Wonderful day experience, the tour is a few stops before Chichen Itza. The first stop is at a Cenote, a spectacular looking cavern with Mayans in full Mayan regalia- before descending into the Cenote there is a group with a Mayan "medicine woman" who perform a "smoke ritual" on all and anyone who wants their own blessing for a tip. The Cenote is very impressive and we swam in it. Another group of Mayans in regalia are performing in the middle of the Cenote on a rock island- again very wonderful sight and pictures can be had for a tip. The next stop was a lunch stop where a buffet style lunch was served. After that the next stop was a Mayan artisan area where you can purchase Mayan created wares. Then we made our way to Chichen Itza. It is a busy place, but an incredible experience to view the site with an on site guide.The on site tour guide was also a member of several of the recent excavations in the area so he was well versed on the Mayan society and the background on ChiChen Itza which is one of many Mayan ruins on the Peninsula. Outside and inside the site there are Mayans selling Mayan wares- a large number, so be prepared for sales pitches. One recommendation I would make is to bring money for tips and for souvenirs. The Mayans in traditional Mayan garb performing at the Cenote put on a great show and the tour guide is well versed and works mainly on tips, so an appropriate tip should be left. Our guide Ruben who accompanied us on the bus was superb and the on site guide was also superb, Jose. Well worth the experience.
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