Explore the Ek Balam Mayan Ruins
Ek Balam was part of a two part tour we did with Altournative. It's 2 hours northwest from Playa Del Carmen to the Mayan ruins. Ek Balam is smaller than the grand Chichén Itzá, but it's much less crowded and you can still climb the temples. There is also one of the best preserved stucco facades in Mesoamerica. Stucco figures were excavated in nearly pristine condition, having been carefully buried by the ancient Maya about 1200 years ago.
We learned about the very interesting Mayan culture from our guides. The Mayans had massive advancements in society while in contradiction worshipping disfigurement and human sacrifice. We explored the grounds and ascended the main temple. The steps to the top of the main temple are really steep with no railing. I wouldn't recommend ascending if you're afraid of heights. It can be a little dizzying for most looking down the narrow steps, but the view from the top is spectacular and worth the trek. Temples rise out of the forest greenery.
The ruins of Tulum aren't as grand as some of the other ancient Mayan temples that have survived the test of time, but they have one amazing thing going for them, the beach they tower over is breathtaking.
Xochimilco is like the Venice of Mexico, but with a little more fiesta, and less romance. It's BYOB on the river, so people bring booze, snacks, and boom boxes to cruise around and party in these colorful boats.
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is the most visited Catholic site in the world, even more frequented than the Vatican.
The Lazy River Adventure with Adventure Tour Center is a relaxing tour that starts with a boat ride through two fresh water lagoons which connect to an ancient Mayan canal.
Casa Gilardi was built in 1976 by famous Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The house has a bottom level indoor pool, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and Barragán's signature vibrant colored walls throughout.
Mexico City is a vibrant place full of life, color, and culture. We wandered the gorgeous Spanish influenced historic district, the colonial homes of Roma Norte, and the ruins of ancient mesoamerica.
The Museum of Popular Art is a multi-level presentation of Mexican folk art, with a gorgeous glass ceiling that has artistic kites hanging down. The art here is 3D and colorful, showcasing all kinds of whimsical creatures and tales of Mexico's folkloric past.
6 girls, white sand beaches, happy hours, chilaquiles, and dance parties. It was a relaxing 4 days in paradise.
We visited Cenote Maya as part two of an adventure trip with Altournative. A cenote is a “natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.”