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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)
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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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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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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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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

David... a fantastic tour guide!

Sally and her group to our excursion to magical and under-visited Mayapan and the now-famous hidden cenote, a Lawson's favorite. They were very pleased! Here's what they had to say:

I wanted to let you know how wonderful our experience with David (and our driver) was on our Mayapan/Cenote excursion. Everything went so smoothly, from the pickup to the driving - we found David immediately and he made us feel right at home. He’s a fantastic tour guide - so knowledgeable about culture, history, and flora and fauna of the area. We all enjoyed his information on the cities and areas we visited. The trip to the markets at Acanceh was a good way for the kids to see how life in semi-rural Mexico is lived and we all enjoyed the fruits and vegetables that David procured. We were pleased that part of our tour fees went to support the local towns and communities. The Mayapan tour was excellent - David knew so much about the architecture and history of the buildings, and was smart in directing the kids to safe places to climb and explore. The highlight was the trip to the cenote; what a lovely, magical place to swim. I think we all will remember the trip forever.

I won’t hesitate to recommend Lawsons to anyone traveling in the area. It was a 5 star experience and a great value. Thank you so much for all your efforts in making it happen.
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The largest pyramid at the site of Mayapan is very similar to the main pyramid at Chichen Itzá. Probably because it was constructed by the folks from Chichen Itza who left there and came to Mayapan around 1200 AD.

Glad we chose you!

Kari came to town with her family and loved her excursion!

I am very glad we chose to use your company while in Progresso.

We had a great time. Your tour guide and driver were very professional and informative.

I will tell my friends to use your company if they visit Mexico.

Thanks again for answering all of my questions. I know I had a lot of them!
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Will always remember our day there...

Brent and his family visited us through Carnival and their stop at Progreso. Here is an excerpt from his really nice email:

... My family had the Mayapan and Cenote tour earlier this week. We wanted to thank you all for the experience in Progreso. We had a great time with Angel and Jorge. Angel was such a great and knowledgeable tour guide. We are so glad we decided to do that on our visit. My family will always remember our day there...
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Lawson is the best!

Lisa came, saw and conquered, took a lot of photos too - and she and her little group had a great time! Read their comments below...

Photographing in one of many churches on the Convent Route

My husband and I, along with a friend, visited Merida in July of 2014. It was really hot, and had it not been for William Lawson tours, we would not have enjoyed our two week stay nearly as much. It is the most personable and fun tour that we have done. William Lawson is the best!!!
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Sad to leave...

Melinda and her family took a tour to the cenotes. Here is what she said about her tour.

Just wanted to let you know that our family was very pleased with Angel and Jorge as our tour guides! We were sad to leave them when it was time to get on the boat.
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Angel did a great job.

Susan and her group came to Progreso with Carnival and had this to say about their excursion with Lawson's:

Everyone in our group thought Angel did a great job. He had so much information and you could tell that he loved sharing that info about his home. We liked that he let us choose what to do and in what order. It was a very informative day and leisurely as well. We will definitely recommend this tour. Arturo was great also. Thanks so much!
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Exactly what we had hoped for...

Pete and Jim took a private tour from Merida to see Uxmal and the surrounding area. Here is what they had to say...

Hi Mr. Lawson:

We made it back to Wisconsin! We drove home in a snowstorm from Milwaukee and said to ourselves, “We are really going to miss the Yucatan!”.

Thank you so much for being our guide on the Puuc Route and choosing so many wonderful things to see along the way. The tour was exactly what we had hoped for…a little glimpse into the culture and people of the Yucatan, a little history and a LOT of fun! Your knowledge of and sensitivity to the people, culture and environment of the Yucatan clearly was the highlight of our trip.

Jim keeps telling friends and family about swimming in the cenotes and I tell them about the monkeys at the cacao farm and feeding the iguanas those fragrant yellow blossoms at the Uxmal ruins. We also stopped by and tried your wife’s cookies and carrot cake too! It was so very nice to meet you…if you’re ever in Green Bay, we’ll take you on an Original Green Bay Excursion! Deep-fried cheese curds, a tour of the Packer Hall of Fame and a swing up to Door County for a swim at Cave Point!

Take care and thanks again!

Pete & Jim
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Best excursion... anywhere!

William and his group of 16 arrived via Carnival and we also took them to the Mayapan & cenote tour... here are William's comments:

Thank you so much. It was by far the highlight of our trip and easily one of the best excursions we had been on anywhere. Everyone was very pleased.
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The view from inside the cenote...

Really enjoyed our trip...

The magical cenote you visit after seeing the Mayan ruins at Mayapan...

Lori and her family came to Progreso on Carnival and we showed them Mayapan and a beautiful cenote. Here's what they had to say:

This is Lori and I just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our trip with your company. Angel was a great guide and was very nice. We really enjoyed the mexican fruit that he shared and he was very informative.
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Exceeded our Expectations!

