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Eduardo Celada

My passion for showing the beauty of Guatemala began when I was traveling in Guatemala as a tourist in my own country. After working in several hotels and other tourism related businesses, I decided that there was nothing better than showing the rest of the world the beauties and destinations of my own country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Guatemala
Honduras
El Salvador
Nicargua
Belize
Activities:
Adventure, Culture, Archaeological, Volunteeer, Language students"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been interested in culture and relating to the communities surrounding our tourist areas. Along the way, my knowledge has expanded not only within Guatemala, but to other bordering countries as well.
I have had the opportunity to know Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize and strengthen my knowledge with regional tourism partners of Central America.
All this helps me to recommend the best experiences, hotels and destinations tailored to the needs of each client looking for incredible memories.
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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"No doubt, that traveling is one of the most unforgettable things you can do in your life, always finding interesting people in each place.
The first long trip of my life was a trip to Belgium in 2002 where I looked for a new adventure every day. One day I bought my train ticket to visit a friend of mine who was living in Amsterdam and this was my first time on a train, a very different form of transportation from what I’m used to in Guatemala. I did not know how to make the train stop at my station, so I assumed someone else would be going to my same destination. Unfortunately nobody made the train stop and I started to worry because I could not speak Dutch and did not know if my broken English would work.
I started to speak English to everyone around me and fortunately someone helped me stop the train, although I was already far past my destination. I left the train into a village and tried my broken English again. It was a little town and not many people understood my English when I spoke, finally I found an old man who took me into a store where I bought a phone card and could call my friend. It took 2 hours more to finally meet my friend, it wasn´t a big deal but when you are traveling alone and are really away from your home these little things make you feel really nervous. Now I can see it as one of the maybe "simple things" that happened in my trip but certainly I will remember it forever because it was one of my first experiences traveling alone.
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Eduardo is part of the following groups: Honduras Travel Agents, Belize Travel Agents, Guatemala Travel Agents
Streets of Caye Caulker Village, Belize
Cultural Highlights of Belize & Guatemala - 7 Days

Discover the culture and ancient Maya history of Belize and Guatemala while also packing in the fun. It kicks off on Belize's stunning coral island Caye Caulker, where you'll go snorkeling in crystalline waters and swim with sharks. Head inland to explore the ancient Maya ruins of Xunantunich on horseback, then cross into Guatemala to visit the pyramid temples at Tikal National Park. End with a tour of the historic colonial city of Antigua and visits to indigenous villages on the shores of Lake Atitlán.

Belize
Best Time of Year to Visit Belize

Belize has a subtropical climate defined by two seasons: wet (Jun-Nov) and dry (Dec-May). Both are mild enough that you can enjoy this country's highlights any time of year. However, certain factors affecting climate and cost may dictate your ideal time to visit. There's also a secret high season that briefly appears each year and makes for an attractive getaway without the crowds.

Overlook Tobacco Caye from a beach bungalow in the middle of the Belize Barrier Reef
How Many Days to Spend in Belize

In a week, you can enjoy the best of Belize, from its world-class diving to the inland Maya ruins. Stay longer to explore all of this tiny Afro-Caribbean nation as you visit indigenous villages and paddle down jungle rivers. And if you want to see as many of Belize's famous dive sites in a short time, base yourself on the island of Ambergris Caye, from which you can embark on day trips to incredible marine reserves.

Sunset over volcanoes and valleys in the highlands of Guatemala
Guatemala 7 Volcanoes Trek - 10 Days

Conquer seven of Guatemala's volcanic peaks on this unforgettable 10-day trekking adventure. Setting out from the charming colonial city of Antigua, you'll make your way along the famed Ring of Fire, where lush cloud forests and colorful villages sit in the shadows of ancient volcanoes. Cross rugged lava fields to Pacaya, watch the sunrise from your camp on Acatenango, hike the famous Siete Cruces ridge to Volcán de Zunil, and enjoy some well-earned rest on the scenic shores of Lake Atitlán.

Volcanoes Surrounding Lake Atitlán
Nature, Culture & History in Guatemala - 14 Days

This 2-week Guatemalan adventure kicks off with walking tours of colonial Antigua followed by a vertical excursion up the slopes of Pacaya Volcano. After a kayak ride around Lake Atitlán, you'll head north to explore the ancient Maya ruins at Tikal, then travel down the jade waters of the Río Dulce. More culture awaits as you visit open-air markets and indigenous villages, and even take a traditional Guatemalan cooking class.

Recent trip reviews for Eduardo

Brian and Manon

Amazing Guatemala! · Guatemala - May 27 - Jun 4, 2022

Traveler: Brian and Manon B. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

I had been to Antigua 23 years ago as a backpacker and I couldn't wait to take my family there, but in a more structured way. Edouardo streamlined the whole process and I felt safe and taking care of. As early as the first email (which came in very quickly), he had taken the time to organize a trip with a variety of activities (from challenging to informative) based on our likes and dislikes. We had to tweak it a bit and within 2 weeks, we had a plan and we were booked. Our driver Vinni was... read more

I had been to Antigua 23 years ago as a backpacker and I couldn't wait to take my family there, but in a more structured way. Edouardo streamlined the whole process and I felt safe and taking care of. As early as the first email (which came in very quickly), he had taken the time to organize a trip with a variety of activities (from challenging to informative) based on our likes and dislikes. We had to tweak it a bit and within 2 weeks, we had a plan and we were booked. Our driver Vinni was full of energy and radiated positivity. His English was surprisingly good and we got a ton of information about the area. Our Guide Pepian (which is a nickname based on the most delicious food ever!) was very kind and patient with us and our kids. He checked on us multiple times during the activities and was participating like it was his first time. His enthusiasm and love for his country were contagious and we had the best time. They also were very good at accomodating our diet restrictions (GF, DF). After a couple of days, we all agreed that to hike Acetenango was maybe too challenging for our daughter, so at that point, Eduardo, with the help of Pepian, pivoted quickly, booked us a hotel (we were originally supposed to camp on the volcano) and found other activities for us to do instead. We don't feel like we wasted time at all. It was amazing and I don't regret using kimkim and we feel like we now have friends in Guatemala.
If you go to Guatemala and you can only do ONE activity, do the coffee farm from De La Gente. But honestly, I would rate all activities above a 9/10 (hike, bike, kayak, tours). We will be back for sure!

