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Isla Mujeres & Chichén Itzá

Another Caribbean island and more Maya ruins

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From Tulum, I took a bus to Cancun and then a ferry to Isla Mujeres, which meand I pretty much travelled on from one beach to the next. The main beach on the island is really pretty, with palm trees and white sand, and not too busy. So it was very nice to relax and lie on the beach the whole day on Monday when it was finally nice and sunny again.
Isla Mujeres beach

Isla Mujeres beach

The rest of the time on Sunday, when it was cloudy the whole afternoon, and Monday I spent at the hostel which had a nice restaurant/bar inside and an even better sandy outside area with hammocks and a bar that opened at 11pm.

On Tuesday, my French roommate and I rented bikes and rode them around the island. Isla Mujeres is very small (it is only 7.5km long), so, including stops, this only took us 3 hours. The ride was nice but it did not take us along the coast as much as we would have liked. It was good exercise in any case.
Art on the walls of Isla Mujeres

Art on the walls of Isla Mujeres

In the afternoon I left the island and took a bus to Valladolid. I slept over in this town so that the journey to Chichén Itzá would be shorter in the morning. So I got the first bus to the ruins on Wednesday. This turned out to be a great idea because it was not too busy yet when I arrived, but when I left hundreds of people had just arrived with all the tour groups. The site was great! I am not sure whether I like the ruins better than Palenque, but what I find more interesting about them was that there are more different types of buildings, while the ones in Palenque were all very much alike.
Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá


Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá


Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá


Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá


Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá


Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá


Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá


Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá

From Chichén Itzá I took a bus to Mérida where I arrived in the early afternoon.

Posted by sarahm_lux 22:05 Archived in Mexico Tagged isla_mujeres chichen_itza

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