Mexico tour with Day of the Dead Festival
17 day small group tour traveling overland from the capital to the Caribbean. Colonial architecture, temple tours, jungle ruins and Mayan villages as well as Day of the Dead celebrations if departing at the end of October.
Mexico City Teotihuacan Puebla de los Angeles Oaxaca Day of the Dead celebrations (if traveling at end of October) Monte Alban Teotitlan del Valle San Cristobal de las Casas Palenque, Mayan ruins Yucatan Peninsula Uxmal Tixkokob Chichen Itza
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The Collins English dictionary describes a festival as ‘an organised series of events such as musical concerts and drama productions’. Hmm, that all s...
Mexico is a land of delicious dichotomies. Just look at its Margarita. Sweet and sour. And yet it works. Landscape wise, it is diverse to say the leas...
Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe majority of the trip is spent sleeping on a first class, small schooner boat and the remaining nights are in hotels and a jungle lodge. The Cachalote is an environmentally aware vessel with a smart voyager certification from the Rainforest Alliance organisation. There are tight regulations in place to prevent ecological damage such as: restricting use of electrical products, use of biodegradable products (like shampoo, detergent, soap) and recycling of contaminants (oil and fuel). At the Napo Wildlife Centre, all organic waste is recycled and the rest is sent away to Coca for disposal. They produce gas for cooking from organic waste recycling and there is a solar panel system for water heating.
We visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island after driving to the highlands to look for wild tortoises. This center is dedicated to protecting and conserving the ecology of the islands and carries out educational projects in support of conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Our entry fees help contribute to all the work going on here by improving demand, facilities and creating employment opportunities for scientists. We are also careful to adhere to National Park guidelines, which, amongst other things, ask that we keep a safe distance from wildlife at all times.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleNapo Wildlife Center jungle lodge is an Indian community project run by the Kitchwa Indian group in the area of Añangu lagoon. The aim of this is to raise money for local school support and a medical center through means which promote positive cultural interaction and benefit for the environment. Clients will have the opportunity to see and participate in cultural shows, purchase handicrafts and give donations here if they wish. This is a big source of income for the Añangu community and a great chance to celebrate their traditions and craftsmanship.
The Galapagos and Amazon are renowned for incredibly unique wildlife and conservation efforts. We try to make as little negative impact on the environment and wildlife as possible, but also to leave a positive impact in terms of community and local economy. We hire guides, drivers and hotel staff from both areas, meaning that the state of local employment and economy benefits. Although much of this tour is spent on board the boat or in nature, wherever the opportunity arises clients are encouraged to use local businesses and to engage with people they meet in order to promote positive cultural exchange.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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