Angel (Loaiza) was great!

Jeremy was our guest recently and had this to say:

Good Afternoon,
My wife and I recently took and excursion to Uxmal with your guide Angel. He was great! We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed his company. I’ve left a comment on your webpage but wanted to make sure you know how much we enjoyed our experience.
— email

Safe and secure the entire trip

Greg and his group recently took a tour with Lawson's out of Progreso, where they arrived on the Carnival cruise ship. Here's what they had to say, in an email to Adriana, our CruiseShip Reservations Manager:

The tour was terrific. Our guide, Angel, is remarkable. He is knowledgeable, personable, forthright and a truly wonderful representative of the Yucatan society.
He made the time we spent at Uxmal particularly meaningful and memorable. Our driver Hector was helpful and courteous and is an excellent driver.
We felt safe and secure the entire trip. Thank you for everything. Please give Angel and Hector our best.
— email

Amazing one of a kind private tour...

Amber and friends had this to say about their recent visit:

Checked out the great reviews for Lawsons Tours on and booked a private excursion while on out cruise to Progreso/Yucatan. It was one of the best excursions we have ever taken. We packed so much fun interesting things into the 6 hours we had! Angel (Guide) and Gabriel (Driver) were outstanding. We first were picked up in a clean cool van and were educated by Angel about the city of Progreso and Merida during the ride. We stopped along the way to a large church in town and we were able to climb to the steeple and view the inside of the church. We than shopped along the markets in Progreso and were able to get Mexican snacks and beer. We were also taken to see the Uxmal Ruins and were able to climb the Ruins and take many snapshots. Once finished a the Ruins Gabriel had fresh guacamole and Mexican appetizers waiting for us at the van. The next stop we made was to a cenote where were able to swim underground. The tour was very private and there was no waiting in lines and not many other tourists around. We also traveled through a rural Mexican village and were able to make corn tortillas with the locals. Angel made us all a braided bracelets from the plants for a memoir. The last stop we made was in Merida to the Harley Davidson Store to pick up a T-shirt per request of my fiancé who rides a motorcycle! Angel was a great guide! (ask for him!!)- Amber, Mario, Jose & Nichole
— website comment form

Angel, fantastic. José Zapata, wonderful.

Barb and her group came off the Carnival cruise ship at Progreso and toured with us. We are happy that they enjoyed their visit to our area! 

Myself and 7 girlfriends took a 40th reunion trip and decided to try Lawson’s as we saw such favorable reviews about the company. When our ship arrived in port near Progreso, we elected to take a taxi to Lawson’s to maximize our tour time (almost 7 hours!) Angel and Jose greeted us immediately upon our arrival with a sign with my name on it. Our tour guide, Angel did a fabulous job of explaining local sites and interests. We did not want to spend the entire day seeing ruins but did want a taste of them. Our wonderful driver, Jose Zapata, drove us to two separate areas of flamingos that were fascinating, and areas with the pink sea salt. It was also fun to have beer, pop and water on board. It is hot in Yucatan and I was grateful that our longest stop was about 45 minutes at the Mayan ruins. It was a great location that we had completely to ourselves. Angel did a fantastic job of explaining about the Mayan culture and ruins. So nice to hop back into our nice air-conditioned van!. We also went through a small Mexican town and Jose stopped at a local tortilla factory and got us warm fresh tortillas to eat with guacamole. Later we visited a local cemetery which was very interesting and then stopped at a cenote. While we were at the cenote, Jose made us some fresh guacamole to have on chips and tortillas that was delicious. We then went to an out of the way market to shop, where there were much better deals than you get near the port. We could not of asked for a better day in the Yucatan. The tour gave us a perfect overview of the area and culture. The price was much more reasonable than those offered by the cruise company, was customized, had food and beverages, and was nearly 7 hours long! Use this company!
— TripAdvisor

We had a WONDERFUL tour!

Old Chichen

We did a last minute tour for some folks attending a conference in Merida. Her group started with one or two and quickly grew to 16! Here is what the tour organizer, Sophie, had to say about her excursion to Chichen Itza with us.

I meant to write to you earlier but the end of our conference kept everyone quite busy.

We had a WONDERFUL tour! Pepe was an awesome guide, super knowledgeable, funny, witty and full of good advice. Jose Luis’ picnic was very good, his driving smooth and we had all the water and coca-cola we could ask for.
Everyone was very pleased with the afternoon!

I would definitely recommend your agency to any acquaintance who came to Merida and I’m sure so would my colleagues.

Thanks again for the great tour and for your flexibility all along the planning !
— email

Jorge is more than wonderful

Ngan was here and took a whirlwind excursion to Dzibilchaltun, Uxmal, Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza in two days! Jorge was her driver. Here are her comments:

Thank you so much for your service! We are so happy to find such professional service like yours. Jorge is more than wonderful, so kind and responsible, eager to help us with the million requests we have. We cannot thank him enough!
— email

Speaking of Saul...

