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Tulum or Chichen Itza - only have time for one, but which one?

Traveling to Cancun (Isla Mujeres, specifically) in April. We want to do a tour of a Mayan site. We don't have time to do both Tulum and Chichen Itza, so I wanted to turn to this forum for recommendations and considerations. Please share your thoughts and opinions. 


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answered by
Jennifer from Austin (Texas)

Tulum for sure (if only to avoid the super long trip to Chichen Itza). You can also venture over to Coba which is a miniature version of Chichen Itza with the added bonus of being able to rent bikes to ride around through the jungle! You can definitely manage both of these in one day with a rental car (which in the end might be cheaper and allow you more flexibility than taking a bus/taxis to/from the ruins). 

I lived in this area of the world for about a year so I have experience on the area and other recommendations if you'd like! :) 


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answered by
Donald from Portland, Oregon

Tulumis the closest. Go into the city by buss or colectivo and get a cab to take you to the beach south of thre ruins. 

The beach is the best in the world and you can walk north to the ruins.


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answered by
Alicia from Mexico City

Both are worth visiting. But I'm more incline to Tulum, It is easier to reach, but also is is less crowded than Chichén Itzá. Also it is in the see side and is very different to the rest of the archeological sites in Mexico.

If you have more time, going to Chichén will take a whole day is beautiful more crowded and bigger than Tulum. 


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answered first by
Ed from Salt Lake City

Round trip to Chichén Itzá will take a day in transport longer than Tulum, even if you have a car. Either can be reached easily by bus from Playa del Carmen


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