Vera WenzelUnited States
My husband and I did two Free Wheeling tours with Ralf, one day to Uxmal, and the second day to Sotuta de Peón, a working Hacienda. The destinations were wonderful, but what makes a day with Ralf special is the getting to and from the destination. This is a day of stopping at multiple places not on a tourist map; to visit markets, talk to vendors, make purchases at roadside stands, in other words, to take in experiences we never would have found on our own and to have Ralf explain what you are seeing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Vera!! It was a supreme pleasure to have you both with me on those two outings and be able to enjoy the places and people I know and love, through your eyes. Please squeeze your better half for me and I wish you both all the best!
Yves CompereUnited States
Ralf accommodated our wish to concentrate on Mayan ruins, specifically Uxmal. He also took us to Kabah. There were no crowds or bus tours at either location, so we were able to appreciate the atmosphere of these places. At Uxmal, he hired a guide for us who proved to be very knowledgeable and kind. We never felt rushed. We were well taken care of and felt privileged to meet local people who are friends of our guide. We had a fantastic day; we highly recommend this guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias and thank you so much and merci beaucoup! It was a pleasure to show you around the area and introduce you to some of my favorite people so you could experience a taste of life here in the Yucatan countryside. Please come back and visit again!
Kimberly PageUnited States
Ralf helped us plan a day out focused on our interests and added some hidden surprises we would have never found on our own. He's very knowledgeable about the area and it's history. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to explore the area around Merida.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Kim! It was delightful to show you and yours around the area and share with you some of my favorite places and people. Happy travels!
Lance HastingsUnited States
From the moment we contacted Ralf, he promised to deliver - and he did! Ralf's friendly yet professional manner immediately won our hearts and confidence. He patiently listened to our requests, and then filled in the gaps for a memorable day far exceeding our expectations. Not only did we see the Yucatan, Ralf enabled us to experience it! He went out of his way to show us the sites and introduce us to the Maya and local artisans who have become his friends. We recommend Ralf without reservations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am touched by your thoughtful and sensitive review of a wonderful day out that we had together. It is my firm belief that the people and the small and apparently insignificant stops here and there are what make the difference between a good tour and a great tour. Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you here (or elsewhere) again! Ralf
Nova YatesUnited States
One of the best tour experiences ever. I enjoyed the flexibility of the private tour and I think Ralf got to know us and helpedus tailor the experience to our personal tastes. A perfect day! Nova
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!!! It was a pleasure spending time with you and yours today. Come back soon!!
Ralf was a superlative host. Nothing was too much trouble, and we had a fantastic time exploring Uxmal, the Chocolate Museum, and a nearby Cenote on a free-wheeling tour. The attention to detail was fantastic, and it was all the little extras - visiting a market, trying local fruits and delicacies, visiting haciendas and little towns along the way, that made this tour so memorable. Thank you Ralf for a day that will stay in our memory forever.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Fiona! It's easy when you are so open and appreciative of the local culture and all the little things that make this area so great. I enjoyed our chat and being able to rant a little about our favorite pet peeves.
Very recommendable. Take a tour to where you see fit, in your tempo with Ralf as an excellent guide. Extremely knowledgable and will make sure you dont leave without an authentic experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frederik! A great day out exploring especially the road construction part :)
Ann A.United States
Ralf will take you down steep steps & ladders into beautiful cenotes, once the site of sacred Mayan ceremonies & rituals. Swim in cool refreshing water while swallows twitter & flit overhead. The water is incredibly pristine & crystal clear- no slime or mud here! Ralf knows all the best cenotes, the ones tourists rarely see. Go on a weekday, you'll have the place to yourself. Lunch was local food at my request- tamales baked in banana leaves from a roadside stand. Outstanding tour & guide; a magical day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ann! It was a pleasure to show you some of my favorite off-the-beaten-track places and your spirit of adventure was so very refreshing!
Kimberly GrimesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kim!
thank you Ralf for an amazing tour! The memories you have helped create will be forever with us! Until next time......
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Obrigado a vcs Cristina! So great to be able to show you some of what makes this area so great. Come back and visit some more!
William WesbrooksUnited States
A perfect day! Ralf provides lots of options so that you can adjust the trip along the way to see what you want and spend the amount of time you want at each location. He is knowledgeable and personable and is clearly well-liked by all of the locals we encountered along the way. The driver, José, was an added bonus - helpful, informative, and funny. It was a great way to be introduced to the Yucatan, and it helped to clarify what we wanted to do for the remainder of our visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much William! It was a pleasure to show you some of my favorite places and people along the way to Uxmal. Enjoy the rest of your trip! Ralf
Gregory WrightNew Zealand
This was one of the most awesome 1 day tours we have ever had, we loved all the stops we made on the way to Uxmal, the information we received about Merida & the sounding area and all the different local foods we got to try. Ralf Hollmann is an excellent guide and we had an amazing & very memorable trip. Thank you Ralf.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Gregory! It was a pleasure to have such wonderful guests with open hearts and minds! Come visit again anytime!!
Sondra EttlingerUnited States
Rolf was more of an organizer than a guide. We lost time at the beginning when the shuttle bus left us off at the wrong place. We appreciated the extra local snacks he bought for us. Very good guide at Uxmal, but would have liked more time. He moved along and gave history when group was scattered taking pictures. Cooking class did not work out due to lack of enough time, but substitute dinner was ok.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I agree, the time really put a dent in the day, unfortunately, limiting the possibility of a cooking class. Glad to hear you thought the guide at Uxmal was good. As mentioned in the tour description I always hire a professional at archeological sites. Thanks Sondra
Enjoyed my day out with Ralf - full day itinerary (tailor-made) matched my interests. Ralf is engaging, friendly and knows the people and area around Merida well, having lived there for many years.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Mary Ann EgerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to meet you and your group Mary Ann; it was a fun day out!!
Mary Anne AanestadUnited States
ralf was so informative, took our family on great explorations off the beaten path. would recommend for anyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mary Anne!! Lovely to meet you and your family!!
I highly recommend this tour. Our guide Ralf was amazing. Ralf is very professional and really takes care of you and even spoils you. We were able to get a sense of the culture from Ralf who has lived here for 30 years. I will be using Tours by Locals with the next time I come here. I also love the fact they pick you up from where you are staying drop you back. Great Tour !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Fazeeda! It really was a pleasure to have such wonderful, receptive and fun guests to show some of the sights and sites. Keep in touch and we'll see you again, perhaps in the frozen north!