Mayapan Mayan Ruins and Cenote Swim

Price: $109.00
Ages 3 and under may participate free of charge.
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural, Water
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 10 minute shuttle (included) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Snack and bottled water. Additional food available for purchase at beach club.
Recommended Dress We recommend comfortable attire, a hat, comfortable closed-toe walking shoes with non-slip soles, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit under cover-up or light clothing and towel.
Restrictions Back packs, food and beverage (water only) are not permitted at the archaeological site. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Children ages 4 and younger can attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking. All children must have their own seat, and infants under 1 year of age must be in a car seat. Car seats may be provided upon request, but are subject to availability.

After taking a free shuttle to the city, you will meet your local, knowledgeable guide, who will drive over with you to the Mayan ruins in an air-conditioned vehicle. Once you arrive at the Mayapan Mayan ruins, your guide will tell you all there is to know among the ancient site.

You'll marvel at the city's remarkable, nine kilometer wall, which is considered arguably the longest defense walls in Mesoamerican history. Archaeological research suggests that the wall was erected for good reason, as many believe Mayapan was the capital of the Mayan world.

Your guide will show you some of the ruins' most important sites, including the largest pyramid, the Temple of Kukulcan; and the ceremonial centers at which traditions and festivities once took place. After learning about the history and culture of the Maya, you'll travel to the nearby Nah Yah cenote.

A cenote, or limestone sinkhole filled with water, resembles a natural, underground swimming pool. You'll arrive at the neighboring jungle, and your guide will lead you to a wooden staircase that descends into an opening in the ground. Once your eyes adjust to the lighting, you'll stand in awe of the crystal blue, still waters of the cenote.

You'll be able to jump into the cenote's tranquil waters from a wooden platform for a refreshing float, just be sure not to use any sunscreen, as the oils can damage the fragile ecosystem of the cenote. The Mayans believed the cenotes had healing powers, and once you've experienced the serenity of a cenote swim, you'll understand why they would have thought so.