7 Key Questions to Ask BEFORE You Book Your Cancun and Riviera Maya Tours

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In the old days (the 80’s and 90’s), we relied on an armful of colorful brochures from travel agencies when reserving tours to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Now that most tour and excursion bookings are done online, it might be a good idea to ask the following questions before plunking down your hard-earned money and make sure you and your family get the most for your vacation pesos.

 

1. What Should I Wear?


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Many Cancun and Riviera Maya tours involve water, sand or even several different types of terrain in the same tour.
If you’re headed to an archaeological site like Ek Balam, Chichen Itza or Cobá, make sure to wear your best walking shoes, shorts, a hat (and biodegradable sunscreen!), sunglasses and insect repellent.

One of those rolled up plastic rain ponchos will be a lifesaver during one of our frequent Autumn showers. And if you plan on getting wet, bring a spare swimsuit, water shoes or sandals, and a change of clothes. And ask if towel service is part of the deal.

 

2. What Food or Drinks Will be Served?

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Make sure you’re clear if your tour includes food. If it does, find out ahead of time about your options, and make sure to let your tour operator know about allergies and preferences. If it doesn’t, make sure you have a plan B for meals and check into options before, during or after your outing.

Also, if drinks are offered, find out if they are alcoholic, non-alcoholic or both. Some tours offer you beer, wine,or even a full domestic or premium brand bar service. It won’t hurt to ask.

 

3. Should I Bring Extra Money?

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Actually, this should be: How much extra money should I bring? Even if your tour is all-inclusive, there might be unique shopping opportunities to explore where cash is king, like at archaeological sites or on Isla Mujeres. Also, some more remote areas may not take credit or debit cards, and tipping around here for services rendered by your tour guide are also done in cash. Yes, you should tip your guide if he or she provides service above and beyond.

In short, a little mad money is always a good idea.

 

4. What Kind of Physical Activity is Required on This Tour?

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Some tours are all about relaxing, like a day out on the catamaran, while others might leave you tuckered out (in a good way). Find out if you’ll be walking, swimming, riding, ziplining or driving, and be honest with your tour provider about your physical fitness, age or any physical limitations.

Find out if your tour is handicapped-accessible, and if not, what other options they can suggest.

 

5. What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

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Find out what your tour company’s cancellation situation involves. Are there provisions for reimbursement or rescheduling in case the weather is uncooperative?

You’ll be able to separate fly-by-night operators from serious companies when you ask about cancellation. If you get a dodgy answer, there’s your answer. Book with a pro.

 

6. How Will We Get There?

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Does your tour include pickup and drop off service at your hotel? If not, find out the most convenient options ahead of time.

If you plan on having a drink or two, or exerting considerable physical effort, let someone else get you to and from your destination.

 

7. Is the Tour Always the Same All Year?

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Sometimes tours adjust their activities or schedules depending on factors like weather and hotel occupation rates. High season and low season may affect you. For example, if you check out a company’s whale shark tours in June, know that the season is from May to September, so don’t book online for March, for example.

Also, ask your rep if there are any changes to the logistics of your tour since you reserved. Tours and their offerings, just like most things, are subject to change. Make sure those changes are for the better for you.

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It also wouldn’t hurt to ask your tour operator if there are any special events happening when you’ll be down here. Day of the Dead festivities at Xcaret or music festivals might be the perfect opportunity to enjoy this area even more!

In the end, it’s always good to get your questions, doubts and concerns resolved BEFORE you come. Never assume. What might seem like a dumb question might just be the key to make sure you and your loved ones have the perfect tour and excursion experience here in the Mexican Caribbean.

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The people who will have all the answers for you are the folks over at ecotourism-Cancun.com. They are long-time residents whose vocation is to bring you optimum travel experiences that represent the best quality and value. Check out their website at  www.ecotourism-cancun.com or call them today at +52 (998) 273 00 01…you’ll be glad you did.

XOXIMILCO-Taste a True Mexican Fiesta

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Are you ready for El Grito?

