TRAVEL THERE: KUDOS TO CANCUN PASSION
Waiting for us beside our tour bus after the tour of Chichen Itza were our hosts from Cancun Passion. Cancun Passion was the actual touring company we’d booked through Shore Trips, which had been recommended to us by Sandra Rubio at CTC Travel. I can heartily recommend all of those entities to you.
I love my friends at CTC Travel. They are like cheerleaders, urging me on in my efforts to see the world. You will love working with them as you plan your own travels. Shore Trips is a great way to book excursions, all over the world. They offer a wide variety of tours wherever you might go and their website is secure, informative and easy to use. When it came to visiting Chichen Itza from Cancun, Shore Trips curated the very best choices of tours, in my opinion. But let me tell you about Cancun Passion.
Service with a Smile
From the moment we connected with Cancun Passion, in the lobby of our hotel, we knew we’d made a good choice. Their representative spoke perfect English, welcomed us with a hearty smile and ushered us into a pristine vehicle, which still had its new-car smell. I can’t say that the next hour or so of picking up fellow passengers was all that much fun, but what I liked was that they kept us abreast of what was going on, so we weren’t left wondering if we’d actually ever depart the city of Cancun.
At one point, a guide showed up wearing my hat down the aisle of the bus. I’d left the hat in the first bus we’d climbed onto, when we changed to the larger vehicle. I don’t have any idea what difficulties they went through to unite me with my hat, but it showed a level of care which I really appreciated. I’ve left many hats in many vehicles around the world and this is the first that was ever returned to me.
The light breakfast they served on the way to Chichen Itza was more than adequate. They had generous baskets overflowing with all kinds of pastries from the sweet to the savory. They served coffee and orange juice. I drink neither of those on a regular basis, but I know I am in a very small minority and should I have asked, they could have given me water. The repast was offered with good cheer and second, thirds and fourths were available if you wanted them.
At every stop we knew exactly why we were there, what opportunities we had for necessities, shopping or entertainment. We also knew exactly when we were supposed to be back on the bus. We always had a convenient parking spot and not once did we have to wait for very long, before everyone was on the bus and we were back on our way.
As we got off the bus at Chichen Itza, they gave us a nice bottle of water, not one of those half bottles some folks give you, but a bottle generous enough to provide hydration throughout the visit. They also had a big basket of small bbq sandwiches to keep hunger at bay as we visited the site. The meat-filled roll was delicious.
I particularly appreciated our tour guide. He was not a pedantic as our Egyptian guide nor silly like some of the other Mayan guides, who had their guests clapping and yelling at the monuments. He also did not engage in guessing games to present the pertinent information about the site, like the jerk who showed us around Passau and scolded us because we didn’t already know the information we’d hired him to tell us. Our guide at Chichen Itza was proud of the accomplishments of his ancestors, but also honest about the horrors they committed.
Boarding the Bus at Chichen Itza
So far, our excursion had been almost perfect. Perhaps a private tour would have been more accommodating to our personal needs and desires, but it would have cost a whole lot more. For an affordable group tour, they did a great job. However, even if I had harbored some minor grudge against them, all would have been forgiven as we approached the bus, hot and tired from our tour of the archaeological site.
Waiting for each guest was a cool wet hand cloth to wipe away the dust and heat of Chichen Itza. Also, from the chilly interior of an ice chest each guest was offered a beverage. Water, soda and beer was available. I can’t remember when a Corona had tasted so good.
We have a buffet and a swim coming, but that can wait until next week. Join me then for more adventures.