This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Yucatan tailor made vacation in Mexico
Before the trip begins all travelers are educated on the "Do's and Don'ts" of responsible travel and how to be an active participant in preserving local ecology and culture. And as always, group size is kept to a maximum of 12 travelers to help minimize local impact. Both our guides and our travelers are all versed in and practice the “Leave No Trace” principles.
We base our hotel selection on the following criteria: being locally owned and operated, built in a sustainable manner, having a desirable location, safety, cleanliness, and ranging in size from 12-20 rooms where possible. This helps to ensure small group size, which in turn helps minimize local impact. Lodges that use innovative practices to improve upon their sustainability and mitigate any environmental impacts are given special preference.
Operations for this trip are verified by the Rainforest Alliance via their program, Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability (TOPS). TOPS is a community of tour operators that have come together to help conserve threatened landscapes and provide sustainable livelihoods for the local communities where they work. By joining TOPS, tour operators commit to improving the sustainability of their own practices as well as the sustainability of their suppliers in various tourism destinations. The result: sustainability ripples down the supply chain. Hotels are inspired to operate responsibly, TOPS participants are motivated to promote sustainable tourism businesses and consumers are encouraged to visit eco-friendly destinations. We are one of a handful of North America tour operators who belong to TOPS.
To invite cross-cultural awareness, this tour is designed to explore significant historic and cultural centers of the people of ancient and modern Mexico. These include Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, and Uxmal and the colonial cities of Campeche and Merida. Throughout the trip, travelers are accompanied by our local guides. There is no better way to learn about a place than from the people who call that region home.
Our escorted trips use local guides and support staff exclusively. Guides’ training and background varies throughout our tours. But one thing remains consistent: their enthusiasm, professionalism, friendliness and knowledge of the regions. Many of the local guides we use hold degrees in their region's history, biology, archaeology or a related field. Certification programs are required; many also participate in an apprenticeship before they are allowed to lead tours on their own. All guides are thoroughly researched and hand-picked by our staff or a trusted affiliate.
To further support and give back to the communities and environments where we send our travelers, we have developed a grant program. Our ongoing grant program provides funding for small, grassroots projects in the countries we visit. This past year, we were able to offer $10,000 in funding to several different groups including a reforestation and home restoration project in the Andes; a Christmas fiesta at an orphanage in Costa Rica; building supplies for a school in Guatemala made out of recycled materials; funds to dig a new well for proper plumbing and irrigation at a historic Bolivia hacienda; and first-aid and hospitality training for the community-owned Secoya lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. By traveling with us, you help support these projects.
Reviews of Yucatan tailor made vacation in Mexico
You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 11 Feb 2016 by Bernadette Dowling
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Visiting the two butterfly conservation areas exceeded my expectations, it was a life time experience , spectacular inspiring insight into nature , which is not marketed around the world as it deserves.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared for hard physical demanding physical access to the mountains reserves.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The local guides were fantastic and our presence contributed to the local economy.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
It was a better experience than I had expected. However your third party American partners were careless with the details of the itinerary, prior to leaving the uk they changed the pricing, after paying the full amount, they changed the details of my trip so I could not join my group on arrival into Mexico til the next day, with what turned out to be inaccurate information. The local representatives in Mexico were fantastic and I cannot see what value the American partners offer, in fact they were the cause of all of my reservations about using your company in the future.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed the time in Mexico overall, particularly the butterfly conservation areas. I certainly respect you didn't agree in the itinerary change for security reasons. We followed the the information and concerns from our local contacts and maintain that it was in the best interest for your safety and security. In the end I am glad you arrived to the destination without any issues or complications and was able to proceed with the trip. I am sorry you are frustrated with our services.