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Old 01-07-2005   #1 (permalink)
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2 families wanting to explore the area/snorkeling

I see where there are tours on this sight. I am not exactly looking for a big group (bus) on a tour - so I'm thinking this might be different. Perhaps with our group of 10 - we are the tour group! 2 couples and our 6 kids (ages 12 - 18). My original thoughts are to spend a day at Xel-Ha on our own. The other family is interested in seeing some ruins. Personally the thought of a long day traveling and visiting the ruins doesn't sound like fun. Now snorkeling sounds fun. So, anyone have some advice for perhaps one of the tours available on this site? Basically we want to see the area and snorkel as well. We are staying at the Riu Tequila the end of March. Thanks for any help from you great folks!
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You should check out the tours available through ALTOURNATIVE excursions. I've done a couple of them before in the past and they're always great! Plus, they pick your group up at the resort and keep you guys together all day with a tour guide. They're located right on 5th! They have several different excursions they offer which include snorkeling in different areas. I'm sure you will be able to find something that fits your likings there. Good luck and have fun!!
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I see where there are tours on this sight. I am not exactly looking for a big group (bus) on a tour - so I'm thinking this might be different. Perhaps with our group of 10 - we are the tour group! 2 couples and our 6 kids (ages 12 - 18). My original thoughts are to spend a day at Xel-Ha on our own. The other family is interested in seeing some ruins. Personally the thought of a long day traveling and visiting the ruins doesn't sound like fun. Now snorkeling sounds fun. So, anyone have some advice for perhaps one of the tours available on this site? Basically we want to see the area and snorkel as well. We are staying at the Riu Tequila the end of March. Thanks for any help from you great folks!
You cannot go wrong with PlayaInfo's new Sea to Cenote tour. Click on the sticky thread at the top of this page. Although this tour is typically limited to 8 people, we can work with your group of 10. Click on the "trip planning" tab and go to the "Sea to Cenote" page to see the itinerary.
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Hmmmmm.... both the Mayan Canope with the Altournative Tours and the Sea to Cenote tour here sounds pretty neat. Heather, how much is the Sea to Cenote tour per person? Do you pick us up at our resort? Is it scarey at all for 12 year olds? Thanks so much!
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Hmmmmm.... both the Mayan Canope with the Altournative Tours and the Sea to Cenote tour here sounds pretty neat. Heather, how much is the Sea to Cenote tour per person? Do you pick us up at our resort? Is it scarey at all for 12 year olds? Thanks so much!
92 usd per person; typically we don't take kids any younger than 12. It depends on your 12 year old; some kids might be frightened, but if your 12 year old has a keen sense of adventure, he/she should have no problem. You will be with him/her the whole time, and you do have the older siblings along, so I think it would be fun for your group.
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Don't NOT do the Coba tour because you don't think you're ruins people. We did the "banned" tour with Denise over the holidays, and that totally changed my perspective on ruins. My only previous experience was with Tulum, which is sort of all out there for you to see (and thus sort of dull, at least from my perspective); Muyil was much more interesting, in that it was spread out throughout a more jungle-like setting. Our two girls (7 and 10) enjoyed having to follow jungle paths to see different structures; I think it really helped bring the mystery of the ancient civilization more alive for them.

I, personally, have not done the Coba tour. All I am saying is be open to the idea that a ruins-oriented tour could be interesting for everybody. Experiencing the jungle alone is fascinating; the ground is actually quite dry, with cool, pleasant walking. Plus, if I'm not mistaken, there are some pretty cool cenotes for snorkeling along the route to Coba. If you're a big enough group to constitute your own tour, I would think that your itinerary could be customized to allow such diversions.

Oh, look! Here comes Heather to agree!

Also, if you guys are looking for advice on family-friendly snorkeling spots, pm me and I will share my experiences. We were down in April 03 (girls then 5 and 10), and just got back.
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I was pretty open minded about ruins... but now visiting them I have to say I am not much of a ruin person. I actually enjoyed Valladolid more than Chichen Itza itself. Word of advice get there early! I went to them smack dab at 8am and it was great... just like me and 20 other tourists. came 9:30-10:00 it is rediculous. Tulum was worse than disneyland after about 9:45 when 30... 30!!!! tour buses arrived... Itza was a bit later, maybe 10:30. Muyil was a bit dull but it could have been my hangover.
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My original thoughts are to spend a day at Xel-Ha on our own. The other family is interested in seeing some ruins. Personally the thought of a long day traveling and visiting the ruins doesn't sound like fun. Now snorkeling sounds fun. So, anyone have some advice for perhaps one of the tours available on this site?
We took our 12 year old niece with us to Xel-Ha...HIGHLY recommended for beginner/family groups...(see pics below)... haven't been to James' dive yet...but it's on My list!




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