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Mexico & Guatemala tour 23 days

Complete tour of the highlights of the Central American countries, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. On the way from Mexico City to Yucatan you can see the most important remains of the Maya who ruled for years here. The temples of Copan, Tikal, Palenque Chitzen Itzá and witnesses of a rich past. In San Cristóbal and Chichicastenango you'll population against the Indians in their colorful markets. This tour ends relax on the Caribbean beach at Playa del Carmen

* Great Trip for University Short Term Study Abroad Program in Central and North America   This trip can be extended and customized for a faculty-led program through Mexico and Guatemala. We can customize  for your area of study, time frame, desired inclusions: (activities, faculty costs, international flights, meals, etc. Contact us regarding your your January Term, May Term or Summer program needs.  Luke Neal luke@djoserusa.com 877-356-7376. 

Itinerary

  1. Mexico City
  2. Mexico City
  3. Mexico City
  4. Mexico-City - Oaxaca
  5. Oaxaca, excursion Monte Albán
  6. Oaxaca - Mitla - Chiapa de Corzo
  7. Chiapa de Corzo - optional boat trip Sumidero Canyon - San Cristóbal
  8. San Cristóbal
  9. San Cristóbal - Panajachel
  10. Panajachel
  11. Panajachel -Chichicastenango - Antigua
  12. Antigua
  13. Antigua - Copan
  14. Copan - Quiriga - Rio Dulce
  15. Rio Dulce, facultatieve boat trip to Livingstone - Flores
  16. Flores - Tikal - Corozal
  17. Corozal, excursion Yaxchilan - Palenque
  18. Palenque, boat trip and tour to ruïns Yaxchilan
  19. Palenque - Uxmal - Merida
  20. Merida - Chichén Itzá - Playa del Carmen
  21. Playa del Carmen
  22. Playa del Carmen
  23. Playa del Carmen - Cancun

Day by day

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2017

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Apr-13-17
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May-05-17$2,5405 seatsbook now >
Jul-13-17
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Aug-04-17$2,6009 seatsbook now >
Jul-27-17
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Aug-18-17$2,60015 seatsbook now >
Aug-03-17
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Aug-25-17$2,60016 seatsbook now >
Sep-21-17
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Oct-13-17$2,60015 seatsbook now >
Oct-12-17
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Nov-03-17$2,60016 seatsbook now >
Nov-02-17
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Nov-24-17$2,60014 seatsbook now >
Nov-23-17
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Dec-15-17$2,60017 seatsbook now >
Dec-14-17Jan-05-18$2,72520 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-25-18Feb-16-18$2,60020 seatsbook now >
Feb-08-18
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Mar-02-18$2,60020 seatsbook now >
Mar-08-18Mar-30-18$2,60020 seatsbook now >
Apr-12-18
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May-04-18$2,60020 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Land package (begins & ends at hotel), airfare, airport taxes, security charges, fuel surcharge, transport by private bus, hotel accommodation, excursions according to program, Dutch tour guide

Price excludes

International flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, visa(if applicable), exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations

We stay in hotels with private shower and toilet in the rooms that have been carefully selected for their location and character. We stay in a town or city, then the hotels and guest houses are centrally located. Our hotel in Chiapa de Corzo has a colonial feel and fits perfectly into its surroundings. In Rio Dulce we stay in a wonderful natural green setting beside a river.And our hotel in Mérida is within walking distance of Central Plaza and features a small swimming pool.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Chiapa de Corzo Hotel La Ceiba
Rio Dulce  Hotel Catamaran
Corozal  Escudo Jaguar
Oaxaca  Hotel Oaxaca Real
Merida  Hotel Colonial
Panachacel  Hotel Kakchiquel


Single room
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on the 'dates & prices' page.

Hotel extensions

It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the 'dates & prices' page.