Hotel Reviews

Casa Antigua

Antigua

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It was nice and clean. The breakfast was great! The internet wasn't very good however. The beds were super hard, but I think that is just how mattress are in Guatemala.

Tips for future travelers

Choose a room towards the front to get the best WIFI.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Beds had sand on and were very hard and WIFI was very spotty
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Their English was very good
Authenticity & Character

Loved how pretty it is in the courtyard
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Close to everything and fairly quiet

San Buenaventura Hotel

Panajachel, Sololá

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It was damp and there was no sheet on the couch/beds for our kids. However, they were quick at bringing some. There was a lot of cobwebs and spiders in the beds. It's kind of expected given its Guatemala but still... Water came through the door upstairs during the rain. I am glad we were there for only one night. Also, make sure you shower at night because there is no hot water in the morning.

Tips for future travelers

People with pretty much low expectation

Cleanliness & Comfort

clean cobwebs and seal doors, also insure beds are made
Staff

very responsive but their English was limited
Authenticity & Character

it seemed old and dingy
Location

We had to have our driver to take us to a restaurant

Hotel Casa del Parque

ANTIGUA

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This hotel is right in the middle of a couple bars and it is very loud until 1230. We didn't sleep much even with earplugs. The WIFI was good. The layout is weird as the shower opens directly in the room so there is little privacy. It does have a pool but its cold. We enjoyed the sauna though. The fountain is missing so it makes it look run down. We enjoyed the breakfast and the staff was kind and helpful. Our room had amazing views of the volcanoes.

Tips for future travelers

Make sure you don't require a lot of sleep or a lot of quiet time.

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beds were hard and no privacy to change
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too many bars/parties close by
Activity Reviews

Antigua Walking tour

Antigua

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Marybel was knowledgeable and very kind.

Zip-Lining Tour - Santo Domingo del Cerro

Antigua

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Very cool views and the guides were nice. They could have loosen up, but we liked it anyway.

Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

Guatemala

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The marshmallow and the pizza toped it off nicely. Because its rainy season, we didn't have the best views, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Coffee tour "De La Gente" by Bus

Antigua

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By far, the best experience of our trip. Eating with them in his house and getting to grind our own cup the artisanal way is something we will remember forever.

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Chocolate Museum Experience

Guatemala

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Spa day at Santa Teresita

Guatemala

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Pedal and Paddle: Mountain Biking at Lake Atitlan

Guatemala

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Kayak & Hike Tour at Lake Atitlan

Guatemala

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Earth Lodge Day Hike from Antigua

Guatemala

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Aguacate tour in Finca Paseo de las Nubes

Guatemala

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for each work on this feedback. I am very happy to hear that you liked what we have proposed for this program for your and your kids.
We feel satisfied that you have enjoyed the destinations. Antigua and Lake Atitlan for 9 days.
I will be sure to pass your cheers and feelings about the program to our guides and drivers. as well as our partners for their services that are an important part of our programs too.

Abrazos de Guatemala.
Eduardo Celada
eduardo@adventureguatemala.com

Michael

I cannot sing Eduardo's praises highly enough... · Guatemala - May 20 - May 27, 2022

Traveler: Michael E. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

I cannot sing Eduardo's praises highly enough! He was so responsive, right from the initial email conversation. He listened to my values and budgetary concerns in planning the perfect itinerary and the selection of hotels. He was so patient and responsive with all my questions-- most particularly during the trip. I was traveling alone and without cell coverage-- he was my only safety net. We would communicate through WhatsApp when I had WiFi at a hotel. I felt like I was always on his... read more

I cannot sing Eduardo's praises highly enough! He was so responsive, right from the initial email conversation. He listened to my values and budgetary concerns in planning the perfect itinerary and the selection of hotels. He was so patient and responsive with all my questions-- most particularly during the trip. I was traveling alone and without cell coverage-- he was my only safety net. We would communicate through WhatsApp when I had WiFi at a hotel. I felt like I was always on his radar screen. I had so enjoyed our conversations in planning the trip, that when I got to Antigua, I asked if I could meet him. We ended up having dinner together, and now I have a new friend! The drivers he arranged for me, Danilo and Fernando were kind and delightful. And I especially enjoyed my guide Luis Galindo, with whom I spent 4 days-- biking, hiking, kayaking. For me the richness of a travel experience, particularly when it comes to guides, is the relationship, my experience with the guide-- not the facts. I can get facts from a book, and likely won't remember them anyway. But the willingness to talk and be connected-- to laugh, to hear about one another's life is everything. And that's what I will remember. I believe I have made a new friend in Luis as well. Most impressive to me about Eduardo-- my last night was a late night stay at an airport hotel, having just flown into Guatemala City from Flores/Tikal, and leaving for home early the next morning. The hotel isn't 5 minutes from the airport, and they have a shuttle. Still, he insisted on driving all the way from Antigua, late at night, taking time away from his family to pick me up at the airport and taking those five minutes to drive me to the hotel. "I just like to make sure my clients are OK and had a good time." I have never planned a trip so quickly, almost impulsively. I had never heard of KimKim-- didn't understand how it worked exactly, but it popped up on my initial google search about Guatemala. Eduardo went full-steam ahead with the planning, and I sent my money. I would catch myself thinking-- "You don'y know ANYTHING about this operation! If it's even legit or is it a scam?" But I trusted Eduardo. I would absolutely use KimKim again as well. For anyone planning a trip to Guatemala, you cannot go wrong with Eduardo. I still can't quite believe how dense and rich a weeklong trip could be.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Casa del Parque

ANTIGUA

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This hotel is modest, sweet, small, and charming, with an enchanting garden-- and it could not have a better location, just 50 yards away from the Central Park/Plaza Mayor. I am a daily swimmer, and though while small, I appreciated the pool for an afternoon dip. It is a bit tattered around the edges, but in a way, that only adds to its authenticity and charm. It is not a sleek, spa-like experience. On the downside, it is next door to a bar, that on Saturday night was a little loud-- but not terrible. The other odd thing was that none of the windows in my room opened. As it could be quite humid in Antigua, the room felt a little stuffy. But with the ceiling fan on, and leaving my door open for a bit-- it was fine. It was perfect for me.

