We definitely have the best private tour to Chichen Itza, located in the Yucatan State.
The city of Chichen Itza was founded in 432 a.d. and aligned with the Toltecs in the 10th century. In the 13th century civil war broke out and the city went into decline. In more recent years it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the best examples of the Toltec-Mayan architecture is El Castillo (the castle), a 91 stepped pyramid.
El Castillo is best known for its amazing carved snakes and represents a complete calendar itself. The temple is aligned so that the diamond back rattlesnake, named Kukulkan, carved along the staircase will be hit by the sun during the spring and fall equinoxes. With the play of light and shadows the snake looks as descending the staircase.
The Ball Court is another impressive site and the largest of its kind. Playing on a field much longer than a football field, two teams would try to score goals with a ball using only their elbows, wrists and hips. This was a ritual the Mayans took very seriously and it was often used to settle disputes. Some believe the winners were even put to death as a sacrifice to the Gods.
1 and a half hour drive (North-West) through the countryside from Tulum. From Quintana Roo State to the Yucatan State.
2 hours away from Playa Del Carmen City (West). Using the time saving toll roads.
2 and a half hours from hotels located North of Playa del Carmen like Puerto Morelos (Via Toll Roads).
Please note that we will make sure to arrive early in order to beat the crowds and the heat. This way you are able to enjoy any of these sites to their fullest and continue with the schedule according to your customized tour. Expect busy mornings during the high season!
Pick-up hours from Playa del Carmen Downtown area 6:00 AM (toll-roads recommended).
Pick-up hours from Tulum 6:30 AM (no toll-roads required).
Pick-up hours from Puerto Morelos or 6:00 AM (toll-road required).
Ek Balam is a Yucatec-Maya archaeological site located in the arid lands of the Yucatán State.
Location of Ek Balam:
It lies in the Northern Maya lowlands, 25 kilometers (16 mi) north of Valladolid and 56 kilometers (35 mi) northeast of Chichen Itza.