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Catherina Tittaferrante

I create personalized tours based on our travelers' passions to show them the real Guatemala. I take care of logistics, organizing and confirming every single detail needed to make your experience easy and memorable. I look always for details that transform that experience into an unforgettable memory.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Guatemala: Adventure, architecture, culture, archeology, history, wildlife, birdwatching, expertise intereses (coffee, local textiles, chocolate, gastronomy).
Belize: Adventure, culture, archeology, history, wildlife birdwatching, expertise intereses (chocolate, gastronomy) and water activities.
Costa Rica: Adventure, architecture, culture, history, wildlife, birdwatching, expertise intereses (coffee, chocolate, gastronomy).
El Salvador: Adventure, architecture, culture, archeology, history, wildlife, birdwatching, expertise intereses (coffee, chocolate, gastronomy).
Honduras: Adventure, architecture, culture, archeology, history, wildlife, birdwatching, expertise intereses (coffee, chocolate, gastronomy)."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since I was a child, I spent 80% of my time traveling. My parents took me through South America and Central America, which turned my interest into passion, by sharing with people and learning from them and their cultures, my world was bigger and better. Guatemala where I was born, inspires me every single day due to its beauty and its warm people. Professionally I developed my skills and I thought it was great to invest my energy in what makes me happy."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"A local community between Panamá and Colombia, received my family and I with a whole festival, full of food, music and their best energy and their biggest smiles. They were so happy to introduce us to their lifestyles, culture, rhythm. That meant everything to me, I got a little piece of their heart in mine, I saw myself repeting the experience with others to make them feel as part of a big family as I felt that day. "

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Recent trip reviews for Catherina

Exceptional Service and Unforgettable Experience
Guatemala | Apr 16 - Apr 27, 2024

Claudia
Claudia C.
Corona, CA | Reviewed on May 04, 2024

"Exemplary service! From start to finish, our experience with Cathy was nothing short of exceptional. Our tour guide Juan and Estevan were not only knowledgeable but also personable, making our journey unforgettable. Five stars all around!"

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Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on May 07, 2024

My lovely Claudia,

Our frienship is here for you at any time, it has been such a wonderful experience to share with you and your beautiful family I'm greatful for having the opportunity to meet them all and connect with all through the creation of unforgettable moments it is my purpose in life.

Thank you for taking the time my dear Claudia to rate us and of course I will let Esteban and Juan know your kind and warm words.

Very kind and knowledgeable about every cite ...
Guatemala | Apr 16 - Apr 27, 2024

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Alexa B.
Montclair, CA | Reviewed on Apr 28, 2024

Very kind and knowledgeable about every cite we traveled to. My family and I had a great time!

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Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on May 03, 2024

Alexa, we really appreciate your time and your review, we loved our time together.
Your family is so wonderful and warm that we feel like we've known you forever.

Hope to see you soon and our biggest wish is for you to keep enjoying and building strong memories.

Birds, Ruins and Coral in impressive comfort.
Belize | Apr 5 - Apr 17, 2024

Jim
Jim S.
Bradenton, FL | Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024
Catherina is amazing. From the preliminary agenda until we were on the plane she was on top of everything. When changes were required she made them, was solicitous of our comfort and in every way fabulous. JJ and Renee were equally impressive and did everything to make our trip enjoyable. Renee returned the room key that I forgot in Belize, JJ helped me through a bit of stomach upset. All of the birding guides were extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend that folks our age split... Read more

Catherina is amazing. From the preliminary agenda until we were on the plane she was on top of everything. When changes were required she made them, was solicitous of our comfort and in every way fabulous. JJ and Renee were equally impressive and did everything to make our trip enjoyable. Renee returned the room key that I forgot in Belize, JJ helped me through a bit of stomach upset. All of the birding guides were extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend that folks our age split birding and ruin watching into two days. It was 104 degrees the day we did it and we cooked. The reef in Belize is still beautiful, but showing signs of bleaching, more's the pity. All in all, it was one of our best trips. Kudos to Columbus travel.

Hotel Reviews
Mystic River Resort
San Ignacio

Sited in the jungle with balconies looking down on the river, Mystic River Resort is beautiful. For bird watchers like ourselves, there are over 250 species of birds on the property. The first morning a summer tanager dropped down to the railing when I walked out to claim her share of the banana bread (which hotel staff had brought to our door along with delicious coffee). The rooms are large and comfortable with both a fan and a fireplace. (A little too warm while we were there for the latter.) A very nice outdoor dining room with both hummingbird and platform feeders providing great interest especially in the morning. The staff are pleasant and solicitous of your well being. A thoroughly pleasant stay.

