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Balaam Eco Adventures - Day Tours

San Ignacio, Belize
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About Balaam Eco Adventures - Day Tours
Balaam Eco Adventures is your Belize Vacation & Private Tour Specialist, we strive for excellence to ensure that you have the most memorable Vacation in Belize. We pride ourselves in offering you the best services in Belize and work hard to exceed your expectations so you can have wonderful memories for a lifetime on your Belize Vacations, Tours & Excursions with us. Our Tours are Private, Customized and tailored to suit your needs accompanied by our handpicked experienced Naturalist Guides. We practice Eco-Tourism by having small groups causing minimal impact to our Fragile Environments. We offer Private Tours, Customized, Tailored Packages & Itineraries, Complete Vacation Planning throughout Belize to the best of Rainforest, Ruins & Reefs. Belize Private Shuttles & Flights is your Belize Private Shuttles, Transfers, Flights & Helicopter Specialist. We offer the best of Private Transfers, Private Shuttles, Group Shuttles, Taxi Shuttles, Private Chartered Flights, Domestic Flights within Belize, Flights to Merida, Cancun, Guatemala City, Flores, San Pedro Sula, Roatan in Honduras and Belize Private Tours. Helicopter Sight seeing Tours & Transfers are offered upon request to spectacular locations like the Great Blue Hole, Mayan Temples, Thousand Feet Waterfall and so many more surreal locations in Beautiful Belize. We are your 1 stop shop! For more information on our Belize Vacation Packages, Adventure tours or any questions you might have, please email us If you would like a detailed itinerary for any trip or have specific questions please let us know our Managing Director Oscar Castaneda will be happy to e-mail you or talk to you.
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ricardo l wrote a review Aug 2016
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Knowledgeable, professional, and full of passion. Oscar delivered much more than expected. If you want to discover and experience the Maya World , Balaam Eco Adventures service is well above any other operator. We consider ourselves lucky to have found a new friend in Belize and would encourage you to travel with Oscar and his team around his country and neighboring states as well. He managed everything without a glitch in our 10 day "adventure".
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Response from oscarozzy, Owner at Balaam Eco Adventures - Day Tours
Responded Aug 29, 2016
Balaam Eco Adventures would like to thank our new friends Ricardo and his son Enzo for visiting Belize on vacations and for an outstanding review of our services. Reviews help us to show how much our guests enjoyed our services and for our future guests to also enjoy high levels of professionalism, expertise and how passionate we are about what we do. As a family business we cater for families. Many tourists come from very far to vacation in Belize to experience the best of Rainforest, Ruins & Reefs. My daughter had an opportunity to join our guests Ricardo and Enzo on an Adventure for a tour of Lamanai to see the hidden wonders we have in Belize. Shannely Edrei Castaneda had a fun day at Lamanai. As she goes to Junior year of high school this year she is now getting exposed to the family business and will join us next summer for an internship at our office at Balaam Eco Adventures. Love what you do and do what you love. Book your Customized & Tailor Made Belize Vacations. Visit our website for more information on Adventures and Customized Tailor Made Vacations in Belize, El Salvador and Costa Rica Greetings from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town Balaam Eco Adventures Oscar Castaneda Photography Owner/Managing Director Oscar Castaneda
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HollyJayne wrote a review Aug 2016
2 contributions1 helpful vote
My time spent with Balaam Eco Adventures was outstanding. I've traveled quite a bit and Oscar was the best tour guide I've ever booked a trip with. He was professional yet so friendly and we had so much fun! I can't wait until I can return to Belize and book more excursions with this company. It's really nice to have found someone in a foreign country that I felt so safe with; a true man of integrity. His recommendations for the trip I booked with him as well as the things he suggested about San Pedro were spot on. I give Oscar my highest recommendation.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Response from oscarozzy, Owner at Balaam Eco Adventures - Day Tours
Responded Aug 10, 2016
We are happy to have met you Holly and to take you on g reat Adventures at Xunantunich, Cave Tubing and Ziplining. It was an awesome experience to have you in San Pedro and to enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and even visiting the original Belize sign which you really wanted to see. We treat our guests like family and are passionate about the itineraries and adventures we lead. We just launched our new Balaam Eco Adventures Website now offering Vacations to El Salvador and Costa Rica as we grow and expand our business. We have more options for your next visit with us. We value and appreciate your 5 star review which helps us with your feedback to continaully improve our servives to you and future guests. Thank you very much for an outstanding review and for the referrals to your friends and family. Greetings from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Pescador Drive inside The Rum, Cigar & Coffee House Balaam Eco Adventures Oscar Castaneda Photography Owner/Managing Director Oscar Castaneda
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isapoloes wrote a review Jun 2016
New York City, New York1 contribution
We met Oscar only two days before the end of our trip and he was able to quickly accommodate us for a private tour the very next day for the Mayan ruins and cave tubing.. What an experience! First off, Oscar was a kind and experienced tour guide but also very professional and lots of fun! Everything was organized for us including breakfast, lunch and gear rental with absolutely zero wait time. He was also an amazing photographer, taking pictures of us throughout the trip and capturing the best moments so we were free to have fun. Overall, it was an amazing day with Oscar, we would absolutely book another tour with him and recommend you do also. We learned so much and made a great friend on the island!
