Day of the Dead Festival small group tour, Mexico

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31 Mar 2018
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
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.

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.
“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?”
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Day of the Dead Festival small group tour, Mexico


This three week overland journey through Mexico and Belize gets us away from the crowds as we explore these two diverse countries by vehicle. Using our local transport company and small boats in Belize, we are able to see much more of the natural wonders that these two countries have to offer. Our Mexico trips visit many different ancient sites, including the famous Chichen Itza, which gets over 2 million visitors per year. Instead of bussing people in and out from the large resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen on large coaches, we stay in the nearby town of Valladolid, visit Chichen Itza early in the morning and visit some of the other highlights of the area, like some of the more remote cenotes (natural swimming 'holes'). This ensures that other places in the area are profiting from our stay rather than making a day trip from an all-inclusive resort.

A good example of one of the lodges that we us on this trip is the Escudo Jaguar in Frontera Corozal, which is owned by a group of indigenous Choles and set in an Ecotourist center with access to the protected natural setting of the Lacandona jungle.

Whilst you will only spend a short time in Belize it is an important ecological destination with the largest stretch of tropical forest north of the Amazon.

Our leaders are trained in our detailed Responsible Tourism Policy. As a company we are careful to minimise our impact on the environment we are travelling through, so our tour leaders brief groups carefully on avoiding damaging any of the ancient sites we are travelling to, avoiding generating waste and careful use of resources.


Several departures of this trip offer a unique opportunity to witness the traditions of the Day of the Dead Festival which date back centuries. Festivals express the very soul of a community, rooted as they are in local history and folklore. They’ll engage all your senses, with their sounds, colours, scents, tastes – the sheer rawness and spontaneity of the whole experience. This is a fabulous way to learn about local customs and traditions and get an authentic view of the country you are travelling to in an unpackaged way.

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. We believe 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. We recommend that our groups brush up on their Spanish before travelling, as being able to chat with local people, even just a few phrases, shows great respect for their culture and traditions, as well as being great fun!

Employing local Tour Leaders and guides also generates employment. We support a variety of other local businesses throughout this trip such as restaurants and cantinas, locally owned hotels and transport businesses, ensuring that our visit benefits a wide range of people. On this trip we also utilise local produce for a picnic breakfast prepared for our stop in Mitla.

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 UK 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. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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