Abbie and John were here back in March and Saul took them to Sisal. They evidently loved their day with us!

I hope all is well! We had a fantastic stay in Merida, made more amazing by our time spent with Saul. He was a safe, professional driver, a highly informative guide and an all-around great guy we enjoyed getting to know. We could not be happier with our decision to use your company, as it truly elevated our experience in Merida by allowing us an intimate glimpse of life and history just outside the city. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now I’m just trying to figure out how a foreigner can live in Merida - we absolutely fell in love with the city, history and Yucatecan culture!
— email

A classy company!

Splashdown at the cenote near Mayapan

Another happy family of cruisers enjoy Angel and a Lawson's tour!

Recently, my friends and I arrived in Progreso via a cruise ship. We have been regular cruisers for years, and always avoid the over-priced and crowded “excursions” through the cruise ship. After reading the reviews of Lawson’s on Trip Advisor, we decided to give them a try. What an amazing day! Angel was right there waiting for us at the cruise bus terminal, and escorted us right into a spacious air conditioned van to whisk us away. First we went to the Mayapan ruins, and we were the only people there! The ruins were amazing, with Angel giving us the history of the Mayan culture. We could even climb to the top for the gorgeous views of the country. Next we went to a cenote for swimming in crystal clear water, and once again, we were the only ones there. It felt like Angel reserved these locations exclusively for our small group. After some time swimming and cliff jumping, we were taken to a local home for a delicious traditional Mayan meal, made by a true Mayan family. We were even taught how to make tortillas over an open flame. We had just enough time left that Angel took us to an area to view flamingos in the wild.

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Angel and his crew catered to us the entire time, providing bottled water and adult drinks. If we wanted to see something or do something, Angel made it happen. If I am ever in Progreso again, I will take another tour with this classy company.

Visited September 2015
— TripAdvisor

Better than swimming with dolphins...

Some great people all the way from Tuscaloosa spent their cruise ship stop time with us. Here is what they had to say about their experience:

I wanted our kids, ages 15 and 11, to see Mexico for more than the usual cruise shopping stop. Our guide, Pepe, picked us up and took us on the tour of a lifetime. We climbed Mayan ruins, swan in an amazing cenote, ate authentic Mexican food in a family home and toured Pregresso. It was the perfect combination of adventure, culture and education. Kids loved this excursion best of all, even better than swimming with dolphins.
— TripAdvisor

Saul: knowledgeable, experienced and friendly

Some friendly Texans came to town and took a tour out into the countryside with Saul.

Our guide was Saul, and he is clearly incredibly knowledgable about the history of the peninsula. Not only is he very experienced, but also incredibly friendly. We usually do not prefer to take guided tours, but this was worth it. The tour was very flexible and personalized. We never felt like we were on someone else’s time schedule. I suggest you book here for your tour of Uxmal—one of my favorite parts of our Yucatan trip.
— Tripadvisor

Unforgettable experience!

Victoria had this to say about her cruise excursion to the ruins of Mayapan and the little town of Pixyah...

Subject: “Naya Cenote in the town of Pixyah has no words to describe its beauty!” “What an unforgettable experience to live with for the rest of your life”

Message: Very helpful individuals!! On my next trip I will make sure I book my excursion with you!! We were new to our cruise and not sure what we wanted to do. Feel grateful to have found your website!! Will definitely share your information with future friends and family. I can’t wait to have another opportunity to explore with your company!!! Thank you!!!!!
— website comment form

Angel was an amazing guide!

Marshall and Christy were here last week, on the Carnival cruise ship. Here's what they had to say about their private tour for two...

My wife and I took a private tour of the Progreso area with Angel as our guide. He was so great to talk to, knew the area and took us to 5 beautiful cenotes and a small Mayan temple. The entire trip was perfect, with us getting a great cooling swim in a gorgeous cenote and lots of pictures. Angel provided snacks and drinks for the car ride (in a great car, leather interior and good A/C!). One of the highlights of the trip was eating lunch in an open air restaurant where Angel ordered us Mayan Tamales and Panuchos. The Panuchos were amazing... the best food we ate on the entire trip, including the cruise ship dinners!

We were a little nervous at first about booking something not affiliated with the cruise ship, but we are so glad we did. Not only was this the highlight of our cruise this year, it was one of our best vacation experiences ever. I can’t say enough good things about Angel and how he made us feel welcome in the Yucatan.
— Lawsons Original Yucatan Excursions website

David and Roberto, beyond hospitable

Thank you to Tracy who sent in this wonderful comment on her recent excursion from Progreso, where she arrived on the Carnival cruise ship. David was the friendly guide and Roberto the professional driver who were in charge of making her day the best it could possibly be.

