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Maya Adventure from Playa del Carmen: Coba Ruins, Traditional Village and Cenote Swim

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    Board air-conditioned transport from your Playa del Carmen hotel early in the morning and head to a Maya village on the Yucatán Peninsula. You'll visit Pac Chen or Chimuch for insight into how Mayas live today. Part of your tour proceeds are devoted to help maintain the sustainable development of local Maya communities.

    In Chimuch, meaning ‘mouth of the frog’ in the Mayan language, discover a small traditional village. In contrast, Pac Chen is a little larger and contains both palm-thatched and cinder-block homes. Your guide introduces you to some of the local people, and then takes you into the nearby jungle for a sampling of adventurous activities.

    Rappel your way down a cave into a cenote, and enjoy wading through clear blue waters. If you visit Chimuch, hear about Cenote de la Vida, which holds historical and religious significance in Maya culture.

    Zoom through the rain forest on two ziplines, and then take an easygoing canoe ride on a lagoon dotted with birds. Back in the village, receive a blessing from a Maya shaman and learn about the native plant life in the local natural reserve.

    For lunch, dig into a buffet lunch: chicken prepared with Maya ingredients, vegetable soup, rice, beans, potatoes, pasta, empanadas and handmade tortillas.

    Next, head to the ruins of Coba, an archaeological site stretching across approximately 43 square miles (70 square km). Wander through this ancient Maya civilization dating back to some time between 500 and 900 AD. During your two hours here, encounter a network of roads, large stone monuments called stelae and hieroglyphic texts.

    The highlight of Coba: Climb the steps of Nohoch Mul, the second-tallest Maya pyramid in the region. At the top, 140 feet (42 meters) above the rain forest floor, soak up stunning panoramas of the Yucatán Peninsula.

    Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required. Depending on the day’s schedule, the trip to Coba may take place before the visit to the Maya village.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago

    Me and my friend Tierra went on Alternative tours to have a full set day to learn about the Mayan culture and experince Coba. It was ablsoulety amazing! Our tour guide Jouse has so much knowledge of the Mayan Culture and educated us along the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank twatkins19
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Fantastic tour guide, sorry entertainment officer! Roberto and our safe coach driver the Professor. Our first tour in Mexico - we’d recommend this to those travellers wishing to have a unique experience, learn about Mayan culture and be humbled by the Mayan community and welcome....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Cameron C
    Reviewed 13 July 2019

    This tour was our most expensive and if im honest I wouldn't go again, It was worth a see once but it was a very long day! the day started early at 05:50 and then by the time everyone was picked up we didn't arrive...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank howaylad
    Reviewed 30 June 2019 via mobile

    Great excursion for the day! Alex, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed visiting the COBA ruins that also allowed you to climb up! I would advise you renting a bike at the park entrance so you save your energy for the hike...More

    1  Thank Ilioskaifangari
    Reviewed 27 June 2019 via mobile

    This tour is a must do when you come to Cancun! Our guide Alex was very knowledgeable about Mexico and Mayan history and made the experience very fun. We started our tour with an excellent climb up a Mayan pyramid which was accessible by walking,...More

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