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The Kingdom Of The Maya DMX

Trip Duration 15 Days

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The Kingdom Of The MayaScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 15 reviews
(8 out of 10)


The trip was great. Our guide Ana was fantastic, really knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. Several days were spent travelling on the minibus, but given the distances to cover it wasn't unexpected. The first 2 days in Antigua were a bit of a waste - one day would have been enough. Tip - dont do the market trip from Antigua to Chichicastenango - it's a waste of money. An entire day waiting at the airport at the end of the trip was unacceptable - and based on the flight times of others. The hotels were mostly good, although not always the ones detailed in the final itinerary. Highlight for me was Uxmal - I'd never heard of it before and it was fabulous.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 05 March 2017
Published on: 16 March 2017

Many thanks for your feedback Elizabeth. I’m really surprised to hear your feedback about Antigua, as it usually gets very good reviews and is often the highlight of an itinerary, including the optional visit to Chichicastenango. We will certainly review flight times though and try to ensure that we have people leaving as close together as possible. Although this sometimes depends on availability, we ideally don’t want people to be waiting for too long in Cancun. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Uxmal - Mexico is full of hidden treasures!

(9 out of 10)


If you have never visited Mayan sites, this trip provides as comprehensive an overview as you can expect. Copan, Tikal, Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza are on all top ten lists of Mayan sites while the new sites for me of Quirigua and Bonampak added unique layers to the Mayan story. The presence of macaws [Copan], spider monkeys [Tikal] and iguanas [Uxmal and Chichen Itza] added photographic appeal. The trip was not entirely about Mayan history as Antigua and Merida allowed one to appreciate the area’s evident Spanish colonial heritage. Any traveler would welcome two full days to wander the streets of Antigua. Merida has less character but the full free day there allowed time at the large local market, the Catherwood Museum and time around the grand plaza. The hotels on this premium tour were very good, the pools in five [of eight] of them welcome in the humid conditions. Those in cities were well located. My favourite venue was Hotel Catamaran at Rio Dulce, Guatemala with cabins on stilts over the water, to say nothing of the great margaritas! Wifi was generally good though sometimes you had to be near reception. The digs in Palenque and Chichen Itza were resorts with very nice grounds but you had no feel of being in Mexico. I would have opted for places with a local feel even if the hotel standard was lower. I want to wander Mexican streets, not any sense I am in a Disneyland setting. An additional problem with Chichen Itza was it meant an early start to reach the airport. Having said that, the trip notes say the trip could end at 0900 at Cancun airport so if anyone has any complaints about having to wait around at the airport for hours that person should look in the mirror for someone to blame. Our guide Ana kept things on time. Her passion for the Mayan sites was evident. Our two drivers were always on the alert to pass slow moving lorries/tractor trailers. US dollars rule though ATM’s were available in Antigua and Merida. Having some Mexican pesos in advance is helpful. A flashlight is handy at Tikal as power goes out early at the eco-lodge. With a small group of eight, our larger van was great. The tour by no means is ‘full on’. You just have to survive the twelve hour plus day from Tikal to Palenque, crossing into Mexico. Be adventurous in towns and hit the streets to find a meal.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 04 March 2017
Published on: 30 March 2017
(9 out of 10)


A good trip including a range of Mayan sites across 3 countries. Really liked Copan, Tikal, Palenque ruins and the towns of Antigua & Campeche.
In general a good standard of hotel. Billed as a 'full on' tour the pace felt more easy-going than that: only 1 really early start and 2 long-ish travelling days. Knowledgeable, experienced tour leader. Group size of 10, all experienced travellers.
Good food, nice people.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 04 February 2017
Published on: 18 February 2017
(9 out of 10)


This trip is primarily about Mayan temples, which are the highlights. The accommodation is better than average and there are no "cultural" nights spent without electricity or water. When in Antigua, I recommend visiting the local coffee plantation to see how it's made.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 27 November 2016
Published on: 03 December 2016
(7 out of 10)


Trip and Mayan Architecture great - 6-7 hours in a minibus not so great but not sure how else you would cover the distance.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 27 November 2016
Published on: 29 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Wivenhoe, Essex
It was my first trip with explore and I now wish I had started years ago! It was a great success and I can't wait to go on my next one.( At 76 I had better hurry up !) We were very lucky in that there were only six in the group; everyone got on well, shared lots of laughs, consumed quite a lot of beer (it was hot) and always ate together each evening. Linda,our guide, was excellent; her sensible suggestions e.g. a tipping kitty and flagon of water on the minibus for all to use made life a lot easier. Her sense of humour endeared her to us all.

Highlights were the actual Myan sites and the excellent guide in Antigua who also took us to the Mayan villages on Lake Atitlan-a memorable day.

We did not enjoy transitting through Houston on the outward journey. It is such a busy hub immigration took for ever. Then we were delayed coming home due to floods in Houston and had to stay an extra night in Cancun but luckily flew back via Washington which was so much better.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 19 April 2016
Published on: 03 May 2016
(8 out of 10)


Good tour itinerary, good accommodation.
Transfer times with offered flights were unrealistic for time to get through US Immigration and customs. Consider arranging your own.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015
(6 out of 10)


Visiting the Maya sites in the correct order to appreciate the changes in architecture.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2015
Published on: 06 November 2015
(8 out of 10)


The Mayan sites were wonderful, just need to make it crystal clear re hours of travel between sites, as this was not always made clear, though just looking at the map should have given people a hint!
The TULUM visit was in the itinerary as part of the trip, unguided (fine) but not stated as an option so therefore we should not have had to pay to go in, if it is an option it should be made clear that it is.( following our queries, we were offered the money back the next day, but that was not the issue as it should have been made clear in the schedule)
Our tour leader was a lovely person but on some occasions (particularly in Guatemala and Honduras ) seemed a little disorganised.
I really enjoyed the trip and have wonderful memories and would throughly recommend it to enthusiastic friends.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2015
Published on: 03 November 2015