This is a great adventure into the Mayan culture! Mayan Encounter offers a great combination of history, adventure and culture all in one day.
You will see the recently-opened ancestral city of Cobá, an archaeological site hidden deep inside the rain forest of the south-eastern Yucatan, where we will guide you through the history that pertains to this site in particular and to the region in general. We will hire bikes there and take a ride to the biggest pyramid of Cobá. Arriving there we have the chance to climb this Mayan pyramid and enjoy a fabulous bird view of the jungle of Yucatan.
Enter into the amazing Sac-Actun cenote system, the world longest underground river, explored thoughout 153.9 km by specialized cave divers. Snorkel in the Nohoch Nah Chiich cavern, surrounded by awesome rock formations and millenary stalactites and stalagmites.
Ride through the exuberant rain forest on all terrain Mercedez Benz Unimogs. Swim in Yaxmuul, a unique natural pool. Visit Kantenah natural reserve, live a great experience rappelling into a beautiful cenote and fly over the jungle’s foliage on exciting zip-lines.
Chichen Itza is the most famous of the Mayan archaeological sites and is situated 205 km to the west of Cancun in the centre of the Yucatan Peninsula. In Maya, its name means "well of the Itza family" which refers to the sacrificial well that can be seen here.
There is then a guided visit lasting just over an hour after which you will have some time at leisure to explore the central pyramid, walk amongst the buildings and do some shopping. Lunch will be at the restaurant of the local Mayaland hotel before we continue to a cenote (sink hole) located close to the archeological site, called Suytun, for a refreshing swim. We return to Cancun right afterwards, arriving back at your hotel in the late afternoon.
Just one hour and 45 minutes south of Cancun lies Tulum, an important Mayan archaeological site and the only one that sits right on the coast overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters.
Tulum is one of the most representative Mayan ruins of the Riviera Maya. By the time the Toltecs had annexed the Maya lands to their vast territories; Tulum was a thriving merchant port and remained so until the Spanish arrived in 1518. The city reached its splendor in around 1200 AD and was a characteristic example of the Maya late Post-Classic era. ''Tulum'' means ''wall, trench or fence'' in the Maya language. The conquerors were amazed by the beauty, size and strength of this ancient fortress built on a cliff, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean below.
Visit the archaeological site of Ek’Balam.
You will then be driven to the Cenote Maya park and the maya Hut.
Later, you will experience a Maya ritual performed by a local that will allow you to enter the biggest cenote (sinkhole) discovered in the Yucatan Peninsula.
There, you will be able to experience different adventure activities such as swimming, diving, Trepachanga (ropes), Tarzan vine and rappel down 26 m (264lbs is the maximum weight for the rappel activity).
We will dive into the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean surrounded by exotic marine life, explore an underground river in the middle of the jungle and discover the mystical wonders of the Mayan sinkholes (cenotes). We will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel and you will be accompanied at all times by one of our professional guides who will share with you the best snorkeling techniques as well as valuable information about the flora and fauna that inhabits these unique ecosystems. Above all, they will make sure you feel safe and enjoy an unforgettable snorkeling experience.
Xcaret Park is an eco-archaeological site located just 10 minutes in the south of Playa del Carmen. The naturally rocky coastline forms a series of coves, inlets and lagoons. The area has been carefully landscaped to retain a natural habitat and offers a wide range of activities.
Xcaret is also famous for its underground river with crystal clear waters which you can swim through passing by impressive caverns - a very unique experience. Or you may lounge on the beach or visit the various animals that inhabit this natural park.