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Nine Eco Cultural Tours

San Ignacio, Belize
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AngelaPal_13 wrote a review Dec 2018
Sacramento, California7 contributions
The tour guide, Dan, takes very good care. He came to the hotel the night before. I can say that this is where the Caracol, Mountain Pine Ridge and Rio On tour started. He asked us what we would like for lunch the other day. He also asked us what was important for us to see. This visit was a go of icebreaker and previews of the following day. The following morning we set out early after grabbing breakfast at our hotel. We had to be at the escort station foster 9 am. Dan is very knowledgeable about the Maya sites. We took lots if pictures to and from the site. We arrived did the tour. We started with the highest structure. Then we continued to the other structures including the ball parks and an aqueduct. After touring the site we had a tasty lunch and started heading back. On the way back we stopped at the beautiful Rio On Pools. This was gorgeous and refreshing. On the way back to the hotel it was raining hard. Dan was a great and careful driver. He took us safely back to the hotel. I have one critical recommendation. The 14 sweater van that we were in needs a speaker system so that we can all hear. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Jackabe wrote a review Nov 2017
Collingwood, Canada35 contributions6 helpful votes
I messaged Joe to inquire about a few tours for our stay in San Ignacio and he provided us with information on different options and coordinated everything for us. He even set us up with a room at Hode's Place, a little hotel with a great restaurant. Joe was quick to reply, friendly, and really helpful. He made our last minute trip to Belize even more carefree. Joe coordinated a half day tour of cave tubing with Josiah as our guide. There are normally 300-400 tourists in the cave on any given day, but because it was a rainy day during low-season, it was only Josiah, my boyfriend, and myself in the whole park! It made for an amazing experience. We would highly recommend Josiah, who was funny, laid back, and knowledgeable. Our second day was spent on a full day tour into Guatemala to see the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Our guide, Jorge De Leon and a local guide were friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable on Mayan history, culture, and hieroglyphs. They walked us through the park, highlighted different significant aspects and told stories in such a passionate and detailed way. It really made for an interesting day.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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cb8057 wrote a review Jun 2017
New Braunfels, Texas9 contributions1 helpful vote
We LOVED Nine Eco Tours! Our guide Josiah picked us up at the airport and shuttled us to San Ignacio. All along the way he provided us with history, insight, and interesting facts about the country. He was very knowledgeable and extremely friendly, answering our plethora of annoying tourist questions with a smile every time. We even requested to stop for lunch and Josiah obliged us and waited for us with no additional charge. We decided to book our transfer back to Belize City three days later and Josiah took us back, even stopping along the way to let us browse at gift shops and showing us where to find Belizian coffee. Our transfer was well worth the price, and Josiah was a very kind and helpful guide. We would readily book our transfers with Nine again. We also did the ATM tour with Nine as well. It was... spectacular, to say the least. Our guide Patrick was extremely knowledgeable, and you could tell he took pride in the cave- the #1 sacred cave in the world. (If you're reading this review- do it! it is one of the most astonishing experiences I've ever had.) We thoroughly enjoyed Patrick's love and knowledge of the cave, and the climbing and swimming made it one grand adventure. Nine Eco tours provided local Belizian lunch (stew chicken and rice and beans) and it was AMAZING. Finally, at the end of the ATM tour, we celebrated with two Belikin beers apiece. The tour was well worth the price. Simply incredible. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank Joe Awe, Patrick and Josiah for giving us a truly memorable and wonderful experience. You truly made our trip! Thank you!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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pjkdenver wrote a review Sep 2016
denver242 contributions60 helpful votes
We have used Nine Eco Cultural Tours for many years in Belize to tour Xunantunich with different groups. Prior to that, we experienced a few other tour guides, and I can say with confidence that Joe Awe is the best tour guide we ever had. He is incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining and easily keeps the interest of all of our group participants. Joe has a degree in cultural anthropology and he is highly educated about Maya history and is able to draw meaningful parallels with contemporary society. He also teaches tourism at a local college and often has students joining him to provide them with experience and learn from him, which is commendable. We hope to be able to use Nine Eco Cultural Tours for many years to come!
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Scott K wrote a review Apr 2016
San Diego, California85 contributions23 helpful votes
We used Nine Eco tours for the inland part of our Belize trip. We had prearranged our transportation with Nine Eco Tours and were picked up at the airport, by Joshua. A very knowledgeable and warm young man. We had an enjoyable ride to San Ignacio with plenty of information given us about Belize. The next morning we met with Hob for our tour to the Carocal Ruins. Where Joshua left off, Hob picked up. The ride to Carocal is, lets say not smooth, but still very enjoyable with Hob doing the driving. He was an encyclopedia on this day's excursion. He very much loves his job and you know it. The next day we went zip-lining and cave rafting. Again, Hob was our guide, so we knew it was going to be a great day. Our trip to the ruins the day before took its toll on my wife legs. Hob to the rescue! He helped with her the raft, carrying it when she was not able. Both tours were good, could have been better, if it were not for the cruise ship folks. Hint, (Tuesdays and Thursdays are cruise ship days) so do your excursions at a distance, 3 hours, away from Belize City. Nine Eco Tours did not arrange our trips these days, our travel agent did. If the event's days had been swapped, it would have been perfect.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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