Mexico small group vacation, culture & beach

“Enjoy two weeks traveling overland as part of a small group from Mexico City to the ruins of Chichen Itza and the beaches of Playa del Carmen. ”

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Mexico City | Puebla | Oaxaca | San Cristobal de las Casas | Palenque | overnight bus to Merida | Chichen Itza | Playa del Carmen |

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your inquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

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As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
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The Impacts of this Trip

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. On trips like this through Latin America for example, dress standards are conservative, and we recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly outside of the major cities.

We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper buses and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

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4 Reviews of Mexico small group vacation, culture & beach

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Reviewed on 18 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


River trip or Palenque...

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for altitude and heat.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes (apart from getting there.)

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The beautiful ruins & the lovely welcoming people. Our tour guide Juan Carlos was great & his apprentice Rene was also very good.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just enjoy it! And don't be afraid of climbing the pyramids.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant overall except they don't seem to cater very well for vegetarians. I ate more pasta as the vegetarian Mexican food was not filling. Also breakfast was expensive, I paid £4 for a few slices of toast & green tea. Most places don't do black tea so bring your own if, like me, you cannot survive without!

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every single second

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Remember to give yourself some time to sit and watch and think. There is so much to do that sometimes I found it necessary to opt out of the adventurous
stuff and just wander around.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so. Mexico appears to be a country of very many parts so the local people need help. Our guide was brilliant and encouraged us to listen to and buy from street sellers and explained why they were working as they did, how they lived and how we might be able to help.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Utterly brilliant. I have had the time of my life.

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The hubbub of Mexico City and all the sights and museums within (we could only sample a few, regretfully!); and the laid back charm of San Cristobal with its streets, processions and central plaza activities.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


- Be ready for temperature variations - from cold/nippy to warm/hot!
- For vegetarians, be ready for limited eating options;
- for those who haven't had Mescal in the past, don't be worried - it tastes great, as do the salted and fried crickets served along side!
- for all, most mobile phone cameras are inadequate to capture the majesty of the various archeological sites and wonders you will see.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, there is a benefit to the local economy - but I'm not sure about other aspects.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good - will recommend without hesitation.

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