Kick off a full-day adventure with a visit to Tulum, an abandoned Maya city perched on top of a bluff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean. Then, deep inside the Yucatán jungle, wander into Sac Actun and Nohoch Nah Chich, two cenotes among a wonderland of underground caves, and snorkel around stalagmites. Rev it up with rides aboard a 4x4 truck and stop to rappel and zipline into cenotes. Experience the mysticism of a Maya purification rite before digging into a satisfying traditional buffet lunch. Includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.
After morning pickup from your Cancun hotel, travel with your guide to one of Mexico’s most beautiful archaeological sites — Tulum, a walled Maya city perched on top of a bluff overlooking the glittering Caribbean Sea. Formerly a port for Cobá, Tulum thrived from the 13th to the 15th centuries and stands as one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites in the Yucatán. Follow your guide into the ruins and see highlights like the Temple of the Frescoes, learn about the ancient city’s history and then take a leisurely stroll on the nearby beach.Next, visit Rancho San Felipe, a Maya community of 30 residents, including a shaman, who takes you through a brief traditional purification ceremony. Then, enjoy a short hike into the jungle to reach the Yucatán area’s second and third longest cave systems, Sac Actun (White Cave) and Nohoch Nah Chich (Giant Bird Cage). Inside the caves, learn about the discovery and ongoing exploration of the underground river network that connects these two systems. Your guide leads you to the cenotes (sinkholes) where you can snorkel in transparent waters, surrounded by dramatic rock formations like stalactites and stalagmites.Afterward, traverse the jungle aboard a 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Unimog, and continue your adventure with a 40-foot (12-meter) rappel down to Yaxmuul, another natural underground pond. Tear through the rain-forest canopy on three ziplines, the last one ending with a splash into a pool of water. Then dig into a buffet lunch of homemade classic Maya fare. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in the evening.