Tulum Ruins And Xel-ha Eco-Waterpark From Cancun
This is a great combination of the Mayan history at Tulum, the only archaeological zone in the area with views of the sea, and the natural beauty of the Xel-Ha inlet, a natural aquarium ideal for snorkeling.
The ruins of Tulum are perched high atop a cliff against the awe inspiring backdrop of the Caribbean sea. This archaeological site is one of a kind. Tulum flourished in late post-classical times with buildings dating back to the 12th century. It was once an important trading port and one of the few Mayan cities still inhabited when the Spaniards arrived.
You will take a guided tour of the ruins to learn about the secrets of the Mayans. Your guide will point out important sites, explaining the historical significance of buildings such as the castle, the Temple of the Masks and the God Chaac. Then you will drive 20 minutes back toward Cancun to the incredible natural aquatic theme park created by the Mayan gods themselves - Xel-Ha.
At Xel-Ha, you can enjoy the crystal clear waters of a spectacular natural aquarium, swim in creeks and lagoons, visit natural wells and ancient caves which are fed by underground rivers flowing out to the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Explore the underwater world by snorkel and come face to face with exotic underwater flora and fauna including curious rays and schools of angel fish.
Other (optional - not included in price) activities include cliff diving, rope swing diving, rope bridge walking, bicycling, kayaking, swimming with the dolphins, underwater breathing bubble, scuba diving and much more! Take an Eco-Tour, included with admission (subject to availability). Walk through the Caribbean jungle, across a hanging bridge and through the natural habitat of the Loro Fish. Then, with your guide, you'll explore a Mayan cave and learn about the importance of Xel-Ha which once served as a commercial port. You’ll also visit two underwater grotto's - Aventura Cenote and Cenote Paraiso. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to “brave stone” for an exciting challenge.
You will also visit:
- Nursery Garden: Explore natural medicine and Mayan culture
- Bee Nest: Learn about the healing honey produced by the sacred Mayan bee
- Orchid Garden: Enjoy and learn about many beautiful species
- Mayan Cross Replica: Learn about this relic and the historic battle of the castes
- Mayan House: Visit a historic replica of a traditional Mayan home and learn about their way of life.
You will leave Xel-Ha at 5:00pm, arriving back at the first Cancun hotel by 6:30pm.