Guatemala & Mexico overland holiday
Late availability on these dates: 06 Jan, 03 Feb, 03 Mar
Description of Guatemala & Mexico overland holiday
Kick starting your adventure in Antigua is an absolute thrill before embarking on an itinerary that criss-crosses between Belize and back into Guatemala before finally coming to a conclusion in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
As you’d expect from a Guatemala & Mexico overland holiday, there’s a marvellous mix of Mayan sites and Caribbean coastline with the added surprise of Guatemala's highlands always serving as testament to the eclectic nature of life in South America.
From volcanic slopes and sacred temples to a laid back vibe and the warmth of the salty sea breeze, this Guatemala & Mexico overland holiday is certainly one to remember, especially if you’re looking to get out and explore as well as spend time chilling on the beach.
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4 Reviews of Guatemala & Mexico overland holiday
Reviewed on 03 Feb 2019 by Géraldine Poukens15 out of 10. Great experiences, culture, exchange, opportunity, choice...THE BEST. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2018 by Jennie WalmsleySnorkelling with manatees, sharks and a turtle was pretty special but, in fact, every day on this trip was extraordinary... from volcanoes to markets, Mayan ruins to swimming in hot springs, eating at a Mexican family's home and taking a riverboat trip. Fantastic. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Nov 2017 by Martin BraundThe scenery and people of Guatemala, the warmth of the people and climate of Belize and the excitement and colour of Mayan Mexico. One of the best small group holidays I have ever experienced. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2017 by Sunita RajStunning temples still largely unexcavated hidden in jungles, incredible and spicy food, vibrant bustling cities full of colour, swimming in underground cenotes (sinkholes). excellent, definitely recommend without hesitation. Read full review
PlanetAs 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.
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 travellers 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 centres that provide complementary education such as music, arts and sports.
PeopleWe are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers 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 travellers 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 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 travellers 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.