8 Day Classic Yucatan with Merida, Tulum and Chichen Itza



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8 Day Classic Yucatan with Merida, Tulum and Chichen Itza



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8 Day Classic Yucatan with Merida, Tulum and Chichen Itza
Allegro Playacar Playa del Carmen
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Villa Mercedes Merida, Curio Collection by Hilton Merida
Occidental Tucancun Cancun

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2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $800
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Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active program. Expect up to four hours walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. It is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. A few early wake-ups are necessary to cover the territory. Hotels may provide limited amenities. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Flight Details

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-Cancun, Cancun-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Playa del Carmen
    • 2 nights Campeche
    • 2 nights Merida
    • 1 night Cancun
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Explore Coba and Tulum, two of Mexico's most captivating Mayan archaeological sites
  • Tour Izamal, famous for its distinctive yellow buildings, and ancient Mayan pyramids
  • Visit Campeche, a colonial city with Baroque Spanish architecture, and a walled historic district
  • At the archaeological site of Uxmal, view the pyramids, and temples from 600 AD
  • View the distinctive architecture of Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatan Peninsula
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active program. Expect up to four hours walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. It is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. A few early wake-ups are necessary to cover the territory. Hotels may provide limited amenities. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Mexico
Welcome to Mexico! Arrive in Cancun, and transfer to Playa del Carmen, located on the Riviera Maya, Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM. We recommend you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Playa del Carmen

DAY 2, Friday - Archaeological Sites of Coba and Tulum
Your day of exploration begins with an excursion to Coba, and Tulum, two of Mexico's most captivating Mayan archaeological sites. Coba boasts the towering Nohuch Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula, nestled within a lush jungle. After discovering Coba, venture to Tulum, renowned for its seaside ruins. On arrival, take a tour of the well-preserved archaeological site, perched atop towering cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Visit the iconic El Castillo, and the Temple of the Frescoes while gaining insight into the rich history, and culture of the Mayan civilization. Next, have lunch in Tulum before heading back in late afternoon. Free time to relax before dinner tonight
Overnight: Playa del Carmen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Valladolid, Izamal, Campeche
This morning, travel towards the historic city of Campeche. Along the way, stop in Valladolid, a charming colonial town known for its colorful streets, and historic architecture. Continue exploring the Yucatan's colonial towns with a visit to Izamal, one of Mexico's "Pueblos Magicos," or Magical Towns. Following lunch, embark on a walking tour of the town famous for its distinctive yellow buildings, and ancient Mayan pyramids. Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Campeche in late afternoon. Take an orientation walk of the colonial-era city with its Baroque Spanish architecture. Spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Campeche
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Campeche
Today is free to explore Campeche on your own. Perhaps, participate in the optional Full Day Edzna Ruins with Lunch. Embark on a scenic drive from Campeche to the Maya archaeological site of Edzna. On arrival, take a guided tour through the complex, and marvel at the intricately carved stone monuments, ball courts, and ancient buildings that comprised the city. Learn about the history of the site, which was inhabited as early as 400 BC. Following the tour, head back to Campeche for lunch of regional specialties at a local restaurant. Afterward, return to the hotel
Optional: Full Day Edzna Ruins with Lunch
Overnight: Campeche
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Uxmal, Merida
Begin your journey with a visit to the archaeological site of Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to 600 AD. Examples of Puuc style architecture can be seen at the terraced Governor's Palace with its 20,000 intricately carved stones that create an image of fine lace. Here, you also view the majestic Pyramid of the Magician, and the four rectangular buildings of the Nunnery Quadrangle. After lunch, continue to Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. On arrival, take an orientation walk of the Centro Historico
Overnight: Merida
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day in Merida
Spend the day at leisure, or join the optional Full Day Celestun with Lunch. This morning, drive from Merida to the coastal town of Celestun, renowned for its natural beauty, and abundant wildlife. Upon arrival, board a boat, and begin an unforgettable adventure through the Celestun Biosphere Reserve. As you glide through the coastal mangrove forests, view the flora and fauna. Chance to see flamingos in their natural habitat, along with pelicans, herons, and other species. Following the boat tour, have lunch with views of the beach in Celestun before returning back to the hotel
Optional: Full Day Celestun with Lunch
Overnight: Merida
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Chichen Itza, Cancun
Depart Merida this morning, and travel to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. This metropolis, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the principal ceremonial center of the Yucatan. Take a guided tour of the ancient ruins, including the towering Pyramid of Kukulkan, and the Great Ball Court. Learn about the history of Chichen Itza, along with the unusual beliefs, and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. Following lunch at a local restaurant, travel to Cancun, Mexico's resort city bordering the Caribbean Sea. This evening, bid adios to your Tour Manager at dinner
Overnight: Cancun
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Depart Mexico
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Full Day Edzna Ruins with lunch

