Day of dead festival at Chichicastenanga 1st November. Superb, loads of noise, music, dancing, a special meal, and a packed out colourful cemetery full of happy people bedecked in traditional costume. A great atmosphere and a real eye opener.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Jorge knew everything. He was skilled enough to present it all to us as we went at appropriate time. He had the tour organised with extreme precision. A very talented chap who enhanced the whole experience with his ability.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Tour was continually challenged wih rocky, bumpy and slippery surfaces. Even the streets are bumpy, slippery and most of the way through there remained tripping or falling hazards. One passenger couldn't complete the trip due to a fall. You need to bring a sturdy set of footwear with good grip, this coupled with a good sense of balance will help.
One point that suprised me throughout was high number of mayan descendants still openly wearing national costume, far more than I encountered anywhere else in Central America. Mayan and indiginous traditions seem more entrenched here than elsewhere in C America including Mexico. Many people, especially in remote villages near Nebaj responded well with the camera and not how I'd perceived it through some guidebooks. "
Do you have anything else to add?
"I reinforce the issues about the footwear, it can rain at any time in some regions so make sure you are prepared. Also some suitable shoes with cushioning as many streets and side walks are cobbled and if you're out all day it aches the soles a bit.
This was a very enjoyable tour and I got more value from it than I'd anticipatd, it wasn't all about ancient sites such as Tikal or Copan. The Mayan people are keeping their traditions going, so are a living history to their culture. "