2018 – Change from August to May 26 

The trip begins in Cancun on May 26, 2018. As soon as you have your air itinerary, please send it to barbara@powerofanickel.org in order to reserve the necessary transfers from the airport.  

Because this trip has been arranged to accommodate those who planned to go to Nicaragua but are unable to do that due to civil unrest .... plans are fluid.  

This is a typical week ...

Transfer from airport to hotel in Playa del Carmen. 

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.

Sunday : Breakfast then depart about 9:30 for Tulum.  Cultural activities until 5pm - beach, incredible Mayan Ruins in Tulum - or just spending a day with the locals in Tulum city.  

Dinner at 5pm followed by educational program and readiness for clinics.  

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and we will be staying at the Mestizo Gallery Boutique Hotel in Tulum. http://www.hotelmestizo.com/en/

Our schedule Monday - Thursday  will be buffet breakfast 7am at the hotel, depart 8:00 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 at a different restaurant each evening followed by reflections of the day’s interesting events and diseases encountered.

On Friday, we have "gringo" day.  You can choose the activity of your choice. Prices vary depending on what you choose to do - you can swim or snorkel in cenotes, go to fabulous water parks, scuba or snorkel trips, lots of choices.  You are responsible for the costs of the activity you choose.  We will transfer to Playa del Carmen about 5pm checking into our hotel for the evening.  Dinner at an Italian restaurant close to the hotel.  

Saturday you will transfer to the airport for your trip back home.  

Costs:

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. If there are deviations from the scheduled itinerary, you will be responsible for costs associated with that deviation.  

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

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 asked for a bag check - or maybe not.