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Review of Maya Can Eco Tours

Maya Can Eco Tours
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Owner description: "YOUR ADVENTURES START WITH Maya Can Ecotours." At MayaCan Eco Tours, our priority is you, the customer. We understand you come down for a limited amount of time to vacation so it is important your excursion/tour is fun and worry free to give you the best bang for your buck. We are based on a business with over 4 years experience and we have English/Spanish speaking guides. Our tours could be pre-planned or custom for you. We want your tour to be based on what you want to do rather than what everyone else is doing. From Tulum to Coba; a pristine beach to a cenote, snorkeling to scuba; golf to fishing, and whatever you are in the mood for, it is no match for MayaCan Eco Tours. Our vehicles are air conditioned vans which are comfortable for long trips and short trips. Remember, Your Adventure Starts with MayaCan Eco Tours, Come experience with us:Tulum /Coba Mayan Ruins;Snorkel/Scuba in the reef or cenote;Deep Sea Fishing;Golf;Swimming with the whale sharks;Pristine beaches;as well we do Airport/Hotel Transfers, and Condo Rentals.
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Barry first met us at our resort to plan our tour and to talk to us about what we were interested in seeing. We started our day at the Coba ruins, visited with a Mayan family and their pet monkey Pancha, then onto Grande Cenote for a refreshing swim. Afterwards we experienced an excellent lunch at Don Cafeto Resterante in Tulum where Barry had located authentic hand made Becal hats. We finished our day at the beautiful and fascinating Tulum Ruins. Barry gave us awesome customer service to provide a fun adventurous day!

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Similar to other reviews we were enticed to do a private tour with Barry to avoid the large crowds and time schedules. We spent the day with our 7 yr old son and 18 yr old daughter snorkeling at Akumal, visiting the ruins at Tulum and enjoying the cenote at Jardin of Edan. All four of us found enjoyment from this trip. Barry snorkeled with us and really helped us all to gain comfort in the area. We saw turtles, rays and a barracuda. We loved the area so much we went back a couple of days later for more!!! After snorkeling, Barry took us to a local taco shop for fish tacos. We then visited the ruins which were amazing. Barry shared pointers and told us what to look for and pay attention to. He made sure we had plenty of water and juice to stay hydrated. We finished the day swimming in the cenote with all of us jumping from the cliff into the cool water. This was a highlight for our 7 yr old! All in all it was a day well spent! Barry is full of historical knowledge and really helped us to get our bearings. We talked about Barry and how much we enjoyed our time with him during the remainder of our stay. We will definitely be calling upon Mayacan Eco Tours on our next trip to Playa!
Thanks Barry! Diane, Trey, Erin and Dylan :-)

2  Thank Diane E
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

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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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Wow! What amazing personal service!! Barry was in touch with us up to the trip and actually tracked us down at the resort after a little miscommunication...but once he and Erik got us in the van it was nothing but fun from there!!
Amazing understanding of not only the area but the people. As Barry is a transpant himself there was no language barrier; he speaks English and is apparently fluent at Sapnish as well. He is an extremely nice person and well spoken too. It was truly a pleasure to spend the day with him seeing the sights and eating the food. And he wrapped the trip up with amazing drinks at a secluded little beach and bar...I won't tell you the name because I think that's what keeps it so special. Hire Barry for the day; he'll show you what I'm talking about.
Personalized service is what Barry gives. And a very personal thank you is what you will give him after your tour... Gracias Barry!!! Muchas Gracias!

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Incredible 2 days with Barry and Erik! From the first contact with Barry in the planning process, until we were dropped at the airport our last day, it was a great experience with MayaCan. So great, that when we said our good byes to Barry and to Erik, we felt like we were sadly leaving good friends. The kids wouldn't let them go - that speaks volumes.

There were 7 of us - 2 couples & 3 daughters (10, 11 & 12), staying south of Playa del Carmen. Barry spent the time with me via e-mail and phone to work out the perfect 2 days, including a special surprise lunch for my sister's birthday.

Barry takes care of everything. He brings plenty of water and snacks, and manages the acquiring of all park passes. The experience was relaxing and fun, with none of the hassles or delays you can get with large tours. And one of the best parts was making new friends in Barry and Erik.

Driving: The driving was outstanding by Erik for our airport transfers plus 2 tour days. He enthusiastically answered our non-stop questions - everything from history to current events and their impact on Mexico's politics. He grew up in Mexico, is very smart, well read (and knows his movies), proud of his home and happy to share.

Safety: We always felt safe. The van was in great condition and very comfortable for all 7 of us (plus Barry and Erik). When we were swimming or snorkeling, we were always watched over. Erik kept an eye on the van, so any valuables we left in the van while snorkeling were safe. These guys know the area, the people, and they know what they are doing.

The Tours: Perfect. Exactly what Barry promised.
1st Tour: Coba/Honey & Artisan Shops/Cenote/Tulum/La Zebra - The first tour started with a morning trek to view and climb Coba ruins (be sure to have a "Mexican Red Bull" health drink at the entrance - I make them at home now) followed by a stop at a 'honey factory' where we purchased honey, bee pollen and natural hair products, then a local artisan spot where we purchased a spectacular Mayan wooden mask for a fraction of the price at the hotel. We cooled off at Gran Cenote with incredible (and not scary) caves before heading to Tulum ruins and then a late lunch and delicious cocktails at La Zebra on the beach in Tulum where the girls bodysurfed while we enjoyed the food, drink and amazing view.
2nd Tour: Snorkeling/Beachside Lunch/Cenote - We had planned to snorkel with turtles in the bay, but windy conditions all week closed the waters, so we went to Yal Ku Lagoon, which a great plan B were we still managed to spot rays and barracuda even with less than ideal conditions. Barry and Erik chose La Buena Vida in Akumal for my sister's surprise birthday lunch, the perfect casual spot with tables right on the beach-prices were very reasonable and the food was great. The staff seemed to enjoy the celebration as much as we did, allowing us to serve a bottle of tequila we brought with engraved shot glasses, complete with song and huge sombreros - a memorable birthday for sure. We ended the tour with a visit to cenote with a big jump that we all had a ton of fun with. They dropped us at Xcaret for the evening show and Erik was there with his wonderful smile to pick us up at 9:30 to drive us back to our hotel. A long but wonderful day.

What to bring: comfortable shoes for walking, and shoes for the beach (if you can do a combo pair, like Keenes, that's great). Bring a hat, sunglasses, biodegradable sun screen (although Barry did have some too), cover up, snorkel gear if you have it, underwater camera, change of clothes - remember you can leave gear in the car, so bringing the extra flip flops or shorts is not a problem. I brought dried apples and a couple of other healthy snacks. Bring cash to purchase from the honey factory (the cookies are great, pollen, honey, hair and body products) and the artisan next door (wooden masks, hammocks, ceramics), both are great spots to buy authentic local goods, and help the local families.

Next time: We hope to make it back within 2 years and will plan to do a day long cenote tour with MayaCan, as well as a swim with the turtles (Mother Nature willing). The piggy bank is out and starting to fill up!

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