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Kin Winik Jungle Tours

San Ignacio, Belize
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ClimbnRide wrote a review Jan 2020
Waterloo, Ontario151 contributions86 helpful votes
Now doing business as M&S Adventure and Archaeology. As a solo traveller it can be hard to get on tours on the dates you have available. I reached out to Mario and he arranged visits to Caracol, ATM and Barton Creek three days running. Mario guided the Caracol tour and his knowledge and passion for Mayan history and architecture was readily apparent. His brother Renan guided ATM and as one of the first to guide the cave, he too had a wealth of knowledge to share. Even though I was the only client for Barton Creek, Mario made it happen by combining some training with an aspiring guide. He took us deep into the cave system past some very low overheads for a great adventure. I highly recommend Mario and his colleagues for personalized professional services.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Sue123456789102014 wrote a review Oct 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia14 contributions3 helpful votes
Mario was our host for the 24 hours we spent on the mainland of Belize and he helped us make the most of it. He picked us up at the airport, dropped us at our hotel in San Ignacio, then picked us up for a nighttime jungle tour. It was just two of us, so we were delighted that his wife Channel came along for the jungle tour because she was fun to hang out with. It was an all in the family affair because the next morning, Mario picked us up, then we picked up his brother Renan so we could do the ATM cave tour. Renan is AWESOME SO GREAT AND WONDERFUL. It was, again, just the two of us as we hiked, swam, scooted, climbed through the cave. My friend has a fear of heights, which led to a few tense moments as we navigated the cave. Renan has the patience of a saint. Our cave tour was really magnificent, and we made it out alive! Both Mario and Renan are Mayan, and proud, which made our tours so much more enlightening and interesting. The drive from the airport to San Ignacio, where we were staying is about 2 hours, and Mario filled the time with stories about Belize and the Mayan people and history. He patiently answered all my ignorant gringo questions, and the drive was actually a highlight of the trip. After the cave tour, we had a pleasant picnic that Channel had made for us (with a special vegetarian version for me) After the jam packed 24 hours, Mario got us back to Belize City to catch the water taxi. All this for only $510 (for both of us,not for each). Just amazing.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Tom B wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom21 contributions1 helpful vote
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We did a 2 day trek and overnight camping trip with Mario and Antonio. The trip was superb. We trekked through the jungle in the Elijio Panti National Park where Antonio taught us the basics of how to survive in the jungle while Mario identified loads of different birds for us. We camped by a beautiful waterfall where we had chicken cooked over a fire and went swimming in the pools. The next day we visited an incredible cave system which the Mayans had used for ceremonial purposes. We were the only ones there, it was amazing. Antonio and Mario were superb. I can't recommend this trip enough. Book it now. (But make sure you take enough water as we ran out on the way back and prepare yourself for walking in the heat!)
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Nikita wrote a review Mar 2019
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We arranged several tours with Mario to fill some of our time in San Ignacio. We chose his company based off other reviews as we enjoy the knowledge tour guides offer but don't want to feel like cattle being herded through an activity. All our tours were very personal and had their own unique spin compared to the more commercialized tour operations. While Mario is very knowledgeable he isn't afraid to access other local guides to provide you the best experience possible. Additionally, all prices were more competitive for a smaller group which was a great plus. We learned an amazing amount and would highly recommend Mario and his company to any other visitors!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Mike C wrote a review Mar 2019
Death Valley11 contributions13 helpful votes
We are independent travelers and generally don't hire guides, but it made sense to do so for the trip to Caracol... and we feel really fortunate to have gone with Mario. He's thoughtful, well-read, extremely interesting and knowledgeable about Mayan culture, and he presents an inclusive, fascinating, nuanced view of the culture as it developed over time. Mario has clearly spent years studying Mayan language, art, architecture, and archeology, and the way he tells a story is exceptionally thorough and engaging. Mario also times the visit at Caracol so that other groups have already passed through and you essentially have the site to yourself, which leads to a wonderful experience. We learned a lot and found the tour one of the highlights of our trip to Belize. Mario is also considerate and kind, which is nice when you're spending the whole day together. In addition to Caracol, our tour included a LONG drive to and from the site (no other way to get there), lunch at the site prepared in advance by Mario's wife, a stop at Rio Frio cave on the way, and a visit to Rio on Pools to swim at the end of the day. Rio on Pools is a real gem, a beautiful natural series of waterfalls, swimming holes, and slick granite waterslides to cool off when it's about a million degrees in the afternoon. Definitely bring a bathing suit and plan on a dip-- it's a great way to end a really great day. Would highly recommend any trip with Mario, especially one that involves learning about Mayan history and culture.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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