Authenticity & Character
Lovely cabins, decor throughout well done and consistent.
Location
Sited in untouched jungle, birds, birds, birds!
Staff
Way above average in friendliness and helpfulness.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was clean and comfortable/
Hotel Atitlán
Panajachel

Very different from Mystic River. Sculptured gardens and lots of flowers. Beautiful! Many birds, but not as many as Mystic River. Very comfortable room. Lovely restaurant with excellent choices and food.

Authenticity & Character
Very well done with a great deal of period pieces
Location
Right on Lake Atitlan with boat travel to various cool experiences.
Staff
Very helpful and efficient
Cleanliness & Comfort
Like most Latin hotel very clean, good shower, very comfortable
Azure Del Mar
Placencia

Again a huge switch, since this hotel is literally on the beach. What appears to be a very simplistic hotel turns out to be a very cozy stay with the wind off the Gulf blowing through the room day and night. There was no need of fan or air conditioning although a conditioner was provided. Palapa style office, dining room and cabins. Very intriguing! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay there

Authenticity & Character
Palapa says it all.
Location
Right on the beach, what more could you ask?
Staff
Extraordinarily helpful, efficient and thoughtful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean throughout. Very comfortable the way the cabins are sited!
Activity Review
Welcome to Guatemala
Welcome to Guatemala
Belize

Went off without a hitch. We were met by JJ as we came out of baggage claim, the car was loaded and we were on our way.

Quality of Experience
JJ is friendly, helpful, personable and efficient.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
See above
Transport
Nice wheels.
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Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on Apr 20, 2024
Oooww Jim, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! We're so honored to read how JJ, David and Renee made your trip unforgettable with their exceptional personalities, passion and knowledge. We love to pay attention to details as it is our way to get to know you better so it means everything to us when we have the opportunity to develop an extraordinary match as we have done with you. It's wonderful to know you got the comfort and enjoyment throughout your journey. We... Read more

Oooww Jim, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! We're so honored to read how JJ, David and Renee made your trip unforgettable with their exceptional personalities, passion and knowledge. We love to pay attention to details as it is our way to get to know you better so it means everything to us when we have the opportunity to develop an extraordinary match as we have done with you. It's wonderful to know you got the comfort and enjoyment throughout your journey.

We appreciate your feedback regarding splitting birding and ruin watching into two days, as well as your observations about the reef in Belize. Your insights are valuable as we strive to continuously improve destinations and activities to keep providing memorable experiences for our friends like you.
And I have to be completely honest, you have a family with us now and forever! Thank you again.

Amazing Guatemala!
Guatemala | Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2024

Janine
Janine F.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2024
Best trip ever thanks to Catherina, Esteban, Mario and David. Our Guatemala trip was flawless, beautiful, and had so many once in a lifetime memories. Thanks to kimkim and Columbus Travel for your kindness, the care we felt every step of the trip, and for sharing your beautiful country with us. Mario, thanks for showing us the amazing Mayan culture right in Guatemala City. David, you are a philosopher and we appreciated all we learned from you about the Mayan and Guatemala. Esteban, thanks... Read more

Best trip ever thanks to Catherina, Esteban, Mario and David. Our Guatemala trip was flawless, beautiful, and had so many once in a lifetime memories. Thanks to kimkim and Columbus Travel for your kindness, the care we felt every step of the trip, and for sharing your beautiful country with us. Mario, thanks for showing us the amazing Mayan culture right in Guatemala City. David, you are a philosopher and we appreciated all we learned from you about the Mayan and Guatemala. Esteban, thanks for taking us to Lake Atitlan and spending part of Semana Santa with us away from your family. We will never forget the Mayan Good Friday processions we saw on the way to Antigua.. and of course sharing your hometown with us! Much appreciation. We wish we could stay another week. Guatemala is one of the most beautiful places we have traveled, the history, nature and people are special.

Hotel Review
El Convento Boutique Hotel
Antigua Guatemala

Beautiful hotel!

