- Great all-round trip with a bit of everything; ruins, jungle, wildlife, boats, beaches, reef... quite a busy one, lots of early starts and nights. Fortunately nowhere is too far and you're only ever on the road for an hour or two.
Tour leader was excellent and all went smoothly once we started the tour itself. (Explore made some cockups on the flight side on things, I'd recommend taking the land tour only and arranging your own flights)
The highlights were the ATM cave and diving from Caye Caulker. The ATM cave isn't mentioned on the trip notes for Explore and isn't for everyone, but it's well worth picking up in San Ignacio if you want an adventure.
Tikal is actually a little underwhelming after all the other Mayan sites, worth going, but I'd recommend also going to Flores or staying in Flores rather than the middle of the Jungle.
Food wasn't the highlight but we had some very good meals, others less so. Food is more expensive than you might expect. A lot of the hotels are fairly remote and their bars close early. The early nights are usually welcome however as you will be tired after some of the days.
Hotels were mostly of a good standard, hot water isn't always flowing but the rooms were clean and cool. Basic as you'd expect with this type of trip.
If you want a mix of ruins, wildlife and sealife without long travel times each day then this is the right place. Don't go in hurricane season.
Published on: 01 December 2016