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Purchased through GYG and got tickets without a problem. E-mailed the local provider and got a confirmed time and location for pick-up 2 weeks in advance so that I could have everything printed and to hand before departure. 4 similarly confirmed trips, with different provider, all went without a single problem. 15 mins after supposed pick-up I reluctantly called the provider on my mobile- international rates! After 27mins, and many £s, I finally got told there'd been a 'delay' but we'd be picked up in 20 mins. An hour and 15 mins after we'd supposed to have been picked up we were underway but they had no tickets for us, unlike everyone else onboard. They obviously weren't supposed to be picking us up originally and were luckily just passing by with spare seats. A Xel Ha employee found us as we got off the bus with tickets and we got into the park fine. The park was great and getting back to the hotel was effortless, as they know what they're doing at these parks with transfers.
It is pricy but totally worth it. The cheapest tickets are those bought in advance, do choose the transportation option which will give you more time at the park. Very accessible with ADO bus as well but you loose about an hour in the morning. Meals and drinks are included ( that includes alcoholic beverages) and both are excellent. You get a locker and key as well. I chose to snorkel but you can also tube down the river. There are several access points to get in/ out of the water wherever you want. The trail along the cenotes is very nice as well but can be slippery on wet water shoes, look for the small caution triangles. I was in the water by 10 am, used a bicycle to get to the beginning of the river. I did the whole river to lagoon once and then spend time in the lagoon exploring the marine life near the rocks and watched the folks on the zip lines etc It’s huge! I had lunch in about 30 min, walked the trail for about 45 min., and spend the rest of the time in the water.
The trip was filled with amazing activities and the tour guides did an exceptional job. The first stop was to a Mayan community which was lots of fun. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was able to give us helpful tips for the trip (i.e wear sunscreen, prepare for mosquitoes, food to try). At Chichén Itzá we were given the option of English or Spanish tour and were given plenty of time to walk around after the tour. At the small town we stopped on our way back to Cancun was a nice taste of Mexican culture a part from the tourist side of the city. Over all it was worth it and I would have expected to pay way more for the service. I would highly recommend. Be prepare to be walking all day because it’s a 12 hour day filled with activities.
It was a long day, but the tour guide was enthusiastic and the places were nice to see! Went with a big touring bus with good airco. First we went to Valladolid, then had a stop at a (bit too) commercial Maya shop with buffet lunch (which tasted fine!), then went to Chichen Itza and then to the Ik Kil cenote. Disadvantage is you go to Chichen Itza at the hottest period of the day. Advantage is, because it is after lunch, that it is not so busy anymore. And after that you will have a refreshing dive in the cenote, if you dare (a lot of people don't seem to and that is funny to see :D ). No regrets for taking this tour.
Local pickups bring you the Cancun Sailing location in Tulum. This location is also where the lunch is served (included). Drinks are not included with lunch, a large bottle of water will set you back 50 pesos! Tours of the sites were a bit rushed but totally worth it. The guide for cobá was very knowledgeable. The cenote was very nice and the attendant gave a great explanation of the meaning of a cenote in the Mayan culture and pointed out the 2 underground caves linked to the system of underground rivers.