We visited Yaxchilan, a remote Mayan site only accessible by boat, towards the end of the afternoon. The site was deserted. The last party was just leaving as we arrived. The site is in the rainforest and not completely restored. The howler monkeys were very noisy and the spider monkeys leaping from tree to tree as the late afternoon sun backlit the fantastic roofcomb. It was an experience I will never forget.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Our Tour Leader, Ana, impressed us on our first day when she took us to see the Diego Rivera murals and could talk through the meaning of each section. Then when we went to the Anthropology Museum the same afternoon and she inspired us with her knowledge of the ancient civilisations we were hooked, even though we couldn't keep pace with the names of all the Gods!
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Go on this tour if you want to learn as much as possible about the ancient Mexican civilisations and to explore their fantastic cities, particularly if you are active enough to climb the pyramids and scramble over the ruins (where that is allowed). But also be prepared for other very different activities such as swimming in a freshwater lake and experiencing the best snorkelling ever on the barrier reef off Belize. This tour provides a wonderful combination of history, culture, wildlife and action.
Do you have anything else to add?
The Mexican people are delightful. We stayed in hotels where the staff could not have been more helpful and all our drivers were excellent. We also never felt less than totally safe.