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When you are in Mexico, you generally visit what the Mayans have left us to explore. However, when you are in Sian Ka’an, the focus is not on what the humans have developed. Instead, the focus is on a unique ecosystem sculpted by nature on the coast of Mexico.

If you try to visit all the World Heritage sites in Mexico, you cannot avoid being part of the private Sian Ka’an Lazy River tour we at Best Maya Tours organize. However, all the other heritage sites are human-related except this in the Mexican Riviera. It is an excellent effort from UNESCO to declare a natural site a heritage site, demonstrating how significant Sian Ka’an is.

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The peculiarity of the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve

There are different elements in this biosphere reserve, and the way they interact makes the place particularly interesting and unique. You can be in tropical forests and palm savannahs in a few parts. Then, suddenly, you will find yourself in mangroves and marshes where the savannahs merge. The lakes here form islands, and rivers are on their way to the coast with long beaches and sandy dunes. Off the coast, you can be at a large marine section, which is also a part of the biosphere, including a barrier reef. As the environment is diverse, you will find various animals and plants. 

In the adjacent forest, you can have encounters with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, and tapirs. The water is full of manatees, turtles, and fish. Up in the sky, there are migratory birds.

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The tour that we organize

Our private Sian Ka’an Lazy River tour will help you to appreciate perhaps one of the most tranquil and exceptional involvements with the Riviera Maya. After visiting the archeological site of Muyil, you will enter the western side of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere to get a boat and sail through the biosphere to arrive at the old water channels worked by the Mayans about five hundred years ago. You will show up first at Xlapak, or “Ancient Wall,” and enjoy a terrific view from this old Mayan outpost.

Then, among the mangroves and the crystal waters, you will enter the slowly streaming river with your lifejackets and float down the stream. It can be around 3/4 of a mile before returning to the boats. 

Before returning to your hotel, you will be able to enjoy a typical Mayan lunch at a local café in this beautiful spot.

We take every care so you can have a safe, comfortable, and pleasant tour. Therefore, there is nothing to worry about. You will have enough opportunity to explore Sian Ka’an Biosphere. 

So, do remember us when you intend to have the best private Sian Ka’an Lazy River tour. 

The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the historic Mayan city of Ek Balam, Mexico, sometimes referred to as the Jaguar City of Mexico. It is a much less visited place, but the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam are a pretty offbeat Yucatan destination. When the Ek Balam ruins are all together, they resemble like a real Mayan city. As you enter, you can see the ruins of the city walls. The thing’s you see is said to be just 10% of Ek Balam’s entire ruins area. There will be so many things to be explored yet. But it is stunning and unique! 

At Best Maya Tours, we offer customized Ek Balam private tours. Our expert team provides a list of facts — including a short history of the area, exciting details, and additional information on the surrounding Yucatan region and its many sights. It is a paradise that not only lets you explore the world’s wonders but discover so many exciting facts about Ek Balam & Chichen Itza that make you quite surprised. The Good news is that you can easily visit Ek Balam and Chichen Itza on the same day. Our Ek Balam private tour is a safe, comfortable & informative way to see the best of this ancient Mayan ruin. Do you find your Ek Balam private tour  is difficult or too overwhelming? Then, you can go for our Ek Balam private tour. It is a highly-rated day trip that covers the ruins of Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, and a nearby cenote in one day. Here are a few places to visit on an Ek Balam private tour.

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Ek Balam ruins 

Ek Balam ruins are worth visiting because they are not as crowded as the others. They stand out because of the presence of exquisite sculptures made of stucco that are exclusive to them. Between 100 BCE and 900 CE, the Mayan city of Ek Balam in Mexico flourished for over a thousand years. It peaked about the eighth century. The Acropolis and Ek Balam Pyramid can still be climbed. However, use caution as the steps are in poor condition and slick in several areas. 

Original stucco sculptures at Ek Balam

Exploring the original & Stunning stucco work at the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam is a part of our Ek Balam private tour. It is one of its kind and quite distinctive because of the unique stone-carved sculptures that are hard to come now. It has the figures of winged warriors that remained an exciting topic for historians for a long time. Of great interest is the substantial teeth-like structure in front that makes the entrance look like a giant monster mouth. It seems like an entry door to the underworld.

