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Tulum + Muyil
Tulum is one of the most beautiful and romantic looking Mayan settlements that served as the main port in its pre-Columbian era. Cobá, which was one of the centers on the Yucatan Peninsula, was supplied through this port, and from there the goods traveled further inland. The peak of its boom was experienced here between the 13th and 15th centuries and as one of the few of its kind withstood the Spanish oppression for a long time. Originally, this Mayan settlement was known as Zama, which means “The City of Dawn,” which is characteristic of this place where every day the sun rises above the sea. Muyil was one of the longest inhabited Mayan cities on the east coast. Yucatan, it is located about 15 km south of Tulum, right next to the SianKaan Nature Reserve. This Mayan archaeological site has the features of the Petén architecture, an area that at that time was one of the greatest and very influential within the Mayan culture. Among the most traded commodities in this city, which was part of the trade route, were obsidian, honey, salt and egg cocoa beans.
Cobá + monkey adventure
Just over 40 kilometers northwest of Tulum, in the midst of a deep jungle between the Laguna Cobá and Laguna Macanxoc lagoons is another major Mayan monument – the archaeological landmark of Cobá. Cobá’s architecture is very similar to that of Tikal, located in Guatemala, a hundred distant cities. So you can see the influence of important cities at that time, even though it was quite far away. What is typical of the city of Colbá is the so-called Sacbé, which were elevated roads built in the jungle and acted as a sort of main road, which were constantly busy. The longest discovered so far was a link between Cobá and Mayan monuments Yaxuna. The distance was about 100 km. Cobá also boasts the highest pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula, called Nohoch Mul, which is 42 meters high. It can be seen beautifully in the vicinity, where the jungles and lagoons are, which belong to this place.
After visiting Cobá, we move to a nearby nature reserve for a trip to the jungle monkeys. If we’re lucky we can see the Spider monkey or the Howler monkey. During the visit to the jungle we learn a lot of interesting information about the place where the monkeys live, but also about other animals or plants that inherently belong to this place. At the same time, during a trip in the jungle, we will try a Zip-line, which is a ride over the lagoon on a steel rope, bathe in a wonderful local cenote or try to run a beautiful turquoise lagoon on a canoe.
SianKaan Nature Reserve + Muyil Archaeological Site
SianKaan Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful natural sites on the east coast of Yukatan. With an area of over 5,000 km2, it is not only one of the largest, but also the most interesting in terms of the variety of animal life and what is to be seen. Part of this nature reserve is on the peninsula and part in the sea, including coral reefs. There are 23 archaeological sites known in SianKaan that were built by the ancestors of the local Mayans. Siankaan is home to a variety of animals and plants. The animals that live here include, for example: ocelots, foxes, monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, crocodiles and hundreds of different bird species. In addition to various plant species, there are mangroves that are protected and have an unmistakable place throughout the system.
Chichen Itzá + Valladolid + TEQUILA Distillery
A day trip to Chichen Itza is a visit to one of the modern wonders of the world. This monument is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a place that at that time became a metropolis of local Mayas. It is located in the central part of the Yukatan Peninsula, next to 2 cenotes, which used to serve as a reservoir of drinking water for the Maya. There are no above ground rivers on this peninsula. For this reason, all cities were built precisely at a cenote (ie sources of drinking water). Excavations at this archaeological site show that the settlement began to flourish and gain in importance in the ninth century under the influence of the Toltecs who came here from central Mexico. The most important building is Kukulcan’s Pyramid, which was dedicated to the chief god Kukulcan, who was interpreted as a feathered serpent for May. During a trip to Chichen Itza you will be able to see how the ancient game Juego de Pelota was played, visit the sky observatory and other interesting buildings. On our way back we will stop in Valladolid, which offers a magnificent view of colonial Spanish architecture of the 16th century. At the same time, we will visit the Tequila distillery and we will be able to get acquainted with the whole production process and of course it includes tasting.