Magic on the Yucatan: Chichen Itza, Ik-Kil, Rio Lagartos Private Day Tour
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Any trip to the Yucatan and its surrounds inspires magic. On this full-day private tour, it’s hard not to believe in the magic of our natural world with visits to UNESCO-recognized Chichen Itza, the lush cenote of IK-Kil, the otherworldly Rio Lagartos, and the natural pink waters of Las Coloradas.

What you can expect

Our guides are keepers of the history and stories of the mystical Yucatan Peninsula, and this private day tour is specially designed to take you to some of the region’s most unique sights.

You’ll believe the impossible is possible as you stand before the iconic Chichen Itza pyramid of Kukulkan, a feat in human engineering; swim in the ethereal waters of the Ik-Kil cenote; and marvel in the naturally pink waters and mangroves of the biosphere of Rio Lagartos and its Las Coloradas lakes. From the Avatar-like Ik-Kil to the breathtaking hues of pink at Rio Lagartos, you can prove to your friends and family back home that the pictures they’ve seen of these places are not AI-generated!

Your air-conditioned vehicle is reserved for your private group only to ensure a safe and memorable day with lunch included.

Luxury and comfort on your private full-day tour

Throughout your 12-hour day, you can always expect an air-conditioned vehicle waiting for you at each stop. Inside the vehicle, you are welcome to water bottles, soda, and light snacks. We are your private concierge to some of the most incredible sights of not only the Yucatan but all of Mexico.

Enjoy leisurely visits to Chichen Itza, Ik-Kil, and Rio Lagartos

Unlike other group tours to these sights, this private tour can also be catered to the curious and active travelers who want to connect with the land and water we visit with swimming, boating, and more. Each stop is meant to feel leisurely, not rushed, as you experience monuments such as the UNESCO site of Chichen Itza, also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Each stop is carefully planned out on your behalf, allowing you time to appreciate the history of ancient Mayan sites and the beauty of bubble-gum pink waters of Las Coloradas.

No hidden fees and reliable, quality service

Reliable, quality service is at the heart of everything we do. This tour includes lunch, admission fees, refreshments, certified English-speaking guides, and additional services such as a private boat ride through the mangroves of Rio Lagartos. There are no hidden fees, and you can read more about what is (and is not) included in the What’s Included section below.



  • Round-trip transportation in a private vehicle equipped with air conditioning and refreshments 
  • Embrace the heritage and customs of the Mayan people with the help of your local guide 
  • Cool off at the Ik-Kil cenote, known for its crystal blue water  
  • Take a private boat through the mangroves of Rio Lagartos in search of flamingoes 
  • Savor an authentic Mexican lunch, complimentary beers, and other refreshments 
  • Experience Mexico’s Pink Lagoon (Las Coloradas) with your own private group
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    12 hours

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    45XW+VV6 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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    • Pick up from your hotel, or other accommodation 
    • We pick up from any accommodation in Cancun, Riviera Maya, or Tulum for this private tour of Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza. Pick up time may depend on the hotel the travelers are staying. The tour usually starts with a visit to Tulum, depending on how the hotel is to Tulum. Please visit our FAQ section for additional information on ferry and airport pickups, and the vehicle types that we offer.  
    • Behold the iconic Chichen Itza 
    • Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. On this approximately 2.5-hour walking tour, expect to hear untold secrets and illuminating facts as you visit the impressive pyramid of Kukulkan, the great ball court of the ancient game of pok-a-tok, and the hieroglyphics inscribed by ancient people predicting and calendaring astronomical events.  
    • Throughout your walking tour, there are plenty of places to sit and listen to your guide explain the significance of these places to the ancient Mayan people who lived here. As an example, the Chichen Itza is believed to have been used for various purposes, including as a temple of the warriors for the Mayan civilization.  
    • A refreshing cenote swim and lunch 
    • After morning of walking and exploring, it’s time for a much-deserved break to cool off and relax with one of the top things to do on a trip to the Riviera Maya: swimming in a cenote! This stop is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours of free time. 
    • Arrive at the Ik-Kil cenote, a stunning natural wonder. The cenote is a natural swimming hole that is surrounded by lush jungle vegetation and cascading vines. The crystal-clear water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and the natural beauty of the area is truly breathtaking.  
    • There are changing rooms and lockers you can use at the cenote. We always recommend bringing a change of clothes for after your cenote swim. During your swim, you can leave your personal belongings in your private car, it is completely safe.  
    • Once you’ve dried off after your swim, we head over to lunch on the site of the cenote. Lunch is a typical Mexican buffet lunch consisting of in usually rice, beans, some chicken, pork, and seasonal vegetables and fruit. 
    • Wildlife viewing and a boat ride at Rio Lagartos  
    • Rio Lagartos is a quaint fishing town situated in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The town's main attraction is its namesake estuary, which is home to a diverse array of wildlife including flamingos, herons, and pelicans — even crocodiles! On this 1.5-hour visit, you strap on life vests and jump aboard a private boat tour of the area with your expert captain. During your boat ride, cruise through lush mangroves as you learn about the delicate ecosystem here. Up to 6 people can be in one boat at a time, but we will ensure ahead of this visit that everyone in your group is assigned to private boats.  
    • Instagram-worthy photos at Mexico’s Pink Lagoon 
    • Our last stop of the day is Las Coloradas Natural Park, a 30-minute drive from the Rio Lagartos estuary. This dreamlike landscape is one of the most unique landscapes in all of Mexico with its naturally bubble-gum pink water. Its nickname, Pink Lagoon, is an appropriate one.  
    • These stunning pink lakes are caused by high levels of salt and algae in the water. You’ll get a brief introduction of this fishing village’s history and the geology of the area, but this is your time to simply relax and take in the surreal and otherworldly beauty of the pink lakes. 
    • End your day with hotel/accommodation drop-off 
    • Typically, you can expect to be back to your hotel between 8–9pm, depending on accommodation.  
    • Please note: We can drop off the guests in a different location if they need to change hotels or arrive at the airport or at the ferry station. A drop-off point must however be in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.


    • Free hotel pickup and drop-off 
    • Transport by a private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle 
    • Professional certificated guide services 
    • Private tour is operated with just your party 
    • Lunch (buffet) 
    • Sweet snacks, soft drinks, bottled water & 2 cans of beer/per person 
    • All the entrance fees 
    • Private boat in Rio Lagartos

    Additional Information

    • What to Bring
    • Comfortable shoes to walk around in throughout the day  
    • Hats, sunscreen, bathing suits, dry cloths, and towels for the cenote portion of the tour 

    Guide Languages

    • English

    • Portuguese

    • Russian

    • Spanish

    • German

    • Italian

    • French

    Cancellation Policy

    • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 71 hours before the activity start time.

    • A 80% refund will apply if you cancel more than 47 hours before the activity start time.

    • A 50% refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

    • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.