WEATHER The Yucatan peninsula can be warm and humid. The weather can vary even during dry seasons. We intentionaly choose November for this tour because we are out of the rain season however we can still catch a bit of tropical rain that typically passes in ten minutes or less. The weather is usually much cooler and dryer during November. Typically between 70° to 85° during the day however tempatures can rise.
DRESS & GEAR Keep in mind it gets hot and we do alot of moving around so dress to your level of comfort. This could include shorts, long khaki or cargo pants, tank tops, short and/or long sleeve shirts, light jacket for the evening, and sunglasses. Swimwear is optional. It is preferred to pack light bringing only what is necessary, loose fitting and comfortable. Dress clothes are not essential but some people like to get dressed up for the farewell dinner.
Dress Code While in Mexico you can feel safe wearing your typical attire.
Shoes You could bring sneakers (all terrain preferably) or tennis shows. Consider walking on limestone structures and climbing pyramids. Also flip flops for relaxing by the pool.
Sun Hat You can bring a sun hat or other head protection.
Small back pack, day pack or tote Please bring a small back pack for snacks, water, or souvenirs. You can also purchase a tote / backpack from local vendors and gift shops at Uxmal, Ek Balam and Chichen Itza.
**For extra hydration buying a camel pack/back pack is great idea.
Extra bag or luggage You can bring an extra bag or luggage in case of excess purchases during our expedition.
Camera Equipment You can record video on your smart phone or bring a hand held camera. Some sites will require an extra ticket for video permissions. The additional cost is not included with your tour package and is to be paid by you as an optional additional expense.
Tripod Video Cameras Tripods require a fee per person to be paid at the entrance of the archaeological sites. Tripods can weigh you down and create delays with the tour. We don’t recommend bringing one. Most major archaeological sites require special permission and restrict the usage of drones an quadcopters on-site.
Medicine Pack any medicine that you usually take for 7 days. It’s always a good idea to pack a little extra in the event of an unpredictable delay or emergency.
Laundry Laundry service is not is neither included with your tour package nor is it outrageously overpriced at the Uxmal Hacienda. So if you packed light and don’t feel fresh with only a few clean articles of clothing, simply ask the concierge at the front desk what time laundry drop off is. The drop off should be early in the morning if you want to get next day delivery.
Flashlight A flashlight will be useful for visiting Xkichmook and for our expedition into Lol Tun Cave; the brighter the better. Make sure it is compact. A head lamp would be most efficient since it will leave your hands free to balance yourself incase of a slip.
Binoculars Optional, but fun — especially small, easy-to-carry, high powered, field glasses.
Storage You can bring a few ziplock bags to separate your items, such as toothbrushes, razors, tooth paste and the like. Ductape might be useful incase of emergency luggage repairs. A travel pillow is optional but useful especially if you have neck problems (you can buy these in luggage stores or the airport).
All food covered during the trip is safe and will be specially made for our group by the Uxmal Hacienda Chef. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know in advance. This way we can plan accordingly (this of course does not pose a problem). We accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. We advise against drinking the water from the faucet in the hotel or even to brush your teeth with it (use the complimentary bottle water in the hotel room).
Refrain from buying any snacks such as; ice cream, or beverages from local vendors if they are not packaged. If you do buy anything of that nature it is possible that you will get Montezumas revenge which could last anywhere from a single day to an entire week.
To be on the safe side when purchasing any drinks just say no to the ice. All food contains bacteria and every country you visit will have food with different type of bacteria that may upset your stomach. We can say that for the most part food in the Yucatan is pretty much safe.
Mosquitos can be extremely pesky in the jungle at sites like Xkichmook so consider packing bug repellent. For the environmentally friendly you can always opt for non-aerosol organic brands (try to buy the smallest bottle because if it is oversized the airport may throw it away (we speak from experience).
Uxmal Hacienda & Museum offers an effective organic option that you can purchase in the gift shop.
If you ever need to rest or feel dehydrated please let your tour leader know immediately!
Hydration Staying hydrated on long hot days is key. If you do drink alcoholic beverages at night please make sure that you drink enough water as drinking alcoholic beverages does indeed cause dehydration. You wouldn’t want it to negatively affect your experience on the following day.
Plants Please refrain from touching plants unless otherwise instructed because some might cause irratation and can be posionus.
Snakes We may spot some snakes but they are relatively harmless and are not poisons for the most part.
Jet lag It is common to feel tired and drowsy during the first day(s) of the trip.
We find that if you are having trouble regulating your circadian cycle Melatonin, Calms Forte, and or NoJetlag may help you sleep better.
You may also pack sleeping pills if needed.
Heartburn Yucatan food is not at all extremely spicy but combined with sour cream or alcohol (or if you choose to add salsa) you can end up with heartburn. Also, beware of the deadly Habanero sauce! Just a couple of drops of that sauce and your tongue will be on fire.
Hunger Pains We are up early, and out to explore the ruins for long hours so there are often protracted periods between meals.
During road trips we provide packed lunches.
If would like to buy any snacks before we enter the archaeoligical sites you are free to do so. (please read the health section above).
Xkichmook You want me to bring jeans or cargo pants and a long sleeve shirt. The mosquitoes are rather vicious here and they will make a meal out of you.
If you have a local health food store that carries apple cider vinegar drinks, you might want to drink at least one bottle a day to boost up your immune system for the trip. It is really not necessary but it is better to be safe than sorry. We always use it before boarding a flight.
Note: The hotels we are staying in are very comfortable but the constant busy schedule site seeing is more draining than people expect. We are up early and the walking around the massive archeological ruins can be exhausting. Reserve your energy and go to bed at a reasonable time if possible. There are some pyramids that we are allowed to climb and doing so may take more energy out of you. If you do not wish to climb the pyramids that is okay too. We will not push anyone to do so. Taking this into consideration we have tried to make this trip as fluid as possible.
RECOMMENDED READING LIST
Familiarizing yourself with the principles and terminology of the ‘Symbolist’ school of thought will help work toward better understanding the interpretations. There is no alternative for the experience and sometimes even a good book can lead to preconceptions and expectations.Taking more of an experiential approach can evoke a condition that enables the sacred science to come alive through the living temples as they perform their stone magic.
By the time this week long journey is over you will have deepened your understanding for the mysteries of teh maya. You will have acquired both the experience and the explanation in tandem. When you hear about the Maya of the Yucatan you will have the context of exprience. The following is a selection of books that we consider most useful as advance reading for the Mysteries of the Maya expedition. You can click on any of the links to find a copy on Amazon.