Embark on a scenic drive from Campeche to the Maya archaeological site of Edzna. On arrival, take a guided tour through the complex, and marvel at the intricately carved stone monuments, ball courts, and ancient buildings that comprised the city. Learn about the history of the site, which was inhabited as early as 400 BC. Following the tour, head back to Campeche for a lunch of regional specialties at a local restaurant. Afterward, return to the hotel.

Approximate duration is 6 hours.

Day #4 01 Oct 2024 - 31 Dec 2025 $159.00
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Full Day Celestun with lunch

This morning, drive from Merida to the coastal town of Celestun, renowned for its natural beauty, and abundant wildlife. Upon arrival, board a boat, and begin an unforgettable adventure through the Celestun Biosphere Reserve. As you glide through the coastal mangrove forests, view the flora and fauna. Chance to see flamingos in their natural habitat, along with pelicans, herons, and other species. Following the boat tour, have lunch in the quaint town center of Celestun before returning back to the hotel

Approximate duration is 6 hours.

Day #6 01 Oct 2024 - 31 Dec 2025 $159.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/reservations with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Mobile Phones
Mobile networks differ from country to country. We recommend you check with your provider to see if your wireless plan will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. To avoid possible roaming charges, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. With most major phone companies, for a modest fee, you will be able to use your domestic plan's talk, text, and data allowances just like you do at home. If you can access the internet while you travel, you can also take advantage of services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555

WiFi Access
WiFi is available in most airports, hotels, and cruise lines, as well as on some flights, trains, and buses. There may be a fee for access and service quality and speed may vary greatly especially while on moving vehicles. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable, and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Mexico - You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet seasons. Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

About the Zika Virus - The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus mostly found in areas of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. According to the CDC, most cases of Zika are mild. However, there is a potential link between this virus and a brain defect called microcephaly which affects unborn babies and may pose a potential risk to pregnant women. If you are pregnant or believe you could be at the time of travel, the CDC cautions against traveling to these destinations. For information, please visit www.cdc.gov/zika/.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • No Smoking of any kind (medical or recreational) is allowed on any transportation that is exclusively provided by Gate 1. This includes e-cigarettes, e-cigars or any other smoking device. Furthermore, some countries heavily regulate the public use and possession of cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vape pens) which could include their complete ban. Please check the regulation for the destinations you plan on traveling to prior to departure.
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Mexico - Mexico has two main seasons; The rainy season is from June to October, and the dry season is from November to May. The climate changes greatly depending on latitude and altitude. The weather in Mexico is as varied as its geography, which includes tropical forests, arid deserts, fertile valleys and snow-covered mountains. While the Copper Canyon region is warm year-round, it can be quite cool, especially in the evening. The highland region ranges from alpine to temperate, while the canyon valleys are considered subtropical. Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. You may need to walk up steep hills or over rough terrain. Sunscreen and a hat or sunglasses are also recommended.

Mexico Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/americas/default.aspx#mexico-weather.

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or "drone" technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination - either in advance of their trip or while traveling - as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

The People's Guide to Mexico by Carl Franz
On Mexican Time by Tony Cohan
The Pearl by John Steibeck
The Log from The Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
Born to Run by Christopher McDougal
The Treasures of the Sierra Madre by B. Traven

Sin Nombre (2009)
The Violin (2005)
Frida (2002)
Viva Zapata (1952)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely receive a mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure, small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food. We suggest simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

Be wary of airport scammers who offer unwanted assistance. If you are arriving without a pre-arranged transfer, we strongly recommend going to the Tourist Information Desk to ask for a licensed taxi or transfer service. You may be asked to pay for the transfer at the desk prior to the trip, this will ensure you are not charged extra during the trip.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Mexico - For Tucson arrivals only, if you arrive at the start of the tour via a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason causing you to miss the approximately 7AM transfer to Mexico on Day 2, do not route yourself to the nearest airport in Mexico to join the tour. Arrive to Tuscon and contact Gate 1 to have alternative arrangements made to join the group as quickly as possible. This may require multiple unaccompanied transfers.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

