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Pirata Maya

8Days

$ 679

Pirata Maya

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Pirata Maya

Overview

On Mexico’s stunning Yucatan Peninsula, follow the coastline south, enjoy beach time in Playa del Carmen or take an excursion to the nearby island of Cozumel, and discover the amazing ruins of Tulum by beach cruiser.

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On Mexico’s stunning Yucatan Peninsula, follow the coastline south, enjoy beach time in Playa del Carmen or take an excursion to the nearby island of Cozumel, and discover the amazing ruins of Tulum by beach cruiser.

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8Days

$ 679

International airfare to Mexico / Belize not included

Inspirit trip leader

7 nights accommodation

All transportation

Explorer walks, cultural experiences, and activities as indicated

Culinary experiences as mentioned

Expert local team

Start country

Mexico

End country

Belize

Physical rating

Normal

Group size

16 Maximum

Trip code

MXBZA

Minimum age

18

Maximum age

39

Inspirit trip leader

7 nights accommodation

All transportation

Explorer walks, cultural experiences, and activities as indicated

Culinary experiences as mentioned

Expert local team

Your journey

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrivals into Playa del Carmen

Welcome to Mexico! Although your real adventure starts tomorrow, get a taste of Mexico as soon as you arrive today in Playa del Carmen. After hotel check-in, explore the town's shops and buzzing cafés, maybe enjoying an ice-cold Mexican beer with your toes in the sand. You'll soon be visiting Tulum (town and ruins) and idyllic Caye Caulker before heading inland to experience a Belizean mountain town and its untamed sur…

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Welcome to Mexico! Although your real adventure starts tomorrow, get a taste of Mexico as soon as you arrive today in Playa del Carmen. After hotel check-in, explore the town's shops and buzzing cafés, maybe enjoying an ice-cold Mexican beer with your toes in the sand. You'll soon be visiting Tulum (town and ruins) and idyllic Caye Caulker before heading inland to experience a Belizean mountain town and its untamed surroundings. In Playa del Carmen, your Inspirit guide can help you get settled and will be glad to suggest options for an authentic Mexican dinner. Bienvenido!

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Day 1 - Arrivals into Playa del Carmen

Welcome to Mexico! Although your real adventure starts tomorrow, get a taste of Mexico as soon as you arrive today in Playa del Carmen. After hotel check-in, explore the town's shops and buzzing cafés, maybe enjoying an ice-cold Mexican beer with your toes in the sand. You'll soon be visiting Tulum (town and ruins) and idyllic Caye Caulker before heading inland to experience a Belizean mountain town and its untamed surroundings. In Playa del Carmen, your Inspirit guide can help you get settled and will be glad to suggest options for an authentic Mexican dinner. Bienvenido!

Arrivals into Playa del Carmen

Explore Playa del Carmen & meet your Inspirit guide

Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar

Day 2 - Tulum Explorer

Enjoy most of the day in Playa del Carmen, hitting the beach, going snorkeling, or having fun exploring the shops and cafés downtown. Excursions to Cozumel Island and the Río Secreto cenote (swimming or scuba diving in an underground river) are popular choices. 

In the afternoon, we’ll hop on a bus and head to Tulum, a laid-back little town with a great beach, and a fun, h…

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Enjoy most of the day in Playa del Carmen, hitting the beach, going snorkeling, or having fun exploring the shops and cafés downtown. Excursions to Cozumel Island and the Río Secreto cenote (swimming or scuba diving in an underground river) are popular choices. 

In the afternoon, we’ll hop on a bus and head to Tulum, a laid-back little town with a great beach, and a fun, hip atmosphere. Your Inspirit guide will show you around town this evening, and help you find some good dining options for an authentic Mexican dinner.

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Day 2 - Tulum Explorer

Enjoy most of the day in Playa del Carmen, hitting the beach, going snorkeling, or having fun exploring the shops and cafés downtown. Excursions to Cozumel Island and the Río Secreto cenote (swimming or scuba diving in an underground river) are popular choices. 

