Has anyone checked out the Mayan ruins and gone to Cozumel. My mom is taking me on a trip for graduation from college, but she has never left the country, and she is nervous. I want to go someplace where she can at least experience some culture and not be too freaked out.
I was thinking Cozumel or Costa Rica, but I am still unsure. She wanted to go to some all-inclusive resort in mexico somewhere, but I want her to actually experience something. Can anyone tell me about these two places or a place I should take her where I can experience an interesting trip and she wont flip her lid.
I did an excellent trip with www.exploreworldwide last year. They are a tour company so all the accommodation (mid range hotels for the most part) and transport are laid on (+tour guide). I am in my 40's and there is usally a good range in the group aged from (30 - 65). I think their trips are excellent value. It may be however that your Mother justs wants a trip for two. Voyage Jules Verne are also reasonable and have a selection of trips where you join in some group activities but also have free days. Both are worth a look as they may give you some ideas. The only drawback is you may find the travel companions a bit old for you
i'd recommend cancun as a good starting point
there u can find many friendly tour operators and if u are up for it, the transport links there to other mayan ruins are excellent.
of coz, if all else fails, u can always live it up resort style there.
let me know if u need any help.
I have been to both Costa Rica and the Yucatan Pennisula in Mexico(though I probably can't spell it very well).
Costa Rica doesn't have much in the way of "cultural" attractions. It's main attractions are nature and wildlife. Key things that you would probably see are Arenal Volcano (with hot springs), cloud forest and rain forest, lots of wildlife (monkeys, sloths, etc.). Costa Rica has some good adventures available like zip lines through the rain forest and white water rafting. Roads in many places are in poor conditions, so getting around can be a chore.
Mexico has more cultural attractions like the Mayan ruins. Chechen Itza is really cool. Tulum is small compared to Chechen Itza, but it's location on the water makes it worthwhile. Mexico has a number of get snorkeling and diving opportunities, especially Cozumel if you go there. Roads are in better shape, in my wanderings, and thus it's a little easier to get around.
Both places have excellent hotels in all price ranges, and in both you can get by with very little Spanish as they are used to English speaking tourists.
I personally liked Costa Rica better, mainly because it is a little less touristed than the Yucatan.
Hope this helps.