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The tour was very nice and it was a long day from Playa del Carmen. Seeing Chichen Itza was amazing and we are so glad we scheduled it. Paul was very knowledgeable as were the driver and others that helped on the tour. Definitely worth it.
Great full day tour that takes in Il Kil and CHichen Itza. Ramon, Raul and the crew were great. Provided water and even umbrellas for guest comfort. Fed us well. My only regret was not having enough time to get to the Iglesia and Observatory at CHichen Itza... The guided portion of the tour went long, and while very informative and interesting, it meant that the hour for exploration turned into more like 40 min... Not enough time to get to the southern portion of the site. Also, a 10 min stop in Vallodolid for pictures of the cathedral and market would have been appreciated. In all, a day well spent.
The excursion itself was marvelous. The guides were entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend it to anyone. The only problem we had was in checking in for the trip. We were supposed to check in 24-48 hours in advance. The US phone number was not a working number. The Mexican number was eventually answered and they assured us that there would be someone at our hotel to tell us when and where to be picked up-there wasn't. Luckily we had received an email just before we left with a time, so we went to the lobby at that time with some concern as to whether the tour was on or not. We were picked up on time and from that point on it was wonderful. We cannot say enough nice things about the people, the tour, the lunch-all of it once we got started.
My experience at Chichen Itza was amazing! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable!
Transportation was great and as efficient as it could possibly be. Moro was very informative and an amazing tour guide. Would highly recommend this tour
Absolutely brilliant tour. definitely recommend it.
Excellent trip with a very witty tour guide called Beto.
The other members of the team on the day were Jesus, Miguel and the driver Jose.
Very interesting historical trip.
It was a long day but the coach was very comfortable with drinks and refreshments served frequently.
From start to finish this tour is absolutely awesome. The guides Beto and Norma were fascinating. Top quality sites, great atmosphere. Would recommend the tour to anyone looking for an indepth and cultural tour of Chichen Itza.
Ben Holmes United Kingdom
We almost nearly didn't get to go on the trip. The tour company asked us to confirm our booking with them twenty-four hours before the tour. We didn't think much of this as we assumed that we could use the hotel's wifi to confirm the booking and that would be it. However at the Grand Bahia Principe Coba there was no phone signal, and the wifi was quite frankly, terrible. We then had to get the hotel to ring the tour company and tell the tour rep to come and meet us, which meant waiting around in the lobby for the rep to arrive. However, it must be said the rep Gabi or Gaby was really nice and very clear about what we needed to bring and what time we would be getting picked up.
Our tour picked us up from our hotel on time, and we were put onto a mini van which then took us to a big coach to begin our tour. The tour guides were Gaytan pronounced 'guy tan' and Ramon. Gaytan began our tour introducing himself and perhaps giving us a talk about the Mayans, their culture, and their descendants today. He said to us, When you think of Mexico, what do you think of? Sombreros? Mariachi music? Tequila? Well we don't wear sombreros and we don't listen to Mariachi music. We have our own music, and we don't drink Tequila, because we simply don't like it. We have our own drinks. We don't speak Spanish at home, we have our own language. We are Mayans, not Mexicans. He then gave us an example of what the Mayan language sounded like, saying the same sentence in Spanish, Mayan and English.
The drive to Chichen Itza was about two and a half to three hours I think and the time was well spent listening to Guytan and Ramon talk about the history of the Mayan people and the appalling treatment they received from the Spanish, and even today how the Mayan people struggle to fight to protect their culture. We stopped off to a place where Mayans make genuine Mayan crafts to sell, Gaytan warned us that pretty much everything sold at the Chichen Itza site is fake and wanted to take us to a place where we could meet genuine Mayans and see their crafts up close and personal. Needless to say we bought a few things, and it felt good knowing our money was going to people who genuinely appreciated it. On top of that, the Mayan people were incredibly friendly and polite, and weren't pushy when it came to selling things.
When we got to Chichen Itza, it took me a few minutes to fully comprehend where I was. This place that I had wanted to visit for so many years was finally here in front of me! Gaytan took us around and once again provided us with incredibly detailed information about each part of the site, explaining to us what it was used for and what occurred there. It was truly amazing to be there and when we were hearing about the activities of the Mayans you could almost imagine being there with them. After going round all the parts of the site, we were given refreshments and some free time to wonder and explore.
The site is quite large, and although The Temple of Kukulkan gets the majority of the attention, there are other nice bits to explore. It is quite easy to get caught up taking pictures on one part of the site and not have enough time to wonder and explore the whole thing. However, you do go around most of the site with your tour guide, so you can use your free time to go back to get some extra photos of something you liked or go see some of the less visited parts of the site. As you can imagine, Chichen Itza is very busy and sometimes it was frustrating trying to get photographs because people kept walking in front of us! However, it is possible to get a people-free picture of The Temple of Kukulkan if you are quick! Perhaps if I were to say one negative, it would be that there were venders that sold these things that made fake jaguar sounds, and needless to say they got annoying very quickly, particularly when you are trying to listen to your tour guide.
After Chichen Itza, we went for some lunch at a restaurant and had a choice of international or regional cuisine. I asked for regional cuisine and asked for un poco de todo a bit of everything to which they happily obliged. The food was amazing, it was not stereotypical Mexican food, but regional Mayan food. After lunch we went to the cenote, not being a confident swimmer I decided not to swim as there was no shallow end although life jackets are provided however this didn't stop appreciating how beautiful the cenote is.
I would 100 recommend you come on this tour, even if you are not a huge history buff, the history to do with the Mayans is really amazing, the way their calendar works, how that links into the construction of the Temple of Kukulkan, and so many other things as well. This was definitely the highlight of my holiday in Mexico.
this trip was amazing! Visiting the ruins was not only great but the tour guide and others helping on the tour were awesome! You should definitely book this.
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