We took the morning jeep tour on March 5th, 2013 with Roger who was great. First we snorkeled, had lunch, drove to the “Peepee Sation” which is a tequila factory, the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio, a beach on the wild side, Punta Sur Eco park and several shops along the way.
I’ll start with the stuff that we enjoyed. Our tour guide Roger was great. Very informative and funny. He brought us water, pops and beers for the trip.
Snorkeling was amazing! It was our first time and it was beautiful--I think we’re hooked. We snorkeled for about an hour. We then returned to Varadero Beach bar, where lunch was waiting. The food was just okay, the drinks were the best we had on our entire trip.
We also enjoyed the Mayan Ruins. They were beautiful and our tour guide was wonderful. He explained so much about each building and was patient while we took pictures.
There were tons of shops along the way and we wished we would have brought more money!
The wild side of the island (across from El Diablo shopping) was the most beautiful beach we have even seen. The sand was so soft and water was so blue. We couldn’t help but take a dip.
We also enjoyed the light house and saw a coati (a Mexican raccoon) and loved seeing the crocodiles in Punta Sur Eco Park. The crocs were huge!
Now the things we didn’t like so much.
We were told to meet our jeep tour at a bar downtown, which was a 20 dollar cab ride. We waited and waited, then spoke with the bartender who called the jeep tour company and had some one come and get us. Later we found out another couple was picked up directly at our hotel by the jeep tour company. At the end of the tour, they did drop us off at our hotel.
Our second stop on the tour was a tequila factory. My husband and I are not drinkers so this was not for us. It was interesting how the tequila was made, but it was way too much of a sales pitch. At the end of the presentation we were asked several times why we didn’t want to purchase a bottle, they seem insulted when we told them we aren’t drinkers. Also the cheapest bottle started at 50 dollars, which seems like a lot, but again we are not drinkers.
We paid $190 us dollars for the tour (for two adults), that included a $40 “small group supplement fee” and our reservation said a jeep just for two. Then we were forced to share a jeep with people we didn’t know. Thankfully they were really cool and we really liked them, but why did we have to pay that extra 40 bucks for a service we didn’t get?!?!
Over all we did enjoy the trip (the good out weighed the bad) and were glad we did it.
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