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First Vacation to Mexico!!

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First Vacation to Mexico!!

Hi all!! My wife and I had just booked my first, her 2-3, to mexico. We are staying at SSS and we can't wait to go, checking these boards all day at work certainly doesn't help, 73 days and counting. We are planning on going to Chichen Itza while we are there and are looking for any recommendations on whether or not to book a tour or do it on our own. It seems like the trade off is the tour would take longer round trip and have a set schedule vs the diy tour might end up costing more. Thanks for any advice.

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1. Re: First Vacation to Mexico!!

Unless your wife has significant knowledge of the area, you may want to opt for the guided tour. ARe you planning on hiring a car, or are you using a shuttle to get you to/from your hotel?

Also, just a small side note, after visiting the ruins you will be unable to donate blood for one year after your visit. I don't know if this applies to you, but I work at the NIH and they refused me based on this travel experience. The area is listed in their data base as restricted due to possible maleria encounter.

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2. Re: First Vacation to Mexico!!

It may cost a little more but I doubt it, Hire cars are very cheap at the moment. It is a straight highway ride to the ruins all really well sign posted and you will have a much better time, hire your own personal guide when you get there adn get there early, it opens at 8am, The crowds start arriving at 10am

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3. Re: First Vacation to Mexico!!

I'm of the DIY school. Another plus is you can stop along the way at any of the neat villages, attractions, restaurants or crafts stores where you can pick up some really unique items.

Driving in Mex. is no problem.

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Friends of ours drove from Mexico City to the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda in PDC in almost one shot (takes around 20 hours!!), their first time in the country. They found the drive fine, so I'm sure you'd be fine hiring a car to go to the ruins.

I don't like guided tours as they don't give you freedom and flexibility, and my partner and I always seem to be first on and last off the coach picking up dozens of other people1 >-(

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5. Re: First Vacation to Mexico!!

Last year we hired a private guide. He picked us up at the resort at 7am. We did the ruins, swam in a cenote, and had a wonderful lunch at a local place in Valladolid. We got back to the resort about 7pm. It was a great day. He was up for anything we wanted to do, and very knowledgeable about the area. His name is Alberto Morales and you can contact him at:


I can't remember the exact price, but it was less than we would have paid on one of those huge tour buses. Everything was include in the price except drinks at lunch.

Hope you enjoy!

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Hello fellow Clevelander we go every year,we always book our tours through Apple vacations we have done,Xel-Ha twice,Mayan advernture,Ruins,X claret.WE also are going to the SSS in Oct.Yes I would say the reviews are up and down I sure hope its great,WE have never done a adult only this is our first the others have been family resorts and have been great!Have a great time and let us know how it was!!

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My wife and I just returned from a Yucatan vacation. Another post mentioned guide Alberto Morales. He was our guide to Chichen Itza and to the Sian Kaan reserve. If you can arranged a tour with him you won't be disappointed. He really made our trip worthwhile with his knowledge of the areas and his personality. He goes out of his way to make the trips enjoyable. He was working with Eco Colores tours for our trips. But he is a freelance guide as well and can custom tailor other trips around the Yucatan as well. He will not only be your guide but your friend. Well worth his fees. He can be reached at:


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Also you can hire a taxi for the day. we know all the area and will take you all the places you wana go and if you like like not so crowded places not so tourist, well we know our land.

the prices from the SSS to Chichen Itza including a visit to Valladolid and The Cenote Ikil http://www.cenoteikil.com/

is for up to 4 people $220 usd if you are up to 8 people we ahve a Chevrolet Express VAN for $400 usd

with no hurries, you managge your own time.

here is my mail if you need more info


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9. Re: First Vacation to Mexico!!

I'm a DYI guy too, but since this is your first time in Mexico, I would suggest using a tour. It's a long way to Chichen Itza and I just think you will be alot more relaxed.

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