About Your Accommodations
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Mexico - Some hotels do not provide safe deposit boxes.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: North America

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $12 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $5-7 per person per day, US $3 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day
Hotel porters: Included

Mexico - Gratuities are appreciated and expected for good service in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists. Restaurant bills often do not include a service charge. 15% is customary for good service.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. On river cruises, color-coded group splits may be used for shoreside included and Optional tours. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Mexico - The Mexican Peso is the currency of Mexico.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The "chip-and-PIN" cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don't accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Mexico - Large shops and hotels will typically have full credit card services, available often with a favorable exchange rate. Small vendors will typically only accept cash but might take small denomination US bills.

Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Mexico - From street vendors to bustling markets travel in Mexico provides ample opportunities for shopping. Prices can be listed in either Mexican Pesos or in US Dollars. If you are ever unsure, do not hesitate to ask. Bartering with vendors is acceptable varying on region; however, when dealing with indigenous communities it is often seen as insulting. Ironwood carvings in San Carlos and Mata Ortiz pottery in Nuevos Casas Grandes are good regional buys. El Fuerte is known for its beautiful palm hats, woven rugs and hammocks. The Tarahumara people make a variety of baskets and handicrafts.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Always use seat belts (if provided)
  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • While in destination, you may encounter local wildlife. Please refrain from touching any animal as they may carry diseases or harm you.

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Mexico - While we recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense when traveling in any country, please be aware that in Mexico, there are significant issues with theft against tourists in public places. Always keep valuables in a safe place and avoid walking alone. It is advised that travelers avoid contact with children, including taking photographs, especially in rural areas. Passengers should not travel alone after dark. Do not take public transportation on buses as these vehicles are targets for robbery. We recommend that taxis be reserved via the hotel concierge desk, and that you do not ride alone when possible. When not possible, we recommend that a hotel, restaurant, or shop call a taxi. As in most parts of the world, be aware of your surroundings and keep to well-lit and populated areas.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Red Cross: 065
  • Federal Police: 1-800-4623-6346
  • Angeles Verdes (Tourism Emergency): 078
  • Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR): 555-250-0123
  • U.S. Embassy Mexico City: (52)(55)5080-2000
  • Australian Embassy Mexico City: (52)(55)1101-2200

Mexico - Spanish is the official language. Many indigenous languages are also spoken throughout the country.

Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Mexico - The voltage used is 120 volts.

Code of Conduct
Mexico - Common courtesies should be observed. Conservative casual dress is appropriate. Beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. Smoking is acceptable unless otherwise noted and is specifically prohibited on public transport and in cinemas and theaters. Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Normal courtesies should be observed. The Catholic Church is highly respected in the community, and jokes at the expense of the Church are considered to be in poor taste.

Meals & Dietary Requests
Included meals are based on the restaurant's set menu or buffet and usually represent local cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available in most locations, while vegan, protein-rich or gluten-free menus are rare. Special dietary requests, which must be selected in the passenger details section of your reservation, cannot be guaranteed. We are unable to provide meals in accordance with strict religious requirements, such as Kosher or Halal, nor can we accommodate specifically salt-free, high-protein or low-carb meals.

Mexico - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. It is advised to stick to food from reputable vendors. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Mexico

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 5: Constitution Day
Mar 18: Birthday of Benito Juarez
Mar 28: Maundy Thursday
Mar 29: Good Friday
Mar 31: Easter Sunday
May 1: Labor Day/ May Day
May 5: Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo)
Sep 16: Independence Day
Oct 12: Dia de la Raza
Nov 1: All Saints Day
Nov 2: Dia de los Muertos
Nov 18: Revolution Day
Dec 12: Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 25: Christmas Day

Holidays 2025

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 3: Constitution Day
Mar 17: Birthday of Benito Juarez
Apr 17: Maundy Thursday
Apr 18: Good Friday
Apr 20: Easter Sunday
May 1: Labor Day/ May Day
May 5: Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla
Sep 16: Independence Day
Oct 12: Dia de la Raza
Nov 1: Día de Todos los Santos
Nov 17: Revolution Day
Dec 12: Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 25: Christmas Day

12 Day Culture & Adventure in Guatemala & Belize, March 2024
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Another special trip. We had a great Tour Manager - Estuardo - along with very good drivers. This tour had many different activities, something for everyone. We had 11 other guests with us and that really made the trip memorable. Highly recommended tour and looking forward to our next tour in New Zealand.

