Please read each of the sections below carefully. They provide important information about your Operation Wallacea expedition in Mexico. Should you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Operation Wallacea office.
The terrestrial and marine expeditions start in Calakmul on a Monday at 1300hrs, you need to book yuor international flights to arrive by 2200hrs on the Sunday at Cancun Airport (CUN) and overnight there.
The terrestrial only expeditions start in Calakmul on a Monday at 1300hrs, you need to book international flights to Cancun to arrive by 2200hrs.
The marine only expeditions start in Akumal on a Monday at 0800hrs and finish on a Sunday at 1200hrs, you need to book international flights to Cancun to arrive by 2200hrs.
For the terrestrial and marine expeditions and marine only expeditions return flights from Cancun must be after 1600hrs on the Sunday.
For the terrestrial only expeditions return flights from Cancun must be after 1800hrs on the Monday.
When you arrive at Cancun Airport you will met by an Opwall representative and transferred a hotel to stay overnight, you will be transferred by bus to the expedition site the next day (Monday). On the Sunday at the end of your expedition (Marine site) or the Monday after your expedition ends (Forest site) you will be transferred to the airport the next day for your homeward flight.
The internal travel package will be arranged once we have the details of your international flights.
As part of the internal travel package it is possible to arrange additional nights in Cancun before and after your expedition, and the relevant airport transfers. However, this will be at an additional cost – please contact us for more details.
Please ensure when booking your international flights that the cost of your ticket includes hold luggage.
If you are a student from anywhere other than the US or Canada, when you book an expedition with us you can opt to be contacted by our preferred travel partner Travel Nation, who will provide you with competitive quotes for your international flights.
Tel: 01273 947 313
International Contact: +44 (0) 1273 947 313
If you are a Canadian student and would like to have your flights booked for you by the Canadian Office please contact Dr Justin Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would prefer to book your flights independently, please be ensure these flights fall into our arrival and departure recommendations detailed above.
If you are a student in the USA, we recommend Student Universe for your flights as they give discounts to students. You are welcome to book your flights elsewhere, however our partnership means that they generally provide the best price, are familiar with our expeditions and give excellent service.
Tel: +1 800 272 9676 (Toll-free within the US and Canada)
Once you have booked your international flights, please enter the details on the Opwall portal.
School groups that have chosen a fully inclusive expedition package do not need to book international flights or internal travel. Operation Wallacea will be in contact with the group leader directly and will provide you with a fully inclusive quote for your international flights, internal travel and expedition costs.
Schools also have the option of having Opwall search for the best flight deal for the group and once the school group leader has approved the purchase, the tickets are then bought by Opwall at cost on behalf of the school. A flight booking fee per person is charged for this approach. Details of the flights for the group will be entered onto the portal by the Opwall staff booking the flights.
Alternatively, if the school has reliable travel partners then they can book the flights themselves and just pay Opwall for the expedition and internal travel costs. Under this scenario the group leader needs to enter the flight details through the Opwall portal and email a copy of the itinerary or E-ticket to email@example.com.
Please be aware that your passport must have at least 6 months validity (period before expiry) at the time of your arrival into Mexico. Failure to have at least 6 months validity on your passport will ensure denial of entry into Mexico.
If you are a UK, EU, US or Canadian citizen you can be issued a visa to enter Mexico upon arrival, which will be valid for up to 180 days. Other nationals can find the relevant visa information in the link below.
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By joining an Operation Wallacea expedition you are contributing directly towards the study and protection of threatened biodiversity, bringing significant financial benefits to small local communities, and working towards protecting valuable carbon stocks from deforestation. We are extremely proud of the impact we and our volunteers have had over the past two decades, creating a significant benefit to the environment.
However, we want to do more. Specifically, we want to make Operation Wallacea completely carbon neutral. As an organisation we offsetting our own emissions from staff travel (both road and air) and from running our offices. But we also want to encourage all our participants to offset, at the very least, the carbon emissions from their own international flights – and ideally more. To do this we will be supporting the Wallacea Reforestation Initiative in partnership with our sister charity the Wallacea Trust (UK Charity 1078362), and you can read more about this exciting project here that takes a new approach to tropical reforestation that benefits not only climate, but biodiversity and livelihoods too.
Once booked and we’ve received your flight details, you’ll receive an email from us with a recommended donation amount, where we take the exact flight routes you’ve booked on to for your expedition, and run them through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon calculator. This calculator can be found here and the method used is found here. This gives us the total estimated amout of carbon your flights will emit into the atmosphere, and we assign a value of $10 USD (or £7.69 GBP) per ton of carbon. We only used the flights that we’re aware of, so if you have any more you may want to up the donation!
If you’ve not yet the email and wanted to donate the exact amount, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can let you know. If you’re happy with an estimate, a £15 donation will cover the carbon produced by the flights in more than 95% of cases.
To donate, click the button below.