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Casa del Mundo

Lake Atitlán

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Stay there!!! I cried when I climbed the stairs and was led to my room and saw that view for the first time. The food was delicious. The service, very solicitous. This is an enchanted spot I will never forget. It is a significant climb of irregular stairs to reach the hotel from the lake's edge, and then more steps to get to one's room. So older, movement impaired or disabled folks may find it too challenging.

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Jungle Lodge Tikal

Peten

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It is a luscious and thrilling spot. Beautifully appointed. Delicious food.

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Hotel Barcelo

Guatemala City

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Perfectly adequate for what it is-- a businessy, airport hotel.

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Activity Reviews

Valley Ride - Bicycle Tour of Antigua's Villages, Farms, and Ruins

Antigua

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It was a push for me physically. (But I'm a fit 67-year-old.) Those big balloon tires are a good choice for riding over all those cobblestones! Still a bumpy ride in places. A couple challenging hills. But so lovely to see villages and squares there I would never likely visit. Made me want to linger in each one.

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Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

Guatemala

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The hike was not nearly as challenging as I had imagined. A lovely day getting acquainted with Luis and admiring constantly shifting vistas.

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Lake Atitlan - Village Tour

Guatemala

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Such dramatically different atmospheres in villages not a half mile apart. I loved Santiago Atitlan, and San Juan de Laguna was utterly charming offering a magnificent view, if willing to climb a steep hill. So much art everywhere! San Pedro was interesting enough, but if time were tight, I would say one could skip it.

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Kayak & Hike Tour at Lake Atitlan

Guatemala

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This was one of the trip highlights for me!

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Explore Tikal National Park

Guatemala

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A whole other world and experience! Only because someone I met at the gate at LAX waiting for the same flight to Guatemala suggested it-- I asked Eduardo about a sunrise tour of Tikal. He then happily arranged it. It made ALL the difference! I only saw perhaps 5 other tourists the whole morning, and it was much cooler than later in the day. It was like having the acropolis or the Sistine Chapel to oneself.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

We really appreciate your opinion on this program and we are sure we did our best to provide you with the experience of local activities that will remind your family!!

We highly recommend spreading the word about our out Country!
Eduardo - Guatemala

Fantastic trip! · Guatemala - May 10 - May 18, 2022

Traveler: Caitlin F. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Eduardo did a fantastic job booking our trip! We particularly loved Caye Caulker and Antigua!
It was amazing exploring the Mayan ruins and hearing the local guides explain the Mayan culture. read more

Eduardo did a fantastic job booking our trip! We particularly loved Caye Caulker and Antigua!
It was amazing exploring the Mayan ruins and hearing the local guides explain the Mayan culture.

Hotel Review

Jan's Hotel

Caye Caulker

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Great hotel in a fantastic location. Clean and friendly staff.

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On the beachfront, easy walking distance.
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Snorkelling day tour at Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

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Amazing snorkelling, great staff and the food was delicious.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Caitlin,
thank you very much for your feedback on this trip. We really appreciate the time you take to leave this opinion. We hope to have you in the future for other trips with Kimkim.
Eduardo

We found Guatemala to be more friendly, cheap... · Guatemala - Mar 26 - Apr 4, 2022

Traveler: Allen B. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We found Guatemala to be more friendly, cheaper, more interesting and way, way safer than the other Central American countries that we've toured, especially Mexico. We felt safe walking anywhere, excluding Guatemala City, including night. People are smiling and unusually kind, both to us and to each other. We did the standard Antigua, Tikal, Atitlan route. The latter was the most interesting, especially when we took an extra day to go to the villages the tourists don't normally visit. And... read more

We found Guatemala to be more friendly, cheaper, more interesting and way, way safer than the other Central American countries that we've toured, especially Mexico. We felt safe walking anywhere, excluding Guatemala City, including night. People are smiling and unusually kind, both to us and to each other. We did the standard Antigua, Tikal, Atitlan route. The latter was the most interesting, especially when we took an extra day to go to the villages the tourists don't normally visit. And though all guides and drivers were fine, Pedro in Atitlan was the best.

Special thanks to Eduardo at kimkim. He had to plan our trip 3 times (twice delayed due to Covid restrictions.) I ask lots of questions and requested many particular changes to the itinerary. He always responded quickly. During the trip he was very attentive, coming to our hotel to review things and always available on the phone. The only two issues we encountered occurred on Sunday nights and he was available and on top of it even then.

In Flores near Tikal, recommend staying at a hotel on the island, not the other side of the bridge and definitely not the El Patio hotel (we were moved upon request.) The 5 star hotels in Antigua, Camino Real and the Casa Santa Domingo (the latter built around museums and not to be missed) were fantastic. Every hotel, including the $50/nite Regis in Panajachel, included great breakfasts.

Tourism is still down 50% or more in Guatemala so take this opportunity to
Visit.

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Del patio hotel

Flores

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Bedroom and nowhere to walk for food at night that wasn't sketchy

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your kind words we really appreciate your comments to our destinations in Guatemala. At the same time the work of our staff providing a quality service.

See you next time.

What an amazing trip. · Guatemala - Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2022

Traveler: Maureen G. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

What an amazing trip. We cant say enough good things about the experience. Guatemala was definitely a very special place and by the 5 th day we were already planning our next trip back!
Eduardo had the trip so nicely set up. We flew into Guatemala and spent the night ( Eduardo was right that we should have just gone on to Antigua but we wanted to see the city) We walked a few streets in Guatemala city and then headed to Antigua that was amazing. La Porta hotel was beautiful. The to the... read more

What an amazing trip. We cant say enough good things about the experience. Guatemala was definitely a very special place and by the 5 th day we were already planning our next trip back!
Eduardo had the trip so nicely set up. We flew into Guatemala and spent the night ( Eduardo was right that we should have just gone on to Antigua but we wanted to see the city) We walked a few streets in Guatemala city and then headed to Antigua that was amazing. La Porta hotel was beautiful. The to the Lake Atitlan that might be the most beautiful place we have ever stayed. Laguna Lodge was lovely and a really great experience. Casa del Mundo was beyond beautiful. Our boats and transportation worked great and for 6 people people that is saying a lot! Especially as two were seniors and all learning the language. We always felt within phone call of Eduardo and he checked on us if we didnt check in. He is amazing and cant say how much we appreciate him.

