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Enjoy Your Mayan Vacation at Our Resort near Xcaret and the Mayan Ruins

Explore the amazing and rarely experienced rich history of the pre-Columbian Mayan culture in Xcaret. Thought to be the center of trade for ancient Mayans, the Mayan ruins found here are a favorite of eco-tourists and adventurers wanting the ideal Mayan vacation. There are quite a few Playa del Carmen tours available, including Rio Secreto tours and tours of other ancient Mayan sites. Here are some tours offered from our hotel's location near Xcaret.

Resort near Chichen Itza observatory


Our most popular tour! A brief drive from our Playa del Carmen resort, the ancient city of Chichen Itza was the center of the Yucatan culture between about 800 and 1,200 AD. Upon your arrival at Chichen Itza, you will be met by a professional tour guide who will explain the Mayan ruins and the history of the area. Your guide will lead you through the most important pyramids, including the castle (“El Castillo” – The Kukulkan Pyramid), the observatory, the Great Ball Court and the Temple of the Warriors. After a delicious lunch, you will be driven to the amazing natural Cenote, “Salmula” where you can swim in its crystal clear waters and admire its natural beauty. Cenotes are ancient sink holes with crystal clear turquoise water that averages about 78 degrees. They were considered gifted and sacred by the Mayans. Before returning to Playa del Carmen, you will make a brief stop in the colonial city of Valladolid, founded in 1543.

Our resort is near Coba Pyramid


On this magnificent tour you will learn about the famous Mayan ruins and the archaeological site of Coba, which is about two hours from Playa del Carmen. Coba is situated on four lakes believed to have given the city its name, which means “Waters stirred by wind." Coba is not excavated nor reconstructed like Chichen Itza or Tulum. See structures covered with jungle growth and tour this untouched piece of ancient history with exotic birds and monkeys.

Arriving in Coba, your tour guide will take you to the archaeological site and walk with you through important ancient Mayan pyramids and temples. The city of Coba, which dates from the Classic Period of 600 to 900 AD, was a huge settlement of the Mayans. Occupying almost 80 square miles; dozens of roads lead in and out of the city, this will be a corwn jewel of your Mayan vacation. After visiting Coba, you can enjoy a swim in a natural fresh water cenote called “Cho Ha." After a delicious lunch and a visit to a Mayan community, we will drive you back to your room at Mahekal.

Tulum Beach


Among the closest of the Mayan excursions is the “walled city” of Tulum, which was at its height during the 13th to 15th century, thus one of the later Mayan outposts. Take a nice walk amongst the 60 well-preserved buildings on site, including the Castle, “El Castillo,” perched on the highest cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea for a unique and breathtaking perspective. Another building worth touring is the Temple of the Frescoes, with its frescoes of common Mayan motifs in the interior. A professional tour guide will provide you with the cultural background of this wonderful archeological site.

Ek Balam Archeological Site


Mayan for “Black Jaguar,” this little-known treasure is located east of Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula, less than a three hour trip from Playa del Carmen. This fabulously preserved remnant of the ancient Mayan city is rarely seen by tourists. Unlike other cities in the Yucatan, Ek Balam was inhabited for more than 1,000 years. The Tower, “El Torre,” is one of the largest Mayan structures. Enjoy a bilingual guide, lunch, and a boat trip at a nearby fishermen’s village called Rio Lagartos on this day tour. Here you can appreciate 380 different kinds of exotic birds, including the famous pink flamingo nesting grounds, one of the few such sites on the planet. You will also observe crocodiles and sea turtles in their natural habitats.

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