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“Had a great experience with Carnival Tours Belize's Altun Ha Maya Site & River Wallace Tour”
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Carnival Tours Belize
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

We were looking for an alternative to Carnival Cruise Line's tours and came across Carnival Tours Belize on TripAdvisor. Carnival Tours Belize is not associated with Carnival Cruise Line. They offer a tour which is identical to Carnival's Altun Ha Maya Site & River Wallace except that it costs less, includes lunch and is more personal that Carnival Cruise's version. One of the problems with cruise ship tours is that there are a million people going on each tour. By going to an independent tour operator, you get a much smaller group going, so you don't have to waste time waiting for so many other people to do stuff like get on and off the bus.

Our tour guide waited for us (2 kids, 2 adults, 2 seniors) patiently at the pier (all of Carnival's tenders were running late), and she took us to the waiting van. On the drive over to Altun Ha, she gave us a good balance of information and answered our questions nicely. At Altun Ha, she gave us a nice tour of the place and was mindful of the time (Carnivals' tenders were running late, so we had less time to spend in Belize). I was not expecting much with Altun Ha because I've been to larger ruins like Coba, Tulum, and Chichen Itza. Altun Ha was different enough that we enjoyed it. Our tour guide's stories of Altun Ha made the ruins come alive -- and the group was small enough so that everyone can hear her.

After the Altun Ha tour, she drove us to what looked like a private residence for lunch. The residence had a large yard that was set up with cooking facilities and outdoor tables. They gave us a typical Belize home cooked meal (chicken, rice/beans, salad and soda). The meal was VERY, VERY delicious. The bonus is that no one got food poisoning. :) The bathroom was inside the private residence, and it was interesting to see what another culture's homes looked like inside. Perhaps I'm wrong but it looked like the main entrance of the house leads directly to the kitchen, and the living room is off of the kitchen.

After lunch, we got on a boat and cruised the River Wallace. The river was very scenic and our tour guide would point out wildlife like alligators (or were they crocodiles?), iguanas and bats. I'm not sure how the tour guide does it, but she could spot wildlife even when we were cruising at high speed. When she spotted something interesting, she would tell the boat's driver to stop so that we can check it out. I think the kids enjoyed the river more as it was neater to the kids to see wildlife in a non-zoo environment. River Wallace flows out to the ocean, and once we were out of the river area, the boat took us back to the dock so that we could catch out tender.

Signing up for the tour was painless. The people there spoke clear English and were friendly. I'll post some photos when I get some more time.

I highly recommend this tour and tour operator!

14  Thank BenDRL
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We booked our tour of the City of Belize and Ruins through Carnival Tours Belize instead of going through the cruise ship. There were 3 ships in port that day and we left our booking too late to get a private tour, however they managed to find 4 seats on a bus that was taking passengers from RCI on the tour. Tiffany our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. She answered every question that was asked and gave us alot of information about the ruins, city, and country of Belize.
Belize is a very poor country and I think it is important for all of us including our children to see how others live and appreciate what we have. Those readers who are upset about seeing poverty should not get off the boat.
Thanks to Kelvin and his team for a great day!

2  Thank Sn0w_sucks
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Carnival Tours Belize.com Very poor tour, and definitely not good value for amount charged.
We were very disappointed with this tour. We did not feel the the guide was knowledgeable enough about the Altun Ha site.
The attractions we were told we would see were literally pointed out as we drove by - at the end of the trip we were told we would be given the chance to do some shopping,this amounted to being dropped off at a small tourists market right next to the port, where we were hassled and made to feel uncomfortable by two large black ladies who followed us around the market offering sexy massages.
Also the trip guide states the tour ends at the Smoky Mermaid for complimentary drinks. This did not happen.

Would not recommend this trip to anyone.

3  Thank davvid_allen
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We just left Belize a day ago and had a wonderful guided tour of the Altun Ha Maya Site and a River Wallace boat tour. We booked our tour on the Internet instead of going with the cruise line and were glad that we did! Our guides were at the port to meet us and took excellent care of our group. We felt pampered and had a both entertaining and informative tour of Belize City, the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and a boat trip complete with monkey's and large iguana's in the trees and crocodiles in the water. Our tour included a tasty chicken lunch and every one of the 22 in our group raved about the tour on return to the boat! Finally, they got us back to port an hour before we had to leave, even though we got a bit of a late start (our fault).

A hint: be sure to get everyone up early to catch the first tender! The second wave of tenders can take a while!

4  Thank gcarp
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

My girlfriend booked us with Carnival Tours Belize and it was easily the best decision we made on our trip. Better price and better experience than the rest of my family had. We visited Altun Ha and Belize City. Dana and Simone, our guides, were very knowledgeable and friendly. We were one of only two couples on the excursion, so our trip was quick, easy, and personable. No big tour buses, just the six of us hanging out and seeing the real Belize. The ruins were amazing, and we got to sneak past the big crowds and see all of the sites first. We had the local beer (Belikin - amazing, by the way) and an awesome lunch. We saw so much wildlife, including wild parrots. Finally, we got to see the real Belize City, historic houses, churches, etc. as well as the shopping district, which is quite an experience with small family owned stores from immigrants from all over the world. We had no idea that Belize was so diverse and exciting, even in the rainy months. When my girlfriend left her camera in the van, we worried we'd never see our pictures again. Wrong - we had the camera back in a couple of weeks! Overall, the tour guides are awesome, the company is very professional, and the countryside is beautiful! This excursion was by far the most memorable - as we got to get off the beaten path and see the real Belize.

9  Thank qcaples
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