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Had a lovely time in Tulum ad Xel-ha. Our guidein Tulum was very informative ans spoke great English. Great choice of activities in Xel-Ha, though you have to pay more on top of your initial tour price. The buffet lunch at Xel-Ha was so great, lots of choice.
Our guide lacked enthusiasm for Tulum. We did this after Chichen Itza and were disappointed. In hindsight we should have done a whole day at Xel-Ha which was fabulous. All you can eat and dring all day and lots to do. This was the highlight.
Xel-Ha was my favourite! I had so much fun there!
There was not enough time to look around at Tulum. We did not have any free time at Tulum. It was beautiful, but I wish there were more time to look around.
This is a must for all ages. If you don't want the water, the all inclusive food and drink option is also fabulous.
Took a long time to get to Xel-Ha from Cancun, but it was worth it. Xel-Ha is beautiful and the river-tubing and "snuba" experience were some of the highlights of our Cancun vacation. Tulum is lovely and peaceful and our tour guide, Carlos, definitely enhanced our experience with his explanations of Mayan life there.
At Xel-ha, I highly recommend doing the Sea Trek. A water helmet is placed on you, and you walk on the floor of the lagoon (about 10 feet down). A scuba diver releases some bait, and soon you are face-to-face with fish and sting rays. It costs extra but is well worth the experience. The best time to go to Tulum is in the afternoon. The views of the Caribbean are great.The only snafu was that the agency was an hour late in picking me up. Even though I provided them with the right hotel info when I book through Viator and again when I confirmed that I needed the hotel pickup, the agency conducting the tour had the wrong hotel info (the dispatcher I called wasn't very helpful).
During my trip, we went to xel ha first and then tulum which - did not appreciate. I was told that we would go to tulum and that's what I was looking forward to. Our guide spoke way too much and it was unnecessary. Also, the tour should have been divided between english and spanish speakers and not put together for the whole tour.
We enjoyed this trip, but we didn't have enough time at either place. Our guide at Tulum wasn't nearly as good as the one we had had at Chichen Itza a few days earlier, so we felt we didn't learn as much. Also, I suspect that Tulum isn't as significant of an archaeological site either -- basically it was a housing complex. The thing that Tulum has is absolutely breathtaking views. You just want to stand there and drink in the scenery. We would have liked to stay longer and take more pictures and go down to the beach and explore, but we didn't have enough time. We enjoyed Xel-Ha too, but again, we didn't have enough time. We ate lunch, very good, and took a tube trip down the river, and that was all we had time for. It would be a good place to spend the whole day. Basically, we recommend this trip, but do each one separately on separate days.
Tuluum was very interesting, guide was excellent. Xel-Ha turned out to be more water activity focussed than we expected. Still worth visiting, but if not interested in getting in the water, it was too long.
They were late picking us up at the hotel. After everybody was loaded up on the bus, I thought we were headed towards Tulum. They ended up taking us back to the Kukulcan Mall where several bus loads of people were escorted off the bus to the second floor of the mall so they could get everybody processed and transferred to their assigned bus or shuttle van for the appropriate tour. It was confusing and kind of disappointing at first. Tulum was fascinating. I couldn't understand the tour guide all that well. He mixed English with Spanish. Xel-Ha was absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed snorkeling. It was all-inclusive, which was a wonderful deal. All you can eat and drink. This tour is worth taking, but the organizers of these tours need to get better organized.
In the month of August it is extremely hot and wear sneakers. The ground will feel more comfortable. The tour was really nice.
We had a bad tour guide but the Tulum and Xel-Ha were great. If you have the time I recommend you do them on separate days, because combining them does not really give you enough time at Xel-Ha.