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“Livingston Humanitarian Tour Guatemala” 5 of 5 stars
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Go With Gus Tours
Barrio Mario Sanchez Diaz, Livingston, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
+502 7947 0694
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Owner description: Shore Excursions for Cruise ships and Day tours for vacation guest's. Go with Gus specialize in Humanitarian, Archeological, Agricultural, Nature- Wildlife, Cultural and Sight seeing Tours for people with limited mobility in the Pacific and Caribbean side of Guatemala and Honduras. We love our job and doing our best to make your tours unforgettable.
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“Livingston Humanitarian Tour Guatemala”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We were docked on 12/15/12 at Santo Thomas Guatemala. We were right in the middle of a 10 night cruise. I had read reviews on cruise critic about go with gus tours and especially this Livingston tour. Our tour was on a saturday so we were not able to go to the kids school but we did see the kids in their little village on the river. There was some confusion about the time we were supposed to depart. Some people booked with a third party and were told 9:45am some were told 9am and We were told 9:30am. Because of this when we departed the pier we had to turn around and go back to pick up the people who were late but were really just given the wrong information. Then we picked them up and were on their way. Some people were not happy about this and complained to Gus, he promised us some beers on him at the restaurant which was very nice of him and he apologized many times. The boat ride to livingston was wonderful, peaceful and beautiful. We stopped at one of Gus's hotels and had some fresh fruit that was amazing. Then we were off to a place for a cold beer and the hot springs, we hung out here for a bit and it was great. Next we went to a little area in the village on the water where we got to eat home made tortillas and beans, there were kids there selling jewelry and it was excellent food, banana bread too! Then we went to Livingston and had lunch with gus, and our group. They had people singing and dancing at the restaurant. I can not recommend this tour enough. Gus really loves his people, he loves that we get to experience his culture and I would 100% do this tour again!

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“Don't use this company”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Our ship booked Go with Gus Tours at the port of Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Across the board the tours did not match the writeup about the tours. Our guide had never been to Antigua and couldn't find the resturant were we were having lunch.

Visited December 2012
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“Pacaya Volcano - Best tour of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We stopped at 8 ports on our cruise and this was the best excursion. Gus's wife, Ira, gave us a big hug at the cruise terminal, walked us to her car, and drove us an hour to the foot of the Pacaya Volcano. We met a very kind guide who walked with us at our pace up the Volcano and stopped to show us plants and wildlife along the way. When we reached the top, the guide whipped out marshmallows and sticks so that we could toast marshmallows on the volcano. We walked down the other side of the volcano through wildlife into a small village, where Ira was waiting for us with a home-cooked Guatemalan meal. Thanks!!!!!!

Note: To hike the volcano, you'll want to be physically fit. If you're not, there are horse "taxis" available for $25 each way (maybe it was less -- I can't remember). You won't be able to get all the way to the lava crater since it's active, but you'll get pretty close to the top where you can roast marshmallows on the heat.

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“A major highlight on our western Caribbean cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Go with Gus runs well-organized tours connecting with cruise ships at Santo Tomas, Guatemala.
Our tour with this independent operator was a major highlight on our western Caribbean cruise on HAL’s Ryndam. We chose to take the trip to San Felipe and Banana Plantation with lunch, with the intention of gaining our own impressions of rural Guatemala; we chose Go with Gus because of the many positive reviews on Trip Advisor and elsewhere.
We were courteously met by Gus and his team at the pier in Santo Tomas and were guided to his speedboat which brought us across the bay to Livingston with about 20 other visitors. We took a short break at his hotel on the waterside, where Gus introduced himself while we enjoyed some local fresh fruit. We then visited a junior school across the river, where we handed out some little presents to the kids and their mothers. For the rest of the day the four of us had an individual tour. First we went along the spectacular Rio Dulce by boat, pausing on the way to look more closely at the nature and other points of interest. On arrival at San Filipe we visited the fort and then had a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant on the lakeside. The tour continued by road, with a minibus to ourselves. The route went through La Ruidosa and Entre Rios back to the cruise terminal. On the way we briefly stopped at a banana plantation, but this was quite short, as we needed to be back on time for the departure of the ship.
Our guide for the day was Isai, who enthusiastically explained what we were seeing. He knowledgeably answered our questions about the region and about Guatemala; being a small group we were also able to engage in an interesting conversation comparing life in our two countries; that made the day especially enjoyable. Highly recommended!

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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I have been on 10 cruises and have taken many shore excursions and this BY far is the best one I have ever taken. You will truley see the culture and Gus is one of the kindest men I have ever met. He is very good at showing you what typical tours do not. A plus!!! I highly suggest this to anyone!

Visited January 2012
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