Q: HOW FAR AWAY ARE THE RUINS SITES? A: Chichen Itza and Ek Balam are about 2.5 hours from Playa del Carmen , while Tulum and Coba are about 45 minutes. Q: WHICH MAYAN RUINS SITE SHOULD I TOUR FIRST? A: You can’t go wrong with Chichen Itza.
The 3 sites you should visit in this area are: Chichen Itza , Izamal and Dzibilchaltun . If you stay near or in Progreso, [Reef Club], then you should visit Extempo. Chichen Itza is by far the most popular and most visited of all the ruin sites. This is due to its proximity to Cancun and the Riviera.
Mayan Ruins – Archaeological zones surround Cancun Chichen itza . Mayan ruins located in Yucatan Mexico that are the most visited Mayan vestiges on the peninsula. Tulum . Located 131 kilometers south of Cancun, just 20 minutes south of Akumal on Hwy. Coba . Located in the state of Quintana Roo Mexico at 42 km. Uxmal.
They are only 40 minutes away from Playa del Carmen or around 1.5 hours from Cancun . Located on the coast they offer a beachside experience. I prefer the scenery at the Tulum ruins but in terms of the ruins themselves, Chichen Itza knocks it out the park for me.
If you go to Cancun for vacation you will mainly stay at a large all inclusive resort. You will spend most of your vacation there. In Playa Del Carmen you have more options for staying. Playa opens more opportunity for exploration and doing more things than just staying at a resort.
Safety in Cancun and Playa del Carmen While you need to exercise caution no matter where you travel, both of these touristy towns fall on the safer side. There is no current travel warning for either area.
Top 15 Mayan Ruins & Archeological Sites To Visit In Mexico Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins. Coastal Ruins Of Tulum . Maya Ruins Of Coba . Palenque . Calakmul Mayan Ruins. Monte Alban. Teotihuacan. Ek Balam .
By virtue of being a UNESCO site and a World Wonder, Chichen Itza is pretty crowded throughout the year. Especially more so during the equinoxes. If you wish to explore Mayan ruins in some peace, then Tulum is a better option. Even better , go to Ek Balam or Coba.
The access fee is $35- 40 pesos (video cameras extra $30 pesos) and the visit timetable is 8 am to 5 pm, everyday. It is important to mention that it is necessary to park the your car at the shopping center’s parking lot (an extra $30 pesos fee) when arriving through the main ruins entrance.
To answer your question though – yes, the ruins are safe . Chichen Itza is a bit of a trek (3 hours drive each way) and being inland in the jungle, it can be extremely hot there. Tulum is much closer and the setting is spectacular (the ruins are on top of a cliff).
Playa Del Carmen , Mexico has been safe place especially compared to other tourist destinations or even where you might live. There are things however, to watch out for and know what are areas of concern. In general tourists have few issues with safety in Playa Del Carmen .
Tulum is more the destination of choice for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path, back-to-nature adventure where everything is much more rustic, small-scale, and low-key than in Playa del Carmen . Playa del Carmen is the better choice for those looking for a little more action and modern accommodation than in Tulum .
Chichen Itza is one of the new seven wonders of the world, and one of the most popular destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico. The Mayan site is definitely worth a visit, and although it can get horrendously busy, follow these tips and you’ll get the most out of your trip!