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Alexis, a native Mayan of the Yucatan Peninsula, is so well-educated and makes this tour so much fun! Our van had 12 people, a nice small group and each site Coba, the Cenote swim and lunch, and Tulum was different, each with it's own appeal and each with it's own history. It's a pretty long day...about 11 hours...but well worth it for anyone interested in history and culture. Don't miss it!
Great Tour. Driving was a little scary but I think that might be how it is in Mexico. The Coba ruins was amazing and we were able to climb to the top. Lunch was tasty and the cenote was beautiful to see. We did not get in the water however. Great tour guide !!
Mauricio and Tito were great! Tulum is super packed but the views are nice. The tour guide was Mauricio and he was very nice and informative. Tito was a great driver. COBA WAS AMAZING!!! I loved being able to climb up the ruins.
This tour was great. We loved Tulum and its unique remnants of the city it once was. Our tour guide, Luis Estrella, explained everything perfectly and knew each one of us in the group personally by the end. He was interested in each of us and our needs the entire time. The Cenote swim was much better than we expected- we cant wait to swim in another one! We loved Coba! The history is rich and our guides knowledge of the area at the time and the Mayan culture enhanced our experience and our relationship with the amazing civilization that once inhabited these parts. We definitely recommend this tour. We would love to have Luis Estrella as a tour guide for future excursions out of Cancun!
Luis and his staff were amazing hosts. He knew alot about all the ruins we visited so I appreciated all the cultural things that I learned from him while marvelling at the Mayan structures. There was nothing about the tour that I disliked. The bus ride was ultra comfortable, and spacious. The food served at lunch was delcious and I appreciate the time the hosts took to make those meals for us. The cenote we visited was a nice, refreshing surprise and I met some great people along the way. Definitely would recommend this tour for others to try!
Smaller groups are always better to me. Luis was so knowledgeable and passionate it was very impressive.
I would have preferred a little less time at this particular cenote, but very beautiful.
Also, we are foodies and most meals in Mexico on this trip were below our standards. We decided to be grateful for what we got.
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Overall: Awesome experience, but wish there was more time in the day. I'd go back and visit Tulum and Coba separately. Amazing places that need their own day of exploring.
I got picked up from Cancun at around 7AM, and from there it was about an hour 1/2 drive. The bus driver's name was Aldo, and there were two chaperones/tour guides, Luis and Jose. All three were lively and friendly, they made the trip exciting. The first stop was Tulum. On the way to Tulum, Luis spoke to us about the history of the Mayans and even asked each of us if we had any questions so he can do a Q and A session before we reached our destination. I thought that was very awesome of him to do.
Tulum - before you reach the ruins you pass by the marketplace. Tons of shops and eateries. To me, they all looked touristy so I didn't really bother shopping. After you pass the marketplace you'll see a very long walkway/road which will lead you to the ruins. You can ride their trolley-truck if you don't feel like walking, but it gets packed fairly quick and there's a line for it. The walk isn't so bad. Just stay under the shade if you can. Once you reach the entrance to the ruins you'll notice there's only one way in, one way out - and it's through a narrow single lane tunnel. Good luck with that haha Most people are considerate with letting groups of people go. Just be patient. The Tulum ruins is so picturesque. You get this amazing historical view of the ruins then on top of that add a beautiful beach backdrop. It's just jaw dropping. Luis was the tour guide for the English language group and he gave a great detailed tour. He kept my attention the whole time. We had about an hour after our tour to explore on our own. Unfortunately, if it's a busy day you'll most likely be stuck with crowds most of your given free time. Good luck trying to get a decent shot without other tourists in your photos because even at the top near the beach cliff it's only a one way in, one way out scenario. Luckily, it's just a decent amount of stairs you'll have to go through, but when it's busy it's like being on the 405 during rush hour - If you're from Los Angeles you'll know what this means haha
After the Tulum tour we headed to the next stop which was at a Mayan ranch where we got buffet lunch and a nice swim in a cenote. I think the lunch/cenote break after the Tulum ruins is such a great idea. You work up an appetite after exploring Tulum. I opted to swim in the cenote first, but before any of us got to eat or swim we were all blessed by a Mayan shaman. Lunch was okay. I'm not a picky eater and I eat what I'm given so nothing good or bad to say about it. The cenote was awesome. It might be manmade? I'm not exactly sure, but still cool.There's a small gift shop in the ranch where you can by material and edible goods. Definitely liked the vibe and feel of this gift shop than the ones at Tulum.
The final stop of this tour was the Coba ruins. This is the part where I wished there was more time to explore. Our bus arrived to Coba at around 3PM and the cut off time to climb the Coba pyramid was 4:30PM. Just like Tulum, Coba has a very long walk to the ruins. This eats up your precious time if you're on a tour. Coba is actually more jungle so there's a lot of walking unless you want to save time by taking a taxi bicycle or rent a bicycle on your own. Neither are free, but if you're lucky your tour guide has the hookup and all you have to do is tip your taxi cyclist. Thank you, Luis! This time Jose gave the English language tour. His accent was a lot thicker and some people said it was hard to understand him a bit, but his passion for the Mayan culture was still there. It doesn't hurt to ask questions or have them repeat something. But of course since this was the last leg of the trip time was of the essence. I left the guided tour almost midway so I could have time to climb the pyramid. By then it was already almost 4PM, and it was so worth it. Climbing the pyramid was amazing. The initial climb from the bottom is exciting until you decide to look back down haha If you're afraid of heights - maybe don't go all the way to the top? There are no rails, the steps are a bit slippery, and there's only one rope guiding you up/down. Once you reach the top the view is just beautiful. You'll see miles of trees and land - nature everywhere! Something us city folks don't get to enjoy as much. It feels like you're on top of the world, but with like a dozen other tourists. The descent down, and I'll be honest, was a bit scary, but once you get yourself together and just go for it it's not as bad. Take it step by step and you'll be fine.
On the way back to Cancun our bus took the local route where we passed by small neighborhoods. Definitely one of the main highlights of this tour, and my trip to Mexico in general. Thank you for taking us through there. It's forever in my memory bank.
Amazing! You will get a workout so be prepared. Wear decent hiking shoes. You can take the bikes but a little exercise is always good! Great bus ride to and from and a great tour guide, Marcos!!!
Literally the best day tour we took in Cancun. Both ruins are amazing in their own way and lunch was a nice break in-between. This is a lot of stuff packed into a day but super worth it.
loved this trip. We got picked up right on time We visited Tulum ruins first and after we went to Coba. The lunch was very yummy the best food we ever had! Our tour guide, Marcos was fantastic and made the trip memorable, he is very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture.
I highly recommend this tour.
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