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#1 rodent

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    Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:06 PM

    Email address sinaltours@hotmail.com

    Planning the trip through Sinal Tours is much cheaper than going through a tour company. We are paying $340 for and 11 passenger & a 14 passenger van ($13.60 per person!) This allowed us to treat our guests to an excursion. They will be covering the cost of getting into the ruins, renting a bike & getting into the cenote (~$20). We are paying for the vans.

    *I’m usually hesitant to put prices on the forum because they are always changing. But, I wanted to give their current prices just so you can see how affordable it is.

    I plan to write up a full description after my wedding to help others who would want to take this tour. But, with all the June/ July weddings I decided to put some info on the forum now for those who would want to book sooner. After the wedding I’ll give my review, suggestions & post pics.

    This is what we are doing:
    9am leave hotel (wanted to allow plenty of time for breakfast)
    1 hour drive to Coba
    1.5-2 hours at Coba
    Lunch in Coba
    1 van will head back to the hotel & drop anyone off who wants to go back
    The rest of the group will go to gran cenote

    8 hours is the recommended time, but it can be done in less time.
    Payment can be made at the end of the service

    Enterance fees
    Coba 48 pesos *must be paid in pesos
    Bike 30 pesos *must be paid in pesos
    Bike taxi 98 pesos (two people can ride) *must be paid in pesos
    Gran cenote $8 accept US$

    I attached a pdf of information about Coba & cenotes that I sent the guests. There are lots of pictures. I can't wait for this trip!!!!!

    VERY IMPORTANT
    be a responsible tourist! here is a website about protecting the wonderful natural resource of cenotes
    Cenotes of the Riviera Maya Home, Steve Gerrard Cavern, Cave, Technical Instructor

     

     

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    #2 rodent

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      Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:07 PM

      OK here is my post-wedding review of the trip
      These guys were great!

      Here is his email: Click the image to open in full size.

      You can climb to the top of this 140 foot ruin. Mike's 5 year old nephew made it to the top.
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      We spent 1 1/2 hours in Coba. Afterwards we went to lunch nearby. The Sinal Tours guy had already reserved us 2 tables.

      The place we went for lunch was very nice. There was a great breeze. It was an all you can eat buffet. The food was very good, but it was overpriced. I imagine we got the tourist discount :) But, it was worth it to have good food in a clean, cool place. It was $11 for the buffet with rice, beans, chicken, fruit & pasta. There was probably beef. I don't remember. Drinks were $1.50 for a soft drink & $2 for a beer. They took US $s. Coba is the only place we went to that didn't.

      We traveld about 30 minutes to Gran Cenote. It was $8 to get in. There were life jackets & snorkel equipment to rent. There was also a small bathroom. The cenote was wonderful. Our guests loved it. We stayed several hours.

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        Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:07 PM

        here are some pictures Mike's sister took

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        This is the lunch spot

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        We rode the 30 minutes back to our hotel. If you take this trip, be sure to bring extra to tip the drivers.

        We were gone about 9-5. It was such an amazing day. I was so happy we were able to take our guests on such a cool adventure.

        #4 rodent

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          Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:08 PM

          OK, one more post for more pictures. These 3 posts will get replaced by lots of info & pictures once I return from mexico.

          #5 chibi411

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            Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:26 PM

            cool morgan, i booked sinal also, but i didn't have the time frames, so thanks!!

            #6 chibi411

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              Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:26 PM

              i'll give you a review when i come back in time for yours!

              #7 tlomlad

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                Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:28 PM

                hey morgan quick question are you doing this tour different then your trash the dress session with ur awesome photog, and if so could you give us some info on how and where you are planning on doing your trash the dress cenote shoot cause we did some research and found a few places but are not totally sure about there photo restriction an i dont want to show up in my dress and have them say no lol that would be my luck....oh and less than a month for you how exciting im down to 2 and cant wait!!!!!

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                  Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:45 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by chibi411
                  i'll give you a review when i come back in time for yours!
                  wonderful!!! I'd love to hear from someone who went on the trip for advice!!

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by tlomlad
                  hey morgan quick question are you doing this tour different then your trash the dress session with ur awesome photog, and if so could you give us some info on how and where you are planning on doing your trash the dress cenote shoot cause we did some research and found a few places but are not totally sure about there photo restriction an i dont want to show up in my dress and have them say no lol that would be my luck....oh and less than a month for you how exciting im down to 2 and cant wait!!!!!
                  We are doing the trash at that same trip to the cenote. We are changing during lunch. I haven't heard any restrictions about photography at a cenote. i know you can't do it at Coba. Hopefully my dress dries out before 4pm the next day (kidding). I'm wearing heidi's TTD dress for my day before session. The day after the wedding I'm trashing the actual wedding dress on the beach with 2 friends that are bringing their wedding dresses. Can't wait!!

                  I just thought about it & it doesn't make sense to trash both dresses. I'll probably just rewear the one. Then I'll get my real wedding dress hemmed short & it can be a party dress after the wedding. heidi's TTD dress is from the same line as my wedding dress. They are similar except for the neckline.

                  #9 pryzeless

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                    Posted 23 May 2008 - 01:24 PM

                    Thanks for the info.

                    #10 tlomlad

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                      Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:21 PM

                      thanks for the info i cant wait to see your shots!!!




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