Luis Godoy runs a small business focused on a great a customer experience. We used him for our trips to both ATM and Tikal. Luis has great guides, bi-lingual, years of experience, all licensed, and with good vans that can handle the rough roads. ATM is an amazing experience you'll never forget. Adventure, archeology, Mayan ritual, wading across 3 river crossings, and wading/swimming through a cave all in one day. Luis only takes small groups and I'd recommend paying a premium if you can to keep the group at a minimum of 4. (It's easy for the group to get strung out in a cave. Our group only had 2. ) Bring only a small bag with a change of clothes which will stay in the van. Don't bring money or anything else. (ATM no longer allows cameras, but Lois emailed us over 50 fantastic pictures of the place, which are better than I could have taken.) Water shoes are a must and you have to take them off and wear socks while in the sacred area at the end of the cave. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and supply lunch. At ATM he provided a great sack lunch. For Tikal, we left early (7AM) to avoid the crowds and had a great Guatemalan breakfast near where they did "Survivor Tikal". Billie (our guide to Tikal) stopped often at our request to take pictures of the Mayan villages along the way. (Grinding corn, washing clothes in the lake, woman carrying jugs on their heads, kids gathering wood. You won't want to miss it.) If you only go to one Mayan site, Tikal is the best. You'll easily see why it’s both a cultural and natural World Heritage Site. Lunch is at a beautiful restaurant on the grounds of Tikal park. On the trip to Tikal, Luis took us from San Ignacio to the Guatemalan border, where we went through customs/immigration and were picked up on the other side by Billie, our guide. The transfer worked flawlessly in both directions.
Tip: If you easily get cold, my wife recommends a 3 mil long sleeve scuba top for ATM, which worked great. I was fine in a polyester T-shirt.
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