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Oval Palace at Ek Balam

The Oval Palace, a 2-minute walk away, is the next point of interest once you have finished touring the main pyramid of Ek Balam. The Oval Palace is thought to have hosted cosmological rituals. It is analogous to the oblong observatory in Tulum or Chichen Itza. You may obtain breathtaking views of the entire area from the top of the Oval Palace. 

Entry Arch at Ek Balam

This lovely arched gate, which initially connected Ek Balam to the rest of the Mayan realm, may be found at the entrance to Ek Balam. The gate is thought to have been connected to the sacbe, an old route. It’s intriguing how Sacbe works. Similar to our modern motorways and roads, it is believed that areas connected important cities throughout the Mayan empire at their junctions. This sacbe most likely linked the Coba, Chichen Itza, and Ek Balam. 

The cenote at Ek Balam 

The Cenote Xcanche, also referred to as the Ek Balam Cenote, is next to Ek Balam. It is a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool with rope swings and waterfalls. After touring the neighboring ruins, take a dip in these calm waters. Other beautiful cenotes are also close by. Our Ek Balam private tour allows you to visit the majestic Cenote Maya along with Ek Balam ruins. All our Ek Balam tours usually include a cenote or two, if you are interested!

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Twin Pyramids of Ek Balam

The Twin pyramids are a pair of identical pyramids that are located directly in front of the Oval Palace on the left. They are built like pyramids on a single platform. The Ball Court, smaller than the one at Chichen Itza, is a little distance ahead. The Acropolis and its palapas are visible further along. 

Ek Balam private tour is worth it if you are looking for a calmer, more peaceful heritage experience in the Yucatan. It is always a great idea to take a guided tour to explore the Mayan ruins of Mexico. We are your local tour guides and come with much information, local myths, and legends. We are happy to share our experience and facts with you! It highly recommends spending a few days in Valladolid and touring the surrounding area, including Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, and several pretty cenotes. If you wish, we can organize your Ek Balam private tour from Valladolid or Cancun! 

Private boat tours are a great way to explore some of Tulum’s most beautiful and exotic locations. But, if you don’t have millions of dollars to spend buying a boat, don’t worry! There is another option. We offer renting exclusive boats for your private boat tour in Tulum! Are you looking for luxury boat charters for Tulum & the Riviera Maya? At Best Maya Tours, we help you organize the thing that you desire & deserve!

At Best Maya Tours, we strive to offer the finest private boat tour experiences in Tulum! So, book your next getaway with our team. You can choose a wide selection of boats to hire for private day tours to special events, family dinner cruises, and more. Our private boat tour is considered only for luxury vacations or adventurous trips. We have everything you need to enjoy your stay at the world’s most popular tourist destination. Be sure that you will find the right boat for you. Our private boat tour of Tulum out of Puerto Aventuras is the perfect day on the water. You will love it as it completely satisfies both luxury and your need for speed.

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Our private boat tour includes luxurious boats and dedicated staff to serve you. It has rooms for kids to nap, similar to a living area to enjoy the shade. You will spend a day like no other on your private boat due to the fantastic snorkeling and simply being able to hang out in the beautiful Caribbean with your friends and family. Our private boats are available for rent around the city or directly from the Tulum marina. The duration of your trip determines the cost –the longer you stay, the cheaper it gets daily. The price also depends on how many people will be on board. Your private boat tour crew will give you the attention and personal service you deserve. Anything you need, you can ask our team because our team & boat crew is there to help you!

Many people from all over the world come to this magical place to have fun and relax. Travelers rent private boats because it gives them a unique opportunity to do so! Unlike staying in a hotel or having a vacation at their friends’ place. Most people think renting a boat for a private tour in Tulum is expensive! But if you research and find an affordable tour operator & travel management company like Best Maya Tours, it can cost as little as a few hundred USD per day. If you like to rent a more luxurious private boat, then we can also help you. It will make your private boat tour to Tulum even more adventurous and comfortable. 

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The private boat tour we offer allows excellent places to host a party. We can assist with organizing birthday celebrations and wedding pre- and post-parties. You can choose the enticing VIP upgrade option, which includes champagne and a VIP open bar. Things are even better if you love food. We can send special dinners and bring a private chef aboard. It is a great option & a perfect way to travel faster and visit the locations such as Cozumel for snorkeling. There are several different tours available. Additionally, you can modify your travel itinerary & terms. 

