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Very hot around noon, so best to go with this early access in the morning.
Would recommend based on the price alone, BUT PACK YOUR OWN LUNCH!
PROS: early access our bus was the only one in the parking lot 8AM. Tour Tulum from 830-1130. Prompt hotel pick up off of the hotel zone we were further out, closer to the airport. Great at email confirmation!
CONS: the lunch was literally 2 pieces of white bread, a single piece of THIN ham and cheese. A banana, fruit juice pack, and a Mexican kit-kat-like chocolate bar. We ended up having to buy our own food at the site of Tulum. I was so hungry. Would have liked an explanation of the pick-ups in the morning for other people on other tours. Very time consuming. 5AM pick up, 8 AM Tulum arrival.
The pick up was EARLY for us - 520 AM. This was in the motor lobby with previous email confirmation. It was a 14 passenger van labeled despegar that was full and stuffy. It was a silent trip to the hotel zone were we sat clueless for 20 min not a word from the driver. 40 min later 6AM we were picked up by a big tour bus greyhound style and dropped off Coba patrons on that bus, and Chichen Itza passengers were shuffled accordingly. There was one bathroom break for 5 pesos AND YOU WILL GET SCAMMED by the bathroom attendant if you only have USD!! Her exchange rate for me was 15 pesos per dollar.
By 745 we were picking up more people. By 830-1130, we were touring Tulum.
We were back at our hotel by 2PM after transferring again to a smaller 14 passenger van.
I would recommend based on the price. I would bring a hat and sunscreen, but although I brought my towels and was wearing my swimsuit, I elected not to swim. By the time we viewed the ruins and snapped some pictures of the beach, it was crowded and hot. And, we did not want to sit for hours in the tour bus drying off.
It was beautiful, cheap, and a great option if you do not want to rent a car. I don't know if other tours paying a ton more are worth it, due to the fact that we spent 5 on a Subway sandwich in the Tulum area. If you drive yourself, I saw that the admission is 70 pesos. But! I think the parking was 20USD.
I did not follow the tour guide around nor listen to his explanations, so no comment on that. However, he was very humorous on the bus with impeccable English! OUR GUIDE: CESAR!! Such a funny guy!
The tour was amazing. The hotel picked us and dropped us off in our hotel very promptly. Our archeologist guide was Marco, who was full of information regarding the site and Mayan culture. He was able to always keep the group engaged. Definitely recommend this tour.
Staff were helpful with my parents who use walkers. Really enjoyed the early access.
I'm so glad I went early. There was nobody there and we had the place almost to ourselves. By the time we were getting ready to leave, the place was getting pretty packed. The guide was knowledgeable and patient.
It was well worth it to have early access to Tulum with a smaller group. As the day progresses the tourists multiply and with larger groups than ours. Our tour guide was amazing and so excited about his job. He made history come alive. Our driver and bus guide were wonderful as well. Tips are appreciated for each guide on your tours, so prepare for that.
This tour was great. We were picked up, bright and early, at 5am from our hotel in the Hotel Zone. Arturo was our guide, and he was great -- very informative. The only downside was that our group was a mix of Spanish and English speakers, and Arturo was the only guide. This meant that he went back and forth translating between English and Spanish during the tour, which was a bit distracting. Doing this tour is definitely worth it, though, if nothing else because you arrive at Tulum as soon as it opens at 9am. You can admire the ruins without the crowds and get as many photographs as you want without throngs of tourists in the way. Arturo gave us background information and discussed the ruins for about 90 minutes and the remaining 90 minutes could be spent as you wish -- we chose to wander the beach and explore the other ruins. We were back at our hotel by 2pm, leaving the rest of the afternoon free to wander Cancun.
Oh, and there are tons of lizards all over the ruins -- quite a beautiful sight! Bring your camera.
I highly recommend the early access to Tulum with an archeologist tour. What a beautiful Mayan archeological site! We arrived early enough at Tulum to beat some of the incredible heat and humidity. The greatest advantage, however, is avoiding the hoards of fellow tourists who later descend on the site. The early access gives you the opportunity to experience and get a feel for Tulum's archtectural layout, religious and historical significance to the Mayan people, while also allowing for unimpeded photographic opportunities. Our archeologist guide was Marco, who was full of information regarding the site and expressed some very interesting and plausible theories regarding the significance of the building's carvings. The one I found most interesting being his theory on the first Mayan/European interaction given the age of the main temple structure and the carving of a bearded man in one of the friezes. Marco was very informative, excited to provide his knowledge of Mayan history, and more than willing to answer any and all questions asked. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to other travelers who are truely interested in understanding Mayan culture and the archeological sites that they are looking at. A word of advice: dress in cool clothing, comfortable foot wear, and bring some water as it is still very hot even in the earlier hours of the day.
