In January of 2010, Mark and I decided to do an overnight trip from Playa del Carmen in order to see some of the ruins. This was a great way to experience the ruins, as well as some of the other sights along the way. We decided to rent a car for the trip, which we normally don't like to do. We prefer to let others negotiate the crazy Mexican traffic for us. But this gave us the most flexibility, which we needed in order to do everything that we wanted to do. The best tool we had to plan our trip was the Mayan Aventures map set from Mapchick maps. These are the best guides to the area that you will ever find - we can't live without them. And we certainly wouldn't have set off on our own on this trip without their expertise.
We decided to visit the ruins of Coba and Ek Balam, even though we have not yet visited the grandaddy of them all, Chichen Itza. You can still climb the great pyramids at Coba and Ek Balam, but who knows for how long? So we thought it would be best to visit these now. CI isn't likely to change much over the next few years so we can always visit there. This turned out to be a great decision.
We started out by spending the night in Tulum the night before our adventure started, just to be sure that we were early to the ruins the next morning. We found a charming boutique hotel in Tulum that we absolutely recommend, the Secret Garden Hotel! It was only $20usd per night with lovely owners. It was new and this was indeed a bargain. Their prices are up some from 2010, but this is still a charming and great value hotel for a night or two in Tulum.
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