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“Quite simply the best guided tour we have ever taken”
Review of Cozumel Choice

Cozumel Choice
Ranked #151 of 282 Tours in Cozumel
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Owner description: We are specialists in the Mayan culture and love to share our passion for this civilization by taking you to the most reputed Mayan sites of Quintana Roo on a semi-private tour at a non-private price.We have been guiding tours for over 20 years. Our reputation is based on exquisite punctuality, small groups, knowledge of the authentic Mayan world, highest standards of customer service and our involvement in consistently delivering the highest customer experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed March 19, 2013

My wife, Michelle and I have taken many tours in several different countries. Our experience with Cozumel Choice was the best we have ever taken.

We were in Cozumel over March break in 2013 and were looking to visit some ruins. Based on the positive feedback on tripadvisor, and the description in their website, we went with Cozumel Choice (aka Native Choice). We chose their Tulum tour because it allowed us to see ruins without spending a whole lot of time traveling from our resort.

We were initially greeted at our arrival point by Angela, who was going to be the tour guide for just the two of us at 10:30. We had arrived an hour early and asked if we could take the earlier (9:30) tour. Angela was fantastic (she even fixed my broken glasses) and introduced her to her sister, Sylvia, who took us out with another couple at 9:30.

Sylvia looked after us for the next 5 hours - and right from the start we were impressed with her warmth, sense of humour, depth of knowledge and enthusiasm about her culture.

We started by boarding the ferry. We chatted with the other couple while Sylvia looked after tickets and then guided us to our seats. After a comfortable ferry ride, we all got into a very clean, air conditioned van.

The 45 minute trip to Tulum seemed to go by in 5 minutes as Sylvia regaled us with information about the history of Cozumel, the Mayan culture and much more. During the tour itself at Tulum, she showed a great depth of knowledge that she relayed in a captivating and humourous fashion. She took us the best places to take pictures, and answered every question we had. I think we were there for about an hour and a half, which was just enough time to see everything we wanted to see. The trip back in the van was as fascinating as the trip there.

My wife and I will be going back to Cozumel next year. And we will be using Cozumel choice and specifically Sylvia!

Thanks Sylvia!!

3  Thank Rick M
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

As part of our cruise on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas, we had booked the Best of Cozumel Island Tour via Orbitz. We chose the tour because Orbitz gave us a good deal, but it turned out to be such a fantastic experience. The personal attention was top-notch. Angela is a part of the Mayan culture, and she shared her knowledge with charm and warmth.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We had a wonderful time on this tour, although in hindsight I don't know if we would do it again considering the time it took to get from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen by Ferry, then by small van to Tulum and back again. We had to contend with Ferry times and because of that had to cut the tour of Tulum short. I think we only spent about 45 minutes there walking around. However, that being said the staff and guides of Cozumel Choice were wonderful and incredibly informative. Sylvia gave a wonderful and informative history lesson, punctuated with humor and we found ourselves discovering new information that we had never heard before about the Mayan culture. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat, but probably not if we were coming from a Cruise. GREAT tour though and would highly recommend to others!

Thank RobinStar68
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Just got back cruising from to Cozumel. Had option to travel to Tulum through Royal Caribbean but decided to use Cozumel Choice and we were not disappointed. Silvia (our guide) was a fun, walking encyclopedia. She will educate you on Cozumel, as well as the Mayan, Aztec and Spanish cultures and languages. The Cozumel Choice staff was very accommodating and hospitable. You pay them and they'll retrieve your ferry tickets to and from Cozumel providing stress free travel. Also, Tulum is about 40 miles from Playa Del Carmen ferry pier and using a nice van (with great driver) instead of a slow bus was a welcome perk. Give them a try and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

3  Thank GlennPolite
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We were cruising in the Caribean with a stop in Cozumel and decided to book a tour to Tulum Ruins with Cozumel Choice - the best decision ever!
Off course we were nervous about things going wrong and us missing the cruise ship because we booked a tour not affiliated with the cruise company. But it was no problem at all - we were back in very good time. And actually the cruise guest that booked a tour to Tulum Ruins through the cruise company turned out to be the ones getting to the boat late - all 300 of them! (so the ship waited)
Anyhow, we were met on the pier (Cozumel) by a nice lady, who put us on a ferry to the pick up place. There should have been more of us, but the other 2 couples were delayed and were put on a later tour - so we were the only ones going on our tour!
We were met by the ferry by David, our local guide, who quickly took us to a private minibus. We must admit that we were a bit nervous getting in a vehicle just the two of us and the guides. But David seemed like a trustworthy guy - and he was!
Luckily he was also a GREAT tourguide! Very knowledgeable about both history and current events. He was quite the talker, who shared information from the moment we got of the ferry to the moment we got back on, but we were only happy to listen to him, because he was so interesting and enthusiastic - nothing there made us feel like "just another couple of tourists" and it was very nice to have a guide who wasn't just going through the motions.
Oh it was perfect having our own guide at Tulum Ruins!!! We saw the huge grioups of cruise ships people following single guides and where so glad that we had a guide all to ourselves, who we could ask questions and who was considerate of our wishes and needs. And actually, we later found out that we paid the same to have a private guide as the cruise ships groups did!
It was a great experience - thank you David (also affiliated with Native Choice) and Cozumel Choice! We gladly recommend booking a tour with them!

Camilla & Jens, Denmark

3  Thank Camilla B
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