My husband and I took the Mayan encounter with our tour guide Paco.. who by the way our whole group fell in love with! From the moment Paco picked us up at our hotel, we knew we were in good hands, not to mention he`s a bit of a jungle fashionista!! Awesome hair cut Paco, all around a cool guy :) Anyways, you start off the day picking up a few other couples at the surrounding hotels, you drive all the way out to the middle of the Yucatan peninsula where the Mayan People still live. My husband and I are adventurous (which you should be if you want to do an excursion like this), but we never take for granted the fact that these people are letting you into their life, their culture, and while it may be different then what we are used to, you should respect, love, and honor that they are letting you on their dirt (or I should say limestone ;) ) We repelled into a dry cenote, zip lined through the jungle, had lunch made by Mayan hands ( which was one of the best meals I had all vacation Thank you Margarita!) . We then kayaked through the jungle in a swamp, hiked through the jungle where two very angry monkeys through sticks at us. ( this to me was NOT a low point, it was actually a Highlight!) All the While Paco just sincerely seemed to care about each and every one of us, and educated us about the culture, different things we saw in the jungle, and cool stories, and legends. We then got blessed my a real Mayan Shaman and swam underground in a cenote. We zip lined back to the bus and went to Coba, There was a little mishap with my zip line equipment on the way back, but not even worth getting into, and the only reason I mentioned it is to say how quickly and thoroughly it was fixed. Paco is quick and efficient and awesome! Coba is the last Mayan Ruin you can physically touch and climb. This was unexplainable and absolutely beautiful. It was hard to believe what was in front of my eyes. I read a review about the photos that they totally rip you off. I do not agree at all. You get a whole disc of photos for 59 dollars!! and Two prints of your choice! Mind you all the money you spend, a portion of it stays with the Mayan people, and it is so important we keep this culture, and language alive. It is so close to being diminished for good. I guess its all the way you look at things and life. My husband and I were grateful,and amazed by what we were allowed to do,. You are given so much freedom and are out in the middle of no where, so you have to have your wits about you, BUT the staff of Al Tour Native seemed to be educated, cool, full of love, and smart. As far as money goes, if you have it to do this excursion, then I don't think 59 dollars is unreasonable compared to a 200 dollar swim with the dolphin pics. That's where you get ripped off. Go with this company, help the Mayan people stay alive, be grateful, love one another, see the world, AND REQUEST PACO!! We will be back next year!
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