Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
The first established biosphere reserve in Mexico and current UNESCO World Heritage site, the beauty of Sian Ka’an is unparalleled. Visitors will marvel at the unique flora and fauna of the region, as well as its abundance of distinctive wildlife.
Chichen Itza – meaning “at the mouth of the well of Itza,” is the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico, located approximately two hours away from Playa del Carmen. Steeped in Mayan lore, this is one of the mythical Mayan metropolises referred to in Mesoamerican literature. With its diverse architecture, the site is a lesson in historical styles. The city’s main attraction is the 1,500-year-old, massive Kukulkan pyramid, “El Castillo” (the castle), listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Intricately built, “El Castillo” comes with a fascinating backstory - its construction ensures that during each Vernal Equinox, the dying sun casts a shadow of a serpent writhing down the steps of the pyramid itself.
The concierge department can arrange for guests to visit Tulum exclusively or include one of the following options:
Cenotes (sinkholes), are one of the natural wonders of the Yucatan. Enigmatic and unique, these magical formations filled with crystal waters were sacred places for the Mayan civilization, and now welcome visitors for a sparkling dip.
MAYAN COMMUNITIES AND VALLADOLID
An old-world town located two hours from Playa del Carmen, Valladoid has preserved its special colonial and Mayan flavor, with the majority of townspeople still dressed in typical Mayan clothing. The architecture, meanwhile, is colonial elegance at its best, with buildings surrounding the Main Plaza exuding unique historical charm.
THE MAYAN RUINS OF CHICHEN ITZA BY PLANE (AEROSAAB)
Chichén Itzá – the Mayan ruins that counts as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, can now be admired from the air. Visitors will be able to take in the massive Kkulkan pyramid: “El Castillo,” from an entirely novel perspective, as they fly over the once bustling city.
The Cessna 182 aircraft can fly four people while the Cessna 206 can fly five people. Duration of flight: 50 min.
Set in a sub-tropical rain forest, this Mayan ceremonial center offers one of the key pieces of ancient prophecy which led people to think that the end of the world was close. Filled with ancient ruins and temples underneath wild vegetation, here guests can take in not only the splendors of ancient Mayan civilization, but also the vastness and immeasurable beauty of the surrounding rainforest, rich with life.