Chichen Itza Pyramid
Bring plenty of water for drinking - if summertime - as it gets very hot. you may want to bring an extra tshrit for change in case of too much perspiration. Entrance is $7 each - children are free.
Uncemented area - so bring good walking shoes. Leather not recommneded since the leather gets hot - I did feel the heat burning in my leather sandals...
We bought extra shirts because we were perspiring too much. There are tshirt shops outside the entrance - reasonably priced - $5 each for a tshirt adult..
Going up and down the Chichen Itza
Going up: There is a rope to assist you - about 97 steps to go up and down....
Going down: Use the rope as it is very steep. Some are sitting down each step to get down.
There are no safety barriers to protect children nor adults on top of the pyramid - so pls be careful.
Private Car to Chichen Itza
We rented a Budget Car at our hotel - get all the insurance they will provide since it is very recommended - in case of accidents or police harrassment... (good experience since none happend)
The drive was 1.5hrs from the Hotel Zone to Chichen Itza. The roads are very well maintained. You will pass 2 toll booths - 1st toll is at $18 and the second toll is $4.50. The 2nd toll is at the Chichen Itza exit itself. We took the 2nd exit and pass inside the town of Chichen Itza.
If you dont want to pay for the second toll, you can exit the Valladolid exit and follow the sign to the pyramid as this is the route for tour busses.
There are 2 180 hways - one is the toll and the other one is the free - called 180 Libre. If you take the free route - no tolls are paid, the route is longer for an hour from/to hotel zone - since you will pass several small towns with humps - but roads are great as well since there are hardly any cars in the free 180 route - 2 way lane.
The toll 180 has a four way lane.
Mayan Ruins at Tulum
What would a visit to Mexico be without seeing a mayan ruin?
One of the more popular ruins is located at Chitzen Itza. For me I stayed in the Mayan Riviera, which was a few hours away from this ruin.
Tulum was considerably closer (under 30mins away) so I visited that instead.
The view is spectacular not only of the ruins but the ocean it overlooks.
Put this high on your MUST see to do list, you can see the ruins in an hour.
TIP: Walk with your picnic baskets and swimsuits, when done looking at the ruins, take a stroll along the scenic beach then relax in a shady area and have a picnic.
A lot of families do this,so this trip to the Tulum Ruins are actually a 2-in-1 trip.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Xel-ha Eco Resort
This eco-friendly resort pronouned "shell-ha", is a nature lover's paradise. On land enjoy watching the birds or the scenery.
The biggest attraction is the snorkelling, it's simply one of the best experiences I've had in my life.
You can basically choose wherever you wish to snorkel, you can be alone or with a group of people, there are so many hidden areas and lagoons it's amazing, I really cannot recommend here enough.
There is another similar place called Xcaret but it is much bigger and more expensive. This cost us 25USD per person which included use of a life jacket. Snorkelling gear was an additional cost.
There is an all-inclusive fee of 50 USD approximately which includes snorkelling gear etc.
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
Playa del Carmen
This town is great for strolling along the streets, just relaxing to have a drink or bite or for shopping. If that is not your fancy there is a nearby beach you can enjoy.
This location also acts as a hub. There is a bus stop where you can catch the buses for Cancun. Or you can go to the port and take the ferry over to the island of Cozumel. If you fancy diving Cozumel is great, if not, there is not a whole lot to do.
To get to Playa del Carmen, you can take a taxi from your hotel, but because my husband and I enjoy doing what the locals do, you can take the local transport which looks like a minivan (they are always white). The fares are set and very cheap and comfortable.
Visit the Valladolid Church. After leaving Chichen Itza - we passed by the Valladolid church....
said a little prayer...