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If you're debating whether or not you should go on this tour, let go of all your doubts and just go through with it you will not be disappointed. I went on this tour with my partner about a month ago and not a week has gone by without us mentioning this tour. It's that good!
To say that our tour guide, Carlos, was phenomenal would be a disservice to him. He was charismatic, funny, knowledgeable, and professional. Yet above all else, he provided a sense of authenticity that one rarely expects from a tour guide. Simply put, he will redefine your standards for how future tour guides should make you feel. While I have no doubts that his co-workers are just as good, if you have Carlos, get ready for the tour of a lifetime!
Admittedly, the one downside of this whole tour is the lunch that's included. While it's not anything to be mad at--considering all the other great experiences that are included in this package-- it's not the most mind-blowing food either.
Be warned: After taking this trip, you will not shut up about it.
I highly recommend this trip. We were picked up at the Hotel in Riviera Maya and taken to Cancun where we met our Tour bus for Chitzen Nitza. Our Driver Jesus was very pleasant. For the tour we had excellent guides, Ricardo , Alexi and Jerry who kept us well informed. We certainly learned a great deal about the Mayans. We visited the Mayan gift shop before going on to the Ruins. After the Ruins we were taken for Lunch, very delicious Buffet, then many of us went down to the Cenote.
After leaving that amazing place we were then taken into a Colonial town where we saw one of the Oldest Churches, then back to Cancun where our Driver was waiting to take us back to our Hotel.
My only regret is that as I am not a swimmer, I did not swim in the Cenote, I would certainly like the experience. I have lots of pictures to remind me of this wonderful place.
Thank you Viator.
We would recommend this tour! Shout out to Carlos Moo who was an excellent guide and shared part of his he is Mayan culture and heritage with us. We usually don't take tours but we were not sure how secure the area was and how the drive would be so we decided to take this tour. Everything was on time: they picked us up at 7:25am as we were told and we left every place shopping/rest stop, Chichen Itza and cenote as planned. We read about Mayan culture before going on this tour but Carlos added some interesting somewhat touristy facts about the place and culture. Again, we recommend this tour. But if you are a group of four and feel comfortable driving it is a relatively easy drive, maybe consider doing yourself. But if you want everything organized for you, take this tour.
After reading lots of reviews stating to get a private tour I looked at the cost. Because I didn't look until two days before the private tour they wanted 700usd. We decided screw that and took a chance with this tour. Good thing we did too because this tour was awesome. Our tour guide was very knowledgeably and personally knew all the Maya in the surrounding area which meant we were able to do things other were not. We even got Maya birth certificates on real homemade Maya paper. The bus was comfortable and air conditioned. The driver was not a mad man which made the trip even more comfortable. The only lines we waited in were just for our group which meant no more than 5mins at each stop. Granted I wish we had more time at Chichen Itza because the place is huge but we packed a lot of stuff into one day. The Cenote is perfect after walking around in the sun. You have to see it to believe it. Take this tour, you will not be disappointed. BTW my tour guide was Ricardo. Awesome guy.
Great-long day!!! So much bang for your buck, loved this entire tour. It was fun-the tour guide was fun and informative! Not just Chichen Itza-you get a small Mexican town, which is lovely, swimming in a cenote and all you can eat buffet. It is a long drive about 2 hrs each way, picked up around 7am, made it back around 8pm.
Had a great tour of Chichen Itza with our tour guide Ricardo. This guy is an encyclopedia of Myan history and culture. We toured a Cenote and had a buffet at the restaurant there. Everyone was pleasant at the park. We then visited a small town and watched a native dance in the town square.
This tour was excellent and highly recommended. It is a long day but well worth it. We were based in Cancun and got picked up from out hotel at 7:45am as confirmed after our booking, We arrived home in the evening about 7:30pm. Luis was our tour guide and was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the tour, which added to the experience. The tour of Chichen Itza is the first stop and it was very detailed and interesting, we then had about an hour after the guided tour to take pictures and look around ourselves. It was very hot and there is not a lot of shade, so ensure you bring hats and sun block. After Chichen Itza we went to a location for lunch were there is also a Cenote, we had about 1 1/2 hours here so plenty of time to swim in the Cenote and have lunch. The lunch provided was a buffet with lots of options. On the way home we also stopped at Valladolid for around 30 mins before heading home. I would highly recommend this tour.
This was an excellent experience. Our driver was safe, thoughtful and courteous. Our tour guide, Carlos, was extremely knowledgeable and articulate. The visit to the Ik'kil cenote was a real plus and the buffet was very good.. Overall, a first rate experience..
