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Absolutely amazing tour. Went in late May. Perfect weather. Great guide. Going early is the only way to go. Book it. You may hate getting up early but you will be so glad you did. Did I say great guide?!?! Yes
I really hate mornings so it was tough for me to get up this early, but it was absolutely with it! We were the first group to arrive and had the whole place to ourselves, plus we beat the heat. Our guide, Freddie, was animated and engaging and had great information. The site was beautiful and we even had some tasty tacos before we got back on the bus not included with the tour. Overall, a wonderful and memorable experience. My only complaint would be the stairs leading down to the beach. They were killer! I highly recommend this tour and, should we ever be in the area again, would certainly book another tour with the tour operator.
It was nice drive to Tulum. We had Freddi and francisco and oscar as our driver. They were fabulous! A job well done.
This was a great addition to our vacation. Ursula was super knowledgeable and shared tons of interesting information, and Seoul was a good driver. The best part was learning insider information about an indigenous culture - they seemed really well-schooled in Mayan history. I liked going early, beating some of the heat, that we had a little bit of time to explore on our own, and we were back to our hotel by 1:30 - in time to enjoy a late lunch and the rest of the day. There were so many people entering the ruins when we left - I'm glad we beat the crowds. The box lunch is basic, but gets the job done. Cold water after a hot tour was great. Affordable, too. I would book again if I return to Mexico. The only tiny change I might suggest is to increase air flow in the vans - they turned the AC as high as it would go, but you can't feel it at all in the very back seat, which is elevated. If you get car sick, do take some medicine beforehand if you end up in the back seat.
Freddie was our guide and he was great, very knowledgable! I recommend doing the early access into Tulum. We were the first people there and were able to get great pictures without people in the background!
Tour was great! Well worth it for the price. Tour guide Freddie was extremely knowledgeable and did a fantastic job! You won't regret it.
I would highly recommend this tour! Although it's not the greatest to get up early, it is worth it to get to Tulum right when it opens - you beat the heat and the crowds. Tulum isn't very big and when we left at 10:30 it was packed. It was so nice to get there right when it opened and get pictures with no one else in them. I travel a lot and have been on a lot of tours and Freddy was one of the best tour guides I have ever met! He was very entertaining and informative. He provided a lot of background information on the bus and then spent an hour and a half with taking us through the site. The logistics were also really good - picked up and dropped off at the hotel and the driver Saul was also excellent.
Freddi, Oscar and Francisco were such a live animated group of archeologists ... The facts they had and the humor is what made Thai trip outstanding !!! I would recommend it to anyone
Frank was a FANTASTIC guide and his knowledge was endless. Freddie also provided the background information on the Mayans which was crucial to understanding life at the time the Mayans lived in Tulum. The early access is a must to avoid the heat and the crowds. Oscar also did a great job getting us to and from safely. Tulum is a bit too commercial these days but still worth the trip.
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Very informative. Friendly and fun guides. Freddy, Frank. and Oscar great job!,
Freddie, Freddie, Freddie!!
My family and I decided to take this early morning tour and we're glad that we did. The main reason is that Freddie was our tour guide. You see, I have a recently recovered broken leg and couldn't keep up with the pace of the rest of the group. Freddie realized this very quickly and rearranged the group so that he could stay with my family at the pace I could walk. We did catch up with the rest of the group and got to see the breath taking views of the ruins and learn about the Mayan buildings and people all the while Freddie kept making sure that I was okay. He really went above and beyond to make our tour quite a success. Our advice is to go early with Viator, as it get s hot very quickly, and you really have the ruins to yourself bring water and wear very comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking. There is a cart that for 2 a person, can bring you up to the main entrance, which is helpful when you are tired. There is a little time for touristy souvenirs and remember to haggle.The box lunch had the freshest fruit, a sandwich, cookies and juice and a water. Going back to Freddie, it was so nice to find a guide with that kind of compassion, and really great sense of humor. Thank you, Freddie for helping make our tour that much more enjoyable! And Viator, please give Freddie a tour bus with his picture on the side of it, he so deserves it!!!
The tour got us around the crowds. Freddy, our guide, had the knowledge and was fluent in English and Spanish. Even though it rained, we still had a very good time. Took great pics without there being other tourists in the way due to the early entrance. It's worth the early pick-up time.
My husband and I loved the tour. They picked us up at 6:15 am and we arrived back at our resort at 1 pm. It was very nice seeing the ruins in the early morning before the bus loads of people arrived. It was very hot but we had a cold refreshing bottle of water waiting for us at the van. The tour was informative and we had time to wander around the ruins after the official tour. We would recommend this early tour.
This tour was great! We beat the rush and learned a lot. It was nice to get there before it got too hot and crowded. Would definitely recommend this tour!!
Absolutely gorgeous scenery. It is so interesting to hear from Freddie all the little details of why this location was selected, why some buildings have roof and others do not, the temples that were created to help guide ships and to know which way the wind is blowing, and so much more. All I wish is I could buy a book with all of Freddie knowledge in it so I don't forget it all! If you are going to do these tours, I heavily recommend the early access ones with Freddie and his fabulous driver Ramon. I like that this particular tour is smaller so more intimate and more time to ask questions with Freddie,
Everything about this tour was outstanding. The van arrived at our resort on time and we were quickly brought up to speed on the pre-tour talk. Freddy was most knowledgeable and detailed with information on Mayan cultural. Our pictures are great , no other tours had arrived yet. We were able to go back and explore the various ruins that we wanted to see. We were back at our resort in time to get some pool/ocean time. Highly recommended this tour to other visitor's at our resort.
This tour was exactly what we anticipated. The team from the tour company picked us up on time and gave an informative pre-tour presentation while we were in the van. Once we got on-site, Ursula and her partner were very efficient in getting us to the site and providing tickets. Ursula gave a great tour, with plenty of time for personal exploration afterward.
I truly enjoyed this tour. The tour guide Frank, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the sites. Also Freddy and Oscar were very friendly. Also I never felt pushed to buy anything. The tour was about learning about the Maya culture. I highly recommend this.
Wonderful tour--Ursula was very knowledgeable/informative. Our group was only 10-12 people, travelled in a van. Box lunch and ice-cold bottled water at the end really hit the spot. Even though it was only April, by late morning, it got really hot/humid. Everyone spent free time finding shade in sit in until van became available.
We absolutely loved it ...our tour guide- Freddie Hoil was very engaging and humorous...he answered any questions we had. The drive, Saul, also was nice and courteous. I would definitely recommend this tour with the Freddie and Saul.
great tour--absolutely best way to see the ruins. was so worth it to be able to tour, take pics w/o the crowds and be back to the hotel early enough to have beach/pool time. our archeologist/guide freddie was knowledgeable and entertaining and driver oscar got us there and back quickly and safely.
This was an excellent tour. Freddie was a great tour leader and gave us wonderful insight to the history of Tulum. If you plan on going to Tulum, ask for Freddie. You won't be disappointed...
great tour. just make sure you have 6 hours due to the uncertainty of when you will be picked up and dropped off on your trip
tour was awsome. driver saul was good and nice. our archeologist ursula was fantasic. she was so informative she had graphs, pictures and was so informative of the culture and history of the mayan prople. she gave great insight on where to go for gifts and food.being able to view the ruins early is a plus.
I loved the early access and the information and diagrams that our guide reviewed with us on the bus ride down from Cancun. This tour allowed for more time at the ruins and some free time to wander back around as you like, and take it all in. Our guide was very knowledgeable about these ruins and also others so she could compare and contrast, which was helpful if you plan to visit some other sites. Highly recommended!