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Touring Chichen Itza??

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Touring Chichen Itza??

Anyone planning to do a day tour of Chichen Itza this summer might consider spending the night close to the ruins. The Hacienda Chichen is a wonderful place with nice spa, big pool, tropical jungle setting, just 10 minute walk from the ruins.

It's great to get up early and see the ruins with only a hand full of other people around. Awesome. And this particular historic hacienda also runs a program for the local Mayan people who are all now hurting financially -- as are all the folks on the peninsula -- because of the slowdown in tourism. Some good deals offered at this place and others.

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1. Re: Touring Chichen Itza??

I agree, the best way to see Chichen Itza is to spend the night and go when they first open. We have done this and stayed at the Mayaland (very enjoyable stay).

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If you do stay at the Mayaland, you can ask about a horse back tour of "Old Chichen Itza". They were the only tour still giving tours of Old Chichen Itza

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Yes, there are other activities...good enough easily for a 2 or 3 day stay. Visit the close-by cenotes for a swim, horseback riding thru Mayaland, and also the Hacienda Chichen offers an early morning & late afternoon bird watching tour that's great. We saw a couple of parrots up close, lots of flycatchers, some vultures, and a painted bunting -- beautiful. Also, the organic gardens tour at the hacienda is quite nice with the varieties of bananas, the "chewing gum" tree, and some unusual plants.

Mayaland is very nice, but this is also where all the day tour buses park and there can be lots of people here. Hacienda Chichen, on the other hand, is much quieter with rooms in historic cottages. Either way, it's worth spending an overnight at Chichen.

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Don't forget -- Valladolid, Ek-Balam, Nuevo Durango, Yaxunah, and Coba are all within striking distance (by cab or rental) of Chichen Itza. Staying there for a couple of days is not at all unrealistic...

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