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Horseback Riding and Cenote Swim from Cancun or Playa del Carmen provided by Rancho Bonanza

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Horseback Riding and Cenote Swim from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

Horseback Riding and Cenote Swim from Cancun or Playa del Carmen
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Tour snapshot
Good for all levels of riders, including beginners
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Departing from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, this combo tour combines two popular jungle adventures in just one day: horseback riding through the jungle and swimming in a natural cenote. The outing—perfect for nature lovers who appreciate a slower pace—highlights the natural wonders of the Yucatan peninsula and includes round trip transportation, horseback riding guide, and equipment, and water, snacks, and towels at the cenote.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Two adventures in one tour 
  • Knowledgeable guide to point out native plants and animals 
  • Round-trip transportation included 
What to expect
This combo horseback riding and cenote tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen at the departure time chosen at checkout.  Once aboard the tour vehicle, you’re transported to Rancho Bonanza to meet your steed for the day’s ride. The horses here are rescues and matched with riders according to experience level. All riding levels can be accommodated. Over the next portion of the tour, descend into the Yucatan jungle, with a knowledgeable guide pointing out native flora and fauna along the way. The destination: a picturesque natural cenote, or naturally-occurring limestone sinkhole. Here, you can dismount and take a dip in the cool waters. Towels are provided, but wear a suit if you plan to swim. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks are your dip. Return to Rancho Bonanza to say goodbye to your horse and head back to your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Two adventures in one tour 
  • Knowledgeable guide to point out native plants and animals 
  • Round-trip transportation included 
What to expect
This combo horseback riding and cenote tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen at the departure time chosen at checkout.  Once aboard the tour vehicle, you’re transported to Rancho Bonanza to meet your steed for the day’s ride. The horses here are rescues and matched with riders according to experience level. All riding levels can be accommodated. Over the next portion of the tour, descend into the Yucatan jungle, with a knowledgeable guide pointing out native flora and fauna along the way. The destination: a picturesque natural cenote, or naturally-occurring limestone sinkhole. Here, you can dismount and take a dip in the cool waters. Towels are provided, but wear a suit if you plan to swim. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks are your dip. Return to Rancho Bonanza to say goodbye to your horse and head back to your hotel.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 34554P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • All necessary equipment
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and snacks at the end of the activity
  • Use of lockers and towels
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Photo of your adventure (available to purchase, US $40)
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Cancun, Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Maximum weight is 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • It is recommended that you bring biodegradable sunscreen and biodegradable insect repellent, a camera, sunglasses, long pants for riding, and a swimsuit
  • Some experience on horseback is recommended
  • Minimum age is 8
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • We can only operate the activity with 2 children per schedule and minors are considered from 8 to 17 years old.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • All necessary equipment
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and snacks at the end of the activity
  • Use of lockers and towels
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Photo of your adventure (available to purchase, US $40)
Departure details
  • Cancun, Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Maximum weight is 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • It is recommended that you bring biodegradable sunscreen and biodegradable insect repellent, a camera, sunglasses, long pants for riding, and a swimsuit
  • Some experience on horseback is recommended
  • Minimum age is 8
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • We can only operate the activity with 2 children per schedule and minors are considered from 8 to 17 years old.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Lauren Parks
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
This was an amazing experience, our guide Exabier was wonderful, he was so knowledgeable on everything he shared with us, information that went far beyond horse riding. As someone who rides horses frequently and has spent time at many facilities (both good and bad) it made me so happy to see that rancho bonanza was one of the good ones. The animals there have been rescued from a circus and horse labor farms, and been given a better life under the care of the owner who is a vet. I really appreciated that these horses are only asked to work twice a day, I’m sure they could easily sell out these horse riding excursions 8 times daily if they wanted to but that fact that it’s limited to 10 riders twice a day to me was testament to how much they care about their animals. They made sure to pair riders to suitable horses based on experience and ability, they even had the option to be led by rope from one of the guides for those not confident in taking the reigns themselves. After mounting we spent some time in the outdoor arena where they gave riders pointers on their positioning and made sure everyone was comfortable before setting out on the trail. This was honestly the best organized trail ride I’ve ever been on. We rode through the jungle and the guides pointed out everything worth looking at including spider monkeys and iguanas. We stopped for a break after 30 minutes and learned some Mayan history before another 30 minute ride back followed by a swim in the cenote with water food pop and towels all provided. When you book it says it is 1hour and when you look at the price it seem very expensive but the whole experience took us over 3 hours, the 1 hour only accounts for the time in saddle not the rest of the experience so in my opinion it’s worth every penny. Make sure to bring extra cash to tip your guide, they truly deserve it.
Oh and they provided us with transportation to and from the rancho which made it even easier to relax and enjoy our day.
Written 12 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rose B
Geismar, LA5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Would highly recommend this tour to anyone thinking of booking a horseback riding tour. Sergio, Esmeralda and their staff were amazing and top notch tour guides. Sergio was very informative, funny and personable which made the tour more fun in the heat of the day and learned a lot of interesting facts on our tour.
They matched the horses to level of expertise in riding and explained everything very well about how to ride and what to expect during our tour.
They really take care of their horses and it was so good to hear that they also rescue horses.
We had a water break halfway through the ride and had a nice surprise.
And the cenote swim was very refreshing at the end of the tour. They took nice pictures during our ride and swim and the prices were very reasonable. Please remember to bring money to tip them at the end of the tour and bring bug spray. We didn’t have the bug spray so they provided it at the beginning which was very helpful. We booked this tour for our daughter who is an avid rider so we were so happy it turned out so well. Thankyou again Sergio and Esmeralda for a great experience !!!
Written 24 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear visitor Rose B We're so happy to know that you had a splendid family time at Rancho Bonanza. Sergio, Esmeralda and our team of trained guides will appreciate your positive feedback. about the information they impart on the tour. Seeing the impact of how we rescue and nurture our horses back to full health is one of the reasons why visitors love coming to Bonanza Ranch. Equally, our conservation of the jungle and fauna means you get to enjoy a more natural experience and our guides share stories that relate to the history of that environment. Thank you for your visit and we look forward to seeing you again at Rancho Bonanza. #BonanzaMx
Written 5 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

