Best Maya Tours
Best Maya Tours
Multi-day Tours • Cultural Tours • Scuba & Snorkelling • Archaeology Tours
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
We offer a variety of cultural and adventure tours in the Yucatan Peninsula, including tours to the Mayan ruins of Coba and the Spider Monkey Sanctuary, snorkeling in Tulum and Akumal with the turtles, exploring the sacred cenotes, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza and exploring the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. Our tours are perfect for families include kayaking and swimming in the Sian Kaan Muyil Lazy River, as well as visits to many local tourist attractions. Our experienced English-speaking guides will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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106 reviews
Very good

Aaron B
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
This was a great day for my whole family. My youngest is 8 years old. It was great to have a guide, just for us so we could modify the day to our needs. The monkey sanctuary is a hidden gem. Not commercialized. Best Maya Tours offers several other options which I wish we would have tried vs. Excaret.
Written June 28, 2021
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New Hampshire27 contributions
From start to finish, this tour was perfect. Salvatore is a knowledgeable and experienced guide who made me feel safe and comfortable. Highly recommended!
Written February 1, 2021
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6 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We had an amazing day with Salvatore! He picked us up on time and took us on a boat ride to the ruins and then we snorkeled. We saw lots of big sting rays! We then went back to Playa Paraiso to lounge for a bit. We loved it there so much we didn’t want to leave and Sal was flexible with us. He let us skip the seafood lunch and brought us beers/offered snacks so we could lounge on the beach longer. We ended up having a nice relaxing last day. This was our first private tour and we appreciated the option to customize the tour around what we wanted to do the most.
Written December 11, 2020
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Richard Lovell
30 contributions
Aug 2020
Went on this tour in August 2020 and would highly recommend it. There is a lot to do in one little area and each one was special. My tour guide, Salvador, was great. He picked me up right in front of the condo I was staying in. During the trip to our destination, he explained a lot of things about history and the cultural of the Mayans. Once we got there, I was introduced to authentic Mayan families. I quickly learned that the Mayan speak a very different language than Spanish. In fact, they are miles apart from each other. Some Mayans only speak Mayan, but others speak Mayan and Spanish. I was fortunate enough to not only have an English speaking guide, but a Mayan guide who spoke all three languages.

The first thing we did was participate in a Mayan welcome ceremony. This was a first time experience for me but was a very respectful act. I won't give away the details but they will explain what everything means and what is going on.

Second, we began a small hike through the jungle to find Spider Monkeys. There are a ton of them so it would be difficult not to spot some. I had seen a momma and some babies. They like to eat the leaves from the trees (I forgot the name of these leaves). By the way, Salvador took plenty of pictures and shared them with me, included in the price of booking. I had hoped to capture some pictures but figured it would cost extra so that was great.

Next week got in canoes and paddled across a very calm and peaceful lake. The scenery was beautiful and I love being out on the water so this was very nice. Once we got to the place we were going to, we hiked up the hill (small incline) and through the jungle while keeping an eye out for nature's creatures. We spotted an unusual spider (can't remember what kind) and a little farther up we spotted a tarantula. Salvador attempted to pick it up so I cold let it crawl on my arm, but it wasn't interested and eventually crawled into his home and slammed the door! Ok, so it's more like a hole but if it had a door, I'm sure it would have been slammed on our faces.

Next, we spotted the howler monkeys. Unlike the spider monkeys which are brown, very long tails, and jump several feet from tree to tree, the Howler monkeys are black and are typically positioned higher up in the trees. By the way, you rarely see any of the monkeys come down from the trees because of the jaguars. Oh did I forget to mention them? Yes there are jaguars in the jungle, but good luck seeing one. You are more likely to see one of the alligators in the lake than a jaguar. Oh, I forgot to mention them as well. At night you can see their eyes pop up out of the water. But don't worry, they won't get near you. All of these jungle creatures I mention are more intimidated by us than we are of them. So don't feel like your life is in danger. These Mayan children live among them and as long as you respect the jungle and its inhabitants, you will be respected as well. Anyway, also unlike the spider monkeys, who number in the thousands, the howler monkeys in this particular area is limited to a family of four. Later on when we were paddling back to the dock, we were able to get close to them along the shore and they eventually came down closer to us to get a better look at us which gave us the opportunity to get a better look at them.

Finally, we reached our destination in the jungle where we could zip line back to the canoes were docked. The two things that made me want this tour were the monkeys and the zip line. I love both. Salvador went first so he could get video of me coming in. It was a lot of fun.

The last thing we did there was to stop along the way back at a cenote. This I wasn't even expecting so that was really nice. Not all cenotes are the same, so if you've been to one, you might like another even better. One thing different about this particular cenote was that it's a hole in the ground and the only way in or out is a rope ladder with wooden steps. However, you do keep your harness of that you used to zip line and they attach a rope to you to assist you in getting up and down. Keep something in mind, if you are a large person, you may want to consider whether or not you can make it up because they are pulling you by hand, not a machine. I admit, I'm 53 and 230 lbs, so it was really difficult. Once I was down in the water, it was so refreshing as it was a hot day and the water was cold. I needed something to cool me down and this was perfect. The cenote is created by part of the rocky ground falling through. The was is partly from rain as well as from an underground river that eventually leads to the ocean. There were several bats hanging from above so if you are freaked out about that, another reason to consider sitting this one out.

Once the swimming was over it was time leave and grab some lunch. The Mayan people were very friendly and even though I tipped a little, I really wished I had left more. Salvador gave out a few tips which came from my share of the booking fee, but I felt I should have done more. I did leave a tip in a tip basket at the welcome ceremony and also left one to a small 11 year old Mayan boy named Sabastian who went with us to assist. He only speaks Mayan but was the son of the main Mayan tour guide there learning the family trade. Salvador had someone take a picture of us with the Mayan family which I'm sharing here but the other pictures are being uploaded tonight and so they are available. Perhaps tomorrow I can include them.