Hotel Review

Casa del Mundo

Lake Atitlán

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What an amazing place. The view, the food, the staff all were 5 star!

Tips for future travelers

Bring a good pair of shoes as it made the steps easier . I would travel light in luggage. You can buy clothes in the little towns. You do need to take a boat to the hotel but so easy to do.

Location

The sense of being somewhere special
Cleanliness & Comfort

our room ( we had 3 rooms for 6 people) were all perfect. Beds and view for each person and set up perfectly for a family
Staff

kind respectful and fun
Authenticity & Character

The view of the lake
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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Maureen,
It was such a pleasure to meet you here in Antigua. |You and your family are wonderful travelers and we can not wait to see you soon again in Guatemala.

Please help us to spread the good word about your experience to future travelers
Cheers from Guatemala.
Eduardo

Incredible trip! · Guatemala - Mar 13 - Mar 19, 2022

Traveler: Taylor G. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We had a fantastic and convenient experience booking with kimkim. The staff was helpful and promptly answered all of our questions. I would definitely book with kimkim again in the future!

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Taylor,
Thank you for your feedback and for taking your recent ** Guatemalan Highlands: Antigua, Panajachel, Lake Atitlán, & Tikal National Park - 7 Days ** with Old Town Outfitters.

We hope you had a great time while you were here in Guatemala. We strive to provide fun, unique, meaningful, and quality trips at Old Town. Please help us to spread the good word about your experience to future travelers. Our team feels proud of doing a great job with travelers from kimkim.

Hope to you see in Guatemala again soon,
Eduardo

Our trip wouldnt have been the same without kimkim!! · Guatemala - Feb 17 - Feb 23, 2022

Traveler: Silvia W. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We found out about Kimkim originally trying to plan a Morocco trip back in 2020 but that fell through so thought we'd give them a try in Guatemala. Of course it is different guides in each country for Kimkim, but sooo glad we did as Eduardo made our trip in Guatemala! He was so easy to work with, helped that he spoke English (my Spanish is rustier than I thought ha) , very accommodating for our changing plans, and super knowledgeable about the area.

He adjusted our itinerary to what we... read more

We found out about Kimkim originally trying to plan a Morocco trip back in 2020 but that fell through so thought we'd give them a try in Guatemala. Of course it is different guides in each country for Kimkim, but sooo glad we did as Eduardo made our trip in Guatemala! He was so easy to work with, helped that he spoke English (my Spanish is rustier than I thought ha) , very accommodating for our changing plans, and super knowledgeable about the area.

He adjusted our itinerary to what we were interested in and also was able to recommend activities that we should consider on our short 5 day stay in Guatemala. Didnt make it easy for him with the back and forth and he was very understanding, patient and kind!

We went to Lake Atitlan for few days , one more day there made it for us since we cancelled the overnight Acatenango volcano hike (due to a massive earthquake a few days prior that made us unsure to go), did a boat tour to see villages in the area with a coffee co-op tour and a women's textile tour, Chichicastenango and for the 3 of us ,Iximche Mayan Ruins tour, and a last minute zip lining trip! The clutch part of changing our itinerary was that it allowed some extra costs to go to COVID tests - Eduardo scheduled a COVID test tech to come to our accommodations , and send our results that same day so we didnt have to worry about where to go and take it before our flight.. sooo helpful and saved us headaches! And also scheduling shuttles to get us to the airport on time the next day.

All in all, our favorite was Pablo the guide with Old Town Outfitters as our guide for Lake Atitlan as he was humble, knowledgeable, funny and warm, and never pressured us to do anything . He was truly genuine in trying to educate us about the Guatemalan / Mayan culture and took joy when we found joy in learning. He was amazing! It made the part of the trip with him, and all the tours that much more enjoyable. Stay at the Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlán in Panajachel - the property there is just perfect - with beach waterfront and a pool, breakfast included and tap water that was drinkable! (GAMECHANGER). Lake Atitlan is wonderful! Make sure you take a dip in it - and float to soak in the magic of being surrounded by all the volcanos, a blue sky, and birds chirping all around you! Alex our guide for Iximche Mayan Ruins was also our favorite - he shared the same enthusiasm as Pablo for educating us on his Mayan culture to us and we wish he had more time with him. Ask to taste the corn "moonshine"!

Also cant forget our driver Antonio - who was personable, excited to educate us more about Guatemala and converse with us and our choppy Spanish. He was great as well.

Can't highly recommend Eduardo and Kimkim enough. It would be the easiest and best way to get around the country, seeing everything you want to see and more :)

Hotel Review

San Buenaventura Hotel

Panajachel, Sololá

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this was my favorite hotel stay! There are two types of rooms - when you go into this entrance -the left hand side is the 1 room - 2 twin size bed standard stay with access to this back patio with a table/chairs and access to the lush property. the right hand side door is the suite - that has the 1 room 2 twin size and an upstairs which has two sofa that turn into beds if need, a kitchenette and microwave and mini fridge. There is also an outdoor patio there. I stayed in both and they were both lovely. The best part is that the faucet water is drinkable and pretty good tasting ( I drink filtered water at home in San Francisco and it is pretty close!) Crowd: not crowded, and it seemed like it was more of a local staycation spot which I loved! quiet, not rowdy or anything although we were in between two hotels that seemed crazy on the weekends - bass and loud late music Decor: simple yet guatemalan colors and textiles were represented. Beds: were a bit more firm for my taste but I dont sleep in tempurpedics, I am convinced the Guatemalan people need these firm beds! Cleanliness: pretty clean, in the room and property all throughout Friendly Staff: super friendly, front staff speaks english and also staff for breakfast Onsite Ambiance: beautiful and amazing! It is like a mini lush forest/garden! and a onsite beach front, with a pool (more like a wading pool) but so beautiful and relaxing! This was one of the highlights for me - swimming in the lake and being surrounded by all the volcanos and blue sky. Notes: it is pretty close to town and you can have the front desk call you tuk tuks to get you there. mostly for food but we didnt do much else as we did a village boat tour.

