Tulum & coba
Two very different excavation sites
culture and cenote
Two different excavation sites in one day, in between, of course, a cool down in an open cenote should not be missing.
According to sources from the XVI. Century the place as "Zamá", which means "morning" or "dawn" in Maya. The name Tulum is relatively new and translates to "wall" or "stockade" in reference to the wall that surrounds the city. Tulum is the most emblematic place on the Quintana Roo coast due to its privileged location and the excellent preservation of its buildings.
The town of Coba arose near five lakes that were fundamental to the town's development and livelihood. Some hieroglyphic inscriptions found on steles and tablets at the site suggest that Coba was the city's original name. One of the possible meanings, the most plausible given the proximity to the lagoons, is that of "moving water".
Cenote is a term used only in Mexico, derived from the Mayan word "dzonot" meaning "abyss". For the Mayan culture, the cenotes were seen as sources of life. They were not only drinking water, but also the entrance to the world of the gods (underworld).
Included in the Chichen Itza tour:
certified tour guide (english, spanish or french available)
hotel pickup & drop-off in an insured air-conditioned minivan
guided visit to the Chichen Itza archaeological site
visit to a Mexican market in Valladolid, including tasting of local products
photo stop at the letters of Valladolid
visit to a tequila distillery and tasting
soft drinks, water and beer are included throughout the day
all photos of the tour, as well as all Entrance fees and taxes
Not included: Tips and personal expenses
Preis pro Erwachsener:
Dauer des Ausfluges:
ca. 7 Stunden
+ Fahrtzeit, je nach Lage des Hotels
This tour is available daily.
Check out Dates & Booking for further information concerning a reservation.
Detailed tour description:
The motto of the early bird also applies to this excursion :-) We reach Chichen Itza before it opens.
We visit the extensive excavation site together and let ourselves be carried away into the history and culture of the Mayas and the historical background of Chichen Itza. Of course we also have enough time to take photos in front of the world-famous pyramid of Kukulkán.
We then drive to a Mexican market, which offers you the opportunity to test various spices and buy them to take them home with you. Get to know local vegetables and try seasonal fruit.
After that it is time for lunch. We go to a rustic, typical Mexican restaurant, where we are served typical or local dishes. Everyone can try everything;-)
After a hearty meal, we'll take a walk to the colorful letters of Valladolid. We'll see a bit of Valladolid's history and architecture.
Finally we stop at an agave distillery, here you will learn everything about the production of tequila and of course a little tasting is also included.
Don't forget to take with you:
sunglasses, sun hat
Money for personal expenses and tips, e.g. for our driver