Chichen Itza now is a world famous attraction in Mexico, thousands of tourists are visiting this amazing site every year, this numbers are growing every year and traveling from top destinations like Cancun & Riviera Maya, is a trip by bus or car of 3 1/2 hours to this incredible site. But nevertheless, the experience couldn’t be the one you expect, visiting a Mayan city in the deep of the jungle. Now there are many small handicraft stores where locals try to sell you the same thing every 2 meters all around the site, plus if you are lucky to be there one crowded day, for sure will affect you experience.
Don’t get me wrong, visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza is a must do if you have vacations in Cancun, Riviera Maya or Yucatan and there is reason that now is one of the seven world wonders of the world, but consider this facts to plan your trip and get the best experience, either do it by your self or booking a tour with the local experts.
On the other hand the experience at Uxmal is way to different, here there are no crowded days, handicraft stores or locals selling thinks, but the trip will take you close to 5 hours from top destinations an 1 hour from Merida Yucatan.
How I can describe Uxmal, probably the main keywords are beautiful ancient city, the design of the city is gorgeous, here you don’t need to walk long distances to get in to the main pyramids and climb most of them.The history and legends are awesome don’t hesitate to pay for a guided tour, it worth every penny. And one of the main characteristics is that you can take amazing photos all over the city, the position of the mayan buildings makes this place ideal for a photo shooting that you will remember forever, here you can relax beside the ruins and enjoy the sounds of the jungle, be ready to observe beautiful and colorful birds, also other wildlife if you are lucky. Don’t forget to full charge you battery camera!