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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:31 PM
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ok, looks like we'll try to do this in progresson next week.

However, should i book something now (not so much with carnival, but with a tour guide) or do it alone by taxi? Im watching my money, but want a good time too. Does anyone know a good tour guide or company?

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We went there in 2005 and plan to probably go again on our cruise that leaves 1/26 from New Orleans on the Fantasy. IT is a really great experience and I highly recommend going. We did not get to see everything there we wanted to see, as the guide took the group around explaining everything, which takes a while but really explains what it was all about. We were not sorry we stayed with the tour, but it did limit the amt of time you had on your own. this time we will probably forgo most of the guided tour of the grounds and just explore on our own., as there is a lot to see.

The last time we booked through Carnival and were not sorry we did. It is a long ride there , I think it was about 4 hours round trip, so it takes most of the port time to see it.

i noted Carnival is cheaper this year for the excursion, I think it was listed at 65/per person, the last time we went it was 85/per person. We had a great tour guide on the bus, who gave us a lot of information.
Due to the time it takes to go, we are sticking with Carnival excursion
I know there are several guides that you can find on the internet, but I don't know anything about them

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We rented a car with another couple and went on our own. My husband speaks fluent Spanish, so that helped a lot. We had a map to use, but we followed the tour bus to Chichen Itza. We rent cars at most of the ports we go to, and luckily, haven't missed the ship yet.

If you can get the ship's excursion for $65 each, I think that is a fair price. At least, you will have the assurance that you won't be left by the ship if there are any problems.

Enjoy. You will find Chichen Itza amazing!!!

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If you can get the ship's excursion for $65 each, I think that is a fair price. At least, you will have the assurance that you won't be left by the ship if there are any problems.

Enjoy. You will find Chichen Itza amazing!!!

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I can second that. When in Progresso, I took the ship's tour to Uxmal but next time I'll see Chichen Itza. The ship's tour is likely your best option. Back in 2000 there really wasn't much to Progrsso and there were 2 options...take a ship tour or walk to village market. By the way, if you don't get the opportunity to see Chichen Itza but can see Uxmal....go for it. Uxmal is simply wonderful in its own way. The city of Merida is also worth a see.
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Unless you are familiar with traveling on your own in Mexico I would not do anything except the ship's tour.

We did it on our own in 2000 but used an air tour out of Cozumel. Chichen Itza is a long drive and I wouldn't risk returning late to the ship over some unforeseen breakdown or unknown taxi driver.

The price the ship is quoting is a fair price and even though you have to put up with the bus you will love Chichen Itza. It is a wonderful site and one I recommend for everyone.

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Just a side tip - if the weather is really hot, there is a small air-conditioned restaurant off of the main restaurant (or the one that has the most-used entrance). Its a good way to beat the heat if the kids need a break.
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If you go to Chichen Itza, take plenty of water and an umbrella. It is very hot. You will need the umbrella and the water. Also, do some research before you go. It is a very interesting site!

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I have been to Chichen Itza several times and it is fascinating. It is also very HOT, and a long trip from the coast. I would not go there other than via ship's tour. We are talking about hours on back roads through jungle. If everything goes perfectly, no problem, but a flat tire or other mechanical probelm could leave you stranded. Vehicles of all kinds are not maintained as well in Mexico as here in US. It is just too expensive for them to get parts...and a different culture. And, I've seen it happen twice where vehicles broke down on this excursion.
Not worth ruining the rest of the cruise to save a few bucks. Just MHO.
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For the adventurous types - there are other, well preserved ruins (oxymoronnic, I know) near. It's called Ek Balam. Not many people know of it. We stumbled upon the name while planning our visit to Chichinitza, did some research and decided to add it to the plan. It's not well marked but the locals know the name and will lead you to it. The carvings on the outside of the main pyramid really give you an idea of what the thing must have looked like when it was intact. I recently heard that the access to the top of Chichi is blocked so this might be a good alternative or a different trip for someone who's already been to Chichi.
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That is not an oxymoron. I am a well preserved ruin myself, so I should know!

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