Michael C.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, March 2024
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Our trip to Mexico on the Colonial Tour with Adrian was great! He is a fantastic guide and was very caring for his group. We were introduced to Mexico and its people and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Thank you Gate 1. Adrian and our bus driver Alejandro were wonderful.

Steven J.
4 Day Havana Express, March 2024
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Wonderfully educational and culturally informative.

Mary N.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, March 2024
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This trip I had for colonial Mexico was just so extraordinarily wonderful, that I wanted to add some remarks. Of course, like all Gate 1s, it was a wonderful value, especially since I had no single supplement. But I wanted to comment on Liliana, our tour manager. She was absolutely extraordinary! Her knowledge of her country, it's history, culture, were top-notch, but most, especially it was always clear of just how much she loved her country and how she wanted to share that with each of us. Her spirit came alive every single time she talked about her country or showed us things or let us in our experiences. And our driver was extraordinary. Of course, our safety was always number one, but he was punctual, friendly, helpful, and kept the bus very clean and responded to any requests from passengers. I think I've had over the years about 10 to 12 Gate 1 trips, but this will always be one of my favorites.

Nancy G.
6 Day Havana & Vinales Valley, March 2024
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It was fabulous! Monica our tour manager was so knowledgeable and caring and down to earth., love her! Everyday was a new and different adventure. Hotel was excellent, the restaurants were all tropical and homey and beautiful, Cuban cuisine is simple but good, food was better than I expected. Bus was comfortable and spotless. We had a great group too. A+ trip for me.

Patricia L.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, December 2023
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I recently returned home after taking the Copper Canyon trip. I want to make some comments about our Tour Manager; he was exceptional! I have been on 16 Gate 1 trips, and I must say Edel was one of the best tour managers I have experienced, he was well organized and very helpful in taking time to make our free time filled with activities we might not have done on our own. He is very knowledgeable of the area and shared stories about the local people which helped me understand the history of the region. Edel helps making Gate 1 my continued travel company.

Guadalupe A.
13 Day Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, December 2023
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Our trip was absolutely fantastic. We saw the Aztec and Mayan ruins. Our tour director, Julie was very knowledgeable and really took care of us. She also provided us with some local snacks so we can taste the local delicacies of Mexico. Our driver, Adrian was very skilled in maneuvering the enormous bus in the narrow streets of Mexico. I really enjoyed this trip and learned about the history and beliefs of the Mayan people. Our group as a whole got together with each other and we enjoyed each other's company. Much as we were ready to go home at the end of the tour, we also knew that we will miss each other's company. I will highly recommend this trip to anyone.

Maria D.
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, November 2023
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I usually dont go on planned group tours. The last one I went on was through Exxotica - WOW, what a difference between you and them - you should be giving classes to other tours on how to operate. You guys are FIRST RATE ! I will never go with anyone else. THANK you for a great trip.

Charen K.
12 Day Culture & Adventure in Guatemala & Belize, November 2023
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What a surprise and full of joy, my tour manager Aquilino was my local tour guide at Tikal when I visited Guatemala in 2022. His knowledge and narrative of Maya history left a deep impression on me. As a tour manager this time he showed us his other ability and care. He always put our interest at the top, to secure us an unforgettable and yet safe experience, not only for active time but our spare time as well. With tour manager Aquilino my trip to Guatemala and Belize has been way above my expectations.

Rong X.
8 Day Central Mexico with Oaxaca, November 2023
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Our tour guide, Bacho, was just wonderful. In addition to his knowledge about visited sites, he went the extra mile to make sure every single one of us was having a good time, always reaching out to whoever might be in need of something. He is a wonderful guide, and above all a wonderful caring human being. You are as lucky to have him, as we were.

Jacqueline B.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, November 2023
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I would like to comment on the performance of our tour manager Bacho for the 9 day Colonial Mexico ( 11/2/23 to 11/12/23). He has done a super job as a tour guide. He even has gone beyond the requirements, for example he took us to tour around the neighborhood, and downtown during our free time. I really highly recommend him. He is an excellent tour guide, very nice, helpful, and very knowledgeable about History of Mexico.

