Mayan Riviera ruins - which one?
Posted 26 April 2009 - 12:42 AM
Posted 27 April 2009 - 11:42 AM
So it really depends on how much of your trip you want to devote to it.
Also, the Tulum ruins are on the beach (GORGEOUS beach) and that's a big draw for many.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:03 PM
Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:17 PM
chichen itza was amazing! our guide was fantastic and we were there about 3 hours. honestly we would have loved to stay another 2 hours at least but it was just too hot! so even tho we werent really done seeing everything, it was so hot we were ready to go back to the bus and cool off. from GBP it was a full 2 hour ride.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:05 PM
Coba is the second easiest for you, and it is also very nice but be aware that this is a huge property and it's not very well marked. In order to really enjoy this site you need to hire a guide ($300 pesos) once you enter the site, and then rent a bicycle after your tour in order to ride through the entire area, because it's huge. This is not a very touristy area but unlike Tulum or Chichen you are allowed to climb and explore anything. It is set in the beautiful jungle and the day trip ends up being more like a hike through the jungle with ruins then a ruins tour.
My most favorite set of ruins is Ek Balam, near Vallodolid. It is half excavated, a 45 minute tourwill cost your $200 pesos if you find another family willing to share the guide with. It is an older set of ruins, so it is pure mayan, and only partially excavated. They also have the third highest mayan ruin in the world (taller then Chichen) and they allow you to hike all the way up. They also have some beautiful original plasters that have been so well preserved that you can still see the carvings. You can also combine this trip with the cenotes near Vallodolid, Dzitnip and Ik Kil which are beautiful cavernous, but small cenotes. It's easy to visit these two cenotes and have a pleasant lunch in the quiet little colonial town of Vallodolid if you either rent cars or hire private transportation.
Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:05 PM
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