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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.
Thanks,
Jeremy
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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!
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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!
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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
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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.

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— 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!!!!!
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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.

Perfect.

Visited June 2015

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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!
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"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.
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"If you're going to see the Yucatan, see it with Lawson's"

Fran, her husband and another couple were on a major 17 day tour of the entire peninsula. This was their experience.

In Jan. 2015, our party of four took what I guess would be the “grand tour” of Yucatan. I’m interested in the architecture (ancient and colonial) the crafts, the Maya people, the flora, and the history. For 17 days Angel, our guide, and Jose Luis, our driver, accompanied us.
Our itinerary began at Merida, then to Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Tulum, and Campeche, returning to Merida for the flight out. We visited seven archeological sites.
Having our guide and driver enhanced the efficiency and enjoyment of our trip. First, you can see much more within a given time; second, no worries about how you are going to get from one place to another. The whole thing is seamless.
Angel has an in-depth command of English and an exceptionally broad-based knowledge of the topics I was interested in. He can discuss in detail not only the obvious — Mayan history, architectural styles, etc., but also economics, sociology, botany and politics.
He routinely went beyond what was expected. The inevitable misplacing of my husband’s glasses initiated a sprint throughout the entire Uxmal site to locate them (they turned up in the van). If we had a day or afternoon we wanted to ourselves to wander around, he made sure we could contact him instantly if our plans changed by leaving his cell number with hotel reception.
He took us to remarkable out-of-the-way places, exquisite tiny churches, cenotes where only the locals were enjoying a swim, a Merida German/Jewish deli with 20 (I counted them) kinds of pate, the city market where he led us through a small door into a scene that I can best equate with the grand bazaar in Istanbul, a convent where the very air seemed pink from reflections off the rose-painted walls. I wanted to hear Yucatan’s traditional “trio” music, but concerts didn’t coincide with our schedule, so one night on the way back into town, he called up a friend, then stopped just off the grand plaza, led us through walkways, under arcades, and came to a stop in one small shop, where, on one lower shelf, was one three-disc packet of trio music for me to take home. Could I have ever found this on my own?. He recommended several books for further reading. He was conversant with the archeologists/explorers — from Landa to Stephens and Catherwood,the Thompsons, and on — who have worked in Yucatan. All this, plus a tray with terry cloths scented with orange and spice offered by Jose Luis to revive ourselves when we had concluded a hot, humid tour of the ruins.
Of course, we four were all agile, despite our advancing age, and did, in fact, scamper up the ramps at Edzna. But at Coba, while we rested on a bench in the shade, Angel climbed the Nohoch Mul with our cameras, capturing for us the jungle panorama from the top, plus the details of seashells in the limestone blocks on the way down.
Then there was his detailed explanation of the Mayan number system and exactly how one reads the dates on Mayan stelae. This was of especial interest to my husband, who is a mathematician. At my request, he read aloud in Mayan a description on one of the displays at an archaeological site.
My perception is that, as we said our goodbyes at the airport, both Angel and Jose Luis were genuinely sorry to see our adventure come to an end.
Bottom line: If you’re going to see Yucatan, see it with William Lawson.

Visited January 2015
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The perfect guide for us.

Jim was in Merida and wanted to see the Puuc route so we sent Angel out with him to explore Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak and Labna. Here is is comment, short and to the point. Kind of sums up what people are saying about Angel:

Angel was the perfect guide for us.

Jim
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Do it right, do it with Lawson's

Randy and his crew joined Angel and had a most spectacular time. Read Randy's review of his trip!

I’ve been visiting the Yucatan since the seventies, have met some wonderful people there, and I actually really feel at home when I’m down there. Recently I was talked into going on my first ever cruise and it included Progreso as a port of call. While some cruisers have expressed disappointment with Progreso excursions, If anyone ever goes there and says that they didn’t like it, well they didn’t do it right. They didn’t do it with William Lawson’s. From my first communication with Adriana, I knew we made the right choice. Rather than advise me of our tour itinerary, she asked me about our interests and they sculpted our excursion around our desires. Our group (2 couples) were interested in seeing some ruins and more importantly experiencing cenotes. But I didn’t want to stand in line to visit crowded tourist attraction type places. In Progreso we were greeted and introduced to Angel, our guide /driver. Our excursion included a visit to a rustic but beautiful old church in Tecoh, the Mayapan ruins, and a very special visit to a magnificent cenote hidden in the jungle that we had all to ourselves. All very wonderful experiences that we will cherish the memories of forever. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable. But what Angel is most is passionate. Passionate and proud of his heritage and very enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge of it and Mayan culture with us, as well as his love for family and our environment. On the way to the cenote we picked up Charly “The Lifeguard”. Charly was to be our escort for the wet part of our cenote experience. After the cenote we unexpectedly stopped back at Charly’s for the best part of our excursion and the most memorable part of my vacation. We were greeted by Charly’s happy family and his “Mommy” welcomed us into her humble “kitchen” where she showed how she prepared meals and even let us help make the best tortillas ever. Then they served us a moderate yet spectacular meal that we I’ll never forget. I can’t express how touched we were by the love this family has for each other and showed us. I am so grateful to Angel for introducing us, and to Charley for sharing them. We were introduced to Angel as our guide but we adios’d him as un buen amigo.
Thanks to Lawson’s Original Yucatan Excursion’s
Randy West
aka “Scott”
— https://www.facebook.com/randy.west.581/activity/10204752056193265

Perfect perfect did I say perfect?

