With his encyclopaedic knowledge, Alfredo was in inspiration to anyone wishing to gain an insight into Mayan culture and heritage.
This was a true privilege and one which we will always remember.
Great tour. Our Guide Alex was informative and nice. Arrived at our resort on time. Ruins were imressive as were the Mayan families we went to visit.
Absolutely awesome! Our tour guide, Saul, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. This tour includes some really unique and personal experiences that I don't believe many tour companies are offering. We were taken into rural Mayan peoples' homes, blessed by a Mayan elder, and allowed to swim in a sacred Cenote sinkhole which was a highlight of the trip. I strongly suggest jumping off of the high ledge into the water because it is one of the most refreshing experiences I've had in my life, and the water is so deep there is nothing to worry about. Lunch was delicious and all you can eat! The Coba ruins are, of course, stunningly awesome as well. Climbing to the top of the tallest pyramid was scarier than I expected because the steps are very steep, but it was totally worth it. Take advantage of the opportunity to climb to the top of this pyramid before they discontinue that option! It is the only Mayan pyramid that still allows it, so there is no telling when they will stop. Overall, this tour is a 10 out of 10. You will really enjoy it if you have any interest in the Mayan culture or just different cultures and customs in general.
Richard B United States of ...
"Saul" our tour guide provided a well rounded experience by visiting two Mayan villages, a ceynote and the historic site of Coba. Great combination of physical activity and learning. Highly recommend!
This tour is probably the best way to explore not only the amazing Maya ruins of Coba, but also to catch a glimpse into the everyday life of the Maya people living in the low jungle of the Yucatan peninsula. Our driver and guide, Saul, who by the way, is super fun, picked us up at 7 and took us directly to a small Mayan community called Esmeralda. There, the shaman, Don Benjamin, performed a very beautiful and moving purification ceremony, in which he asked the gods for protection and permission, so that we could later swim in the local cenote. This cenote, about 14 meters deep, with clear, amazing water, is in the middle of the village and can be access through a wooden staircase. In is partially covered and partially open, so that the daring ones can choose to jump straight in, from a rock some 15 meters above. We were provided with towels, life vests and swimming floats.
After Esmeralda, we stopped at Laguna Chabela, an even smaller Mayan community, home to maybe 3 families altogether. There, we visited these hospitable people’s houses and kitchen. Dona Aurelia, the matriarch, was making corn tortillas and invited us to try some, which we gladly did, accompanying it with fresh made, spicy salsa.
During our tour of the Mayan communities, young boys kept snapping pictures of us, as part of a project. At the end of this part of the trip, you can purchase all the photos, from both locations, copied on a CD. We did, and are quite happy with our decision: not only did we get some 60 pictures of ourselves, but also amazing snapshots of the local flora, fauna and landscapes. We also got a recording of the purification ceremony.
A word of advice: if you want to buy a genuine piece of Mayan craftsmanship, make sure you visit the modest shops in these villages. What you can find here is not only authentic and cheap, but you know that by buying these objects, you are giving money directly to the community and not to some middlemen.
After this, we stopped for lunch, included in the trip price. We had very tasty local food and refreshments. From there, it was off to Coba, where a guide gave us a tour of the ruins. We left with plenty of time to rent bikes and go to Nohoch Mul. Climbing this very high pyramid is an amazing experience in itself, though not for the faint-hearted.
There is more to this trip than is quoted in the flier. We went to a Mayan village and a cave to swim. It was a very interesting day.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME --WE WERE PICKED UP AND DELIVERED WITH PERCISE ACCURACY --EXTREMELY KNOWLEDEABLE AND A PASSION FOR THE MAYAN CULTURE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EXCURSION.
This was an awesome tour. Our best day in Cancun for sure! The authentic Mayan lunch was a trip highlight and the cenote was amazing.
Robin B USA
We loved it! There are 2 options for this trip- the adventure side- ziplining/repeling or visiting a Mayan house and mayan village. I t would be nice if viator had two options for booking this tour.
SUPER EXCURSION AND WORTH EVERY PENNY! WONDERFULL WAY OF GETTING TO KNOW THE MAYA'S AND THEIR CULTURE! SUPER SUPER GUIDE HUGO ("the Boss") WHO MADE THIS BECOME A SUPER DAY !!!!!
A very nice trip in a small group. It will be good if more then 2 hours visiting time will be provided at Coba (if you want enjoy the view you must walk in the jungle and after climb the pyramide!) The food in the Maya village was very good.
Best trip ever! But remember to bring your swimsuit because the cave is so pretty and you can swim!
First, this was an excellent outing. The tour group was fantastic and kept the long day filled with fun and adventure.
Second, the description does not match the actual tour. The actual tour include zipline, repeling, Cenote, actual Mayan Shaman experience and much more. You need to update the description on your web site.
Had an amazing tour guide by the name of Robbi who definitely made the trip even more amazing. Ruins were very interesting and fun to explore, as well as the hike and remote afterwards. Would recommend to anyone and return next visit to Mexico!
A great trip but insufficient pretrip info (ie-no mention of adventure parts-hiking,kayaking,repelling and zip line)
The ruins were great. I recommend renting bikes (only $3). When I did the tour, our guide took first to the cenote and then to the ruins. The ruins should be done first. After the work out at the ruins, the cenote would be a great relaxation.
Amazing tour, i maybe would have liked more time at Coba itself, but I wouldn't give up the rest of the tour. Brilliant food, interesting culture and facts, lovely people, and some fantastic sights
Tour itself is awesome. For some reason, the tour has two group of travelers; one with zip line adventures, the other went to visit maya village. Lunch is so so.
Full day that was very enjoyable and information. The pick up from the hotel was good, but the transfer to the tour van was a little hectic and confusing. The guide was very good and obviously wanted the group to have a good time.
This trip was nice. Every view was the same meaning, full of trees. Went up to the top the temple and still saw trees.
This was a nice itinerary and our guide, Stefanos, was very good. Coba is still a site being discovered so it's not as developed as Chichen Itza - think of it as still being in the early days for that site. Bonus as you are still permitted to climb the pyramid here at Coba. The visit to a local Mayan village was very educational and gave better insight as to how they live. The day closed out with a dip at a cenote - very refreshing.
The trip didn't start off well, as the tour guide failed to collect us from our hotel, and we had to walk to a meeting point, despite a hotel collection being arranged. Once we were on our way the trip was amazing, stunning views, coba is amazing!! Then off to a cenote for a dip to cool down, once again the scenery was breathtaking. Definitely recommend this trip to anyone who appreciates history and stunning views