- 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 wasnâ€™t expecting to get that much out of a return visit. However, I hadnâ€™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 â€˜Chrisipediaâ€™ 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. Outstanding in every respect - I could write an essay but I'll save that for my 'tour leader of the year' nomination!
Published on: 12 March 2016