I am not a fan of Sound and Light shows but my friend wanted to go. The sound is only in Spanish. They have head sets you can rent but the number is limited and they were sold out when we try to get some. The tour groups rent a lot before people arrive. So, unless you speak Spanish, be sure to get there early if you want one to rent.
The ticket we got earlier in the day was also good for that night's Sound and Light Show. We were not asked if we wanted to go to the show when we got the ticket for the day. I am not sure if we could have opted for tickets without the show. You may want to ask if you do not plan to go.
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Unique Suggestions: Get there early to rent a headset if you do not understand Spanish.
Cancun airport can be a bit of a minefield for the uninitiated, but if you know what to expect it is not too bad.First you queue to have your passport and your tourist card (which you should have filled in on the plane)stamped, the official will return the bottom part of the tourist card to you MAKE SURE YOU KEEP IT SAFE , it is required for your exit from the country and causes major dramas if you lose it.Next you wait for your baggage to arrive (this will take ages), in the meantime an official will give you a customs form to fill in, they will automatically give you one that is written in spanish, but english ones are available if you ask.
Once you have your baggage you approach another official your baggage is x-rayed, you hand in the customs form and press a button, if the light goes green you pass through, if it goes red your baggage will be searched by hand.
All this sounds like quite a trial, but relax just go with the flow-you are in mexico, this is a necessary evil to get you to your wonderful destination, and in this day and age you can never have too much security.
Finally having got through customs you are facing your final hurdle, on leaving the arrivals hall you will be inundated with offers of taxis, tours etc, DO NOT give your name or hotel name to any of the guys there, give them the name of the company you are travelling with, if they are bone-fide they will confirm your name and hotel to you. A big scam at cancun airport is that the guys pretend that they are the transfer bus that has been arranged for you and then charge you an extortianate fare when they get you to your hotel.
Dont let any of this put you off, on the whole the local people are very friendly and helpful, but as anywhere you go in the world there will always be those who try to take advantage of the unwary.
N.B if you are travelling with the big u.k companies like first choice you will be fine as their reps are right there when you come out-in uniform, so you cant miss them,
Unique Suggestions: If you book with the well known tour operators like thomson and first choice you will be okay as their reps are english speaking and easy to find in their prominent uniforms. Do not make the mistake of booking with Cresta who are part of the airtours group as they leave you in the hands of the local reps (who put a whole new spin on the term incompetent-see my warnings and dangers tips)
All through the hotel you will be expected to tip employees. So prepare some change, ... Room's maids expect to have a tip when they come to clean the room, waiters at the restaurant wait for a tip as well, the man who carries luggage, the guide, ... everybody expects to get a tip.
I had a wonderful stay at the beautiful hotel in the center of Merida. The rooms are all unique and...more
The rooms are comfortable and reasonable. Public restaraunt is built around the 1st courtyard and...more
Km 120 carretera Merida-Puerto Juarez, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, 97751, Mexico
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business