In the afternoon, we’ll hop on a bus and head to Tulum, a laid-back little town with a great beach, and a fun, hip atmosphere. Your Inspirit guide will show you around town this evening, and help you find some good dining options for an authentic Mexican dinner.

Explore Playa del Carmen with optional activities

Transfer to Tulum by public bus

Evening City Explorer and night out in Tulum

Hotel Nicte-Ha or similar

Day 3 - Tulum Maya Ruins

Hop on a beach cruiser bike to ride the sandy streets a short distance to the dazzling Mayan ruins of Tulum. Perched on a natural outcropping of rock overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum offers one of the most impressive and picturesque settings of any of the Mayan ruins.

Back in town, opt for additional activities like snorkeling or visiting one of the …

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Hop on a beach cruiser bike to ride the sandy streets a short distance to the dazzling Mayan ruins of Tulum. Perched on a natural outcropping of rock overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum offers one of the most impressive and picturesque settings of any of the Mayan ruins.

Back in town, opt for additional activities like snorkeling or visiting one of the cenotes nearby to swim in the crystalline waters of a natural underground river. Or just stroll through town, savoring the town's vibe and waterfront setting.

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Day 3 - Tulum Maya Ruins

Hop on a beach cruiser bike to ride the sandy streets a short distance to the dazzling Mayan ruins of Tulum. Perched on a natural outcropping of rock overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum offers one of the most impressive and picturesque settings of any of the Mayan ruins.

Back in town, opt for additional activities like snorkeling or visiting one of the cenotes nearby to swim in the crystalline waters of a natural underground river. Or just stroll through town, savoring the town's vibe and waterfront setting.

Tulum archaeological site tour

Free afternoon in Tulum

Hotel Nicte-Ha or similar

Day 4 - Overland to Belize, Caye Caulker

We continue southbound today, crossing the border into the tiny Caribbean nation of Belize. In Belize City, climb aboard a water taxi for a bouncy cruise to the lively island of Caye Caulker.

Upon arrival, your Inspirit guide will show you around the lazy, sandy streets. Soak up the Belizean island atmosphere in the famous area called the split, a tiny division between the nor…

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We continue southbound today, crossing the border into the tiny Caribbean nation of Belize. In Belize City, climb aboard a water taxi for a bouncy cruise to the lively island of Caye Caulker.

Upon arrival, your Inspirit guide will show you around the lazy, sandy streets. Soak up the Belizean island atmosphere in the famous area called the split, a tiny division between the northern and southern parts of the island, where the best sunsets can be experienced!

Dive into the Caye Caulker nightlife along its bustling main street for plenty of music, dancing, food, and drinks.

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Day 4 - Overland to Belize, Caye Caulker

We continue southbound today, crossing the border into the tiny Caribbean nation of Belize. In Belize City, climb aboard a water taxi for a bouncy cruise to the lively island of Caye Caulker.

Upon arrival, your Inspirit guide will show you around the lazy, sandy streets. Soak up the Belizean island atmosphere in the famous area called the split, a tiny division between the northern and southern parts of the island, where the best sunsets can be experienced!

Dive into the Caye Caulker nightlife along its bustling main street for plenty of music, dancing, food, and drinks.

Transfer to Belize City by public bus

Water taxi to Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker Explorer

Hotel China Town or similar

Day 5 - Explore Caye Caulker

Today is free for optional activities such as snorkeling excursions to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, where you can swim with docile nurse sharks and stingrays amid an array of corals and other colorful marine life. Staying on the island, you can go kite surfing, check out shops and cafés, or just lounge in a hammock and soak up the warm, Caribbean atmosphere.

Day 5 - Explore Caye Caulker

Today is free for optional activities such as snorkeling excursions to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, where you can swim with docile nurse sharks and stingrays amid an array of corals and other colorful marine life. Staying on the island, you can go kite surfing, check out shops and cafés, or just lounge in a hammock and soak up the warm, Caribbean atmosphere.

