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fishfrier

Aug 18, 2013, 5:35 AM

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Re: [oregonative] Extensive Open-ended 11/13 Trip: Chenes and Ruta Puuc ruins

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We have visited pretty much all the ruins listed. Much the same route as already suggested. I would start in Merida and take the route through the middle of the state passing through Holpechen then south to Ixpuil. Santa Rosa Xtampak is about 30 kilometers inland off the main road. The road in is pretty rough and slow going. Might take 5 hours just to see the 1 site. Hochob is easy access. There is a hotel in the town of Ixpuil that is relatively inexpensive compared to others in the area. You should not miss traveling to the ruins of Calakmul. The site is 60 kilometers into the biosphere and is full day just to explore the site as it is huge. Balamku can be accessed after leaving Calakmul and also should not be missed. The others ruins around Ixpuil are all easy access and done in 1 day. Travel toward Chetumal and visited the ruins in the area. You can chose to stay in Chetumal or Bacalar. There is a small ruin site north of Chetumal on the coast road and the museum in Chetumal is quite good. From there you can visit Tulum, Coba then onto Valladolid. Over night in Valladolid then you can hit Ek Balam, Yaxuna then back to Merida. Take a dip in the various cenotes in the area and get a well made hammock from the prison just outside of Valladolid on the free road towards Merida. Another option is to travel to Campeche from Merida and see the ruins of Edzna then continue on through Holpechen. It is either Xtampak or Edzna but I doubt you could do both in 1 day. I do not know if you live in the area or are flying into Cancun or Merida. If flying into Cancun, which is often cheaper, then take the suggested route in the opposite direction.


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