2017 – December Trip Information
The trip begins in Cancun on December 26, 2017. We will be transported from the airport to the Wyndham Hotel in Playa Del Carmen which is about one hour from the airport.
On the first evening, a "meet and greet our team" is planned, discussing the upcoming clinic locations and what to expect, medications and their uses for this part of the world, supplies we will be using, referral concerns and, as usual, sorting medications and getting ready for our clinic days.
Dec 27: Breakfast at the Wyndham at 7am. Depart about 7:30 and arrive at the first clinic about 9am. We will set up the clinic and see patients until 4pm. After dismantling the clinic the team will head to Tulum about 1 ½ hour drive.
Dec 27, 28, 29, will be staying at the Mestizo Gallery Boutique Hotel in Tulum. http://www.hotelmestizo.com/en/
Our schedule for the 28th and 29th will be buffet breakfast 7am at the hotel, depart 7:30 for clinics which will be in a different location each day from 9-4.
You will need to bring snacks to lunch on if the clinic location does not provide lunch that day. We will have dinner different restaurant each evening followed by reflections of the day’s interesting events and diseases encountered.
Dec 30, we will pack our personal belongings and check out of the hotel. After clinic we will head back to Playa Del Carmen and the Wyndham Hotel.
Dec 31, breakfast starts at 7:30am. Churches available in PDC if desired. Lunch will be at an Italian Restaurant near the hotel. Afternoon you are free to explore PDC. New Year’s celebrations will abound on the famous “Quinta Avenida” “5th Avenue” which is within walking distance from our hotel.
Jan 1 is our “gringo day”. Buffet breakfast until 9:30. Lots of cultural and adventurous activities available (costs vary).
Jan 2 check out of hotel by noon. Van will depart to arrive at the Cancun airport at least 2-3 hours prior to departure for your trip home.
The land portion of the trip is $975. This includes most meals (not lunches on clinic days), local transportation, interpreters, medications and supplies, our local guide, lodging in modest hotels, based on double/triple occupancy. Single supplements are available for an additional $300.
Visa: None required
Passport: Must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of arrival into Mexico.
Vaccinations: Hepatitis A and B, Tdap, and Influenza recommended
Malaria prophylaxis not required for this itinerary, however, dengue, chikunguya, and zika must always be protected against. DEET 25-35% is recommended for personal protection.
Customs in Mexico:
Once you have claimed any baggage, take it and your Customs Declaration Form to the exit gate, where you might be presented with a Red/Green Traffic Light. Below the traffic light is a button, which you will be asked to press. If the light flashes green, you walk through without being inspected. If the light flashes red, your bags will be inspected, either casually or thoroughly.