the remains of the ancient Mayan civilization
The mysterious population of hundreds of thousands that just seemed to vanish into thin air. There are many speculations as to what might have happened to this peaceful people but we cannot know for sure. Come explore the impressive cities they built both to live in and to celebrate their Gods here in this blessed land.
Tulum : the walled city
From these famous ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea you will find a small site with ocean access. Enjoy a different perspective as you swim out into the ocean and then turn to take a look up at what the ancient Mayans must have also believed was truely paradise. Explore this local site on your own. Entrance fees are low and you can rent an audio set if you like. Biking to the ruins from the beach road is simple and easy, just head north on the beach road and you will run right into the entrance.
Coba : the
largest pyramid in the Yucatan
Coba is another impressive Mayan ruin site nearby to Tulum where you are still able to explore the city by bicycle (of foot if you choose) and have the opportunity to climb your way to the top of the largest pyramid in the Yucatan for a breathtaking view of the lush jungle surrounding you.
A half day tour to Coba includes a cenote dip and lunch : $95usd per person.
Ek Balam : the capital of the Mayan Empire
Ek Balam is an amazing archeological find featuring the 5 meter tall mouth of the jaguar featuring winged Mayan warriors and Mayan script. From the top of this structure you are able to see the tallest structures of Coba and Chichen Itza. A powerful and enchanting ruin site not to be missed.
A full day tour to Ek Balam includes a cenote dip and lunch : $125usd per person.
Chichen Itza : A world-wonder
Chichen Itza, one of the New Wonders of the World is a pre-columbian site built by the Mayans in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula. Set perfectly to cast shadows of the sun as it rises and sets during the Spring and Fall Equinox, this impressive city is home to the famous feathered serpent, Quetzalcoatl said to slither down the side of El Castillo, with the sun’s movement into the ground. In the Spring to fertilize the crops and make for a bountiful harvest and in the fall to protect the ground and prepare for the coming cycle. Also noteworthy in this well-preserved site are the Great Ball Court and the Temple of the Warriors. Completing this tour you will also have the opportunity to wander the colonial city of Valladolid, shop in the markets and marvel at the architecture that make this city so unique.
A full day tour to Chichen Itza includes a cenote dip, colonial city stop and lunch : $125usd per person.