Central America small group tours
Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 01 Apr, 20 May
Description of Central America small group tours
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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...
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Small group tour:
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. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
1 Reviews of Central America small group tours
3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 02 Feb 2020 by Patricia Mcleod
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Climbing the Pacaya volcano, swimming in the cenote, seeing the Maya sites.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
January is a good month to travel. Other than Chichen Itza, most sites had very few tourists.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not necessarily. Too many plastic water bottles. The first hotel in Antigua had a filtered water dispensing system in the
courtyard where guests filled their room glass water bottle and their own water bottles. Should be at all hotels.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Trip was good however, some suggestions.
1. Use smaller, less expensive local hotels - save money, more money to locals.
2. Use decent local, less expensive restaurants.
3. Alter trip pacing. Could have left Merida, mid-afternoon to drive to Chichen Itza hotel for early morning tour there the next
day then a mid-afternoon drive to a hotel in Cancun so closer to the airport for morning departure. There was one other place,
mid-trip, where we could have moved along and had more time elsewhere.
4. The tip kitty is a good idea. However, the guide should give the tip to the trip passenger(s) to give to the guides, porters,
drivers so it appears more from the group than the company.
5. Guide should consult group as to what time for dinner meals. Time should be a group compromise.
6. In Merida, have better info available re museums and other tours. It was up to us to discover most info.
Hi Patricia, thank you for the time you have taken to provide us with some feedback from your recent trip. Your comments have been noted and been passed over to the Product Manager for review, as this plays and important part in the smooth running and overall enjoyment of our trips. Our aim is to deliver a product which surpass our customers’ expectations. Although the trip hasn’t score highly on this occasion, we value your feedback, and trust you have returned home with some lovely memories of your time away.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetFestivals express the very soul of a community, rooted as they are in local history and folklore. They’ll engage all your senses, with their din, colours, scents, tastes – the sheer rawness and spontaneity of the whole experience. This is a fabulous way to learn about the local customs and traditions and get an authentic view of the country you are travelling to in an unpackaged way.
Certain departure dates for this tour offer a unique opportunity to witness the traditions of the Day of the Dead Festival which dates back centuries. As well as our tour leader, we use local guides at points on this tour, so we’ll be able to get a real insight into not only the background to the festival but also the daily life of local people in Mexico – traditional and modern.
Wherever possible we like to meet the people themselves and get to learn a bit more of their lifestyle, but only where we can be sure we that we are not imposing on them. This is particularly important in the indigenous Tzotil villages of Zinacantan and San Juan, where the Tzotil people share their customs with our groups.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
PeopleWe believe that learning about and respecting local people is an integral part of the travel experience and particularly important during a festival which celebrates the lives of people’s nearest and dearest. Why not brush up on your Spanish before you travel as being able to chat with local people, even just a few phrases, shows great respect for local people, is great fun and will really enhance your experience! Employing local guides also generates employment. We also support a variety of other local businesses such as restaurants and cantinas, locally owned hotels and transport businesses, ensuring our visit benefits a wide range of people.
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