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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 9 more


See the ancient Maya city of Ek Balam, a migratory bird sanctuary, and a tequila factory on a full-day, private tour from Cancun that goes off the beaten track to explore the Yucatan’s history, wildlife, and culture. This 12-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Cancun, entrance fees, and a boat trip through the Gulf Coast mangroves.
  • Full-day, private Yucatan tour from Cancun
  • See the city of Ek Balam
  • Boat trip through a bird sanctuary
  • Tequila tasting
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Entrance fees included
Begin with pickup at your hotel in Cancun, and travel to Ek Balam in a private car, passing the historic, 'Pueblo Magico' town of Valladolid. El Balam — whose Maya name translates to ‘black jaguar’ — is well-preserved and exquisite, and the perfect place to visit an ancient city away from the crowds. See the forbidding sculptures that guard the ‘kingdom of the dead,’ and climb the side of Ek Balam’s largest pyramid to see bright plaster decorations and reflecting pools.

Continue to the Gulf Coast, which is among Mexico’s most important places for migratory birds, and travel along the shoreline in a small boat. See Cayman crocodiles along the edge of the mangroves, and steer past great flocks of flamingoes that feed in the salt-rich, shallow water.

Make the final stop of the day at a local tequila factory, where you can follow the production process from beginning to end and taste Mexico’s national spirit. After the tequila tasting, make the return trip to Cancun for drop-off at your hotel.


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, Nov 2017

We read other reviews and requested Raul for our tour and we are glad we did. He gave us flavor and history all in a believable down to earth way. He was truly a joy to talk with. Our tour was perfect and the added visit to the salt flats was interesting. The visit to Ek Balam was interesting and a nice addition to the other tours we've taken of the Mayan ruins around the Yucatan. One motivator for us taking this trip was the Pink Flamingos sanctuary. The driver on our boat whipped it around right away to get us close to an alligator wading around and went to extremes to try to get us close to the flamingos. It's never a sure bet if you will see them or get close enough so take a longer lens if you hope to capture them in photos. He took us close to shore to capture more wildlife and grabbed an interesting looking prehistoric creature from the water to show us. Lunch at a local restaurant was a nice addition. The side trip to the Tequila factory wasn't really the factory but stood in for it long ago but still fun to see. Be sure you take money to tip your tour driver, boat driver, guide and waiter at lunch.

, Oct 2017

This was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Raul, Trip to Mexico was so knowledgeable and so much fun. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him. We not only learned so much about the experiences that were part of the tour but also about the Mexican culture and way of life. I strongly recommend this tour and ask for Raul, he was wonderful!

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