The main reason for our visit to the Yucatan was to see the Mayan ruins. This experience was to be a once in a lifetime adventure. So I booked a private tour for two. Our guide Tony was very knowledgeable. On the 2 hour ride to Chichen Itza, Tony gave a lecture on the Mayan culture with very nice visual aids. We also learn to count in the Mayan system. What was especially nice is that we arrived at Chichen Itza before the tour buses arrived & thus had a better experience. Toward the end of our visit there the buses had arrived & people were pouring into the site. It reminded me of an ant mound with numerous large groups with their guides talking in various languages to their individual groups which brings a different energy, an unpleasant one in our opinion,to the site.
Then a refreshing dip in the Ik Kil cenote. Just awesome!
Then lunch at Taberna de Los Frailes at my request. Of course the lunch was at my expense. I had heard many good reviews of this restaurant & want to experience the yucatan cuisine. I am happy Mayan Explorers could accommodate my wishes.
The Ek Balam ruins are less developed & thus less crowded but just as impressive. We really enjoyed the tranquility & calm at this site.
And we managed to squeeze a little time at the city of Valladolid to see the murals in the city hall, the main plaza, a small museum & main Catholic church.
We were totally but pleasantly exhausted. We slept on the return journey from Valladolid to Playa del Carmen.
My friend & I received a life time memory of the Mayan ruins at a VERY reasonable cost IMHO!
And I don't want to leave out two thumbs up appreciation to Alphonse the driver who transported us safety throughout the day.
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