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LocalAventura Tour: The Complete Mayan Experience Tour

The Complete Mayan Experience Tour

Spend the day exploring the ancient Mayan empire and swimming in a gorgeous cenote
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12 hrs

Cancún

1 ~ 12

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Description

Embark on this adventure through major cities from the ancient Mayan Empire. This tour will guide you through Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Valladolid, and bring you to relax in a gorgeous cenote (natural sinkhole). Chichen Itza is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, arguably the most famous Mayan city with the most unique architecture. Here lies one of the the largest ancient ball courts in the American continent! When the sun sets, the city amazes visitors with its nightly light show and on the equinox, the meticulously placed architecture reveals a downward-facing serpent of light.

Ek Balam is one of the new jewels of Mayan archaeology. Recently discovered and incredibly well preserved, it houses stucco sculptures over 1200 years old. You’ll stand witness to an incredible view of the surrounding jungle after climbing the Acropolis, a nearly 100 ft. tall temple. Once considered a sacred city, it was ruled by what the Mayans considered a “living god.” Come see and explore many of the temples and ruins in this wonderful ancient testament to the Mayans.

In Valladolid, you’ll be awed by the finest examples of colonial architecture in the Yucatán Peninsula. Here, you’ll also enjoy a local meal before entering the archaeological sites and head over to the cenote. Considered entrances to the underworld by the Maya, today cenotes attract sightseers who take the opportunity to refresh themselves in their crystal-clear waters. Relax and take some amazing photos of the unique rock formations. Come and enjoy a bit of history, architecture, nature, sightseeing, and more on this full-day adventure!

Itinerary

  • Pick-up at your accommodations in Cancun (or anywhere in Riviera Maya) 
  • Gain an in-depth perspective of an ancient Mayan city from your guide
  • Arrive at Ek Balam for an even more unique ancient Mayan city
  • Enjoy a local meal in Valladolid while you view more modern architecture
  • Head over to the cenote for a refreshing swim
  • Drop-off at your accommodations

Available days

This shared tour is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Other days it is available as a private tour; see below for link.

Eligibility criteria

  • Not recommended for children under the age of 8.
  • Ability to walk comfortably for periods of up to 1 hour.

What's Included

  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Expert local guide
  • Entrance fees

What's not included

  • Breakfast

Additional Pricing Information (*)


Recommendations

  • Wear light­colored clothing, comfortable walking sneakers, and sunglasses.
  • Bring sunblock, mosquito repellent, a camera, a bathing suit and towel.
  • Get a good night's sleep to prepare for your day of adventure!

Tags

Good for Groups Family-Friendly Outdoorsy Types Day Trip

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Gudelio and Team

I was born and raised in Monterrey, México. I've been in love with my country, its traditions, and its pre­hispanic cultures since I was a kid. When I first learned about the ancient cultures of Mexico, I was fascinated and sought out any archaeology, Maya, or Aztec book I could get my hands on. I also love nature so much that, in my youth, I would take long hikes in the mountains that surround my hometown, sometimes camping out for a whole week. There’s nothing I love more than a bonfire under a sky full of stars. Deciding to experience other cultures, I moved to California for 4 years and was immersed in the diversity of American culture. I loved getting to meet people from all over the world. It was an experience that widened my view of the world and showed me the differences in people’s histories and languages. I then traveled around the U.S., Cuba, Belize, Spain, and Honduras.

When I finally returned to Mexico, I moved to the Yucatan peninsula because I had always dreamed of its beaches and wanted to be closer to Mayan culture. Moving to Cancun was a dream come true. Its coast is beautiful, its jungle lush, and its Mayan heritage strong. After that, I fell in love with Playa del Carmen and decided to move here after a few years because of its small town atmosphere and the diversity of the people that pass through. I traveled around a lot of Mexico, but still have a lot to explore and learn. I've called the Yucatan Peninsula my home since 2008 and wouldn't trade it for anything.

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