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  • Reviewed November 2018
    Clare Smit

    An interlude into Mayan culture

    A most enjoyable and excellent tour that covers 3 countries (Guatemala, Mexico and Belize) in 2 weeks. Prepare yourself for some long journeys daily but overall its worth it to see some of the amazing Mayan sites like Palenque, Uxmal, Tulum etc. and to experience the Day of the Dead celebrations. We gradually worked our way through the Mayan sites and ended with the jungle complex at Tikal. So glad we didn't do this in reverse!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the Mayan sites were amazing - all of them were memorable in their own right, so its hard to single out one in particular. Sunset at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala was particularly special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Armando was excellent. Anyone that can deal with the logistics in 3 countries including border crossings as well as the usual group dynamic has got to be good!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take something warm to wear for the evenings in the Guatemalan highlands as its cooler there than elsewhere. Bug spray and factor 50 sunscreen is essential everywhere! Also, remember to keep some local currency spare for the taxes at the border crossings. Drink lots of water and Gatorade as you do dehydrate quickly. Be aware that some places you visit are at altitude eg. San Cristobal is at 2200m, this affected some folk in our group.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Day of the Dead is something to experience. Its spread over a few days so not just 31 Oct aka Halloween. The visits to the graveyards were interesting, however, one would have been enough because it felt like we were intruding.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Cathy Cant

    Wonderful trip

    Fabulous trip to see the key Mayan ruins and the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. Doing the tour in reverse meant that we saw the most famous site - Tikal - first, progressing on to the less well known. But Tikal is a monumental ruin with - for me - no tangible evidence of the people who lived there. Palenque, on the other hand, came up very late on - and was just stunning, with lots of carvings in situ, and a very real feeling of the community as it once was. The Day of the Dead - which was over two days: the indigenous and mestizo communities celebrate separately - was fascinating. You hear about this stuff, but the reality is so much more vibrant. Very glad we came on this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking into the ruins of Palenque - astonishingly vital.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Delightful chap - his re-enactment of the Mayan ball game was certainly gripping! But his English wasn’t really up to imparting the wealth of information he had.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be surprisingly cool at night - take warm clothing for the Chiapas section of the trip. And be considerate of fellow passengers! For example, voluntarily swapping around the seating arrangements in the bus gives everyone a chance to get the best views etc. Our holiday was marred by a couple who evidently thought the trip was for them alone.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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