Explore Caye Caulker with optional activities

Hotel China Town or similar

Day 6 - Adventure-Central Belize

Say goodbye to the island today as you jump in a water taxi back to Belize City, and then hop aboard a local bus to Belize’s Cayo District and its main town, San Ignacio. Lighten your load as we check into our hotel, and go out for salbutes and garnaches – ever heard of them? We’ll have the opportunity to try these and other delicious local dishes of Maya Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

In the afternoon, your Inspirit g…

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Say goodbye to the island today as you jump in a water taxi back to Belize City, and then hop aboard a local bus to Belize’s Cayo District and its main town, San Ignacio. Lighten your load as we check into our hotel, and go out for salbutes and garnaches – ever heard of them? We’ll have the opportunity to try these and other delicious local dishes of Maya Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

In the afternoon, your Inspirit guide will take you to the small Maya archaeological site of Cahal Pech.  Enjoy views all the way into the Maya Mountains and to neighboring Guatemala.

The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy a dip in the hotel pool or even the Macal River, before later exploring downtown with its pedestrian-only main street, lively atmosphere, local restaurants and bars.

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Day 6 - Adventure-Central Belize

Say goodbye to the island today as you jump in a water taxi back to Belize City, and then hop aboard a local bus to Belize’s Cayo District and its main town, San Ignacio. Lighten your load as we check into our hotel, and go out for salbutes and garnaches – ever heard of them? We’ll have the opportunity to try these and other delicious local dishes of Maya Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

In the afternoon, your Inspirit guide will take you to the small Maya archaeological site of Cahal Pech.  Enjoy views all the way into the Maya Mountains and to neighboring Guatemala.

The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy a dip in the hotel pool or even the Macal River, before later exploring downtown with its pedestrian-only main street, lively atmosphere, local restaurants and bars.

Transfer to San Ignacio by water taxi & public bus

"Salbutes" tasting & local lunch

Tour Cahal Pech ruins

Venus Hotel or similar

Day 7 - Explore San Ignacio

Today is free for optional activities in and around San Ignacio, Belize’s inland jump-off point for adventure. Popular activities include caving, inner tubing, visiting waterfalls, and horseback riding. The fascinating Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave comes highly recommended — a river runs through its amazing limestone cavern, leading to an ancient Mayan burial site.

Day 7 - Explore San Ignacio

Today is free for optional activities in and around San Ignacio, Belize’s inland jump-off point for adventure. Popular activities include caving, inner tubing, visiting waterfalls, and horseback riding. The fascinating Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave comes highly recommended — a river runs through its amazing limestone cavern, leading to an ancient Mayan burial site.

Explore San Ignacio with optional activities

Venus Hotel or similar

Day 8 - Departures from San Ignacio

Our Mexico and Belize adventure ends today, but there’s much more to do if you can stay longer. Your Inspirit guide can recommend the best activities and lodging based on your preferences and budget.

Day 8 - Departures from San Ignacio

Our Mexico and Belize adventure ends today, but there’s much more to do if you can stay longer. Your Inspirit guide can recommend the best activities and lodging based on your preferences and budget.

Departures from San Ignacio

Trip Information

Arrival - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Closest Airport: Cancun International Airport – CUN

Meeting Point: Playa Del Carmen - Hotel Playa del Carmen, Ave. 20 norte lote 33 between street 2 and 4 north, Col. Centro. Playa del Carmen. Q.ROO.

Tel:(0052) (984) 873 0467

It’s a 60 minute ride to the hotel. To start off your experience on the right foot, take advantage and book the transfer to the hotel with one of our trusted drivers.  Please let us know if wish to do so.  Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Arrive at any time on Day 1 (Saturday). Our service starts with a night at the hotel. Our guide is available throughout the day and is happy to help you get settled and make you feel at home right away. We meet at 7 pm at the hotel reception for an informal group dinner outing. It's a good chance to meet your guide and fellow travelers to connect and have fun!