Authenticity & Character
Gorgeous room, location and character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Yaxhá Sunset
Yaxhá Sunset
Guatemala

David is so knowledgeable and was an amazing guide to the Mayan sites. We appreciated his humor, his deep thoughts, and his willingness to share his knowledge with us. Great guide to to an out of this world place.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kaminal Juyu Pre-Columbian Archaeological Site
Kaminal Juyu Pre-Columbian Archaeological Site
Guatemala City

Mario and Esteban took us from the airport to see the Serpent Mound and then the Kaminaljuya a pre classic Mayan site right in Guatemala City. Mario was so knowledgeable about the site and city.. we got to see a Mayan ritual while there. We then went to the site museum. So many amazing artifacts! Was a great first introduction to Guatemala. Mario and Esteban were so kind and welcoming!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Top notch kind and friendly.. both Mario and Esteban.
Transport
Villages Around Lake Atitlán by Boat
Villages Around Lake Atitlán by Boat
Guatemala

Lake Atitlan is stunning ringed with mountains, birds and gorgeous green forests and flowers. Esteban took us across the Lake in a wave cutter boat.. and to San Pedro. We got to go see a colonial church and the floats ready for Good Friday. Also the market while the city was built into the cliff surrounding the Lake. Stunning! We then too a tuk tuk to San Juan.. and to a few women’s cooperatives.. one for hand dyed clothes. They use natural dyes and the women on the coop are supported through their craft. Beautiful textiles! Then to a medical coop.. where we learned about Mayan medicinal practices. And finally to a chocolate factory.. and an amazing art gallery. Was such a beautiful place with amazing people. What an amazing memory. Appreciate Esteban.. who knows everyone in these cities 😊 taking us to meet these incredible people.

Quality of Experience
Esteban!!!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Esteban made each moment special!
Transport
Boat ride was an adventure
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Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on Apr 20, 2024
My heart is full with joy to read your wonderful and kind review! I am absolutely delighted to know that your trip to Guatemala is the materialization of our vision and mission, this is truly our purpose in life. Mario, Esteban, David and I are passionate about sharing the beauty and culture of Guatemala, but even deeper, our eyes have seen how pure love can flourish by connecting as we travel, the way we impact our communities, nature and every step on this journey. called life; It warms... Read more

My heart is full with joy to read your wonderful and kind review! I am absolutely delighted to know that your trip to Guatemala is the materialization of our vision and mission, this is truly our purpose in life.

Mario, Esteban, David and I are passionate about sharing the beauty and culture of Guatemala, but even deeper, our eyes have seen how pure love can flourish by connecting as we travel, the way we impact our communities, nature and every step on this journey. called life; It warms our hearts to know that we are part of it.

Your appreciation for the blend of individual virtues and skills transformed into unforgettable moments truly captures the essence of what we look every time we are designing a trip plan.

Thank you for trusting us we will always be happy to welcome you to this huge family so we can keep exploring more of the world's wonders. Until then, may the memories of this trip continue to bring you joy and inspiration.

Huge hugs to you my lovely Janine, you have an extended family from now on

Thank you Catherine and Columbus Guatemala Travel
Guatemala | Mar 5 - Mar 13, 2024

Wade
Wade B.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024
Catherina and the Columbus Guatemala Travel team were not only extremely helpful and informative, but kind and welcoming. They checked up on myself and my fellow traveler on a daily basis to ensure we got where we needed to be, and be there on time. The activities that were booked for us were also outstanding, with the Acatenango hike being the highlight. Each driver and guide for all activities were terrific. Furthermore, Guatemala is a beautiful country with friendly people and amazing... Read more

Catherina and the Columbus Guatemala Travel team were not only extremely helpful and informative, but kind and welcoming. They checked up on myself and my fellow traveler on a daily basis to ensure we got where we needed to be, and be there on time. The activities that were booked for us were also outstanding, with the Acatenango hike being the highlight. Each driver and guide for all activities were terrific. Furthermore, Guatemala is a beautiful country with friendly people and amazing culture. Antigua quickly became one of my favorite cities I’ve ever visited. Overall, the Kim Kim and Columbus Travel team, along with the local guides all did their part in making an amazing trip. So far, I’m 2 for 2 with great booking experiences on Kim Kim.

Activity Reviews
Villages Around Lake Atitlán by Boat
Villages Around Lake Atitlán by Boat
Guatemala

Great guides and the like is beautiful. Lots of amazing history and culture to see. San Juan is an awesome little village.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bike Through Villages Of Itzapa And Calderas.
Bike Through Villages Of Itzapa And Calderas.
Antigua

Although I genuinely enjoyed this activity, I would be lying if I didn’t admit how difficult this activity is. Being in the military and an active gym goer, I figured this activity would be a breeze but I was very wrong. This was still very fun and the guide, Willy, was amazing and helpful. However, I wouldn’t suggest this activity to anybody that isn’t used to mountain biking, EXTREME cardiovascular activity, or at least high altitudes.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Acatenango overnight
Acatenango overnight
Guatemala

My favorite part of the trip. Albeit quite challenging, it was well worth it. Between the volcanic eruptions and the sunset and sunrise views are some of the most spectacular things I’ve ever witnessed.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante
Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on Mar 20, 2024

My dear Wade,

The entire team has really enjoyed sharing with you, we wish the best in the universe so that you continue discovering the world around us with that adventurous soul that inspires us.