The private boat tour in Tulum is perfect for families who love the ocean. Come and enjoy a fantastic day snorkeling in the reefs along the Riviera. The answer is quite simple if you ask why travelers love Best Maya Tours as their preferred travel organizer. We’re passionate about what we do; therefore, we want to provide you with the most memorable private boat trip experience possible. 

Riviera Maya is perhaps one of the impressive places in Mexico that entices global travellers years around. Travellers come to soak in all the sights & sounds of this beautiful country. Some of the benefits of Riviera Maya tours are obvious – you can go where you wish, stop where you’d like to go, take scenic detours, explore ancient treasures. Everything becomes accessible to you if you have joined our customized Riviera Maya tour. You can even join our Riviera Maya tours no matter whether you aren’t on a schedule! You can go off the beaten track & explore concealed beaches and oases all to yourself. The probabilities become infinite when you completely control your travel destinations at Riviera Maya. 

Riviera Maya Attractions

At Best Maya Tours, we offer you the opportunity to explore some of the best places to visit and most of them are easily accessible through our Riviera Maya tours. These tours are based on your particular travel desires. It is good for both novice & avid travellers and history lovers who want to see the ancient Mayan marvels of Chichen Itza and Tulum. We offer to customize Riviera Maya tours that take you to explore & Marvel at the Mayan ruins of breath-taking UNESCO-listed Chichén Itzá. We have some of their most impressive and best-preserved structures at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the renowned Pyramid of Kukulcan and the Great Ball Court. On a thorough yet comprehensive guided Riviera Maya tour, you’ll fall in love with the illustrious Mayan culture. Fall head over heels for ancient Mayan civilization during a complete guided Riviera Maya tour. Join our Riviera Maya tours with your family and head to Xcaret, which is part archaeological park and part nature reserve. Enjoy the native animals or float along an underground river.

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Absorb fascinating information about the Yucatan Peninsula’s past from our local archeologist and knowledgeable guide. Next, visit the picturesque Cenote Hubiku, a large freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave. Take a refreshing dip in for a surreal yet refreshing swim in the luminous underground waters of Cenote Hubiku. Next, indulge in an authentic Mexican buffet lunch. Eat some of the delicious Mexican buffets at Hubiku’s restaurant. Finally, take a photo stop in Valladolid, a favorite emerging destination. Explore cobblestone streets in the colonial town of Valladolid, where the colonial-era pastel walls of shops and restaurants offer a colorful backdrop for photos before the return trip.

We let you enter the Extreme Adventure Eco Park and get the opportunity to explore off-the-beaten-track Ruta de Los Cenotes. We let you spend an unforgettable, action-packed half day in the dense Riviera Maya jungle with a 3-in-1 adventure that combines an ATV ride, a zipline route, and the chance to swim and snorkel in a beautiful cenote pond and an ocean inlet. Feel the ambiance as you fly through the trees on exhilarating zip lines, and cool off in the refreshing waters of a natural Mayan cenote. Go for an ATV adventure & kick up the dust while off-roading in with an ATV ride through the heart of the Mayan jungle! Go for an ATV, zipline, and cenote jungle adventure. It is suitable for the entire group or the whole family. Your adrenaline is guaranteed to be pumping from the get-go. It is perfect for the entire family, with small group settings. Your exciting day at Extreme Adventure Eco Park awaits you in the heart of the Mayan jungle.  

You might want to visit Cozumel island and escape the coast. Although most of Riviera Maya’s attractions are on the mainland, Cozumel is a must-visit destination for tourists because of its abundance of eateries, nightclubs, and shops. One significant benefit is that Playa del Carmen, one of the finest beaches in the Riviera Maya, is only a short ferry trip away from the island. You will have a wonderful holiday that you may relive time and time again in Riviera Maya, no matter what you choose to do there. We help you unwind anywhere along the Riviera Maya shore or have a significant adventure. You may stroll to a few activities in the Riviera Maya from your hotel. For example, take a cooking class to learn about regional food or take a tequila tasting tour to try some of Mexico’s most responsible tequilas. In all of Mexico, Riviera Maya features some of the best shopping, with fantastic discounts on fine art and gold jewelry. Additionally, you can spend your days lazing on the beach at Riviera Maya. 

