Some tips for taking a vacation near Mexico's Mayan ruins include finding which ruins are located close to well-rated hotels, getting as much information about the ruins beforehand and hiring a guide. Visitors need to bring good hiking shoes, bottled water and a hat for sun protection.
When taking a vacation near Mexico's Cancun Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, book a tour in advance to ensure a spot. There are several options from which to choose, such as a tour to a single site or a tour to several different ruins including Chichen Itza, Cenote of Sacrifice and El Castillo, the Pyramid of Kukulcan. El Castillo is one of the most well-known Mayan ruins and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The ancient Mayans used the Cenote of Sacrifice, a sinkhole, to send human sacrifices to one of their gods. Instead of booking a tour, you can take a bus or rent a car for the 150-mile journey to the Mayan ruins.
Some other top Mayan ruins in Mexico include El Rey, Tulum, Coba and Ek Balam. El Rey lies close to the Cancun hotels and right across from the public beach. Tulum sits on top of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Coba is located around two lagoons, and Ek Balam sits amidst the Yucatan jungles.