We definitely take the recommendation and we have put notes to identify the level of difficulty in the outdoor activities.

Our biggest passion is to make your time memorable so we are excited and pleased to know we made our mission a reality.

Choose the next destination and we will always improve our activities, keep in mind you have our friendship from now on.

Beautiful country, great guides
Guatemala | Feb 17 - Feb 24, 2024

Roger
Roger A.
Birmingham, MI | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2024
Our first foray to Central America was a fantastic experience, made more so by the enthusiastic, knowledgeable and kind guides and travel planners in Guatemala. The trip was well planned, with one glitch involving an overbooked hotel. The folks from the local tour agency went above and beyond to remedy the matter, with refunds, extra guide time and a dinner thrown in. They were flexible and anxious to see that our every whim was satisfied. Special thanks to JJ and Catherine-great job both.... Read more

Our first foray to Central America was a fantastic experience, made more so by the enthusiastic, knowledgeable and kind guides and travel planners in Guatemala. The trip was well planned, with one glitch involving an overbooked hotel. The folks from the local tour agency went above and beyond to remedy the matter, with refunds, extra guide time and a dinner thrown in. They were flexible and anxious to see that our every whim was satisfied. Special thanks to JJ and Catherine-great job both. And Carlos' personal connection to Tikal enriched our magical experience in that mystical place.

Activity Reviews
Sunrise in Tikal
Sunrise in Tikal
Guatemala

Absolutely out of this world. If the weather cooperates, an experience with no parallel.

Tikal Maya Ruin
Tikal Maya Ruin
Guatemala

Magical experience. Mysterious ruins in a jungle setting, no mobs of tourist busses, it does not disappoint.

Villages Around Antigua By Chicken Bus (Special)
Villages Around Antigua By Chicken Bus (Special)
Antigua

Sounds silly but was actually great fun Learned a ton about Guatemalan home industries and agriculture.

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Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on Mar 02, 2024
Hearing that your first adventure in Central America was a fantastic experience is what we live for! Your kind words about our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team members, makes us feel I apologize for the glitch with the overbooked hotel, but I'm glad to know that we were able to pump you and we went above and beyond. It's our commitment to make things right. And I couldn't agree more about Carlos, we support local community as one of our major goals is to witness local expert and... Read more

Hearing that your first adventure in Central America was a fantastic experience is what we live for! Your kind words about our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team members, makes us feel

I apologize for the glitch with the overbooked hotel, but I'm glad to know that we were able to pump you and we went above and beyond. It's our commitment to make things right.

And I couldn't agree more about Carlos, we support local community as one of our major goals is to witness local expert and friendly guides develop their best this will always guarantee having a deep and real connection to every destination,

We consider you as our own family and we will always be happy to explore together what the world has to offer. Who knows maybe our next adventure is waiting of us at Belize or El Salvador.

Wish you both nothing but the best, huge hug.

Caty , Esteban and JJ with Columbus Guatemala...
Guatemala | Feb 5 - Feb 18, 2024

Scott
Scott W.
Canada | Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024
Caty , Esteban and JJ with Columbus Guatemala Travel were amazing! They made us feel so welcome and shared so much knowledge of Guatemala. All the tours that they arranged were excellent, with great accommodations and transportation and wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly guides. Our lunch and private tour of Uaxactún with Danilo was a particularly memorable tour they arranged for us. The whole experience from reaching out, going back and forth with ideas and dates, to landing and... Read more

Caty , Esteban and JJ with Columbus Guatemala Travel were amazing!

They made us feel so welcome and shared so much knowledge of Guatemala. All the tours that they arranged were excellent, with great accommodations and transportation and wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly guides.

Our lunch and private tour of Uaxactún with Danilo was a particularly memorable tour they arranged for us.

The whole experience from reaching out, going back and forth with ideas and dates, to landing and communicating on the ground was a pleasure.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Biltmore
Ciudad de Guatemala

Exactly the right hotel to transit between flights. Nice and clean, super helpful staff and close to so much (including the airport(.

Authenticity & Character
Great travel hotel... all you needed
Location
we had a quick (early morning) flight turn around so this hotel was perfect
Staff
Very easy to communicate with and always there to assist
Cleanliness & Comfort
Jungle Lodge Tikal
Peten

What a location! Right in the national park with all the explorations of the area within walking distance. The rooms, food, service and amenities were top notch! My only complaint is we didnt stay long enough!

