Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum Private Tour with Lunch
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 12 hours
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The experience was excellent in terms of the transportation and tour. Here is some information to make it even better. Call the company to get pick up confirmation time, I did not receive notification automatically. Be prepared to pay at least US $25 per person at the gate for entrance (2021) and it goes much quicker if you use pesos not card. Stop to buy water as soon as you get in the gate (yes, everything is more expensive than you may expect inside). The tour is extensive and covers a lot of ground in the heat, so be prepared. Our guide, Balam, was of Mayan heritage, and gave a uniquely Mayan perspective, including background facts on an iPad. He was more prepared compared to some of the other guides I overheard speaking in the same areas. I am grateful we got Balam as a guide. His explanations and detail on each area were far superior to others. You can leave at any time, and cold water is provided for the ride back to your start location, but not on the way to Chichen-Itza.
This was a fantastic tour and Mario was a very knowledgeable guide. Not only did he know everything you could think to ask about the Mayan culture and Chichen Itza site, he was also knowledgeable about other sites in the Mayan and Aztec world. He has many years of experience as a professional guide and a true passion for this subject and for others seeking to understand a different culture. Sure, you can get a cheaper experience, but it will be more like a taxi ride rather than a tour. He was there to pick us up directly at our hotel with a nice vehicle including A/C. He also had beverages ready for us, reading material about the Mayans and would ask frequently if we needed a restroom break. He took us to a fantastic cenote and restaurant for lunch (not the typical tourist buffet). The benefit of a private tour is that you run on your own schedule, no rushing in the crowds and it's completely worry free as he takes care of all the tolls, tickets and logistics.
If I could give this ten stars, I would. Our guide, Alejandro, was excellent. I appreciate the cultural immersion this experience provides and the wonderful people we met; Marcos, Jose, and Lorenzo at the Bakery, Manuel and Ana at their house to learn Mayan life, balance with nature and bee keeping/honey tasting, Gloria at her house for an authentic lunch and great conversation, and Alonzo at the Guayabera Factory (you will know how the shirts are made and buy at a much better price than in the city). All of these people were kind, gracious, and genuinely interested in sharing their lives and culture. We are grateful for this incredible experience and the opportunity to learn more about life in this region of Mexico. The visit to Mayapan Archeological Site, in our opinion, was better than visiting Chichen-Itza. The site is well kept, well preserved, and less crowded, absolutely stunning.
Amazing experience!Chichen Itza was trully impressive,a unique structure!we were there when it opened in order to avoid the crowds and not to be so hot!Cenote Maya was our first cenote and it was breathtaking!we were expecting something great but it was an amazing experience,with rappeling and ziplining!The maya village was also very nice and traditional,something you definitely have ti see!Definitely recommend it!Our guide Debbi was amazing!
Our family of 8 enjoyed the tour. Learning the history of Merida. The tour guide spoke english and spanish. That allowed us to practice hearing our spanish and understand the tour. Great time!