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This was such a great day! The bus arrived 15 minutes early at our Cancun resort. We were the first pickup and we proceeded to pick up several other parties along the way. We also picked up our tour guide. Her name was Hilda Berriel and she was outstanding! She was easy to understand and said everything in both Spanish and English. She was knowledgeable, she smiled a lot, she paced everything perfectly and she participated in every activity with us. The bus ride to Tulum did take a while but the bus was comfortable and we enjoyed the drive. Lots of billboards to look at! We stopped at a convenience store for drinks/snacks/bathroom. The ruins in Tulum were interesting. Even on May 1st it was pretty hot so wear your coolest clothing and use plenty of sunscreen. After seeing the ruins, you'll have time to visit a big gift store where they also were selling one dollar Coronas. There is also a Starbucks in the area, where we saw an amazing rain dance performance. The best part of this excursion is Tankah Park. I am not a swimmer but my wife went in all four cenotes and loved them. They are all different. Then we went ziplining, which we had never done before. It seemed very safe and there were plenty of attendants to get the harnesses on everyone correctly, send you on your way and spot your landings. Don't be afraid to try it. We all ziplined three times. Then we had yet more fun canoeing. Lastly, we had a delicious Mayan meal. The return bus trip was enjoyable except that we all hated saying goodbye to Hilda, our great tour guide. The bus driver was excellent!
What a great day!! Even my young teenagers thought it was amazing! i loved learning more about the Mayan civilization at Tulum--surprisingly accurate astronomy. Tankah park was wonderful! The cenotes there were perfect for swimming we zip-lined just enough to be thrilling but not scary - Im 55 y/o a little canoeing it would be ok if youve never canoed before delicious food prepared by local people..... also, not crowded- we were the only ones currently there. You may want to take some cash into the park for buying bracelets from the local people at the end rest assured it is NOT a typical vendor attack on tourists--- just a very quiet little girl on the side of the road/walkway.
Our guide, Carlos, was very knowledgeable, personable,and did all the activities with us! Absolutely recommend this tour :
Tulum was lovely and we were given an informative guided tour as well as plenty of time on our own to explore. The Tankah eco-tour was nice, the cenotes were fun, a variety of different activities to do. Also enjoyed the zip lines and quick kayak trip. Our guide Rosendo was funny and informative, and he was well versed on both Tulum and Tankah. Our driver Andres did a great job on some challenging roads, it was a long ride from our hotel, but we were comfortable the entire way. Only 8 people on our tour, so plenty of time to see everything. The food in the Mayan village was good, the homemade tortillas were amazing. My only criticism is that the lunch meal wasn't served until almost 3 pm, after we had finished all other activities, so we were starving by then. Make sure you bring a towel if you plan to swim, and don't forget the sunscreen! Tulum has very little shade. Tankah also had quite a bit of walking, which I was fine with, but may not be suitable for everyone.
Great places to visit. Our guide Carlos Solis very knowledgeable about places and history. Team Oscar Matusdriver and Carlos Solis guide very friendly. Swimming, canoeing, zip lining, and food was great. I couldn't have asked for a better guide. Above and beyond of what I expected from this trip.
The ruins history was interesting and the guide knowledgeable and personable. The real pleasure of the afternoon was the visit to Tankah. It was exciting to jump off of the rock platform and the zipline into the water. The long ziplines were fun and even my more timid ten year old managed to do without being scared. It felt remote and less touristy. The food served at the end was delicious and plentiful in a cool and relaxing setting. Highly recommend this tour. Guide was Duelo.
We were a small group of 5 people with the arrival at Tulum late morning when it was very hot and humid. Our tour guide Delio said he has been doing these tours for 21 years and I don't see how he has survived. He had little knowledge to give, pretended he didn't understand English when he was asked a question he did not know and we could have done better on our own without paying this ridiculous charge.
The tour itself was not explained well in the description so let me write it down:
Leave late so the tour will be hot and humid - even at the end of October
Arrive at Tulum, get little information about the place and are abruptly left to walk around on our own even though we only covered about 50 of the site with the guide.
Leave Tulum to arrive at a cenote. Given fresh fruit. At the cenote, the choice is to swim or sit and watch other people swim for 30-40 minutes.
Walk to ziplines and not warned about a poisonous tree which we are not supposed to touch. Luckily a fellow traveler pointed it out to us.
At the zipline, people again only have 2 choices - do the zipline or stand around for an hour watching others. The tour description made it seem that people had the option of doing the zipline or canoeing - not true. The canoes were only to bring people who did the zipline back.
Went to eat at an outdoor Mayan eating place.
Then went to another cenote where the choices were swim or sit around.
Then returned to the hotel.
So here we are expecting an educational tour of Tulum and get a garbage quality tour guide. Then expect to be able to use the canoes a favorite activity for us around the cenote but that wasn't part of the plan.