We learned and experienced so much with Nickoli I am sure I will not be able to share everything. First of all my family booked the Howler Monkey/Altun Ha private day trip to do while docked in Belize with Carnival. I reserved online and promptly received an email with very detailed information and instructions about meeting up. We had no trouble finding Nick and we got started right away. There were only 5 of us, including Nick, so we were in a mini van instead of a bus which made it way more personal and we enjoyed that more. We wanted to take pictures at the colorful Belize sign and he made sure we did that first before heading to the Baboon Sanctuary. We set off through the city and then Nick stopped off and got us some tasty oranges, bananas and drinks. Nick heard my son talking about his love for foreign money and he offered to trade him moneys so he could have that for his collection, and even gave him some coins as well. When we arrived at the sanctuary we were met with another guide there who specializes in the sanctuary. We took a quick walk into the rainforest where she called for the monkeys. It was very quiet at first and I started to think it was just my luck that they would not show up while I was there, because it is NOT a zoo, we were in their territory and it is a huge property. Alas after calling them and walking around they made their appearance and we were not disappointed. They got very close, were not afraid and knew Nick had bananas. They searched his pocket lol! It did take every ounce of self control not to reach out and pet them, but observing them in their own environment and being part of that was satisfying enough. We then stopped for lunch where we ate like royalty, literally..i ate what the Queen had when she visited..the people and the food were fantastic. We tried ox tail and gibnut paca..but there was also the best chicken, beans, rice and cole slaw ever! Nick challenged my youngest to taste the hot salsa and of course..he put 3 scoops. It got him sweating, but he did it! Bellies full we traveled to Altun Ha where we were shown much more than the structures. Nick climbed and brought down spice leaves and pulled lemongrass for us to smell. He showed us and informed us of all the natural medicines there are in the wild of Belize and we were astounded. We went rum tasting and wine tasting also and we enjoyed every minute. We always felt safe with Nickoli, he has a very extensive familiarity with the people and surroundings..as you will learn his family background and his stories of growing up there..please ask questions and learn from him. We felt so comfortable and close to him by the end of our time together we were begging him to come visit us and let us guide him around our city! Please do not let booking outside of Carnival or other cruise ships scare you, at least not from this one for sure. We missed nothing, even did extra and still finished up with hours to spare. Completely satisfied, felt like we got way more than we paid for and highly recommend Nickoli and this tour.
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