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Date of experience: June 2016
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Response from oscarozzy, Owner at Balaam Eco Adventures - Day Tours
Responded Jul 6, 2016
I was working on my laptop when Andrea and Isabella came into my office and wanted to book a Tour to Altun Ha. They only had one day left for tours as they were leaving the following day back to New York City. I suggested doing a Private Customized Tour to Xunantunich & Cave Tubing which is more adventureous and more impresssive than Altun Ha since it would be thier last day for a tour. Both Andrea and Isabella enjoyed the photos I had taken at Xunantunich and Cave Tubing with previous guests that they booked these tours. We had a lot of fun at Xunantunich & Cave Tubing and some wonderful photographs at both destinations. You can view some photographs I took on Oscar Castaneda Photography facebook page. I have not worked a single day in my life since I love being a Personal guide and photographer for my guests. Thank you Andrea and Isbella for this phenomenal 5 star review which helps us to grow our family business. The best compliment you can give us is a 5 star review and refferal to your friends. Greetings from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Pescador Drive inside The Rum, Cigar & Coffee House Balaam Eco Adventures Oscar Castaneda Photography Owner/Managing Director Oscar Castaneda
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kc0lumb0 wrote a review Jun 2016
Miami, Florida3 contributions2 helpful votes
First off, I want to say that I write this review without any coercion to do so; all 4 of us in my party were absolutely AMAZED at the customer service, professionalism and quality of this tour. We have traveled all over the world and this tour and tour guide (Oscar) was by far the BEST we have ever had. We met Oscar by chance when we were shopping around in San Pedro. And we are so happy we did! When we first planned our trip, I figured I would have to skip out on the activities that the rest of the people in my group would get to do (like cave tubing and hiking) since I have some medical issues. But, when we met Oscar, he explained how he personalizes his trips and could adjust the activities to make it work for my needs. He gave us a detailed explanation of the costs and the activities and we were so impressed with his demeanor that we made arrangements that very same day! He also helped us out through the next few days before our tour with recommendations for transportation and restaurants. Our tour with Balaam Eco Adventures far exceeded our expectations. We did the Zoo and Cave Tubing. First, we flew into Belize city and Oscar took us to breakfast and went out of his way to give us a tour of the city, and pick up refreshments for our day. The zoo was incredible and Oscar was very, very knowledgeable about the different animals and history of the zoo. He clearly is dedicated to the animals of Belize and is an expert. Then we went to lunch at an awesome spot on the way to the Mayan caves...it was delicious! We then went to the caves and it was breathtaking. Oscar had arranged a special route for me since I could not do too much hiking. So, I was comfortable the whole time. We could not believe how incredibly gorgeous the caves were. When we got there, Oscar even offered to take professional photos of us, running around to get the best angles and lighting for the pictures. We had no idea he was going to do this additional service for us, and honestly, it was so much better than any pictures we could have taken. He clearly is dedicated to his customers and his work! And they were FANTASTIC pictures....to the point where my fiance and I asked if he does weddings! We were sad when the day ended because we truly felt we made a lifelong friendship through Oscar and Balaam Eco Adventures. I could go on and on, but in summary, this was an outstanding tour thanks to Oscar...5 stars and beyond!!
