Mexico Customer Reviews
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Fry Family (with children aged 12 and 14)
Summer 2019 – Mexico and Belize
Hi Liddy. Wow, we have had the most amazing holiday, I would have to say our best family holiday. Thank-you so much for organising such amazing places for us to visit, where do I start! Very difficult to pick out a few things we enjoyed as they were all such amazing experiences. Our top experiences:
Punta Laguna – an amazing first experience of the real Mexico, after a very long walk we managed to see the howler and spider monkeys, children loved the canoes and zip wire, lovely friendly people. Cenote a little scary for me (although I did it) not for the faint hearted but a great experience.
Yokdzonet Cenote – such a beautiful Cenote, we spent a lovely afternoon here in the sunshine swimming with the fish after Chichen Itza (which we also enjoyed) and the restaurant was also great.
Izamal – Hacienda was so lovely, such a quaint place with amazing food, loved it here. The Austrian man who ran this was so helpful, nothing was any trouble. We also enjoyed our walk into Izamal and climb up the pyramid.
Sotuta de Peon – working Hacienda trip was a great experience for the children, we all loved it there too, very peaceful!
Bacalar – was such a beautiful place, we had an amazing time canoeing, swimming, boat trip was the highlight here…
Caye Caulker (Belize) – we really enjoyed the sea ferry over, although a little bumpy and immigration took a very long time, all added to the experience. The different vibe of the island was lovely, so relaxed. Our best experience here was swimming with and feeding fish to Sting Ray’s at Iguana Reef and the Pelicans! Amazing! Paddle boarding was also lots of fun.
Tulum was also lovely, we all enjoyed a visit to Xel-Ha, eat and drink as much as you want went down well with the children and the snorkelling and fish was brilliant.
However our most amazing experience was in the evenings at Rosa Del Viento, watching the turtles come out the sea and lay their eggs and seeing the baby turtles.
So as you can see, so many amazing experiences, a holiday we will never forget!… Thanks once again and look forward to booking a future family adventure with you.
Outram Family (with child aged 13)
Dear Liddy, it was fantastic. A declared his best holiday yet. It was the really fantastic, the right amount of challenging physically as well as historic/geologic interest. A few comments and compliments – just for info.
It was good to get out of Cancun on the first proper day… we had to chase up Europcar to collect us – I think they had forgotten to send someone. The car was really appropriate, comfortable air conditioned, and tough enough to cope with the multiple random sleeping policemen and other road hazards… it was a good choice thank you.
Punta Laguna was fantastic, my husband had his first zip wire and enjoyed it. The lagoon was amazing and the Cenote with abseiling and then the rope ladder was challenging but cool. It was the most wow one. Coba ruins excellent.
Re the hotel in Valladolid – It’s a shame we only stayed one night here as Gabriel, the Maître d’, was excellent, so helpful, room comfy, air-conditioned. He made excellent suggestion for dinner on the centre square.
We secured a guide which was really worthwhile for Chichen Itza – which we did on Saturday as you had suggested. Here the lunch was delicious and authentic, and then we walked it off at the local city ruins.
The hotel in Merida was excellent with a great pool.
The hotel in Tecoh offered a fabulous tour. The lunch was great but dinner was awful- 2 choices, and the food was a bit like school dinners. We had to snack from a local Oxxo for 2 out of the 3 nights as there were no other local eateries
The flamingo experience fab and the cave complex at Lol-tun was really interesting, cool too. It’s important to emphasise you really need trainers for this… sandals just wont do.
The hotel at Lake Bacalar was excellent and visiting Sian Ka’an Reserve was stunning. Did the lazy river included in this inspire Centre Parcs?!
The hotel in Tulum was stunning. It was great to wander along that road and look at all the artisan stuff too. In your notes you advised us to see ruins really early lest we be mowed down by hordes. In the end there were approx 10 people all together – I wonder if that is just advise for ‘high season’.
Your lunch suggestions were spot on throughout you did not give one for after snorkelling in Akumel – we asked the instructors and they took us through to local place where the fish were amazing.
The last hotel was really good and friendly too. We did not do the water park but additional things we did that were available at Playa del Carmen were a food tour of the city that lasted 3 hours and was delicious and fabulous. Also swimming with whale sharks which was amazing.
Here’s hoping we can travel under your wing in the not too distant future.
Ruddick Family (with children aged 9 and 11)
Hi Kelly – I just wanted to reach out to you following our trip ad tell you what a wonderful time we all had! Finally back into the groove at home although one of my kids is still asleep now! Result.
Thought you might like some detailed feedback:
Cancun, hotel great
Car collection – they were late and we’d been up since 3/4am due to jet lag and were keen to get on with our travels. Anyway, it all got sorted.
