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Mexico‘s Ancient Civilizations FAQ

FAQ for this Tour

What is included in the tour price?

Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan's professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. Back to Top

What is not included in the tour price?

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price. Back to Top

How long will each day be?

A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation. Back to Top

How large will my group be?

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, trains, and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers. Back to Top

What vaccinations are required to enter Mexico?

No vaccinations are required to enter Mexico. Caravan does not have any doctors on staff and does not give medical advice, so please consult your doctor before deciding whether or not to receive any vaccination. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that many Mexican pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" pills. Many travelers believe that Vitamin B-1 and garlic repel mosquitoes, and take garlic and Vitamin B-1 pills for about two weeks prior to and during their trips to the tropics. If you believe this may be of value, please consult your doctor for further information on vitamins. Many travelers also avoid eating bananas, because they believe this smell attracts mosquitoes. Back to Top

Preparing for the Tropics

For travel to the Yucatan, it is recommended to bring at least one pair of lightweight quick-dry pants (preferably the kind that zip at the knee), and one quick-dry shirt. Also, it is advisable to try to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long pants, long shirts and bringing insect repellent. Many travelers feel that Avon Expedition is an effective anti-mosquito repellent. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that many Mexican pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" vitamins. Many travelers believe that Vitamin B-1 and garlic repel mosquitoes, and take garlic and Vitamin B-1 pills for about two weeks prior to and during their trips to the tropics. If you believe this m ay be of value, please consult your doctor for further information on vitamins and repellents. Many travelers also avoid eating bananas, because they believe mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of bananas. For your visit to the tropics, it is advisable to bring one sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots, a flashlight, a pair of binoculars and a lightweight raincoat. Also don't forget sun block, insect repellant, a good supply of wet wipes and anti-diarrheal medicine. Back to Top

What is the currency exchange rate for Mexican pesos?

The exchange rate as of October 1, 2006 is 10.82 Mexican pesos to one U.S. dollar. Back to Top

Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified. Back to Top

Do you have any advice on purchasing real estate and timeshares?

We strongly caution against purchasing real estate or timeshares during your vacation with us. Instead, we suggest you use the experience for the purposes of orientation and information gathering. If you are interested in such a purchase, we suggest you return for at least one more visit and seek the guidance of a lawyer. Back to Top

What kind of food can we expect?

Food is a combination of mild Mexican and traditional American cuisines. Meals are offered on a set menu and we regret no special diets can be accommodated. Dining on your own can increase health risks. Back to Top

What is the electric current in Mexico?

110 volts 60Hz, which is identical to the U.S. voltage. No adaptors are needed for small U.S. appliances. However, a universal adaptor is needed for any other appliances designed to be used outside of Mexico. Back to Top

What are Mexico’s National Holidays?

January 1st (New Year's Day), February 5th (Mexican Constitution Day), March 21st (Birth of Benito Juarez), May 1st (Labor Day), September 16th (Independence Day), November 20th (Revolution Day), December 1st (new President assumes office, 2006, 2112), December 25th (Christmas Day). Back to Top

Can we drink the water?

Visitors are advised not to drink water from the faucet. Bottled water is provided by Caravan and purified water is available at the restaurants and hotels. You are also advised not to use ice or ice products unless you are sure the products are made from purified water Back to Top

Where can we do laundry?

There is a coin-operated laundromat the Emporio in Veracruz. Laundry service is also available at most hotelss. Back to Top

FAQ for all Tours

How long has Caravan been in business?

Caravan has been offering fully escorted tours worldwide under the same family ownership and management since 1952. Caravan understands and truly cares about your great expectations. Back to Top

Do I have to participate in all of the activities?

No. You may chose to skip an activity and relax at your hotel or do some independent exploring instead. If you do not wish to participate in an activity, simply advise your Tour Director. In most cases, we cannot make refunds for missed activities. Back to Top

How far in advance do I need to book my tour?

Many tours sell out each year. The farther in advance that you book, the more likely it is that your preferred tour will be open. Late bookings are welcome if the space is still available. Back to Top

Does information on the web site differ from the brochures?

Caravantours.com is constantly updated and is likely to have more complete and current information about new tours, hotel descriptions, weather, transfers, packing and other useful information. While we strive for perfection, errors are inevitable, both in print and on this web site. If you have any questions or wish to confirm any information, please contact us. Back to Top

U.S. Center for Disease Control

You may check the U.S. Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/travel for the latest travel advisories and disease information on your travel destination. Caravan does not have any medical doctors on staff and cannot provide medical advice. Back to Top

Do you have family trips?

Families are always welcome on any of our tours, but we do not have any programs specifically for or limited to families. Families can make specific requests for connecting, adjacent, triple or quad rooms, when available. Children should be at least 5 years old. Back to Top

What forms of payment do you accept?

Caravan accepts payment (in U.S. funds only) via MasterCard, Visa, Discover or by check. Back to Top

Do you have a travel protection plan?

Yes. Caravan’s travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage. The cost is $99. Find out more. Back to Top

Can I use my cell phone on tour?

Out of courtesy to your fellow tour members, please restrict the use of cellphones to emergency use only when you are on the motorcoach. Please also remember to turn off ringers; cellphone conversations and ringers are intrusive and can spoil other passengers' enjoyment of the tour. Please contact your service provider for information regarding cell phone reception areas, calling costs and surcharges. Back to Top