Our flight in to Cancun seemed very short- brief stop in Atlanta, then pleasant flight to C. After inquiring about an ADO bus to Merida ( ~ a 4 hour trip), the young man selling the tickets said there was a shuttle leaving in about 30 minutes, so we purchased the tickets and waited, not knowing what to expect. As it turned out, the shuttle was for the Fiesta Americana hotel (which is not where we are staying) and we were the only two passengers. The van would have seated at least 12 or so. The driver spoke very good English and told us the ride would be ~ 3 1/2 hours. The van was air conditioned and I was actually a little cold. After 2 hours I looked around and found the "off" switch for the passenger section. Much better. We stopped twice for restroom and a few minutes to stretch our legs. I'm glad we took the shuttle instead of a crowded bus. I regret that we never asked the name of our driver, who told us that he would have been happy to drive us back to Cancun next Sunday but that was his only day off.
I called the rental agent about 30 minutes outside Merida and we all arrived at the same time. I have no idea what the tip should have been for a 'private' shuttle ride of a little over 3 hours, so I gave him what I believe was a generous tip. I think I will check to see if there is another shuttle from the hotel early Sunday. The cost was only a few dollars more than the luxury bus and was an hour less travel time.
Stay tuned for a description of Casa 64....