**GLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS** Thanks Dan - you're the man! We had the most fantastic day in your friendly, passionate and patient company :) Based at the Mayan city of Tulum, we met Dan - our super-relaxed and obliging tour guide. He gave us the run-down on all the local places to visit and allowed us to choose the activities on-the-way....we did the lot! REASONABLE PRICES. The most wonderful, memorable day.
Starting at the cenotes Dos ojos - snorkeled through stunning fresh water caves (and part of the jungle that was flooded closeby!). Bats, stalagmites, stalactities...
Next, we drove to Akumal beach to see the sea turtles You're not allowed to touch, chase or disturb the turtles in ANY way, just cruise along watching them graze the sea bed below. They're a protected species, with guarded nests on the beach - very cool to see (***see our note below about our terrible experience with another tour group guide close by - a BIG mention here, as we were disgusted by his behavior toward our tour guide Dan). Joy lunch here - chili bean tacos and ice cold Bohemia beer a must.
Yal-ku lagoon next - where fresh water meets ocean - stunning setting and beautiful swim - lots of fish and rock clefts/caves.
From here, we stopped for photos at an outlook over Halfmoon Bay...and stopped for a stroll in the buzzing Playa Del Carmen's 5th Avenue. All up - glorious sites and great guide - Dan knew so much about the area, interesting stories and gave plenty of tips for the journeys ahead. Thanks so much for the memories - HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS for DAN, and company EDVENTURE TOURS.
(***take note - at the Akumal sea turtle experience, life jackets must be worn in regulation. We are 2 guys and a girl - guys are pro yachtsmen, dive masters, and I am a state swimmer, we are all registered life savers. We chose not to go with Dan's advice to wear life jackets based on our expertise and the light weather conditions. In the water, Dan was aggressively harassed without reason, by a member of the local dive group "AKUMAL DIVE SHOP" - the man started yelling and physically pushing and pulling our guide and his flippers, starting a fight and confrontation - about his negligence at us not wearing jackets - it was in fact OUR refusal to wear them against Dan's advice, and not his negligence whatsoever. We were all shaken and dismayed by this rude and highly unprofessional approach by the fellow guide company - it was disgusting. We were so upset and embarrassed to put Dan in the position we did. A massive THUMBS DOWN to AKUMAL DIVE SHOP and their behaviour in front of tourists, and unruly treatment of other guide groups who have all the right to be there also) Go with Edventure Tours, they're the best!!!!
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