Hi all. My dh & I are going on our 1st cruise 11/12-11/17. We have the excursion booked for Cozumel but we aren't sure what to do in Progresso. What I wanted to do was the Mayan overview & shopping excursion but they leave @ 7:00am!!! Come on, it's vacation. No way am I going to be up & ready by 7:00am! Anyway, for those that have been there....can we just walk to the shopping area? Can we take in the culture on our own???
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Chichen Itza the most famous Mayan city ruins are an ideal shore excursion. When there I took a shore excursion to Uxmal which is considered the most lovely Mayan site. The tour also stopped at Merida which is the "real" Mexico. 8)
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We took the bus tour to Meridia and really enjoyed it. This ancient town is rich in Mayan/Spanish culture. The beach is also right at the end of the 5 mile pier and many folks just took the bus there. It's not as nice as some other Caribbean beaches, but it'll do.
If you want to just do your own thing, you can take the free shuttle into Progreso. It will drop you off at a market area. The beach is several blocks from there. There are also restaurants and bars along the street right by the beach. There are tables on the beach, and waiters will come see what or if you want to order something.
If you like history and culture, take an excursion to Chichen Itza. It was recently placed on the 7 Wonders of the World list and is an amazing place to visit. It takes about 2 hours by bus to get there, but is worth the time and effort.
You could also take an excursion into Merida. We have rented a car and driven into Merida. We went to the town square in the old part of Merida. It was surrounded by many historical and beautiful old buildings.
When we visited the first time, we opted for the Dzbilchaltun ruins. Not nearly as far as Chichen Itza, but a beautiful Mayan ruin. They have a small museum with some very interesting artifacts and stone carvings. They have a beautiful freshwater cenote (sinkhole) that is deep and clear - you can take a dip if you like. Progreso is full of culture, and if too much culture at once scares you....take an excursion rather than on your own. We wandered down some streets after veering away from the shopping area and ended up in a local market of some sort. Very few tourists, and few things catered to tourists. If that's your cup of tea....go for it! We encountered lots of friendly locals. It's vastly unspoiled, I think the only visitors are from cruise lines. It's very rustic...I found myself feeling very much like one of the hosts on those travel shows where they visit out of the way places. The Corona beach break is nice too, we enjoyed that on another cruise as well. Have a great time!!!
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When we visited the first time, we opted for the Dzbilchaltun ruins. Not nearly as far as Chichen Itza, but a beautiful Mayan ruin.
We also went to Dz! It was only about 20 minutes away. Since dh speaks fluent Spanish, we felt comfortable finding transporation on our own at the dock. We were able to get a fellow to take all 8 of us in his small bus for $60. The ruins were great, although my younger kids wanted to leave earlier than the older ones! Guess Camp Carnival beats those old ruins ANY day!
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