Package Name: A Mayan Civilization Tour to Mexico
Have you heard of the oldest civilization on the Earth? Yes, it is the Mayan Civilization who lived 4,000 years ago (about 2000 BC).The Maya are an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. The Maya people used a written language before Columbus came to the Americas in 1492 AD. They were good at art, building, and math. They knew about stars and planets, which helped them make calendars. Mayan people still live in these areas. They keep the old Mayan traditions and beliefs and speak many Mayan languages including one called the Achi language.
The Maya area is generally divided into three zones: the southern Maya highlands, the central lowlands, and the northern lowlands. Following are the major Mayan archaeological sites:
1)Chichén Itza 2)Palenque 3)Yaxchilán 4)Bonampak 5)Lagartero 6)Iazapa 7)Kaminaljuyú 8)Piedras Negras 9)Tikal 10)Uaxactun 11)Copan12)Cuello 13)Tulúm 14)Coba 15)Dzibilchaltun 16)Uxma
Let’s walk you through the Playa del Carmen area in Mexico comprising of the Ancient Mayan cities of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba and Ek Balam. There are numerous exceptional sightseeing tours, excursions, and day trips to these Mayan ruins sites, and at discounted prices! Chichen Itza and Ek Balam are about 2.5 hours from Playa del Carmen, while Tulum and Coba are about 45 minutes. If you are on a cruise ship, then the best option would be Tulum or Coba, which are much closer to the cruise ports. Coba and Ek Balam give you an opportunity to climb the great pyramids. However, Chichen Itza is the most important Mayan ruins site in this region.
TOUR AMAZING CHICHEN ITZA
One of the 7 wonders of the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza is one of the most spectacular monuments. Chichen Itza is the number 1 tourist attraction in Playa del Carmen – a must-see for every visitor to Mexico. You’ll be amazed at the advanced empire that was the Mayas, and thrilled to be walking in their footsteps in Chichen Itza. This site exhibits a multitude of architecture styles, and the famous building- huge pyramid of the sun.
TRIPS TO THE COBA RUINS
Experience Coba, one of the biggest Mayan Ruins sites in the Yucatan of Mexico, Coba was one of the largest Mayan cities, with over 50,000 people once living here. The huge ruins site stretches over 80 square kilometers, but much of the site has not been cleared from the jungle yet. Coba is the most recently discovered ruins site in the area.
Coba is the only Mayan Ruins site in the area to be set in the jungle, which gives it a mystical feel. You can rent rickshaws or bicycles to get around the ruins site which is great fun! Further, tourists can climb the great pyramid and view the incredible vistas of the Riviera Maya.
TOUR THE TULUM MAYAN RUINS
Tulum site is breathtakingly beautiful! Tulum was the only walled city in the Mayan Empire, and it is spectacularly perched on a cliff top high over the Caribbean Sea. It served as a lookout against any approaching enemy. The beach below the site has been rated as the 4th best in the world by National Geographic, and the Caribbean Sea is a treat to the eyes and soul. It gives you many memories to capture on camera.
EXCURSIONS TO EK BALAM
Ek Balam is a fabulously preserved remnant of the ancient Mayan City, and much quieter than the other 3 sites. There is a 100-foot high tower that offers magnificent views. It is a 2,500 acre Mayan ruins site.