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Contrasts of Mexico MX

Tour Duration 15 Days
 
Reviews for Contrasts of Mexico 3.5 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.

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4 Margaret A, 05/03/15

Please Review Your Overall Experience And What Your Highlights Were

The Tour was well thought out and allowed us to develop our knowledge and understanding of pre-Columbian including Aztec and Mayan civilisations in a logical and progressive manner. Mexico City was a fascinating starting point and the Museum of Anthropology a wonderful introduction to everything we were going to encounter.

 

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5 Mary Lowe, 01/12/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

We visited Mexico during their Day of the Dead Festival which was a key part of booking the trip and needless to say the days and nights in Oaxaca were amazing. It was great to see the family celebrations in the cemetery alongside the 'big party' on the streets! Moving onto Chamula to see the local festivities and how they practice Catholicism was a real contrast. We were amazed at the sheer miles and changes in landscape as we travelled through Mexico. Ana, our guide, was fabulous and we learnt a great deal about the various temples we visited - with Teothuacan and Tikal being real highlights. Ana was good at making small tweaks to the itinerary to suit us - including the visit to a second indian village and arriving at Chamula so we could see their Day of the Dead festival.

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1.5 John Dempster, 23/11/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Tikal in Guatemala.

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1.5 Gavin Dempster, 23/11/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Tikal in Guatemala.

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4.5 , 06/12/13

Name

Pascale Gregor

Tour Name

Contrasts of Mexico

Tour Code

MX

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Oaxacal (colonial city), Palenque, San Cristobal de las Casas, Tikal (the Maya metropolis). Very interesting tour starting from Mexico then Guatemala (Spanish speaking) and Belize (English speaking) - beautiful unspoilt scenery, ancient archaeological sites, religion, art, different culture - overall a very interesting pleasant trip!

Tour Leader Name

Anita

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Anita was very professionnal - very knowledgeable about the history, doing her best to please everybody in the group and answering any questions we may have.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

This is a tiring trip so be prepared with the early wake up calls (although you can fall asleep on the bus during the day) - there is also a lot of travelling involved to allow you to visit these three cities - you also have to be fit for some climbing on the pyramids (under the heat)! Do not use or drink tap water (tummy problems) - be sure to take with you different currencies for your trip (mainly US Dollars)!

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Too early calls (sometimes not really necessary) .... Nice to have some free time from time to time!

 
4.5 , 02/12/13

Name

Alexander Kindness

Tour Name

Mexico and Guatemala (aka Indian Mexico)

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque

Tour Leader Name

Ana Davila

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Completely professional. She kept it going wonderfully.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Bring a variety of clothing. The nights are cooler at high altitudes. Bring plenty of film or a huge memory card. The visual delights are never-ending.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

One of the most varied holidays I've ever had, Aztec and Maya relics, each one unique, colonial towns, ethnic by-ways, markets and a chance to see the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

 
2.5 , 15/08/13

Name

Claire Haslem

Tour Name

Contrasts of Mexico

Tour Code

MX

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Going on to our next tour in Costa Rica

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Very good on Mexican history but had very poor people skills. For example , in Mexico City on the first outing she left 7 of the group behind who had to make their own way back to the hotel. Didn't arrange a group meal until the 3rd evening. There is more but i don't want this to be a diatribe.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Completed a comprehensive feedback form and am very disappointed that Explore have not responded to it.

Our Response

Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry to know you felt your tour leader didn’t always give good service; but there seems to have been a misunderstanding over the seven people you thought might have been left behind. Ana did what she and other tour leaders regularly do – offered people the option to stay on for free time after the included activities for the day are finished, or come back with her to the hotel. Those who stay on get given maps and advice on how to get back to the hotel. We don’t think anyone was left behind other than by their own choice.

With regard to the feedback forms, we don’t routinely reply to these unless there are serious concerns raised, or customers have added a note asking us to contact them. We get tens of thousands of forms each year, so it’s not realistic to respond to each one. The form has our email and land addresses on it, with a request to contact us via one of those if you would like a

 
 
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