our day trip Chichén Itzá tour here.
In addition to our review of Cancún Passion’s Chichén Itzá Tour, we discuss the good and bad of souvenir shopping at Chichén Itzá and provide you a self-guided tour of Chichén Itzá! If you aren’t interested in Cancun Passion, you can find many other tours of historic Mexico here!
If you aren’t interested in booking a formal tour with an agency, you can easily access Chichén Itzá via public transit or by driving. Getting to Chichén Itzá from Cancun is quite easy if you’re traveling by car or bus. It is only a two-hour drive from Cancun to Chichén Itzá. If you’re visiting Chichén Itzá without a tour group, you can hire locals guides at the site, or hire your own from an independent tour guide agency.
A Perfect Day Trip to Chichén Itzá
- 1 Review of Cancún Passion Day Trip Tour to Chichén Itzá
- 2 Sample Day Trip to Chichén Itzá from Cancun Itinerary
- 3 What Time of Day Should I Visit Chichén Itzá?
- 4 Have Lunch and Shop at Pueblo Maya
- 5 What Souvenirs to Buy at Chichén Itzá
Review of Cancún Passion Day Trip Tour to Chichén Itzá
For our visit to Chichén Itzá, we toured with Cancun Passion. One of the greatest parts of our tour with Cancún Passion was the tour guides! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, engaging, and went above and beyond to make your tour special and exciting! Since our Chichén Itzá tour was all-inclusive, a coach bus and lunch were provided. The bus was air-conditioned and incredibly comfortable, which was perfect since it was hot the day we visited Chichén Itzá.
Đang xem: Chichen itza gift shop
For our day trip to Chichén Itzá, we were picked up at our hotel in the morning. We first drove to a cenote where we got to swim! We then went to lunch where we could also do some souvenir shopping. After lunch, we went on our Chichén Itzá tour with a guide! The nice thing about our Chichén Itzá our was that our day trip allowed for about an hour and a half of free time to explore the grounds without a guide.
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Sample Day Trip to Chichén Itzá from Cancun Itinerary
8 AM Depart Cancun 10 AM Visit Cenote Samaal 12 PM Lunch and shopping 1:30 PM Guided Tour of Chichén Itzá3 PM Free time to explore Chichén Itzá before closing
What Time of Day Should I Visit Chichén Itzá?
If you want to avoid crowds or the heat, consider visiting Chichén Itzá closer to closing time, such as after 3 PM. Some tour groups do their tours in the early morning, so in the morning you get tour groups. With Cancún Passion, we arrived around 2:30 PM and the heat wasn’t unbearable, and the crowds were starting to clear. During this time of the day, the light isn’t as harsh either, making for beautiful photos!
Have Lunch and Shop at Pueblo Maya
Lunch was included at an authentic Yucatán restaurant and had the chance to do some shopping. At Pueblo Maya. Pueblo Maya served traditional Yucatán dishes such as The restaurant also features a beautiful botanic garden and shop, where you can support local artisans and purchase authentic handicrafts. It was great to be able to buy quality souvenirs at a shop where you knew you were purchasing authentic items. Much of the shopping at Chichén Itzá itself is overrun by vendors selling things that may or may not be authentic.
What Souvenirs to Buy at Chichén Itzá
If you’re planning to do some shopping, consider buying things that have significance in Mexican culture. Anytime we travel, we prefer to buy things that have meaning to the local culture, instead of some tacky souvenir. We like to have our souvenirs have meaning! We did most of our shopping while at Pueblo Maya! Mexico is known for:
Obsidian is a beautiful black stone formed from volcanic rock that changes color in the sun. Obsidian was available to ancient Mayan households regardless of socio-economic status and was used in hunting, agriculture, food preparation, and for many other daily activities.
Mexico is known for its high-quality silver jewelry! A number stamped on the instead of your jewelry is an indicator of its purity. The higher the number the better!
The Mayan calendar is one of the most common souvenirs you’ll see. The calendar is not only beautiful, but it is an important symbol of Mayan culture and history. Pueblo Maya offered a special custom Mayan calendar where you could select a special date in your life, and they would print your Mayan calendar for you!
Another beautiful souvenir from Mexico is the pottery! Different pottery styles come from different areas of the country, so there are many styles to choose from!
Handmade hammocks are a popular craft piece from the Yucatan if you’re looking for something for your home!
In addition to a custom calendar at Pueblo Maya, you could get custom necklace charms with your initials or name in Mayan hieroglyphics!