Please help with my Yucatan itinerary

Apr 21st, 2017, 12:17 PM
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Near Uxmal, we stayed at the Pickled Onion and loved it. It's one of my favorite places that I have stayed. We talked to people who stayed at the Flycatcher as well - they came over to the Pickled Onion for dinner - and they all had good things to say about the Flycatcher. It seems both are great choices.
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Apr 21st, 2017, 04:08 PM
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I'm not familiar with The Flycatcher but am with The Pickled Onion. It's a nice place with a nice pool. Their avocado soup is delicious.
That said, Uxmal isn't all that far from Merida and Merida will give you many more opportunities to do things at night. You may or may not care about that.
As for tours, car & driver referrals. I only know of the ones I hear about on FB. My tenants have always been happy with them. You can also find many once you get into town by asking at your hotel.
In regards to going to the beach I'm not sure if you do want to go by your OP. Perhaps you decided that you should see some water while you're next to the Caribbean. I don't blame you.
You also mentioned looking for place under 100. That doesn't get you anything too nice in Cancun or Tulum unless you go to the pueblo.
You may want to check out Akumel. It's less costly than Tulum You can Uber down to Akumel from Cancun or take a bus. Playa del Carmen is also a bit closer to Coba than Cancun if you have your heart set on it.
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Apr 21st, 2017, 05:24 PM
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Yes, the Santa Elena area is very quiet - not much at all to do at night. The big evening activities for us were dinner followed by drinks on the patio while looking at stars, and then early to bed because the roosters were up early so everyone else was too! LOL. We stayed there for 3 nights after spending 5 nights in Merida, which was a nice contrast.
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Apr 21st, 2017, 05:35 PM
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If one quiet night is one too many, then don't spend a night near Uxmal. ;-) If a quiet night is acceptable, staying near Uxmal -- with transportation -- would give you a chance to see much more of the Ruta Puuc, and to do so at your own pace. No right or wrong answers, IMO, just different preferences for travel.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 10:27 AM
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" I was thinking of staying a few nights in the centro area. I will research Puerto Morelas"

There is really no reason to stay in Cancun, even the pueblo, on a limited time vacation, when there are much nicer places to spend your time. For cities, explore Interesting Valladolid and Merida.

Puerto Morelos (the locals live across the highway, and there is really no longer a fishing village feel, just condos/hotels) is a good place for a last night before a flight out, as is livelier Playa del Carmen (cheap shopping, clubs with great Cuban music, but also offers of drugs all along 5th and rocky/coral beach), but neither is as good as Tulum for spending time in town or on the beach IMO.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 11:59 AM
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Shelley,I've sent an email asking for the airbnb info.

At Coba, for a few bucks, rent a bike (right inside the main gate) to get around.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 12:33 PM
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Thank you, sf7307. And thanks to everyone else who has given me such helpful information. I know my trip will be so much better than it would have been had I not had the benefit of your input.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 01:36 PM
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Here's the text of her email:

These german guys have a bunch of places designed for Airbnb - they are great

and here's the link

If that doesn't work email me at the same name at gmail and I'll forward the email to you.
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May 5th, 2017, 04:29 PM
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After some extensive research I've planned our 16 days in the Yucatan: 3 nights in Tulum, 3 nights Valladolid, 7 nights in Merida, and 3 nights in Campeche. We would then fly to Mexico City and stay 7-10 days.

My next dilemma is where to go from Mexico City in order to extend our winter vacation. I am considering flying to Oaxaca and staying 5 nights or busing to Guanajuato and staying 7 nights visiting SMA and Hidalgo as well as Guanajuato. Opinions are welcome as to which destination would make a better and more varied trip re scenery and sights.
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May 5th, 2017, 05:17 PM
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I think 7 nights in Merida is too much, unless several of those days are spent out of town, say at Uxmal, ruta Puuc, etc.

I think the mountain cities around Guanajuato would offer a greater contrast to the Yucatan -- but I say that reluctantly, since Oaxaca is one of my favorite cities.
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May 6th, 2017, 04:12 AM
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I was originally going to spend 5 days in Merida, but that would have had me there Monday through Friday and someone said that we should try to be in Merida for the weekend music and street closings. Therefore I added Saturday and Sunday, though in resrospect, I may leave on Sunday afternoon for Campeche, giving me 6 nights in Merida. We did plan to leave the city for a day trip to Uxmal and Kabah.
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May 6th, 2017, 06:17 AM
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Yes, the weekends are not to be missed. Leaving Sunday afternoon would be fine.
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May 6th, 2017, 08:56 AM
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You can very easily keep occupied or just do some relaxing for 7 n in Merida. There are countless cultural event every night. There's also (if you're into it) a bicilata every sunday. The street are closed off for bike riding. We start at one end and go to the end to a lovely park garden. We then have brunch and go to the Zocolo which has events on Sunday afternoons. We follow this with homemade fresh sorbet at the local Sorberia.
As for Campeche, it's quite lovely but a bit limited INHO.
Whatever you decide, however is all good. Mexico is loaded with all sorts of wonderful places and things to do.
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