THE MAYAN RIVIERA BETWEEN MAJESTIC RUINS AND MAGNIFICENT LAGOONS

  • Port

    Cozumel

  • Level of difficulties

    Easy

  • Type

    Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    USD145.0

  • Duration in hours

    10.0

  • Shore excursion code

    3261

Description

An excursion along the Mayan Riviera to discover two authentic Mexican gems: the Tulum archaeological site with its majestic structures offering amazing views and the Xel-ha park, where the sea meets underground freshwater springs creating a beautiful lagoon.



What we will see
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Tulum archaeological site
  • Xel-Ha park
  • Buffet lunch


What we will do
  • We go to the pier where we take the ferry to Playa del Carmen, on the Yucatán coast, in the heart of the famous Riviera Maya. From here, a coach takes us to our first stop - the ancient Tulum ruins, perched on a rocky cliff with the Caribbean Sea on one side and luxuriant jungle on the other.
  • Dating back to the 13th century, Tulum is the only Mayan city built by the sea and one of the few surrounded by walls. A local guide leads us to discover this imposing spectacular archaeological site, telling us all about life in Mexico at the time of the Mayans.
  • We visit the majestic structures of this stronghold, the most representative of which is certainly El Castillo, the tallest building facing the sea and used as a lighthouse and watchtower. It offers magnificent views and the sea breeze invigorates us after the climb up its steep steps.
  • After the visit, we continue to Xel-Ha park, a fantastic chain of lagoons connected by bridges where caves and cliffs contribute to creating an amazing scenery.
  • Sea water mixes with the cool underground freshwater currents and reflects the blue of the sky, making Xel-Ha the most beautiful natural aquarium in the world.
  • We take a refreshing dip and go snorkelling among hundreds of tropical fish that inhabit this protected inlet, sunbathe in a peaceful oasis and admire the tropical vegetation surrounding the lagoons.
  • At the end of this relaxing culture-filled day , we delight our palates with an excellent Mexican or international buffet.

What you need to know
  • The ferry transfer from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes approximately 45 minutes each way.
  • The coach transfer from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes approximately 45 minutes each way and the road may include uneven stretches.
  • You must pay a tax (approx. 5 U$D) upon entry to use your camera within the archaeological site.
  • We recommend you wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking on rough ground during the visit to the archaeological site.
  • Do not forget to bring swimwear, a towel, sunglasses and sun cream.
  • There is limited availability of English speaking guides.
  • Lockers, towels and snorkelling equipment will be available with a deposit of 25 U$D.