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“Auto Progresso? YES !”

Grupo Auto Progreso
Ranked #7 of 41 Tours in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Sailed out of New Orleans on the Carnival Ship Elation on April 15, in Progresso, Yucatan on the 17th. I had read here on Trip Advisor about Auto Progresso Tours, so decided to give them a try for the Merida and Mayan Ruins tour. Our guide was Ivan (highly recommended!) It was a fast paced tour, but we had a guide who was very informative on the history of the Mayans. The cenote was amazing, as was the ruins themselves! We saw some of the impressive landmarks in Merida and had wonderful authenic Mayan food in a little restaurant in Merida. The bus was air conditioned and clean! (it was HOT in Progresso!)
My traveling friend and I were celebrating our 60th birthday's with this cruise, so we are a couple of older gals. At no time did we feed uncomfortable on this tour, or at any time, while in the Yucatan. The cost per person was $39, well worth the money.
Yes, you will encounter street vendors in Merida, a polite "No, Thanks" works well.

4  Thank Judith W
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

I did a lot of research on cruisecritic.com before booking excursions for our recent cruise to Mexico, and one of the best bits of advice I found was to book with Grupo Auto Progreso for ruins tours instead of buying directly through Carnival. All the folks at Cruise Critic are so right. The Carnival excursion was priced at $79 per person. We paid $49 per person. We booked online ahead of time, so once we arrived in the port, all we had to do was find the Auto Progreso shuttle (not difficult; representatives were waiting there as soon as we got off the ship) and ride into town. We showed our receipt to the representative there, and before we knew it, we were in a van with Geraldo (the guide) and Antonio (the driver) on our way to Uxmal. We got lucky and ended up being the only two people on our tour, which wasn't intentional but worked out well for us! The ride didn't feel that long, although it does take a while to get to the ruins, but Geraldo (who was SUPER friendly) kept us entertained with information about the region's history and culture. You pass through a farming village on the way to and from the ruins, too, which was really interesting. Geraldo and Antonio offered to stop anywhere we wanted to shop or just look around, which was really nice of them, but we were excited to see the ancient city and opted to keep going. Once we got there, Geraldo led us around and pointed out important and interesting features. Uxmal is beautiful and impressive ... I didn't realize it would be so big! After showing us all the highlights, Geraldo gave us time to explore and eat on our own, then met back up with us later for the ride back to the ship. He and Antonio were very accommodating and really made the whole experience great for us. He basically told us that it was OUR tour and that we could determine how it went (within reason, of course). We got back in plenty of time to board the ship, too -- even with a little extra time to shop, actually -- so don't worry about that! Grupo Auto Progreso does this every day ... they're not in the habit of making passengers miss the ships. :) I felt like we got a really great tour for a great price, and if we have the chance to visit that area again, I'll definitely book with Grupo Auto Progreso.

7  Thank awaltrip
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Want to save money on your excursion? I DID! Go to autoprogreso.com and buy your tour online through Paypal. Their tour to Uxmal (or Chichen Itza) is $49pp/ $35kids. The EXACT same tour is DOUBLE that (I mean, the same buses. Same company. Same tour guides.) if you book through Carnival directly. That's crazy. Just make sure you PRINT out your Paypal receipt and bring it with you. They slap a bracelet on you and away you go. Buses are newer. Air conditioned. With bathroom. Autoprogreso is THE transport company for the cruise ships coming in. Geraldo "Jerry" our tour guide was awesome. My 9yr, while amazed by the ruins and being able to climb pyramids, was quickly distracted for the rest of the day hunting the dozens of iguanas around the site, like a National Geographic photographer:) There's a nice little restaurant to have lunch before getting back on the bus. It is @ 1 1/2hrs each way, but worth it. The place did not disappoint. Bring water and sunscreen. It is Africa hot there....and I'm from Louisiana! I felt confident that they would get me back to the ship on time, and they did. We had a great day! It's not that often you get the chance to walk around an ancient Mayan city. Take advantage! Drink and lay out when you are back on the boat!

8  Thank Heidi L
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

We purchased a tour to Uxmal for our family of 4 right on the pier after we got off of our cruise ship. Jerry and Victor drove us in a comfortable, air conditioned van to Uxmal; all the while bringing us up to speed on local Mayan culture. He then gave us a walking tour of Uxmal. Well worth the money, and a ton cheaper than the cruise tour.

2  Thank Orangedog42
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

There wasn't much to do in Progreso like there was in Cozumel when we were there for the day on the second stop of our cruise. When we got out at the port the Auto Progreso guy was a little aggressive but, since we knew there wasn't much to do around, we went with the "all-inclusive" deal for $35. The price wasn't horrible, but the service was ok, if that. They shuttled us to a bus depot-like place, left us there for about an hour, and then boarded another bus to go to the hotel we paid to go to. Once there, there wasn't much to do but wade in the pool and drink till you could try to forget your disappointment. The beach was tiny and there was a ton of seaweed and only a few lounge chairs, the pool was cold because there are buildings that block the sun light from coming through, and the "all-you-can eat" portion of the deal is a small buffet with only a select few options. The way to get your money's worth here and to make the best of this "excursion" is to drink in the time you're there (if you're a drinker). That's one thing I can say was good. The staff there wasn't stingy with the liquor and they were actually very pleasant and nice (note: these are NOT Auto Progreso staff members, but the ones at the hotel).

All-in-all, this is a money maker for Auto Progreso, but for a traveler, not really worth the cost and hassle. If you're there on a cruise, you might be better off just staying on the boat and enjoying the pool, drinks, and food on board.

Thank Ana S
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