Awesome Tour!!

Darwin and his group of Blues Cruisers arrived in Progreso and we had the pleasure of showing them just a tiny taste of the Yucatan during their brief stop here. Here is what he had to say! 

I arranged a tour with Ralf at William Lawson tours for our day in Progreso. We had 10 people in town for the day off the Holland America Maasdam on a blues cruise. Since our cruise was a charter, our times were a bit irregular. Ralf earned my business by being the only tour operator I traded emails with that actually paid attention to what I asked and offered to personalize a tour for us. We were supposed to be in port from noon to 6pm, so our time was limited. At first we were going to tour some ruins, but then we decided to lessen the time driving that we would visit a local cenote and eat an authentic Yucatan meal. As it turned out we arrived almost an our late. We had exact directions on where to meet our tour guide, and even though we were late, Angel was waiting for us. He whisked us out of town in a very nice Mercedes van. At our request he stopped just outside of Progresso at a market so we could sample some of the local beers. He helped us pick them out and when they didn’t accept US money he paid for the drinks himself (we reimbursed him in US). Soon we were at the Noc Ac cenote. Our first impression was...that’s it? It looked very small, but we were just looking at the entrance to a cool underground cavern; not huge, but large enough to enjoy and explore. We loved it! After some swim time, we toweled off, loaded up, and headed out for some lunch. Instead of spending time driving to and dining in a restaurant, Ralf suggested that we visit his house where he would have an authentic Yucatan meal catered for us. I was a bit apprehensive, but quickly agreed because I was comfortable with Ralf. He called Angel several times during out trip to the cenote to be sure we were comfortable and being well taken care of. Ralf’s home was beautiful and he had tables set up for us in his backyard garden area. We enjoyed local cervezas, teas, and non-alcoholic beverages and 4 kinds of dips. Then we enjoyed a variety of sandwiches and tacos indigenous to the local area. Our favorite was cochinita pibil, a kind of pulled pork sandwiches. We really liked the habanero sauces, one mild (which is an oxymoron for habanero) and one that tasted mild initially but then had a wicked after-burner kick. Ralf was a fabulous host and took the time to speak with each and everyone of us. To us, he is no longer a tour provider, but our friend and he and his family are welcome in our homes whenever he is in Houston, Seattle, or Connecticut. All too quickly, we had to head back to our ship, but Angel still made time for us to stop at a local grocery for sodas and Halloween masks (so we could participate in a contest onboard...we came in 2nd). All in all, one of the best day trips we have ever had...and we’ve had plenty. We heartily recommend Ralf, Angel, Jorge (driver) and William Lawson for all your Progreso needs.

Visited October 2013