When you board your bus upon hotel pickup, enjoy a light gourmet breakfast – including a baguette, natural juice, a muffin and coffee – on your way to Coba, located in northern Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Spend approximately 3 hours exploring Coba with your guide and small group. Climb to the top of the tallest Mayan pyramid in the region, the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, which rises an impressive 140 feet (42 meters) above the rainforest floor and offers stunning views. Hop on a bike or pedicab and ride around the distinctive remains of this Mayan city, home to an impressive network of roads as well as stelae and hieroglyphic texts.
Considered the largest pre-Columbian settlement of the Classic period, Coba boasts nearly 6,500 structures contained inside the archaeological site, which covers approximately 43 square miles (70 square km). In the Mayan language, its name means ‘place of choppy water,’ since the city was constructed around five lakes within the dense jungle.
You’ll gain cultural knowledge about the ancient community that once inhabited Coba, before driving to your next stop: Xel-Ha. At this aquatic ecotourism park, underground rivers flow out to the Caribbean Sea, and feed creeks, lagoons, natural wells and ancient caves. Cool off in the crystal-clear waters of this snorkeling paradise and enjoy an open bar with refreshing cocktails and other drinks. At an onsite restaurant, savor a delicious lunch buffet featuring varied Mexican and international cuisine.
Enjoy hours of fun at Xel-Ha with an array of land and water activities to choose from in this unbeatable setting. Accompanied by an expert guide, you can rock climb, zipline over the water, explore a Mayan cave by kayak, or get up-close to sea turtles and manatees. Walk across the trepachanga (rope bridge), ride a bike along jungle paths or simply rest in your hammock under the shade of a palm tree.
Your full-day combo tour ends with return transport to your hotel.