We loved our trip to Guatemala & Belize. We t...
Guatemala | Aug 2 - Aug 23, 2023

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ELIZABETH C.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

We loved our trip to Guatemala & Belize. We took our 2 grandchildren 14 & 12 with us. Our trip had been a long time in the making and thinking. We had ideas of where we wanted to go but we were really in the dark until we stumbled on Kim Kim and Old Town Outfitters, they made our planning so much easier. They were very easy to work with and the itinerary they set out for us was amazing. We had adventures, fun and history ending with 5 days of relaxation in Belize. We loved all of our guides ... Vini and our driver Ivan that took us to Tikal. Olivero who was a wealth of information on Mayan history and ruins which was one of the main reasons we were in Guatemala and our guide in Belize, the three of them were excellent and very easy to spend time with. Kim Kim and Old Town Outfitters worked with our budget on every level and all our accommodation was very comfortable. They suggested places for us to visit that we would never have considered and certainly did not know about. We had the best time and our itinerary exceeded our expectations. Having a guide and driver while travelling with our grandchildren took a lot of stress out of our travels and they shared a lot with us about the culture and history of the places we visited and helped us with our Spanish. Kim Kim and Old Town Outfitters provided excellent and helpful service and their itinerary made our trip so easy ... stress free and worry free. Thank you!! We highly recommend them for your travel adventure.

Hotel Review
San Buenaventura Hotel
Panajachel, Sololá

This was our first place we stayed at when we arrived in Guatemala. The location is beautiful ... right on Lake Atitlan. Our hotel room was two bedrooms and our beds were comfortable. It was two levels ... the upstairs had a kitchenette and two divans that were made into beds. We had a lovely patio area upstairs and could see out to the lake. The breakfast was delicious and the staff are very friendly. It was the perfect place for us to start our trip from.

Authenticity & Character
We loved our room and it had an amazing door. The hotel room itself was a great design it had a wonderful stair well and a great patio area to eat outside.
Location
Right on the lake and has easy access to catch a boat and visit the villages on the other side of the lake. An easy drive from the town on Lake Atitlan where there is plenty of shops, a supermarket and a bank.
Staff
All the staff provided great service. The staff at the front desk were very helpful. The dining staff were excellent even thought we did not speak much Spanish they were very helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our hotel was very clean. The bathroom was very clean.
Activity Reviews
Hike Acatenango Volcano & Camp Overnight
Hike Acatenango Volcano & Camp Overnight
Guatemala

This has been one of the most spectacular trips I have done ... watching the sunrise was awe inspiring! The eruptions of the volcano directly opposite us was amazing! The walk up was long and demanding but well worth the end result. I think this is a must do.

Quality of Experience
Our guide and the sunrise
Food
The food in Guatemala is wonderful. We really like the black beans.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide Vini and our driver Ivan were wonderful to us and really good with our grandchildren
Transport
Our transport was excellent our driver very good.
Visit Chichicastenango Market from Antigua
Visit Chichicastenango Market from Antigua
Guatemala

The colours of this market are spectacular. Beautiful textiles and crafts. The food market was amazing as well. We really enjoyed the energy here.

Quality of Experience
If you like Markets and local textiles I am sure you will love this
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sunrise on Acatenango & Descent
Sunrise on Acatenango & Descent
Guatemala

Spectacular ... a must do.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Shared Day Trip to Semuc Champey
Shared Day Trip to Semuc Champey
Guatemala

We had a great day here ... caving, tubing and swimming in the blue pools. It was fun with a bit of adventure.

Quality of Experience
We really enjoyed the group of people we were with, they made it fun and interesting.
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We had a local guide with us and our holiday guide. The local guide was very helpful
Transport
We took public transport and that was a very different experience for us. A lot of fun.
Explore Tikal National Park
Explore Tikal National Park
Guatemala

We really enjoyed Tikal National Park and stayed inside the park. The ruins are spectacular!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Olivero was our guide. His knowledge of Mayan culture, people and ruins was very helpful and really added to our experience. It was also very helpful that he was Mayan.
Transport
El mirador Overnight and Camping
El mirador Overnight and Camping
Guatemala

Staying at El Mirador Overnight camp was great. The tents were comfortable, we had one each. We were catered for and the food was excellent. It was quite the adventure staying over night in the jungle. Due to time we helicoptered in and it was a fantastic flight flying over the jungle and seeing the ruins from the air.

Quality of Experience
Food
Well catered for at the camp.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Olivero our guide, was again very informative and helpful.
Transport
The helicopter flight in was a real treat.
Cave tubing tour
Cave tubing tour
Guatemala

This cave was beautiful and the tubing trip through was fun.

Quality of Experience
Food
There is very little not like in regard to the food that we have eaten on our trip.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Again we had a really good guide. We have had excellent guides all the way on our trip.
Transport
We were picked up on time. The transport was very comfortable.
Snorkeling Tour in the Belize Barrier Reef
Snorkeling Tour in the Belize Barrier Reef
Caye Caulker

Another fantastic trip ... snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef ... it was beautiful. We were swimming with nursing sharks, sting rays and other fish. It was so beautiful, the ocean is beautiful. It was a beautiful hot day. We were out on the ocean and reef all day.

Quality of Experience
Being on and in the ocean was beautiful.
Food
Lunch was provided for us and drinks, alcohol and non alcoholic. The food was good.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide on the was very enthusiastic and the staff that took care of us were very good. We went into the ocean in smaller groups and each group had its own guide and they were very good at making sure we stayed together etc. They were really nice people and took very good care of us.
Transport
The boat was modern and comfortable and had plenty of room for everyone.
Tour Yaxhá Maya Ruins
Tour Yaxhá Maya Ruins
Guatemala

These were our last lot of ruins on our trip. All the ruins we have seen on our trip are fascinating. We have enjoyed them all.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Olivero our Mayan guide was excellent and his knowledge of the local ruins really brought our experience alive. We learnt so much from him.
Transport
Modern and comfortable
Local specialist: Eduardo Celada
Eduardo
Eduardo Celada
Local specialist in Antigua, Guatemala | Replied on Aug 31, 2023

Thank you for each word in this feedback. We feel happy to know that you enjoyed your trip with us and you had an amazing trip with our guides and got immersed in two Central American cultures.
Saludos de Guatemala y Belize.
Eduardo