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Date of experience: June 2016
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Response from oscarozzy, Owner at Balaam Eco Adventures - Day Tours
Responded Jun 18, 2016
It was great meeting Kelli, her fiance Zachary, her best friend Gabrielle and boyfriend Steve on Sunday June 12th, 2016. We met at my office on Pescador Drive in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. I offered our tours and Kelli mentioned that she wanted to do Cave Tubing but was hesitant as the website she read did not have much information and she did not want to do the tour. I showed Kelli and their party of four some of the pictures I had taken of previous guests Cave Tubing, Ziplining, Xunantunich Maya Ruins, Diving, Fishing and other tours. I explained the way we do our tours which is Customized Tailor Made and Personalized to our guests. We offer personal services at Balaam Eco Adventures and Create Lifetime Memories One Vacation at a Time. Kelli and their group decided to book a combo tour of The Belize Zoo and Cave Tubing and I was thier Private CEO/Naturalist Guide for two amazing Adventures. We had a lot of fun and I am truely passionate about the Tours, Excursions and Adventures I lead. Am an Ambassador of Belize, descendant of the ancient Mayas and it was an honour to show our beautiful country to Kelli, Zachary, Gabrielle and Steve and make it fun. One of our other sister businesses is Oscar Castaneda Photography and I took almost 243 pictures of Kelli and her party for the Cave Tubing. I even made an album on Oscar Castaneda Photography's facebook page which you can view under the album: Private Customized Tailor Made Tours for two awesome couples. We are happy that we exceeded your expectations and that we offerred you a Tour of a Lifetime. I humbly thank you for this awesome review. Your heartfelt gratitute in writing this outstanding review helps us to grow our family business and show other potential guests the level of services we offer at Balaam Eco Adventures and Oscar Castaneda Photography. The best compliments you can give us is an outstanding review and refferals to your friends and family about us. See you soon Kelli, Zachary, Gabrielle and Steve and looking forward to being your photographer for your Wedding Kelli and Zachary. Greetings from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Pescador Drive inside The Rum, Cigar & Coffee House Balaam Eco Adventures Oscar Castaneda Photography Owner/Managing Director Oscar Castaneda
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Christie M wrote a review Feb 2016
Eastvale, California3 contributions4 helpful votes
Fabulous trip, but ... (read on) My mom and I had a fabulous trip! Balaam Eco Adventures put together a very well-coordinated trip for us. The activities were all amazing and we had a great time. We enjoyed the Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala, zip lining, cave tubing and snorkeling. And our guide, Herbie, was the BEST! He was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot. He was also very kind and patient about going at a slower pace for my mom. However… My only complaint is that Oscar quoted me US$200 to take us from our hotel in Belize City to the Belize International Airport. I thought this sounded outrageous and questioned him on it, telling him that my research showed that it should cost between US$25 and US$50. He became very defensive and assured me that his fee included private transportation in an air-conditioned SUV with pickup early in the morning and that any taxi would charge me more for getting up early in the morning. I declined and said I would figure out my own transportation when I got there. However, upon arriving in Belize City, I learned that rides to the airport are a fixed rate of US $25. We took a private, air-conditioned car (a very nice sedan) who picked us up early in the morning and the driver charged us exactly US $25. I am extremely disappointed that Oscar tried to charge me 8 times the fixed rate. I am glad that I trusted my instincts. Similarly, Oscar quoted me $US450 for a private, guided tour for my mom and me of the Baboon Sanctuary and the Belize Zoo. Again, I questioned these prices noting that I had found much cheaper excursions online, but he assured me that those would be in large groups from cruise ships. However, upon arriving in Belize City, I found a guide that would have taken us to the Belize Zoo for US$120, including private, air conditioned transportation, entrance fees and a private guided tour. Granted, this did not include the Baboon Sanctuary and Oscar will claim that his guide is more experienced. But, I still think charging almost 4 times the price is outrageous. Both of these experiences left me questioning Balaam’s pricing and feeling like I was taken advantage of. Unfortunately, when I was planning my trip to Belize, I did not have the time to fully research all the options and pricing. I booked my trip through Balaam because it was easy – one package that included all the activities and transportation. But, after these two examples, I feel like I probably paid way too much. Don’t get me wrong – Balaam did a GREAT job and we had a great trip. And Oscar will say that I wound up getting a "private" tour (we were lucky that no one else signed up for this package, so it wound up being just me and my mom) and "custom" (because they picked us up one day early and then gave us a free day on our own). However, we also paid for a day tour that we had to cancel due to my mom getting injured. If you are thinking of booking a trip with Balaam, please know they will plan a great trip for you and I am sure you will have a great time. But, be careful to do your homework on the pricing!