Departure - San Ignacio, Mexico

Closest Airport: Belize City, Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport - BZE

End Point: San Ignacio, Belize - Venus Hotel, Hotel Address: 29 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize, Telephone: +501 824-3203

It’s a 1.5 hour ride to the airport.  End your adventure hassle free by using one of our trusted drivers for your airport transfer. Please let us know if you would like to book this. Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Depart at any time on day 8 (Saturday). Our guide is available throughout the day to assist in any way. If you like/are staying longer we are happy to assist in anyway. Please let us know.

Temperatures

In Central America temperatures can vary significantly depending on time of year and altitudes. Use the guidelines below so you can adjust your packing list accordingly.

This trip visits the following climate zone:

Coastal/Lowland

In the coastal region and adjoining lowlands is is usually hot during the day and warm at night. Day time maximum Temperatures can range from 40 degrees Celsius / Fahrenheit to 104 Fahrenheit to 10 degrees Celsius 50 Fahrenheit at nighttime.

Physical Rating

Use the physical rating to help you decide if a particular trip is right for you.

This trip is rated: Normal

This is your regular everyday type of physical activity. There may be some physical aspects of the trip, but nothing that should require specific training in advance. We walk a lot on our trips. We climb hills, temples, and negotiate uneven surfaces. Paths are generally unpaved, and even pavements may feel “off road” in most places we visit. Good, sturdy footwear is required.

Additional Activities

When designing our itineraries, we look for that perfect balance of included activities and free time. Our general rule is to include the best value-for-money activities each day, allowing you to experience the “must-see-and-do’s,” or simply giving you a flavor for the local culture and nature. We also want you to enjoy a hassle free vacation, and not have to worry about searching for local activities each day of your trip. Generally, there is usually one day, maybe two, on each of our week-long trips that include some free time for booking additional activities. This is generally in the larger cities, beach destinations, or tourist hotspots, where there are many local activities and adventures to choose from. Do keep in mind that additional activities are optional, and it is totally up to you how to use that time best for yourself. Sometimes the best activity is no activity at all. Find a hammock and chill!

This trip has free time in the following destinations:

  • Tulum
  • Caye Caulker
  • San Ignacio

Things to do in:

Tulum

  • Beach Day ($10)
  • Cenotes Visit ($30)
  • Archeological Site Coba ($35)

Caye Caulker

  • Swim at the Split ($0)
  • Snorkeling and Sailing ($70)
  • Night Snorkeling ($40)
  • Kite Surfing ($50)
  • Kayaking ($25)

San Ignacio

  • River Swim & Relax ($0)
  • Belize Botanical Gardens ($30)
  • Macal River Canoeing ($30)
  • Maya Site Xunantunich ($50)
  • Horse Back Riding ($60)
  • ATM Cave Exploring Tour ($90)
  • Maya Archeological Site Caracol ($90)

(Prices are in USD and are for reference only as these are not operated directly by Inspirit)

General information

Inspirit Welcome Meeting

Our welcome meeting takes place in the morning of Day 2 of each itinerary. You’ll have a chance to meet your fellow travelers as well as your guide. Get acquainted with an overview of the itinerary, destinations visited, the Inspirit travel style, and many more details on the experiences to come. Ask any questions you may have, and let the fun begin!

For those traveling on combination trips, you’ll have the opportunity to join the meeting each week and help welcome any new passengers that are joining the trip.

Emergency contact information

For any emergencies that cannot be immediately handled with the assistance of your trip leader, our operations staff is on call 24/7. You can call / SMS  / Whatsapp / on +506 7025 9328 (Costa Rica). For local calls within Costa Rica you do not need to add the +506 country code.

Eating/dietary preferences

The food is local and delicious! Our guides will always suggest locally owned restaurants and will take you to the best value-for-your-money places we have found. A wide variety of options are available to cater for different tastes and dietary requirements. Outside of the more developed areas, it can be a challenge to cater to very specialised diets, but the locals are friendly and accommodating and will always make sure that you find enough to eat!

