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WOMEN ARE SACRED

A FEMALE-FOCUSSED TOUR 

Tuxtla Gutierrez to Villahermosa Nov 28-Dec 8, 2023

Price:  $42,000 MXN includes ground & boat transport, hotels, meals, activities, entrance fees & guided services.  Drinks & drink tips are separate.  Discretionary tips separate.  (Hotels are based on shared accommodations.  Single supplement for solo private room is $6500 MXN)

"Each time women gather in circles with one another, the world heals a little more." 

- Unknown

Bienvenidos

Step away from the fray, and into a space of tranquility and adventure.  Pristine waterfalls cascading into refreshing swimholes, ancient cities of the Maya, the aroma of traditional gastronomy made by your own hands, the tactile beauty of woven threads.

Our focus for this tour is women, such as journalist-activist-photographer Trudi Blom, who the Lacandona named "Queen of the Rainforest," and Tatiana Proskouriakoff, who was the first Russian-American Architect to document the ancient Maya city of Piedras Negras, which we will visit via a boat ride along the Usumacinta River.  Maya indigenous narratives, and stories about agency and empowerment among Maya women - and of course, our own stories.  We look forward to the wonderful conversations rendered through our gatherings - for Women are Sacred.

This is not a retreat, but a ten day pursuit of adventure, culture and nature celebrated solely among women.  We look forward to neeting you.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS TOUR

  • Visit an Amber, Jade & Textile Museum

  • Authentic Cooking Class in a traditional Maya village

  • Enjoy a weaving and pottery demonstration in Maya villages

  • Boat ride to Canyon del Sumidero (Optional)

  • Two boat rides on the Usumacinta to ancient Maya cities

  • Visit the iconic Agua Azul Cascades, and magical El Chiflon Waterfalls

  • Enjoy the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas, stay in the archaeological zone of Palenque, and savour three nights in the Lacandona Jungle!

  • Enjoy local knowledge from Gabriela Gudina Gual, who has 28 years experience as a National Guide, educator and tourism delegate for Chiapas, where she grew up.

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Quick Info

START:  Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas

FINISH:  Villahermosa, Tabasco

NIGHTS:  10 Nights / 11 Days

DATES:  Nov 28 —Dec 8, 2023

GROUP:  16 Guests

AGE:  40+ (Private for all ages)

DIFFICULTY:  Light to Moderate

PRICE:  $42,000 MXN

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Bienvenidos
Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Tuesday November 28, 2023: Welcome to Chiapas

Optional Tour to Canyon del Sumidero, Check in and have dinner

Wednesday November 29, 2023: Na Bolom & Jade Museums

Walking tour of San Cristobal de las Casas

Thursday November 30, 2023 Waterfalls & Jaguars

Visit potters in Amatenango del Valle & El Chiflon Waterfalls

Friday December 1, 2023:  Sergio Castro & San Juan Chamula

Visit the local market, textile collection & weavers in Maya village

Saturday December 2, 2023:  Cooking Class & Amber Museum

Cook with Maya women in Zinacantan Village & visit the amber museum

Sunday December 3, 2023: Waterfalls & Palenque

Early morning departure for long commute with Agua Azul and Palenque

Monday December 4, 2023: Murals of Bonampak

Check into our hotel in Selva Lacandona, then visit these famous Maya murals

Tuesday December 5, 2023: Journey to Piedras Negras

Early morning boat ride to this ancient archaeological site in Guatemala

Wednesday December 6, 2023The Fortress of Yaxchilan

Early morning boat ride to the mesmerizing ancient Maya city of Yaxchilan

Thursday December 7, 2023:  Parque la Venta

Transfer to Villahermosa to Parque la Venta to visit the colossal Olmec Heads

Friday December 8,  2023:  Departure Day

Depart through the Villahermosa Airport
 

Regional Map

Regional Map

Getting Here

Please land at the Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas Airport by 1 PM on Novemmber 28, 2023 if you would like to join us for the optional tour to Canyon del Sumidero.  We will pick guests up from the airport.  

