Discover the Mayan World – Alternative Spring Break

We are introducing our new program “Discover the Mayan World”, which is an alternative spring break trip in Mexico. It is a tailor-made trip for the most adventurous travelers looking for real cultural immersion in their visit to Mexico.

This program has been designed with a sustainable tourism basis: promoting low environmental footprint, doing social work through volunteering activities in three nonprofit organizations and producing widespread economic trickle-down in local communities.

On the other hand, our participants will be enjoying of the previously arranged facilities needed when traveling: traditional meals, accommodation in local hotels and transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle. We know that traveling along the Yucatan Peninsula can be challenging for those who don’t have fluency in Spanish. Do not worry! You will have a bilingual group leader during the trip for anything you may need.

Discover the Mayan World is a perfect program for people who want to do meaningful travel and venture to discover the hidden jewels of the Mayan World.

tania-ocampo
Tania Ocampo

Passionate traveler and sustainability advocate. She studied sustainable tourism and hotel management with minor in planning and tourism development. Tania designed and structured “Discover the Mayan World” gathering both her knowledge and her traveling experience.

Price per person: $1899 USD.

  • Round trip airport transfers (arrivals on March 5th, 2018 – departures on March 15th, 2018)
  • Transportation to all the venues listed in the itinerary in a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • 11 days/10 nights of accommodation in local hotels/hostels
  • 22 meals
  • Temazcal (purification Mayan ritual)
  • Entrance fee to Cobá Archaeological Zone
  • Entrance fee to Ek Balam Archaeological Zone
  • Entrance fee to a Cenote (sinkhole)
  • Market tasting and cooking class
  • Boat tour in Celestún Biosphere Reserve
  • Volunteering activities in three nonprofit organizations
  • Monetary donation to the nonprofit organizations
  • 24/7 emergency support and bilingual group leader
  • Administration costs and taxes
Day 1
  • Reception (pick-up from the airport)
  • Transfers to the hostel
Day 2
  • 9:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM – Ice breakers and introduction
  • 12:00 PM – Volunteering activities with children
  • 2:00 PM – Lunch
  • 7:00 PM – Dinner and night around Parque de las Palapas
Day 3
  • 9:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 10:30 AM – Volunteering in an animal shelter
  • 2:40 PM – Lunch
  • 5:00 PM – Temazcal Ritual
  • 7:00 PM – Dinner

temazcal
Temazcal
is a Mayan sweat lodge translated as “house of heat”. This ancient ceremony led by a shaman  or “abuela” originated with the pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica to purify the body and mind, heal the sick, or provide a spiritual haven for women to give birth. Temazcal is about opening to receive ancient spiritual medicine—to move past the point of resistance so we can heal past wounds and hurts. Not only is the Temazcal supposed to cleanse your mind, body, and spirit, but it’s also supposed to be extra beneficial to your skin.

 

Day 4
  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 10:30 AM – Bike tour in Cobá Archaeological Zone
  • 1:30 PM – Lunch
  • 3:00 PM – Historical center walking tour in Valladolid
  • 9:00 PM – Sound-and-light show at Convento de San Bernardino

coba
Cobá
has the second-tallest Maya structure on the Yucatán Peninsula: Nohoch Mul. It is also one of the few archaeological zones where you can do the journey by bicycle. The main temple is a long walk through the jungle and the bike ride will save you lots of energy. Many people think that the walk would be “nice” however if you climb to the top of the great pyramid then you will be tired and wished you had a bike to get back on. The view from the top is incredible! It is one of the few pyramids that can still be climbed around the area.

 

Day 5
  • 8:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM – Ek Balam Archaeological Zone
  • 11:30 AM – Time to swim and relax in an authentic Cenote
  • 1:00 PM – Lunch
  • 4:30 PM – Walking tour and free time in Izamal
  • 7:15 PM – Arrival to Mérida
  • 8:30 PM – Dinner in Chaya Maya, a famous local restaurant


In ancient times Izamal was a center for the worship of the supreme Maya god, Itzamná. A dozen temple pyramids were devoted to this or other gods. During the conquest, Spanish colonists chose Izamal as the site for an enormous and impressive Franciscan monastery, which still stands at the heart of this town. The Izamal of today is a quiet provincial town, nicknamed La Ciudad Amarilla (The Yellow City) for the traditional golden yellow buildings that spiral out from the center like a budding daisy. It’s easily explored on foot, and horse-drawn carriages add to the city’s charm.

 

Day 6
  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Market tasting & cooking class
  • Free night in Mérida
Day 7
  • Free day in Mérida
  • Breakfast included in the hotel
  • Optional: Ride to the meeting point where you can rent a bike to do the “Bike Route Paseo Montejo” at 8:00 AM.

merida-domingo
Merida in Sunday or “Merida en Domingo”
, is when they turn the whole center of the city into an open-air market. This is a fun colorful time when they close off traffic on the Main Plaza and Calles 60 and 62 up to Calle 55. You will find music in the streets, booths set up with food and craft vendors, the Route Bike (a Sunday bicycle route from La Ermita to the Monument to the Flag).

 

Day 8
  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 10:30 AM – Boat tour in the Celestún Biosphere Reserve
  • 1:30 PM – Lunch
  • 6:00 PM – Organizing activities for tomorrow’s volunteering with the nonprofit.

celestun
Celestún Biosphere Reserve
– Celestún is a sleepy sun-scorched fishing village that moves at a turtle’s pace – and that’s the way locals like it. There’s a little square in the center of the town and some nice beaches, but the real draw here is the “Celestún Biosphere Reserve”, a wildlife sanctuary abounding in waterfowl, with flamingos as the star attraction.

 

 

Day 9
  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – Volunteering activities
  • 2:00 PM – Lunch
Day 10
  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – Volunteering activities (organizing food pantries)
  • 2:00 PM – Lunch
  • 8:00 PM – Closing meeting and dinner
Day 11
  • Transfers to Cancun International Airport. End of the journey!

Please fill out and submit the form below. We will contact you within 24 hours.

Thank you!

 

Mayan World March 2018
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GROUP LEADER

Tania Ocampo

DURATION

11 days/10 nights

DATES

March 5 – 15, 2018

PRICE

$1899 USD per person.

HAVE A QUESTION?

Contact Tania at:
taniaocampo@volunquest.com

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