julieh0672
12 contributions
Feb 2022
Amazing staff, and the horses were great! Noah met us to get checked in and provided some insect repellent for us. Trust me, use the insect repellent! On our short walk to the stable, Noah provided interesting tales and facts about Mayan culture and some of the flora important for their way of life. When we arrive, some staff was exercising the horses to get them warmed up and ready for our trail ride. We got our lockers situated, signed some waivers, and Jose took our picture with Michael Jackson, a very cute burro. Noah gave us very clear instructions on how to handle the horses, and all the staff made sure we were all comfortable on our horses before heading out on the trail. This trail is for all levels, but it is definitely beginner-friendly. If you are looking for a beach gallop, this is not the tour for you. But a nice, relaxing walk in the jungle, followed by a dip in a cenote was just what we were looking for! I rode Rosita, and my husband rode the lazy Macarena. It was fun to get to know our horses during the ride! We saw lots of fruit trees on our trail and heard spider monkeys calling to each other. We dismounted, and Noah gave us a quick lesson on the Mayan invention of chewing gum. He provided some samples and told us more stories from Mayan legends. We hopped back on and headed back to the barn for a quick snack. I would recommend arriving with your swimsuit on, only because it's more convenient than having to change into it. Towels were provided, and we were able to taste test some honey provided by native bees. We purchased the $40USD photo package, as it was much easier than having to concern ourselves with our phones, and it was much easier to concentrate on our horses without having to worry about taking pictures. All the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, and they helped us with our Spanish!
Written 7 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Visitor Thank you for sharing your horseback riding experience at Bonanza Ranch. Our trained guides appreciate your feedback. We strive to make the tour interesting for all ages and horse riding competency levels. We hope to see you in the Riviera Maya again soon.
Written 17 March 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Meghan S
Denver, CO3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Friendly, knowledgeable guide but not much to do with horse riding.

The actual ride was short and slow, while the safety briefing and waiver signing took up most of the time.
All of these reviews say fine for riders with experience but it’s only fine for those who have little to no experience.

They ask for experience level but it’s not clear as to why because it’ll be boring either way. Almost all of the people in my group were intermediate riders and I was holding my horse back the entire time to not hit the horse in front of me we were going so slow.

