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Ideas for our 2 weeks in Mexico over the Festive Season?

Ideas for our 2 weeks in Mexico over the Festive Season?

Old Oct 13th, 2016, 05:27 PM
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Yucatan: "But we would obviously fly in either to Cancun or Merida I suppose, and try and see Valladolid, Chicken Itza, Merida, the Ruta Puuc (would this be more or less just a 1 day trip), Campeche, Calakmul, Chetumal, Tulum, Palenque - would this be too much for a fortnight ... San Cristobal de Las Casas?"

WAY too much for 2 weeks, IMO!!! That trip would take more like 3 weeks if (and only if) you are willing to move at a very rapid pace and have an extremely detailed advance plan. Consider marking things out on a calendar, along with time for transportation. The problems should become clear fairly quickly.

The Ruta Puuc generally requires 2 days and a car for that particular segment. Everything else can be done by bus.

I've been to all of these places except Cancun and Chetumal, and thought them all worth seeing -- but that means giving yourself enough time to actually, well, see them! ;-)
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Old Oct 14th, 2016, 05:30 AM
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Thanks kja, I am not really a mindless traveller, I do like to rather relax in a place spending a good amount of time there, it is crazy we are only doing a 2 week stop this time, even 3 weeks seems stupidly short, but needs must, my daughter's uptight job, an American bank!

I want to spend time in Valladolid and Merida, despite the heat, as I like colonial cities, and then also want to see the ruins.

I realise I shall have to book places around christmas and the holidays and in the bigger cities but do you all think I can leave some places unbooked and just find a place when I arrive?
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Old Oct 14th, 2016, 08:20 AM
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Not sure what you consider heat or too hot but our usual temps here in Merida are what I consider pleasant 80sF during the day and 60s at night. We always have a nice breeze. Flying out of Merida to DF (Mex City) is easy and inexpensive. Merida airport is less than 15 minutes outside the city.The flights are a bit more than an hour. Flights book up quickly - more so at that time of year with tourists, students and people coming to see family. Xmas is a big deal in Mx.

The logistics form Vallaladid will be more complicated as you'll have to go to CUN or to Merida to fly out. Merida is a bigger city with a colonial center. There's tons to do and see here and in the surrounding areas. You can very easily do many day trips to ruins, nature preserves, theocean, caves, plantations/haciendas, Valladolid, etc etc as day trips from Merida. There's also many very good restaurants, entertainment, musuems, etc in Merida.
As for booking at Xmas - I'd get to it if that's your plan as things are booking up. My rentals have been booked for awhile.

In regards to San Cristobal - it's a small and quite lovely city but the logistics of getting there will be a bit more complicated. It's doable, though. It will also be very cold there at that time of the year. With good planning you can take day trips from S Crist but many things are a bit of a distance and sometimes require an overnight.
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Old Oct 14th, 2016, 07:30 PM
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With your time frame, I think you should be easily able to see Valladolid and Merida, various nearby ruins, and -- depending on your priorities and pace -- a few nearby places. With those two delightful colonial cities, you might also onsider a stop in Izamal. You might be able to visit Campeche -- another delightful colonial city, but with a decidedly different character (at least IMO). Again, I think you need to decide what you want to see -- including which ruins, for which you will (of course) need daylight. (You can check sunrise and sunset times at dayanddate.com)

I don't know how easy / hard it would be to find lodging at the last minute. Two things to consider:
- In Valladolid, you might want to stay (and dine) at El Meson del Marques, and because that is a very well regarded hotel, I would think you would want a reservation.
- if you do rent a car to visit the Ruta Puuc, you might want to book one of two lovely small B&Bs in advance, the Flycatcher Inn or the Pickled Onion.
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Old Oct 16th, 2016, 10:29 AM
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Hello all, just to let you know that we have booked flights to Merida for the morning of the 24th December (spending the night we fly in from UK 23rd at the Sheraton place in Zona Roma). We are spending 3 nights in Merida at Ibis (£66 for the 3 nights, at the present rate that's just about $66!!) - got a good deal, don't mind Ibis, they are compact rooms but well designed, good ergonomics, normally not this cheap. haha! Now need to plan and book further.
Thank you so much for all your help!
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Old Nov 7th, 2016, 07:49 AM
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El Repollo Rojo, Puerto Vallarta has as good "Oaxacan" food that you will find anywhere.
Lots of great Mexican food in PV along with almost every other nationality.
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