Um…okay, WTF? I just checked a flight website, and while flights from Denver to Cancun were like, $420 a few weeks ago, apparently now they’re $750-$830?! Per person?! And we’d need three tickets, too, since the lad is over 2 years old (and even though the wee lass is under two years old and thus doesn’t need a full-on ticket, they still stick you with the taxes and fees and other charges that end up being a good percentage of a normal ticket…I wanna say like 30-50%. Ugh.
If ticket prices are really that high, I guess we might not go. Damn.
Edit to edit:
Tried with slightly different dates, and it looks like the high cost might be because the dates we were looking at included Thanksgiving. Might be cheaper with some date-wrangling…though it still looks like it’s closer to $500/ticket. Damn.
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So thinking about maybe doing Yucatan as our next trip, and probably in November. I think the projected plan would be to:
- Fly into Cancun (pretty much the cheapest).
- Relax a few days in Isla Mujeres (probably the town, rather than elsewhere on the island), to get acclimated and relax.
- Take a bus (2 1/2 hours) down the coast to Tulum. See the ruins there. Maybe Coba? Take the kids paddling/snorkeling?
- Bus from Tulum to Valladolid—a beautiful, friendly little colonial city. Stay there a few days. See some cenotes, the ruins of Ek Balam, Balankanche cave…
- Bus to Merida. Use Merida as a base. Rent a car a day or two and see ruins on the western side of Yucatan (Uxmal, Kihuic, Xul, Sayil, Labna, Xkichmook, Cabalpak…there are scores).
- Bus straight back to Cancun to fly out.
- Total trip is probably two weeks, just ‘cause that’s probably as long as I can reasonably be gone from work, and if we’re spending big bucks to fly us all down there, we should make the most of it!)
So this is kinda the default plan, but I’m wondering if maybe it couldn’t be tweaked in some places. Like, skip Isla Mujeres totally (as nice and low-key as it is, we’ve kind of seen it all already) and instead chill out in Valladolid or maybe somewhere on the coast south of Cancun. Or choose a smaller town to base ourselves in rather than Merida. Or fly into Cozumel (tickets might be slightly cheaper) rather than Cancun, especially if we’re skipping Isla Mujeres.
Next to the plane tickets, accommodation is going to be the biggest expense. We could probably find both affordable hostels/hotels and the occasional splurge—we always do—but I did a quick check on Couchsurfing and on AirBNB and it looks like there might be some cool possibilities on those fronts. Ideal hotel price would be like $35/night or cheaper, and while we’re fine with staying in hostels, we’d still want a private room (not a dorm). We’d also need two doubles/queens or one king, for the four of us to sleep in.
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