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Number of Reviews: 11 Overall score: *****
Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
Review posted by Patricia Ferguson
***** Written

La Ruta Maya

Woah - what a trip. A sensory overload of people, places and culture along with the anticipation of what might appear around the next corner. Whoever put together the route for this tour, definitely did things in the right order. Colonial Antigua (Guatemala) nestling under a ring of volcanoes kick -started things beautifully. We moved smoothly through the cultural gears, visiting vibrant Mayan markets and villages on our way to Mexico and when we saw our first Mayan ruin at Palenque, we knew we'd reached the edge of travel nirvanah. Completing visits to three more Mayan temple sites, with a couple of days R&R on a Carribean Caye, thrown in, the best was saved for last. Tikal was breathtaking. No words can truly describe its majesty. A superb tour combined with a top, top guide. Thank you for something exceptional.
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
***** Written

LA RUTA MAYA

Fulfilled my expectations as I had wanted to do this for the last 3 years.  But not without its share of 'incidents' - solved as usual by Exodus expertise.
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
***** Written

LA RUTA MAYA

Places and people were lovely, but the promised 'Premium Adventure' was not delivered.
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Exodus Response

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of La Ruta Maya. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed the itinerary and the places visited - this area of the world is very special! However, I was very sorry to note that the 'Premium Adventure' label didn't live up to your expectations. I completed this trip myself about 18 months ago and at the time, it was felt that the label was justified.

Your comments have been taken on board and we are currently reviewing the entire trip with a view to checking that we're using the most suitable accommodation in each area. I would like to confirm that we are not adding a supplement to the package price of this trip purely because it has the premium adventures tag; the price you have paid reflects the costs involved. The areas visited on this tour are much more expensive than those on 'Beyond the Mayan World' which is the main reason why there is a big difference in price between these two trips.

Vicky Boughton - Product Manager
Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
***** Written

LA RUTA MAYA

We had a wonderful holiday.  Very well organised itiniary, an excellent tour leader and very good hotels.  Will certainly book with Exodus again.  Thank you 
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
***** Written

LA RUTA MAYA

Exodus trips always have an interesting itinerary and good local guides:  this was only exceptional because the guide was brilliant.  The third factor is always unknown -  one's fellow travellers - on this occasion the most fun group I have travelled with.
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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LA RUTA MAYA

This is the first time we have been on an organised tour, and usually prefer independent travel.  However, given time pressures for organising this trip, we decided to give it a go and we were not disappointed at all!  It was an excellent trip, encompassing a large portion of the Mayan World.  We had brilliant experience from start to finish and we learned a lot about this facinating part of the world.
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
***** Written

LA RUTA MAYA

This trip delivered all that I had hoped for it.  Well planned, well run and a great way to understand a little of the history of the Maya
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
***** Written

LA RUTA MAYA

A really great experience, packed with culture, history, interesting towns and beautiful sights along the way. I loved the combination of different countries and the changing scenery. It sounds like a cliché but I've never seen such colourfully dressed locals as in Guatemala - the rural areas gave a real taste of traditional life.  
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
***** Written

LA RUTA MAYA

Interesting trip with beautiful scenery in Guatemala, fascinating Mayan ruins in Mexico (but take a good archaelogical guide like Michael Coe's "The Maya" 11th edition, 2011) interspersed with old colonial Spanish towns and great snorkelling and boat trips to see manatees and dolphins near the mangrove islands off Caye Caulker, Belize. Lot of travelling in the bus but worth it on balance.
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Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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LA RUTA MAYA

Exodus do describe this trip clearly, so maybe it’s our fault for not appreciating that it does try to cram too much into too short a time. As a result the abiding memories are that: (1) We had too many long stints on less-than-luxurious buses. (2) There were so many visits to so many Mayan ruin sites that they all seem to telescope together and become one jumbled memory, and (3) We always seemed to arrive at overnight stops too late, and leave too early to enjoy the quite nice hotels (although one was absolutely dire) and the seductive towns we stopped at.
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Exodus Response

Thank you for reviewing your recent trip to Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. I was sorry to hear that you felt the trip didn't live up to your expectations. We describe the trip as “an in-depth exploration of the highlights of the Mayan world”, which, as you pointed out, is an accurate portrayal of what is involved. Given the many important historical sites to visit in this area we do need to cover a fair amount of distance in order to see them. We feel that this is balanced with time spent in the colourful colonial cities of Antigua, Campeche, Merida and San Cristobal de las Casas, as well as 2 night stays at both Lake Atitlan and Caye Caulker, where the trip emphasis shifts towards relaxation.

The hotels that we use on this trip tend to be a real highlight for our clients. We have reviewed the use of the property that you mentioned you didn't enjoy and are due to change this for upcoming departures. In regard to transport, I have discussed your concerns about the bus with our in-country manager and he has assured me that we are using the best buses available within the countries visited. Unfortunately the road conditions are poor in places and this can increase the journey times. Local guides do receive regular training as part of their work with Exodus, but in our next session we will emphasize the importance of providing clear and accurate briefings – I am sorry for any confusion this caused you. I believe that our Trip Notes are very comprehensive and contain all of the essential information for this trip but I will be updating them shortly with the most recent information that I have obtained regarding currency, tipping, airport taxes and fees.

Vicky Boughton - Product Manager

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