2 Day 1 Night Tour of Tulum, Cobá, Chichen Itzá & Ek Balam

This tour can be customized to suit your individual interests.
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Day 1: At 8 am your driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel (any hotel between Cancun and Tulum) and take you to spectacular Tulum, the most visited of Mayan archeological sites. Perched atop a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, it is a photographers dream come true! Colorful iguanas bask lazily on rocks in the sun; gentle waves caress the shore. The pristine beach is so beautiful it is almost surreal. It is easy to imagine the ancient Maya landing at this bustling seaport with their canoes filled with trade goods.  The Mayan ruins at Tulum have a number of interesting structures from the ancient Mayan world. Graceful columns and elegant carvings give one an appreciation for the architectural achievements of the Maya. Inside the Temple of the Frescoes are fantastic 13th century murals depicting ancient ceremonies. One of the few surviving images of the Mayan goddess of fertility and medicine, Ixchel, can be found here.

After lunch you´ll continue on to Coba for an afternoon guided tour of these extensive ruins. You may explore the ruins by foot, bicycle or human-powered tricycle. Coba is situated in a lush natural setting filled with many species of animals, birds and butterflies and is a real nature lover´s delight. It is also home to the tallest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan. From its top you can see above the jungle canopy for miles in each direction. On these quiet and peaceful grounds it is hard to imagine that Cobá may have once had the largest population of all the ancient Mayan cities. This vast Mayan archeological site dates from 600-900 A.D. and there were an estimated 100,000 people living in its domain. It was the heart of a large metropolis composed of many cities within the eastern Yucatan.  Then on to the Villas Arqueologicas Hotel with excellent restaurant, pool & bar located adjacent to the archaeological site in Chichen Itzá. In the evening you can enjoy the new light & sound show at the ruins.

Day 2: By overnighting in Chichen Itza you'll beat the "big bus" crowds this morning while you visit majestic Chichen Itzá, the most famous of Mayan archeological sites and one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World". Chichen Itzá has numerous monuments for a visitor to explore. El Castillo, or the grand pyramid, has a staircase on all four sides, each with 91 steps that totaled with the last step on top equal the 365 days in a solar year. Other not to be missed destinations of this great ancient city are: the Main Ball Court; the Sacred Well or Cenote, where archaeologists have discovered a number of well-adorned skeletons of sacrificial victims; the Temple Of The Warriors, with its 1,000 columns dedicated to the warriors of Chichen Itzá; and the Caracol or Observatory.

After enjoying a buffet lunch and visit of Cenote Ik'Kil, you´ll continue on to Ek Balam, a newly uncovered Mayan archaeological site with some very distinct features. The wonderfully preserved state of the sculptures and frescos Ek Balam are some of the most outstanding examples of the art of the ancient Maya. Some figures are winged, some in the meditative ¨lotus¨ position, one sits headless above the center of the "monster mouth". All are beautiful and exquisitely crafted. End of the day we´ll drop you off at any coastal hotel between Cancun and Tulum.

Cost per person for this 2 day 1 night private tour (double occupancy):

2 people $720 per person
4 people $450 per person
6 people $350 per person
8 people $250 per person

Contact us about discounted rates for mid-April to November dates (low season).

$35 per child for up to 2 children under age 12 sharing hotel room with 2 adults.  Infants go for FREE.

Tour includes:

-- All transportation in a privately chauffeured fully insured air conditioned vehicle.
-- All entry and guide fees.
-- 1 night hotel & tourist taxes (Villas Arqueologicas Hotel in Chichen Itza).
-- Transit train at Tulum.
-- Bicycle or human powered tricycle rental at Coba.
-- Light & sound show at Chichen Itza.
-- Buffet lunch at Cenote Ik Kil.
-- Cold purified bottled water.
-- The all day private services of an English or Spanish speaking licensed tour guide who will travel with you for the duration of the tour.

Prices for Thanksgiving week, Dec. 18-Jan. 6 and Easter week may be slightly higher.
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