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  • Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Tulum was a big surprise for us; we decided to visit after a strong recommendation from a friend, and we loved every second of the trip. Our tour guide Freddy and our driver Oscar picked us up right on time (a few minutes early in fact!), and we had a fantastic 1.5 hour tour of the site. Tulum is picturesque and an interesting contrast to Chichen Itza, so consider both trips and don't pass this one up in favor of the more popular ruins. Freddy provides a great deal of information, both from a historical perspective and from a personal one as a Mayan himself. He also prides himself on providing only the facts; he even carries a history book with him in case someone asks a question and he needs to look up an answer. His dedication to demystifying Mayan culture and history and making it accessible to us really made the trip for us.

Beating the crowds was a huge highlight for us (the ticket line was very lengthy when we were leaving- and it was much, much hotter!). We had 1.5 hours to tour on our own, which we used to check out some ruins in-depth and to watch the numerous iguanas running throughout the complex. The drive from Cancun isn't too long (not even two hours- and Oscar is a great driver!), and we were back by 1:30 PM. Take some water with you- they don't sell it after you get your ticket- and don't miss this experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Saw the ruins on 8/25/14. Freddie and Saul were terrific and they did a great job getting us there early before the crowds They gave us ample time to take pictures and swim in the beautiful ocean and provided a light lunch afterwards. I highly recommend them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

The early morning is a must. You miss the crowds and still get back in time to enjoy a half day doing something else. Freddy and Saul were amazing. Great knowledge of the myan culture and were just excellent overall.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

An excellent tour, I highly recommend it! Freddy and Saul were fantastic tour guides. The group was much smaller than I expected, just right of us. We were picked up promptly at our hotel and Freddy kept us occupied on the drive with a very informative, interesting talk about the Mayans. Early entry is the only way to visit! There were hardly any other tourists there, ensuring we got the best photos. We even had plenty of time to swim in the turquoise ocean! We left promptly and had a great lunch on the bus. We couldn't have asked for anything more!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Tulum is beautiful, we loved this tour. Our Archaeologist was Frank, he was very informative and friendly, as was the driver. You will leave early, but this allows you to beat the crowds and the heat. Excellent tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

this was a great tour specially the part where you get a personal archaeologist who explains to you the history behind it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Freddy was awesome! My husband and I were the only ones on the tour that day so it was extra personalized. Freddy was extremely knowledgable and we definitely learned so much. Tulum gets hot so I'm glad we left early.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

After some confusion in getting the tour booked and the time set, the tour was wonderful. Freddie arrived promptly, and we discovered that we had a private tour with him. The ride down was informative, with a great presentation and prep about the Mayan culture. Upon arrival, we had about 10 minutes for some great shots of Tulum in the sun before a rain cloud rolled in and over us. Freddie was game to keep the tour going in the rain if we were, so we plunged on with the tour to avoid the later crowds. The information he provided was extremely useful to understanding Tulum, and I noticed other tourists on their own seemed envious that we had someone with so much information. :) On our way out, we were astounded to see hundreds of people streaming towards the gate, while we had maybe 35 people in Tulum while we walked around. This made us VERY grateful for the early access tour. Afterwards, we retreated to a coffee shop to dry off a bit before our ride back and box lunch. I would highly recommend the early access tour, and specifically Freddie for his detailed knowledge and his conscientiousness.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

A need to see. Going with a guide, archeologists, is worth it. The explanations are very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Tulum is a beautiful site and there is a lot of shade available if the heat gets too much. Freddie our archeologist made the tour really interesting, explaining aspects of the buildings really well and in such a way that you could really imagine what life was like for the ancient Mayans. Added bonus was that we saw a humming bird, lots of male and female iguanas and even a coatimundi snuffling in the undergrowth. What also helps is if you are tired at the end of your tour you can take a trolley back to the start point for a small fee.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

It was a great tour highly reccommened for anyone who wants the history of the ruins and also wants to be early and beat the crowds. The lunch not so great but overall great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The only way to tour- small group,2 couples,before the heat and crowds. Freddy is the best kind of teacher- knowledgable,personable and informative. We had fun,learned a great deal, and topped it off with a refreshing swim and a boxed lunch.
Thanks Freddy and Saul!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Early access to Tulum Ruins is one of a must see tours in Mexico. Where you will see a beautiful Mayan city located on the amazing cliff. Also, there you can see that the sea line is bending, that fact helped Mayan to understand that the World is Round. This is one of the things that we learned from our guide and archeologist Freddy. He was very knowledgeable, interactive and funny. He will teach you a lot about Mayan civilization and ruins, and you will hear the most accurate translation of Mayan expressions, since he is a true Mayan descendant! He is the best guide in Mexico! It was a great tour! Besides, it is the best time to visit Tulum! I know it’s a little early, but it gets really crowded later on. Great tour for pictures as well! We had an amazing time and want to go back!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The trip that we booked with Amigo Tours was the best of our vacation. Not only were we among the first to arrive to the archaeological site and managed thus to take the best pictures of the Maya ruins, but we also had one amazing guide, Freddy Hoil, and one awesome driver, Saul. Freddy is of Mayan descent and an expert in Maya civilization. On our way to Tulum, he gave us a detailed and informative presentation on the Maya, their history and belief systems, their calendars and their numbering system. He taught us how to write Mayan numbers and a few very handy words in Mayan. Once we got to our destination, he gave us enough time to take some great pictures of the almost empty archaeological site, then gave us a tour of the place, continuing to provide fascinating explanations of the buildings, sculptures and bas-reliefs we saw.

Unfortunately, some tourists tend to be late for the pick-up time (we were 10 minutes late ourselves on our first day, because of the jet-lag), which can affect the entire trip. Amigo Tours promises early access to the ruins, but if people are late and the guide and driver have to wait for them, then the estimated time of arrival is obviously pushed back. So, the least you can do in such cases, is compensate your guide and driver for waiting for you. You will want to do that anyway, since the services they provide are excellent. In our case, both Freddy and Saul proved to be awesome people and we are glad we got to meet them.

Fiona S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

An excellent tour (the best of our holiday). I would highly recommend this trip, and I would also do it again. The pre-tour arrangements were well organised, and we were picked up on time, by our guide Freddy, and driver Saul, both of whom were friendly, attentive and looked after us well. Freddy was very knowledgable and also kindly took photo's of us at Tulum. We also hada good amount of free time to explore ourselves or to go to the beach. Early access is essential to beat the crowds and to better appreciate the surroundings. Our trip was made all the more special as we were the only couple on the trip, so we couldn't have asked for a better, or more personal service. Notwithstanding, I am sure the trip would still be great even if there were a few more, the mini-bus could probably accommodate 10-12 people. Thanks guys!

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