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Ancient Civilisations

Trip Length

Trip Code

23 days PSAV

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

Start City

End City

Mexico City Antigua
Ancient Civilisations

The small town of San Juan Chamula is home to the indigenous Tzotzil Maya People, whose religious rituals blend pre-Hispanic traditions with Catholicism. Step inside the church of San Juan, where worshippers stick candles to the floor with melted wax and kneel on a carpet of pine branches and empty soda bottles. As they chant prayers, they drink ceremonial cups of soda. Coke is believed to have spirutal powers and burping is considered a way of expelling evil spirits from the body.

Why we love it:

Ancient Civilisations


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico City

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic or similar, Mexico City

Activities:

Day 2: Teotihuacan - Mexico City

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic or similar, Mexico City

Activities:

Day 3: Mexico City

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic or similar, Mexico City

Activities:

Day 4-5: Puebla

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Colonial or similar, Puebla

Activities:

Day 6: Oaxaca

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Oaxaca Real or similar, Oaxaca

Activities:

Day 7: Monte Alban - Oaxaca

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Oaxaca Real or similar, Oaxaca

Activities:

Day 8: Oaxaca

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Oaxaca Real or similar, Oaxaca

Activities:

Day 9-10: San Cristobal de Las Casas

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Arrecile de Coral or similar, San Cristobal de las Casas

Activities:

Day 11: Palenque

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Maya Tulpanes or similar, Palenque

Activities:

Day 12: Overnight Bus

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight Bus

Activities:

Day 13: Merida

Accommodation: Hotel del Gobernador or simiilar, Merida

Activities:

Day 14-15: Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar, Playa del Carmen

Activities:

Day 16: Tulum - Caye Caulker

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Anchorage Resort or similar, Caye Caulker

Activities:

Day 17: Caye Caulker

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Anchorage Resort or similar, Caye Caulker

Activities:

Day 18-19: San Ignacio

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Midas or similar, San Ignacio

Activities:

Day 20: Tikal

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Jungle Lodge or similar, Tikal

Activities:

Day 21-23: Antigua

Meals included: 3 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Posada del Hermano Pedro or similar, Antigua

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Belize
Australians, Americans, British, Canadian and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Belize. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. A migration fee of USD20 is payable at the border on departure from Belize. Please ensure you check the validity dates on your passport stamp at the border.

Guatemala

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Guatemala. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Mexico

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Mexico. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Belize

Belize in Focus - Ian Peedle

Adventures in Nature Belize - R. Mahler

Explore Belize - Harry Pariser

Hidden Belize - Stacy Ritz

Guatemala

Among the Volcanoes - O.Castaneda Culture & Customs of Guatemala - M. Shea Guatemalan Journey - Stephen Benz Bird of Life, Bird of Death - Jonathon Evan Maslow An Indian Woman in Guatemala - Rigoberta Menchu

Mexico

Mexico Handbook - J. Cummings Under the Volcanoe - M. Lowry A New Time for Mexico - C. Fuentes Lawless Roads - Graham Greene Sacred Monkey River - Christopher Shaw Many Mexicos - Lesley Byrd Simpson Distant Neighbors - Alan Riding The Power & the Glory - Graham Greene


Important Information

Important - A Word on Central America
Central America is different and that’s what makes it such an fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. The locals live with these issues everyday. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. If you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Central Americans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.

Transport
Where possible transportation provided will be air-conditioned, however it will not always be available, particularly in Guatemala.

Emergency Contact Information

Mexico: Kamino

Office:+52 55 56355845
24 Hour Emergency:
Mexico City: 04455 54511443 or 04455 19281743
Outside Mexico city: 04555 54511443 or 04555 19281743
Abroad: +52 1 55 54511443 or +52 1 55 19281743

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

15 January 2014


General Contact Details

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