Discovering the ancient Maya kingdom
Copper Canyon & Baja California
By David Reyes
I have traveled with David Reyes in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. He is an excellent guide and leader…very knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture. He is an excellent interpreter of and guide to the contemporary society of these countries as well. And then there are the birds! He can spot, identify and beautifully photograph these big and little beauties that are found throughout Central America. He is dynamic, energetic, humorous, multilingual, and a people person bringing out the best in all of his travelers. I eagerly look forward to my next Wonders for Wanders trip! Sharon B, New York
One more full day in Antigua, Guatemala. I highly recommend travel to this country. If you want to travel in Guatemala safely and comfortably...I recommend having David Reyes plan your tour. Does not matter how many people are in your group. David guides one person...to a group of 16-18 people. I thought that our group of 14 was ideal. David has a degree in Tourism. He is highly knowledgable. His English is perfect. I met David, several years ago, when he was our Tour Director for a tour to Guatemala and Belize. Since that time, David has led trips for my groups to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.
This trip was 5 star! You cannot beat the organization and agenda skills of Kathy partnered with David’s “on the ground” knowledge, skill set and personal interest in every individual. We smoothly sailed into and out of Honduras and for those with special interests such as birding or hiking, David did not disappoint. It was all there!!!
Maynor Ovando and a driver took us to two places for birding, plus a spectacular breakfast at Cerro San Cristobal. After birding around the restaurant, we went to Finca de Pilar, where there is a path up into the mountain as well as hummingbird feeders. Maynor was very knowledgeable about the birds and the area, really knows (and loves) the birds, and his English was also quite good. Thanks, Maynor!
Copper Canyon & Baja California
David Reyes is a devoted and loving Guatemalan, who has always worked as tour guide since 2004. He became a trip leader and worked for several renowned international travel companies such as Coppola’s Resorts, Overseas Adventure Travel and Intrepid Travel.
Because of his knowledge in the in the travel industry David has designed many trips and David run them as well. David has visited over 70 ancient Sacred Sites (archeological centers) and almost every corner of Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America). He has been from Guadalajara in Mexico to Coiba in Panama (the largest island in the Pacific out of North and Central America), he has visited Teotihuacan in Mexico as well as El Mirador in Guatemala. David has met and guided the world in terms of nationalities, all types of adventurers and intrepid travelers, from High-end helicopters rides with Mickey Hart to jungle hikes or food tours. David Reyes is in short words a great Tour Guide/Trip Leader who will kindly take you through your travel experience and make the beast out of it!
In 2014 David Reyes met Kathy Dieder and Jack McDonald among others while travelling through Guatemala and Belize. Their friendship grew stronger and started to travel together to Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and Panama and El Salvador. David visited Jack McDonald in 2016 and both went to visit New York and Washington, both decided to come up with a Travel Company idea. Wonders for Wanderers was born! Unfortunately Jack passed, such a big loss.
David and MARTSAM joined forces to continue with Jack McDonalds’ legacy. So both launched Wonders for Wanderers. David leads W4W’s project where he and his team of specialist guides work hard to make the best out your trips.
Hiking and sightseeing on this trip will be at an easy level.
Copper Canyon & Baja California
Saturday, November 23 to Saturday, December 7
Day 1 – Saturday, November 23
Arrival transfer from La Paz International Airport (Baja California) to your hotel. If you have an early arrival you will have a day on your own. You can visit the center of La Paz, have a walk over the promenade enjoying the idyllic sunset and visit the main plaza with the cathedral.
Day 2 – Sunday, November 24
After breakfast we will be meet by our local guide for a city tour.
Today, we visit the cathedral, La Ballena museum, and the local market.
In the afternoon we will visit Balandra and Tecolote beach.
Day 3 – Monday, November 25
After breakfast we will be transferred to Todos Santos town to begin our adventure.
We will visit the lovely small center of Todos Santos and the mission. We will also observe traditional handcraft and modern arts. The tour will continue to Los Cabos, we enjoy a boat trip, a walk at Los Cabos alameda, Tequila and food tasting
In the afternoon we visit San José town and transfer back to our hotel at La Paz.
Day 4 – Tuesday, November 26
Today, we travel by boat from La Paz to the island of Espiritu Santo.
The ride lasts approximately 1,5 hours. The Island is in the Sea of Cortez– with more than 1.000 species of animals, flora and fauna. Breathtaking views, wonderful bays and snorkeling with sea lions and dolphins will make your day an unforgettable experience.
In 2005 UNESCO acknowledged the importance of the bio-diversity of the Sea’s Island econ-systems. In 2007, Mexico named the Espiritu Island Archipelago as a National Park.
After the tour we will be transferred back to our hotel.
Day 5 – Wednesday, November 27
After breakfast we will travel by ferry from La Paz across the Sea of Cortez to Los Mochis on the west coast of Mexico’s mainland.
12:00 Pichilingue terminal
14:30 Departure from Baja Ferries port at Pichilingue to Topolobampo
22:00 Arrival to Topolobampo port and transfer to your hotel in Los Mochis
Day 6 – Thursday, November 28
Free morning to explore Los Mochis on your own.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a City tour and a boat ride through the bay of Topolobampo to appreciate the fauna and dolphins that inhabit the 3rd largest natural bay in the world.
Day 7 – Friday, November 29
After breakfast we will be transferred from Los Mochis to the colonial city of El Fuerte.
Afternoon walk through the magical town visiting the main square, the palace, the museum, overlooking the El Fuerte River and some historic buildings of the place.
Day 8 – Saturday, November30
07: 15 am – After breakfast we will be transferred to the train station to start our trip on board the Chepe Regional train to Bahuichivo.
11:30 – Upon arrival in Bahuichivo , we go to to our hotel.
In the afternoon, we have a guided walk to visit the Huicochi waterfall.
Day 9 – Sunday, December 1
After breakfast we start our tour to the viewpoint of Cerro Del Gallego from this site we will appreciate the deepest canyon of the entire system of Barrancas del Cobre “El Cañón de Urique”.
Free afternoon for you to visit the Mission or the plaza on your own.
Day 10 – Monday, December 2
10:30 am – after breakfast, we will be transferred to the train station to continue our trip on the Chepe Regional from Bahuichivo to Barrancas del Cobre.
Upon arrival to Barrancas del Cobre , we will be transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon, we have a guided walk to Tarahumara cave and several viewpoints overlooking the Copper Canyon.
Overnight at Hotel Divisadero
Day 11 – Tuesday, December 3
Free Morning to explore by your own.
12:30 – Transfer to Chepe Regional train station for our transfer to Creel.
15:00 – upon arrival transfer to our Hotel.
In the afternoon, we will can enjoy an optional walk to the central Plaza or the Jesuita mission.
Day 12 – Wednesday, December 4
After breakfast, we visit the Arareco Lake, San Ignacio Mission and Cusarare Mission.
We will have an optional visit to a cottage for lunch where you will be served by Tarahumaras.
Day 13 – Thursday, December 5
After breakfast you transfer from Creel to Chihuahua with a visit to Basaseachi National Park where we visit the second largest waterfall in Mexico.
Upon arrival to Chihuahua , we are transferred to our hotel.
Day 14 – Friday, December 6
After breakfast, we have a guided walk through the historic city of Chihuahua. We will visit the Cathedral, Government Palace, Pancho Villa museum and Quinta Gameros.
Free afternoon to explore by your own.
Day 15 – Saturday, December 7
Today you will be transfer to the Airport on time to catch your flight back home.