Monday, 18 August 2014

Top Mayan Cultural Excursions in Cancun and Riviera Maya

There exists a large variety of cultural tours in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya you can take while vacationing in the Mexican Caribbean. Not only will you be able to enjoy white sand beaches in these Mexican destinations, but also visit Mayan pyramids and learn about one the most ancient cultures in the world. This a unique feature of the area, which makes for some perfect cultural holidays in Mexico.

Today, we would like to tell you a little bit about our recommendations for cultural tours in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya
  • Coba Ruins - Mayan Culture and Archaeological Tour: this archaeological site features the tallest Mayan pyramid in Mexico, locked up in the tropical jungle, which grants its visitors some spectacular views from atop. Nowadays, only 8% of this ancient Mayan city has been explored and visitors are able to see approximately 5% of it. What we like about Coba pyramids is that you are also able to see a traditional Mayan village and understand their current way of living, taste some of their food and understand modern Mayas. 

The tallest Mayan pyramid in Mexico
  • Mayan Cultural and Gastronomical Tour: if you would like to learn about Mayan culture from Mayas themselves as well as taste the best Mayan food in Mexico, then this is a great tour you! We will take you through a tasty and cultural walk that takes you to interact with communities and see local food cooked in the ground (PIB) while listening to the Mayan pax, traditional Mayan music. You will also learn about Mayan traditional medicine and the ingredients they use to cure diseases.
Mayan chicken soup
  • Ek' Balam and Rio Lagarto Flamingo Colony: this is an amazing tour that combines unique nature and pyramids. You will boat around a natural reserve to view the many species that inhabit it, including flamingos, pelicans, ducks, herons, hawks, eagles, crocodiles, river lizards among countless species of birds. The tour also includes a visit to "Las Salinas", an area of ​​approximately 20 km of pink water, which is the lowest part of the area as well as the rest place for pink flamingos. Afterwards, you will head to Ek´Balam archaeological site, where you will enjoy a guided tour of these amazing Mayan pyramids, capital of the ancient Mayan empire of Talol. 
Pink water in Rio Lagartos
Ek' Balam aerial view
  • Chichen Itza: Chichen Itza is one of the major archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It used to be an important ceremonial center for the Mayan culture and is now one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Chichen Itza is a magical place to visit and helps you understand the grandeur of the ancient Mayas. We particularly recommend experiencing its Sound and Light Show.
Sound and Light Show at Chichen Itza
  • Tulum: this is a relatively small archaeological site, compared to Coba, Chichen Itza and Ek’ Balam. However, it is the only one right on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, which grants visitors the possibility of visiting one of the best beaches in the World. 1.   You can even combine it with a visit to a beach club in Tulum hotel area or the largest open aquarium in the worl, Xel-Ha.
Aerial view of Tulum pyramids and the Caribbean Sea
Vacations in the Mexican Caribbean offer a large variety of cultural tours in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya. The Mayas have left us with dozens of incredible sites to admire and learn from. This is our Top Mayan Cultural Excursions in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya. Would you add anything else? If so, please feel free to send a message to info@mayanexplore.com