Fly home from Villahermosa, Tabasco Airport on December 8, 2023.  If you would like to fly home from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the van will depart Villahermosa on the late afternoon of December 7, 2023, with your arrival time being around midnight.  Please contact us for more information.

Getting Here
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Tour Considerations

Altitude:  San Cristobal de las Casas is seated at an altitude of 2,200 meters (7217 feet), which requires a period of adjustment for some guests who reside at sea level.  If you get tired on our walking tour in the city, please don´t hesitate to let us know you need to rest.  We can arrange a taxi back to the hotel for you, or ask the group if they are also ready for a break so you may rest.

Tour Difficulty:  Other than altitude, we will approach some inclines and terraced archaeological sites with uneven steps, and muddy trails.  If mobility is an issue for you, please contact us to discuss which tours you may want an alternate activity for.

Insects etc:  In Selva Lacandona, there are tarantulas, scorpions and venemous snakes present.  These do not generally pose a risk to tourists, but it is wise to stay cognizant of your surroundings, and watch your step.  Long sleeves and full length pants are recommended in the jungle, despite the hot weather, due to the insects.  This also helps reduce risk of sunburn.

Photography:  Photographs are prohibited in the church of San Juan Chamula, but permitted during our other tours. If you are taking close-up photos of local people, please ask their permission first.  

Respect Fellow Travelers:  Being punctual is incredibly important for keeping our schedule fluid.  Traffic can delay our guides and you, but please make an effort to be early, rather than late.  If you have a complaint about the tour, please wait until you can take your tour leader aside to discuss your issue. 

 

Read the Itinerary:  It is important that guests read the itinerary and pay attention to verbal instructions.  Please be mindful of your team leaders and fellow travellers by paying attention.  Often, we spend too much time answering text messages and questions that are already detailed in the itinerary.  We will have hard copies for you, when you arrive, so you can keep it handy.   We will also do a recap in the evening, to remind you of the next days activities.  

Food:  Corn is the staple of Mexican cuisine, and vegetarian options are limited.  If you have allergies or specific food preferences, please drop us a note.

What to Bring:  We highly recommend a hat with brim or visor, sunscreen, bug repellant, sun glasses and a refillable water bottle.

Footwear:  A pair of lightweight and sturdy hiking boots are recommended for hiking trails, especially in the jungle where we anticipate mud on the trails.  A change of shoes is wonderful to change into at night.

Clothing:  Long pants and sleeves are recommended for the jungle.  Pack extra socks for nightly comfort.  

Walking/Hiking Sticks:  We recommend collapsible walking poles if you have trouble with your knees.  These will be useful for waterfall parks and archaeological sites.

Flexibility:  Traffic can change our logistics without a moments notice.  Please expect to be flexible, and understand that the traffic situation is beyond our control (as is the weather).

Weather:  Please be equipped with an umbrella, poncho, and sturdy footware.  During the day, it can reach warm temperatures, while at night it is chilly, so having layers is advised.

Tour Considerations
Articles of Interest
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ARTICLES OF INTEREST

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FROM OUR BLOG

Moon Goddess of the Maya World - The Appropriation of Ixchel

By Jennifer Bjarnason

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FROM OUR BLOG

The Legendary Quetzalcoatl:  From the Olmec to the Mexica

By Jennifer Bjarnason

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FROM OUR BLOG

La Reina de Selva - The Adventures of Trudi Duby Blom

By Jennifer Bjarnason

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FROM OUR BLOG

Lady Kàbàl Xoc 

Royal Consort

of Yaxchilan

By Jennifer Bjarnason

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FROM OUR BLOG

The Accidental Mayanist

Tatiana Proskouriakoff

By Jennifer Bjarnason

Price & Inclusions

Price & Inclusions

The price for this tour is $42,000 MXN based on share accommodations for 2

Single Supplement is $6500 for a private room, or friends can share a room with two beds to avoid single supplement

Drinks, Drink Tips, and other discretionary tips for your guides and housekeeping services are not included.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • All Ground Transportation

  • All Boat Transportation

  • All Hotels (Based on double occupancy)

  • All Meals (Drinks + Drink Tips Separate)

  • All Entrance Fees

  • All Activities

Reserve or Cancel

We require a 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm your tour.

