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Advantages and Disadvantages of traveling to Chichen Itza in a rental car

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Advantages and Disadvantages of traveling to Chichen Itza in a rental car

This could be a good option if you follow all of the conditions.

Advantages and Disadvantages of traveling to Chichen Itza in a rental car


Flexibility: By not going with other people, you can establish your own itinerary and visit the places that interest you in the order you would like. For example, on your way to Chichen Itza you might want to add a visit to a place that caught your attention, or choose where you would like to eat. By traveling on your own this can be done without any problem. Just remember that Chichen Itza is open from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

You decide how much time to spend at the site, which areas to visit, you are not limited by the schedules of a shared excursion

Privacy: By having your own car you do not have to share the space with other people and you can enjoy the trip in your own way


Price: When you rent a car you have to take into account various expenses

  • Car rental fees
  • Insurance
  • Gas
  • Parking
  • Tolls

All these expenses increase the total amount that you will be spending to visit this place

Liability: If you crash the car or if something happens to the car, the company that owns the vehicle will hold you responsible, and you will have to pay for the damages, even if you have insurance. You will still be responsible for paying the deductible.

If you are comfortable driving, or maybe you drive for work, and you feel comfortable driving a vehicle in Mexico this might be a good option for you. Just be sure that you are comfortable driving on highways and you have good defensive driving skills, then you should be ready to drive a car in Mexico. Otherwise, the best thing to do is to let someone more qualified do the driving.

If you rent a car in a foreign country, you may be faced with an unfamiliar driving environment, traffic regulations and road conditions may be different which can increase the stress level.

When renting a car, you are responsible for any damage or loss that occurs during the rental period, although you can obtain additional insurance to cover possible accidents or damages, you are still subject to payment of deductibles

Logistics: You are in charge of how to get there, it is advisable to have a good navigation system to avoid getting lost on the way

Risk of getting lost, if you don’t know the way you are more dependent on technology, if you get lost it can result in delays, frustration and stress especially if you are trying to arrive before Chichen Itza closes

Lack of local knowledge: Not knowing the way means that you may miss out on discovering interesting or attractive places in the area.

You may miss tourist attractions, popular restaurants, or other local landmarks


In general, the decision to rent a car to visit Chichen Itza will depend on your personal preferences, comfort level when driving in an unfamiliar location, and willingness to assume additional costs

If you value flexibility, privacy and are willing to take logistical responsibility, it may be a good option for you

However, if you prefer a more guided and worry-free experience, consider a shared / group excursion