Diane flew into Cancun and along with a fellow traveler and a dog, we went to pick them up to bring them here. Jorge the driver, it seems, was popular. Here is what she had to say...

Perfect perfect did I say perfect? What an amazing man... Full of knowledge and so very kind.. We had a ton of laughs with him .. Thank you for sending him.. Sure made a long drive wonderful .. Diane
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Absolutely wonderful!

Carmen was in on the cruise ship and took a tour - she was very pleased!

Having been to Mexico many times but never making it to see any of the ruins, my friend and I decided to finally go see some. After reading about William Lawson Tours on this website, we decided to book with them. The entire process was good and stress free, thanks to Adriana. I gave her some basic things we wanted to do (ruins, cenote, cultural Merida) and left the rest up to them. Upon arriving at the bus terminal in Progreso, we found our tour guide, David, waiting for us. The first stop he took us to was Dzibilchatun. David was very knowledgeable about these ruins and we very much enjoyed seeing them. It was hot hot hot though with not much shade so be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat if you go. After seeing the ruins, we were able to swim in a pretty cenote and have a free pedicure by the little fishies. haha Following this we drove approximately 30 minutes into Merida. Our wish was to have a cultural tour and see the “real” city. David took us to the most awesome taco place right on a street corner where we had the most delicious tacos with our choosing of fillings. I still dream about those tacos! Next we went into the center of old town Merida, parked, and embarked on a walking tour of the area. We enjoyed very much hearing about the history and culture of the buildings and things that happened there many many years ago. After the tour we stopped for some great sorbet. I forget what I had but it had raisins it—absolutely wonderful! I would most definitely recommend this tour company. It may have been a tad bit pricier than other excursions that can be booked, but for just two people and all we got to see, it was well worth it! David was very knowledgeable, professional, and entertaining. We loved it!
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Gener was FABULOUS!

Robert took a tour with us to Mayapan and the nearby spectacular cenote and his comments were most enthusiastic:

First Gener was FABULOUS! If you want to book the tour I would HIGHLY recommend you ask for Gener. He is a great guy and a pleasure to listen to. He loves his his Mayan culture and knows it and its history well. Anyone can take you to the ruins, but he tells you why the ruins are the way they are and why they were built the way they were. Mayapan was awesome with only one other group showing up after we had been there about an hour. We were the only ones at the cenote and he took us through a small town on the way there and described everything. He was extremely patient with us and our questions. The cenote was beautiful and the swim was awesome. We asked him to stop a place for lunch and he brought us where he and his family often eat. Brought I right to the boat to drop us off even though he only had to bring us to the bus station.
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AMAZING Dive Master!

Our first diving experience! A group of cruisers included two who wanted to dive - yes, actually dive, in a cenote. That is with the fins, oxygen tanks and all that. So we got a divemaster and set that up for them and apparently it went quite well! Read on...

We had so much FUN!

We are going to try and come back on Dec 26th

Can you see if the AMAZING dive master you guys found is available? It will just be me diving. My hubby and daughter will be with me too.
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I cannot say a single negative thing!

Here is the happy group INSIDE the taco kitchen with some of the staff!

Jennifer and her fellow cruisers took our food-filled excursion to Merida and Dzibilchaltun, and they loved it! 

I cannot say a single negative thing! We had an absolutely amazing time. David and our driver (I can’t for the life of me remember his name) were so nice and professional. It was the highlight of our trip. I will certainly review you on Trip Advisor. I have already given you rave reviews on all the Carnival groups I follow on Facebook! We look forward to traveling with William Lawson again!!
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and

I am so impressed with your company. I am a business owner myself and can definitely tell when someone has their act together. I already reviewed you on Trip Advisor. You should be proud of your staff!

Jennifer
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and the TripAdvisor review:

5 of 5 stars

Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We visited Progreso on the Carnival Elation on Tuesday the 26th of August. After hearing horrible reviews of this stop I began searching the internet for something outside the box to do. I stumbled across William Lawson Tours on the internet and I am so glad I did! I emailed with the company representative and explained a little bit about what we wanted to do. He suggested a tour that meant my wants and I sent a small deposit through Pay Pal and as easy as that we were set up. I received an email a few days before my cruise with complete instructions of where to meet and a map. Our guide and driver where at the meeting place as promised and me and three of my friends began our private tour immediately upon arriving to the port. We were driven in a private air conditioned van to all the places we requested to see. David, our guide told us all about the city and it’s history. We toured Merida, went to the large market, and then saw some ruins AND swam in a cenote! We were then driven safely back to the boat, with plenty of time to do a little bit of shopping and sip a beer! The cost was $130 a person and we felt this was very worth the money. Auto Progresso was offering tours which were cheaper, but you traveled with 30 other people and only offered one of the things we saw. If you want to see it all and do it at your pace, this is the way to go. Our price covered everything including authentic tacos and admission to the ruins. Our guide even paid for a piñata for my daughter because the vendor did not accept $$. This is a wonderful local company, that definitely has their act together. It was by far my best excursion ever and I have been to a lot of ports. Do not count this wonderful port out, you just need the right guide and William Lawson is the way to go.

Visited August 2014
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