Meals

Meals during the trip are not included. This has the advantage that you are free to determine where you are, whether or not going to eat. Others, In most hotels there is breakfast occasion. You can also give guided trip (st) tips for nice restaurants for lunch and dinner. The simple, and usually some of hygiene reliable restaurants often do not quality for the more upscale restaurants. The meal cost range from € 5, - and € 12, -. Because of the many Mexican restaurants in our country almost everyone has some idea of the local cuisine. Once in Mexico and Guatemala you will discover the huge variety of mostly spicy, spicy (regional) dishes. For breakfast you can choose from toast with jam and various egg dishes, possibly extended with bacon or sausage and frijoles (beans cooked in various ways), cornflakes or muesli with yoghurt. La comida, the most comprehensive meal of the day, is served between 1 and 4 hours and is similar to our dinner, with a choice of (meal) soups, meat or fish, rice and vegetables. La cena, supper is a very modest version of the lunch. There are also natural (the most familiar to us) small dishes such as tacos and tortillas (crunchy or soft pancakes) filled with a spicy combination of cooked beans, cheese, meat or chicken. Try enchiladas, similar to a tortilla filled but then baked in a sauce, and quesadillas, a tortilla covered or filled with melted cheese. Yucatán state in Mexico known for its cuisine; Merida try the delicious spicy chicken dish "pollo bipil.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight

We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the LAND BEGIN and END times are listed below. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Land begins: 
Land ends:

Dutch participant proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airlane:

NL participants arrive:
NL participants depart:

Before you book your flight

To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours
When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary
We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions
If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the 'dates & prices' section

If the Netherlands arrive in the late evening
Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included

If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com


Local transportation

For those traveling through Mexico and Guatemala its own, local buses hired. They are driven by experienced drivers. The bus in Mexico has air conditioning. The quality of the roads in Mexico is good. Of course during the rides stopped regularly at restaurants, just to stretch the legs or to look around in a nice place. The route takes in part by a mountainous area with winding roads and beautiful scenery, partly through a jungle of banana plantations.
The trip from Corozal to Palenque is made partly by lancha (a long, narrow boat), since in this part of the Peten jungle, the river offers the only possibility for transportation.
Occasionally you can also use public transportation like the subway in Mexico City of a small bus in Palenque. Or colectivoThere are several optional trips during the trip possible. Definitely recommend the boat trip through the Cañon del Sumidero, a boat trip on Lago Atitlán Panajachel at or over the Rio Dulce to Livingston.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our “dates & prices' page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Dutch tour guide
  • Private bus spot
  • Transport by lancha between Bethel in Guatemala and Mexico in Corozal
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Services Service Desk Djoser Schiphol
  • Visiting the Zapotec city of Monte Alban gelding
  • Visit colorful market of Chichicastenango
  • Visit one of the largest Maya cities Tikal
  • Visit Yaxchilan per lancha
  • Visit to Uxmal
  • Visit to Chichen Itzá
  • Visit to Copan Ruins

 When you book a trip

  • $500 deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 45 days prior to departure date

While you are traveling

Mexico

Local Currency:  Mexican PESO
ATM Machines: Widely available
Cash accepted:  US Dollars also accepted
Credit cards: Widely accepted in larger shops and restaurants

Guatemala

Local Currency:  Quetzal
ATM Machines: Widely available
Cash accepted:  US Dollars also accepted
Credit cards: Widely accepted in larger shops and restaurants

Tipping

It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.
** You will find a list of all trip costs in the 'dates & prices' section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the 'dates & prices' section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During this journey the following excursions are included in the program:

  • Day 5; Visiting the Zapotec city of Monte Alban ruins. In its heyday of 500-750jr AD the city had 30,000 inhabitants. Monte Alban is the name the Spaniards gave the mountain on which the city was. This provides nowadays with all the beautiful sites sweeping views of fertile farm fields and small villages
  • Day 10; A visit to the market of Chichicastenango. In this traditional market you look your eyes out. From miles around come the colorfully dressed Indian families offer their merchandise on the market. From freshly slaughtered chicken to homemade bracelets and bags, you can buy everything
  • Day 13; A visit to Copán ruins. The portraits of the rulers of Copán are carved in stone and make the ruins a memorable experience.
  • Day 16; A visit to Tikal. Tikal was once the largest of the classic Maya cities. Only a small part of the city is liberated from the jungle vegetation and restored. Only when you climb one of the pyramids, you see the vastness of the area!
  • Day 17; Visiting Yaxchilán. Per lancha we sail to the ruins of Yaxchilán, which lie on the border of Mexico and Guatemala.Yaxchilán literally means "green stones" in a Mayan language
  • Day 19; A visit to Uxmal. Uxmal is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit the 'Pyramid of the magician' or the 'Great Pyramid'
  • Day 20; A visit to Chichen Itzá. Temples, palaces and sports fields of the Maya are all seen on this famous site. The Maya have made very impressive and grand buildings during their long domination!


