They say everything happens for a reason. Well, that may be what happened to my wife and I prior to our trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in September 2012. We had reserved two spots on the "Sea to Cenote" tour through YucaTreks because we wanted to snorkel in Akumal Bay with the turtles and swim in the cenotes. We greatly appreciated in that the YucaTreks representative told us in advance that the tour had a minimum participant requirement and that it hadn't been met at the time of our booking. We checked back a week before we were to arrive in Mexico and they still hadn't reached their required number, so we decided to switch to the "Tulum and Beyond" tour. We knew we wanted to see the Tulum ruins and we already had our heart set on snorkeling in the cenotes, so we were still plenty excited about this tour's itinerary.
The tour guides were prompt to pick us up at our resort the morning of our tour and we stopped at two other hotels in Playa del Carmen to get the rest of the tour group. The whole tour was fantastic. I won't give away too many details about the locations themselves because my wife and I like to show up and have our own initial reactions without knowing every last detail. I will say that our guides (I really wish I remembered their names) were incredible. The both spoke English very well and had a lot of great stories and information to help pass the time in the van during the driving between points of interest. They also made an amazing, authentic Mexican lunch for us on a beach in Tulum that was one of the best meals I had during our entire trip.
The Apple Vacations representative at our resort tried to make my wife and I feel guilty for not booking the excursion through them, but I'm glad we listened to the recommendations here on Trip Advisor and stuck with our original plan. If we ever visit the Yucatan area again, there's a good chance we'll try again to go on the Sea to Cenote tour, because if it's anything like this one it'll be a memorable day.
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