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TTD/Cenote and Beach Questions- Help is appreciated!!!


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#1 Lindsey

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    Posted 09 December 2008 - 10:39 PM

    Hi everyone! I have looked all over the forum for a thread about bringing my own photog from the states and doing our TTD. I am super excited about taking great beach pics as well as cenote pics, but I have several questions!!!

    I am curious to know- from those of you who have either been there or been through this process:

    *Which cenotes are close to Cancun, gorgeous, and allow pictures?

    *Also, I have read many times that several of the cenotes require permission for photography. How should we go about getting that?

    * What is the average "photography" fee that they charge- so we are prepared?

    * Lastly, we are getting married at Beach Palace, which ironically, doesn't have much of a beach and need great advice for amazing beaches.

    All help is appreciated! Thanks ladies!!!


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      Posted 09 December 2008 - 11:00 PM

      where did you read about the fees? we were not charges fees & I haven't heard about anyone being charged.

      The ruins have photography restrictions, but not cenotes.

      ana (tlomlad) went to a beautiful cenote near dreams cancun. I don't know it's name, but she said it was the closest to cancun.

      I'll see if I can find some links.

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        Posted 09 December 2008 - 11:03 PM

        http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t26530

        #4 Lindsey

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          Posted 10 December 2008 - 12:03 AM

          Excellent!!! Thank you so much!!!
          I think I read about the fees from a link that someone had posted about the cenotes. I think it was a link to someone who had written quite a bit of literature about the cenotes. I could easily be mistaken. It was a while ago when I looked at it.

          Thanks again!

          #5 Lindsey

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            Posted 10 December 2008 - 12:10 AM

            Morgan!! It was actually the link that you had posted to Steve Gerrard's website. He had mentioned that some of them were privately owned and if they request that you pay a fee, that you must. I think I misunderstood that to mean that there was a potential for asking visitors to pay a photography fee for use of the property. Thank you for clarifying!

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              Posted 10 December 2008 - 12:33 AM

              yes, there is a fee to enter. a local photographer had mentioned the possibilty of future charges for photography in the cenotes, but so far no one has been asked to pay so I don't think there are any fees.

              #7 Sascha Gluck Photography

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                Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:13 AM

                Hi... Cenotes ( which you can enter y car ) requires a fee. Those are owned by the ejido or private. They make a big business out of it no question about that. I actually got trained by Steve Gerrard a long time ago as a full cave instructor and been diving most of those caves and cenotes for the past 10 years. They're amazing no doubt and most of the entrance to the cave ( Cenotes ) are very hard to reach because they are far away from the main road. The owners make it possible for us to reach them easily, like Dos Ojos, Taj Mahal, Mayen Blue, just to mentioned some . Though , between 5 and 10 usd a person, I think its fair to pay the entrance and have a nice clean beautiful place to enjoy.

                Back to Cancun....the Beach Palace, not much Beach over there, that right. But you can take a Taxi ( if your photographer don't have car ). South by Westin Regina.... beautiful Beach or behind Hard Rock Cafe. There're are a lot of options if you know your way around.
                Well Iam not a Lady but always like to help.....

                #8 Lindsey

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                  Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:25 PM

                  Thank you ladies and gentlemen! (: Thank you so much Sascha for your help as well!!! Agreed about the $10 PP. I was thinking something crazy like $300 for photography! I would take $10 anyday!

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                    Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:35 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by Lindsey
                    Thank you ladies and gentlemen! (: Thank you so much Sascha for your help as well!!! Agreed about the $10 PP. I was thinking something crazy like $300 for photography! I would take $10 anyday!
                    yeah, it's totally worth it. it's also nice handing the money over to a local & not some ticket counter at a big place.

                    We paid $8 at grand cenote. they take US$ or pesos. the ruins were the only peso-only places we encountered.

                    you can rent snorkeling equipment there too.

                    #10 Kits55

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                    Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:50 AM

                    Morgan: i read your other posts about the public cenotes. It's a great help! I like the idea of trying to find a private cenote but it might be like finding a needle in a haystack since I don't know anyone down there.

                    Morgan, what time of day did you do your TTD session, were you glad with the time that you picked?

                    I will be watching this thread for some great ideas...my photog already found an underwater housing for his camera.




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