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Maya Ruins Tours from Cancun

Maya Ruins Tours from Cancun

While Cancun’s pristine beaches are an obvious draw, there’s much more to this naturally stunning region than just sunbathing. Surrounding the area are numerous Maya ruins, a cornerstone of the Yucatan’s history. Here are the top stone structures and ancient walls to visit from Cancun.

Chichen Itza— 122 miles (197 km) from Cancun

A two-hour drive from Cancun is Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited of all Yucatan archaeological sites. The highlight is the 82-foot-tall (25-meter) El Castillo pyramid, which guests can scramble up for unparalleled views of the site and jungle beyond. The pyramid is an important pilgrimage site as a representation of the Maya calendar and holds particular significance during the spring and autumn equinoxes. Booking a day tour with included lunch, round-trip transportation, and the option of adding an archaeologist guide allows visitors to experience all Chichen Itza has to offer.

Tulum— 80 miles (128 km) from Cancun

Tulum’s ruins are beach-bound, meaning this site is ideal for those who can’t bear to be away from the ocean but still want a dose of history and culture. Day tours, which typically include transportation, lunch, and even early access to the ruins with an archaeologist tour guide, ensure you beat the crowds and access expert information about the excavations. After touring the grounds, consider descending from the cliffside Temple of the Wind God onto the nearby beach for swimming and time in the sun.

Cobá— 82 miles (132 km) from Cancun 

In Cobá, you’ll see the tallest pyramid in Mexico and tour an ancient Maya city. Experience two unmissable Cancun adventures in one day by choosing a tour that combines a visit to the ruins at Cobá and a stop at Cenote Takach-Ha, where you can swim in crystal-clear waters while surrounded by rock walls. Most Coba tours include a buffet lunch, roundtrip hotel pickup and dropoff, plus transport around the ancient cities.

El Rey— 15 miles (25 km) from Cancun

Just 30 minutes from downtown Cancun is El Rey, the nearest ruins to modern Yucatan civilization. 

El Rey’s 47 structures are believed to have been inhabited by Mayans as early as 900 AD and are named for a ceremonial mask and skull that were found while excavating the site. Access this historical site without straying too far from your hotel by visiting on a Cancun day trip tour, and keep an eye out for the many iguanas who call the ruins home.

Ek Balam— 120 (193 km) from Cancun

A 2.5-hour drive from the Hotel Zone is one of the best preserved sites that explorers are still able to climb: the walled city of Ek Balam. Summiting the acropolis gives visitors magnificent panoramic views of the temple complex and the surrounding jungle. Visit on a half-day trip from Cancun to take in the sights and perhaps also visit the town of Valladolid to explore a local market and view Spanish colonial buildings.

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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves

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Explore coral reefs, ancient history, and nature in the Riviera Maya on an combination tour that features some of the best of Yucatan in a single day. Snorkel through the coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, visit the Tulum archeological site, and swim in a cenote, then explore a limestone cave and take a jungle walk. This tour includes entrance fees, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door transport from hotels in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
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  • 7 hours
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Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun

Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun

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This full-day tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch—see Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO Site, and have a chance to participate in an ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural importance of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With round-trip hotel transport, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss. *Please note that cenote Ik Kil is still closed and on the tour, at the moment, we will visit the cenote Selva Maya, which is very similar to Ikkil, until Ikkil is opened.
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  • 12 hours
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Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)

Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)

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Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A boxed lunch is also included for your convenience.
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun

Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun

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Discover the essence of the ancient Maya civilization on this full-day excursion to Coba and the Tulum ruins. This Cancun Super Saver takes you to explore Tulum's ruins with an expert guide, then jump into a rejuvenating underground cenote. Tour Coba, a once-thriving Maya village deep in the rain forest. Enjoy Yucatanean specialties at a buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.
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  • 11 hours
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Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch

Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch

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Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote before a certified guide leads you through the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, considered the most important archaeological zone of the Yucatán. Visit the ball court, El Castillo (the Castle), Pyramid of Kukulkan, and Temple of the Warriors. Then, indulge in a buffet lunch of regional dishes. Your Chichen Itza day trip includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.
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  • 12 hours
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4x1 Tulum, Cobá, Cenote & Playa del Carmen Small Group

4x1 Tulum, Cobá, Cenote & Playa del Carmen Small Group

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Discover the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum with an archaeologist on this full-day tour and enter the site early, before the crowds. Explore the ruins, set upon a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, on this Viator Exclusive available nowhere else. Pickup and drop-off at Riviera Maya and Cancun meeting points is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

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Uncover the Mayan mysteries of Tulum and the aquatic majesty of Xel-Ha on this exciting full-day excursion from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Gain fascinating insight into the ancient archeology of Tulum on a guided tour with an expert guide; capture fantastic photographs of the rugged Caribbean coastline and atmospheric ruins; and see a colorful tableau of tropical marine life in the alluring Xel-Ha aquarium. Enjoy a fun-filled family day out with this wonderful tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Priority Access: Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Xichen Itza
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Priority Access: Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Xichen Itza

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Experience some of the Yucatan’s most exciting and exhilarating activities with a Cancun Combo tour. Select from four outstanding options, visiting captivating attractions such as Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza. Immerse yourself in the natural and historical majesty of some of Mexico’s best aquatic, adventure and archeological parks, touring ancient sites and legendary landmarks with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Yucatan hotel is included, in addition to delicious food and drinks inspired by local specialties. Simply take your two selected tours with 15 days of each other to enjoy this excellent economical offer.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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$219.99
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Chichen Itza Deluxe Small Group with Buffet Lunch & Cenote

Chichen Itza Deluxe Small Group with Buffet Lunch & Cenote

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Explore Chichen Itza with a small group, entering through the Mayaland Resort to skip the long entry lines. On this full-day excursion, follow an expert guide through the Pyramid of Kukulcán and the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a buffet lunch of regional and international dishes before spending the rest of the day at the resort hotel swimming at the pool or a beautiful cenote. Plus, you can relax at Viator's exclusive on-site hospitality suite.
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  • 10 hours
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$85.00
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Holbox with cenote & Chichen Itzá with Buffet Lunch & Tequila tasting
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Holbox with cenote & Chichen Itzá with Buffet Lunch & Tequila tasting

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Combine two top tours at one discounted price over two days with a Cancun Super Saver. This Viator Exclusive provides early access to Chichen Itza and Holbox Island before most of the crowds arrive. An archaeologist guide leads you around each site in the morning, providing fascinating facts about ancient civilizations as you check out ruins like Chichen Itza’s El Castillo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the paradisical Holbox Island set on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
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  • 2 days
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