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Review of MayaWalk Tours

MayaWalk Tours
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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio
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Macal River Canoeing and Rainforest Medicinal Trail
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mayawalk Tours is an eco-friendly, family owned, local tour operator based in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. We have been operating adventure tours since 1997, and we offer over a dozen adventure tours in Belize, with special emphasis on caving and canoeing tours. Our local guides are more than happy to share their knowledge about the archaeology and history of the sites that you will visit. Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely tour or a more rugged adventure, Mayawalk Tours can help you plan a special trip that you will remember for a lifetime.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We booked three tours through Mayawalk and they were able to give us a discount for booking in bulk, so inquire about that if you're interested. All three tours were well organized, priced right, and our tour guides were great. After the tours, the restaurant (and especially Jimmie, the uber outgoing chef / master BBQer) treated us like family and made for a great "after tour" hang out spot. We met friends through our tours and Mayawalk was a great way to connect with others and take in everything the area had to offer.

The Tours themselves:
Surprisingly, the ATM tour wasn't our favorite...don't get me wrong, ATM was still neat to check out, but it was really crowded (literally hundreds of people crammed inside a small stretch of caves, where you had to jockey and wait around for the group ahead and behind of you to clear) and not quite as physically challenging as I had hoped. I had expected a strenuous, active adventure and kind of felt it to be a slow moving and not really that much tougher than mall walking or wading in the pool in terms of challenge - you don't need to be an athlete to do this, just about anyone of mediocre shape or better should be able to handle it (and did). I think ATM would have been better if our expectations were more reasonable (not at all a fault of Mayawalk, just including this for others as an FYI if planning your tours and you're an active person) - to me, ATM seemed a bit anticlimatic and crowded/touristy after all of the build up. If you go, try to pick an off day to go, as I think it'd be better if it weren't crammed with people - when we went, the river had flooded the day prior so all of the prior day's trips were cancelled, so I think that meant for us that there were 2+ days of trips all going at once, which meant a lot of people, and it definitely detracted from the experience.

Caracol & Big Rock Falls was by far the winner. Caracol is amazing!! It's a rough drive, but the reward for withstanding the drive is that hardly anyone is there, and you are blown away at how majestic and beautiful it is. We were in a small group of three people and our tour guide then took the long way home and showed us more caves and water falls which were also stunning.

Cave Tubing was also cool, and a relaxing way to spend the day. It's not exactly white water rafting, the float is very slow and controlled, so don't worry about this being scary at all.

Mayawalk had great food and drinks before & after your tours, and great hospitality. The food provided on the trips was also great, and the tour guides shared a lot of local knowledge and expertise which was awesome.

Thanks again for all the good times Mayawalk!

Thank nnnick
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We went to Caracol and to ATM. Both trips were amazing. ATM had a group of 8 and we ended up with a private tour of Caracol. Both of our guides were great. Aaron took us to ATM. This is a place you need to trust your guide, he was exceptional. Both trips were less expensive then the other companies. Included a lunch of chicken and rice and of course beer and rum punch. Book through Andrew.

Thank Derek W
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Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

ATM tour was amazing ask for Aaron and your sure to not be disappointed! He had so much fun with our group really took his time to have fun with us!

Thank Hannah14620
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We had Gonzo as a guide and thought he was great. Yes, he told us not to use sunscreen (after we already put some on) but... we are in a CAVE, therefore sunscreen (and insect replenent as it turns out) was not needed. Gonzo studies these caves for his masters degree in archeology and is very knowlegable about the archeology. He answered any questions I had regarding the human remains and pottery found. The cave and trip is amazing! We were in water most of the time but it was comfortable. I would not like to spelunk, but this was a big cave with few small areas to squeeze through (some) and some rocks to climb, overall fairly easy. The lights were a little dim, this is were the tour managers need to step up. When you did get to see the cave, a good light is turned on, it was amazing! Very large and cavernous. We turned off the lights once just to see how dark it was, yes you could not see your hand in front of your face. Very amazing trip, a must see in San Ignacio. No Photos allowed!

Thank Dianne59-12
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We were directed to Mayawalk as part of a group and chose to do the ATM Caves tour.
Now the caves are amazing and I cannot recommended enough, however, the service provided by our guide was downright rude.
It started on the bus where we re told our footwear wasn't suitable (despite checking evening before). When we said this the response was "well, I'm in charge today". We stopped at a store and half the group were made to buy croc type shoes.
Once at the carpark, we were told to get ready and wait a few minutes. We started putting on sun screen and insect repellent (both recommended by Head office) just to be shouted at like children saying we're ruining the environment.
We chose to wait, in the shade, near the changing rooms. Again Gonzo came over and sighed "you all look bored".
The walk to the lunch spot was interesting as Aaron pointed out plants and animals, but after lunch, and once back with Mr Grumpy the comments continued such as "fancy watching a human sacrifice?", "there's a great museum in USA with human skin lampshades" etc. Worse of all was his refusal to change some failed batteries on a helmet with "stop your winging", and then telling us all off for not being respectful of other cultures because we were talking to each other and not asking him questions.
Once we'd completed the tour, he left us to walk back through jungle alone.
We also discovered that a few of the group had managed to get the tour $20 cheaper than we paid so negotiate hard - and ask not to have Gonzo as a guide.

Thank ARFortuneUK
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