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Maroma Mexico - Maroma Resort and Spa in Mexico

Historic Sites

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The Maya site may have been formerly also known by the name Zama, or the city of Dawn. Tulum is also the Mayan word for fence, trench or wall and the walls surrounding the site allowed Tulum fort to serve as a defense against an invasion. From the numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Descending God.

Tulum is located 51 miles (80 kilometers) south of Maroma.  The tour lasts approximately four hours, from the moment you leave Maroma until your return.

Coba is located around five small lagoons. A series of elevated stone and plaster roads radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. These are known by the Maya term "sacbe" (plural "sacbeob"). Some of these causeways go east to the Caribbean coast and the longest runs over 100 km to the west to the site of Yaxuna.

The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, known as Nohoch Mul, being 42 meters in height.

Coba is located 51 miles (80 kilometers) south of Maroma and an additional 27 miles (44 kilometers) inland.  The tour lasts approximately 6 hours from the moment you leave Maroma and until your return.

Experience both archeological sites on the same day in this amazing eight hour tour.

The Maya name "Chich'en Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza (people)". Although this was the usual name for the site in pre-Columbian times, it is also referred to in the ancient chronicles as Uucyabnal, meaning "Seven Great Rulers". 

Chichen Itza contains many fine stone buildings in various states of preservation; the buildings were formerly used as temples, palaces, stages, markets, baths, and ballcourts.

Chichen Itza was a major center by about 600 in the middle of the Maya Classic period, but the city saw its greatest growth and power after the Maya sites of the central lowlands to the south had already collapsed.

Chichen Itza is located 124 miles (200 kilometers) west of Cancun.  The tour lasts approximately eight hours from the moment you leave Maroma and until your return.

Uxmal is pronounced "Oosh-mahl". The place name is Pre-Columbian and it is usually assumed to be an archaic Maya language phrase meaning "Built Three Times", although some scholars of the Maya language dispute this derivation.

Even before the restoration work Uxmal was in better condition than many other Maya sites thanks to being unusually well built. Much was built with well cut stones not relying on plaster to hold the building together. The Maya architecture here is considered matched only by that of Palenque in elegance and beauty.

The Puuc style of Maya architecture predominates. Thanks to its good state of preservation, it is one of the few Maya cities where the casual visitor can get a good idea of how the entire ceremonial center looked in ancient times.

Uxmal is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Merida, Yucatan.  This is an all-day tour.

Merida is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Merida was founded in 1542 by Francisco De Montejo, a Spanish Conquistador known as "El Adelantado." It was built over the Maya city of Ti'ho, also known as Ichcaanzihó or land of the great “sihoes” which had existed for centuries earlier.

Some carved Maya stones from ancient Ti'ho are still visibly reused in some Spanish Colonial buildings. Much of Mérida's architecture from the Colonial period, through the 18th century and 19th century is evident in the central portion of the city. Merida is one of the most beautiful historical cities in Mexico.

Merida is located 196 miles (315 kilometers) northwest of Cancun.  This is an all-day tour.

See the Excursions section of the website to see trips that the resort offers.


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