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Special Mayan Tours

#47 of 959 Tours in Cancun
Cancun, Mexico
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About Special Mayan Tours
The best family owned and operated company in Cancun providing private tours to the various destinations in the area: Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam. Tour at your own pace without dealing with big buses or large crowds. The best way to know a lot more about Mayan History in a private way, we have more than 28 years of experience in Cancun’s tourism industry.
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ABauman1305 wrote a review Jun 2022
Guildford, United Kingdom14 contributions2 helpful votes
We truly enjoyed a private tour to Chichen Itza and Valladolid with the driver Jose and guide Pepe. Although the pick-up time was early (6:00 am), the guys were on time and off we went.... Pepe's knowledge of the Mayan culture and history was beyond what we expected. The tour was very educational and exciting, not your typical boring lecture. We almost had the entire archeological site to ourselves. Early morning departure is the way to go - we could not believe how big the tourist crowd was by the time we were leaving Chichen Itza. We were so happy that Pepe and Jose could accommodate our request to leave early. The lunch at the local restaurant in Valladolid was outstanding - the atmosphere, the food, and service - everything was excellent.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Sugarsm0m wrote a review May 2022
Moorestown, New Jersey88 contributions41 helpful votes
Excellent tour of Tulum with a stop at a cenote to swim and lunch on the beach in Akumel at Lol Ha. Pepe was our guide and Jose was our driver. Pepe was very passionate about history and was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable. We all felt safe driving with Jose. The swim in cenote was a nice way to cool off after walking in the heat at Tulum. Lunch at Lol Ha was delicious. Pepe and Jose joined us for lunch, making recommendations on food choices. An informative and fun day. Highly recommend. We will definitely use them again when we return to Cancun.
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spmetzger wrote a review May 2022
Victor, New York1 contribution
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Driver Mag and guide Pepe were fantastic! We were picked up at the Westin Laguna Mar at 7:30 am and returned to the same at 6 pm. Pepe got us primed during the 2+ hour drive to Chichen Itza with interesting facts and engaging conversation. On the way, we stopped for a to go coffee at the “Italian Coffee Shop”. We got to Chichen Itza early enough to beat the big crowds and took a very informative walking tour of the site from Pepe - excellent! Afterwards we beat the heat and again the crowds with a trip to the Ik Kil Cenote for a swim - very refreshing! It’s only about a 10 minute drive and worth the experience. Finally, we grabbed a tasty and reasonably priced lunch at the Hotel El Mason del Marquis in Valladolid. Afterwards, we took a quick walk around the Town square and grabbed some photos of the adjacent Spanish Colonial Church built in the late 1500’s. We had never ventured inland from the Hotel Zone and didn’t know what to expect. Valladolid was clean, orderly and inviting. The city has taken measures to preserve the colonial feel of the place - made us think about exploring other Yucatán locations. Drive back was quiet, we were tired - great day!
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Response from Pepe L, Director of Sales at Special Mayan Tours
Responded May 4, 2022
Thank you so much for your comments and review. It is great to know that you had a great day out there with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Familyvacay wrote a review Mar 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
This was an amazing experience! My parents in their 70’s, two boys under age 10, and my husband and I went on this tour. It captivated all of our interests and activity levels. Pros: The tour operator was highly responsive to all questions prior to and during our tour. He even assisted in arranging the Covid test according to CDC guidelines at our last hotel so we didn’t have to worry about that before departure. Every day was on time as expressed. We saw Mayan ruins we never would have been able to if we had attempted to do this on our own. Our driver Jose was excellent and I always felt safe. Our guide was very passionate about the Mayan History. At times, we were the only tourists at the sites and had the place to ourselves. My kids were able to explore and climb some of the ruins allowing them to feel transported in history. The guide often offered family photos together. Cold water was offered and provided daily. The accommodations were lovely and neat experiences that are not obtained by staying at chain hotels or resorts. There was always assistance provided by our guide and driver to load and unload baggage. The waterfall visit was magnificent and a bonus to the Mayan sites. Cons: The English of the guide was challenging to understand at times. Tips: Wear Hiking shoes, wear sun protection, take snacks as there was not always time to stop for meals in order to fit in the itinerary. We were never hungry as we were kept updated of this but glad that we had snacks. Check restaurant breakfast times as a quick trip to a grocer or fruit stand may need to be your breakfast in Merida. We gave my kids a Mayan History book before departure for context and that gave them a reference point and increased interest. If I could add a day or two to increase time spent at some of the sites but otherwise 5 days was perfect. I would highly recommend this tour and consider it one of my best life experiences with my family that I could not have otherwise had.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from Pepe L, Director of Sales at Special Mayan Tours
Responded Apr 1, 2022
Thank you for all your feedback, comments and review. Your comments will always help us improve our service standards. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Regards.
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Jerome wrote a review Jan 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada110 contributions14 helpful votes
I have done several tours with this company and I use them exclusively now!! I have met every driver and the owner and have them handle all of my travel groups from the time we land in Cancun until they drop us back at the airport to fly home!! I have been traveling to Cancun yearly since 1997 and I've been using Special Mayan Tours for the past 18 years.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from Pepe L, Director of Sales at Special Mayan Tours
Responded Apr 1, 2022
Thank you for your fidelity toward our company services. We appreciate you as one of our most loyal customer. We can’t wait to see you again in the near future.
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