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“Great Experience and still leaves time to explore Progreso”

Dzibilchaltun Ruins
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Dzibilchaltun Ruins Tour and Progreso Beach Break from Merida
Ranked #8 of 123 things to do in Merida
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

My family and took the tour with AutoProgreso to Dzibilchaltun Ruins. We inquired on line before leaving on our trip aboard the Carnival Triumph. We corresponded by email with Guadalupe but exchange no money. We were told to meet her by the Auto Progressive tour booth in Progresso at 11am. We got off the ship early had plenty of time to check out the city then arrived at the tour booth. Guadalupe met us at the bus had our name on a poster card reserving our space. Nice bus ride over to the ruins was narrated by the guide who shared information about the history of the ruins. We arrived at the site. We did have to check our large back pack. The museum was closed because it was Monday but there were a few small shops open. We had the choice to stay with the guide or explore on our own. We chose to stay with the guide who went into more details about the specific buildings there are a lot of structures on the sight that you can explore we were then given time to tour on our own for about 2 hours. My kids swam in the cenote for about 45min we then walked over to the temple of the seven dolls. Then back on the bus. On they way home they give you the choice to be dropped off at the beach or back directly at the ship terminal. (There are shops there too) Everyone on our bus wanted to go back to the ship terminal.

Book this trip directly with AutoProgreso And save tons of money! This is the same trip you book through the cruise ship with the same company. Only difference is that the cruise ship tour leaves at 9am and the private tour leaves at 11am both last the same amount of time.

3  Thank TexasGirl1173
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Worth the side trip. It is very peaceful and quiet. The Cenote was crystal clear blue. However, DO NOT GO WITHOUT BUG REPELENT... OH MY LORD. Mosquitos just relentless.

1  Thank Gracedelg
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is an extraordinary ruin. It is not as grand as ChichenItza or Uxmal but, for me, it is far superior. The main temple is at the far end of the road. It can be brutally hot so a hat is a good idea. Also bring or buy water. You are still allowed to climb to the top of the pyramid, unlike many of the other sites in the Yucatan. It's a wonderful building with windows on every side that can tell you the time of day, season, year ... it's amazing.

As you continue through the rest of the excavated site, you come to one of the oldest (if not the oldest) Catholic churches built in the New World, using the stones from the dismantled pyramids, of course. Just beyond the church and several other pyramids is the cenote. You can walk in at one end and be at 144 feet plus at the other end. It's covered in lily pads but you can still swim in it. The water is the most perfect temperature and the little fish nibbling on your toes is an amazing sensation! The cenote also seems to draw amazing birds ... a yellow one and a stunning turquoise one (wish I was a birder ... no idea what they were!).

Probably my favorite part of Dzibilchaltun is the unexcavated ruins beyond the cenote. You can see what a daunting task it is to recover these ruins from the jungle. I also enjoyed the small museum on site.

I consider this a must-see attraction in the Merida area. Don't miss it ...

4  Thank KarynSpokane
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We went to Progreso in the Yucatan Peninsula via the Carnival cruise ship Elation. Once we arrived at the port we took a Autoprogresso tour bus (it was half the price of the cruise ship excursion, it was air conditioned, and had a very good tour guide named Diego) to the Ruins. Once we arrived our tour guide gave us some information about what we were looking at. Then we had the opportunity to look at the ruins on our own as well as swim in the Cenote Xlakah, a fresh water swim hole. It is very shallow on one end and goes down over 140 feet on the other. There is also some little fish that come up and nibble on your feet, very neat. The water is extraordinarily clear. The ruins were awesome. This is the only one we have every seen and I know that there are ones that are much larger but it was perfect for us. There were several different ones to see. There was a chapel, the temple of the seven dolls, and two other large structures as well as some smaller ones. Very impressive and we even got to climb up on two of the bigger structures. The kids really enjoyed being able to climb and explore the ruins. There was also a museum to visit one your are done with the ruins. It was very nice but none of the items were written in English so it was a little hard to tell exactly what we were looking at sometimes. But that would be my only complaint about this attraction. I would highly recommend for couples or families. Also, take note that even though we were here in February it was still very hot. We forgot our sunscreen and got a little burnt. And, they don't let you take in large backpacks or bags. So I would suggest an over-sized purse that you can fit a few things in... like sunscreen. Have fun!

1  Thank Jaime W
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Though less restored and impressive than Chichen Itza or Uxmal, it is also less crowded , and thankfully free of the tacky stands selling supposedly locally made goods. Even on cruise ship day, it was easy to tour. it was well worth the time spent there.

2  Thank Don W
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