Hung N.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, October 2023
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The Gate1Travel trip to Copper Canyon and the Sea of Cortez was very unique and extremely informative. Our expert tour guide, Manuel, shared extensive knowledge of the culture (past & present), the land/agriculture/ancient sites, relevant history, and the people from unique tribes inhabiting the remote areas we visited. The views of Copper Canyon and the Sea of Cortez were both breathtaking, but I also loved staying in the charming boutique hotels in El Fuerte and Alamos, watching amazing performances by a broad range of very talented singers and dancers, seeing an incredible pottery demonstration, delighting in birdwatching (especially hummingbirds), hiking in the mountains, and cruising on the Sea of Cortez. It was a trip full of wonderful surprises and enjoyable fellow travelers. Manuel is a remarkable tour guide and I am grateful for his knowledge, his organizational skills, and his dedication to making this trip unforgettable. This trip will long be remembered.

Catherine T.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, October 2023
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Our Gate 1 Tour of Mexico's Copper Canyon was fabulous and went way beyond our expectations. From the day we started until the day we ended, everything went so smoothly and we experienced so many wonderful opportunities to enjoy the beauty, culture, and history of the Copper Canyon area of Mexico. Adrian, our tour guide, was one of the best tour guides we have ever had with Gate 1. His organization and knowledge was superb! He made the trip so special for all of us. Thank you for continuing to give your clients the very best opportunities to see the world!

Jeanne F.
12 Day Culture & Adventure in Guatemala & Belize, September 2023
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Our 12 day Culture and Adventure in Guatemala and Belize was fabulous thanks to our outstanding tour director, Aquilino. His knowledge of the history, culture, traditions of the Mayans, as well as present day Guatemalans was incredible. We especially appreciated Aquilina sharing personal stories. Aquilino is a true gem of a tour director and a real asset to Gate 1.

Carole J.
12 Day Culture & Adventure in Guatemala & Belize, September 2023
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Aquilino, the tour director for our 12 day trip to Guatemala and Belize, was beyond excellent and absolutely made the trip for us. He is knowledgeable, personable, thoughtful, enthusiastic, and professional. He brought life to the Mayan sites we visited and connected us through ideas and emotions to the places and people we encountered. He enhanced every experience small and large throughout the trip.

Wendy A.
8 Day Central Mexico with Oaxaca, August 2023
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The trip was great we had an awesome time! It was our first time traveling with Gate 1 so we didn't know what to expect but our guide Ivan was amazing!

Ronnie I.
6 Day Classic Guatemala with Tikal, August 2023
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This trip was awesome. The selections of hotels were perfect, and the food was great. But above all, the tour guide was very acknowledged of his country history. Manny explained everything so clear with an honest opinion about the Mayans, the people, the politics, etc. Also the driver Edgar, was incredible. He was able to drive the coach in such a narrow streets. In general, Gate1 continues to impress me with its services, before and during the my trips. I am now looking for my next trip with you guys. Thank you very much for making my traveling experiences so much fun.

Alba G.
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, August 2023
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This trip was extraordinary. The hotel accommodations, optional tours and itinerary were perfect. Our tour director, Alejandro, was exceptional. He was responsible, organized, attentive, kind, knowledgeable and always available to meet our needs. Please make sure he stays with Gate 1!

Angela J.
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, August 2023
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The trip was great. Thoroughly enjoyed the guide, bus driver sites and hotels. One of the best Gate 1 tours yet!

Cathy B.
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, July 2023
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Guatalela is a beautiful country! The scenery, the food, the people and the Mayan ruins were wonderful. The Gate 1 itinerary covered lots of different areas and made sure we saw all the major attractions. Our guide Estuardo was another wonderful guide. Friendly and knowledgeable. Our driver Manuel handled the bus well no matter the road type. I would (and already have) recommend this trip to anyone. I traveled alone but easily found travel buddies with in the group of 27. The two highlights were seeing Tikal while being able to clime to the top of the pyramid and the hotel on Lake Atitlan. Our view of the lake and volcanos was like a postcard. Thanks again for another great trip.

Amanda J.
5 Day Classic Guatemala, May 2023
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I want to say what a wonderful guide we had. His name is Garry. This person has phenomenal knowledge about the history of Guatemala, about its culture, about the peoples inhabiting it. Excellent English, intelligent person. My wife and I are delighted to communicate with this man. Thanks to the erudition and kindness of Garry, our visit to Guatemala has become unforgettable.