Punta Laguna – we found this a bit dull as a first stop so barely stopped at all. Instead, I think you should suggest people stop at Coba like we did. It was absolutely fantastic to get a bike taxi and see the ruins, climb the big one at the end.
Valladolid was amazing, the hotel fantastic
Merida we thought was not a big wow city we expected. It would have been good to have some extra info for car parking in the city but we found somewhere.
Sotuta de Peon was amazing – we loved this one, the tour was brilliant but the tour was 3 hrs long so there was never anytime to drive to Celestun in the afternoon. Instead, we did Uzmal in the afternoon and did Celestun as a full day trip the next day, this seemed to work really well.
Bacalar – 2 nights was enough…the breakfast was not good but the location was good.
Tulum, loved it for the night
Akumal, amazing place but so disappointing with all the seaweed. We saw lots of turtles free swimming rather than on an expensive tour!
Thomas Family (with children aged 8 and 10)
Hi Liddy – We are just about crawling out of the fog of jet lag and washing! Thank you, we had an absolutely amazing time in Mexico and loved so many of the places we visited and things we participated in. Alvaro – our guide – was excellent, he had an encyclopaedic knowledge of pretty much everything, he was a great driver (we all felt safe on the road the entire time with him) and it all ran super-smoothly.
We all really, really enjoyed the cookery class with Laura – the kids were able to get involved with everything we made, we had great fun, and it all tasted delicious. We loved zip-lining, and the Uxmal ruins – it was raining so we virtually had it all to ourselves which was actually really nice and a real contrast to many of the other more popular sites.
We enjoyed cooling off in all of the Cenotes but especially loved the Cenote Sac Actun, near Tulum, – a stunning place to snorkel and experience the stalactites (n.b: it’s definitely not one for the claustrophobic and possibly worth giving the heads up to anyone who feels the cold, or has younger kids, to go for the wetsuit option, it really was freezing!) – but it was absolutely spectacular and totally different to any of the other Cenotes we swam in – all of which were amazing in different ways.
It was lovely meeting Miguel and his family at the hammock making – and luckily we were planning to buy a hammock so it was a pleasure to get one from a master (may have been a smidge awkward if someone didn’t want a hammock though).
Two bits of feedback: firstly, and primarily this is because our children are fairly young still, is that the itinerary turned out to be extremely busy and was possibly 10-20% too much for the kids. Alvaro had booked a few things in for the 1 day we had scheduled to have off, including a 4 hour round trip to see flamingos – it wasn’t on the original itinerary – in addition to a trip to a sisal museum, which we had to politely decline as the kids (and us too) were in need of a pool day. But it was fine in the end, Alvaro cancelled those things when we spoke with him, it just threw us a little when we had geared the boys up for a chilled day off that almost didn’t happen.
The only other bit of feedback is it may be prudent to be a little clearer on the itinerary about the trip to the biosphere. We felt like we were potentially going to see some of the wildlife listed on the itinerary as ‘animals to see in the biosphere’ but Alvaro told us that none of those animals are found in the bit where we were. So while we enjoyed our float down the channel in the mangrove, it was devoid of any wildlife at all (ironically probably because of the presence of us tourists!) which was a little disappointing.
But please take those as very minor points, we had a ball. Hacienda Temozon and Villa Pescadores were both great additions esp the former which was spectacular and we’d definitely recommend both to others.
Southorn Family (with children aged 9, 15, 17 & 19)
Hi Charlotte – Thank you for your email and a huge thank you to you and your team of Mexican partners for organising the most brilliant itinerary and tour. We absolutely loved it. The whole Yucatan experience was superb and each hotel was incredible. Highlights were the monkey hunting/shaman/zip wire/kayaking and cenote experience at Punta Laguna, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Bacalar.
It was all incredible. The beautiful towns of Vallodolid and Izamal were superb. Our beach-based hotel on arrival was incredible (sadly it rained for first 24 hours so we were not really able to make most of it) but the Hotel Santa Domingo was such a gorgeous hotel and the Sotuda de Peon was practically empty with the most incredible rooms set in the grounds of the hacienda. Absolutely magical.
I could write a whole lot more about this trip Charlotte but we toasted you every day for having taken the stress out of working out a route, booking the most incredible hotels and getting us such a great deal on the flights. Thank you!
Farrell Family (with children aged 9 & 12)
Thank you so much for all your careful planning, very much appreciated as everything worked like clockwork. We loved the freedom of having a car and the roads were good on the whole and not too busy. The Mayan ruins were out of this world, even better then we expected! Cooling off in the sea at Tulum was a real highlight for us all and one of those family memories we’ll be talking about for a long time to come.
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