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In Riviera Maya, there is entertainment for the whole family wherever you go. It will entice you to return to Riviera Maya frequently after your first visit. People appreciate our low prices, ease of travel alternative, and offer to make your vacation a yearly getaway. We ensure to visit all of the top spots you desire. So please take advantage of our Riviera Maya tours and discover the many things to do here with our expert guide. Nobody has more tours to choose from in the Riviera Maya than we do. We offer every excursion that exists in the Riviera Maya. If there is a tour or trek from the Riviera Maya that you don’t see here, ask us – we’ve tried to include every tour and day trip out there, but new ones always pop up.

If you plan a vacation trip to Mexico, a tour to Chichen Itza must be on your wishlist. The beauty and the cultural heritage of the place draw many vacationers year-round. When planning, you must have read reviews that it is possible to have a self-tour of the place. However, we at Best Maya Tours feel that our private full-day guided Chichen Itza tour will offer you more space to understand the place’s beauty and cultural heritage. We ensure that it is possible for you to do and see everything at Chichen Itza.

Our local, knowledgeable, and certified Mayan guides will help you to understand the ancient Mayan people and learn about their cultures, beliefs, and architecture while you explore the ruins. Such knowledge is not possible to have by just reading some journals online. Therefore, the experience you will have with us cannot have any comparison, and your exploration of one of the New 7 Wonders of the World will be enjoyable, comfortable, and knowledgeable.

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A bit about Chichen Itza

Once Chichen Itza was a populous city and a busy trade center for the Mayans. However, now it is a collection of magnificent ruins. Historians say that the place is over 1500 years old. The center of the city is the 98-foot pyramid, the iconic El Castillo. The ruins also have some residential buildings, the Great Ball Court, and various other temples, pyramids, and architectural structures. It is not possible to climb the El Castillo; however, it is also a structure to behold. It is a structure to watch during the spring and autumn equinoxes when the sun and shadow develop an illusion of a serpent coming down from the pyramid.

Why have a private tour to Chichen Itza

It is best to be on a group tour when you wish to make friends; however, if you desire to discover the place better, it is wise to be with us on a private tour. You and your family members can have an excellent exploration of Chichen Itza. Our guide will explain to you the philosophy of the Mayans and the influence of religion in daily Mayan life. You will also learn about the different religious rituals and human sacrifices by the Mayans. We will customize the tours according to your desires and help you and your group have a comfortable and relaxing exploration.

It is not the end here; during your tour, you can also enjoy lunch and relax by the side of a cenote close to the pyramid.

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Benefits of being with a local guide

During our private full-day guided Chichen Itza tour, a local guide will always accompany you. Our guide will provide you with insider info, and you can ask questions to clarify your doubts. When you are with our guides, you can undertake various activities which you would miss if alone. We plan the tours in such a manner so that you can spend maximum time at Chichen Itza.

So, do remember us at Best Maya Tours when you plan a vacation to Mexico.

Best traditional dishes of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexico is reputed for its huge culinary heritage. From Baja California to Yucatan, from Tabasco to Michoacan, each region developed its specialties and made renown of Mexico across the world. Even though we could write an article for each region of Mexico and their own specialties, today we are focusing on the Yucatan Peninsula gastronomy and the dishes you absolutely have to try during your vacations here !

 

There’s excitement in the air when you visit the pink lakes in Mexico. The lakes are part of the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, which is an internationally protected UNESCO Biosphere and home to a great number of exotic and beautiful animals including flamingos, crocodiles, jaguars, sea turtles, and many different types of bird. 

Where are the Pink Lakes Located?

The pink lakes in Mexico are located northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, just south of the quaint fishing village of Las Coloradas and a short drive away from Cancun. The pink lakes are a bucket-list destination for day-trippers and those who want to spend the night.

How do the Pink Lakes get their amazing color?

Tourists often ask why the lakes in Mexico are so vibrantly pink. The vibrant pink lakes in Mexico are caused by the combination of salt water, brine shrimp and red-colored algae. As water evaporates in the Mexican sunlight, these organisms become more concentrated and create a vibrant pink hue.

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What Can I do at the Pink Lakes??

