Welcome to Snail Adventures Tours
Budget Tours in Cuba and Latin America
Snail Adventures is exactly what it spells: be smart, go slow! … When travelling through a country we take our time so we can fully inhale the culture and beauty of the total experience.
Hello and welcome to Snail Adventures Tours. We provide a budget tour service that will immerse you in other cultures, and take you to a deeper understanding than the usual sightseeing mentality.
To achieve this we dedicate more time in each city, have two tour leaders for tours of over 12 travellers, and include activities based on the important fundamentals of getting to know a culture. What motivates us is to learn the history, look behind the details and understanding its relevance to people’s lives and behaviour today.
One thing that we are vigorous and proud of is the manner in which we exercise Sustainable Budget Tours. Our team is a collective force of local individuals that have a passion for adventure; they are experts in seeking out the regional flavours. In order to give you a more fulfilling and Sustainable experience we use local tour guides, transportations, lodging facilities, and restaurants to name a few.
This website offers you an overview of some of the Budget Travel tours we are currently running. Feel free to visit us on Facebook or Twitter just to say hello…
You can also join our tours and those travelling with the snails through our Snail Blog. Just click on it from the top menu and you can follow the Snails on their tour across Mexico and Central America or you can subscribe to our newsletters from the right column and get our updates right to your inbox.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
Welcome and thank you for your interest and your visit. Snail Adventures is a collective of operators that have over 12 years experience in Central America and Cuba. Our common ground is our vision to bring together the expertise of the local guides and those hungry for a genuine adventurous experience.
Snail Adventures Tours are run by local operators who use local transports and other services keeping sustainability at the forefront of their decisions, while opening their doors to the world tourism market.
Our budget tours in Latin America run with a local tour leader, and are designed with included activities which are based on the important fundamentals of getting to know a culture.
Here are some common points which all our tours share:
In the following pages we invite you to go through our budget tours and see in detail what each one includes.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Snail Adventures Budget Travel Group Tours are our favourite way of travelling.
They include lodging, transport and activities that we think are the most relevant in getting to know a country and a culture on a small budget. You basically just need some extra money for your food and drinks when you get here. The rest is already paid for. Please check for a list of included activities in the specific tour page.
We invite you to subscribe to our mailing list and to keep in touch with us trough Twitter, Facebook or our Snail Blog to know what’s coming next.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are always here ready to help you set up your upcoming adventure trip.
Snail Adventures can customize a tour for you on a specific budget. You tell us your dates and what you want to see and we do the rest. We will craft an adventure trip in the region you want and the highlights that interest you based on your budget. We will also provide you with all the information and contacts you need on your adventure and set you on your way.During your whole trip you will have access to our local contacts across Mexico and Central America in case you need help. The price of custom tours depends on your preferences.
You will need to send us:
- Your trip dates
- Your budget for the tour
- Number of passengers
- The main interest of your trip (ie: ruins, whale sharks, …)
- Lodging style (hostel, 2, 3 or 4 star hotels)
- What you want it to include
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments. You can also subscribe to our mailing list, Snail Blog, Facebook and /or Twitter from the links here below.
Feel free to inspect some of the tours we offer to get inspired.
In many cultures Snails were widely noted and used in divination. The Greek poet Hesiod wrote that Snails climbing stalks signified the time to harvest.
Professor Ronald Chase of McGill University in Montreal suggests that the ancient myth of Cupid arrows is based on early observations of the love dart behaviour of the land Snail species Helix Aspersa.
In contemporary speech the expression “a Snail’s pace” is often used to describe a slow process.
Apart from the obvious Fibonacci Sequence of which the shell of the Snail, along with the sunflower and hurricanes, is one of the best representations in nature, the Snail was also a representation of time for the Mayans.
The Aztec moon god Tecciztecatl who was also called “he who comes from the land of the sea-slug shell” is often pictured carrying a large white seashell on his head or on his back which symbolized rebirth. The Snail’s tendencies to appear and disappear in his shell was an analogy of the moon cycles and also of birth and rebirth.
A few thousand years ago, when the pace of life moved at a much slower rate, the Snail represented the slow movement of time across people’s lives within society, which was and still is today in constant acceleration. In today’s Mayan societies, like the Zapatists in Mexico and other descendants in Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, the Snail still represents the connection between the past, present, and future and by living close to the teachings of their forefathers they stay in tune with the roots of their ancestors.
For the Mayans the Snail was not only a representation of birth or rebirth, but also of fertility (hermaphrodites), and the Mayan Calendar. This figure below shows the Mayan God of Time carrying ‘Time’ on his back, which parallels the Snail carrying his shell, and is surrounded by the 19 months of the Haab’ and Wayeb’ Calendars.
As such, the Snail was represented in many different aspects of everyday life in the Mayan culture; so far as to be one of the most important figures of the Mayan numerology and calendar.
The Mayan numerology was based on a vigesimal system. One of the most remarkable creations of the Mesoamerican cultures was the number ZERO, which is represented by the Mayan Conch Shell: This same figure represents the number TWENTY as it wraps up each one of the 13 months of the Sacred Ritual Mayan Calendar, Tzol K’in.
The Tzol K’in calendar consists of 13 months of 20 days (each day carrying a different name) which totals 260 days. This calendar was mostly used to determine the time of religious and ceremonial events.
The Haab’ calendar, on the other hand, represents 18 months of 20 days, totalling 360 days. This calendar was used to keep track of the solar year like the Gregorian calendar. The Haab’ left out 5 nameless days called Wayeb’ which were considered unlucky days. During these five days it was said that the portals between the mortal realm and the underworld dissolved.
During Wayeb’ the Mayans restrained from everyday chores (such as washing their hair) except for special events during which the high priest performed ceremonies including human sacrifices to appease the gods.
Being a vigesimal system, the shell for the Mayans represents not only the beginning (zero) but also the end (twenty) of the numerical count in both calendars.
For more information on the Mayan Calendar click here.
For more information on the Mayan Numerology click here.
Snail Adventure offers budget travel tours mainly in Latin America and Cuba.Please sign up to our mailing list or blog to get more information.At Snail Adventures we offer a unique budget travel experience to those who seek adventure, while connecting with the cultures they are visiting. Extending from this appreciation of culture we are very proud to actively be part of the Sustainable Tourism Industry.
One thing that we are vigorous and proud of is the manner in which we exercise Sustainable Budget Travel. Our team is a collective force of local individuals that have a passion for adventure; they are experts in seeking out the regional flavours. In order to give you a more fulfilling and sustainable experience we use local guides, transportations, lodging facilities, and restaurants to name a few. We encourage our passengers to respect the places we visit. We want you to love these countries as much as we do.
Our budget tours are filled with activities we know to be of importance for you to get a full understanding of the country and the traditions within each unique culture. We want to ensure you gain a full understanding of the history and bring awareness to the root behind today’s problems and concerns in a community.Choose a tour from the drop down menu here above and see for yourself and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question.- Snail Adventures Team.