How to get an informed guide at Tulum ruins?
I took my in-laws to tour the ruins of Tuluum the other day, as my father-in-law is an architect and had a deep interest in all things Maya. We were assigned a guide at the gate for $500 Ps (including entrance and trolly), and I knew it was a mistake from the git-go. The guide was a good 80 years old, and his tour consisted of the Catholic remake of Mayan history, equating all Mayan building and heiroglyphs as parallels and reflections of the Catholic belief system. When we challanged some of the more blatant untruths, the guide stiffened his back, bugged his eyes and protested as if we were challanging the absolute truth. We dumped the old guy and finished by ourselves.
So the question is, if you really want an informative and historically accurate tour of historical sites in Mexico, how do you assure yourself of getting one with real historical knowledge to share and not someone who has willingly traded his personal history for someone else's fantasy?