The full non-refundable balance is due 2 months before your tour starts.

We do not refund your deposit or balance unless we (or you) are able to find someone to take your place.  In that event, we still subtract our banking fees if we are able to make a refund possible.

Payment Methods

WISE

We accept payment through WISE. If you do not have a WISE account, it takes 4 simple steps.  Some accounts will take 2-3 days to be verified, as WISE has excellent security in place.  It is recommended to download the WISE App on your phone, as it is easier to use and verify from.

 

1)  Create an Account: Please click on the link below for a one-time discounted transaction:

 

 https://wise.com/invite/dic/jenniferb907

2)  You need to enter your banking information and valid photo ID.  The bank information is the same that you would give to anyone sending you a wire transfer.  It does not give anyone access to your account, but allows WISE to connect with your bank.

3)  Once your account is set-up, you will need to transfer money into the account from your bank.  Wise operates like a bank account, but it is an excellent service for international wire transfers because their fees are low, conversion rate is excellent, and you can send money in any currency.  As their rates are guaranteed, we can request the correct amount in Pesos, which you will receive (and pay) in your own country currency.   Unlike traditional wire transfers through chartered banks, a wire transfer through WISE is sent immediately.  If you are paying with a credit card, the transaction can take a couple of days.

4)  Once the account is set up and loaded with money, we will send you a "request" for the amount due.  We request this amount in pesos, but it will automatically convert to your

currency at an excellent exchange rate.

If you normally pay high banking fees to use ATM`s and POS transactions, order a WISE Visa-Debit card.  You will receive a physical card in the mail within 2-3 weeks.  This card can be used to withdraw money from your account, using any international ATM, for a small fee.  If you use your WISE Visa-Debit in stores, restaurants, etc, you pay zero fees. 

STRIPE

If you prefer us to send you an invoice through STRIPE, we charge 4%, as their fees are 4.5% on international cards, plus we must pay to withdraw the money because STRIPE does not operate like a bank account.  PLEASE NOTE:  We can only accept STRIPE if your tour is starting 2-3 weeks after payment is made, as STRIPE takes 2+ weeks to pay us.

VENMO & ZELLE

Unfortunately Venmo & Zelle are only available for US citizens or bank account holders, so we are unable to use these services.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact us for more information!

Reserve or Cancel
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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is this tour?  We will enjoy light hiking with guests from middle aged to elderly.  You need full mobility and balance, but do not necessarily need to be athletic or move quickly.  With two guides, we can divide our group so everyone can move at their own pace. 

Is Chiapas safe?  Chiapas has a history of various petty crimes, such as pick-pocketing and robbery.  We recommend dressing-down, refraining from flashing electronics around, and if you are really nervous, carry a second (fake) wallet with a tiny amount of cash and some expired cards.

Can I brush my teeth with tap water?  Not in Chiapas, no.  Please use bottled water for teeth-cleaning, and stick to cooked meals (including veggies) when possible.  If you are eating fruit, wash it first, even if it has a peel.  If in doubt, refrain! 

How can I prevent stomach bugs?  We recommend a daily dose of Yakult, which is a probiotic drink available everywhere in Mexico.  Just ask us, and we help you!

What will the weather be like?  We expect dry weather in the highlands, and some daily rainfall in the jungle.  That said, November is not high-season for rain in either location, but the jungle does get more rain.  Please be prepared.

Can I return to Tuxtla Gutierrez for my return flight?  You can return on December 7th with our guide, but you will get to the city around midnight.  This will be a very long day.  Alternately, you can take a bus on Dec 8th and plan for a late flight out of Tuxtla that evening, or stay and fly on Dec 9th.

How are the bugs?  Our worst insects on this trip are mosquitos.  There are also tarantulas, scorpions, whiptails (non-venemous) and countless others.  Please note - there are also venemous snakes in this region, so we must always take care to watch where we step. 

Any other questions?  Please visit our main FAQ`s Page or write to us with your questions!

FAQ`S
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QUESTIONS?

PLEASE CONTACT US

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