I am a newlywed who had never been to Mexico or any other country other than the USA for that matter. My wife and I had looked on Tripadvisor for the best tour or attraction in Playa Del Carmen. The tour company that ranked number one was "Your Private Tour". I read a lot of reviews when making our decision and taking the advice of many selected Your Private Tour. It was the best decision I could have made. These guys really have the act together and for the price it was definitely the best money I spent on our honeymoon. Our guide was Rod and our driver was Roberto. We chose to do a 4 attraction package that included Tulum, 3 snorkeling sites, and lunch on the beach. Rod and Roberto picked us up promptly at 8 am or maybe a little before and he introduced himself and we felt very comfortable right away. He explained the order or our tour and what we would encounter along the way. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the different sites we would visit. He showed us maps of the area and pictures and descriptions of some of the wildlife we would see and interact with. Our first stop was Tulum. Rod had already bought our tickets to the site and our bracelets for the trolley to the ruins.He did let us know that he would not be able to accompany us to the ruins, but would be ready go when we experienced all we wanted. We arrived at Tulum before any other tourist or groups could be seen. We beat all the big groups and were able to walk around and take photos of all the ruins before anyone made it there. Tulum was beautiful! The ocean views and the ruins atop one of the highest points in the Yucatan. We met back up with Rod after our excursion and when we made it back the owner Jay and his mother met up with us to introduce themselves. Jay being a fellow Texan made for an even bigger bonus. He was very polite and told us no matter what from this point foward we had friends in Playa del Carmen. He really knows how to make you feel welcome in a country that is unfamiliar to me. After we left Tulum, Rod took us to Dos Ojos Cenote. He explained why it was named Two Eyes and that it was a haven for cave divers from around the world. Once again he bought our bracelets and we were on our way to the cave opening. We drove through the Mayan jungle and pulled up to our destination. He had all of our gear ready for us to use with brand new snorkels. He also provided dive masks and flippers. We changed and started for the Cenote. As we made our way down to the cave opening Rod described how the cave was formed and how the water drains from the limestone through to the roots of the trees and into the Cenote. When we were ready to begin with our dive, Rod made sure all our gear fit properly and explained how to get used to the water. The water was cold, but not unbareable. We were used to it in a couple of minutes. We purchased the photo option for our tour and Rod took great photos throughout our tour of Dos Ojos. He explained that he would dive down farther to take photos under the water. I had never been snorkeling before and Rod was very helpful at getting me acclimated to the water and gear. We saw amazing rock formations and really deep water. It is something you would have to see to believe. Rod told us that the movie the Cave was shot in this spot. We we around the cenote and ended up in the bat cave. It was just like something out of the movie. Very cool to say the least. Rod did an excellent job of taking photos and making sure everything was ok with us. Our third stop was in Akumal Bay. Here we had all our gear which include a life vest. It helped a lot with the waves in the ocean. Rod took us out in the bay and we immediately found the sea turtles. I think the final count was around 12. He said that was the most he had seen in a while. These animals were amazing! I have a new found respect for the sea turtle. They are very majestic creatures. I am not sure if they realized we were there, but the pics we got from Rod are proof we were. This was one of the best experiences on our honeymoon. Our fourth stop was in a natual aquarium with brackish water called Yal-Ku. Being a fish lover, this was the highlight of the trip for me. The water was really interesting. Some of it was cold freshwater and it mixed with warm saltwater of the ocean. This was really cool because it let you see all types of sea life living together in their natural habititat. We snorkeled here for a while and Rod took even more great pics. He told us about some of the fish and got some great shots of a juvenile barracuda. After we were finished there, Rod took us to a little restaurant on the beach called La Buena Vida. It was very nice and overlooked the bay. The wait staff were great and made sure we were taken care of. The lime soup and chicken fajitas were phenomenal! Rod took this time to show us the pics he had taken from the tour and then took one final one of us with the bay in the background. Rod then gave us some time to ourselves to enjoy our lunch and the surrounding sites. This was the perfect way to end the day. After lunch Rod and Roberto took us back to our hotel. On the way we had told him that we would definitely use this tour service again. We discussed a Whale Shark dive and going to Coba the next time we are in Playa. We plan on going back next summer and taking advantage of Rod's time again. I can't thank Jay and Rod enough for making this the highlight of our honeymoon and stay in Playa del Carmen. If you have a chance to use these guys you should definitely get on their books ASAP. Jay and Rod, we look forward to seeing y'all again soon! Thank for everything!
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