Begin your archeological excursion with an early pickup from your Playa del Carmen hotel. Drive south to ancient Tulum, stopping to purchase locally made snacks before continuing the journey to the famous Mayan site. Enter the park as one of the day’s first visitors, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of the historical fort that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Imagine the city in prosperous bygone days as your personal archeologist explains how the fort once served as a major Mayan seaport.
Be transported to the 13th century as your knowledgeable guide narrates fascinating information discovered on archeological excavations. As you gaze at the atmospheric ruins and dramatic coastline below, visualize a thriving Mayan city in which Central and South American traders bartered with exotic fruit, colorful spices, intricate wooden carvings and powerful obsidian stones. Listen to the waves lap against the sandy shores below and imagine colossal ships sailing towards the fort, busting with tradable goods harvested from the bounteous continent.
Admire the enormous stonewall that encloses most of the ancient city center, trying to comprehend its colossal measurements of 1,100 feet long and 500 feet high (335 meters by 152 meters). Wander among ancient temples and perfectly preserved murals before marvelling at one of Tulum’s most prominent landmarks; The Castle (El Castillo) is perched dramatically on the edge of a limestone cliff that towers over the jagged Caribbean coast below.
After your fascinating tour, relax with a box lunch during your comfortable return journey to Playa del Carmen. The early start time of this Viator Exclusive tour means you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the warm sun and soft sands of the beach.