Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Last week, after contacting all of you who had asked to be placed on the early list for my second Wandering Earl Tour – Wander Across Mexico – eight of the ten available spots were quickly filled up.

And so, there is now only two spots left for this adventure, and here’s the details!

Tour Dates: March 11th – 25th, 2013

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive at Cancun Airport, transfer to Playa del Carmen
  • Day 2 & 3: Playa del Carmen – The tour gets off to a relaxing start with time spent on white sand beaches, eating excellent food and enjoying the true Caribbean side of Mexico!
  • Day 4: We’ll drive to the beautiful Mayan town of Valladolid, with visits to Akumal (in order to swim with the turtles) and the Mayan ruins of Tulum along the way.
  • Day 5: In the morning, off to the Dzitnup & Samula Cenotes we go for a cool swim in these incredible underground cave/water holes. The afternoon will be free time for you to wander the streets of enchanting Valladolid.
  • Day 6: After a morning visit to the famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen-Itza, we’ll continue to the ‘yellow town’ of Izamal where we’ll spend the night. Evening walk around the main plaza, the old monastery and through the quiet streets of this unique Mayan community.

Izamal, Mexico

  • Day 7: We’ll return to Playa del Carmen via a leisurely drive through the state of Yucatan and a stopover in Cancun to see one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Mexico.
  • Day 8: This will be a travel day as we board a long-distance bus to the town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas. (Approximate travel time will be 15 hours)
  • Day 9 – 12: Once in Chiapas we’ll have four days to explore San Cristobal de las Casas and it’s outer region, which will include visits to the Cascada de Agua Azul Waterfalls, El Canon del Sumidero and the town of Tuxtla, as well as several other optional activities.
  • Day 13: In the morning we’ll take a bus to the town of Oaxaca (travel time approximately 7 hours), the capital city of the state with the same name. We shall arrive just in time to spend the evening in the main plaza, listening to the famous mariachi bands and enjoying the atmosphere of what travelers often label their favorite town in all of Mexico.
  • Day 14: We’ll have a full day in Oaxaca to visit it’s markets (where they serve up fried grasshoppers as a snack), parks, cathedrals, colorful neighborhoods and possibly the Monte Alban ruins high above town.
  • Day 15: The tour comes to an end – at this point, options include taking a bus to Mexico City, heading south to Guatemala, spending more time in Oaxaca or others parts of Mexico or heading straight home. There are many bus/flight options from this town.

**I will stay in Oaxaca for one more day and any member of the tour is more than welcome to stick around and join me!

Samula Cenote, Mexico

Included in the cost:
– 14 nights budget accommodation (Playa del Carmen x 4; Valladolid x 2; Ixmal x 1; San Cristobal de las Casas x 4; Oaxaca x 2; Overnight bus x 1)
– Transportation within Mexico – combination of overnight buses, rented vans/cars and taxis
– Activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees to the sites listed above
– 10 Meals (lunch or dinner)

Not included:
– Meals not mentioned
– Activities not mentioned above
– Flights to/from Mexico
– Travel/health insurance (will be required)
– Passport/visa fees
– Airport transfer to Playa del Carmen (pickup will be available for a small fee)

Physical Level:
While the tour to Mexico itself is not strenuous, budget travel in general can be tiring. As a result, it is recommended that tour participants are prepared for and able to handle long, exhausting days, overnight bus journeys, being in the sun in warm temperatures and other physically challenging scenarios that can certainly arise during this trip.

Accommodation:
Prices are based on twin share (2 people per room) and single members of the group will be paired together. We will be using budget guesthouses/pensions that offer basic facilities, sometimes with shared bathrooms, usually no air-conditioning and possibly without hot water showers at times. With that said, the places we stay will have plenty of character and will certainly be a memorable part of the trip.

Subject to Change:
While the goal is to follow the itinerary listed, travel almost always involves unexpected events and the occasional change of plans. However, even if things do change, it is important to remember that travel is all about the journey, so even the challenges we face along the way should be treated as part of the overall experience!

Waiver:
All tour participants will be required to sign a waiver. It’s just a formality but I wanted to let you know ahead of time.

Chichen-Itza, Mexico

Wander Across Mexico

Tour Cost: $1450 USD

If you are interested in one of the final two spots, please send me an email here with “Wander Across Mexico Tour” as the subject and I will be in touch with the deposit details so that you can confirm your place right away. It’s basically a first-come, first-served deal, although, I will add additional people to a waiting list in case anyone has a change of plans.

And on that note, I shall look forward to meeting some of you on what promises to be another exciting Wandering Earl excursion!