If you’re an avid reader of the Fly Cozumel blog, you should know by now that we love talking about the beauty of Cozumel and the many things to do here. There’s so much to do in our island: From diving in the incredible reefs of the Mesoamerican Barrier, the second largest coral reef in the world, to snorkeling in gorgeous beaches like El Cielo or visiting the beautiful Chankanaab Park, Cozumel is an ideal destination for a complete family vacation.
But among all the aquatic, beach-oriented activities, Cozumel offers the opportunity of living a cultural experience. There are some museums around the island, where you can learn about the history of Mexico and the Mayan Civilization. Some archaeological sites are open for visitors, too, like San Gervasio and El Caracol, which we’ll describe in another post. But suppose you’re visiting Cozumel or the Riviera Maya and would like to heighten the cultural experience by adding some adventure by doing something truly unique and authentic. In that case, we have an incredible excursion available that will let you see the 4 most important archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula from the unique perspective you can only get from our comfortable Cessnas.
The splendor of the Mayan culture was between 250 AD. C. and 900 d. and towns like Tulum, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Coba -amongst others- grew and became large cities, dominating the smaller populations. These cities house some of the most iconic and well-preserved architectural structures and temples. While they’re separated by long distances, we make it possible to visit them all in just 2 hours! Let us tell you a bit about these major Mayan cities:
This is the most famous archaeological site of the Mayan culture in the world. Thousands of travelers visit this stunning city, listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s believed that this ancient Mayan city dates back to 550 AD and once operated as a ceremonial center. The Temple of Kukulcan, also known as El Castillo, is the site’s highlight. Still, there are many other stunning buildings such as the Observatory, the Temple of Warriors, and the ball game court. There’s a cenote called Cenote Sagrado at the site, too. Chichen Itza is a 3-hour drive from the Riviera Maya. We can take you there in 30 minutes on our exclusive private excursion to Chichen Itzá. Still, on this 4 in 1 tour, you’ll get to contemplate all the highlights at once, from above. It’s amazing! A truly unique experience you don’t want to miss.
This is one of the most impressive and well-preserved archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. The buildings at Ek Balam, including its massive main temple, are some of the largest structures ever excavated in the Yucatan. The site is still being explored and studied by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). It has 45 structures and is surrounded by two concentric stone walls and connects the central ones. The beauty of the site remains almost unspoiled, and its beauty is undeniable! Witness it from the sky and create memories that will last forever.
The town of Tulum is becoming a trendy destination for its boho-chic style and, of course, its white-sand beaches of turquoise waters. Now imagine an ancient vestige with that landscape in the background! Tulum used to be more than a hype destination back in the days of the Mayan splendor. Tulum, “the walled city,” is the only Mayan city built on a cliff next to the Caribbean sea. It used to be an important trading center and a beacon for sailors arriving at the coast. This site is one of the most beautiful in the Peninsula and arguably the world. Imagine seeing all its buildings at once while contemplating the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean! What a spectacle!
A few miles away from Tulum, deep in the Mayan jungle, remains the ancient city of Coba. Many tall monuments and buildings can be found here. It is believed that Coba was once the most powerful city in the region, controlling farmland, commercial routes, and critical water sources. Due to its location in the middle of the jungle, the site is not as popular as Chichen Itza or the Tulum Ruins. Since it remains a bit unaltered by the hand of modernity, a visit to this site gives the sensation of genuinely exploring an undiscovered place. The highlight at Coba is the temple of Nohoch Mul. Before the pandemic, this massive pyramid used to be open for visitors, so they could climb to the top to contemplate the majestic jungle. Today, the only way to truly appreciate its beauty is from above, on our comfortable plane. Oh, the pics you could take!
Some of these archaeological wonders remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice. But don’t worry! That’s for regular visitors, not the Fly Cozumel visitors, right? Let us take you on a two-hour adventure to enjoy these four sites at once instead of spending days just driving between all of them. You will have a unique perspective of Mayan architecture and its history, and your Cozumel experience will be instantly enhanced by this privileged experience. Book your 4 in 1 Mayan Ruins tour by Airplane today!