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The Kingdom Of The Maya DMX

Tour Duration 15 Days
 
Reviews for The Kingdom Of The Maya 5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.

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5 Karen Pitcher, 18/02/15

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This is a fabulous tour, majoring on the Mayan sites (exactly what we'd booked it for) but full of other surprises - the colonial towns of Merida and Campeche in Mexico, the lovely city of Antigua and the lake at Flores in Guatemala. We visited nine Mayan sites (one additional to the itinerary) and each one had something different about it. I had been to some of the well-known Mexican sites 20 years ago so wasn’t expecting to get that much out of a return visit. However, I hadn’t realised that so much has been restored and reinterpreted in the last 20 years and I saw these sites with new eyes. All the local guides were good, some were excellent. Our tour leader, Chris Siviter, was exceptional. His knowledge of the language, the history, the culture, the flora and fauna and the cuisine were outstanding and we came to call him ‘Chrisipedia’ as none of our questions fazed him. He either had or easily developed excellent relationships with all the local drivers and guides and looked after us really well. There were some long bus journeys on this tour but Chris ensured that he made the journeys interesting and that we took breaks that added to our experience e.g. stopping to visit an old fort on a lake and pulling over to buy fresh coconut water.

 

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5 Marta Szabo, 03/12/14

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All the Mayan sites and Merida.

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0 Linda Forster, 10/04/12
This was our first visit to Central America and we were impressed with the Maya ruins and the colonial cities we visited.  The ruin sites were much more physically demanding that what the itinerary seemed to suggest.  At most sites there was lots of climbing up and down pyramids and temples on steep stone steps - a hiking pole with rubber tip was a great help for this.  At Tikal the guide told us we would be walking 5 miles through the site, most of which was jungle trails and again up and down temples.  At most of the sites there were very few other visitors until we got to Chichen Itza and Tulum.  Our guide, Ana, was brilliant getting us up and into Chichen Itza first thing in the morning when it opened.  By the time we'd finished the site the hordes of tourists from Cancun and the cruise ships were decending on the site. Tulum was the biggest 'tourist trap' and the few ruins there were interesting but not really a "must see" place.  We enjoyed our first visit to Central America and would recommend this tour to anyone, just be prepared for some sometimes strenuous activitiy at some of the Maya sites.
 
0 Deborah, 29/12/10
what a great holiday, made by our brilliant leader, Chris Siviter. we were a small group of 8 and really got on - that makes such a difference! we started in the lovely town of Antigua (where there was the best shopping of the trip - wish i had done more there and that we had longer), before going on to Copan in Honduras which was our first experience of Mayan ruins. by the end we had been to 9 sites - they were all interesting in different ways and we felt we had a real understanding of the Mayan culture. interspersed with the sites were lovely colonial towns, waterfalls and long bus journeys (mostly on reasonable roads). we finished with a couple of days on the beach - when England was freezing under a blanket of snow, which made it even more enjoyable! Overall one of my best trips. (DMX - 20th November 2010)
 
 
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