In about ten days (Jan 9-10), I’ll visit Merida, which I mainly use as a camp to visit Maya ruins in Chichen Itza and Uxmal. Very excited about it :-) Because I don’t speak Spanish, I worry a bit about traveling to the sites by public transportation. I hope any who had experiences in the town may answer my concerns. Appreciate any advice or suggestion.
(1) Do bus station staffs speak English at all? Or are there likely to be other English-speaking tourists who I can turn to for help? I would like to take bus if I can make myself on board without speaking Spanish :-)
(2) Does anyone know bus schedule from Merida to Uxmal and Chichen Itza? I checked at the ticketbus website but always got error message for Chichen Itza and couldn’t even find the destination of Uxmal.
(3) Are guided tours offered by hotel any good? Hotel Dolores Alba, where I'll stay during the visit, lists a few tours. Below is an example:
UXMAL & KABAH (Price $ 250 pesos p/p)*****> Starts from the hotel lobby at 9 AM, Visit to Uxmal, Visit to Kabah, stop at a restaurant for lunch, return to the hotel at 4 PM. The price includes transportation and guide service. Lunch and Admission Fees (Uxmal 95 pesos, Kabah 29 pesos) to parks are NOT Included.
My main concern is that some (unprofessional) guides spend lots of time bringing tourists to shop while only leaving limited time on sites. Did anyone do such type of tour or have comments on them?
Thanks. Wish everyone happy New Year!