Water

In most areas we visit, it is not advisable to drink water from the tap (except Costa Rica). We provide you with refillable water bottles that we use throughout the trip, refilling them along the way from purified sources -- such as at your hotel, or at restaurants we visit along the route. Our aim here is to avoid single-use plastic bottles and containers to reduce our impact on the environment.

Money

Payments are best made by major credit cards. Visa is the most widely accepted card in the region. We recommend bringing emergency cash (around $300), as sometimes ATMs can be hard to find in rural areas, or the one ATM in town could be out of service.

Tour guide

Our trip leaders are Central America locals, and all are licensed tour guides in their country of origin and experts in their field. They are fun, charismatic, highly organized, and dynamic individuals with a passion for travel. Trained in areas of safety, group dynamics, effective communication, and much more, our leaders are ready to deal with any challenges that might arise on a trip.

Fellow travelers

Inspirit travelers are probably a lot like you. No matter your age, you are young at heart and have an adventurous spirit. You are interested in discovering new places, meeting new people, and having a ton of fun along the way.

Luggage

We recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. Backpacks are better than large suitcases, as we may be carrying our bags onto public buses where space is limited. Sometimes we may need to walk for a while over uneven surfaces to get between transportation hubs to to our hotel.

Keep the weight under 44 pounds (20kg). An additional day-pack is essential for excursions and transfers. Your main backpack may get stored on the roof of the bus, or in the luggage hold underneath, so you’ll want a smaller backpack that you can carry with you to keep your essential items safe. It’s a good idea to bring a TSA approved padlock to keep your bags secure.


Packing List

Things to bring to help reduce our eco footprint:

  • Refillable coffee mug (one that is easy to travel with)
  • Reusable food storage container (think Tupperware) for transporting foods you may buy en route
  • Towel
  • Organic soap and shampoo
  • Biodegradable washing detergent (if you plan to wash clothes en-route -- note: laundry services are available in most places)

Recommended:

  • Toiletries
  • Personal items such as prescriptions, medicine, etc.
  • Sun protection (SPF 50+), sunglasses, lip balm, after-sun moisturizer
  • Insect repellent and insect bite cream
  • Eye mask and ear plugs
  • Antibacterial gel and or hand wipes
  • First-aid kit
  • Just-in-case kit with aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, etc
  • Smartphone – as if you would forget!
  • Electrical adapter (if your devices don't plug into North American outlets)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (small rechargeable one)
  • Sweater/microfleece
  • Long-sleeve top
  • Long trousers (zip-off trousers are very versatile)
  • Jeans/trousers/shorts
  • T-shirts/cotton shirts
  • Good all-terrain walking shoes
  • Sandals/tevas (with a strap)
  • Socks/underwear
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

ATTENTION: Be sure to bring clothing that covers your knees and shoulders for visits to religious sites and during travel on public transportation (in case of chills from the AC). Avoid any kind of provocative clothing, such as military style, and shirts / jackets with slogans or images that may be offensive in the countries you visit.

Optional

  • Camera equipment
  • Spare batteries/chargers
  • Books, etc
  • Travel pillow
  • Flip-flops

Safety Guidelines

Cash: Bring small bills (No larger than USDS 20s). Most activities can be paid by credit card.

Credit cards: Do not write down passwords / PINs.

Out and about: Use common sense, take a taxi back if it's late, do not accept any drinks or rides from strangers.

Travel insurance

You must have travel insurance to participate in any Inspirit trip. Insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses, with a minimum coverage to include medical, evacuation, and repatriation. Insurance must cover all dates of travel with Inspirit.

Proof of insurance must be provided prior to the start of any trip. Without proof of insurance, you will not be allowed to participate in the trip.

We strongly encourage you to purchase additional insurance that covers trip cancellation, curtailment, and loss, damage, injury, delay, or inconvenience while traveling.

Transport

Our trips use a mix of private and public transportation. We may be in minibuses, inter-city coaches, local “chicken buses,” or taxis. We may also use water taxis, ferries, and local flights.

