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Cancun - Climbing Pyramids

We stayed at a resort just South of Cancun and rented a car so was easy to do excursions every day.  One ambitious loop was to see the Mayan ruins in the area.  Everybody talks about Chichen Itza which is good but we like other much better.

The toll road from Cancun was crazy expensive.  It cost $26!  But it made the 1,5 hour drive to Ek Balam easy.  Ek Balam was inexpensive and was our favorite pyramid.  Of our four stops, only two let you climb the ruins and this was one of them.

Chichen Itza was another half hour further from Cancun.  It is a large area to walk and crazy full of venders.  The Pyramid was the best looking but eight years ago they stopped letting tourist climb it.  We were told that tourists had started carving their initials in the stones.

We spent the night (will add the hotel to this posting later) then headed South to Coba.  On the way, we swam in the Zaci Cenote, an underground lake.   It cost almost nothing and the water wasn't as cold as I had feared.  It was pleasant but deep.  If you go there bring a float.

The Coba pyramid was the second one that we climbed.  It was a long walk, 2 kilometers from the parking lot so we rented bicycles for $4 each.  Peddling through the jungle made the adventure that much more fun.  For a little extra, you can pay the locals to pedal for you.

Our last stop was at Tulum.  It is a two hour drive on the coastal highway south of Cancun.  It is very easy to get to.  If you go past the exit to the ruin to the next intersection, you can tale a left and get to the public beach.  The parking along this stretch is free.  And you have a terrific beach to enjoy after walking the runs.

There is no big pyramid and you can't climb on the ruins. There are iguanas everywhere.  If you nt to feed them, they like bananas.  It is a small area set on a clif overlooking a scenic beach so wear your bathing suit.  I didn't see a place to change inside the ruins.  This stop would par nicely with an evening walking "5th Street" in Playa De Carmen.

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Cancun - Climbing Pyramids


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