Uxmal and Kabah Tour from Merida - Reviews

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Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

This was an outstanding tour that was made even better by the expertise of our guide, Raoul, who was not content to repeat the same old tired legends about the Mayans but challenged some of the long-held beliefs about these peoples. It was quite refreshing. He demonstrated the fascinating quetzal echo at the Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal and provided insights into the positioning of the buildings on the administrative quadrangle. On the way to Kabah, we stopped at a hacienda that has been in the same family for several hundred years but is now being worked by Mayan tenant farmers. It was an unexpected bonus stop that added value to the tour. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and climbing at the archaeological sites. The humidity was relatively low the day we took the tour, but I imagine it can be a bear depending upon the season. Though no one is required to do the most arduous climbs, the elevated areas provide the best vistas for photographs, so you'll probably push yourself to find the high places. You'll be more than ready for the nice lunch at a picturesque restaurant just outside the Uxmal archaeological zone.

Angelique S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

I'd heard this was a really amazing tour and that was definitely accurate! The ruins were extremely and the guide was interesting, helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our lunch was crazy delicious! The guide left us at lunch to go lead another tour and unfortunately I didn't get a chance to tip him. I'll share my great pictures so you'll see a little bit of what I saw--bring a zoom lens if you like to photograph crazy jungle birds. My favorite part was the opportunity to meet other travelers from around the world and hear their interesting stories. It was a great day, a great meal, and everyone felt like a friend by the end of the day.

Xue J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great experience and excellent guide! Highly recommended!

Jose C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Amazing tour! Even though we were picked up late it was an hour late it was totally worth it. We were transported in a very comfortable couch with air conditioning. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered everybody's questions. The tour takes the whole day, we finally departed around 10 am after picking up people and came back around 6 pm. Food was delicious.

QIANFAN Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Pick up on time. Small group. Knowledgeable guide. Fair English. Plenty time to visit the sites by yourselves.

tedkeith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This is a really great tour. Itś a long day but both sites are fun to visit, the guide was good, and the lunch was fantastic. Park entry was included so this was a very good value! Pedro spoke good English and has been doing the job for 30 years so knew his stuff.

I also took the Cuzama Cenotes Adventure Tour but Viator does recognize that I did so I am reviewing that here as well. That tour was not as good mostly because the guide did not speak English and the lunch was not prepared fresh. I might have gone anyway but it would be nice to know before hand that I would not be able to understand anything. We stopped at a small pyramid and church but the descriptions meant nothing to me. Stay away from that tour unless you speak Spanish!

mymostfavoritethings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Guilmer, our Guide/Driver, was very good in both languages.

grantlalonde

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Joshua was an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and very patient with us, giving us ample time to take as many photos as we wanted. At no point did we ever feel rushed. We went on a somewhat rainy day, and whenever we had to stand under a branch etc to stay dry, Joshua was able to fill our heads with much interesting information. The sites are even more breathtaking than the photos. The stormy day made for some stunning photos. At the end of the day, Joshua asked if we wanted to see the Chocó Story Museum, and we did. This was also fascinating, and you should not pass up the opportunity. Because it was a cooler day, my husband and I ordered a hot chocolate from the barista, and it was very delicious and also very different from the sample you try later. It was a fantastic way to spend a day.

dcashby

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This tour was the highlight of our trip so far! We were picked up on time and were in a very comfortable van for our small group of 7 people. Our guide was very knowledgable about the area and ruins while also allowing us to roam and take as many pictures as we wanted. The company is Mayan Heritage if you want to go through them personally, I will in the future.
We spent a good amount of time in Uxmal exploring all the areas, it is so beautiful and not too many tourists. We were driven to a restaurant where we got to see how pibil is cooked and taken out of the ground. We ate cochinita pibil and had chaya juice with lunch - very delicious. We received a full 3 course meal as the included lunch. Soup, entree, and dessert of your choice. After that we went to Kabah which is much smaller but still as amazing. It felt like we were the only ones there because not too many people go to Kabah.
My husband said it was the best day ever, he has loved Mayan history for so long that this was perfect.
HIGHLY recommend.

