We went to Dzibichaltun as our primary activity from a cruise ship stop in February 2013. We got off the ship around 8 am and the tour, which we had prepaid for in advance through autoprogreso, did not begin until 11 am, so we spent the morning in Progreso. This was probably the most disappointing part of our stop, as Progreso is not too extensively developed for tourism and we did not have much to do besides walk around town, with many parts of town being run down and the vendors being quite pushy. On our next trip, we plan to go to Chichen Itza because the tour takes the whole day and we enjoyed Dziblchaltun.
The ruins are well maintained and there are a few nice gardens leading up to the ruins. We walked around the primary site after our guide gave us a 20 minute talk on the history of the area. The cenote was beautiful and we wished we had brought bathing suits and towels. We did spend some time walking down to the Temple of the Seven Dolls which was as impressive as the rest of the site, and we were glad we took the time to make the walk. We went to visit on a Monday, so the Museam was closed, but there were shops open. I had pesos from going to an ATM in town and I had no problem using them to buy soda and souveniers here, and my husband also used American dollars. The vendors here are polite and not pushy and have some cute little items at reasonable prices. All together, this trip including the 20 minute drive each way lasted about 3 hours. I paid $29 per person online in advance, and the trip was well worth it. We probably spent another $20 in souveniers and snacks, all reasonably priced.
It is good to note they do not allow large bags in the ruins themselves, so they told us we could use a locker at the restroom area or leave our large bags on our bus. Luckily, I had bought a very small purse in town, so I grabbed my credit cards, cash and IDs and threw them in there and left everything else on the bus.
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