Edventure was originally recommended to me by a friend and this is now the third year in a row that my friend and I have taken trips with them! I cannot say enough good things about them since in my experience they do everything well: Bonnie is very responsive about correspondence beforehand and answering any questions you have, the trips themselves are all super fun, their drivers are great at what they do and make you feel taken care of(Fernando gave us snacks and brought my friend's flippers to her when he realized they'd been left in the van), and their guides really are the best.
This year my friend and I were paired with two sisters and together we took a semi-private tour to the ancient Mayan city of Coba in the morning and then went snorkeling in Dos Ojos cenote and Yalku lagoon in the afternoon. Balam was our guide for Coba and he was really knowledgeable about so many aspects of Mayan culture. We rode bikes through the city, stopping along the way to walk around the ball courts and other structures, gawking at 2 foot high termite nests above us in the trees, and climbing to the top to Nohoch Mul, the tallest Mayan temple in the Yucatan. While we were walking around, Balam also pointed out various plants and trees and told us how the Mayans had used them (or avoided them in the case of one of the poisonous ones) so we got a little botany lesson as a bonus! On the way back, he suggested stopping for cold coconuts at a roadside stand which was a great idea. We drank the coconut water and then the women selling them cut the meat out of the shells, put it in a bag and mixed it with lime juice, salt, and chili powder. Mmmmm, so tasty. And also well-timed since we didn't end up having lunch until about 2:30 or so.
When we got back to town, we picked up our guide, Edgar, for the second half of our edventure and headed to Dos Ojos cenote for some snorkeling. We saw that a couple other tour groups were also there, but Edgar had us begin our snorkel in a different area of the cenote so that we never overlapped with any of the other groups and felt like we had the place to ourselves. Edgar took great care of us, making sure our masks didn't fog, diving to ridiculous depths to retrieve flashlights when a couple people (not me!) dropped them by mistake, and taking special care of one member in our group who was claustrophobic and worried about the narrow passage to the bat cave. Happily, she made it just fine and I think was kind of excited afterwards for having faced her fears.
The two sisters in our group had ordered an extra CD of underwater photos and to me, one of the most impressive things about Edgar was the lengths he went to to get just the right shot. He knew all the places in the cenote where the light was the best for photos and I'd often see him swimming ahead of the group to catch us as we came to some particularly photogenic stalactite formation or he'd be swimming many feet below us on his back, shooting pictures from below us. The result was many fine, professional quality photos, some of which were quite artistic in their framing.
The final stop on our tour was Yalku lagoon which is really like snorkeling in an aquarium. We had the place to ourselves since we were the last group of the day but we were also running a bit behind schedule so our time here was a bit shorter than it might have been otherwise. All in all, an exhilarating day jam-packed with fun and the thrill of getting to see and learn about some of the Yucatan's most beautiful natural and historical sites up close with a couple stellar guides. I'd take another tour with Edventure in a heartbeat. Thank you all for an awesome day!
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