Please read this page carefully — the Green Tortoise cannot be responsible (nor can we wait) for any passengers who get delayed at the border because of missing or improper papers.
Passport, Visas, and Red Tape:
The international borders we cross are usually not a problem, provided that everybody has their necessary papers in order. Getting these papers in advance is easy much easier than at the border at 3:00 AM when the consulate is closed.
The United States border:
Everyone, including U.S. citizens, must present a valid passport to re-enter the United States. You may be even required to present a multi-entry visa or a plane ticket out of the country. Be prepared! The Green Tortoise cannot be responsible (nor can we wait) for any passengers who get delayed at the border because of missing or improper papers. Please contact the respective consulates to be certain that you can obtain travel papers BEFORE you make a reservation. We do not refund deposits due to bureaucratic errors.
This trip will require you to organize your own transportation to and from Cancun. Once you have booked with us, we will send you a thorough information package to help you plan and pack for this expedition. We highly recommend Exito Travel for airline tickets (see "Weblinks" on the left) at 1.800.655.4053 or 510.655.2154 (ask for Emma).
The People and their Country:
Mexico has incredibly friendly locals steeped in a unique and rich history. Many people will go out of their way to help visitors or just to strike up friendly conversation. You will find the cultural experience very rewarding with participation, respect, and common sense.
We will be camping out quite a bit on these trips and we do not provide tents. As such, we highly encourage people to bring a small, easy-to-assemble tent. Not only do they provide privacy and sanctuary when in the great outdoors, but also protection from elements such as wind and sand.
Why Green Tortoise?
You may be thinking, The place is beautiful, the locals are friendly, why don't I pack a bag and do it on my own? This is possible and thousands do it every year. However, by traveling with us, you can leave the hassles of public buses, car rentals, and lodging details behind. We have been running these tours for more than 30 years, and our experience provides you with a greater knowledge of the country, an increased level of security, and, most importantly, access to destinations, people, and experiences that you might never find on your own!