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Itinerary
Rise early and board your air-conditioned transport from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel. Spend your morning at a Maya village, either Pac Chen or Chimuch. Both villages offer you the opportunity to see how Mayas live today and visit sites sacred to Maya culture. Part of your tour proceeds are used in the sustainable development of local Maya communities.

In Chimuch, meaning ‘mouth of the frog’ in the Mayan language, you’ll find a traditional small village. In contrast, Pac Chen offers a mix of palm-thatched and cinder-block homes. After you meet some of the people from the village, your guide whisks you away for a series of outdoor activities in the nearby jungle.

Cenotes, or sinkholes, dot the Yucatán Peninsula, many of which provide great swimming pools, thanks to an underground water system. Hear from your guide about some of these that hold historical and religious significance, like Cenote de la Vida at the edge of Chimuch. Rappel your way down to a cenote and then enjoy a refreshing swimming break in turquoise waters.

Sail through the rain forest on two ziplines, and settle in for an easygoing canoe ride on a lagoon populated with birds. Afterward, head back to the village and participate in a blessing ceremony performed by a Maya shaman, and learn about the native plant life.

For lunch, dig into a feast of Maya cuisine: chicken prepared with Maya ingredients, vegetable soup, rice, beans, potatoes, pasta, empanadas and handmade tortillas.

Refueled, hop aboard your transport and head to the ruins of Coba, an archaeological site spanning approximately 43 square miles (70 square km). Learn about this ancient Maya civilization dating back to some time between 500 and 900 AD. During your two hours here, discover a network of roads, large stone monuments called stelae, as well as hieroglyphic texts.

Last but not least, climb the steps of Nohoch Mul Pyramid, the second-tallest Maya pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula. Standing 140 feet (42 meters) above the rain forest floor, take in breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding jungle.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required. Depending on the day’s schedule, the trip to Coba may precede the visit to the Maya village.
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Overview
Engage with modern-day Maya and satisfy your need for adrenaline, all in one day. Start the morning with a visit to a Maya village to experience the daily life of locals. Then head into the jungle for a few hours of adventure, including rappelling into a cenote and swimming in its underground waters, ziplining through rainforest canopy and embarking on a leisurely canoe ride. After enjoying a traditional Maya lunch it's off to the archaeological ruins of Coba, where you can climb the steps of the Yucatan's second-tallest Maya pyramid.
Highlights
  • Day trip to Coba ruins and a Maya village on the Yucatán Peninsula from Cancun and the Riviera Maya
  • Rappel into a cenote, go for a swim, cruise along a lagoon in a canoe and zipline inside a rain forest jungle
  • Visit the Mayan village of Pac Chen or Chimuch and enjoy a blessing ceremony from a local shaman
  • Head up Nohoch Mul, located in Coba, and admire stunning views at the top
  • Gain insight into ancient and present-day Maya culture from a knowledgeable guide
  • Traditional buffet lunch and round-trip hotel transport included
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Reviewed July 10, 2018
SUCH an amazing day

This is a perfect choice for those who love to explore and learn while traveling, rather than simply lay at the pool. The area is absolutely stunning, the activities are very enjoyable, and most importantly the guides really focus on helping their group learn about...More

Thank Kylie P
Reviewed April 30, 2018
Awesome tour for the entire family

Gustavo (our guide) picked us up at our hotel (right on time) and drove us 1 hour and forty-five minutes to the Coba area where he lead us on a hike to two zip lines, a rope suspension bridge, a short canoe ride, and walked...More

Thank jenfield74
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile
A Perfect Mix of Adventure and Culture

I highly recommend this tour if you want to experience nature and learn about the Mayan culture. Our tour guide, Perfecto, made us feel so welcomed and comfortable. Cobá was amazing and being able to climb to the top was great as the views were...More

Thank Bradley A
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile
Great day

Had a wonderful time ATVing, swimming in the cenotes, and having a guided tour through Talum. Special thanks to Jimmy, Fabrio, and Roger for making it such a great day!

Thank Miguel I
Reviewed March 11, 2018
Excellent day tour

We had a wonderful day exploring Coba and participating in several adventures. We were very impressed that the company supports a local village by having tourists canoe, zipline, rapell, swim and enjoy a meal in the area. Marcus is a very knowledgeable guide and made...More

Thank KobieCalgary
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