Intro into my Trek America adventure

Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

This isn't technically a blog about my experiences in Cancun, but more about an introduction about the Trek America's 21 days Mayan Explorer expedition.
So for those who have been following my travel blogs the format won't change too much however I will be aiming the next dozen or so blogs at readers who may be considering their hard earned cashed on a Trek America trip.

Why did I choose Trek America?

For me, I was sick of the United States. A country I just haven't particularly enjoyed, so I had two choices to head to chilly Canada to see a friend and try some skiing or to head to the warmer South on an organised trip. It was a difficult call but I choose the latter and booked a discounted Trek America trip to Central America.

Even though I was reluctant to join a group tour, the 21 days Mayan Expedition tour looked interesting enough, (reviews from friends about their Trek America trips have always been positive enough) travelling through Southern Mexico, Guatemala, day trip to Hondurus and a few days in Belize meant a few extra stamps in my passport, but more importantly the departure date perfectly fitted with me finishing this tour before flying straight away on to New Zealand and a certain 20% discount swayed my decision. Lets hope it lives up to its price!

Below is the proposed itinery of our Mayan Explorer trip (edited from the Trek America website)

Day 1 Cancun - Merida (Hotel Paid for in price)

Starting in top gear we head straight for the legendary Chichen Itza ruins. This ancient Mayan site welcomes us with its historic temples and secret cenotes before we explore colonial Merida.

Day 2-3 Palenque (Camping)
Palenque...these spectacular ruins are set in the thick of the jungle. There are howler monkeys and all kinds of bird playing in the tree tops as we climb along the half-covered remnants of this historic site.

Day 4-5 San Cristobal de las Casas (Camping)
We visit the mystic Misol Ha waterfall and the copious cascades of Agua Azul. Stunningly beautiful blue mineral water forms hundreds of little pools where you can swim and relax. "San Cris" is a beautiful city complete with authentic indigenous markets and nearby traditional villages- perfect for a glimpse into their culture.

Day 6-7 Panajachel Guatemala (Hotel to be paid for our)

We cross borders into Guatemala. No words spoken or pictures seen can prepare you for the dramatic beauty of your first view of Lake Atitlan-set deep in its own caldera and surrounded by three enormous active volcanoes. Then, the famous markets of Chichicastenango are another world.

Day 8-10 Antigua (Hotel to be paid for our)

Majestic Antigua, one of the most preserved colonial towns in Latin America. Surrounded by smoking volcanoes and filled with cafes, bars and schools, it is the perfect place to relax, explore or party.

11-12 Copan, Honduras (Hotel to be paid for our)
We cross borders into Honduras for our third country on the trek! Copan's ruins exquisitely carved alters and temples are unique to the region.

Day 13-15 Poptun, Guatemala (camping)

Back into "Guate" for adventure, relaxation and excellent food. This working ranch has been welcoming travellers for decades and prepares us for Tikal.

Day 16 Tikal (camping)

Beneath a jungle canopy teaming howler monkeys, flocks of raucous parrots and gracious toucans sits the fabled ruins of Tikal. Slender pyramids topped with temples reach to the sky and majestic monuments line the plazas. This is the most exotic site of all the Mayan ruins.

Day 17-18 (Hotel Paid) Caye Caulker

We travel east into Belize and on to the island paradise of Caye Caulker, with an opportunity to swim with playful stingrays and sharks as we dive through coral gardens and beautiful azul seas.

Day 19-20 Playa del Carmen (camping)

Back to Mexico's Mayan Riviera...Sun, swimming, diving, exploring the jungle underground cenotes (caves), dining, sipping a cerveza on the beach and much more... Oh yeah- this is "la vida loca".

Day 21 Cancun

After soaking up the sunshine, we continue on to Cancun to finish this trip through the ancient Mayan world. Adios amigos!

So sit back and relax, read the next dozen or so blogs and find out what I (Dykey) and my fellow companions got up to over the following three weeks as I expose the pros and cons of group travelling and to see if the above itinary is actually what happens.
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