Tips for future travelers

all the beds are a bit firm - although the sofa beds upstairs in the suite is more soft if that is a concern for you!

Location

secluded but close to town
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all friendly and helpful
Authenticity & Character

simple decor but still vibrant with the Guatemalan colors
Activity Reviews

Lake Atitlan - Village Tour

Guatemala

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we loved having Pablo as our guide! the boat crew were amazing as well. The boat ride to each village was somewhere between pleasant to splish splash, and slight nausea as it was windy when we went at end of February (which apparently is the windiest time of the year). Nonetheless, the crew was great and especially Pablo who is super knowledgeable, spoke English, and has this calm and friendly demeanor!

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Antonio was super friendly and funny! and drove carefully especially on the windy roads, which we appreciated
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Coffee tour San Juan la Laguna "La Voz que clama en el desierto"

Guatemala

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Pablo was our guide who took us to see Lucas who was one of the owners of La Voz. This was one of our favorite tours on the village tour trip! Lucas is amazing- and we were able to tour the entire property from taste testing (soo good!) to procuring the beans, to roasting to packaging . We loved how we were able to see the entire process and see how dedicated and enthusiastic they were in showing us around. You can really tell they care and love what they do. We each bought at least a bag of medium roast beans home - some for souvenirs. Make sure to ask for their freshest bag! The only thing I wished was getting that banana cake - it looked good to pair with the coffee haha

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their enthusiasm, and care
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seeing the entire process, walk and see and smell everything!

Textile-Weaving Tour & water activity at Cristalinas

Guatemala

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Another one of our favorite tours! Although we didnt sense the same enthusiasm in these women - we probably caught them doing the 238947 tour of the day but we loved it nonetheless, so understandable. I was pulled in on understanding more of the Guatemalan and Mayan culture in women supporting their lives by contributing in making textiles! the colors, the process , and the traditional of passing it down from mother/grandmother/female mentor down to the next generation - was all fascinating. Especially the part where they use all natural ingredients to dye the cotton, and some with changing hues of color depending on when you pick the plant whether close to full moon or not. Amazing! We were able to test out how to spin the cotton into yarn, and crushing some herbs for dye, and also see them dye the yarn. At the end of the tour, we were able to see everything that they made and even purchase some. I personally purchased this bright multicolored shirt, that had hand woven mayan calendar in the front and i love it! Even after we went into other shops that sold similar items after this tour, this shop still had the highest quality. Pablo shared this with us after we asked about Chichicastenango textiles there - and I have to agree! And this properly supports the co-op they started here and they invest it back into the people and the community, so keep this in mind! :) Support the women here and their lovely hand made items. Oh and they take CC - make sure to use one that doesnt have foreign transaction fees :)

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Silvia..
We really appreciate this config from you and I am pretty sure this will help others to take decisions to visit Guatemala.

Hope to see you again in our land.
Saludos de Guatemala,
Eduardo

I'm definitely recommending kimkim · Guatemala - Feb 17 - Feb 23, 2022

Traveler: Dan P. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We leveraged kimkim for a Guatemala trip and they made our stay so smooth and convenient. Eduardo organized transportation (to/from the airport and local tour destinations), COVID-19 testing, lodging, and hooked us up with some of the best local tour guides I've experienced. What was great about the itinerary was that it provided a nice structure while being very flexible. We made a few changes in plans and Eduardo navigated those changes with finesse. With kimkim, we had the luxury of... read more

We leveraged kimkim for a Guatemala trip and they made our stay so smooth and convenient. Eduardo organized transportation (to/from the airport and local tour destinations), COVID-19 testing, lodging, and hooked us up with some of the best local tour guides I've experienced. What was great about the itinerary was that it provided a nice structure while being very flexible. We made a few changes in plans and Eduardo navigated those changes with finesse. With kimkim, we had the luxury of worrying less about travel logistics and could really focus on enjoying the finer parts of the stay.

Overall, working with kimkim was an exceptional experience during our visit.

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We feel great to see your feedback, we hope more can see this and come to know the Mayaland. Thank you very much for so sweet words to our ears.
See you next time!!
Eduardo

Exceptional Service during Exceptional Times... · Guatemala - Feb 17 - Feb 23, 2022

Traveler: Jennie Y. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Exceptional Service during Exceptional Times

Traveling during COVID means uncertainty and ever-changing plans. We made changes to our itinerary until the night before we landed in Guatemala City! It could have been a disaster but it wasn't - we were able to do everything we wanted to do. We were even able to arrange for COVID tests to be administered at our place in Antigua the day before we flew back to USA.

Eduardo was incredibly kind, patient, compassionate and flexible with our group of... read more

Exceptional Service during Exceptional Times

Traveling during COVID means uncertainty and ever-changing plans. We made changes to our itinerary until the night before we landed in Guatemala City! It could have been a disaster but it wasn't - we were able to do everything we wanted to do. We were even able to arrange for COVID tests to be administered at our place in Antigua the day before we flew back to USA.

Eduardo was incredibly kind, patient, compassionate and flexible with our group of six. Shortly into our trip, I knew we were in the absolute best hands. He was also so knowledgeable about the best places to visit and activities to do for our 1 week stay without feeling over-exerted or uncomfortable. One of my favorite highlights was the 2 night stay in Lake Atitlan where Eduardo booked us the most beautiful stay at Hotel Sanbuenaventura in Panajachel and connected us to the best tour guide of our entire trip, Pablo Chumil. Please request Pablo if you want an expert in Guatemala nature (especially birds), local history and safety - great guide, great human all around.

Antonio was our trusted and only driver for all the many hours we spent exploring Guatemala. As a driver, he was prompt and drove safely at all times. We cherished our time together laughing, using broken Spanish and sharing snacks and a meal - we miss you Antonio, thank you for keeping us safe always!

