We booked three tours through Mayawalk and they were able to give us a discount for booking in bulk, so inquire about that if you're interested. All three tours were well organized, priced right, and our tour guides were great. After the tours, the restaurant (and especially Jimmie, the uber outgoing chef / master BBQer) treated us like family and made for a great "after tour" hang out spot. We met friends through our tours and Mayawalk was a great way to connect with others and take in everything the area had to offer.
The Tours themselves:
Surprisingly, the ATM tour wasn't our favorite...don't get me wrong, ATM was still neat to check out, but it was really crowded (literally hundreds of people crammed inside a small stretch of caves, where you had to jockey and wait around for the group ahead and behind of you to clear) and not quite as physically challenging as I had hoped. I had expected a strenuous, active adventure and kind of felt it to be a slow moving and not really that much tougher than mall walking or wading in the pool in terms of challenge - you don't need to be an athlete to do this, just about anyone of mediocre shape or better should be able to handle it (and did). I think ATM would have been better if our expectations were more reasonable (not at all a fault of Mayawalk, just including this for others as an FYI if planning your tours and you're an active person) - to me, ATM seemed a bit anticlimatic and crowded/touristy after all of the build up. If you go, try to pick an off day to go, as I think it'd be better if it weren't crammed with people - when we went, the river had flooded the day prior so all of the prior day's trips were cancelled, so I think that meant for us that there were 2+ days of trips all going at once, which meant a lot of people, and it definitely detracted from the experience.
Caracol & Big Rock Falls was by far the winner. Caracol is amazing!! It's a rough drive, but the reward for withstanding the drive is that hardly anyone is there, and you are blown away at how majestic and beautiful it is. We were in a small group of three people and our tour guide then took the long way home and showed us more caves and water falls which were also stunning.
Cave Tubing was also cool, and a relaxing way to spend the day. It's not exactly white water rafting, the float is very slow and controlled, so don't worry about this being scary at all.
Mayawalk had great food and drinks before & after your tours, and great hospitality. The food provided on the trips was also great, and the tour guides shared a lot of local knowledge and expertise which was awesome.
Thanks again for all the good times Mayawalk!
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