I wanted a different experience from the one I had two years ago when I took an unsatisfactory tour of Chichen Itza with a large tour company. This year I searched Trip Advisor for a tour of Tulum that would satisfy my interests and needs. I sent emails to two tour organizers explaining what I wanted in a tour, and Adrian came back with three options for me. The one I chose included a tour of the Tulum Mayan Ruins, an authentic lunch at a small ocean front resort, and snorkeling at Akumal. You can take one of his standard tours or have him customize as he did for me.
Adrian is an expert on the culture of both the ancient and present day Mayans. He is a teacher who desires to share his knowledge and passion for the history, ritual, and beliefs of the Mayans. He made Tulum and its ancient residents come alive for me while also pointing out the animals and plants. All during the tour, he used his iPad to enhance my understanding by showing me pictures, diagrams, and maps.
The small resort, Hotel Zulum, in the town of Tulum, is right on the beach. The view was incomparable; the conversation leisurely; and the lunch, delicious. A pitcher of freshly made lime juice was thirst quenching and refreshing. A Great Frigate bird soared above the beach, and an added treat was seeing the resort’s owner beach his boat and haul in a fresh catch of lobsters!
The snorkeling was a new experience for me—at age 70! Adrian’s experience also includes snorkeling and diving. He patiently taught me what I needed to know, and I felt completely safe and comfortable in his care. The water was warm and exceptionally calm at Akumal because of the proximity of the reef to the shore. We were out about a half hour and saw several sea turtles. Adrian had prepared me for what I would see and informed me about the habits of the sea turtles. I hired a photographer who took underwater photos, and I am very happy that I have a CD documenting this wonderful experience.
Everything went perfectly on this tour from the early morning when Adrian’s driver picked me up at my hotel until the early evening when he dropped me off. The driver was very pleasant, and the van was more comfortable than huge buses used by the big companies.
My experience was perfect, unique, and expansive. Adrian, in addition to his many talents and knowledge, is a wonderful and wise person. You will be in good hands with him.
Elaine D. Johnson
Oak Park, IL, USA
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