Another post asking for advice on a trip to the Yucatan!
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 8:26 AM Last Post By: montereyjack
Nov 1, 2012 12:34 PM
Another post asking for advice on a trip to the Yucatan!Hello!
My husband and I are flying into/out of Cancun 12/3-12/14. We plan to spend the first two days on the beach and then head out of town and backpack around at our own leisure.
Have you stayed in a cabana on the Caribbean Coast in Mexico that was not in the shadow of resort? Neither of us like be to be elbow to elbow with tourists. I’m not delusional; I know we are going to a super touristy area and we are tourists our selves.
We want to be on the beach and eat good local food. We are willing to spend more for this leg of the trip, due to higher prices at the beach. I am thinking $70 or less per night (which is WAY more than our usual $15 or less room while traveling!). We don’t mind a little dirt or a shared bathroom with cold showers and a compost toilet. We realize that insects are a fact of life.
Based on info that I have read we are leaning toward Tulum due to its gorgeous coastline and proximity to Sian Ka'an Biosphere and Coba. Any suggestions on where we should stay? I have contacted a few places that offer beach Cabanas that I found through this site, guidebooks, and other travel forums. Have you stayed at – Yoga Shala, Zazil-Kin, or Zahra? Any other ideas? I have contacted many other places, but the rates were either too high or I haven’t heard back from them yet.
Will we regret it if we skip Chichen Itza on this trip? While we we would love to visit each old Mayan city, there are many more Mayan ruins in the area to explore that seem much less crowded. The only other Mayan ruins we have visited is Tikal in Guatemala.
Given our limited time, do you suggest that we travel to Campeche (either the city and surrounding ruin
s and/or Becal)? After all we will be in Merida, so why not keep traveling…? We will be traveling by bus BTW.
Thank you so much! Message me if you want any suggestions for travel around Guatemala or Croatia, maybe I can help.
Nov 1, 2012 6:26 PM
1You are delusional, based on your budget, geography and time of year.
I spent three weeks in this area in January.
The coastline here is amazing.
Nothing like greeting the sunrise while in the water off these beaches.
A palm roofed primitive hut on/near the beach, once you struggle to find one, will run at least $75- $150 in the area you describe. No extra charge for insects, lizards, crabs. We went from place to place in the heat until we got one we could afford. "Good local food" is some of the most boring in Mexico.
Coba is relatively close and is excellent. Chichen is wonderful for the first two hours. Ek Balam, north of Valladolid, is worth the effort. A rental car helps greatly.
Campeche was a waste, but the ruins in the area were great.
You've seen one of the best since you've seen Tikal.
Nov 2, 2012 7:28 AM
2Thanks a lot for the reply! I appreciate your advice based on personal experience. Many places of information (mostly guidebooks) state that the beginning of December is the "low season", which is why I thought I would have more luck finding a cheaper place stay on the beach when we first arrive. It's cool though, I am leaning toward Tulum Pueblo for two nights now!
Nov 2, 2012 12:38 PM
3You are welcome. There are a place or two in Tulum town which are said to be reasonable.
Town is on a dusty highway, so noise can bother. You are about a half mile from the beach.
Might rent a bike to the beach. As I indicated, sunrise is great. I loved that beach and warm water.
The last place south of town open air grill did good huaraches, foot sized tostadas. Have fun!
Nov 3, 2012 12:09 PM
4Backpacking is still done You need to get to Tulum hotel Zone in early am and go from place to place checking the spots out and working on a good price. It can still be done but you wont find any place for $3 a night like it was 20 years ago. the beach is still wonderful and bring your own skeeter nets as the place is buggy.
Nov 28, 2012 7:29 AM
5Thank you for all your help!
I thought I would update as we are leaving in less than a week.
Day 1: Arrive in Cancun at 11am. Arrive in Tulum Pueblo by late afternoon. We reserved a room there for about $30 USD a night. Go to beach before dark.
Day 2: Tulum- Scuba Diving
Day 3; Tulum- Sian Ka'an biosphere
Day 4:Arrive in Xpujil early evening
Day 5: Xpujil - Calakmul and other ruins, bat cave...
Day 6: Leave for Campeche at around noon.
Day 7: Campeche
Day 8: Merida
Day 8: Merida
Day 9: Valladolid -
Day 10: Valladolid
Day 11: Plane departs at 3:45pm.
Mostly the trip is loose. We may spend more/less days in Campeche, Merida, or Valladolid. Perhaps skip one all together. We will do day trips as well.
If anyone is reading this: What do you think about the itinerary?
Another thing: We are planning to take a bus around. BUT are tempted to rent a car from Cancun. We however are on a tight budget. We can rent an economy car with Budget car rentals with Southwest frequent flyer miles. This means that we can't look at it first! Which makes me nervous! Also I am not sure if additional insurance, gas money, tolls, etc will add up to be quite a bit more than taking a bus everywhere for two people. Input?
Nov 28, 2012 8:26 AM
(4 star Hotel)
From US$70.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$92.59 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$82.49 per night