This was a wonderful trip, there were just two of us and our guide Mirko who was very knowledgable. The Copan ruins are great we had a guide called Gladys who explained what the various buildings and carvings represented, and the history of the city and the kings. The temple is very large as it has been built over many times the ball court is interesting as you can imagine the games taking place.There is a staircase covered in a tarpaulin but it is possible to see the glyphs carved into the risers .The marina hotel in Copan was lovely with pretty gardens our room had a terrace at the rear which was full of plants and flowers there is a pool, the breakfast was a very nice buffet. We also had supper in the hotel.the hotel is in the middle of the town. The trip to Quiriga was interesting there are many stellae which are in their oroginal places the space is very big , not all the buildings have been un earthed due to the trees growing in themThe museum is small but quite interestingand jade shop were good.there is a lot of driving involved, but I would recommend this tour. Crossing the border was easy there is a tax at both borders, and you get your passport stamped in Honduras, when you return it is straight through.
que buen viaje. guías muy estudiados y ruinas increíbles. muy buen servicio.
Went to Tikal on 1/20/2014. Was picked up at hotel and driven to airport. Brought passport which was needed and boarded 20-seat plane for the 45-minute trip. Carlos was our guide. He walked at a furious pace throughout the hike in the rain and mud. He talked to whoever was in front of him, which was nobody. Only those who kept up with him could hear him. On numerous occasions, I shouted from near the rear of the nine-person group that "we couldn't hear a damn thing you're saying!" He was aloof as if talking to the GODS. The trip is a 5-7 mile hike made palatable by a guide who would share their thoughts to the group. This action was not part of Carlos's repertoire. The site is overwhelming. Carlos as a guide is UNDERWHELMING!!! We had lunch at the site. They served cream of asparagus soup to which I am lactose-intolerant. There was no other option. Entrée was either beef or chicken. After spending $340 for the excursion, YOU HAD TO PAY FOR A SODA!! COME ON! We completed the day at the site by racing past the souvenir stand. I was afforded a quick opportunity to purchase something. Bad business, CARLOS!
Overview: We asked other people from other groups about their experience to which their guide was excellent. Unfortunately, our group grabbed the short straw. With a guide who was sensitive to their group, this tour would be fine.
It was a great trip. The guide was amazing and he was very knowledgeable. We were pleasantly surprised when we found out we had a private tour. Thank you
My husband and I were the only ones booked on this tour, most tour operators would have cancelled, not Viator they sent a car with a driver. We had a great time this man (sorry his name escapes me at the moment) went out of his way to give us such a great day. MY husband is from Guatemala however he learnt a lot about his country on this trip. We will never forget all the kindness shown to us.
Trip was good, but an unknown person died with possibly heart attack at Tikal during our visit.
There was no medical emergency medical help, not even a walk i-talki to contact any emergency personnel.
It is dangerous place to visit without any emergency help. We found out the batteries for Walk i-talki is out over a year.
I will not recommend any one to take this trip with this kind of situation.
We were picked up promptly at 7AM at our hotel in Guatemala City. The van ride took about 3 hours to arrive at Panajachel with a rest stop half way there. We crossed Lake Atitlan and took a tour of Santiago. Santiago is very interesting with the Mayan markets and street vendors selling all types of local handcrafts. Our guide explained the interesting combination of Mayan and Catholic religion. I found this fascinating. We headed back across the lake which was very choppy. (Hint) sit in the back of the boat if you can, I was drenched by the time we got back.
Our trip was fun and very informative. The guide spoke understandable English and took us all over the park. He knew the park well and lots about the Mayan culture and practices. Also, lunch was good. We were picked up at our hotel and returned at the end of the day, which was very helpful. However, I wish that I had an itinerary for the day telling me what time the flights were. The time frame did was not according to the website.
Great day, great guide.
I was able to see Tikal, which was my goal, but there was so much standing around and waiting around that we could have seen a whole lot more. We stopped at a souvenir shop and stood there for at least half an hour. When people have traveled across the world to see a sight, waiting around in a souvenir shop is the last thing they want. Also, perhaps due to the slow pace of the trip, we did not have time to explore the area on our own, as the trip description promised. The tour could have been a lot better, and so much more could be seen if the pace could be kicked up a notch!
IR A GUATEMALA Y NO IR A EL TIKAL ES COMO NO IR A GUATEMALA.
The English guide was really great! He kew english well enough to answer questions. However we didn't have time to see everything. Also the food was great but we had to pay for the drinks which I didn't like because we were so thirsty even though I had brought a big liter bottle of water. I think that water should have been included in the meal plan. Also we had to pay out of pocket an exit tax from the airport which should have been included in the original price.
Of course we enjoyed the splendor of Tikal. To view the heart of an ancient civilization more than 3,000 years old was incredible. The trip that Viator promised was up to par. Everything was as planned. The plane trips to and fro, the van to the park, the tour and the afternoon lunch was all as expected. The personnel were very good and we learned a lot from our guide. I highly recommend Viator.
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