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“You guys can totally fit!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kin Winik Jungle Tours

Kin Winik Jungle Tours
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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2 reviews
“You guys can totally fit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

That's what John said to us as our group descended down a tiny hole into a cave in Mountain Pine Reserve. It was the single most awesome part of the whole trip to San Ignacio. John is as down-to-earth and as personable as any human being I have ever met. He's a patient and insightful guide. Every question we had, he knew the answer. The next time we're in Belize, John Chuc will be our only guide.

Visited December 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Exceptional, knowledgeable tour operator in San Ignacio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

My husband and I booked an all-day tour through Mountain Pine Ridge with Kin Winik based on all the great reviews on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed! John Chuc is a fabulous tour guide! In fact, he was the best we experienced in Belize. What we loved about him was his passion for the jungle and his wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna. We learned so much about the area from John. We also found him to be extremely friendly, genuine and helpful. Our tour included Thousand Foot/Hidden Valley Falls, Rio Frio Caves (highly recommended!), Rio On Pools (beautiful cascades, lunch and swimming spot), Big Rock Falls, and a quick stop at Gaia Lodge. We especially liked swimming at Big Rock Falls and walking through Rio Frio Cave, which was used by Mayans. I was six months pregnant at the time, so the rough roads through Mountain Pine Ridge made me a bit uncomfortable after a long day, but John was a careful driver and patient with me. He even picked us up and returned us to our lodge, which was quite a ways off from San Ignacio town. He also provided a nice picnic lunch and bottles of water. Look nowhere else if you want an authentic, passionate, knowledgeable tour operator for your trip in the Cayo Region.

Visited March 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“John Chuc is the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

There is a reason that everyone has rated Kin Winik as excellent. That is because John Chuc is an amazing guide. We (two of us) went with him on the Mountain Pine Ridge/ Caracol tour, and it was the highlight of our trip to Belize. We'd mentioned an interest in wildlife, and in plants in general, and John took us well off the beaten path to see what we could see (and taste). His love for the area and his people is clear, and he taught us so much about the amazing history of the area, as well as the land and the people still living there. I got a real sense that John customizes his tours to what people are interested in, so I expect everyone would have a different (but equally great) experience. We were quite disappointed that John is unable to do ATM tours himself, as I'm sure we would have gotten more out of it going with him than with anyone else.

Visited March 2013
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richmond, va
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Mountain Pine Reserve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2013

John Chuc, our guide and owner of kin Winik Jungle Tours took our family on a fabulous day in the Mountain Pine Reserve. What a great guide, perhaps the best of our trip to belize.

His tour encompassed 6 stops, each better than the previous. Swimming at Big Rock Falls is a MUST.

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Epic adventure with the best guide possible.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

We went on the Mountain Pine Ridge tour with John. It turned out that it was only 2 of us on the tour so it was our own private guide. John was so passionate and knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure we had an experience geared to our individual needs. We went to 1000ft falls, Rio Frio cave, Rio on Pools and Big Rock Falls. John even wanted to show us one more attraction even though it was late and it was his son's birthday. John came swimming with us at Big Rock falls and even guided us in to the waterfall and jumped off the rocks with my boyfriend (I watched!!!!). He was so informative about the agriculture, Mayan and Belize culture. John was able to leave us to our own devices to go explore and also join in the fun! Lunch was wonderful (triple decker sandwiches, chips and fresh fruit). This is not your typical tour, these guides have passion for what they are doing and go out of their way to make it a once in a lifetime experience.

Visited February 2013
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