On the way our bus stops at a number of places where you will need to pay entry fees:

  • Chiapa de Corzo: Cruise Sumidero Canyon. This cruise sails through the canyon towards the Arbol de Navidad to the dam.Sometimes the walls rise more than 1,000 meters high. An impressively environment! You get to the boatman hear all about the particular cliff and beautiful nature
  • Rio Dulce: Boat trip to Livingston. Livingston is only accessible by boat and is beautifully situated on the coast. Once it was therefore the main export port of bananas and coffee. The Negroid population, descended from former slaves, has its own culture
  • Playa Del Carmen: Snorkeling and scuba diving, take a look at the beautiful underwater world of Mexico
  • Playa Del Carmen: Swimming with dolphins course this is a highly sought-optional excursion. Dolphins speak simply to everyone's imagination. You can from the nearby island of Cozumel this experience during a day trip!

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel document needed
MEXICO
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS – Visa arranged locally $2.50????

Visa expeditor
If you are anxious about your visa process, or if you are short of time and need a passport or visa, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport.
TRAVISA 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health

Check for the Center for Disease Control for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a perscription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

Center for Disease Control – Travelers information 

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.

It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM)

Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, anticeptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommended to get

  • DTP vaccinations against hepatitis A and
  • Malaria tablets for southern Mexico and Guatemala.


Insurance

For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan.
* Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation.
TRAVELEX  1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group

Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our trips, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way.

The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.
 

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips will be guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

A local guide explains extensively about the country; local customs, religious influences to cultural backgrounds.

Climate & Geography

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

The climate in Guatemala and Mexico varies somewhat by region. Through the influence of two oceans and mountains can a short distance from each major differences occur. On the plains, which include Mexico City and Oaxaca are, moderate climate with pleasant warm temperatures and cool nights. The scenery from Mexico City to San Cristóbal is hilly. Around San Cristóbal are vast forested areas and in the area around Palenque aplenty jungle. The Petén area is a vast, very sparsely populated jungle area with a tropical, humid climate. The region of Panajachel and Antigua is characterized by volcanic mountains and has warm days and cool nights. The flat region of Yucatán, where Uxmal, Chichen Itzá and Mérida are located, is an area of tropical savannas and a nice tropical climate. On the coasts, fresh sea breeze. Blowing
The rainy season is from June to September. This period in no way constitutes an obstacle to traveling. In this period there are usually only at the end of the day and night short and heavy showers. Nature is just at its most beautiful.

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* Submit this form to begin your reservation process.  Confirm that names exactly as they appear on a current passports.  If names on your international, domestic flights or visas (if applicable) do not match your name as it appears on your passport, some countries will deny you entry.

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* Refer to the Prices & Dates page for an overview of your total costs & deposit 


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* Fax for with signatures for all participants 18 and over to  484-595-9140 . Or scan to us at luke@djoserusa.com

* Or mail Djoser, Inc., 154 Woodgate Lane, Paoli, PA 19301 - Attn: Luke Neal


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Highlights

  • Complete trip through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras with nature, culture and beach
  • Mayan culture in Palenque, Tikal, Copan and Chichen Itzá
  • Aztec temples of Teotihuacán
  • Visit colorful market of Chichicastenango
  • By boat through one of the most impressive canyons of Mexico, Cañon del Sumidero (optional)
  • Relaxing on Playa del Carmen
  • Possibility of swimming with dolphins
  • International group of all ages