It’s Independence Month here in Mexico (and here you thought that was May, right?), and the celebrations continue well past September 15th. Here we’ll tell you about one of Mexico’s most beloved places of celebration, and also how you h’can experience it here in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

 

One of Mexico’s most enduring traditional areas is a place called Xochimilco.

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Pronounced so-chee-MEEL-ko, it’s best known for its canals, left from a lake and canal system that connected most of the settlements before colonization. These canals, along with artificial islands called chinampas, attract tourists and other city residents to ride on colorful gondola-like boats called “trajineras” around the 170 km (110 mi) of canals.

 

A day out on a trajinera involves a ride in one of these ornate boats, singing traditional Mexican songs with Mariachis that float by on their own trajineras, enjoying a nice tequila and tasting traditional Mexican foods.

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By its rich history, colonial art, festivals, traditions and natural environment, Xochimilco is today one of the main tourist attractions in Mexico City, a must for national and international visitors, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

The same people who brought you the Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Xenotes attractions now bring a taste of this Mexico City tradition to the Cancun/Riviera Maya area. The name of the attraction is called XOXIMILCO.

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Xoximilco is created to pay homage and tribute to the beauty, and majesty of this iconic place. Xoximilco Cancun takes you on a journey in which you can experience the cuisine, music and tradition of Mexico in the Caribbean.

 

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Xoximilco has prepared a party full of flavors and Mexican folklore that give life to the legends and customs which characterize Mexico. With wildlife, different colors and music everywhere, this is a great escape to celebrate nature, and enjoy the Mexican spirit.

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Brightly coloful trajineras (pronounced ‘tra-hee-nair-ahs’) invite you to join the celebration, plus tequila, music and delicious food, now you’re all set!

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The canals of Xoximilco provide a fiesta atmosphere with the sounds of mariachi, marimba and traditional music bands filling the air.

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No matter where you’re from, after a night out at Xoximilco, you’ll leave a little more Mexican. ¡Viva Mexico!

Contact us at Ecotourism-Cancun.com today to see how you and yours can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience like Xoximilco!


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2012, Festival of Life and Death in Xcaret is here again!

Colorful as it is, the Festival of Life and Death in Xcaret ecopark is about to take place from October 30th to November 2nd.

This is the 7th edition of this beautiful festival full of Mexico ‘s art and culture that will offer plenty of activities for the big and the little ones; from workshops, visual art exhibitions, children theater, the traditional offerings to the faithful departed, a journey to the underworld and to the Mexican Cemetery through the “Bridge to Paradise”, the famous Ball Game, the  play “Forest of Kings” of Dzul Dance Company and the gala concerts with invited personalities such as Jaramar and the legendary mexican singer Lila Downs presenting the show “K’eebanoób y milagros” to decorate even more the splendor  of this wonderful festival evoking “The Day of the Dead”.

Besides, Playa del Carmen will join us in this year’s celebration on the 3rd and 4th of November at Parque La Ceiba and on 4th also at Centro Cultural Caracol Marino. Definitively this is a spectacle that renews itself every year, and in Ecoturismo Cancun we recommend it widely. We are sure you will enjoy it and come back for more every year.

 

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Xcaret, Festival of Life and Death

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Xcaret, Festival of Life and Death

Everyone is interested in promoting and preserving the traditions of our wonderful culture. The Day of the Dead is one Mexican tradition, which happily still deeply rooted in our people, especially in small communities.

We recognize that in large cities, some of us grew up giving more importance to Halloween (of course, it was fun to sing Trick or Treat, disguised as what ever comes to mind, so that we could get thousands of candy) … but despite that, there are always tzempazuchitl flowers, altars to honor our dead, or the skulls of the most ingenious talent.

Those of us fortunate to know Xcaret Park know that what there doing, they are doing it well. And the Festival of Life and Death of Xcaret is no exception. In all of their activities, and they are many, you can notice the effort to make a high quality event which exposes the magic and colorful culture.

If you’re planning your vacation in Cancun or Riviera Maya for octuber/november, it’s worth to match your visit to Xcaret in the days that presents the Festival of Life and Death,  30 and 31 of October and 1 and 2 of November. We would  love to share this wonderful experience with you so don’t miss the Day of the Dead at Xcaret. You will not regret it!