We really wanted a unique and private experience with our short time in port in Progreso. Our hopes were beyond met with our tour from Lawson’s Original Yucatan Excursions! Our group had 5 children ranging in age from 8 to 18, and every one of us was enthralled with David’s knowledge of the culture and history. He and Roberto, our driver, were beyond hospitable, and anticipated and met our needs before we even asked for anything! Everything was catered toward our pace too. If we wanted to stay a little longer at one place, they were very accommodating. We never felt rushed even though our debarking in Progreso was delayed due to fog. This excursion was everything that we had hoped for and more! I will recommend Lawson’s Original Yucatan Excursions to anyone going to the Yucatan for any reason! And we will definitely be returning to them if/when we return someday!!

(Sent via Lawsons Original Yucatan Excursions)
— website comment

Most memorable experience...

Paul and his family also came to the area via Carnival and Progreso. Here is their take on the private tour we provided them.

I recently took my girlfriend and her children on a Carnival cruise. We were trying to plan some fun excursions while in Cozumel and Progreso. We looked through the cruise sponsored excursions, and nothing seemed to really jump out. Many of them had some positive reviews, but all of them also had their share of negative reviews. I happened to search Tripadvisor for things to do in the 2 ports, and that’s where I discovered Lawson’s. I knew that we were wanting to snorkel in Cozumel, and honestly I was way more excited about that originally. I thought we would do some amazing snorkeling in Cozumel, and it would be better to do some site seeing in Progreso, and so I clicked on “Things to Do,” and Lawson’s was number 1. Let me just say, it’s number 1 for a reason. While the snorkeling was fun... it didn’t touch our tour in Progreso.

I checked their website, and the photo of Cenote at Sotuta de Peon Hacienda blew me away. I sent an email to Ralf, and he asked what the 5 of us wanted to do while in Progreso. I said that we wanted to see some ruins and we 100% wanted to swim in a cenote. He was very upfront and honest, and told me that our scheduled time in port would not allow us to visit Cenote at Sotuta de Peon Hacienda, but he had some other ideas that would be perfect for us. I gave him free reign to plan our trip.

We left the port and boarded a bus down the 4 mile pier in Progreso. We were dropped off at the bus terminal (not the flea market thankfully), and were immediately greeted with someone holding a sign with my last name. Ralf introduced himself, and our tour guide David and our driver Roberto. And we were off. It was literally just 5 of us on the tour with them. It was OUR personal tour, just the 5 of us in a private van. David took us to a small village to walk around and have some local fruits and see what a typical village and market was like. We got to have some guaya and dragon fruit fresh at the market. The dragon fruit was an unreal neon pink, with small black seeds in the white flesh. We squeezed a little lime on it, dipped it in some chili salt, and enjoyed these local fruits.

After leaving the market, we went to our first planned stop, Mayan ruins. Most of the cruise lines go to Chichen Itza, but over 10,000 people visit that site a day, and no one is allowed to climb on the ruins. Next we passed signs for Dzibulchaltun, but we kept going. Then we saw signs for Uxmal, but again, we kept going. I had heard of these 3 sites during our trip planning, but hadn’t heard of our destination, Mayapan. David told us that it is a smaller, lesser known ruins, but well worth it. We arrived at the site to find a whirlwind of butterflies gathered around a puddle of water. As we walked up to them, they flew around us in a cyclone of yellow and white.

We then walked into the ruins, and had the entire site all to just ourselves. It was literally our ruins to explore. Seriously, there were only 6 people in the entire ruins! David told us about the culture and the temples, as iguanas ran and hid from us at every turn. When we got to the God Temple, David said that we could climb it if we liked. My girlfriend’s youngest son was already a quarter of the way up before he finished his sentence. I decided to join him, and the view was amazing! After spending a good 5-10 minutes on top, it was time to descend the frighteningly steep steps. There were definitely no building codes back then! As we left the site, David provided us some fresh mango to enjoy.

Next was the trip to the cenote. I don’t know the name of the cenote that we visited, nor the village that was nearby. If I ever went back to Progreso and could find that cenote, I could swim in it all day long. We met up with Charlie in the village, and he biked ahead of us with his snorkeling gear to the spot. There was a scuba diver at the cenote, and David apologized for us not having private access to the cenote, but we didn’t mind. The sun streamed down into the cave at just the right angle to illuminate the surface of the water. It was a good 40-50 feet (I think it was that far) from the surface to the water down below. We walked down a wooden staircase built into the wall of the sinkhole and got to a platform at the water’s edge. I didn’t even test the waters, I just dove in. There is about a 20 foot section that is open to the sky above, and then a good 100 foot radius going into and underneath the cave, though the roof of the cave is a good 40-50 feet above your head! As we were swimming, one of the locals jumped in from a landing on the wooden stairs, probably a good 20 foot drop. So we decided that we should participate as well. The 2 boys and myself each took turns jumping from the stone wall into the clear blue waters down below. Finally David said it was time to go. But as we started to leave the waters, the scuba diver’s headlamp started illuminating the water down below us, it was a pretty amazing site. We came up to dry off, and enjoyed some cucumber and jicama for a snack.