Find another, more exciting stable if you want to enjoy the ride.
Written 5 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Maggiebisk Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience during the horseback riding tour. Our excursion is special for people with little or no experience, that is one of the reasons why galloping is not allowed. Secondly, before to start the tour, our guides inform to our visitors, that horses are rescued which means that in Bonanza Ranch the care of our horses is paramount. The trail roads in which the riding takes place were also designed to be as safe as possible for this main reason as well. As you noticed trails are narrow and only allow a single file. If you try galloping, you may put in danger the whole group. We are definitively not a high active adrenaline excursion and we are sorry to hear that you did not have the fun that you were looking for - Safety goes first, and we expect that our visitors would enjoy and admire the beauty of our Mayan Jungle, our Horses and the Cenotes. We will reinforce the communication with our local vendors a/o tour operations in order to point out what can visitors expect from our horseback riding tour. Thank you for your comment, we hope you have a wonderful stay in Riviera Maya Sincerely #BonanzaMx
Written 6 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tyler
Dallas, TX2 contributions
First off where do I start. These guys do everything great from start to finish. You will be picked up on time, driven VIP style to exactly where you need to go! When you get to the ranch you will go over some safty docs, and be asked about your experience.

Once that is done, you are brought to the horses. I was given Tomato(Great famous horse,) while my SO was given (Macarena) they where both great the entire time.

Emmanuel was our tour guide who spoke fantastic Spanish and English. He made the tour 100000x better just by the way he interacted with each guest. He told us stories, talked horses, ranch with my SO and kept us entertain the entire time.

You do take a break halfway through the ride. We manage to see monkeys and lizards which was very cool. I recommend you do the tour early. It’s a lot less hot, and feels betters in the jungle.

Once you get back to camp, you are escorted to the Cenotes. The tour provides towels, snacks and drinks. I recommend wearing life jacket to float around in. The cenotes are a bit cold, but feels good.

As for afterwards. Tip these guys all the way. They go above and beyond to ensure they are at the top of trip advisor.

Do this. You won’t regret it. Fun time away from beach and drinks
Written 15 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear visitor Tourist43563853647 Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much,. We will make sure to share your comments with Manue, the famous Tomato, Macarena l and our staff members as its a great motivation to see you recognized for your service Like you say, the tour features storytelling which makes the trail interesting and inclusive for everyone. We endeavor to ensure that our tour promoters, communicate the tour accurately by providing regular onsite training and fam trips to promoters and agencies. We hope to see you again in the near future. #BonanzaMx
Written 16 August 2021
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Collyn C
3 contributions
Jun 2021
Oh we had so much fun doing this excursion. Sergio and Esmeralda made the whole experience. Sergio is such an incredible story teller which made it so entertaining to learn about the Mayan history. The horses are very loved and all of the cowboys are so caring towards them. They truly seem to love their jobs. There is a photographer taking lots of pics along the way. The cenote was a nice cool off at the end. I wish we wouldve brought our own water- they provide a bottle halfway through but we did the 11:30 tour and it was hot!
This is definitely for all skill levels- they are very good about explaining the horses and how to navigate them carefully. Great great adventure! highly recommend!
Written 22 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear visitor collyncody Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much, Esmeralda and Sergio and the whole team will be very glad to read your comments. They have a genuine passion for animals and nature. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. #BonanzaMx
Written 25 June 2021
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Abbey
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
I would recommend this trip. The horses were all really sweet and well behaved. The tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. They care so much for the animals. It was so sweet to hear the way they
spoke or all the animals they had and teaching them happiness after a life of hardship. We loved the 3 legged dog named Maya. It was more than just a horse ride, giving you many things to experience at the ranch. The photographs were pretty expensive at $40 dollars so bear that in mind when booking. It was cheaper to book the trip via our hotel.
Written 4 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tldolphin
West Hartford, CT122 contributions
I booked the horseback trip through my hotel concierge at El Dorado Royale, and was delivered to nearby Bonanza Ranch via the hotel shuttle. I was greeted by Tony, and met some other visitors from other properties who were also there to enjoy the ride. We were given buh spray to apply and I tend to get bit a lot, so I really appreciated that. We went over the basic release forms, and then Jose took out photographs with one of the donkeys on the ranch while the horses were prepared. The staff went over basic instructions for how to use the reins and to direct the horses, and off we went into the jungle. We saw spider monkeys in the trees, and stopped for a break where we learned some local legends about the trees and lily flowers, and also about the natural gum tree and the creation of chiclet gum. We got to sample some of the gum, and I really like it. We continued on a pleasant ride, and returned to the ranch.

It's been a few years since I have ridden, but it was such a delight to be back on horseback, and in such a beautiful jungle setting.

After our ride, there was included in the excursion a swim in a cenote, and I am sure it would have been wonderful, but I was so excited about going horseback riding, I totally missed the part about going for a swim and didn't bring a swimsuit. Fortunately, as my hotel was nearby, I was able to get transport back and just missed out on the swimming adventure. I swam in a different cenote the day before, and it was lovely so I'm bummed I hadn't paid attention that another swim was part of the deal. Don't miss out—bring your swimsuit and enjoy!!