Authenticity & Character
A lovely "rustic/natural" feeling without feeling like you are ruffing it.
Location
A beautiful lodge in the jungle! what else is there to say
Staff
Always willing to help. From holding baggage while you explore to getting you great food and drinks
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable
Isla de Flores
Ciudad Flores Petén-Flores

Very cosy hotel that has a lot to offer!

Authenticity & Character
A wonderful ambiance. Just know that there are stairs
Location
Right in the center of things close to shopping and dinner. Or you can just hang out in the bar, restaurant or pool on site
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Welcome to Guatemala
Welcome to Guatemala
Guatemala

Whats to say? We arrived around midnight and were quickly met and ushered to our hotel for the night.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
JJ was a wonderful guide who shared a lot of information.
Transport
Uaxactún
Uaxactún
Guatemala

This experience was by far the hilight of our visit. An incredible private tour of pre-classic Mayan site with an excellent and knowledgeable guide PLUS a wonderful and delicious lunch on site prepared by local village. It was only our guide and the two of use the whole time we were exploring! (Not counting the monkeys)

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Danilo and his driver were fantastic. All the people at the village were very warm and inviting.
Transport
A great driver on a bumpy road. He knew the best way to get there!
Tikal Maya Ruin
Tikal Maya Ruin
Guatemala

What a place! so much to see and explore. This was a group tour and everyone was super!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Explore Flores Island
Explore Flores Island
Guatemala

A very lovely boat ride to the nature preserve and a wonderful look out over the lake.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guatemala City Tour
Guatemala City Tour
Guatemala

The tour and guide were great. Esteban showed as much of Guatemala as time and traffic would allow.

Quality of Experience
Traffic and time constraints impacted the enjoyment of this tour.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante
Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on Mar 02, 2024
I deeply appreciate and love your kind words. Making you feel welcome and sharing our rich culture in Guatemala is what we love to do and I am tremendously happy that we can materialize what we are looking for when creating your itinerary. It warms my heart to know that every member of our team could exceed your expectations. Uaxactún's private time with Danilo was indeed a special highlight, I am brilliantly pleased to know that it left a lasting memory, plus reading the entire experience... Read more

I deeply appreciate and love your kind words.

Making you feel welcome and sharing our rich culture in Guatemala is what we love to do and I am tremendously happy that we can materialize what we are looking for when creating your itinerary. It warms my heart to know that every member of our team could exceed your expectations.

Uaxactún's private time with Danilo was indeed a special highlight, I am brilliantly pleased to know that it left a lasting memory, plus reading the entire experience was a pleasure, from the initial planning to the communication on the ground.

Our goal is to make every step of the journey enjoyable and smooth, and your positive feedback reinforces our commitment and values.

Our wish is to see you again to continue enjoying together this beautiful world in which we live.

We hope you are always safe and healthy. You will always have a family at Columbus Guatemala Travel, tell us where you would like to go and we will make it happen.

Trip of a lifetime
Guatemala | Jan 9 - Jan 31, 2024

Nancy
Nancy L.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024
Guatemala: The guides were knowledgeable and shared much that I didn’t know about the Mayan culture. I especially enjoyed going to the mountain indigenous villages and interacting with the people. The home stays and visits were insightful to seeing the integrity of family life, which seems to be very strong. The artistic cratsmanship of the weavers, was colorful and impressive. I would have like to learn more specifically about the different weavings and traditional dress from each... Read more

Guatemala: The guides were knowledgeable and shared much that I didn’t know about the Mayan culture. I especially enjoyed going to the mountain indigenous villages and interacting with the people. The home stays and visits were insightful to seeing the integrity of family life, which seems to be very strong. The artistic cratsmanship of the weavers, was colorful and impressive. I would have like to learn more specifically about the different weavings and traditional dress from each of the villages that we visited. I bought a few weavings which I don’t know their origin. The Guatemalan people are very friendly, and sometimes wanted to take pictures with and of us. The extreme cold at night in the mountains was unexpected. I had to buy an extra layer at the Mipaca thrift store in Toto. This part of the trip overall was jam-packed, sometimes we had to skip lunch to make it through each day’s activities.

Tikal was spectacular and Flores Island was pleasantly relaxing and had good restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.

