10 Best Riviera Maya Excursions, Tours, and Activities Explore Mayan Ruins. Dive into a Cenote. Visit Tulum . Road trip to Valladolid. Stay in Playa Del Carmen. Eco tours in Xel Ha, Xcaret , Xplor, and Xenses Parks. See the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Explore Cozumel.
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.
Tulum is a must visit. 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.
3) Pack your pesos when visiting Chichen Itza The Chichén Itzá entrance fee is 232 pesos for adults (about $13 USD), and in true Mexican fashion there’s a good chance the credit card machine won’t be working… oh, and they only accept pesos.
Water safety while around the sea and in the Riviera Maya The reef can be over 500 meters from shore and swimming out that far is not recommended. The sea has a mind of its own. Water safety is just prudent and good safety measures. Millions of people enjoy the water all year round, but water safety is important….
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 .
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).
If you have the time to stay in Tulum rather than visiting on a day trip, then it’s worth going . The ecological practices of Tulum’s hotels are worth supporting, and staying on-site will allow visitors to beat the overwhelming crowds at the Mayan ruins.
The pyramids and temples are common at most of the ancient Mayan sites around Yucatan and Quintana Roo but to prevent injury and damage to them many are roped off and you can ‘t climb . There are though 3 that you can climb . Coba, Uxmal and one in Izamal.
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!
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 pick-up time depends on where you ‘re located, but in general expect about a 2 to 3 hour ride to Chichen Itza . Once there, you ‘ll have anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours with a guide (presuming you go on a guided tour) plus approximately one-hour free time .