My 13 yr old daughter and I have been to Coba, Tulum, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Ek Balam was our favorite because you could climb, touch and go into the structures. Plus Ek Balam is not crowded at all, there seemed to be a lot more shade and there were only a few vendors selling souvenirs. At Chichen Itza all the structures are roped off so you can't even touch them, it is so crowded, there seems to be hundreds of vendors trying to sell you stuff and there is not much shade. Chichen Itza is still worth going to but we just really enjoyed Ek Balam so much more. We used a tour company, Mayan Explorers in Playa del Carmen and went to all four of the above mentioned mayan sites plus snorkeling and going to cenotes.
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