Before I went, I did not know much about Guatemala or its culture and people. However, thanks to the kind and warm-hearted people, both from Kimkim and the locals we met, I am left with the best impression of Guatemala and would no doubt visit again.

Hotel Review

San Buenaventura Hotel

Panajachel, Sololá

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If and when we return to Lake Atitlán, I would 100% book a stay at the Hotel Sanbuenaventura. We got to stay in a standard double bed room one night and upgraded to a two-story suite the following night. Both rooms were very clean with comfortable beds, FILTERED TAP WATER(!), delicious breakfasts (we did not eat lunch and they do not provide dinner). The property feels very tropical with lush landscaping, a beautiful heated pool and many lookout points and green space where you can admire the beautiful lake and volcanos on the horizon. We were always looked after by the hotel staff, they called tuk tuks every time we needed to go into the city center (takes about 15 minutes for them to arrive so plan accordingly).

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Lake Atitlan - Village Tour

Guatemala

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Over 2 days, Pablo Chumil and his expert boat captains took us to 3 villages - San Juan, San Pedro and Santiago Atitlan. We spent the majority of time in charming San Juan, visiting it over 2 days. At first I didn't know why we would go to the village twice but I am so glad we did - we spent 1 day touring an organic coffee cooperative, LA VOZ QUE CLAMA EN EL DECIERTO, SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA and the next day at a women's owned textiles coop, Artesania La Voz De Los Tzutujiles (coincidence in naming). We only made a brief stop in San Pedro so I can't comment on my experience there. Santiago Atitlan was so rich in Mayan history - we visited Maximon, ate the best traditional Mayan/Guatemalan lunch, and enjoyed soaking up the sights and sounds of their culture. I would highly recommend spending an afternoon here. To quote Jurassic Park, "hold on to your butts" during afternoon boat trips across the lake - the water is surprisingly choppy and some rides can be ~30-40 minutes if you're going across the lake. Calm in the mornings, but it was a fun experience! A few of us get sea sickness so we were prepared (turns out natural non-drowsy Dramamine = ginger pills) but we didn't get it too badly.

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Our drivers were so exceptionally skillful at navigating a particularly windy afternoon - our boat was top notch as well!
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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

It is very nice and delectable hearing words like this coming from a wonderfull group It was a pleasure to meet you the first and last day at your house. I am always looking for communication with my clients so we can make them feel safe doing the activities we plan for everyone.

I hope we can see you next time and having kind people as everyone of you are. Iam prettysure the "Superman Zipiline" was enough adventure this time!!!

Saludos from Guatemala!!
Your friend .Eduardo

Weston

Guatemala is amazing! · Belize - Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2022

Traveler: Weston L. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

I would like to give my highest recommendation to both Guatemala as a country and to KimKim/Old Town Outfitters. My wife and I have travelled quite a bit and this was one of our favorite destinations that we have been to. From the inception of our idea to travel to Guatemala, Eduardo was incredibly responsive, receptive and flexible in creating an itinerary that matched our desired level of adventure and relaxation. In traveling to Guatemala we missed our connecting flight which altered... read more

I would like to give my highest recommendation to both Guatemala as a country and to KimKim/Old Town Outfitters. My wife and I have travelled quite a bit and this was one of our favorite destinations that we have been to. From the inception of our idea to travel to Guatemala, Eduardo was incredibly responsive, receptive and flexible in creating an itinerary that matched our desired level of adventure and relaxation. In traveling to Guatemala we missed our connecting flight which altered our arrival time significantly. After contacting Eduardo he sorted everything out and changed our itinerary to accommodate this unforeseen issue.

While in Guatemala, our guide Oseas, was also incredible. His local knowledge, flexibility and overall joy and passion for showing visitors his country enhanced our experience in a wonderful way. He was easy going but also a go getter with no hesitation in driving many long hours often starting early in the morning. We truly feel that Oseas has become a friend and would love to show him around our neck of the woods.

As far as highlights of the trip go, it is hard to nail down just one. That being said, we absolutely loved our time in the Lanquin/Semuc Champey region. The 7 hour drive from Guatemala City is absolutely worth it for those who are seeking a little adventure. Lake Atitlan surpassed its extensive reputation and Antigua was truly a city that we feel we could live in long term.

I speak Spanish which was helpful but absolutely not necessary as both our guide and everyone we interacted with from Old Town was fluent in English. The people of Guatemala are welcoming and friendly, rarely did I feel out of place or unwelcome. As a seasoned traveler, both Guatemala and Old Town Outfitters/KimKim come with my highest recommendation. Please consider a trip here and with them if you are looking for a Central American destination with all the natural and cultural beauty you can imagine.

Hotel Reviews

El Retiro Lodge

Lanquin

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El Retiro Lodge encompasses the beauty and adventure that embodies the Lanquin region. Rooms were clean and secure and the dining area overlooking the river was incredible.

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Very clean and safe feeling. Shower was not very effective and bed was hard but overall the other qualities of this lodging far exceed the need for a hot shower.
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Los Olivos Hotel Boutique y Restaurante

Antigua Guatemala

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Located in a perfect spot in Antigua, you are walking distance from every destination in Antigua. Wifi was good enough to perform video calls and the staff was very helpful

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Weston,
I want to say Thank you for your review, it was nice to meet you at your hotel on the last day of your trip plan.

It's a shame that I could not go to cervecería 14 when you and Oseas were hanging out. I am pretty sure Oseas also enjoyed his time with you. I will show him your review so he can be proud of his Job with both of you.