Responsible travel

As you see in our packing list, we strive to protect the natural surroundings that make our destinations so special. Our travel style incorporates environmental responsibility to minimize our carbon footprint wherever we go. Leading by example, we also educate our local partners about how they can make small but important changes in their day-to-day activities that will benefit the environment.

You can help by bringing a reusable mug for warm drinks, small bags for market purchases, and a reusable container (Tupperware style) for food. We provide you with a durable water bottle to refill throughout your trip, and we may even try some local eco-hacks such as eating off a banana-leaf instead of a plate made from Styrofoam! Check our packing list and please do your part to help us reduce our impact on the environment.

Fair play

Inspirit retains the right to dismiss from a trip any passenger for reasons affecting their own safety, the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of fellow travelers, or the safe and effective operation of the trip. Non-compliance with local laws and regulations of the countries and regions visited, or Inspirit’s own responsible travel policies, may also warrant dismissal. Refunds for unused services or costs related to travel arrangements required as a result of trip dismissal will not be provided. 

Travelers are responsible for costs incurred by Inspirit or Inspirit’s suppliers for property damage, destruction, or theft they cause while on a trip.

Medical

Inspirit does not provide medical advice, and travelers are responsible for assessing the risks and responsibilities of each aspect of a trip to determine whether it is suitable for them. Travelers should seek their physician’s advice on all medical matters, including travel precautions and vaccinations.

Inspirit trips may visit remote regions in developing areas, where medical care may not meet the standards of those found in a traveler’s home country.

In consideration of the safety and enjoyment of all travelers and the safe operation of a trip, pre-existing medical conditions that may impact a traveler’s ability to participate in any aspect of a trip, including pregnancy, must be disclosed at the time of booking.

Inspirit reserves the right to deny permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a trip at any time where Inspirit determines that a physical or mental condition represents a danger to the traveler or to others.

Age

Travellers under the age of 18 on the date of arrival are considered minors and must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age for travel on any trip, unless otherwise specified, is 15 years. All bookings including minors are subject to approval, and accompaniment or written consent by a parent or legal guardian is required.

There is no upper age limit for our trips.

Changes

Where reasonably required an itinerary may need to be modified either before or after departure. If a change affects at least one in three full days of the itinerary (a major change), Inspirit will provide notice as soon as reasonably possible before departure. In the event of a major change, travelers may accept the change or request a full refund of the land-only portion of their trip.

Once a trip has departed, unforeseen circumstances may present operational concerns, or concerns for the health, safety, and well-being of passengers, and may require an itinerary change. Travelers are responsible for incidental expenses during a trip, including expenses arising from a change of itinerary. Inspirit will not be liable for losses associated with itinerary changes.

Flexibility

Travelers acknowledge that any foreign travel may require a certain amount of flexibility, and some changes or adjustments to the trip itinerary, schedule, activities, modes of transport, or other may be reasonably accepted due to local circumstances.

Risk

Travelers acknowledge that trips operated and sold by Inspirit are adventurous by nature, and participation involves a significant amount of risk to their personal health and safety. In full consideration and acknowledgment of the inherent risks involved in foreign adventure travel and participation in adventurous activities, especially in a foreign country that may not have the same standards of hygiene, accommodation, transportation, medical care, and other infrastructure as a traveler’s home country, travelers assume full responsibility for all such risk and release Inspirit from any and all claims and causes of action arising from loss, damage, injury, or death resulting from these inherent risks.

Travelers acknowledge that the degree of risk depends on the specific activity booked, and activities of a physical nature, extreme sports, or other high-risk activities, whether included on an Inspirit trip, or suggested by an Inspirit trip leader or other representative of Inspirit, may add additional risk.

Travelers must take all measures to help ensure their own safety by proper use of safety devices (seatbelts, harnesses, flotation devices, helmets, etc.) and obey all health and safety warnings, either written or verbal.

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Mar 07 - Mar 14, 2020

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Price PP: $ 84920% off$ 679

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the close departure date our team will need to confirm availability. If your space cannot be confirmed you will be fully refunded! Just don't book flights until you get a confirmation from us.

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