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“it's a long long long bus ride from Cancun”

Chichen Itza Tour - Cosmos Tours
Ranked #67 of 348 Tours in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Chichen Itza is worth seeing, but the getting there is a pain. Here's my run down of the good and the bad: The worst part of the tour is they stop at a gift shop / lunch place and make you wait there for 2 hours before getting to Chichen Itza - the gift shop ihas worthless junk and the lunch place is not a place I would ever consider eating the food for fear of getting sick. This part of the tour feels like a timeshare seminar and left a bad taste in my mouth. OK now the good news - Chichen Itza is worth seeing. The site is bigger than you think and takes about 3 hours to walk around and enjoy. The site has shade, so even in the heat, you can keep cool. The site is not marked particularly well, so definitely buy a map. There are some great videos on youTube about Chichen Itza that I found and recommend you watch to get some of the history of the place. There are tons of vendors selling souvenirs within Chichen Itza which make the site seem kinda cheesy. The visitors center has clean bathrooms and lots of choices for food and drinks. Here are my tips for making the best of the trip: 1) take an iPad with lots of movies on it to make the bus ride tolerable - the trip is not scenic in any way so don't hope you will be engrossed by the scenery on the drive....you won't be. 2) We had our hotel make a boxed lunch for us to take and I am glad we did as I would not have eaten and the tours restaurant choice. 3) Take several bottles of water 4) I really wished I had known that there was a forced 2 hour stop at the gift shop/restaurant along the way so I would recommend that before you book a tour you insist on seeing a itinerary of every stop that the bus makes along the way and the time at each stop. If you do this you will not have the surprise that I did.

5  Thank BrianSantaBarbara_CA
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We took a bus tour to this place we were staying at Isle Mujeres. The place itself is really nice but we got on the mini van at 7 a.m. and got off the bus at 9:30 p.m. so not worth it. They picked us up at the OXXO store at the pier, picked up some more people, dropped us off to pay for the tour with NO instructions, got on another bus and traveled 2 hours to an underground Mayan cavern, that was neat but everyplace you go they are trying to sell. We then travel 2 1/2 more hours to a Mayan store and told we can shop for 40 minutes and then eat at 1:00. The place was very expensive and sold all kinds of things: jewelry, statues, masks, plates, etc but it was expensive. We then ate at a buffet and we were cattle being pushed through and it tasted like it, it was awful. Travel over 2 more hours and we had to walk for at least 15 minutes because the it was so congested it would have taken an hour to get there. We wait for over a 1/2 hour for our guide to come back with the tickets and we very slowly get the tickets, get into a single line, and it's just packed there, get in and have to wait for the whole group to go through the lousy 2 lines. Then we have to wade through all the vendors that are selling everything under the sun and there were hundreds of them it was awful!!!!!! We left the group and toured by ourselves. We finally get in around 3:10 and it closes at 5:00. It's a neat place if you ignore the fact all the vendors are literally everyone and they are aggressive. We start getting hustled out about 4:30 and meet the group on the steps and get back to the bus. We get on a little after 5:00 and drive for hours and there is NO stopping at all. There is a tiny bathroom that you can only go number 1 on and it you need to go number 2 tell the guide and they'll stop the bus!!! We have 19 places to drop people off at their hotels and we are the last stop and there are 110 of us that need to go back to the island. The guide even leaves the bus (just says it's been nice and at a stop gets off nice) and the driver speaks little to no English, it's raining, and we're praying we get to the ferry before the last one. The time we actually spent at Chicken Itza was good the vendors were terrible, and the bus ride was awful. Glad I saw but would NOT do it again.

2  Thank Cudagirl69
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We got to see a Mayan village, cemetery, agave fields, eat at a Mayan restaurant, see the cenote & Mayan Ruins. Amazing!

Thank ESD1020
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

This was an excellent day trip, lots of history and nice pictures. Beware of all the people trying to sell you masks and what not. We were told not to purchase many of the items as they rub them with gas, you can definitely smell it.

Thank Holly D
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

The technology, architechure and culture was amazing. Before booking a tour, ask if they allow time time shop in the ruins. Our tour guide kept telling us he was going to take us to a "better" place to shop afterward. He must have been getting a kick back because where he took us was a total rip off. Nobody bought a thing.

Thank Sharon S
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