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! It was a long day, but the guide gave us several breaks so we weren't on the bus so very long at one time! Our tour guide was awesome! He was so passionate about the Mayans, and gave us so many unusual facts! We had plenty of time to explore on our own and take pictures too! Thanks for such a great tour!
What a great day, I highly recommend this tour! We got to see so much in just one day. Our guide was really fun and tour was very informative. I wish I could do it all again!
This was a bucket list item for me - I have wanted to see the Mayan ruins for most of my life. The organisation, planning, timing and friendliness of this tour made it all more special!
Carlos Mo - you are the best tour guide I could have asked for! You were so good at what you do, you were so knowledgeable and passionate about Mayan culture and what a good human being you are.
Carlos timed everything perfectly such that we arrived at every stop before the crowds arrived. He was always around to answer questions and to provide a laugh. The time at the ruins was for me surreal. The beauty, history and culture are evident in everything you see. Take lots of cash because the shopping on offer is exquisite and cheaper than you will find anywhere else in Cancun or thereabouts. Lunch is delicious!
The trip to Valladoloid was simply magical - my only request for improvement is more time in this picturesque town. All in all, a fabulous day amde all the more special byt the mexican people.
It was great day trip with a small group of 10-12 people. Tony was very knowledgeable and provided great insights during the tour. Highly recommend the day trip.
This was a fun trip. It is a long drive out there, but they put on some old, wildly colored retro bus that made for a fun ride. We stop at a Mayan place to shop, where they took our picture and then offered us a bottle of Mayan liquor with our picture on it. The ruins were incredible and we stopped and a scenic water hole not alcohol but actual hole in the earth. The only thing that sucked was the rain that day, but it was a great trip
Excellent tour. The guide Ricardo is very knowledgeable in history and culture. He is also fun and excited about helping guests know and enjoy the ancient Mayan culture, language, and architecture. The trip is very organized and planned well. We just took full advantage of it and realized it was too short. We stayed in Chichen Itza a bit short but the rest of items was covered well and in depth. Absolutely recommend it and it will be really worth it.
This was a fantastic day trip from Cancun. It was LONG - 13 hours in total from when we were picked up. We were picked up on time, exactly as we were told the guide would call out our name in the lobby, and he did, at the exact time they said. It becomes low level madness in the high season at the hotels, at the morning pickups for the big Chichen Itza tours. There are huge buses coming into the hotel and everyone thinks the big bus is theirs. Our guide walked right up to the lobby and yelled out our name, we were on our way. The tour was extremely information, comfortable the bus was very high end, clean, and the federal tour guide assigned to us was amazing. I loved the international mix of tourists on our trip as well. There were only 3 families like us from the States, and then 11 different countries among the other families. Chichen Itza was obviously the highlight but the other couple stops were great as well. An extra 30-60 minute on our own at Chichen Itza would have improved the experience a bit for us - we only had about 40 minutes after our tour to go around on our own. In all it's a tour I highly recommend.
This tour was well worth the time and money. I'd especially like to thank our main guide for the day, Carlos, for doing such a great job of explaining Chichen Itza and Mayan history in both Spanish and English. He was very knowledgeable, funny and accommodating with everyone on the tour bus. I was mindblown by the wonders of Chichen Itza and swimming in the Ik Kil cenote was incredible. We even stopped briefly in an artisan market and in the town of Valladolid, which were added bonuses as I don't think they were in the original tour description. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone for a great day out.
Very well organized trip. Knowledgable and entertaining guide. Nice place to visit. Great day.
A very good tour! Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable and fun.
luis is a great guide, smart and engaged. The most stops were good, wish spent less time at shop more at Chichen Itza and denote.
Amazing tour, amazing guides. Luis was a real pleasure, can only recommend to book and ask for Luis!
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This group knows what they're doing right! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Ricardo/Richard/Ricky was quite the tour guide : you can tell he loves doing his job, and was just full of incredible info about Chichen Itza.
After pickup from the hotel, we got to ride in a well ventilated tour bus. He let us first take a short nap before diving into our history lesson of Chichen Itza so we could appreciate it more. We had a small stop to pick up souvenirs and use restrooms before going into the park. At the park, Ricardo led us around with plenty of time to snap photos while learning history, even adding on the tour the small intricacies of the design of these structures. Afterwards we got about 30 minutes to take photos on our own and purchase any other souvenirs.
Then we moved onto Ik-Kil Cenote park, one of the most beautiful cenotes you'll get to see! You get about an hour and 20 min to grab lunch at the buffet and swim in the cenote, with the order being of your choice.
It's a super long tour, and the buffet can seem like forever in between all the activities, so bring water and snacks to keep your energy up.
Well recommended tour. Our bus driver Alphonso and our guides David and Luis was very informative and educated. My fiancé and I were well prepared for the entire day, thanks for the heads info viator!
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