Not far from Cancun there are Maya sites that are much of tourists' interest and help to get acquainted with the precolombian civilization of Mexico. Majority of tourists prefer to visit Chichen Itza that takes 2 or 3 hours of car driving. If you go slowly and pay attention to things and places around, you are sure to get real pleasure of observing such places as, for example, Cobá and Tulum, near Playa del Carmen, which ruins are near water that contributes to its beauty. The region is rather spread out along a huge territory that is why for those who decide to get acquainted with the territory renting a bike is recommended for the purpose to have an opportunity to see much of the region's beauty. For this very purpose you can also use a nice high pyramid if you climb it.
On your way to Chichen Itza, just in the north of the city of Valladolid, you will have a chance to observe recent excavations in a place called Ek Balam that a re really worth visiting as the place is very well preserved.
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