Belize: was a new and delightful experience for me. The nature we visited was awesome, from cave canoeing, the hike and waterfall massage at the Jaguar preserve, and the snorkeling in the reefs near Hopkins. It was great to relax after the busy first part of the tour.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Casa Blanca Inn
Guatemala City

There was -a miscommunication on where to meet the taxi driver from the hotel, so that was a bit stressful. Hotel was Adequate. No hot water after midnight. The staff was attentive and helpful. The young man helped me with a problem I had with my suitcase.

Authenticity & Character
Fie
Location
Close to airport. Gated and secure.
Staff
See above.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Muchá
Quetzaltenango

Beds comfortable. Shower amazing! Very cold at night.

Authenticity & Character
Adobe made it very cold.
Location
Convenient
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cold—bring warm clothes for sleeping.
Totonicapán Homestay!
Totonicapán

Family was wonderful, kind, and very attentive. Very cold at night, I didn’t take a shower because it was too cold to get undressed.

Authenticity & Character
Carolina, Heidi, Melvin and Carlos were sweet and helpful in explaining home life and studies. It was very interesting to see Carolina’s jaspe dying process and Carlos’ sewing piecework. Carlo’s also demonstrated taking corn from the cob and grinding it.
Location
The walk around the property and hearing about the planting and processing of the corn for tortilla, and fresh beans, was absolutely wonderful.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room and Beds were clean, but communal bathroom was rustic, toilet need to be flushed with a bucket.
Casa Antigua El Chalet
Santa Cruz Del Quiché

Everything comfortable. Less cold at nights. I enjoyed sitting in the outdoor living room.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Enjoyed the town.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hacienda Mil Amores
Cobán

Beds were comfortable. Showers were a bit hot and cold the first night, but they arranged alternate shower the next night.

Authenticity & Character
Dining room for dinners and breakfast was lovely and rustic. It was nice to meet and chat with other visitors one night.
Location
Beautiful setting. However, we decided to take rooms away from the stable, since the cow smell was strong.
Staff
Accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
Homestay in Chichicastenanago, Casa Diego Ignacio, EN.
Chichicastenango

Great to spend time with Miguel , Juana, Patricia and Sandra and their children. Food was homemade and very delicious. We saw how difficult it is to make tortillas, when we tried to make them. Miguel is a leader in his community and has a lot to share with visitors. Their store had wonderful weavings and masks for purchase at decent prices. If you intend to buy weavings, don’t buy elsewhere. I had already bought a lot before Chichicastenango, so I couldn’t buy much there though I was tempted.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Peten
Flores

Comfortable, but small rooms. Our room was facing the street where a bar had loud reggaton music. It made it hard to sleep.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Beautiful view of the lake, convenient location. See comment about the loud music above.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Midas Belize
Cayo District

Room was large, but mattresses were too soft. Loved the pool. Great for swimming laps. Breakfast was great!

Authenticity & Character
Location
A bit of a walk to town.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parrot Cove Lodge
Placencia

Wonderful rooms, great restaurant, good breakfast. Beachfront very comfortable. Dock where they picked us up for the snorkeling. Great to have a pool as well as the beach.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Right on the water, but a bit far from the village.
Staff
Very helpful when my companion was not feeling well. Maritza was great in rescheduling our snorkeling.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Coningsby Inn
Belize City

Adequate.

Authenticity & Character
Historical landmark.
Location
Staff
Helpful in suggesting an excellent restaurant.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Small room, but adequate to be close to the airport.
Activity Reviews
Welcome to Guatemala
Welcome to Guatemala
Guatemala

Hot water after midnight.

Quality of Experience
Transport
Pick up from airport was confusing.
Visit Cantel and its Women's Textile Cooperative
Visit Cantel and its Women's Textile Cooperative
Quetzaltenango

We walked around the town. Happened to coincide with a funeral. Nice walk around the town. We did not go to the textile collective.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Luis was always early for pick, knowledgeable, and a safe driver
San Francisco el Alto
San Francisco el Alto
Guatemala

Saw a tradtional market. Few tourists.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Georginas Hot Springs
Georginas Hot Springs
Guatemala

We got there late so we didn’t have much time to enjoy the hot springs. Met interesting people there. Hot springs temperature could have been hotter.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Totonicapán Handicraft Workshops
Totonicapán Handicraft Workshops
Guatemala

I wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t attend weaving demo.

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Santa Cruz del Quiche.
Santa Cruz del Quiche.
Santa Cruz Del Quiche
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Explore and Learn About Santa Cruz Education
Explore and Learn About Santa Cruz Education
Santa Cruz Del Quiche

Private relifgios school was very accommodating, giving us a tour of the school, classrooms, and a brief opportunity to speak with the teachers.