Bob had this to say about his excursion with us, from the Carnival docked in Progreso recently...

Merida's wet streets after an afternoon shower.

Kudos to Angel and Jorge!

The tour exceeded expectations. The agenda was very flexible an followed our requested timeline. Angle and George were very attentive aiding the older members of our tour group. The local tacos and hot sauce were great.

What a pleasant experience
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Angel made sure we were safe!

The Temple of the Magician, Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico - photo by R Hollmann

Bridget came to Progreso on the cruiseship and with 19 (yes, nineteen) of her friends, had us take them all out in two vans to see the sights around Uxmal Here is what they had to say:

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who had a part in making sure our excursion was awesome.

Angel and the drivers were amazing. They made sure we were aware of what was happening step by step. They were very professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and caring. We never crossed the street without Angel making sure we were safe.

Most of all, they were with us the entire time. Our entire family enjoyed the excursion and we all learned so much.
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Wonderful day!

We took Diana and friends to Ek Balam and the area recently. Here is what she had to say: 

Chilling in the Xcanché cenote near Ek Balam

Buenos dias,

Thank you for the pictures and for the wonderful day we spent with you seeing some of the great things the Yucatan has to offer. Without your help we would never have experienced your special restaurant in Temozon and its amazing smoked meats. Truly yummy!! Also the beautiful custom furniture. Bob is thrilled with his new case, it was exactly what he has been looking for??

Hope to see you again soon and see more of your special places,
Diana
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Angel, above and beyond! A private tour to Chichen Itzá

El Castillo, the most popular and iconic building at Chichen Itzá, Yucatán, México

Christine and Leo stayed in Merida and wanted to get to Chichen Itzá before the crowds and vendors and heat! So a private tour was the only way to go and Angel once again proved that he is one of the most popular guides we have in our Lawson's arsenal. Here is what Christine and Leo have to say about their private tour to Chichen:

Hi!

Leo and I just returned from our Yucatan trip yesterday. I couldn’t let another day go by without thanking you for the wonderful tour you provided to see the Chichen Itza ruins. It was the highlight of our trip.

The decision to go earlier in the morning was a good one as I think we picked the hottest day of the week to go! That extra two hours afforded us a better chance to see things without the crowds which descended on us as we were leaving. I also want to commend our tour guide, Angel, on a job well done. He was very informative and delighted us with his knowledge and insight into the Mayan culture and history. He truly seems to enjoy his work and it reflected in how he presented the information to us. He made us even more interested in the Mayan story than we already were.

Angel went above and beyond the call of duty in our view. Being such a hot day I’m sure he suffered right along with us and we all were melting when we left in the early afternoon. He actually stopped and bought us ice cream on the trip back to Merida! We really appreciated that. But as if that weren’t enough he felt we deserved more treats and stopped at a local Pollo Bruja where we each got a chicken for a pic-nic in the van!! What a special treat. The ice cream was an adventure (corn in ice cream! What a concept!) and the chicken was one of the best tasting meals we’ve had, partly because we were all pretty well barbequed ourselves by the end of the day.

He then drove us around Merida and through some neighborhoods we would not have ordinarily been able to see. In short the entire day was a memorable one due entirely to our tour guide. I hope you will extend our thanks and appreciation to him. We got his picture so we can remember him.

I would definitely recommend your tour service as the best way to see the sights in Mexico. Private tours are the only way to experience the sites of interest in a more personal and much more convenient and comfortable way. We never would have taken so much information away with us if we had gone with a group. In fact we probably would not have survived the scorching heat and masses of tourists if we had done otherwise.

Thanks again for a wonderful and memorable experience. And again, a special thanks to Angel. Please extend our gratitude to him.

Christine y Leo
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Eddie was perfect

Jeff and his wife, after an excursion out of Progreso, had this to say:

We had an awesome adventure! The driving time was a little more than I wanted but for what we were able to do, it worked out fine. Ruins, cenote and Progreso food and shopping; a good combination.

Our driver Jose and also the guide (a.k.a. Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu) were great. Both gentlemen went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. They made sure we had plenty to drink and even stopped on a couple of occasions to pick up snacks with a local flair.

With his knowledge of the Mayan culture, Eddie was perfect for this excursion. He was very informative at Uxmal. We felt like we were on a college field trip with the information we received. Everything about the who, what and why’s of the ruins kept us wanting to experience more. He was very pleasant to speak to and cordial with everyone we came into contact with. Thank you for putting us with such a great pair of guys.

In a nutshell, good time, good memories, no complaints. We will definitely recommend your excursions to anyone we hear talking about travelling to the Yucatan and hope to have an opportunity to hop around the peninsula with you again.

Thanks again! Happy trails!
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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