We arrived Belize via a cruise ship wanting to visit a Mayan site. We never join the ship's shore excursions as they're like herding cats. We want something personalized and, preferably, private. So we're always looking to find a great local tour company.
After considerable research, we found Kim and her team at UpClose Belize. She was very patient in answering our questions and making recommendations about which site or sites to visit.
Everything happened exactly as she said it would. Our party of 3 were met at the cruise terminal by a great tour guide who drove us through Belize City and the countryside to a boat landing on the New River where another guide took over for the 45 minute boat ride to Lamanai, an extraordinary Mayan site located in the north of Belize in the Orange Walk District.
The boat ride include stops to feed monkeys, view reptiles, bats and other flora and fauna, as well as a Mennonite community. Allan, our guide was very knowledgeable about his country and made us feel like family, rather than a customer.
Upon arrival were provided with a delicious lunch followed by an extensive, take-your-time tour of the site. Allan's knowledge of the site and its place in the Mayan world was very helpful. All in all, it was a great experience and we will definitely use Kim again on our next visit to Belize.
We strongly recommend Kim and her team to anyone visiting Belize.
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