Uxmal

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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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

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

"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
— TripAdvisor

Mr. Vallejos (aka Gener)... awesome tour!

Yvonne and her cruising group stopped in at Progreso and chose us to show them around. It was Mom's birthday so we made it special.

My family and I have returned safely to our home. I wanted to thank you for your assistance in booking our Uxmal tour. Mr. Vallejos was an amazing guide and so knowledgeable about the ancient stories of the Mayans. My family enjoyed hearing the stories of the Mayans and their culture, games and lifestyle. The kids and my brother in law were fascinated with the Cenote and enjoyed swimming there. My mother is grateful for the wonderful gift and beautiful flowers which made her feel so special. A special thanks to Mr. Vallejos for introducing us to his mom and the corn tortilla making process. We all enjoyed watching how they make tortillas and tasting them. On behalf of my family and I please accept our most sincerest gratitude for the awesome tour.

Regards,
Yvonne
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The Yaxcopoil Hacienda - photo R. Hollmann

Angel did an Amazing Job!

Ken and Sue allowed me to post their review of their recent trip to the area, where they visited Uxmal with everyone's favorite guide, Angel. Read on...

Upon disembarking with the first group from the cruise ship, we were able to immediately board a bus to take us to the bus terminal in Progresso. Unfortunately, we waited on that bus for more than 45 minutes before it finally left for town. It was waiting till it was full with passengers before leaving. If we had known this information a head of time, we probably would have requested a taxi so we could have started our tour faster. When the bus entered the terminal, Angel was waiting for us so we didn’t have to waste any time trying to locate him, which we appreciated. Angel was very personable and knowledgeable. We appreciated that he shared with us many details of life in Progresso and the surrounding villages. Our main goal was to see the Mayan Ruins at Uxmal so we elected to drive around the tiny town square filled with market/vendors, but not shop so we could spend more time at the ruins. Fortunately we did that since we could have easily spent more time touring Uxmal.

Angel did an amazing job of explaining what we were seeing at Uxmal and has a fantastic grasp of the English language. He definitely gave us insight into the people that once lived here that we wouldn’t have acquired by just walking through the park. Even with the information signs being printed in English we would have missed so many details that Angel was able to share with us. We were disappointed that we ran out of time during the tour so we couldn’t climb the one pyramid at the back of the park. Wish we could have stayed another couple of hours! We were very impressed with this National Park and it’s cleanliness. Your country has done an outstanding job of preserving these awesome ruins with so much history.

We were shocked that your company used a large passenger van just for us. It would have been fine with us to share this tour with another couple or two, while maybe lowering the tour price. What a pleasant surprise to be dropped off at the shipping port since we thought we were going to have to catch the bus a second time to get back to the boat.

Thank you for an incredible experience in your country. We would definitely recommend your company to any friends or family traveling to Progresso.

Ken and Sue Hayes
Arkansas, USA
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Gener was fantastic!

Chris says this about his recent visit and trip to the ruins with our super-guide aka Mr. Personality Gener:

Thanks for organising the tour. Gener (the Tour Guide) was fantastic. Since we have had such an excellent experience, we will certainly be recommending your company to our friends and colleagues in Australia & Great Britain. Please pass on our thanks to Gener.
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This is one of several carved figures you can see at Kabah, just down the road from Uxmal

Best ruins, best guide!

Another great review from some of our happy guests!

I have visited Chichen Itza, Tulum and Altun Ha. Uxmal was my favorite. Very relaxed feel to the place and gorgeous preservation work. We hired a private guide company (Lawsons Original Yucatan Excursions) and had a most wonderful time with them. From the person who handled my planning (Ralf) to our driver and guide (Angel), we were never disappointed. My husband has limited mobility and we also have a 13 year old child. We were never rushed and the boy was never bored. LOL Angel was friendly, flexible and knowledgeable. Our vehicle had a stocked cooler with sodas and water and Angel even stopped after our hot day to buy us some local handmade popsicles (very interesting flavors). When I go back, I will definitely hire them again!

Visited December 2013
— http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1575106-d153130-r187421942-Uxmal-Santa_Elena_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS

We absolutely loved all of it!

Carol from Texas and her hubby Steve took a private tour when they sailed in last month on the Carnival cruise ship. The two of them went to Uxmal and also did part of the Yaxcopoil hacienda experience, complete with a totally private cenote! Here's what they had to say: 

Thank you again for designing our tour for us. We absolutely loved all of it. We enjoyed the unique feel to the tour and thought that our guide (Gener) and driver (Jorge) were excellent. It was very nice of everyone to surprise Steve with a “birthday tortilla”. We appreciate everything and will recommend your company to others. I have already recommended you to someone on the ship that is a frequent cruiser.



I hope we get a chance to do it again.



Carol

Cruisers won over, plan to return for extended visit.

Mandy and her all-girls family group entrusted us with their shore excursion this past week and took a whirlwind tour to Uxmal with plenty of interesting stops along the way.

The pyramid of the Magician, from the side, at Uxmal

I just wanted to tell you what an outstanding experience we had on our visit last week- it was truly the perfect day and was even better than promised! I corresponded with Ralf, who considered our interests and helped us plan the perfect tour including a visit to Uman Village, a stop at Yaxcopoil hacienda, a guided tour of the ruins at Uxmal, and swimming in the Peba cenote. We were skeptical that all of the activities could be done in the allotted time, but we were so wrong! Gener picked us up promptly at the terminal in Progreso last Wed morning and showed us a wonderful time. He proved to be friendly, interesting, and well-educated. I really appreciated his Mayan heritage and deep anthropological understanding of the region. Gener’s intimate knowledge of the area created a very personal experience, and he was never short on interesting facts and stories - we felt right at home. The attention to detail was evident - from the refreshments to the order of our itinerary, with each stop building on the previous. Swimming in the cenote was my favorite part, especially after the hot, humid hike on the ruins! My mom mentioned a few traditional Mexican dishes she had researched and wanted to try, and Gener knew the perfect restaurant next to the ocean in Progreso that served all of the dishes! Needless to say, I highly recommend your tour services, and thanks to the hospitality we were shown, I am even planning to return to Progreso soon for an extended visit. We will request Gener again! Thanks again, and best wishes!