In 2012, we took an organized tour to see the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Tikal, Copan and other famous sites. (Pictures from that trip are posted here). On that trip, I talked with a number of the fellow travelers; most of whom had seemingly been to half of the known world. When I told them that I would love to see the ruins of Chichen Itza, they all assured me that it was the easiest thing to visit them - just rent a car and drive around the Yucatan! It was safe and easy and relatively cheap. The people are friendly, many speak English, and there are many glorious Mayan sites to visit.
I took their advice and we planned a self guided tour around the Yucatan to many of the famous Mayan sites. It was indeed incredibly easy and lots of fun. I don't speak Spanish, but we had no trouble at all. I recorded some of the details of what we learned from traveling on our own in the Notes page here. The Mayan sites are wonderful to see. We had great weather and everything went perfectly well. This set of webpages documents our trip and everything we saw. Hopefully it will inspire you to make a similar, equally successful, journey to Mexico.
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