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Bike Tour to Tulum Ruins

Tulum holds the honor of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region.  A 30 min bike ride starting at amansala will take us to this spectacular archeological site. Once there, a Mayan guide will walk us through the site, explaining the history of this Mayan civilization and the historical significance of the area.

Duration: 2 hours

 

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About Tulum (Source Wikipedia)

The Maya site may formerly have been known by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn, because it faces the sunrise. Tulum stands on a bluff facing east towards the Caribbean Sea. Tulúm is also the Yucatan Mayan word for fence, wall or trench, and the walls surrounding the site allowed the Tulum fort to be defended against invasions. Tulum had access to both land and sea trade routes, making it an important trade hub, especially for obsidian. From numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending god. Tulum had an estimated population of 1,000 to 1,600 inhabitants.

Tulum was first mentioned by Juan Díaz, a member of Juan de Grijalva’s Spanish expedition of 1518, the first Europeans to spot Tulum. The first detailed description of the ruins was published by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood in 1843 in the book Incidents of Travel in Yucatan. As they arrived from the sea, Stephens and Catherwood first saw a tall building that impressed them greatly, most likely the great Castillo of the site. They made accurate maps of the site’s walls, and Catherwood made sketches of the Castillo and several other buildings. Stephens and Catherwood also reported an early classic stele at the site, with an inscribed date of AD 564 (now in the British Museum’s collection), which is interpreted to mean that it was most likely built elsewhere and brought to Tulum to be reused.

Gran Cenote Tour 4

Gran Cenote

The name does say it all, this large cenote is one of the most popular diving and snorkeling areas in the Riviera Maya. Snorkel inside of this huge cave system without ever diving under the water. Huge stalagmites, stalactites, and columns are yours to be seen by just sticking your face into the water.
A 10 min drive to Grand Cenote just outside of Tulum that we will be visiting. It is one of the most unique diving and snorkeling sites which is an incredible experience everyone who visits the Riviera Maya must do.

Duration: 2 hours

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More on Cenotes
A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings.

The term cenote derives from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya — ts’onot — to refer to any location with accessible groundwater. A Cenote is a common geological formation in low latitude regions, particularly on islands, coastlines, and platforms with young post-Paleozoic limestones that have little soil development.

Mayan Jungle Walk

Mayan Jungle Walk

Mayan Jungle Walk

15 minute drive north into the jungles of Tulum.

Upon arrival, we meet with a local Mayan rancher who will lead us along a 20 minute path to the underbelly of the earth and its elaborate cavern system known as Cenotes.  Cenotes are known for their refreshing and crystal clear water, we will spend some time exploring underground as we swim in the elaborate cavern exploring the various formations.

Duration: 2 hours

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More on Cenotes
A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings.

The term derives from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya — ts’onot — to refer to any location with accessible groundwater. Cenotes are common geological forms in low latitude regions, particularly on islands, coastlines, and platforms with young post-Paleozoic limestones that have little soil development.