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“Best way to experience Chichen Itza”
Review of Make Your Own Tour

Make Your Own Tour
Ranked #16 of 340 Tours in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In Make Your Own Tour we help you plan your vacation to the fullest in the Yucatan peninsula, with different activities such as archeological sites, natural wells, reservoirs, bays, eco-parks, etc. Our experience as tourist guides, lets us know what is best for you and your family. Also we do Private tours to Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam. Tour privato in italiano. Visite privee en francais. Privat-Tour in Deutsch. We can help you in different languages, just ask us for your language. Private tours in Cancun Private tours in Playa del Carmen Private tours in Tulum Visite privee a Cancun Tour privato in cancun
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed November 16, 2013

We visited Cancun during the first week of November. My husband and I were very keen on visiting Chichen Itza but we did not want the typical whole day group affair. We found Nefi through tripadvisor and we could not have got a better person to show us around. We contacted him through email. We wanted to reach Chichen Itza early in the morning before the whole crowd got there. Nefi understood what we wanted and customized our tour to suit our preferences. We paid him through paypal which was quite easy. He picked us up from our hotel at 6:30 am sharp. We reached Chichen Itza around 9 am and were one of the first people to arrive! He bought our tickets and immediately took us inside. He has a great knowledge about the Mayan civilization and led us through the grounds. We spent about 3 hours there. He even took pictures for us. There are several vendors at Chichen Itza. If you want to buy souvenirs, buy it there or in the surrounding villages. Cancun is outrageously expensive and even the best negotiators can't get a better deal there since the baseline price of the items are inflated in Cancun due to city taxes. Nefi took us back to our hotel. The drive was smooth and he even had bottled water and a snack for us. That was a great touch! On our way back we spoke about different cultures and our families.Nefi is a very sincere and hardworking person. He gave us the best price with the best service. Choose him for your tour..you can never go wrong!

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

I had the pleasure of 2 tours with Make Your Own Tour, 1 with a friend to Tulum and 1 with my wife and son to Chichen Itza. Nefi led our tour to Tulum and was not only an excellent guide but went above and beyond the call of duty when the wheel chair I was forced to use due to injury lost the rubber on a front wheel twice. Without hesitation Nefi fixed the wheel and never lost a beat explaining the Mayan culture and the specifics of Tulum. Nefi speaks perfect English and is passionate about his work.

The next trip to Chichen Itza was led by Lamuel and we had an excellent day. First Lamuel suggested and made sure I had an electric scooter making the tour possible. IF ANYONE IS IN A WHEELCHAIR AND WANTS TO TOUR TULUM OR CHICHEN ITZA USE THIS TOUR GROUP AND RENT A SCOOTER!! Lamuel speaks English perfectly as well as a number of other languages and shared history and information that was educational and exciting. Lamuel took us to a great lunch and introduced us to one of the areas beautiful Cenotes. A fantastic day.

Luckliy, I have toured from Machu Piccu to Melaka to Moscow and this team is equal to or better than any I've encountered. I highly recommend using this tour company anytime when visiting Cancun.

Thank Hank S
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Brook who handles the emails and booking was very responsive to our numerous inquiries. Nefi was our guide and is 4th generation Mayan descendant and since his grandfather took him on many tour trips since his youth his knowledge was extensive and very interesting. There was not a question he could not answer. He picked us up early to dodge the crowds, bus loads, and also the heat. During the tour he pointed out many unique and 'behind the scenes' aspects that other tours walked right by. On the way back to hotel in Cancun we stopped and had a very authentic Mexican meal at a small family ran cafe. Then he took us to a very discrete cenote, off the beaten path of the large ones that you knock elbows in the water. We were the only ones there beside the two brothers who mainatin the property. It was off the road, we got stuck but easily pushed out, came to the opening in the earth, crawled down a ladder, walked a few paces then viewed the most beautiful cave with crystal clear mineral water, stalagites & stalagmites everywhere!!! Went for a swim floating all by ourselves then came out refreshed and ready for the rest of the ride back to hotel. If at all possible, I strongly suggest using Make Your Own Tour with Nefi for a tour you will not regret or forget!!!!

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Our family of 5 (3 kids ages 15 1/2, 12 1/2, and 10) had a great day with Nefi on July 29, 2013. We began the day at 7:00 am (Nefi's smart idea to get our day started early) with Nefi picking us up at our hotel with his air conditioned van stocked with cold drinks and snacks. He drove us down to Tulum, we beat all of the crowds there gave us a guided tour filled with his knowledge of the Mayans, their culture and the ruins. he let us explore on our own and enjoy the little beach their before taking us to our next location a private open air Cenote. There we did a couple of different ziplines, kayaked, jumped off an 11 foot cliff and swam, hung out in hammocks then enjoyed a homemade Mayan lunch. After that he drove to another Cenote where he provide snorkeling equipment for our whole family and guided us to "the bat cave." He even helped our 10 and 12 year olds get comfortable with the equipment and surroundings. After that, he took us to a beach to snorkel with sea turtles. He even personally guided us out to where we could see turtles, and a great variety of fish. After enjoying some time on that beach he drove us back to our hotel.

Nefi speaks fluent English and he knows so much about the Mayan culture and the history of Cancun, he answered all of our questions and we learned a lot. Nefi's tour, information, and advice really allowed us to have a fun filled, action packed day where we got to experience all aspects of this region of Mexico - scenery, history/culture, adventure and nature without being rushed. The personal care, assistance (with everything from providing and fitting equipment, volunteering to take video and pictures, etc.) and attention (helping the kids, etc.) provided by Nefi created a very special day that our family will have great lasting memories of for a lifetime! Thanks Nefi!

1  Thank 723Julie
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Ralpha20, Propietario at Make Your Own Tour, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2013

Hi again family, I will be grateful with you for you review, thanks again for choice us for do the fun tour for your family, you will be in my main for that words of your son "Nefi is the tour man". now you know. you have a friend in cancun forever.

Julie, Brent, Kyle, Brooke, and Nathan Thanks.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We used Nefi recently for two different tours; first a day trip from Cancun to Chichen Itza, and then a snorkeling trip.

He knows a lot about the history of Chichen Itza and the Mayan people, and his English was excellent so there were no communication issues. The tour also included a stop at a Cenote after lunch for a little swimming.

Since we enjoyed that day quite a bit, we decided to use Nefi again a few days later for the snorkeling trip. He took us to 3 different locations, including snorkeling in a cave which was really impressive.

The only criticism I can think of is that at times his driving was a bit on the aggressive side, but on the whole that was a minor issue. We would not hesitate to hire him again next time we are in Cancun.

1  Thank Scott M
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Ralpha20, Propietario at Make Your Own Tour, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

hello again from cancun. I appreciate your comment on this website, and I must acknowledge your observation to improve. I hope we meet again and show I've improved.

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