Riviera Maya, Mexico
Picked up at 8.45am from Akumal taking the last seats on the coach for the 2hr trip. Had juice, croissants, fruit and coffee on the journey. Were given plenty of warnings about the heat and had free water and umbrella for sun. Yes it was hot and humid but not unbearable. Entrance was busy but once through there is so much space to keep away from other groups. Our guide was excellent but did talk too long and we ended up not having any free time to explore ourselves. Missed a few of the sights. Met half way round with cold water. There are plenty of souvenir stalls which seemed reasonably priced despite the guide telling us not to buy from there. Lots to see so get a move on to see it all. Ice cold Coronas back on the coach were well received. Lunch was very good and we all had seconds, drinks are extra. There is a souvenir shop here which the guides wanted us to buy from. Prices were not too bad and there was no pressure but it was all certainly set up with the lunch stop.Then to the Cenote which was very busy. 30 pesos for a locker key, clean changing rooms and toilets. I think 94 slippery steps take you down to the pool which was very busy and got overcrowded after we arrived. Jumping off the high platform was exhilarating. Difficult to exit the water with so many people in front. Was a bit of a rush to get changed and back to the coach. Then a slow drive through the town of Valladolid which was not very exciting. Plenty beer on the return. Back at 7.00pm. Although this tour could be bought much cheaper in resort, the positive reviews swayed us. An excellent day, would have been happy to start earlier and have a little longer at the ruins and Cenote and miss out the town tour. Very well looked after by very friendly amusing staff. Driver was steady and we felt safe on the journey.
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