Depart from your hotel in Playa del Carmen and relax during the 1-hour journey to Tulum in an air-conditioned minivan. Feel your jaw drop as you approach the dramatic entrance of the ancient city and admire the swaying palm trees and rugged cliffs that tumble down to the Caribbean Sea below.
Follow your informative and insightful guide on a 45-minute tour of the city’s most significant structures; enrich your knowledge of ancient history as Tulum’s pivotal part in Mayan civilization is explained. Visualize a bustling trading center where merchants from South and Central America exchanged precious objects like obsidian, jade and animal skins, thus emphasizing the prominence of Tulum in the Mayan world.
Visit each of Tulum’s major features to see how society functioned and flourished within the walled city; observe the architectural precision of The Castle; decipher the mystifying hieroglyphics of the Temple of the Descending God; and marvel at the intricate murals in the Temple of the Frescoes.
Return to the minivan and absorb the dramatic coastal scenery as you venture north to Xel-Ha. Arrive at the natural aquatic theme park and immediately begin to explore the lagoons, natural wells and ancient caves of the area. Don some snorkeling gear them immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of a lagoon to discover troves of tropical fish; cycle down idyllic jungle trails to observe iguanas and the exotic birds of the rainforest; enjoy a gentle journey down a river in an inner tube; or simply sink your toes in the soft sands of the beach while reclining on a comfortable lounger. Those with an appetite for adrenaline with grasp the opportunity to jump off a cliff and cross a suspended rope bridge.
When hunger strikes, take advantage of your all-inclusive day pass by indulging in one of the five excellent restaurants on site; feast upon Mayan specialties, succulent hamburgers or freshly caught seafood for lunch. Sip a fruity cocktail or refreshing water and use the fabulous facilities to freshen up before heading back to your minivan to be transported to your Playa del Carmen hotel.