April 11, 2013

To finish the Mexican series, I have two more stories to share with you guys.

Having decided to check with the Maya whether or not we’re having the end of the world this December, the newlyweds went to Coba…

Maya women

We decided to go see something authentic but not too touristic (still the tour was booked in the hotel lobby 2 days in advance). Well, Coba is very touristic, but the tour we took was something different.

It is called AllTourNative, established by the local guy to support the community – we liked the idea a lot. The tour is called Coba + Maya Encounter Adventure and was around $130 per person (it was one of those “hell, I’m on vacation” moments).

I want to especially thank our wonderful guide Paco, who speaks more than 4 languages, drives like Schumacher, tells good stories and is generally a great company.

Stone goal

When we came to Coba, there was a small guided tour around the smaller temples/pyramids and about an hour of free time. Have you seen the Disney cartoon “The road to Eldorado?”. They play this native Mayan game there, I recommend you watch it :-)

Mesoamerican ballgame

Stone goal

After the tour we had some free time so we took bicycles and cycled to the tallest Maya temple you can climb in Mexico. There is also a lazy way of getting there (they joke it’s a Mayan limo) – a tuk-tuk, so it’s up to you.

After a 15 minutes ride we saw it:

The Nohoch Mul pyramid

The temple is huge, scary and challenging. And so we climbed. The security measures is that thick rope in the middle and that’s it. Going up is fine, but going down might be difficult. I mean, just look at it!

The Nohoch Mul pyramid


The view from the Nohoch Mul pyramid The Nohoch Mul pyramid On top of the Nohoch Mul pyramid

With a lot of bravery collected, I crawled down (you know how toddlers go down the stairs on their bums?). It took me a lot of guts to stand up and pose for this picture :-)

40 meters and 120 steps

After that we went back, I bought a fake gemstone bracelet for $60 (haggled down from $150!) and took off to the Mayan village. The AllTourNative support local communities and builds schools and gives the locals jobs.

The second part of the tour was canoeing, repelling, zip-lines and swimming in the cenote. All this is better shown on the video I’m putting in my next post tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

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