Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

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Explore the ruins of Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan city offering a glimpse at this mysterious, long-lost civilization.

Highlights

  • Witness the towering Temple of Kukulcán, the iconic step-pyramid
  • Uncover the hidden symbolism behind the artistic designs found throughout
  • Learn about ancient Mayan sports at the Great Ball Court
  • Bring out your inner archaeologist and discover the site's lost secrets.

Description

Start by downloading the app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This is a self-guided tour, not an entrance ticket. This 1.5+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Chichen Itza in 1-2 hours. Once downloaded, your tour of Chichen Itza begins at the entrance to the archaeological site. As you enter and get your first look around, the first thing you’ll see is an ancient wall that once surrounded this site. The next landmark is pretty hard to miss--it’s the awe-inspiring Temple of Kukulcán, Chichen Itza’s most famous structure. But you won’t just be admiring this step pyramid, you’ll also learn about its remarkable construction and how it was built to honor the equinox. Continuing along, you’ll come to another of the city’s most amazing sights: the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game sort of like a cross between basketball and soccer--but with a 20-pound ball! Here, you’ll learn not just about the game, but also the unusual construction of the court. Next, you’ll pass the ominously-titled Wall of Skulls, depicting the heads of sacrificial victims! Then you’ll arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Here, intricate carvings and sculptures illustrate the exploits of these highly trained, fearsome warriors. After this is the Platform of Venus, which once held offerings to the stars. You’ll learn about the Mayans’ complex belief system here, how they used this platform and more. Soon, you’ll arrive at The White Road, an ancient stone road that is one of the largest and most intact of its kind in existence. This leads to the Sacred Cenote, where ancient Mayans performed human sacrifices to appease their rain god. Up next is the Temple of Warriors, an impressive, multi-tiered temple hiding a dark secret. Your route takes you next to the Hall of a Thousand Columns, where people once shared meals together, followed by the Ossuary, where the grave of a High Priest is located. Then it’s on to the Observatory. Here, you’ll discover how the Mayans viewed the heavens, and what they believed the stars told them about their future. Finally, you’ll arrive at the imposing but oddly-named Nunnery, followed closely by the Church. These two ancient structures are some of the most-photographed spots in the entire city, and for good reason! Your tour concludes here.

Includes

Easy-to-use app: download the Action Tour Guide App onto your phone Unique password: access your tour on the Action Tour Guide App Engaging storytelling: Uncover unique tales and thrilling history for a memorable journey! Perfect narrator: nothing can beat listening to a great voice. Proven with tons of rave reviews! Learn more: dive deeper into any story you enjoyed with extra stories. Comprehensive route and stops: See it all, miss nothing, leave no stone unturned! Offline maps: no signal, no problem! Works perfectly without cellular or wifi. Hands-free: audio stories play on their own based on your location. Easy to use! Go at your own pace: Start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks for snacks and photos freely! New, extra validity — now, it’s yours for an entire year! Use multiple times over multiple trips! All-day support line: Call, chat, or email for help.

Important Information

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app tour with a map, audio stories, and images.
  • Access the tour on the Action Tour Guide app (separate from the Get Your Guide app).
  • Use the unique password received after booking to download & preview your specific tours before you arrive.
  • Start at the Starting Point. Follow the tour route. All audio stories play automatically based on your location.
  • Flexible schedule: Use it on any day and at any time or over multiple days. No need to rebook if your travel plans change.
  • It has new, extra validity—now yours for an entire year! Use it multiple times over multiple trips!
  • Walking tour: Use one tour per couple and share headphones.
  • Get support by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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