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Response from oscarozzy, Owner at Balaam Eco Adventures - Day Tours
Responded Feb 22, 2016
It was great to plan and customize our Rainforest & Reefs Package for Christie and her mom. I am happy that they loved our services. If they are still complaining about our prices I feel so sorry about that and it's out of our control. We try to please and make everyone happy but its almost impossible to do so and some will still be unhappy with what we do. The Rainforest & Reef Adventure Package has huge discounts and it only cost $1125.00USD + 12.5%GST Tax per person which comes out to a total of $1265.63USD per person for 5Nights/6Days. This price is for group tours with a maximum of 12 persons joining in on the Package. Christie's dates were Feb 7 to 14th, 2016, 7Nights/8Days and not 5Nights/6Days as our original Package is described. She had a Customized Tailor Made Package and I did not charge more for a Customized Tailored made and Exclusively Private Package but honored our rack rates as advertised in my website. They had Herbie a family man and their own Private CEO/Naturalist Guide with over 20 years of experience for the tours in the Customized Rainforest & Reef Adventure Package. Our additonal Optional tours below are Exclusively Private Tours and Customized for only two of you and the prices below are non- negiotable. The $200.00USD is for a Private Transportation to the Airport in our fully air-conditioned SUV with pick up early in the morning at 5:30am so they could be at the airport in time prior to departure time for International Flight which is required. We do not own nor operate taxi services and they all have their own rates. Some have a steady rate and others charge more or less depending on your negiociation with them, time of day or night. I lived in the US in California and took cabs in New York City and cabs will charge more than $25USD to $50USD for a transfer like this one. To begin they have meter in the US and it runs expensive. Optional Tours Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour & Belize City Tour for two persons *$400.00USD Total inclusive of 12.5% GST Tax Baboon Sanctuary & Belize Zoo Tour for two persons *$450.00USD Total inclusive of 12.5% GST Tax The prices that Christie is comparing me with are for CruiseShip, Trip Advisory and with other companies. They are cheaper, you get a cheaper tour and you are with 50 other passengers in a big coach bus with a lot of noisy people. Plus on February 14th which is a Saturday we don't have any Cruiseship calling to Belize. With us you are paying for more than just a Private Tour, having a Private CEO/Naturalist Guide with over 20 years of experience and so many other benefits. We are offerring you exclusive services. Please click on our website under the link to learn about 10 reasons Why to Book with Balaam Eco Adventures. Why Book with Balaam Eco Adventures? Travel with Belize Experts. Vacation in Belize with only the best. Our Travel Consultants are ready to assist you. Some guides will give you a quotation for $120.00USD per person for only the Belize Zoo and for two its would be $240.00USD half my price. My price was for Belize Zoo & Baboon Sanctuary for $250USD per person, with a Chief Experience Officer/Naturalist Guide with over 20 years experience, we are a registered Tour Operator, a Destination Management Company, a Registered Business, and we have insurance for our vehicles and also passenger liability insurance. What you pay for is what you get. I am pretty sure that that guide is not a Licensed Tour Operator, he is not a registered Tour Operator with Belize Tourism Board, he has no insurance, he is not a Destination Management Company, he has no overhead expenses and is just trying to make money to feed his family. If you book with a guide like that you are breaking the law, empowering him to break the law and if you have an accident while on his tour you have no insurance to cover the accident. He will also get fined $5000.00 Belize by Belize Tourism Board and he can also end up in Prison. I gave her the option to book only the Rainforest & Reef Adventure Package with us or to also book the optional tour and the Airport Transfer with a third party. "You are also free to book only the Rainforest & Reef Adventure Package with us and have a third party do your transfer and optional tour." We are not ripping you off but our prices are competitive and we offer you more than what you pay for and always exceed your expectations. Read our reviews on Trip Advisory and see what our guests are saying about us. We work hard to give you the best and go out of our way to ensure you have an unbelizeable time and memories to cherish for a lifetime. I have been in business for 20 years and have the best CEO/Naturalist Guides. You can't really put a dollar figure on the level of expertise, and higher level of services that we provide. Much less compare us to cheap tours and lower standards of service and professionalism. It is also unfair to compare us to other cheaper companies. What you pay for is what you get basically and if you want to pay a cheaper tour that is exactly what you will get. With other companies its only about the money. With Balaam Eco Adventures we change people's lives, we are Eco-Friendly practicing Responsible & Sustainable Eco-Tourism. We change people's lives, ours and everyone we come in contact with. Thank you Christie for choosing Balaam Eco Adventures for your first Belize Vacations. Traveling with your mom isaweome but we treat you like friends and family and we welcome you to our backyard taking care of your every need. We are now friends for life and we love to exceed your expectations. You are stuck with me and Balaam Eco Adventures for life. Let us know to which other countries you would like to travel with us. We are currently re-designing our website to add other destinations like: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador. Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba. We keep growing and innovating our services. Our services also entend to photography with Oscar Castaneda Photography the newest addition to our services for you our guests. Come visit us again to experience more of Belize. Thank you for an outstanding review, your feedback as this helps us to grow our business and show other potential guests the level of services that we provide. The best compliment you can give us is a refferal to your friends and family. Greetings from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Pescador Drive inside The Rum, Cigar & Coffee House Balaam Eco Adventures Owner/Managing Director Oscar Castaneda
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