While in Cancun I opted to take the day trip out to Chichen Itza, one of the largest Mayan ruins in the world. The bus trip takes about 3-4 hours, and there’s a pit stop at the Sacred Cenote, which was amazing. If the water level is high enough you can actually swim in it, although I’m not sure I would want to after hearing about the thousands of people that were sacrificed there.
Chichen Itza itself was unbelievable. The sheer size and scope of the city was beyond anything I’d ever expected it to be. I would highly suggest sticking with your tour group, as they provide a wealth of information about the architecture and how everything is aligned with the sun. There will be plenty of time later for you to break off and do your own thing, such as sport Mexican wrestling masks and battle your friends in front of pyramids. It’s a thing, trust me. The funny part is, all of the locals and Mayans in the area thought it was hilarious… all of the douchy Americans looked at us like we were assholes. Well jokes on you, cause we have better pictures than you do. Dicks.
Speaking of the Mayans in the area… they will run around harassing you almost the entire time to buy their little trinkets and doodads. Is doodads a word? I’m sure I’ve heard it before. It has to be… Anyway, they sell these annoying ass whistles that you MUST buy to annoy your friends at a later date. Oh yeah… and BRING A HAT AND WATER. This place is humid and hot as hell… I went through 4 bottled waters myself, and had buy a couple more. I saw several people applying sunscreen over and over, and they still got burnt since they refused to wear a hat. The sun is no joke, people… it’s like playing with fire. HAHA! Get it? Ok, done. Go here, it’s amazing!