We, a family of 5, arrived at the Progresso port from our carnival cruise and took a bus titled "aut progreso" into town. When we arrived our bus driver described all kinds of excursions they offere in case we were interested. Carnival had canceled many excursions at our last port due to weather and because of that all of their progreso excursions had been booked so we were very interested in this. We chose an excursion that includes swimming in two different cenotes one open and one a cave, also including an authentic Mayan lunch. The drive was about and hour and a half from progreso but our tour guide Fernando made it seem much less long. We got to see the city of Merida, the capital, as well as the Mayan country side. At the first cenote we were given goggles and snorkels and an area to change. This one was open to the sky but was still quite the climb down. We were allowed 40 mins to swim here. This was the bluest prettiest water I have ever seen in my life! This cenote even had a rope swing and an area to dive off of. We left this one for another that was about 10 mins away. The second was more of a tourist area and included the Mayan restaurant and even Wi-Fi. We ordered our food, had some Mayan tea then made our way down into the cave. This staircase down was much steeper and a little scary but just go slow and it is so worth it once you get down there! We were all provided life jackets and Fernando got in with us to guide us through the cave. Yes there were bats, but they just minded their own business. We swam for maybe 30 mins here but most of us were so hungry we went back up for food. The food was so good and we were provided two drinks beer or soda. The women that worked there also sold a few handmade goods. If you didn't speak Spanish, Fernando was able to communicate to the women working there so there was never any confusion. This trip was half the price of anything carnival offered and we traveled with a great driver David, great tour guide Fernando, all in an air conditioned tour van with music. For about $45 a person I would do it again and again. This company also offered many other excursions. If you are not feeling adventurous they had an all inclusive beach front with drinks and food. Give them a try on your next trip to Progreso!
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