Chichen Itza (Yucatan) means, in maya,"at the mouth of the well of the Itzaes", which is the maya tribe who built it about 500 AD. Located at 74 miles of Merida, on the way to Cancun, this pre-colombian city was one of the largest and greatest maya cities and seems to have had the most diverse population in the maya world. This could explain its multitude of architectural styles : typically maya architecture, symbolic, but also maya-toltec, more realist. Chichen Itza is the more touristic yucatan site. It is on Unesco world heritage list and is considered, since 2008, as one of the seven Wonders of the new world.
Every monday and thursday, we offer you a special day trip including the visit of the ruins, the discovery of the cenote Dzinup and of the colonial city of Valladolid.
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Coba (Quitana Roo), about 56 miles east of Chichen Itza, was certainely the most important and powerful maya city of the north of the peninsula. Built about 200 AD, this large ruin of the pre-columbian maya civilization extends over some 80km2 but is for its most part hidden under the jungle. Only the most important pyramids can be seen, as the well-known Nohoch Mul, one of the biggest of Yucatan. Coba is located around two lagoons and exists thanks to 5 lakes around where we can observe crocodiles... A serie of causeways built of elevated stones and plaster roads permit to radiate from the center to smallest sites. The city could developp as well thanks to these ingenious communication ways known by maya term "sacbe".
Mexico Kan Tours has designed a special tour to discover Coba and Punta Laguna reserve. It includes expedition into the lagoon by kayak, zipline and a maya ceremony with a shaman.
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Tulum (Quintana Roo) is one of the best-preserved coastal maya site, famous for its ruins which literally fall into the caribean sea and face the sunrise... This pre-columbian maya walled city served as a major port for Coba and means "fortress" in Maya. It is situated on12-meter tall cliffs which allowded it to be defended against invasion. Constructions were rough and less fine and estheticly interesting than prestigious Chichén Itzá or Uxmal. It was also an important trade hub and war fence. No impresive ruins then, but a perfect sample of decadent style : the city was in fact built around 1250, during decline of maya period. Tulum is one of the last cities inhabitated and built by the Mayans.
Not far from them are Muyil ruins. 20 km south Tulum in the way of Chetumal, Muyil is a little site hidden in the jungle. Occupated since about 300 BC, it is located in the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve and offer a beautiful view of ruins bathing in the lagoon. It includes edifices from the post-classic period, as the palacio Rosa, and of classic period, as the Castillo, one of the higher edifice of the east coast.
With our Sian Ka'an Muyil Tour, enjoy the biosphere with a cross into the wooden ecopath in the coastal jungle, explore Muyil ruins and embark on a boat through lagoons and ancient maya canal.
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