Cancun Journals

Yucatan Peninsular - Chitzen-Itza and Cancun

A September 2002 trip to Cancun by Kookaburra

Quote: It was an incredible week, from the absolutely amazing and spellbinding archaeological sites to the absolute extreme in plasticity and tackiness of the party resort mile. Beware of the aggressive sales pitch at the Imperial Fiesta Club at Hotel Casa Maya.

Hacienda Chichen Resort

Hotel | "Chitzen Hacienda at Chitzen Itza"

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This was a fantastic accommodation with the deep green jungle coming right up to the surrounds of the property with small, hacienda-style buildings consisting of two to four individual rooms scattered among the grounds, and walkways through lush, tropical gardens. As a family, we were allocated one building of two rooms, so even though you had separate entrance to your room, they led off the same veranda, and you weren’t on top of anyone else. It is within walking distance to the entrance of the archaeological site and the local hotel; it has a lovely, large pool, which is very enticing in the heat; and there is an absolutely incredible restaurant in a Hacienda-style, with large round table and a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Hacienda Chichen Resort
KM 120 CARR MERIDA PUERTO JUAR
Chichen Itza, Mexico
011-52-999-851-0045

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Best Things Nearby:Archaeological sitesBest Things About the Resort:Clean, cool, spacious rooms. Good jumping off point to the archaeological sites.Resort Experience:Imperial Fiesta at the Casa Maya at Cancun is a good accommodation, but watch the sales pitch. It has: Two-bedroom with ocean and pool views Tile floors kept the unit cool even in the heat of the day – electric ceiling fans rather than air conditioning Two bathrooms and a partial kitchen, but given the fact that it was the off season and it was hard to find reasonable groceries in walking distance for the few days we were there, we lived on pasta and take-out. Cancun is basic...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Imperial Fiesta Club at Hotel Casa Maya
Avenida Kukulkan Km 5.5
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52 98-494-555

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This was an absolutely incredible restaurant decorated in a Hacienda style with a large, round table, and a series of rooms with a few tables in each with three huge, plate-glass windows with views of the garden, which made you feel like you were surrounded by the jungle. Lovely and reasonably priced food with nachos and Spanish-style lighter meals suitable for the children, as well as steak and chicken dishes. Extremely enjoyable and relaxing – large verandas along both sides of the building and a huge lounge area with a large, log-sized fireplace and deep leather armchairs.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Restaurant at the Chitzen Haciendaa
Chitzen Hacienda
Cancun, Mexico

Ruins of Chichen Itza

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Attraction | "Chichen Itza"

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Chitzen Itza, during the Autumn Equinox, is an impressive archeological site. Arrange to stay overnight rather than the more common form of catching the bus and arriving in time for the lunch that has flamenco dancers and a smorgasbord of food at the local hotel. You only have a few hours to roam the grounds during the hottest part of the day before going back to the bus. There is too much to see in that little time frame! We stayed, and, at 4pm, when the buses are gone, you have the site nearly to yourselves, as it is so large that the remaining tourists just don’t seem to make an impact. You can roam to your hearts content, getting a bird’s eye view of everything until 6pm. Come back the next m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Ruins of Chichen Itza
Tinum
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Downtown Open Air Market

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Attraction | "Market 54"

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The markets are another interesting Cancun experience. The Cancun markets are set up to trap Americans who the people see as wealthy, ready to part with their money. The prices are higher than in country areas of Mexico and many of the stallholders work together to sell the goods.It was interesting that they were wherever we went, that they all called my bearded husband Mr. Whiskers, and that they knew exactly what price we had been offered previously. Give them their due, though - when we finally bit the bullet and decided to buy something that we knew was too high a price, and as soon as they discovered we were Australian and not American, the comment was made that our exchange rate is lousy and ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Downtown Open Air Market
Downtown Cancun
Cancun, Mexico

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We used Cancun as a jumping off point to explore the Yucatan Peninsular. We thought that, with kids, it would be a healthier point from which to branch out and explore, knowing we had a clean Western Style accommodation to come back to and collapse in. This was a plastic heaven more suited to singles than families. It was obviously set up for the hard-drinking party people, who then did small tour tourist stuff and shopping the next day before hitting the bars, restaurants, and discos again. As soon as you arrived, you were harassed at the airport to buy a timeshare, when you were looking for a taxi, many offering cheap sightseeing if you just sat through a presentation first. If you are...Read More