We will be staying at the Iberostar Maya next week and I am contemplating a day trip to Chichen Itza. I am hoping some folks can help me with a couple of questions.
a) Obviously - Chichen Itza is awesome - but is is also a bit of a haul (2.5 hours I think). How does it compare to the closer ruins (e.g. Coba Mayan Village)?
b) I am leery of a group excursion because I have read that you can waste tons of time on the bus (picking people up at other resorts - stopping for trinkets). Is ti feasible to arrange private transport (cab?) and hire a guide on site?