Cancun or Riviera Maya, Mexico
This place was pretty cool. Very rustic. No chance it meets the safety standards of USA or Canada, but still a load of FUN. The guides are very good, funny, and helpful. Lunch is limited to tacos or quesadillas. Very authentic and tasty. The "photo staff" chages $40 for a cd with your pictures. I don't think they were part of the company. The Jungle buggie is a really bumpy ride, hang on tight!
We didn't do the sky cycle and the reviews from the people in our group were not good, don't waste your cash on that. If you have an waterproof flash light, take it for the cave snorkel. It wasn't buggy, so we didn't need spray.
Definitely worth the trip from Cancun if you have 5-6 hours and are looking for some adventure.
At the end of this day trip, we finally made it to Chichen Itza. It was a very long day that started at the hotel at 7 am.
We started with a long wait at the "mall" for a transfer to a bus. Then we stopped on the highway for a bathroom break. Finally we arrived at our first stop -- Cinote for a 25 minute swim and a show. This was very very cool. The cave was full of people and there was a steady stream going up and down the stairs. Next stop was a market next to the lunch restaurant. A 1/2 hour wasted on seeing the same junk that was not worth taking home, even though our guide assured us that it was authenic Mayan stuff. Lunch was all you can eat -- but did NOT include drinks. Pop was $3 and beer was $4, bus driver sold it for $1 and $2. There were performers that expected tips on the way out. Waiter also asked for tips. Food was good though and there was lots of it.
Finally we arrived at Chichen Itza and got inside. The place is packed with vendors. Every pathway had people selling more junk. The guide as awful. We could hardly hear anything and his English was pitiful. We should have ditched the tour. HINT -- download some info to your ipod and listen to it, rather that the guide. Luckily we were there at 4:30 which is a very special time at CI in March.
Ok, back on the bus at 4:45 and hit the road back to the hotel by 7:45 since were were the last off the bus.
The worst part of the entire trip was our guide on the bus who never shut up.
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