Diana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

We so enjoyed this tour when we visited Mérida recently. Gabriele was an excellent guide, sharing everything in Spanish and English, and making it interesting while also answering questions and leaving us time to explore a bit on our own. He even pointed out the best spots to take photos in.

Pick up was at a local hotel and a bit late, but traffic can make it tough to get around the city quickly we experienced that on our own before this tour and they were very responsive when we called to be sure we hadnt missed them. We had a really nice lunch stop dont let the mobile home park fool you - that restaurant was very good! and were still back in town at a reasonable time.

These places are amazing and highly recommend making time to see them in person.

Rebecca R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was an amazing tour to a truly magical place. Excellent value for money with everything included except drinks and tips. We were lucky that it was not high season so could enjoy Uxmal without the crowds and Kabah was a lovely hidden gem. Samuel was a very pleasant and knowledgable guide.

betyfaneyte

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

I loved visiting Uxmal and, in my personal opinion, this archeological site is more impressive than Chichen Itza. Even though the pick-up at my hotel was 45 minutes later than scheduled, I had a really good time and the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Kabah was a smaller site, it only took us 20 minutes to see, but it was an interesting place. We stopped for lunch break at a restaurant in the area, I totallt recommend the Cochinita Pibil, it was delicious! We had the option to visit the Chocolate Museum but we were so tired we decided to go back to Merida's city center.

Philip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Excellent tour with experienced Tour Guide.

Tobias S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Farancisco was an outstanding guide who really knew his business

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour was amazing!

Ashley T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This tour was amazing!

sberman59

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This tour was a fine introduction to the Mayan ruins and civilization, and included a charming visit with some of the living descendants of the Mayan people. Antonio, our guide, was friendly and entertaining. The day was well paced with a mix of activities, travel time, and time to explore the ruins on our own. Excellent value and a memorable experience.

Marge K. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

There was some initial confusion about the 6:30 pickup time of the trip but it turns out that March is considered low-season and 9:00 pickup was fine because there were few tourists at Uxmal, and none at Kabah. Everything about this trip was fabulous. The van seemed brand new and although it seated around 20, we were 5 in total. Our guide Gabriel created an interesting and fun experience. He gave us lots of info on Mayan culture and history and we had plenty of time to explore on our own. Lunch was very nice with plenty of choices. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour -- Uxmal and Kabah are breathtaking, the ride was comfortable, you can leave stuff in the van if necessary while touring the site, and everything went along at a comfortable pace.

Duane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

We found the tour of Uxmal more interesting and the site more impressive than Chichen Itza. The ability to get up close was part of the reason, the other was the very excellent, knowledgeable, and personable guide.

Shelli C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This was a great trip. The guide knew so many amazing facts about the Maya and the sites we visited. And lunch was a perfect way to end the morning.

Judith P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

As with so many tours the guide makes the experience good or bad. Our guide Gabrial was excellent. The Uxmal ruins are wonder making. And to know there are so many other ruins still uncovered makes this an amazing place to visit. Our guide was knowledgable and always found a shady place to tell us the story of Uxmal. The transportation was a comfortable air conditioned van.a highly recommended tour.

Merike J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

A god tour with an informative guide, learned a lot about Maya culture. Uxmal is slightly different from all other Mayan pyramid sites because of round-edged pyramids and it's a big site. Kabah is not so impressive but a rare Mayan place where you can see sculptures.

Laurent P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Excellent guide, Good bus and délicious food. For us, Uxmal was more beautiful then Chichen Itsa

Christopher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Sammy was terrific through out this excursion. Taking the early tour was great as Uxmal had very few people but they were soon to follow. There were six in our group and we were picked up from our location and we all agreed what a great job he did. This is not a trip to be missed. We went by the Chocolate Museum and wanted to go. Sammy made clear that if the group agreed he and the driver would spend the extra time to takes us there we would need to pay the entry fee. At the end of the day, there was not agreement on going so Sammy diplomatically explained the policy. I want Viator to be aware how well he handled this. And in no way was any time diminished from the days scheduled events.

Rashaun P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

The tour was really great! I really enjoyed the whole experience. I am the opposite of a morning person and would still recommend this early morning tour to beat the crowds and heat. The tour guide was super knowledgeable with 20 years of experience, I would highly recommend this tour.

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