Mexico small group holiday

“16 day small group tour of Mexico including a domestic flight and overland travel across the Yucatan Peninsula. Jungles, Mayans and cenotes - oh my!”

Highlights

Mexico City | Tuxtla Gutierrez | San Cristobal | Lagunas de Montebello | Lacandon jungle | Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve | Las Guacamayas | Yaxchilan ruins | Frontera Corozal | Temple of the Murals | Palenque pyramids | Merida | Celestun World Biosphere Reserve | Tulum | Chichen Itza | Sian Kaán Biosphere Reserve |

Description of Mexico small group holiday

Kick off this small group tour of Mexico in the capital, Mexico City, before flying to the towns of Tuxtla Gutierrez and San Cristobal from where your overland travel adventures start to begin.

From howler monkeys screeching from rainforest canopies to the magnificent Mayan sites of Yaxchilan, Palenque, Chichen Itza and Tulum, this Mexico trip invites travellers to discover the highlights as well as the secret spots as part of an exciting 16 day holiday.

This is your chance to experience one of Mexico’s lesser-visited states, Chiapas, where huge ruined citadels are still yet to be uncovered from surrounding jungle fronds and creepers. Staying overnight in the jungle as scarlet macaws circle overhead is a real thrill and allows you to become immersed in beautiful biosphere reserves as you board a boat and head out into the mangroves and waterways.

Spanish colonial heritage in the cities blends with street food stalls and huge plazas and market places to provide travellers with myriad Mexican memories to treasure and keep long after the suntan finally begins to fade.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled 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, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mexico small group holiday

Environment

Wildlife sightings are a highlight of this trip and we are careful to respect the species that we encounter. A specialist guide will accompany our whale observation excursion to educate us on their behaviour and we can travel in small zodiacs which is a non-intrusive way to approach wildlife. When visiting National Parks we stick to marked trails to reduce our impact on the local environment and we pay entrance fees which go towards supporting conservation efforts in the area. Throughout the trip we employ a ‘leave no trace’ policy in regard to litter - everything taken into the parks is taken out to preserve the local environment. We recycle wherever possible and all leaders are trained in responsible tourism to enable them to follow best practice.

UK Office:
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.

Community

The ship has been included in a sustainability audit of our local operators, carried out by Green Tourism Canada, and the company achieved Gold Standard. This is reflected in the vessel, which is ideal for research and education programmes. All food is purchased from local suppliers in the small coastal communities from which the tour operates. We ensure that all seafood meets local, sustainable standards of the Ocean Wise initiative. Crew are well trained in environmental issues and keep in line with regulations set out by MARPOL to protect the waters from pollution. Our operators also go further to combat environmental damage by engaging with carbon offsetting projects on the coast where this tour operates.

Local Craft and Culture:
Although this tour is spent in a sparsely populated area, we do encourage clients to engage with local crafts and culture if there is an opportunity. We stop in Ketchikan, for example, which is a fishing city known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’. Here, we promote purchasing of books and Native American art. Sometimes we also visit the tiny community of Meyers Chuck, where there is a local artists’ gallery and workshop. As these settlements are really remote, locals really benefit from our presence.

Group Size:
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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