Shore Excursion Details

Tulum Ruins & Xel-Ha Park

Cozumel, Mexico

Tulum Ruins & Xel-Ha Park

DETAILS

  • 8
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

Explore the ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan city-state on the sea, and then enjoy a delicious lunch at an aquatic park built on a natural inlet where the Mayas once gathered.


After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing drive to the Mayan ruins at Tulum, which sit atop a small cliff overlooking the sea. Although not the largest or most elaborate archaeological site on the Yucatan peninsula, Tulum may be the most beautiful.


The Maya built the walled city of Tulum in the 11th century to control maritime commerce, and the city-state’s excavated temples and buildings are spectacular. The most prominent is El Castillo, a tower at the edge of a cliff that probably served as a landmark for sailors.


As you meander about, you will see the Temple of Frescoes, which was an observatory used to track the sun’s movements. The frescoes inside the temple represent various gods and supernatural serpents. The building was once painted red and you can still see remnants of that hue. The carving over the doorway of the adjacent Temple of the Descending God is worth a look, as well.


Continuing on, you will soon arrive at Xel-Ha, which means “where the water is born” in the Mayan language. Although the inlet of Xel-ha has been developed into an aquatic theme park, it has retained the natural beauty that attracted the Mayans centuries ago. Following lunch at the park, you will enjoy free time to explore.


Need to Know:

Note: The grounds of the ruins consist of uneven limestone and loose stones so please exercise caution when walking. Approximate walking distance of 1 mile total. This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Wear comfortable walking shoes, hat and light clothing. Bring camera, sun protection, mosquito repellent and cash for purchases.

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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Historical Landmarks

Activity Level:

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    Challenging
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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