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We are a group of certificated tour guides, with great experience and knowledge about Mayan culture.

We are convinced that an unforgettable journey in the Land of the Maya, will be possible knowing the customer preferences and lifestyle to dessing the perfect tour for you and your family in Yucatan.

That´s why with the knowledge of our experts tour guides, you and us will decide a suitable tour that can fit your preferences and budget, taking you to visit the archaeological sites or places that you really want to see, and the must important a non comercial tour.

You can create your own schedule, choose one from our favorites or have one made especially for you.

We offer tours conducted by local tour guides, taking you the true essence of the mayan culture in the past and present times.

We want your visit to the Yucatán peninsula to be one of your most cherished moments.

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Carlosvera

Carlos Vera

Tour Guide

Tours

Chichen Itza Sunrise

Early departure to explore the site before hundreds of tourists from the resorts arrive. An incredible experience not much people have in mind to do during vacations with the option of a swim in an incredible underground river in the area.

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Tulum & Thanka Mayan Village

45 mim driving form Playa del Carmen to Tulum, the must spectacular of the Mayan sites in front of the Caribbean Sea with the option to enjoy Thanka a natural water park with cenotes and a traditional restaurant.

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Coba & Cenotes

One hour and twenty min. Driving from Playa del Carmen, Coba the only Mayan site in the are where you will have the chance of climbing the main pyramid and explore the site and discover a unique place with incredible underground cenotes.

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Muyil & Sian Kaan

One hour driving from Playa del Carmen and you will discover a Mayan site near the resort area but not so popular and a great opportunity to enjoy Sian Kaan the Biosphere reserve must important in the area with a boat ride.

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ARCHAELOGICAL SITES

These some of the magical sites you will visit with us

  • UXMAL

    Uxmal (From Maya: Óoxmáal) is a large pre-Columbian ruined city of the Maya civilization in the state of Yucatán, Mexico.

    The name Uxmal, which means “thrice built” or “three harvests”, is a reference to the complexity of this city, which is located in the Puuc hills, a group of mountains where various Mayan cities were settled, breaking the monotony of the Yucatán plains.

    Its peak occurred during the late and terminal Classic period. It is considered to have been the most important city of the Puuc region, covering an area of 12 square kilometers and housing close to 20,000 inhabitants.

    The importance of Uxmal is also due to the enormous amount of work invested in the construction of its buildings. This city was linked to Kabah through an 18 km long sacbé.

    Unlike most pre-Hispanic cities, the layout of Uxmal’s structures does not seem to follow a geometric order; its spaces are organized in a more subtle way, based on two principles. Firstly, buildings are oriented according to astronomical phenomena, such as the ascension and descent of Venus. Secondly, they adapt to the topography of the land, consisting of a series of hills.

    The Governor’s Palace consists of three platforms; one of them stands out due to its large dimensions. The frieze, made with stone mosaic, is one of the most beautiful and complex examples of Mayan geometric art. Also noteworthy, are the figureheads of Chac and the serpents; it is possible that the waving movement of the figureheads refers to the apparent movement of the Sun.

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  • COBÁ

    Its name is translated as “water with moss” or “water moisture”, although there are authors that suggest it means “water stirred by the wind”, due to its proximity to a few small lakes that have a pretty cloudy color. Other researchers of the ancient Mayan language suggest more translations, among them are “water of the chachalacas”; “tooth of the corn leaf”, which also came from the Mayan words, or “abundant water”.

    The Mayan archaeological site of Cobá is located about ninety kilometers east of Chichén Itzá, and about forty kilometers east of Tulum, it has an area of about 70 square kilometers and a network of 45 roads (or sacbeob) that communicate to the different groups in the site, as well as other minor communities, which almost certainly depended on its rule.

    Cobá flourished in the Classic period when it came to rule a wide region. Between 200 and 800 A.D., Cobá was one of the biggest metropolises of the Mayan world, until its great rival, Chichén Itzá, extended its rule.

    The first descriptions of the archaeological site are credited to the famous travelers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood. In 1881 Teobert Maler took the first known photograph of Cobá.

