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Beyond the Resort: Explore Ancient Mayan Ruins in Mexico

If you’re anything like me, you probably get antsy when you’re doing nothing but laying out on the beach all day. When I travel, I like to explore and learn about the country I’m visiting. And so, I made it a priority to visit two very important sites while I was staying at the El Dorado Royale Casitas on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. We booked our day trips through Lomas Travel, located on the resort’s property. The tour company was wonderful and timely, ensuring that my sister and I had a smooth experience.

We visited the Tulum Ruins and one of the 7 New World Wonders, Chichén Itza.

Tulum Ruins
Tulum is located about an hour away from the Riviera Maya and is absolutely stunning. The ruins overlook a gorgeous beach, pristine beach which allows for swimming. Tip: there are no bathrooms and food/drink is not allowed past the ruin gates.

This is the perfect place to explore ruins and cool down afterwards by taking a dip in the Caribbean ocean.

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Chichén Itza
Although Chichén Itza is about a 3 hour drive from Playa del Carmen, it’s absolutely worth the trip. It’s no surprise that this majestic site was named a 7th Wonder of the World in 2007. The ruins are quite mysterious and you can feel a strong presence while exploring. Tip: don’t forget to clap when standing in front of the site, you’ll hear an interesting, yet chilling echo coming from the top of the ruins called quetzal bird!

We decided to wake up early to avoid the crowds (7:30am to be exact), only to discover that we had about 30 minutes until the tourists came rushing in. It’s important to note that the temperature gets very hot once noon rolls around so pack extra sunscreen!

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Alas, after a long afternoon of exploring the ancient ruins, stop by Il Kil cenote to cool off. This gorgeous cenote is just a 5 minute drive from Chichén Itza. You’ll find cenote after cenote but Ik Kil is one of the most beautiful sink holes in the Yucatan peninsula, located about 85 feet below ground level.

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I was invited as a guest by Karisma Hotels. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. As always, all opinions are my own.

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