See you next time !!
Eduardo

Great trip to Belize and Guatemala. Really en... · Guatemala - Jan 5 - Jan 14, 2022

Traveler: LaTasha J. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Great trip to Belize and Guatemala. Really enjoyed most of the places we stayed at and visited. The Tikal jungle lodge was not my favorite but it was decent for a one night stay. Really enjoyed Casa Santo Domingo hotel, Ramon’s village, and sweet songs Hotel. Casa del mundo was also gray for the views and up keep of the facility. The room wasn’t the best because we did find a lot of bugs crawling around in the room that is hard to avoid with the cracks in the walls, windows, and doors and the... read more

Great trip to Belize and Guatemala. Really enjoyed most of the places we stayed at and visited. The Tikal jungle lodge was not my favorite but it was decent for a one night stay. Really enjoyed Casa Santo Domingo hotel, Ramon’s village, and sweet songs Hotel. Casa del mundo was also gray for the views and up keep of the facility. The room wasn’t the best because we did find a lot of bugs crawling around in the room that is hard to avoid with the cracks in the walls, windows, and doors and the location was next to a public bathroom, shower, and walk way so it was not very peaceful. There was also construction outside of our window where they were building a platform as an extension on the window and we’re working on it during our stay. The food was great and the shuttles to the other villages were amazing. The drivers were great and on time. I loved the cooking option with cuscun but I think the extra translator was not needed. It was hard for us to budget with so many guides to be able to give tips as well that we will prob consider setting the sites without guides to save money. Also to have more time at the sites to explore rather than the guided tour. Nothing wrong with the guides because they were all amazing but it is harder to take in the sites with guides trying to get you through the tour and on to the next site so you only hear so much when they are talking especially when you want to explore more on your own. Overall the trip was amazing.

Hotel Reviews

Ramon's Village Resort

San Pedro

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Absolutely enjoyed this location and the excursions available on this trip.

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Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge, a Muy’Ono Resort

San Ignacio

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Jungle Lodge Tikal

Peten

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The hotel is run on a generator that shuts out in the evening. The lights and power won’t work at a certain time at night. The shower had cold water also when the generator shut off.

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Hotel Casa Santo Domingo

Antigua

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Casa del Mundo

Lake Atitlán

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When we stayed there we had a room attached to the public bathroom that was noisy in the am and pm from everyone using it. There was some minor construction going on outside our window that would go on in the am until the evening then stopped before bed time. Other than that there were a lot of bugs crawling around the room due to cracks in the wall, doors, windows, and ceiling but it want too bad.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola LaTasha,
It was wonderful to meet you at the hotel Santo Domingo. I really appreciate your reviews and hope we can see you again in Guatemala to show you other destinations in the country that really worth the visit.
See you in Guatemala again!!
Eduardo

An exceptional experience... · Guatemala - Dec 3 - Dec 3, 2021

Traveler: Jared M. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Eduardo and team provided an exceptional experience during our visit. Everything from transportation to/from the airport to required COVID testing was taken care of. Would certainly reach back out to Eduardo before planning my next trip!

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review Jared! I'm glad you were able to visit Guatemala during these times and enjoy your vacation you and your familly with Luis Pedro guiding you around the country. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!

Eduardo did a great job planning our trip. He... · Guatemala - Dec 24 - Dec 31, 2021

Traveler: Ariel S. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Eduardo did a great job planning our trip. He was very responsive and very helpful, and made the whole experience very easy. I highly recommend using Eduardo's services for a trip to Guatemala.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review, Ariel! I'm glad you were able to visit Guatemala with our cousin during these special times of the year!! with Franciso and your driver Henry guiding you around the country. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!

Christine

This trip was GREAT! · Guatemala - Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2021

Traveler: Christine H. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

This trip was great!
I found KimKim through an Internet search and was so excited. I told them a basic outline of what I wanted and they found me someone who could organize it for me. I basically had a bespoke vacation planned for me. The KimKim web interface is easy to use and what’s really nice is that keeps all of your correspondence with your travel specialist in one place.

I was assigned to Old Town Outfitters in Antigua Guatemala. Eduardo organized my trip EXACTLY how I asked for it. I... read more

This trip was great!
I found KimKim through an Internet search and was so excited. I told them a basic outline of what I wanted and they found me someone who could organize it for me. I basically had a bespoke vacation planned for me. The KimKim web interface is easy to use and what’s really nice is that keeps all of your correspondence with your travel specialist in one place.

I was assigned to Old Town Outfitters in Antigua Guatemala. Eduardo organized my trip EXACTLY how I asked for it. I got to do everything I wanted to do. I had an extra day and Eduardo suggested a volcano climb and it was the perfect addition to my trip. The hotels were clean and had charm.

My itinerary included a volcano climb, a visit to Tikal, a 5 day jungle hike/camp to El Mirador, and a free day to wander Antigua. My guides were all very knowledgable. The guide I had for Tikal, Mario, was one of the most knowledgable guides I have had anywhere. He was able to put the ruins in a historical context encompassing other ruins I had visited before. The guide i and for El Mirador was an amazing mix of guide and outdoorsman. He really took care of our group and I felt completely safe in the jungle with him.

I highly recommend KimKim and will use their services again for other trips. And I also highly recommend Old Town Outfitters and Eduardo if you are going to Central America.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel San Jorge

Antigua

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Rooms are clean and basic. Staff is lovely. Courtyard is gorgeous.

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Only 3 blocks from plaza mayor and several yummy restaurants right around the corner.
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Clean
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So helpful
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Courtyard garden

Del patio hotel

Flores

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The hotel is clean and basic. The courtyard is beautiful. What puts this hotel over the top is the staff. They were soooo nice. I had a 5am pickup and the staff made me coffee and breakfast even though I was leaving 2 full hours before official breakfast. I didn’t ask, they just offered. Everyone there is kind and helpful.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review, Christine! I'm happy to hear you have done a great trek to "El Mirador" in Guatemala experiencing the culture with the local community of "Carmelita" during these special times of the year!! Besides visiting other popular attractions like "Volcano Pacaya" and The Colonial City of Antigua. It was a pleasure to talk to you both days before leaving for your country.

Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!

Nicolas

Trip to Guatemala · Guatemala - Dec 3 - Dec 18, 2021

Traveler: Nicolas B. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

I approached kimkim because I thought they were displaying good values.
Eduardo who helped me plan the itinerary was really approachable and responsive.
Highlights were the visit of Antigua and its surrounding, Yacha, Tikal, the hike on the volcano Acatenango, not forgetting Rio Dulce and lake Atitlán. Stunning places to experience!
Muchas gracias a todos quienes ayudaron a hacer el viaje recuerdos tan maravillosos! Pedro (guide) , Herber (driver), Fernando (driver), Jaime (guide), Daniel (boat).

