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2 Reviews

  • Reviewed November 2019
    Jenny Aitchison

    A wonderful experience!

    The sites we visited were amazing and being able to witness the Mayan celebrations for the Day of the Dead was very special.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Mayan buildings rising above the jungle was awe-inspiring; snorkelling off Caye Caulker was wonderful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Marco de Leon is extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Mayan civilisation and able to communicate this to the group. He is very friendly and got on well with us all. He has great organisational skills and ensured that all arrangements went very smoothly - no easy task, I think!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are some really long (but interesting) travel days and lunch is sometimes very late (mid-afternoon or even later on occasion), so it is advisable to take snacks with you or be prepared to buy biscuits/crisps at the service station toilet stops.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go! It was a fascinating trip.
  • 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.