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How to Visit the Mayan Ruins Without the Crowds

How to Visit the Mayan Ruins Without the Crowds

Dating back thousands of years in some cases, and shrouded in mystery, the Mayan ruins are among Mexico’s most visited sites. Sometimes that popularity can mean too many people, however, so here are some ways to see the ruins without the crowds.

Early-Access Tours

One of the best ways to experience the magic and mystery of the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula—without feeling like you’re at Grand Central Station during rush hour—is by visiting before most tour buses arrive. Early-access tours of Tulum, Chichen Itza, or Coba ensure you’ll be one of the first visitors there, so you can get that perfect photo without all the tourists in it. Of course, you’ll also get expert insight into Mayan civilization from an archaeologist tour guide. It’s worth the early-morning wakeup.

VIP Tours

There’s no better way to experience a bucket-list site like Chichen Itza than on a VIP tour. You’ll feel like royalty as you head to the ruins from your Riviera Maya hotel in a luxurious private vehicle. With an archaeologist guide at your side, you’ll breeze past long entrance lines at the Mayan site to your own private entrance, and after your visit, you can watch the sun set over the ancient Mayan city while sipping unlimited margaritas on a private terrace.

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

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Spend some time beyond Cancun exploring Ek Balam, one of the Yucatán's newer excavation sites. Embark on a guided tour of this ancient Mayan wonder, learning its history, wandering among its plazas and even scaling its main pyramid for incredible jungle views. Then continue on to Cenote Maya Park, where your choices for adventure are endless. Take a refreshing dip in natural pool, zipline through tropical forest canopy, rappel into a cave or shop for handmade Maya crafts. Savor a delicious meal of traditional Maya eats before returning to Cancun.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.99
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$138.99

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.00
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$138.00