You enter into a vast and diverse culture in Quintana Roo, Mexico. IMMERSE yourself in the rich history of the Maya. Mayan ruins abound and many are within an easy drive from the Villa. Three important nearby ruins are Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza.
Tulum is exceptionally unique as it is located on the sea just 15 minutes from the Villa. Tulum ruins greatest attraction is its location. It stands on a bluff facing the rising sun looking out into the vastness of the Caribbean Sea, which is nothing less than spectacular. In Maya, “Tulum” means wall, and the city was christened thus because it is a walled city, one of the very few that the ancients ever built.
Coba is one of the most important archaeological sites in the area. Built between two lakes during the Classic Period (800-900 A.D.) it was at one time a very large city spread over 80 kilometers. The main pyramid, Nohoch Mul meaning “large hill” is 42 meters tall (138 feet) and is the highest in the Yucatan peninsula. Another pyramid, known as Templo de Iglesia, “Temple of the Church” is second in height at Coba.
One of the most important ruins in all of Mexico is Chichen Itza and it is an easy two-hour drive from the Villa. As the saying goes “all roads lead to Rome”, in the Yucatan all roads lead to Chichen Itza. Straight limestone roads, which were a great feat of engineering, appear like spokes that link Chichen Itza to every major city in the Yucatan. Most experts agree that Chichen Itza was not just a great city, but the head of the empire that once covered the region.
There are many other ruins to visit for the history buff. This is merely a small sampling of what you have at your fingertips.