I contacted Barry prior to our trip and he replied immediately. There were 4 of us traveling, my husband and I, and our 6 and 12 year old daughters. He gave me some suggestions on what we could do for our excursions. We chose to snorkel at Akumal Bay with the turtles and then head to see the Tulum ruins and finish our day with a swim in the Cenote Crystalline.
When we got to Akumal Bay, there was a red flag out and we couldn't swim! We were so disappointed! The water was crazy due to the recent hurricane that had passed by. Barry ended up taking us to Yal Ku Lagoon instead. The lagoon ended up being an even better choice for us because it was our daughters 1st time snorkeling. Barry swam with us and even took our 6 year old with him so that my husband and I could enjoy our snorkeling time as well. Erik stayed with the van and watched our belongings. Barry allowed us to snorkel as long as we wanted which was nice because when my husband and I did it the previous year with another tour, they had us on a timed schedule.
After snorkeling, we were going to have lunch but Barry had brought so many snacks that we were full already so we opted out of lunch.
Tulum ruins was beautiful! Neither Barry nor Erik went in with us but they explained everything before we went in. They are both full of knowledge on the people and the culture in the area. We knew what to look for on the buildings and he had explained the culture and purpose of the city. There were iguana everywhere, which the children loved! Tulum also has the most beautiful ocean I have ever seen!
After Tulum, Barry offered us more water and snacks and our oldest daughter wasn't feeling well. They took a detour to a pharmacy so we could get her some medicine which we thought was very nice.
The next stop was Cenote Crystalline, where we got fish pedicures, swam in the cool, clear water, and swam in a small cave with bats! There was a place to jump off as well but we opted out of that.
Overall, I would give Barry and Erik an A+. We loved that Barry speaks perfect English, as Erik does very well with his English too. They were very knowledgeable about the area and they pointed out things along the way. Our day was great! My husband and I are returning in November and they gave us suggestions on where we could stay! We are planning on doing a Coba, Honey Factory, Akumal Bay(weather permitting) tour with them when we come back! Thank you both so much for the amazing experience! We will see you in November!
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