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Chajul, El Quiche.
Chajul, El Quiche.
Acul

Interesting meeting the backstrap weaver family

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San Andrés Sajcabajá
San Andrés Sajcabajá
Guatemala

Long drive to get there. Not sure it was worth the time.

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Visit Chichicastenango Mayan Market
Visit Chichicastenango Mayan Market
Chichicastenango

The family and market were the highlights of this experience.

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Tikal Maya Ruin
Tikal Maya Ruin
Guatemala

Guide was excellent. Impressive temples. Interesting to know about 25% has been excavate so far. Good lunch.

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Discover Xunantunich
Discover Xunantunich
Guatemala

Not as incredible as Tikal. The excavation was at time reconstructed, with facsimiles, rather than real ruins. Tremendous vistas.

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Enjoy Barton Creek
Enjoy Barton Creek
Guatemala

Loved it!

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Maya Cacao Belizean Experience
Maya Cacao Belizean Experience
Guatemala

Seeing a cacao plantation that is struggling due to not having the right conditions shows the difficulty of producing a healthy crop of cacao beans. Chocolate making workshop w,as interesting.; Nice to meet Hob’s father.

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I had seen this demo in Costa Rica so. It wasn’t that new for me.
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Leisure Day
Leisure Day
Guatemala

Rest, eating well.

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Jaguar Preserve
Jaguar Preserve
Guatemala

Hiking was great. We learned a lot about flora and fauna, waterfall swimming was great!

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Barrier Reef Snorkeling
Barrier Reef Snorkeling
Guatemala

Safety was primary in postponing the day we went. Water was so clear. Great to see fish, corals.

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Boat ride was GREAT!
Belize City Tour
Belize City Tour
Guatemala

It was short since we arrived late.

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Short and sweet!
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Thank you!
Thank you!
Guatemala
Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante
Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on Mar 02, 2024
My lovely Nancy, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your insightful feedback about Guatemala and Belize. We are so happy to read how much fun you had. We loved sharing our time with you. It's heartening to know that the visits to our indigenous villages and interactions with our local people printed a positive experience and memory. We appreciate your feedback regarding the craftsmanship of the weavers, and we will certainly take note of your suggestion to enhance the... Read more

My lovely Nancy,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your insightful feedback about Guatemala and Belize. We are so happy to read how much fun you had. We loved sharing our time with you.

It's heartening to know that the visits to our indigenous villages and interactions with our local people printed a positive experience and memory. We appreciate your feedback regarding the craftsmanship of the weavers, and we will certainly take note of your suggestion to enhance the experience by providing more information about the specific weavings and traditional dress from each village.

We're delighted with your friendship, we will be always here for you. Our sincere apologies for the chilly nights in the mountains – weather conditions can indeed catch us off guard. We're glad you found a solution at the Paca in Toto.

Taking time to appreciate nature, local life, traditions and unforgettable activities are integral facts when creating itineraries, and we're glad to realized we made it match with your intereses.

Once again, thank you for your valuable feedback. We look forward to keep exploring other destinations.

Maya K'iche' Exploration & Belize Beach Vacation
Guatemala | Jan 9 - Jan 31, 2024

Helaine
Helaine M.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2024
This trip was extremely well-planned by Columbus Travel in Antigua. Catherina and her team worked hard to understand exactly what our goals were and why we were coming to Guatemala. We had very specific requests and they listened intently to us, making sure we would have the experiences we were seeking. Many of the villages we visited had few to no tourists, and we really were able to see up close and personal the way the Maya K'iche' and Ixil people live their daily lives. We had many,... Read more

This trip was extremely well-planned by Columbus Travel in Antigua. Catherina and her team worked hard to understand exactly what our goals were and why we were coming to Guatemala. We had very specific requests and they listened intently to us, making sure we would have the experiences we were seeking. Many of the villages we visited had few to no tourists, and we really were able to see up close and personal the way the Maya K'iche' and Ixil people live their daily lives. We had many, many conversations one-on-one and were able to ask and answer questions, take photos, and dive deeper into the culture than any other type of travel could have provided for us. There were, of course, changes in schedule and plans due to unexpected opportunities or weather shifts, but Columbus Travel was always there to accommodate our needs and make it work for us on the spot. The guides and drivers were always in communication with Catherina and she with them, making managing the trip very smooth for us. The second part of our trip was the fun, more touristy, part, but even during that part, Catherina made sure we kept our cultural focus and were always met and guided by Mayans and visited Mayan sites. It was a true pleasure to work with such travel professionals who were also quite personal with us and got to know us well. I highly recommend this organization and this mode of travel planning. Kim Kim is lucky to partner with Columbus Travel!
GUIDES
Our primary driver and guide for the first half of the trip was Luis Medina. He was absolutely the best choice for our trip! He was informed, open, helpful, patient, and fun to be with. We had many speed bumps (literal and figurative) along the way and his mild temperament always came shining through. On many occasions, he saw opportunities for us to have unique experiences and he always moved forward to make them happen for us. The success of our trip was largely due to his on the spot, professional trip management skills.
Our K'iche' guide, Carlos Chaclan, also provided us with a homestay in Totonicapan and was a gracious host. We so enjoyed spending time with him and his family. They were all so sweet and relaxed with us and made us feel at home. On the road, Carlos never failed to connect us with our mission - to get to know the Maya K'iche' of Guatemala. He helped us engage with them; he taught me useful phrases so that I could begin speaking directly with them; he made suggestions about what we might want to do and experience that was authentic; and he was informative in providing history and meaning when we asked him about specific places and historical markers along our route.

Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante
Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Replied on Mar 02, 2024
Wow, dear Helaine, we are deeply grateful and honored to have known you and to have shared our greatest passion. Craftin your itinerary was a wonderful opportunity to let our culture shine and enhance your extraordinary time in this millenary land of yours now. It warms our hearts to hear that you were able to immerse yourselves in the daily lives of the Maya K'iche' and Ixil people, venturing into villages with few visitors and engaging in one-on-one moments. Luis Medina and Carlos... Read more

Wow, dear Helaine, we are deeply grateful and honored to have known you and to have shared our greatest passion.

Craftin your itinerary was a wonderful opportunity to let our culture shine and enhance your extraordinary time in this millenary land of yours now.

It warms our hearts to hear that you were able to immerse yourselves in the daily lives of the Maya K'iche' and Ixil people, venturing into villages with few visitors and engaging in one-on-one moments.

Luis Medina and Carlos Chaclan are incredible guides, each contributing significantly to the success of your trip. Your positive words mean the world to us, and we all share this warm words. We sincerely thank you for recommending Columbus Travel and for recognizing the partnership with Kim Kim. It is our pleasure to serve travelers like yourself who appreciate a personal touch and an authentic cultural focus.

Our hope is to continue discovering together my dear friend. Huge hug to you.

5-day/4-night adventure in Western Belize/Eastern Guatemala
Guatemala | Dec 20 - Dec 24, 2023

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Janis V.
Port Washington, NY | Reviewed on Dec 25, 2023
We just came back from a 5-day/4-night adventure trip to Guatemala (Flores, Tikal, Yaxha) and Belize (activities in and around San Ignacio) organized by Catherina. We traveled as a family of 5 (including 3 kids with ages 7 to 14). The whole process of planning and then the trip itself went very smoothly . Our driver/guide in Belize was Rene and in Guatemala - our guide was Henry. Everyone was truly professional, very knowledgable and friendly the entire time - clearly professionals who... Read more

We just came back from a 5-day/4-night adventure trip to Guatemala (Flores, Tikal, Yaxha) and Belize (activities in and around San Ignacio) organized by Catherina. We traveled as a family of 5 (including 3 kids with ages 7 to 14). The whole process of planning and then the trip itself went very smoothly . Our driver/guide in Belize was Rene and in Guatemala - our guide was Henry. Everyone was truly professional, very knowledgable and friendly the entire time - clearly professionals who know and love what they are doing. That allowed us (especially the parents) to just relax and enjoy the adventure trip and not worry about anything. A pleasant surprise was how easy it was to find food for our two kids with food allergies (egg, dairy, nuts), even in really rural places. It helped that we lucked out with the weather - a (really) rainy season was coming to the end - most days were overcast/cooler (70s) but no rain, which allowed us to cover a lot of ground on foot. Highly recommend this travel service, trip and time of the year for visit.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Casona del Lago
Santa Elena

Fantastic location / lake views, charming outside decor, kind hotel staff and amazingly fresh/delicious food. Gave it 4 stars only because the rooms themselves seem a bit dated / one level down from the outside decor and everything mentioned earlier perspective. Overall, a great place to stay for a couple of nights.

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San Ignacio Resort Hotel
San Ignacio

Oasis in the middle of town! Once you enter, another world presents itself - tranquil, luxury and rich in wildlife. All that only 5 minutes walking distance from the center of the town / market. We (a family of five) stayed in room 132 which had a beautiful balcony with a river view. Hotel offers on-site activities that are fun for the whole family. We went on an iguana your during the day and night critter tour in the evening - both were a ton of fun and very informative.

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Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante