Mexico tour with Day of the Dead Festival
Description of Mexico tour with Day of the Dead Festival
Take a two week tour of Mexico as part of a small guided group and you'll instantly discover the cultural and artistic impact that this South American country, and her people, has had on the rest of the world.
From tacos and chocolate-dipped churros to huge whitewashed cathedrals and the café culture of San Cristobal de las Casas, this tour tears up the stereotypes and uncovers real life adventures from coast to coast.
This is your chance to experience jungle-ravaged ruins one day and Mayan step pyramids the next with everywhere from Mexico City to Chichen Itza via Oaxaca and Palenque, providing untold first-hand travel experiences, and newfound friendships, along the way.
Timing this tour to coincide with Mexico's legendary Day of the Dead Festival is just about as an authentic an encounter as you can hope to imagine with Mole meals and midnight graveyard visits with a local family introducing travellers to cultural customs, as well as the ancestors.
Keep up with tales of conquistadors and revel in the ruins and preserved pyramid temples of the Aztecs and the Mayans; this tour of Mexico is bound to resonate with those who just love to live life in the past.
This special itinerary is specifically for travellers wishing to start the tour in October so as to coincide with Day of the Dead celebrations in Romerillo. Tours starting on other departure dates will basically be the same but just one day shorter. Please get in touch for more details.
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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 centre 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 centre 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.