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  • CHICHÉN ITZÁ

    Chichén Itzá was the most important city in Mayan culture during the late Classic and early Postclassic periods, between 900 to 1300 A.D. During the early Classic period, it was the capital of a wide region, when the Puuc style buildings were built. With the arrival of the Itzáes, by the end of that period, a new style was created, which mixed Mayan traditions with the contributions of the newcomers. This was the second and largest peak of the site, which concluded with the arrival of the Mayapán princes, between 1185 and 1204 A.D.

    Fairly well preserved, archaeologists can’t agree on whether it was these Mayans who influenced Tula, the Toltec city near Mexico City, which they have many similarities with, or if the myth was true about the Toltec king Quetzalcóatl’s exile (Kukulcán) at the start of Chichén Itza´s peak period.

    Built inland, with a monumental core of five square kilometers, and a wide area of housing and places of secondary importance, 20% of the site has been excavated to date. The name of the city means “At the Mouth of the Well of the Itzá”, in reference to the wells or cenotes that supplied water to the area and, which in all probability, were the reason for its settlement.

    The Sacred Cenote, located at the bottom of a sacbé (stucco coated Mayan road), was the point where the priests and Mayan people journeyed in pilgrimage to throw offerings, generally valuable objects, to the god Chaac, lord of the rain, and where there were also human sacrifices. It was excavated at the beginning of the 20th century, under the initiative of Edward Herbert Thompson, an American consul with a doubtful memory. A large quantity of objects were recovered, including jade, gold, ceramic and bone, which have been used to document Mayan society.

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  • EK BALAM

    Ek Balam is emerging as one of the most exciting classic sites in the Yucatan Peninsula—and it is just a stone’s-throw from Genesis. Older, and once more powerful than Chichen Itza, Ek Balam was the political and spiritual heart of northern Yucatan. Its acropolis is among the largest pre-Hispanic buildings in Meso-America, laced with stairways, hidden passages, rooms, and temples.

    Relatively untouristed, Ek Balam retains its air of nobility, power and mystery. "The White House of Reading", commissioned by one of the city’s last great kings, features almost intact sculptures of rulers and sacred images., The gaping mouth of the Earth “monster”, edged with fangs the size of a forearm, marks the tomb where for hundreds of years lay the remains of a great king and his treasures.

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  • TULUM

    The city once had the Mayan name Zamá, which means “dawn”. The current name, Tulum, means “wall” or “enclosure”, and has only recently been used, when the city was found in ruins. The ancient name refers to its position on the east coast and the west-east alignment of its buildings, which is supported by the remains of buildings dedicated to astronomical observations.

    Although inscriptions dating back to the 6th Century have been found, most of the buildings were constructed around the year 1200, when Tulum reached its golden age. During this period, the inhabitants’ trading activities extended to distant places, as demonstrated by the finding of Silex objects and ceramic pottery from all over the Yucatán peninsula, obsidian and jade from Guatemala, and rattles and copper rings from the highlands.

    Tulum is the best and most well-known example of the eastern coast style, which is the name given to the architectural type of Mayan buildings constructed on the north coast of Quintana Roo between 1200 and 1520 A.D. Located at the highest elevation in the region, and due to its defensive system, this site was an unavoidable settlement for any commercial route and the exploitation of maritime resources on the coast of Quintana Roo.

    The archaeological zone of Tulum, probably the most famous in the Riviera Maya, is located within the Tulum National Park, created on April 23rd, 1981. It has a mangrove ecosystem, consisting mostly of red mangrove.

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  • DZIBILCHALTÚN

    Dzibilchaltun means "place of writing in stone" and is the largest Mayan city discovered until, with more than 200,000 inhabitants at its peak. The city covers 16 square kilometers and has more than 8,000 structures. Which also was occupied continuously for longer, the first built in 500 AD and still had people in the time of the conquest. The city reflects the evolution of Maya culture, science and construction techniques. The city was abandoned after the conquest.

    Dzibilchaltun offers many attractions. The most famous is the famous Temple of the Dolls. Each year during the autumn equinox and spring the sun rises exactly through the door and out the back windows. Another important structure is the large central square that includes the largest Mayan palaces.

    You can spend an entire day exploring the archaeological site, the museum and around the cenote. The site has several services Dzibilchaltún to make visitors more comfortable: a restaurant, craft objects in the gift shop, information booth, medical services, telephone, facilities for disabled people, restrooms, and parking.

    Located only 15 minutes north Merida City, taking the highway to Progreso.

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