We booked the Dzibilchaltun Mayan Ruins tour through Carnival. Progreso is not very scenic. Our tour guide, Luis made the best of it by talking almost nonstop on the approximately 30-minute bus ride there about the local history, flora, ... Read More
We booked the Dzibilchaltun Mayan Ruins tour through Carnival. Progreso is not very scenic. Our tour guide, Luis made the best of it by talking almost nonstop on the approximately 30-minute bus ride there about the local history, flora, and fauna. It was a little confusing when we got to the ruins site because there were quite a few buses. After waiting for our guide to check us in, we stopped for a bathroom break at a little reception area behind the gate. There is also a reasonably priced souvenir shop, a snack stand, and a restaurant. Luis recommended eating lunch after the tour. After getting separated briefly, we rejoined our group and Luis led us out to the ruin site.
We could tell that he is passionate about Mayan history and culture. He spoke at length at certain spots about the structures we were looking at and the significance of where we were. The guided tour ended at what Luis called a sinkhole. We would call it a swimming hole or a pond. It seemed to be a naturally occurring fresh water pond of unknown origin. Luis mentioned that no one knows where the water is coming from. He left us there to swim at our leisure and explore the remaining ruins on our own after explaining how to get to the bigger ruins on the site. We sat around the pond and people watched for a while. The pond has a shallow end for smaller kids. There is a sea of lily pads in the middle of the pond. So people can really only swim around the perimeter.
We left the pond and headed out to explore the larger ruins. The weather in Progreso was beautiful. Sunny and in the high 70s to low 80s. But, it feels much hotter than that when you are walking down the long dirt road to the Temple of the Dolls. The tour operator provided complimentary bottled water. Sunscreen, bug spray, and loose comfortable clothing are a must though. You will also need comfy, closed-toed walking shoes since the site is a bit rocky and dusty. After exploring the ruins we made it back to the reception area around 12:15. We bought a souvenir and got back on the bus to wait for the rest of the group. We were back at the pier around 2:00. Read Less