Begin with pickup at your Cancun hotel, then travel to Coba, where the ruins of a vast city are still surrounded by thick jungle. Listen for tropical bird calls as you follow tree-lined paths to temples and ancient roads, then climb to the top of Nohoch Mul, a 137-foot (42-meter) pyramid that’s the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Continue to Tulum, where the historic fortifications drop away to a white sand beach and clear water. See the Temple of the Diving God, the Temple of the Frescoes, and El Castillo, and learn about life in this compact, strategically located city.
After exploring the sites, you’ll experience the living Maya culture: meet a temazcalero, or shaman, who will introduce you to the traditional temazcal sweat lodge. Start with a cleansing ceremony using aromatic herbs and copal, then enter the temazcal. The temazcalero will guide you through four heating and cooling cycles as you listen to songs and instrumental music, and use aromatic herbs, mud, honey, aloe vera, and refreshing teas.
Experiencing the temazcal as a private tour means that the shaman can adjust the heat to your preferences, and tailor the time to your needs. After the temazcal session, refresh yourself in a cool bath, then enjoy fresh fruits and water. After the temazcal portion of the tour, which lasts roughly 1.5 hours, make the return trip to Cancun, where this tour concludes.