Archive for March, 2016

UBER offers Merida to Chichen Itza and back, less than $50 US

March 29th, 2016 by ejalbright

It’s a price that will be pretty hard to beat.

UberTOUR, the vacation wing of the Uber car service, is offering roundtrip transportation from Mérida to Chichén Itzá for 850 pesos (slightly less than $50 US) for up to four people. If you are a first-time Uber user, you can get a discount of 150 pesos by entering the code “UBERTOURCHICHEN.”

I have yet to know anyone who has done this, but Uber’s recent launch into Mexico has been popular among expatriates living in Mérida. The convenience of ordering and paying for a car service via the Uber ap on a smartphone is winning over locals as well.

For the Chichen Itza UberTOUR (ordered through the same ap), the driver will pick you up in Mérida and drive you to the entrance of Chichén Itzá. Admission and guide fees will be the responsibility of the passengers. The driver will wait up to four hours, which is plenty of time to see ancient city

For the return trip, the passengers text or call the driver (therefore must make certain they get his or her number before leaving the car), who will meet them at the entrance for the return trip to Mérida

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Report: Mexico Adds 45-Peso Fee to See Equinox

March 15th, 2016 by ejalbright

If a report in the Diario de Yucatan is correct, federal officials will be charging visitors to Chichén Itzá and Dzibulchaltun an extra 45 pesos ($2.50 US) on March 21, the day of the equinox.

The fee is for shooting video and, according to the Diario, will be imposed on everyone, presumably because everyone has a smart phone or similar device that can shoot video.

If the Diario is correct, the admission fee for foreigners will be the normal 232 pesos plus the camera fee for a total of 287 pesos or slightly more than $16 US.

According to the Diario, the fee violates federal law, which states the fees can only be imposed on professional photographers and videographers who will use the images for commercial purposes. Violation or not, it appears that the federal government will be collecting the additional 45 pesos on the equinox.

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