Mayan Inland Expedition

12 hours

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Cobá – Punta Laguna nature & monkey reserve.

 

PUNTA LAGUNA NATURE PRESERVE

The community of Punta Laguna, conscious of rapid tourism development, has wisely decided to participate in eco-tourism by promoting activities which are aimed towards the preservation of their culture and the land. The marvellous natural environment of this area is characterised by impressive lagoons, a cenote with crystal-clear water and a semi-deciduous jungle with trees of up to 100ft and an extraordinary bio-diversity of flora (over 300 species) and fauna (potential habitat for over 300 species of birds and many other species with a special protection status such as the Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot, Collared Peccary, White-tailed Deer, Red-brocket Deer, Agouti and many more).

 

LUNCH IN A MAYAN VILLAGE

Nuevo Durango is the name of the Mayan village where we eat lunch. We will meet Don Manuel and his lovely family to experience the living Mayan culture. While we enjoy traditional Mayan food, we will also witness and contribute towards the efforts of Don Manuel to raise and breed animals such as white tailed deer, red brocket deer and endangered birds such as the great curassow and the endemic ocellated turkey, for their future release into the wild.

 

COBÁ

The early settlers of Cobá took advantage of a series of small lagoons to found their city; which was possibly the largest pre-Hispanic settlement of the Classic period in northern YucatánCobá flourished between 300-1000 AD, there are five main architectural groups distributed around the lakes connected by an impressive road network of sacbeoob (ancient causeways). The temple known as Nohoch Mul is about 42m tall (138 ft.) and from the top you can see the jungle like a green carpet covering an ancient city of 72km2 (45 square miles).

 

Tour Program:

• 7:30 am – 8:00 am: Pick up at the meeting point. • Visit the Cobá archaeological site climb the area´s biggest temple, ride a bike and enjoy while you learn about the early settlers of Cobá and the Mayan Civilization) • Swim in Cenote Esmeralda • Delicious Yucatec meal in Don Manuel´s house in the Mayan village of Nuevo Durango. • Visit the Punta Laguna Reserve (hike the jungle in search of monkeys and other wildlife, canoe in the turquoise colored lagoon, zip line across the lagoon, participate in a Mayan ceremony and). • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Drop off at the hotels.

 

For Whom?

Maya Inland Expedition is the perfect excursion to experience and learn about the Mayan past and present as well as the nature of the Peninsula of Yucatan in a very active day zip lining, swimming, canoeing, biking and climbing. This is one of our most recommended tours, this is eco-tourism at its best! Great for the entire family.

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