A January 2004 trip
to Quintana Roo by noelle_1
Quote: We spent 10 days relaxing in Quintana Roo. We saw three Mayan ruins and visited Playa del Carmen. We stayed at a not-quite all-inclusive resort that has a nice family feel.
There is no bad room. There are some rooms with air conditioning and all have a ceiling fan. Rooms include shampoo, soap, beach towels, linens, a hammock on the porch (!), and bottled water replenished daily. There is available transport to and from airport. Reception will also call a taxi for you.
If you go with your family, note that the beach allows topless sunbathing. When we went, there were several ladies who were topless each day. I don’t think it would be appropriate for wheelchair access, as the entire resort is made up to separate buildings connected by a sand beach. Check out the website.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2004
La Posada del Capitan Lafitte
Hotelera Punta Bete, SA de CV
Quintana Roo, Mexico
Attraction | "Tulum/Coba tour"
We first went to Tulum -- a Mayan city on the Caribbean coast, about 45 minutes outside of Playa del Carmen. To get there you drive down some narrow rural roads through real-life, very poor Mayan villages. Tulum itself is a small collection of buildings, but very well attended, likely because of its ideal location. There is a small beach you can swim at, and you can stay in Tulum overnight at one of the beach cabanas. You can easily see the entire place in half a day, however. Tulum has some interesting examples of Mayan architecture -- and how they incorporated the calendar in to their buildings. I won't go into all of the buildings, but I highly recommend a guidebook -- we used Yucatan and Mayan Mexico by Nick Rider. This was an excellent resource, and we found the guides did not know much more than was in the book. The guides were available in English, Spanish, Italian and sometimes German. There are guides at the entry if you want to hire one. Look for the six-fingered handprints on the Great Palace and spend some time at the Castillo.
About 40 minutes further south and central is Coba. This is a more 'rustic' Mayan ruin -- most of the buildings have not yet been uncovered. Coba is in the middle of a jungle, too, so it can get quite humid. The visit is well worth it however. This is much less populated than Tulum or C. Itza. And it is HUGE. You can rent a bike when you get in the entrance. Look for the stellae -- carved panels that tell stories. Some are in terrible disrepair. We found several still buried in the dirt. Children may really love Coba because it has a real Indiana Jones feel to it. The distance from ruin to ruin is several miles, so bring good shoes and lots of water. Seriously consider getting a bike, too. Again our guidebook was excellent. Make sure you bring one, because there are no maps or books for sale at the site. There are several well uncovered sites too see too -- a ball court, the "iglesia", and the aforementioned stellae. Look for the Xaibe or "crossroads" building where many Mayan roads (sac-bae) came together for trading purposes.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2004
Tulum Mayan Ruins
Attraction | "Playacar Avario"
To get there, go left at the first roundabout on Av 10 after you get into Playacar from Playa del Carmen, it will be on your right. Across the street, among all the home construction, is a park with a few Mayan ruins still standing -- take the time to check it out when you are done with the Aviary. (It's free!)
Playacar Avario - The Aviary
Quintana Roo, Mexico