Mikhail G.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2023
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My main reason for providing this feedback is to praise our wonderful guide, Manuel. This was our 5th Gate1 adventure and Manuel was the best we've had so far. I nicknamed him "Professor". He was incredibly knowledgeable about every aspect of this region of Mexico. As a naturalist, he excelled in his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the region as well as the history, geography, geology and culture. He arranged for amazing entertainment that usually accompanied our dinners (either before or after). His walking tours were very informative. His organization skills were spot on as he kept our group on time, safe and healthy. No one got sick under his guidance as we were all well informed about the need for timeliness, when and where we could eat/drink safely. His personality was well received by the group adding some humor and wit to the mix. He's been a guide for a long time and his experience really showed. Truly an exceptional guide and I hope Gate1 treats him well!

Marc D.
13 Day Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, January 2023
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The Mayan Illumination Tour was our 14th with Gate 1. We've enjoyed them ALL but need to say this one rates near the top. Carlos couldn't have been better in any aspect; he's a natural leader and teacher, makes guiding look easy when we know it is not. His easy-going nature was no doubt part of the reason our very diverse group was in great harmony all day every day. An example to me was how our group would rearrange tables to sit together even if that was not the configuration of the space. :) An especially helpful element from Carlos was his repeating important info, i.e., he would have said we need to leave at 12:20, but he would repeat that important fact to be sure all heard. Our driver was a true professional and very nice man. At one point I asked him if I could retrieve shoes from my carryon stored in the luggage compartment, and he was happy to help. I was so pleased, as I could then walk easily on the beach, an unexpected and delightful stop. The staff of the Mexico City hotel were Exceptional in every way, especially friendliness to each of us. Thank you so much, Gate 1.

Kim S.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, October 2022
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I will run out of superlatives trying to describe our first Gate 1 trip, to Colonial Mexico. In short, it was extraordinary. All the challenges of beginning the tour in Mexico City during a Grand Prix Formula 1, a country-wide celebration of Dia de Los Muertes, and a big Futball playoff were handled with grace and patience by our Tour Manager "Bacho". Every excursion, every logistical challenge, every pre-arranged meal was smooth and easy for everyone. Bacho made sure we were all cared for, and even more importantly his warm hospitality created an enjoyable traveling "family" that fostered many new friendships and connections within the group. The bonus for us was being in Mexico celebrating Dia de Los Muertes with each community we visited. Beautiful colors, beautiful costumes, fiestas....it will be a cherished memory! Though our very first Gate 1 tour, it most certainly won't be our last. Muchas Gracias Gate 1!

Martha R.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, October 2022
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My trip was excellent! It was the first time I traveled with Gate 1. The tour to colonial Mexico was fabulous! The tour guides were superb . Liliana, María, Erick were exceptional at their jobs as tour leaders. Aurelio, the bus drive, was skillful and always alert. He made the tour bus an exquisite coach ride for all. He was caring and thoughtful for each and everyone on the tour bus. He always had a beautiful smile to greet us. Liliana , our principal Gate1 tour guide and escort throughout the trip was a genius! Her knowledge of each of the towns and cities was extraordinarily vast. Her enthusiasm for the history of her country was brilliantly shared throughout the tour. Her charm, her meticulous manners to safety and care of each participant can not be overly stated. Liliana is a gem of a Gate1 tour escort. She connected with each person as a friend for always. I look forward to seeing her again on another Gate 1 tour. This was an excellent trip. The locations of the hotels was excellent. The accommodations were greatly appreciated and very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this tour. Thank you to all the Gate 1 staff who worked to make the Colonial Mexico Tour a memorable success for me.

Adrienne C.
Mexico's Mayan & Aztec Illumination, September 2022
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Excellent in every respect. Our favorite Gate 1 trip, and this is about our 10th. Tour guide was out of this world excellent. Our best tour guide ever! Can't say enough good about the trip. Far exceeded every expectation we could have wanted.

Dorothy A.
8 Day Central Mexico with Oaxaca, September 2022
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It was a great trip. Our tour guide (Ivan) was a very experienced tour guide. Everything was arranged so smoothly and even problems came up, he was able to solve them in a timely manner. I would recommend Gate 1 to anyone who likes to travel. Job well done!

