Learn about ancient Mayan life on an early morning private tour of Tulum, and see its incredible daytime ruins before the crowds arrive. After exploring the site with your own archaeologist guide, enjoy an outing of your choice in the afternoon. Visit Xel-H', a water park and natural aquarium, or head to Xcaret, an archaeological park with intriguing underground riverbeds. Both trips include select activities such as snorkeling, if you wish.
fter a morning pickup from your Cancun hotel, meet your guide and hop aboard your vehicle for the drive south to the walled city of Tulum. One of Mexico's most impressive ancient ruins, Tulum was one of the last cities to be inhabited by the ancient Mayan civilization. Arrive early at Tulum, and make the most of your chance to explore before the crowds arrive. With informative commentary from your private guide, learn of the role Tulum played in Mayan civilization and hear how this ancient city once thrived as a major seaport. Climb the stone wall that encircles the city center ' the largest fortified Mayan site on the Quintana Roo coast ' and take in panoramic views over the dense forest to the shores of the sea. Explore the site at your leisure, and imagine the hustle and bustle of daily life here hundreds of years ago. As midday approaches, hop back aboard your vehicle and enjoy a light lunch during the onward journey to either Xel-H' or Xcaret ' two sites of interest that sit roughly 25 minutes away. With your private guide to lead the way, you're free to choose the park that best matches your interest. Equipment is provided for any activities you choose to do. In Xel-H' ' a natural aquarium sitting on the banks of the Riviera Maya ' snorkel with angelfish and rays in the warm waters of the lagoon, cycle through lush forest with tropical birdlife overhead or hop into an inflatable tube and float along creeks formed by the underground rivers flowing out to the sea. Alternatively, head to the archaeological park of Xcaret where budding archaeologists can explore underground rivers and sites of Mayan ceremonial rites. Wander through dense forest to ancient archaeological sites, looking for birds, butterflies, monkeys and other wildlife along the way. Or don a pair of flippers to snorkel with the resident sea turtles. Finally, travel back to Cancun where your private tour will come to an end. Please note: food, drinks and additional activities at Xel-H' or Xcaret are at your own expense.