Rise early for your hotel pickup and travel with your guide by air-conditioned minivan to Chichen Itza, which in the Mayan language means ‘Mouth of the Well of Water Witches.’ En route, enjoy a continental breakfast.
Upon arrival at the archaeological site, see the main landmarks on a 2-hour guided tour. Learn about the Kukulcan Pyramid, constructed with the Maya civil calendar in mind, as well as El Caracol (the Observatory), Temple of the Jaguar, the Group of the Thousand Columns, the Temple of Venus, and the Ball Court, the largest built in Mesoamerica. You’ll have free time to wander on your own after the tour.
After Chichen Itza, take a dip in the nearby Ik Kil cenote, which has a depth of 197 feet (60 meters). Then, a buffet lunch revitalizes you after your morning tour and swim.
Continue to the ruins of Coba, or ‘Murky Water.’ In its heyday, Coba boasted a population of about 50,000 and an area of 80 square miles (207 sq km). Two square kilometers have been preserved and rebuilt, while the rest remains shrouded in the Yucatan jungle. Pass the main pyramid of Nohoch Mul, two ball game courts, and the Sacbé (white road).
Your 11-hour tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.