he Mayan ruins were the main reason, why we wanted to visit Yucatan in the first place ... Our plan was to visit Tikal ruins in Guatemala as well, but we ran out of time.
I remember the road to Chitzen Itza was brand new, so the driving itself was a pleasure and good weather was a bonus.
There is a big parking area at the entrance, so everything is well organized. I must say, I was a little dissapointed, not that I didn't expect the crowds and the stands, but anyway it seemed too much commercially oriented. Although, the place itself looks stunning and it is definitely worth visiting. Be prepaired to wait a while at the entrance.
ancun served us more like a starting point from where we traveled across the Yucatan Peninsula. I will never forget the colour of the sea and white sand between my toes. The beach is simply gorgeous. We stayed in Cancun just for three nights and honestly most of the days we were on the road. We rented a car right at the airport at our arrival, because we planned to visit the surrounding areas. One day we went scuba diving near Isla Mujeres (this one was totally unplanned), the second day we headed toward Holbox island and we stayed there for one night. The third day we visited Valladolid and Chichen Itza, but unfortunatelly we didn't make it to Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan and the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula. The one thing I regret not seeing: Las Coloradas on the northern part of Yucatan. If possible, make sure you go there, because on photos it looks exceptional.
ulum has many great accommodation facilities to offer in order to spend your vacation. Because we generally prefer smaller boutique hotels, we anchored at Live Tulum Hotel and we were more than satisfied. This condo hotel is situated in the center of Tulum, which means it is about 3 km from the beach. There are nine suites, altogether eighteen rooms, all of them very tastefully designed. We got the last suite by the pool and it has proven to be the best option, because it offered total privacy. Every other suite also had its own exit to the pool, but this one was the last one in line, so there were practically no 'neighbours'. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, too. There was also access to free WiFi in all the rooms and in the lobby. The buffet breakfast was simply delicious.
olbox was a blast from the moment we stepped out off the boat at our arrival. We found it on Google before we left home and thought it looked different and special. Holbox island turned out to be the very best thing we have experienced in Yucatan. I still have sweet 'nightmares' of all those colourful hammocks, knitted umbrellas, golf carts and stray dogs.