Lunch was a different place than where the tour usually going because that place was still under restrictions. But we had a great tasting chicken dinner. They take a whole chicken, flatten it out, and grill it perfectly. They have their own seasoning which was delicious. The habanero sauce was fresh but not overly spicy, but it was served in a side bowl in case you don't want something spicy. The meal also came with rice, pasta, and a salad that looks a bit like coleslaw. The meal is included but any drinks are at your expense. I got the pineapple water, or agua fresca which totally amazing. There were other tropical fruits to choose from. This was my first agua fresca and I will definitely be getting more.

The tour lasted about 6 hours and when I got home, I immediately took a shower and fell asleep for about 4 hours. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent although I didn't have any and really didn't experience a problem. If you chose to swim then obviously bring or wear your swim suit and your own towel because they don't supplies for you. If you decide to tip, $20 to $50 pesos per person is a good amount There were three men plus the boy. I also gave Salvador a $50 pesos tip.

P.S. by the time I was finished writing my review, the pictures had been uploaded so I can include lots of them.
Written August 8, 2020
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Hi Richard! Thanks for your detailed review it really helps! And also through your reservation for supporting tourism in these challengin times and also the Mayan communities that really need it. And thanks for choosing Best Maya Tours. Keep in Touch. Cheer!
Written August 8, 2020
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Kent175 contributions
Sep 2019
Having contacted the hotel where we were staying for information on tours which received no response I worked my way through the many pages on the internet of agents selling tours and found Best Maya Tours. Salvador responded to our request immediately and I was soon booking with him.

We did 3 series of tours with him and found him energetic, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of things. From the history and culture of the Mayans to the abundant nature surrounding the area.

He was exactly what we were looking for which was a small group tour that did not have the excessive pricing of some of the operators. In fact his pricing model was possibly less than the large tour operators at the hotel

He joined in the activities with us, worked his way around the sites avoiding crowds leaving us to enjoy and take pictures unbothered.

I thoroughly recommend this company to everyone book without fear and enjoy his experience.
Written September 27, 2019
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Krystal B
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
Fascinating tour of the Sian Kaan and more! Salvitas is an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and super easy to visit with. Would highly recommend his tours. In fact, we plan to book another one when we return to Tulum.
Written July 9, 2022
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Jess K
Providence, RI29 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Wonderful day with William! A true guide and friend, with extensive knowledge of everything from Mayan history, to plants and animals, to the jungle paths! He picked us up on time, explained the day plan, and guides us seamlessly from the river float, to the ruins, through the jungle, and to the best lunch in Tulum. He even offered to take us to a different lunch place because I knows I love ceviche! :) but we couldn’t pass up the tacos and tostadas. The river float was GLORIOUS, the ruins were so impressive and interesting, and the jungle was unlike anything I’ve seen…. with monkeys!! This was a highlight of our trip and an amazing day. It was just two of us and being able to book a private tour was great. The van was comfortable and the sites were beautiful. He offered so much information and was so fun to hang out with all day. We were out around 8 am and came home by 2. The communication was easy and helpful, and it was all around a day to remember. Thank you to William for being the BEST guide and partner on our memorable day. We will be back!
Written April 8, 2022
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1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Friends
This was such an amazing experience! I did a lot of research and also emailed Salvador several questions ahead of booking, and I have to say, Salvador is the best—he’s responsive to questions ahead of time, knowledgeable at answering questions on the tour, flexible and relaxed, and just provides an overall great guide service. We had a group of six for a private tour for my birthday, and we all had such a great time! He’s great at not just guiding you and sharing the history, culture, and facts, but also taking group photos at excellent spots along the way. The boat guide that he took us out snorkeling with was also excellent and guided us along the reef perfectly so we could see sea turtles and sting rays! We ended the day at an excellent local restaurant, where we had amazing food that our group is still talking about five days later. On top of all that, the van was extremely clean, and Salvador brought water and cookies for us to enjoy between visiting the ruins and the snorkeling. I’ve been on a lot of excursions in different parts of the world, and most are larger groups where you’re packed in with 50 other people and trying to hear, but this was such a better experience because of the small group size. The price is such a great value for your money, and I highly, highly recommend Best Maya Tours and Salvador if you want a fantastic local tour company. Thanks for a great birthday excursion, Salvador! We hope to see you again in the future!
Written February 11, 2022
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2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
My boyfriend and I took this tour Jan 2022 and had a great time! It was sunny, the mangroves were beautiful and our guide told as a lot about the mayan ruins. Also, the lunch following was yummy! Would recommend.
Written January 14, 2022
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Pittsburgh, PA9 contributions
Our day trip with Salvador was absolutely incredible. We learned so much about the Muyil ruins and the walk through the jungle, which is beautiful! We had a little wait for the boat across the lake and to the river, but we were lucky enough to be entertained by a spider monkey in a nearby tree and were blessed with amazing weather and an even more amazing view of the water. Never been more content to have a few minutes break. The boat ride was smooth and the river float was like nothing we had experienced. The water is such a gorgeous color and crystal clear. We saw some fish, mangrove finches, and a beautiful heron. He was able to snap some really great family photos along the way, too! Just when we thought the day couldn’t be more impressive, lunch turned out to be another highlight. The food was delicious - the best we had our entire trip to Mexico! We are still talking about it to anyone who will listen. Communication was easy and we felt very safe during the entire trip! We also loved the music on the way back while our son (6) crashed after such an exciting day!
Written January 2, 2022
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