Tony and Xavier were delightful hosts and José took photos I will treasure forever. It was the most fun excursion of my vacation and totally sparked my desire to take up riding lessons again. Don't worry though, you don't need experience. The guides assigned horses based on experience and were constantly attentive to ensure the safety and great experience of the tour.

Thanks so much to everyone at Bonanza MX for the wonderful morning ride ❤️
Written 5 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alexandra S
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Friends
Our activity was so much fun! The guides lead us on such an easy and nice trail and the cenote is absolutely beautiful. Best thing was our guide Noe. He really made the trip amazing with his story telling and personalizing the trip for our family.
Written 21 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear visitor alex2fabs. We are pleased to hear that we have met your expectation in every aspects. We will make sure to share your comments with Noe and our staff members as its a great motivation to see you recognized for your service. We look forward to serving you many more times in the future
Written 28 December 2021
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Mari F
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
My husband and I went on this excursion during our honeymoon in Playa. Bonanza’s staff were welcoming, kind and informative from the start. They valued safety immensely, telling us all of the do’s and don’t’s before we even got within a yard of the horses. Safety commands were reiterated throughout the ride. We also received some fun facts throughout the ride about Mayan culture and legends, which was an added bonus. Both activities, riding and the cenote, were timed perfectly so that it didn’t take a gigantic chunk out of the day but still felt like there was plenty of time to enjoy ourselves.

We absolutely recommend Bonanza to anyone looking to have a fun and unique excursion during their time in Playa.
Written 7 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear visitor MariFord29 Congratulations on you honeymoon!! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review! We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much, our conservation of the jungle and fauna means you get to enjoy a more natural experience and our guides share stories that relate to the history of that environment. We will pass your kind comments on to the tour guides Thank you for your visit and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. #BonanzaMx
Written 16 November 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Amy L
Amy L
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Amazing Experience
Went to the ranch with my husband while on honeymoon and would highly recommend! I’d be an experienced rider and my
Happinessandsunshine
Happinessandsunshine
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Great excursion
Noah and the team were absolutely awesome to work with. They gave clear instructions on how to handle your horse. M
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I994JQdannyp
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Great Experience!
Great experience. The guides and ranch hands are very helpful. The cenote is fabulous. Riding a horse thru the jung
Chris A
Chris A
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Walking tour of Bonanza Ranch
There is a charge to ride the horses so we opted for the walking tour from the resort. We had a great host who gave
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biancagN8613FL
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From the beginning to the very end it was an amazing experience. Sergio was hilarious and made us all feel welcomed.
I loved it! It was my first time getting on a horse so I was really nervous. But every single one of the employees
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banthonyt25
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Bonanza and Cenote Introduction
Bonanza Ranch tour: Sofia gave us a 45 minute tour of the ranch and center. It was fun and very informative. I thin
50ruthe
50ruthe
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Fun and informative
Sophi was a wonderful tour guide. Informative for youth and adults, but our guide made things fun and interactive f
Kevin K
Kevin K
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This is a must do activity if you are staying at El Dorado Royale Resort.
A great experience for just 3 hours out of your day. We took a 5 minute golf cart ride from El Dorado Royale's mai
Bre_Broyles
Bre_Broyles
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Must be under a certain weight to ride
I was really excited about this activity until we arrived and was told that I was too heavy to ride on a horse. The
kenyonsmalley
kenyonsmalley
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Great horses, great people!
Alma, Esmeralda and Luis were great guides and photographers. They made it a very fun and memorable trip!
ElisaTertulien
ElisaTertulien
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Great driver
I didn’t have an excursion. I had Eduardo Iuit transport me from the airport in Cancun to Atelier in a private Linc
citomartinez
citomartinez
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Gracias Esmeralda!
Thanks for the fun! The instructions were easy and the horses were easy to deal with. Had a great time on this hors
538meghanb
538meghanb
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Authentic and fun
Shout out to Alma (future lawyer) Esmeralda (aka Selma H) and Louis (graphic designer and paparazzi) for making our
mejiaj02
mejiaj02
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Great first experience
I came here with some friends and as the first experience we had a great time, alma And esmeralda had great knowled
AshleyBurh
AshleyBurh
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Amazing
I love everything about the activities . I wanted to thank esmeralda, Alma, and Luis . And all the other crew memb
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