Visit Coba And Tulum: Everything Needed For Your Trip
Visit Coba And Tulum In One Day
Guide To Enjoy The Trip
Visit Coba And Tulum, should be a must when traveling to the Riviera Maya. Therefore in this blog, I will share everything you need to know about visiting both archaeological sites in one day and be able to enjoy the trip.
Personally, I had the opportunity to Visit Coba and Tulum with Xichén Tours. It was a full day tour, from 7:20am (pick up time) and we did not stop since then until 6:30pm, when we came back to the same place the tour picked us up.
In addition to visiting both archaeological sites, we also had the opportunity to visit Xel-Há park. Where we learned a little more about how chewing gum is made, we tried typical dishes from Yucatan and delighted ourselves with a delicious buffet at the end of the day.
It’s true that you also have the option to rent a car and go by yourself. But due to the distance, I would recommend you to take a tour to Visit Coba And Tulum. Later, I will share with you what I liked about the tour I did in particular.
Archaeological Tour: what to look for and why.
What is Cobá?
Its name in the Mayan language means “Cloudy Water.” It is an archaeological zone of more than 44 square miles, surrounded by 5 lakes. What few people know, is that in the pre-Hispanic era, Coba was more important than Chichen Itza, due to its size and commercial power. To move around, you could use a bike to discover the place, which is included in the cost of the tour. You will be able to admire the beauty of the zone, through paths covered by tall trees that create an atmosphere of visiting virgin territory.
The star of the place is the Pyramid of Nohoch Mul of 42 meters high, where from the top, you can see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the area, and take a spectacular photo. To climb up, you can assist yourself with a rope; a real challenge but the reward is worth it.
What is Tulum?
The city had in the antiquity the Mayan name of “Zamá” (that means in Mayan language “dawn“) and the present one, “Tulum” (that means in Mayan language “wall“). The archaeological zone is a 1-mile territory, and here you will be able to observe one of the best views in the area since it is the only Mayan city that is built in front the sea. Protected by a natural reef barrier, Tulum was in a privileged area in pre-Hispanic times.
When you arrive at the archaeological zone, you will get on a train to arrive at the main city, which is included in the price of the tour.
The cherry on top of the cake without a doubt. At the end of the visit to Tulum, they took us to the Xel-Há Park, where they taught us about the origin of chewing gum, and we even got to try some delicious cochinita tacos with a non-spicy sauce called Sikilpak. But try not to fill up, as you will then have the opportunity to eat as much as you want in one of the restaurant´s park buffet.
Why I recommend the tour with Xichén
Generally, I usually like to visit the archeological sites on my own, but in this case, I really appreciated going on a tour to Visit Coba and Tulum in a single day.
What I liked the most about the Tour with Xichén was that unlike other tours, they did not make a thousand stops. We only did three: to visit Cobá, Tulum, and Xel-Há.
The tour guide that we had was amiable at all times. He provided us a lot of information about the Mayan Culture, a little breakfast at the very beginning, and snacks during the whole trip.
Latest recommendations to visit Coba and Tulum
Quintana Roo is a state with semi-tropical climate.
What does this mean?
It’s warm and a rainy place with lots of humidity. This leads to mosquitoes. Therefore, to make your experience more pleasant, I recommend you:
• Carry mosquito repellent
• Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen
• Dress comfortable clothes. You will be walking through an archaeological zone
• Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated
I hope these tips have been useful for you when you Visit Coba And Tulum.
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