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Coba and Tulum

Duration: Half Day

coba and tulum

The Mayan world is one of the most fascinating and intriguing mysteries on the planet. The remains of several archaeological masterpieces still stand today which function as the most prominent signification of the Mayan legacy. The Mayans are the fathers of astronomy and mathematics; they were able to create their own calendar in addition to many other features which this tour will enlighten you about. The pyramids in Mexico are the only ones existing in the Caribbean providing another testament to their appeal. The Coba Tulum tour takes you to the ruins of Coba and Tulum where you can observe and admire the Mayan culture.

Coba means “ruffled waters” or “waters stirred by the wind”. It is one of the oldest Mayan settlements in the Yucatan peninsula. Coba was a thriving city from about A.D. 600 although it had been in habited approximately 100 years prior to then. The Coba site contains more than one pyramid to explore. Groupo Coba consists of La Iglesia, Mohoch Mul and Conjunto Las Picturas. La Iglesia is the second largest pyramid at over 65 feet (20m) and the tallest is Mohoch Mul which stands at 136 feet (42m) towering over the surrounding jungle. Climbing up the pyramid is not too difficult a task but descending may be a bit tedious as you take your time to come down you can observe the intricate carvings on the steps. However you can rest and the summit and enjoy the spectacular views of the entire site surrounded by lakes and miles of jungle. Then off to check out Conjunto Las Picturas or Temple of Paintings where fragments of colour from murals can be seen.

Tulum is Mayan for “walled city” as these ruins are the only one of the Mayan sites where the city contained a surrounding wall. The city of Tulum was very significant during the Post-Classic Period (1000-1500 A.D.) for the Maya’s extensive trade network. Tulum is the only archaeological zone in the area that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Explore the various buildings at Tulum and enjoy all the breathtaking views of the coastline. Prior to leaving the site you have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful beaches around. These sites are very sacred to the Mayan people so out of respect swimsuits are not worn there but on the beach you can cool off in your swimwear.

Experience a fun filled day of Mayan history and beauty. Enjoy the peacefulness at the Coba site and be intrigued by this mysterious place, where many mounds have not been excavated; who knows what they hold! Tulum is greatly adored because of its proximity to the beach as the gorgeous blue Caribbean Sea provides a wonderful backdrop to the ancient constructions. The jungle trails are very accessible for children and adults but remember to stock up on water and bug repellent. The tour includes air conditioned transportation, bilingual guides and covers the entrance fee to both archaeological sites and also a buffet lunch at a popular restaurant...Enjoy!

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