What an adventure we had traveling to Chichen-Itza in 2012, our first family vacation to the Cancun/Riviera Maya area. We were staying in Cancun at the time, and decided to rent a car, visiting the ancient ruins of Chichen-Itza, Coba, and Tulum all in the same day . Some people advise against this, but if you’re adventurous and able to get an early start, I say go for it. Just make sure to bring a lot of water, snacks, sunscreen, and something to keep the sun off your face.
We preferred to do this tour on our own, as we wanted to start our day very early and do the driving and touring while it was relatively mild in temperature. Once you hit midday, the sun and heat can be excessive, making for a very unpleasant experience. We also wanted to be completely independent and on our own timetable, not bunched in with a large tour.
Upon arrival, you have the option of hiring a guide or doing a self-guided tour. If you choose to do the latter, make sure you do a little research prior to arriving at Chichen Itza, as your experience will be much richer. And if you do plan to head to Coba and Tulum, make sure to stop in Vallodolid for lunch. It is a quaint little town along the way that you will not want to miss. It was fascinating getting to visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World! The only negative experience we encountered was having our phone stolen by the man at the ticket booth…but thankfully, we were able to let that go and enjoy the day.
This photo was taken courtesy of my junior photographer, Mikayla!