Many people feel that they must see as many ruin sites on a visit as they possibly can. This can turn out to be counter productive, as we have experienced.
It becomes apparent when you return home and have trouble organizing your photos. If you visit too many sites in a single period then you will get things mixed up.
The combination of heat, sleep deprivation, new surroundings, different food, confusion and sheer amazement can lead to memory loss. If you do a 2 week excursion and visit ruin sites every day and do not keep a diary to go along with your photos then by the end of the 2 weeks the first day will feel like months ago, not days.
Of course you can run a hectic schedule but you should have a strategy. We recommend this:
Make an itinerary so you can visually see your expedition. Block in your activities:
- Ruin Site Exploration
- Other activities: Caves, Cenotes, Eco Parks, Shopping, Snorkeling/Scuba
Attempt to schedule 1 day of relaxation after 2 days of ruin exploration. Use this day to reflect and review the previous sites, read materials you may have collected and simply relax. You can also use this day to review the next leg of your journey and study any material before hand.
Use a system for your photographs. Number the film containers and keep a record of what you are shooting.
Keep a journal of your wanderings and make notes about each site you visit.
Try not to buy anything until the last couple of days so you do not have to lug it around with you but also know that many items you see you may only see once and if you do not buy it right there on the spot you may not have the opportunity to purchase it anywhere else.
Have a packing and unpacking system. Bag everything so you just have to pull out a minor bag to get at a bunch of things. Repacking simply becomes throwing a bunch of bags together. We recommend resealable zip-lock bags with the sliding closer.
Keep in mind that it can take 12 – 24 hrs for cloths to dry if you hang them in your room.
Keep a conservative number of sites on your list to explore per visit. It is better to take the time to truly see each site and not quickly run through it just so you can say you were there.