We are about to “sally forth” on an arduous business trip for MexpatLife. We will be flying to Cancun and travelling on by shuttle bus to Riviera Maya, a resort area next to Playa de Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the timeshare resorts, in the Cancun area have mandatory “all inclusive fees.” This is like the set up with Disney resorts, in Orlando, where the food and beverages are included with the lodging package. But the all inclusive fees are very pricey, so we searched for a resort that does not have the all-inclusive, called Mayan Palace, that does not have the all inclusive fees.
Whenever I plan a trip, I read plenty of reviews about the resorts, to include tours available. One review suggested that there is better ‘base of operations” than Cancun and Playa de Carmen to take tours from. (Among the tour destinations is Chitzen Itza – the most famous Mayan ruins). This particular reviewer suggested that Merida is the best place to stay, rather than touring from the Cancun and Playa de Carmen areas. So our week at the Mayan Place will be just about relaxation, as opposed to including long tour bus rides at great expense. We will take a bus to Merida, a former colonial capital, in the interior of the Yucatan peninsula. Besides enjoying the charming city, we will tour Chitzen Itza from there. We also plan to take a tour of the cenotes, which are cave lakes with collapsed roofs, that are open to seeing (and swimming in) from ground level. In Merida, Hotel and restaurant prices are a fraction of the what they are in the Playa de Carmen, area.
Mexican Airline prices are very cheap, so we will be making return visits and spread the touring (to include Tulum, Cozumel, and Isla de Mujeres) for future visits. Tulum used to be a Mayan city on the coast. Isla Mujeres is a short ferry ride from Playa de Carmen, and has wonderful snorkeling, swims with dolphins, and other attractions. Cozumel is a prime destination for cruise ships, and is also a ferry ride away from Playa de Carmen and Cancun. Lots of potential for future business trips!