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“The highlight of our cruise vacation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Experience Belize - Day Tours

Experience Belize - Day Tours
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Viator Exclusive: Belize City and Altun Ha Mayan Site Tour
Ranked #22 of 77 Tours in Belize City
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Owner description: We are a sightseeing tour operator offering tours to Altun Ha Mayan Site.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Allentown, PA
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“The highlight of our cruise vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We traveled with Allen and Leah as our tour guides to the Altun Ha ruins in August 2013. We got off to a somewhat frustrating start since some of our fellow passengers on our Carnival Dream cruise decided to sleep late. So, we were waiting in Belize City with Allen and Leah for some other cruise passengers to get off of the tender, which leave the ship in the order of when you get your number at the designated tender gathering point on your ship. If this happens to you, you can ask Allen to start the tour of the city on time, and the rest of the passengers on your ship who decided to sleep late can catch up to the bus after the city portion of the tour is complete, and when the bus is ready to travel to the ruins. The tour of Belize city was an hour. Then, an hour drive to the ruins, spending 1.5 hours at the ruins, and then one hour drive back to the port. So, the tour was 4.5 hours total. Allen is an excellent tour guide, and Leah was great. Both grew up in Belize, and are so knowledgeable. Allen saw a person riding a bike along the road wearing a hat and sunglasses. It looked like nobody to me. Allen explained that the person riding the bike wearing a hat and sunglasses was a member of a certain political party who had recently held office, and who was recently voted out of office in Belize. To anyone who was less knowledgeable it would have appeared to be just a person on a bike with sunglasses. There were so many things that Allen and Leah shared with us that impressed me, I was trying to soak in all of the great pieces of knowledge about this unique country. At $45 per adult, and $25 per child, this tour was a good value, and children under age five are free. It included cold beer, water and soda, but no lunch. One person on our tour needed a potty break on the way to the ruins. So, we asked to stop and we stopped at what appeared to be like a convenience store. We got juice, chips, cracker jacks, snacks, etc. I am so glad they asked to stop since this turned out to be our lunch. I enjoyed the convenience store since it was a glimpse at real life in Belize, and not just life at the Mayan Ruins, which is obviously a tourist destination. The convenience store items cost $22 Belize dollars which translated to $11 US dollars, and they accepted my credit card so the transaction was easy. The lunch at the Mayan Ruins was optional to purchase and we did not buy it, but bought a few bags of M&Ms instead there. The optional lunch area at the ruins was not appealing to me, as sanitation was uncertain. To summarize, Allen and Leah have been tour guides for nine years, and they only do trips to Altun Ha now. I highly recommend them as knowledgeable guides. We even got to see their neighborhood where they live currently, and also the neighborhood where Leah grew up. However, you will have to tender into this port of Belize from your cruise ship. Tendering takes much patience, and my advice is to get up early to be on an early tender. Ask Allen for the tour to start on time, and the late risers on your cruise just miss some of the tour that includes Belize City. Enjoy, as this was my favorite part of my entire cruise! Now, I feel like I know so much more about the unique country of Belize which became a country in 1981 .....(P.S. English is the language of Belize!) Also, the tender back to the ship went quickly and was very easy. So don't hesitate to tender which means you can hire a private guide that you have researched and conversed with over the internet. Leah answered many of my questions over the internet before we even left home.

Visited August 2013
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Rome, Georgia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great day in Belize”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Allen does a great tour in a comfortable van showing you the town and Altun Ha ruins. He is very informative about the history of his country and the ruins of the Mayans. He also gave us drinks while on the tour. If you want to see the Mayan ruins this is the tour to take.

Visited August 2013
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Newnan, Georgia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“An Unbelizable Day with Experience Belize Tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Our family did this tour last week, it was "unbelizeable"! Alan and Leah treated us like family from the moment that they met us. Leah greeted us upon arrival at the meeting place (btw, directions were very clear and right on), although she was not able to spend the day with us, she made sure that everyone had what they needed and were prepared for the day. Alan was waiting for us on the nice COOL clean tour bus. We quickly began the tour with Alan getting to know the two families on the bus. Offering us sodas, water and local beer. Alan was very professional yet friendly and whitty. He was very knowledgeable about everything on the island. He did a great job answering any of the questions that either of the families had. He not only taught us about the Ruins but told us about plants, animals, ecosystems and other facts that were important to their island. He was great with the children, answering any of their questions and making sure that they were also having fun. We spoke with several other families that went on tours sold by the cruiseline and none seemed to compare with our day. They felt like they were being herded thru the ruins in an effort to stay on schedule. We were able to spend as much time as desired. I would recommend Alan and Leah (Experience Belize) to anyone that wants an interactive day with a tour guide in a small group setting. Alan and Leah....you guys rock!

Visited August 2013
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Allen guided a tour for two of us and the dropped us at the airport for or flight. The tour was great, Allen was amazing and the value was outstanding. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2013
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Altun Ha Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Alan and Leah took us on after the company we were booked through had car problems. They were super friendly and entertaining as we traveled through the city up to the ruins. Alan was very knowledgable about the ruins and the history. The price was great, van was cool and clean, and they even provided us with refreshing drinks after our hot time in the sun. Highly recommend this over booking through the cruise ship, you will save yourself lots of money and get just as good of a tour if not better. Thank you for making our time in Belize "unBelizable!"

Visited June 2013
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