Start the day with pickup at your hotel, and head to the Tulum archeological site at the southern edge of the city’s powdery beaches. Enter the site through the thick, limestone wall that the ancient Maya built to protect their city, then visit El Castillo, the dramatic pyramid that dominates the site. Learn about the early excavations of Tulum, when jungle trees and vines covered the stones, and find out what archeologists have discovered about the only coastal city in the ancient Maya world.
Continue to the Temple of the Frescoes, where ancient priest-astronomers tracked the movement of the sun, and spot the ‘diving god’ images that decorate the temple exterior. See the remarkably preserved, ancient stucco mural inside the Temple of the Descending God, then head to the edge of the site to take in views of temples, ocean and tropical sky. Finish your tour with return transfer to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.