5. Mayan Ruins of Mexico Self-Guided Walking Tour Bundle
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 4.5+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Mayan Ruins in 7-8 hours. Once downloaded, each tour will begin at the entrance to the respective ruins. At Chichen Itza, you’ll see famous landmarks like the towering El Castillo and the Temple of Warriors. As you explore and learn more about the Mayan people, you’ll also encounter ancient white stone roads, intricate carvings, and even the infamous Wall of Skulls. This ruin is also home to the Great Ball Court, where Mayans once played an intense game sort of like a cross between soccer and basketball, but with a 20-pound ball! Tulum, the walled fortress, stands atop a bluff overlooking the sea. As you tour this incredible site, you’ll be treated to breathtaking ocean views at every turn. Here, you’ll visit landmarks such as the Palace of the Great Lord, once home to the rulers of the city. You’ll also see unusual structures like the Temple of the Wind and discover what it tells archaeologists about surprisingly advanced Mayan technology. Add to that the intricately decorated Temple of Frescoes, and you’ve got a truly unforgettable destination! At Ek Balam, you’ll hear the story of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok’, the ancient Mayan king responsible for the most impressive structures you’ll see at this site. Among them: The one-of-a-kind Acropolis, the single largest ancient Mayan structure on the peninsula. Here, you’ll also find King Ukit Kan Le'k Tok’s tomb, honoring the long-dead ruler. This tour will also dive into the Mayan conflict with the Spanish, and how it spelled the end for this once-powerful civilization. Your tour of Coba will introduce you to some truly remarkable artifacts, such as the famous Stelae. These huge rectangular slabs of stone still bear the engravings made in them long, long ago, the meanings of which are argued about by archaeologists to this day. Also in Coba, on structures like the picturesque Pyramid of the Painted Lintel, are remnants of the paints once used by Mayans to create beautifully colorful cities. But the main attraction of Coba has to be the Nohoch Mul Pyramid. It’s the second largest Mayan pyramid in the world, and you can actually climb the steps to the top! The views from up there are truly once-in-a-lifetime.