Where to Stay
To have the true Mayan experience I suggest you stay at Casa KAN BALAM, a bed and breakfast in Playa del Carmen. Make the reservations on Airbnb. The owner has converted her house into like a boutique hotel with first class service. As soon as you walk in the door you feel like you’re in a Mayan Jungle. Also, the breakfasts are home cooked, healthy and delicious.
Visit Coba, a Mayan archaeological site, that has the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula which looks like a large mound of stones. The site is quite large in which you could see a wide range of tropical plants and animals.
After walking through the jungle I recommend you eat at LOL-HA, it’s on the street just before entering Coba. I would order the “pollo pibil,” a typical dish form the area.
We couldn’t get enough of the natural surroundings so we went to the town of Muyil, not too far from Tulum, to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve was established on January 20, 1986, and in December 1987, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve was declared a World Heritage Property by UNESCO, thanks to its unique biodiversity and fascinating Mayan history.
Near the end of the jungle a guide is waiting to give you a tour in a boat into the lagoons of Boca Paila and Campechen, via a labyrinth of natural mangrove canals and lagoons. Also, you’ll be able to float in the sweet water canals–the most relaxing thing ever.
We ventured further south, almost to the border of Belize, to the town of Bacalar to see the Bacalar Laguna. We had a guide take us out on a boat to visit all the sink holes(cenotes) and plants. It’s a true paradise because the lake has seven different shades of blue. And not too far from Bacalar, is the centote azul. Features one of the most impressive and deep “holy holes” in the whole Yucatan Peninsula. Estimated deepness of the cenote is about 200 meters (600 feet).
I hope you one day get the chance to visit this true paradise!