Amiga Tours is a first-class company. The bus was clean, the driver and tour guide pleasant and knowledgable. The pace of the tour is relaxed with a 50 minute guided tour of the Tulum structures and then 2 hours on your own to explore. You receive a nice brown bag lunch with banana, juice, a sandwich and cookie. There are good restaurants and nice gift shops. Tulum is a national park, and is a much, much better experience than the circus at Chichen-Itza . There is a stop before arriving at the park where you can buy snacks and pay to use the toilet.
I loved Tulum. The tour was great. Miguel who gave the English one at the ruins was so knowledgeable and Arturo who led the Spanish one was funny and told us a great restaurant to eat ate at while there.
We cannot remember the individuals name that provided us with all of the amazing information on Talum and guided us on our excursion trip on Monday, May 30, 2016 pic up from the Riveria Maya Palace at 6:30am His knowledge was remarkable. Both he and the driver were so courteous and we were allowed time to spend doing what we wanted also going in the water, walking around a bit on our own, going to eat. I would definitely recommend doing this tour and it would be nice if we were able to request him again should we return but we know this may not be possible. Great deal, great tour guide and driver!
Amazing! My only issue was that I was picked up first at 5AM and by the time we picked up the rest of the sightseers and made it to Tulum it was 9AM and I was kind of drained by the long bus ride. But the tour itself was awesome. Conrado the guide was brilliant. He was very well informed, engaging and dedicated. He also used photographs to illustrate the sun and moon phenomena's that occur at the ruins. Wear a hat and keep hydrated. Highly recommended it!
Worth getting up super early for. Pick-up was from our hotel in Cancun and we where driven to the Tulum ruins in a nice air conditioned bus. They divided us up into 2 groups so we only had maybe 12 in our group in the end. The guide/Arch. was very informative on the history/culture. He made himself available for questions even after his part of the tour was done. We had enough time to explore the ruins on our own and visit the beach. There are tons of local trinket shops on the way out and a big official souvineer shop at the entrance/exit too. We were back at our hotel by 2:00 pm and had the rest of the afternoon to do whatever we wanted!
It was perfect for us to be there before all the tourists got there, it was also much more cooler in the mornings compared to going midday when it's super hot out!! other wise we would have died there lol. Strongly suggest the early access to the ruins. :
AWESOME! Marco Antonio was a first class scholar - so knowledgeable and insightful! Such a joy to have a truly educated and enlightened guide! Early access is the only way to go! We were the 2nd bus in the lot and by the time we came out there was not en empty space to be had - Kudos to Jacinto the driver - smooth, smooth, smooth all the way down and then back up the highway! GREAT TRIP!
Tulum was a pretty cool site. Freddy was knowledgeable and gave a great tour.
We loved the early tours and was well worth the early start. It was just getting warn and busy when we left.
Excellent tour, excellent guide with great information. Well informed and answered all of our questions. Frank made our tour enjoyable , fun, and informative.
The begging transportation was a bit confusing but once we got there our group of 10 had fun. Well worth the value.
We totally enjoyed this tour to Tulum, and we were so glad we picked the early access tour. It was well worth the 5:10 a.m. pickup because we were there before it got too hot and it wasn't at all crowded. We were back at the hotel in time for lunch 1:00 p.m. and time on the beach. Our tour guide, Freddie, was terrific! He gave us background info about the ruins the last 45 minutes of our bus ride to Tulum, and he was full of interesting info and stories during the tour. He was of Mayan decent and obviously very proud of his heritage. He loved talking about the Mayan history and his love of the Tulum ruins was contagious. We learned so much from him and appreciated the attention he gave to everyone in the group. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this early access tour to the Tulum ruins! THANK YOU.
A very knowledgeable and animated guide. This site has been on my list for a long time. It is worth the trip, even for cruise ship passengers.
Very interesting and beautiful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
We had a wonderful time and our guide was great. Not to long and not to short just a nice time with lots of wonderful sights to see.
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