In the Yucatan Peninsula, there are a few places where you can truly relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The pink lakes in Las Coloradas are one of these special places. There is not much activity to be found here, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any adventure! You can simply sit back and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while admiring the romantic lakes, picturesque scenes, and wildlife. There is a small beach area located in the town of Las Coloradas that provides an ideal opportunity for you to sit back and relax with your loved ones.

The town boasts a few restaurants serving traditional Mexican cuisine, including shrimp tacos and quesadillas, as well as an array of thirst-quenching drinks. 

The Rio Lagartos natural reserve boat tour is a fantastic way to see the stunning pink flamingos in their natural habitat and cruise the Las Coloradas pink lakes. It’s a memorable experience that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who visits Mexico.

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Does the Color of the Lakes Change Based on the Weather?

Yes, the lakes can be stunningly pink. But weather affects the visibility of color in them. If it’s cloudy, you might not see as many shades of pink. If it’s sunny, you’ll see more of those colors. On some days, they can look orange!

Explore Private Rio Lagartos Flamingo Pink Lakes  with Maya Tours for an unforgettable experience! Don’t forget to bring your camera to catch pictures of some unforgettable views & moments!

Private Boat Tour Tulum Providing You with the Right Atmosphere to Revive Body and Mind

 

If you did not enjoy your last vacation outing in your country, you could get the chance to visit elsewhere. However, the fact is that the assurance of non-stop fun should decide your vacation location. Since you want the best vacation experience, you must include Tulum in your checklist. The fact is that a private boat tour in Tulum can increase your participation and enthusiasm for tourism. This way, you rest assured of making Tulum your preferred destination for regular visits. 

Perhaps, you may be wondering why the private boat cruise in Tulum has become a hot spot for travel enthusiasts. Here are some beneficial tips that may give a clue about your curiosity. 

  1. Bonding

Perhaps you have missed family time and want to reignite the bond with your family members. The private boat tour in Tulum can create the right atmosphere to enjoy family moments. In addition, you can snorkel with your family members to explore the wildlife in the ocean. Interestingly, your private boat can have a stop at the Playa Ruinas. The fact is this beach is one of the most attractive spots in Tulum. After all, families can come here to have a fantastic time at this ancient beach. Moreover, you could opt for some ice cream while at the beach. 

Also, you get to meet other enthusiastic travelers eager to learn about the ancient ruins in Mayan. Interestingly, the market in Tulum is a remarkable place for getting handcrafted items during your visit. A good example is Tulum Bazaar which has various shopping centers. 

  1. Paragliding 

Embarking on a private boat tour can open you to other water sports. The fact is that the beaches in Tulum are suitable for gliders. Perhaps, you have been nurturing the idea to paraglide for the first time. A private boat cruise in Tulum can present you with a good opportunity. Moreover, you could take turns to paraglide with your friends or family members. After all, paragliding allows you to see the scenic environs of Tulum.

  1. Local cuisines

A private boat tour in Tulum can open you to various cuisine. The fact is that Tulum has different restaurants which can meet the craving needs of tourists. An excellent example of this local cuisine is Sopa de Lima. Fortunately, you could enjoy this special soup before beginning your boat cruise into the Caribbean ocean. 

Finally, you do not have to miss out on the exciting adventure that Tulum has to offer visitors. After all, you get to meet the local people and learn remarkable things about the culture in Mexico. Perhaps, you need a serene place to ease yourself of your daily routine before your sabbatical. All you need to do is call in today for more inquiries.

Top 10 Best Cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula is well known for being the home of dozens of cenotes. Due to their geographical location and geological formation, cenotes are natural sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone rocks, filled with either sea or fresh water. They can be found all across the region for the greatest pleasure of tourists and locals. Whether they are open or underground cenotes, the Best Maya Tours team selected for you the Top 10 Best Cenotes to visit during your stay in the Quintana Roo and the Yucatan States !

Turtles season in the Yucatan Peninsula : When and where to see them
Turtles season in the Yucatan Peninsula : When and where to see them

Turtles season in the Yucatan Peninsula, Where to see them

The Yucatan Peninsula and the Riviera Maya are particularly known to be the home to thousands of fauna and flora species. From dolphins to reef corals, from birds to crocodiles, the region is a wonder for any person willing to observe nature and wilderness. Among all of these species, the sea turtles always attract countless of tourists wanting to discover them in their natural habitat. Through this article, you will get to know everything you need to be able to see the sea turtles in the region, where to find them and when.