Start the day with 8am pickup at your hotel in Playa del Carmen, then travel into the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose Maya name means “Origin of the Sky.” You’ll arrive at the archeological site of Muyil at roughly 10:30am: ancient sacbe, or white roads, stretch to the foot of Muyil’s dramatic pyramid, and the forest surrounding the small site is home to a thriving population of birds, butterflies, and wildlife.
After touring Muyil with your guide, begin the 35-minute drive to Tulum. Once a major port for the city of Cobá, Tulum is small but fascinating, with temples that shelter colorful frescoes, stone walls at the edge of a sea cliff, and views that stretch across turquoise Caribbean water.
Refuel for an afternoon of pyramid-climbing with a leisurely buffet lunch of Mexican cuisine, then make the final stop of the day at Cobá. This is the perfect place to see a major Maya site that’s just partially excavated, with some structures half covered in thick jungle foliage. Nohoch Mul, Cobá’s central pyramid, is the tallest in the Yucatán, and you can climb to the top for views across the jungle canopy. This 10-hour tour concludes with return transfer to Playa del Carmen, and drop-off at your hotel.