From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip
- Pickup available
- Duration: 17 hours
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The tour driver was prompt, hard working; kept us on schedule and kept us informed about the next activity. We really enjoyed the mix of activities, including interacting with the indigenous people. Carlos, our English-speaking guide, is amazing. He knows so much about the Mayan culture and yet is able to explain it in ways that are understandable and interesting. He is great about providing the context for what you are seeing. He also provides a perspective of the region and helped us gain an appreciation for the indigenous cultures. We highly, highly recommend this tour and Carlos.
The things you see and do are great. The minivan is much to small voor tall persons like me. The driver has no other option than to race over the curvy and bumpy mountainroads to livecto his timeschedule To be honest i didnt have no other option... At 4 am you are in front of your hotel at 10.30 you are back totallly shaked up cus of the many bumps and curves in the roads. The best place to do this tour from is Palengue an not San Crostobel de las Casas. De driver was nice (Jesus) The sites are worth visiting and Chiapaa is beautifull.
Fabulous trip, long day though - pick up at 5.30am and back at hotel at 8.30 pm - the breakfast and lunch are excellent, the transport a little cramped and short of leg room but excellent driver, the boat trip on the Uscaminta and ruins at Yaxchilan aRe just stunning and the visit to Bonampak was superb. The mini bus played DVD on the way back which helped pass the journey time and had a brilliant day with an excellent guide Elias, who spoke good English and was extremely knowledgeable.
Palenque is really great, just be prepared that there is limited possibility to buy food and what is available is overexpensed. Aqua Azul is also nice, but not sure about swimming, I want do that, water is a but dirty. The other cascade is nice, but would have prefered to skip it, the trip is already so long.
The 5 hour ride from San Cristobal is rough. The roads can be a little rough at times. So if you're trying to sleep in the van, forget about it. It was worth it though! Great trip, great sights, great tour guides.