I mentioned Charlie because some of the other reviews talked about eating a home-cooked meal at his house. While we wanted to enjoy some local cooked food, we just didn’t have time with our time in port to do so. Maybe next time.

It was a sad 1.5 hour drive back to the pier, knowing that our amazing day in Progreso was over. I honestly couldn’t have conceived of a better way to spend our time in port. That night back on the cruise ship, our fellow table mates at dinner were jealous to hear of our extraordinary excursion, and were a little disappointed that they hadn’t done a little more research to be able to have a similar experience.

I can honestly say that our private excursion was about the same price as most of the other full day excursions offered by Carnival, but ours was just that... ours. It really was one of the best vacation highlights that I have experienced in my life, and I want to thank Ralf, Roberto, and especially David. If we are ever back in Progreso, there isn’t a moment’s hesitation that we won’t book another trip with Lawson’s. 100%. Absolutely.


Visited June 2015

Angel and Pedro... fantastic!

Natalie and her group came in on the Carnival cruise ship to Progreso. Another happy guest! 

I am so sorry that I am just now getting around to sending this email. But I wanted to let you know that our time with Angel & Pedro was fantastic! That was literally the best excursion I have ever been on and we made a ton of memories. Your guides are fantastic and very knowledgeable. The next time we are able to head that way we will definitely be checking out what new and exciting adventure we can go on with William Lawsons.
Thank you again for everything!
— email

Pepe and Jose were terrific!

Daniel came into Progreso with his group and we took them out on one of our tours. Here is what he had to say:

Just wanted to let you know that my family enjoyed the tour, sorbet stop and appreciated how things were set up. Tacos at Wayan-e were great as well as the the unexpected birthday cake! Jose and Jose (Pepe) were terrific!
Thanks again for what was a very enjoyable experience.
— TripAdvisor

Everyone on the ship was envious...

Theresa stopped at Progreso with her group and had a fabulous day. Here are her comments:

I just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time on our tour with Pepe while in Progreso. (I apologize, I don’t remember the driver’s name, but he was great also!). The Mayapan ruins were fabulous. Pepe was very knowledgeable about the heritage and answered all of our questions. The cenote we visited was absolutely spectacular!! We really enjoyed our swim and the fact that we had it all to ourselves! Pepe had packed us an ice chest of drinks. He picked us up some snacks on the way to the cenote. He provided towels and life jackets for us. We didn’t have to think about a thing! The tour seemed very personable and much different than the touristy excursions advertised by Carnival. Everyone on the ship was envious of our experience in Progreso!! We loved everything about our day. Thanks for making our experience amazing and feel free to use any of my comments on your website. I want to tell the world how awesome ya’ll are! I did leave a
review on TripAdvisor as well. Thanks again!!
— email

"Lawson's unmatched by other tour groups"

Suzanne and her family came in on Carnival to Progreso and took one of our private tours. Her review:

I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to tell you just how wonderful our time was with Gener. He helped us to the see the Maya history come alive with his words, and gave us an opportunity to see the culture of the area through his eyes. He patience with answering all our questions was very appreciated. This tour was the highlight of our entire trip; it greatly exceeded our expectations. The reviews on Trip Advisor was absolutely correct. Lawson Tours delivers an experience unmatched by the other tour groups. The level of professionalism, the attention to the comfort and interest of the client all make for an outstanding experience not to be missed. Thank you for so many wonderful memories.
— email

Xocen - the Crown Jewel of your Yucatan Experience

Bonnie visited Xocen as part of her week-long tour across the peninsula with her group of amigas. Here are her thoughts:

I had the fortune to see Xocen on our tour last Sunday. This is an absolute must see. To leave the Yucatan after having seen the play is the crown jewel of getting to the flavor of the Yucatan. To summarize the gist of the production of over 300 actors of all ages of young to old (and that is the point too) we learn that without traditions in the Mayan culture they are lost. One cannot help
but be moved by the production, the costumes, dancing, symbolism..

I promise, let it wash over you and you will know.

The selling of tickets helps the local villagers and community and also with help of the government through grant funding to keep this gem alive. A rustic and earthy setting, primitive but adequate seating and the setting sun is the backdrop to the experience.

"Victor Hugo is a great guide."

William and Co. visited Progreso on the Carnival cruise ship and had this to day about his tour with us:

Just wanted to let you know we really enjoyed our tour. Victor Hugo is a great guide, and very likeable. If we return, we’ll definitely request him! Your prices do seem a little steep, but the private tour is a good experience.
— email