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4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

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4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

Last minute trip next month. Looking at 6 nights in Cozumel then early morning rental car pickup in Cancun. We then have 4 nights plus most of day 5 (our flight departs Cancun at 8pm). Thinking of this but have only done a small amount of research

- pick up car in Cancun; drive to Uxmal; stay 2 nights. See Uxmal (and Merida? Other ruins?)

- drive to Chichen Itza: (Merida on the way?) stay 2 nights near ruins; time for Vallofolid?

- leave early day 5 morning. Drive to cancun via Tulum - coba?

We don't mind long drives which is why I am thinking of going to Uxmal the first day.

Suggestions/comments appreciated.

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1. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

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2. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

You might want to consider taking the ADO bus to Merida, stay there and then renting a car. On your first full day in Merida go to Uxmal then back. On second day explore Merida. On the third day do Chichen Itza (get there at 8 am) in the morning then off to the ruins at Ek Balam and back to Merida. On the 4th day relax and do things in and around Merida. Finally, take the ADO bus back to Cancun for your flight out. Of course you can do all this by skipping the bus and renting a car but the ADO bus is very easy to do and will save a lot of boring driving. Have a great trip.

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3. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

Thank you. We like to drive. Will look at the other ruins you suggest.

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4. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

Yes, definitely see Ek Balam if you have a car and are up that way. Also consider stopping by Izamal (between Merida and Vallodolid) for the bright yellow convent built on top of a Mayan pyramid, as many colonial buildings were. There were also a couple of partially excavated ruins around town that you basically just stumbled upon. Very cool.

Coba is just off the road. Not my favourite ruin, but you drive right past it on your way to Tulum, so it's easy to stop and see.

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5. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

OK - I took a night from Cozumel and added it to the Peninsula. Still considering the same basic itinerary but added the extra night at the beginning.......

- pick up car in Cancun; drive to Uxmal; stay 3 nights. See Uxmal (and Merida? Other ruins?)

- drive to Chichen Itza: (Merida on the way?) stay 2 nights near ruins; time for Vallofolid?

- leave early day 6 morning. Drive to cancun via Tulum - coba?

Have booked the Hacienda Chichen Itza so we have early morning access to the ruins - any other suggestions as it's a little pricey?

Thanks!

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6. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

My final itinerary

Day 1 - depart Cozumel by ferry - pick up rental car near ferry dock approx 11:00am - drive to Hacienda Uxmal (0.5 miles from site)

Day 2 - visit Uxmal (arriving early to the site)

Day 3 - drive Ruta Puuc

Day 4 - depart early AM and drive to Hacienda Chichen Itza (10 minutes from site) arriving by noon. Afternoon drive to Valladodid and Ek Balam

Day 5 - early morning visit to Chichen Itza

Day 6 - drive to Cancun airport for 6pm car drop off - drive by Tulum?

Thanks everyone for your help!

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7. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

Good itinerary. A shame to miss Merida, in my opinion , but not enough time. And Merida deserves much more than a quick visit.

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8. Re: 4 night Yucatan ruins itinerary help pls

Thanks! Merida will definitely be another trip - this one was last minute and mainly to dive but we wanted to add a taste of the Peninsula.

I'll be posting separately for Cozumel restaurant suggestions - staying at the Coral Princess.

Have a question about driving routes - Google Maps has two routes from Playa del Carmen to Uxmal - one via 180 and the other to the south via Tulum and then 307/184. Any opinions either way?

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