Experience the strong traditions that the Mayan and Mexican culture have to share from the sea to the mountains

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Travel to San Cristobal de las Casas in the heart of the Sierra Madre highlands. Start with a stop on the Mexican Riviera to bask in the salt, cenotes and archeological sites in the tropical forests. Next travel through the El Cañon del Sumidero to San Cristobal de las Casas. On this people-to-people exchange visit a local Mayan family in Zinacantan, the flower town; enjoy a world-class coffee tasting at a family-owned coffee house (cafeteria); learn about the unique art-pottery in Amatenango del Valle in a clay workshop with a local woman-cooperative. Along the way enjoy the pristine landscape of mountains, rivers, reserves, and forests home to both wildlife and the conservation efforts to protect them. Experience the strong traditions that the Mayan and Mexican culture have to share from the sea to the mountains. From one world-class city to another, experience the people, projects, and cultures through environmentally sustainable tourism practices.

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Trip dates:
October 28th, 2019 to November 8th , 2019

Trip Cost*
Single Occupancy per person $3,800.00
Double Occupancy per person $3,350.00
*Roundtrip airfare not included
Group capacity max 17

What’s Included:

Private ground transportation
Certified Bilingual Guide
Accommodation in all destinations
Daily  breakfast (travel days probably breakfast will be offered “to go” in a box during the transfers, that is specified in the itinerary)
6 – lunch & 7 – dinner, specified in the itinerary
Tour fees for the activities specified in the itinerary
Snacks and meals in all the tours specified in the itinerary
Economic Collaboration for the communities visited
Mexican Taxes

Itinerary:

Day 1 / 28 – Oct / Akumal
Travel day from your City* to Akumal** in the Mexican Caribbean. Settle in an amazing Glamping hotel in the middle of the tropical forest,
7:00 pm dinner together (dinner included) sweet dreams with the sounds of nature.
*Transfer from Fort Collins or any city in CO to DIA included
** Transfer from Cancun Airport to Akumal included

Day 2 / 29 – Oct / Akumal
6:30 am – 8:30 am:  Wake up with the fresh smell of the tropical forest and a delicious home-made breakfast.
12 pm – 4 pm: Prepare to enjoy the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an that is part of the UNESCO Heritage, prepare to travel back on time visiting the archeological site of Muyil, touch the sky meanwhile floating in the turquoise lazy river and enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic. (lunch included)
4: 30 pm – 8:00 pm: Explore the Magic town of Tulum downtown (dinner not include)

Day 3 / 30 – Oct / Akumal
6:15 am – 11: 30 am: Receive the sunrise in the archeological site of Tulum, afterward refresh yourself in the ancient sacred waters of the Cenotes and enjoy if you like, a little bit of adrenaline in the Zip lines, mountain bike, and snorkel. Enjoy the Mayan blessing that an Ah-Men from the community will give to the group and the local food prepared in the traditional kitchen. (lunch included)
12:00 pm: Enjoy the free time for the rest of the day in the Glamping hotel where may you would like to enjoy a good reading in the hammock or explore the natural reserve that the hotel cares. Remember prepare your stuff for the trip next day
7:00 pm: Dinner together (dinner included)

Day 4 / 31 – Oct / San Cristobal de las Casas
Breakfast (possible box lunch) transfer from Akumal to Cancun airport.
Arrive at Tuxtla Gutierrez airport where our private transportation will be waiting for us to bring us to the Cañon del Sumidero boat tour (1 hr and 30 min). After the boat ride will have a traditional chiapanecan meal in the Chiapa de Corzo city, (lunch included) later on the transfer will bring us up to the mountain (45 min ride) to drop off us in the hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas. That night you’ll have time to explore the Magic Town nightlife (not dinner included)

Day 5 / 1 – Nov / San Cristobal de las Casas
6:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast, and get ready to enjoy the city tour from 9 to 10:30 am and visit downtown, afterward you’ll have free time to walk around.
4:00 pm: meet at the hotel to prepare Dia de Muertos celebration according to the local traditions, we will set an ofrenda for our pass away love ones and share the Pan de Muertos and dinner with local families (dinner included)

Day 6 / 2 – nov / San Cristobal de las Casas
6:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast, prepare for the Traditions Tour.
10 am – 2 pm: in the Traditions Tour we will visit the Mayan communities of San Juan Chamula where we will visit their church which will be in worship for the Dia de Muertos and afterward visit Zinacantan community “the flower town” where we will visit their local church and a local family (box lunch included). 2:45 pm – 7:00 pm: enjoy the evening exploring San Cristobal de las Casas.
7:00 pm: Dinner together in one of the local restaurants in downtown.

Day 7 / 3 – Nov / San Cristobal de las Casas
6:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast, prepare for the Nature Reserve Tour.
9 am – 11 am: Get amazed by the forest of the Sierra Madre in Moxviquil Reserve, where experts will share with us the gifts of nature and explain how the reserve works. 11 am to 12 pm transfer to the next location, (box lunch included). 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Arcotete reserve amazing rock formations and the canopy Zip lines will be waiting for us! Enjoy a local snack from the local people that live in the reserve.
4:00 pm – the rest of the evening free to keep exploring the magic of San Cristobal downtown. (Dinner not included)

Day 8 / 4 – Nov / San Cristobal de las Casas
6:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast, prepare for the Clay and Gourmet Tour.
9 am – 3 pm: in the community of Amatenango del Valle we will visit a woman cooperative to have a clay workshop, this area soil is very special to prepare pottery and people from all over the world came to enjoy this unique clay. Once we finish the visit there, we will enjoy the warmth of a local family in Teopisca town that will be waiting for us to share a delicious lunch  and coffee (lunch included)
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: free time. At 7:00 pm we will meet in a local restaurant in downtown to enjoy dinner together (dinner included)

Day 9 / 5 – Nov / San Cristobal de las Casas
6:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast, prepare for the San Cristobal de las Casas community experience.
9:00 am to 11:00 am: You’ll be able to pick a workshop between coffee Culture and Tasting class or a Chess and Tea class.  After these workshops, a 1-hour city tour to the local market will be lead, later enjoy and explore by your own. (lunch not included)
*Possible Cultural Event to confirm (dinner not included)

Day 10 / 6 – Nov / San Cristobal de las Casas
6:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast.
This day is totally free to do your shopping after you are an expert about all the local shops and handcraft art from the area.  Remember pack and organize your stuff for the trip the next day.
7:00 pm: Dinner together in a local restaurant downtown (dinner included)

Day 11 / 7 – Nov / Playa del Carmen
Breakfast *possible breakfast to go in a box on the transfer from San Cristobal de las Casas to the airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez. The itinerary of this day will be defined by the flight schedule and the arriving time to Cancun airport. Transfer from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen hotel.
That night we will have a cooking class ideally starting at 6 pm.

Day 12 / 8 – Nov / Back Home
Breakfast lunch box on the way to the airport.
Transfer from Playa del Carmen to Cancun airport.
*People traveling from Fort Collins have included the Transfer from DIA.

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