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“Xunantunich and Kayaking”

Maya Guide Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Maya Guide Adventures is based on the Hummingbird Highway and offers more than the ordinary tours as well as incredible expeditions in the rivers and jungles of Belize! Our quest for adventure and the thrills of an incredible adrenaline rush is what drives us to offer the best of what Belize has to offer! We offer adventures such as: Cave Kayaking through 7 miles of underground cave system, Waterfall Repelling, Overnight Kayaking, Overnight Jungle and Cave Exploration treks, St Herman's Cave Exploration, Crystal Cave, Xunantunich and kayaking combo, Survival Expeditions and Leadership Courses. Cave Tubing is done on request!!
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I found MGA online and was very pleased! 2 friends and I, we are Peace Corps volunteers in Guatemala, ended up staying at a place called Hammock Bridge EcoResort (the old Palacio's) off the Hummingbird Highway. I had initially set up for the full day Xunantunich and kayak trip with Marcos telling him we were staying at Hammock Bridge. We waited about 2.5 hours and no one showed up... turns out there is more than one Hammock Bridge! However, Marcos was incredible and somehow managed to track us down and as we were waiting for a bus on the side of the highway a man came down on his bike telling us Marcos was on the other line. 20 minutes later Marcos was there and we were off. We had a great time at Xunantunich and Marcos was very knowledgeable about the ruins and surrounding area. After that we headed to the Mopan river for some kayaking. What a great adventure! We saw lots of iguanas and had a great time. Marcos is an incredible guide and I cannot recommend him enough. He has so many great stories and a lot of experience. We are planning on going back to Belize in June and doing some spearfishing at night with Marcos. If you are going to Belize, you must meet up with Marcos (and go stay at Hammock Bridge--the old Palacio's)!!

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Guide was local and very knowledgeable and friendly. Easy travel to and from site

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Marcos and Maya Guides was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Belize and I cannot recommend him too strongly. We, four of us, trudged up to his open air kitchen with just another guides recommendation and we came away amazed and very happy. He was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about anything you could want to know. The caves kayaking gave you miles of amazing scenery that you get short shrift on with the tubing trip. Be prepared with water shoes and clothing for paddling, good bug spray and sunscreen for when you are not in the caves. He provided lunch on a very private beach. We used the formal bus stop right that end of his driveway off the Hummingbird Hwy to head to Placencia when we were done. In Armenia a mile or so on the hwy he steered us to some amazing roadside food since we were unexpected. Bring a small dry bag for medication and a dry box for your camera. So for anyone out there---go and enjoy a living local treasure.

1  Thank meekep
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

This is a reason in itself to come to Belize. The cave kayaking is maybe my favorite adventure day I've ever done. The caves are unique, beautiful, and Marcos inspires both confidence and awe in the surroundings. It was great to sit at lunch and hear his stories about the history of the Maya culture in Belize, the efforts for preservation and exploration now, and about his involvement in those efforts. Hearing his explanations of the spiritual and cultural significance of the cave systems, while peacefully floating through them on a kayak with a head lamp... you couldn't ask for anything better. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.... although I do hope to do it again. The cave system itself is striking, the water is crystal clear, and the occasional sky lights and windows into the jungle are breathtaking. A few small rapids and obstacles provide just enough adventure for a secure sense of accomplishment. Marcos and his son Francis are both warm, engaging, and their pride and enjoyment of what they do is infectious. Don't miss out.

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Reviewed May 20, 2012

Marcos from Maya Guides is a first-rate guide, a man who has trained the British special forces (SAS) in jungle survival, been trained himself as a professional guide in kayaking, trekking and mountaineering in the states, and is a small legend in Belize tourism. Visiting Belize, we all want some beach time, but Maya Guides is a great escape for some land-based adventure. My girlfriend and I did cave kayaking with Marcos while staying in Placencia. Marcos generally does tours for four people or more (less than four can be done but will be a bit more expensive per person; a lot of the booking agents in town can help put together a group if you're traveling solo - FYI, we found Marcos by accident when our dive shop (Avadon divers, also highly recommended) put us in touch with him). We kayaked about eight miles through the river system that leads across Belize, underground, and eventually leads (under the ocean) to Blue Hole national park (though of course we didn't go that far). It's a beautiful trip through jungle and limestone caves. Marcos expertly guides you through all of it, and you don't need kayaking experience. There are a few short rapids (class 1-2) that are fun, but most of the trip is really extremely peaceful. Seeing the caves by kayak is a beautiful way of exploring them - much better, from what I can tell, then by tubing: most of the tubing groups we saw looked like spring break trips, and the screaming and shouting detracted from the beauty of the caves. (Fortunately, we encountered them only briefly and quickly moved on our way). Marcos is also engaged in preservation of Mayan sites in Belize and can explain a great deal about past and present Mayan culture. Indeed, just having the opportunity to speak with someone like Marcos, who has amazing stories and has taken part in establishing many of the sites or routes that are now standard on Belize land-based tours, was one of the best parts of the trip. I would love to come back to Belize and take Marcos's other tours (such as his jungle survival course, which can be anything from 1 to 9 days long). Highly, highly recommended.

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