Guatemala & Mexico overland vacation

“Exploring three countries in two weeks, this tour offers free time for you to choose what interests you most in each place - Mayan ruins, manatees or margaritas on the beach.”

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Antigua | Rio Dulce | Lake Izabal | Flores Island | Lake Peten Itza | Tikal ruins | San Ignacio | Caye Caulker, Belize | Yucatan Peninsula | Mayan ruins at Tulum | Playa del Carmen | Optional: tubing, Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, diving with sharks in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, chocolate making workshop, cycling tours, snorkelling, sea kayaking, manatee tour and more.

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Our top tip:
There are plenty of opportunities to chat with the locals; bring some photos of your home country/city as an interesting icebreaker.
Trip type:
Small group, 1-12 people. Min. age 15.
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate.
Accomm:
Standard 2-3* hotels, some with shared facilites.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
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Accommodation, tour leader, transport, listed activities.
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Not included. Suggested budget $280.
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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 a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

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

Guatemala & Mexico overland vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

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 this tour you will discover ancient ruins, explore pristine coastlines, be enchanted by the awe-inspiring landscapes and explore the colourful marine life in unique conservation areas. This trip delivers action, history, culture, and relaxation.

We take care to use local transport throughout such as buses and water taxis. By using local transport you will get to encounter a variety of cultural experiences such as border crossings, local sellers and unforgettable conversations with the locals. We also stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses which is a great way to put money back into the local economy.

We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and villages as we pass through.

Recruitment of our ground team comes 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.

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.

Our project within Guatemala is called CasoSito. This organisation provides educational opportunities in rural areas for children living in poverty as illiteracy is extremely high in Guatemala; CasaSito offers education as an aide to fight poverty, injustice and discrimination. They do this by providing financial assistance through scholarship programmes and partnerships with local education centers that provide complementary education such as music, arts and sports.

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Reviewed on 03 Feb 2019 by

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


The atmosphere in the group. The friendliness. And the fact that the tour operator allowed my boyfriend to join last minute. Best birthday present ever!

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


Easy, convenient, discover, sharing, caring. Go for it.

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


Yes. We were sensitized right away about a "no straw" policy, no littering. As I speak Spanish, talking and exchanging with locals was easy.

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


15 out of 10. Great experiences, culture, exchange, opportunity, choice. And it is mostly due to our extra-ordinary vacation manager: Isaac (Costa Rican). Who allowed us to remain autonomous yet part of a group, free yet organized. THE BEST.

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2018 by

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


Snorkelling with manatees, sharks and a turtle was pretty special but, in fact, every day on this trip was extraordinary. The trip was incredibly well organised and well led. We did an enormous amount in a short time - from volcanoes to markets, Mayan ruins to swimming in hot springs, eating at a Mexican family's home and taking a riverboat trip. Fantastic.

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


We did the trip from Guatemala to Mexico - and I think that is the best way to do it. Additional excursions were pricey (overall) but worth it (the ATM trip in particular was expensive). Leave lots of room for shopping - best shopping was in Guatemala (be prepared to negotiate). Worth spending extra days in Antigua if you have a chance. Useful to have neck pillow for long bus journeys! This is a fabulous trip if you can do it!

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


Yes, we were reminded of our environmental impact (e.g. encouraged to carry water bottle) and social responsibility (not buying certain products). Our guide was Guatemalan - and brilliant. He had a real pride in his country and the region, and balanced knowledge of the social and political issues. We also paid to eat at a local Mexican family's home (learning about culinary history) and contributing to their ability to develop their business.

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


Superb. 10 out of 10. A wild mixture of urban, rural, historical, cultural, active and wonderfully indulgent.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2017 by

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


Traveling in a group of just four and with a guide who became almost like a best friend. The scenery and people of Guatemala, the warmth of the people and climate of Belize and the excitement and colour of Mayan Mexico.

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


Be prepared for early starts, bring good strong insect repellent and sunscreen. Have and open mind and learn.

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


Yes. Our guide always took us to local restaurants where the food and ambience was authentic and locally run. In Mexico our guide took us to eat with a Mayan family starting up a local enterprise to develop Myan cooking

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


One of the best small group vacations I have ever experienced

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2017 by

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


Stunning temples still largely unexcavated hidden in jungles, incredible and spicy food, vibrant bustling cities full of colour, swimming in underground cenotes (sinkholes).

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


May is unbearably hot in the jungle and east coast areas! Opt for cooler months if you are flexible. Mexico has so much more I feel I want to explore, 2 weeks offered just the tip of the iceberg.

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


local guides always used who in turn used their local contacts /businesses

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


excellent, definitely recommend without hesitation

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