Ying A.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, July 2022
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I loved this trip!! I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced trip that offered a wide range of opportunities to explore the culture of colonial Mexico. Our tour guide was exceptional - knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, fun, and generous. He ensured that everyone felt comfortable and had an opportunity to be fully immersed in Mexican culture. Many adventures included night walks to see the magnificent architecture at night, singing and dancing with mariachi bands, tasting a wide range of Mexican cuisine, and understanding the social, political, environmental, religious and educational factors that have impacted Mexico's rich history. I am grateful for all the effort put into planning and executing this trip. I have been on seven trips with Gate 1 Travel and have thoroughly enjoyed every experience. No doubt, this trip proved to be one of my favorites.

Catherine T.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, May 2022
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It was great and wonderful! I loved Copper Canyon and liked the itinerary and Raul was an excellent tour manager! This was my 22nd trip with Gate 1 and I told everyone that we have 4 more trips with Gate 1 for this year!

June V.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, April 2022
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We completed our fifth G-1 tour, Colonial Mexico, on Apr 17 and I wanted to tell you what a wonderful guide Liliana was. She was absolute perfection-- always there for us, super-informative, helpful at every turn, cheerful and informative, hard working, and genuinely concerned that we understand and enjoy her beloved country. She and our coach driver Aurelio were an absolutely delightful team. You are fortunate to have her as a guide-- she's a great ambassador for Gate 1 and Mexico. I would gladly recommend her by name to my friends. It's people like her who keep us coming back to Gate 1.

Boyd B.
5 Day Classic Guatemala, March 2022
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I just wanted to add, Gate 1 you knocked it out of the park regarding the Guatemala trip!! Everything was top notch!! I want to return in the near future. Thank you for your great service!!

Mary K.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, March 2022
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On this trip through the colonial cities of Mexico's highlands, we truly felt lucky to be traveling with our guide Liliana. Liliana managed our huge group of travelers from so many backgrounds with relaxed, graceful humor and finesse. Her attention to individuals' and the group's details were effective, efficient, and enabling. What a joy to travel with a woman who possesses such a wide range of customer service skills.

Christopher S.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2022
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My boyfriend, Larry, and I traveled on our first guided bus tour with Gate 1 to the Copper Canyon, Mexico, Feb 9-18, 2022. Our guide, Manuel , made the trip very memorable and special. He is knowledgeable about the local history and customs, he provided excellent suggestions for meal choices, he treated every traveler with respect, our time each day was wisely used, and Manuel displayed his wonderful sense of humor daily. I would not hesitate to travel with Manuel again on other trips he directs. Our bus driver (can't remember his name) was an excellent driver and I highly recommend him as well. Gate 1 Travel is a wonderful tour company and I will be traveling with Gate 1 in the future as often as possible. Thank you also for the patience and capability of your telephone representatives. They have been extremely helpful when we had questions.

Susan W.
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, January 2022
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Carlos' way of leading the group was exceptionally good because: a) his ability to respectfully lead the group, cordially demanding order, empathetic, knowledgeable, optimistic, ready to help; b) he enforced the systematic daily change of sites; c) his total fulfillment of the daily program; d) he is the best tour guide I have met during my 16-year experience in traveling with Gate1. Carlos' driver matched Carlos' excellence, not only in his driving expertise and human nature, but in keeping a 100% helpful attitude towards each and every one of the tourists. His respect, enthusiasm, and efficiency were all the time present in the whole trip.

Antonio M.
6 Day Classic Guatemala with Tikal, December 2021
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Excellent trip. Guide Estuardo & driver Manuel were wonderful. Hotels and meals were great. A wonderful trip. 10 out of 10 in my opinion.

Mauricio L.
10 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, September 2021
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This trip was an amazing experience for us. It has been a while since our last trip due to the Pandemic, but this Kaleidoscope trip to Guatemala and Honduras Mayan sites were both spectacular and the small towns we visited were the icing on the cake. Our guide and driver, Estuardo and Manuel, were a superb team who made the trip wonderful and fun as well as safe and together we built memories that will last a lifetime. We would like to recognize both for their commitment to everyone in the trip and their attention to the smallest of details that made the traveling and hotel transitions go very smooth. I would highly recommend this tour to Gate 1 to everyone who wants to relax, learn about new cultures, and enjoy a wonderful gastronomy and the colorful people of Guatemala.

Edna M.


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