Turtle, Ecuador

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  • 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?

    No