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Nicholas,
Thank you for taking your recent **Guatemala - 14 days tour ** with Old Town Outfitters.
We are happy you had a great time while you were here in Guatemala. We definitely will pass your feedback to our guides & drivers about your trip.

Hope to you see in Guatemala again soon,
Eduardo

Eduardo is the best of the best! · Guatemala - Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2021

Traveler: Camille S. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Eduardo was amazing! He is very responsive and he planned the best trip we have ever had, and he did it in record time. He truly is the best of the best, and he made sure not only that we had a dream vacation but that daughter and I were safe and taken care of.

I would recommend that anyone going to Guatemala work with Eduardo. You will not be disappointed.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

I really appreciate your comments about the trip plan we had planned for your visit in Guatemala.
There is no other better way to spread the news than somebody that already have experienced this progrmas.

Hope we can see you on the future!!
We feel glad to have done a great job on the field !!

Eduardo

Eduardo was an absolute sweetheart · Guatemala - Jul 22 - Aug 8, 2021

Traveler: Emily N. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Eduardo was an absolute sweetheart, an incredible problem solver, and was truly a pleasure to work with. Throughout our experience, we felt so lucky to have Eduardo on our team!

I don't know how to fully capture how thankful we are to him, and how wholeheartedly I recommend working with him in booking a trip you will never forget!!

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Emily, thank you so much for the in-depth review and your kind words! The whole team here including the guides, drivers and more really enjoyed your enthusiasm throughout the trip and appreciate your willingness to learn about Guatemala.

Thank you again for all your sweet words and your business,
Hopefully we'll see you and family back in Guatemala one day!

Cheers from Guatemala,
Eduardo

Alice

We had a fantastic family trip to Antigua & Lake Atitlan, Guatemala · Guatemala - Feb 16 - Feb 23, 2020

Traveler: Alice M. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We just got back from our week-long family trip to Guatemala. We had an incredible time, due in large part to the efforts of Eduardo of kimkim who set us up with fun things to do, fabulous guides and a great driver, all for a reasonable price. We travel a fair amount but generally wing it when it comes to activities and getting around but using kimkim is likely to become my new modus operandi when planning family trips for our family of 4 (2 parents + 2 daughters ages 11 and 15). It was so... read more

We just got back from our week-long family trip to Guatemala. We had an incredible time, due in large part to the efforts of Eduardo of kimkim who set us up with fun things to do, fabulous guides and a great driver, all for a reasonable price. We travel a fair amount but generally wing it when it comes to activities and getting around but using kimkim is likely to become my new modus operandi when planning family trips for our family of 4 (2 parents + 2 daughters ages 11 and 15). It was so nice to arrive, have a driver (Antonio) waiting to take us to our destination and a guide to help us understand what we were looking at. We had a limited amount of time for this trip and I really felt like this approach let us get the most out of it. We had three different guides (Miguel, Pablo & Flavio) show us different parts of Guatemala and each brought their own background and perspective, which was great. How awesome to have a former entomology professor talk nature and bugs with your kid who is into nature & the wilderness!

The only criticism I would have would be that a couple of the activities were a bit overly ambitious for us with an 11 year old in tow and I wished that kimkim/Eduardo could have anticipated that and made alternate recommendations. On the other hand, he was able to set up workarounds, like a van home at a halfway point for the bike ride through the villages outside Antigua. We did skip one activity altogether because we were tired and needed some downtime.

Overall, 5 stars for kimkim! I will definitely be checking in with you when we are getting ready to go on our next international trip to a new destination. You made my life as the family's trip planner so much easier!

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alice, we really feel happy to get this feedback from you here at Old Town Outfitters in Guatemala...

We hope you have had also a great time while you were here in Guatemala. We strive to provide fun, unique, meaningful, and quality trips at Old Town.
Thanks for spreading the good word about your experience to future travelers and tell us how we did here: We already are trying to do it better again.

Hope to you see in Guatemala again soon,
Eduardo

Diego was really fantastic! There is no way I... · Guatemala - Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: David J. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Diego was really fantastic! There is no way I could have made it up & down Acatenango without him.
He is truly an expert , and gave me encouragement and great instructions. He was fun to be with for all those hours

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

thank you so much for the in-depth review and your kind words! The whole team here including Diego your guide. drivers and more really enjoyed your enthusiasm throughout the trip and appreciate your willingness to learn about Belize and Guatemala. You will be a great ambassador for the country as I'm sure you'll share lots of great stories with your friends and family. Thank you again for your business and hopefully, we'll see you and family back in Guatemala one day!

BRAD

Wonderful exploration of Belize and Guatemala · Guatemala - Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: BRAD K. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

This was a great one week family trip packing A LOT in, from snorkeling and fishing off the coast of Belize, to Mayan ruins and culture, to the beautiful old town of Antigua, to the stunning nature of Pacaya Volcano and Lake Atitlan. We were ambitious in trying to cover a lot of ground, and Eduardo did a great job helping us set the itinerary and coordinate the logistics. There were a few bumps with the driver/guide in Belize, as well as some inevitable flight delays and traffic, but I was... read more

This was a great one week family trip packing A LOT in, from snorkeling and fishing off the coast of Belize, to Mayan ruins and culture, to the beautiful old town of Antigua, to the stunning nature of Pacaya Volcano and Lake Atitlan. We were ambitious in trying to cover a lot of ground, and Eduardo did a great job helping us set the itinerary and coordinate the logistics. There were a few bumps with the driver/guide in Belize, as well as some inevitable flight delays and traffic, but I was able to Whatsapp with Eduardo and get to good resolutions. The people of Belize and Guatemala were friendly and welcoming, and I would highly recommend visits to both countries.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Brad, thank you so much for the in-depth review and your kind words! The whole team here including the guides, drivers and more really enjoyed your enthusiasm throughout the trip and appreciate your willingness to learn about Belize and Guatemala. You will be a great ambassador for the country as I'm sure you'll share lots of great stories with your friends and family. Thank you again for your business and hopefully we'll see you and family back in Guatemala one day!