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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.
A need to see. Going with a guide, archeologists, is worth it. The explanations are very good.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
After reading tens of reviews on line, we decided to go with Viator. Tulum is a beautiful place and being there early in the morning before everyone else (and the heat) arrived, was great. We had enough time to see everything and take pictures. Freddy was a great tour guide - he seemed so passionate about the place and history. We found out lots of interesting facts about Mayan culture. Because that day there were only two of us, Freddie was able to answer all our questions, even the silly ones. Thanks Freddie and Oscar! We would definitely recommend them as a tour company.
This tour beat Chichen Itza to us! It was just so pretty. Freddy was an awesome tour guide. He gave us a ton of information, really rounded out the info we got in Chichen Itza the day before. He was great about helping get great pictures. Getting there early was key. Fills up fast!
Our tour of Tulum was Great! This was our second tour with Viator. We were picked up right on time. As we mentioned, on our tour to Chichen Itza, the best way to do this tours is early! Unless you like to be in the
hot sun with many, many, many people. You are able to take the best pictures, when you are the only tour
group at the site. Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. It is also great, because you are finished early and can enjoy the rest of your day.
We had a great time on this tour, with our archeologist-guide Freddie and our driver Saul (hope I spelled your names right, guys!). It was just us and another couple on the tour. We got to Tulum very early (many thanks to Saul and Freddie for stopping at Starbucks for us along the way), beating the crowds, and got a wonderful evidence-based explanation of the ruins. Highly recommended.
I'm not one to brag on things or people much, but this trip was by far the best I've done in Mexico! While I didn't plan on being educated in Mayan culture, Freddie, our private Archeologist/tour guide gave us a two hour class on the way which not only taught us about his culture, but also better prepared us to view and understand Tulum City and what it might have been like during those times. And all done before the crowds and heat. Well done Freddie. Highly recommend.
Freddie, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, and Raul, our driver, was great also. With this early tour, we were the first ones to enter the site before the big crowd. As a result, we were able to take pictures of the entire place with practically no other people on site, and we enjoyed the beautiful beach with less crowd. By the time we were done around 9 am, waves and waves of tourists came in and the sun was getting very hot. We were also able to leave early right before the afternoon rain shower began. This tour is a must-have to avoid the big crowds (when I say big crowds, I mean, literally, several hundred people) from the mainstream tours to the Tulum Ruins. You have to get up very early to get there by 8 am, but you will not regret it!
Freddie and Oscar were on time at 620pm to pick us up at the hotel. Our van was the first one to arrive at the parking lot. It took about 30 mins+ walking from the parking lot to the ruins and this could be challenging to those who have limited walking mobility. Freddie gave us plenty of time to take photos before he shared with us the history and gave us the guided tour. It was a perfect start as there were hardly any other visitors and no one was blocking us. By the time we were done with the tour, there were many many other visitors and the place got so crowded. If you are an early bird and prefer tranquility, you should consider this tour. We were given an hour and half to either swim or walk around the ruins. Remember to bring your swimsuit if you would like to swim.
Freddie, who is a Mayan descendant, is very passionate about his history and culture. Our box lunch included a ham/cheese sandwich, honey graham cracker, boxed juice and water.
This is our second tour with the same company and we were very satisfied. Unlike many other tours we have joined in the past, there was NO shopping trip and NO sidekick for this one so no time was wasted. We were back to the hotel before 130pm and still could enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Thank you Freddie!
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