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Belize Nature Travel
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Owner description: Explore the undiscovered with Belize Nature Travel and our team of experienced guides and reservationists . Lets not forget our amazing cook .We aim to give our guests the best experience of our Beautiful Country of Belize .Come and feel at home with Belize Nature Travel only the Best for you !
Sandpoint, Idaho
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“Great and helpful people”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

We started our two week Belize vacation in San Ignacio. The day after we arrived we did the ATM tour with Belize Nature Travel. After many e-mail exchanges before our trip, we felt they really cared and helped out with all our questions (really quick replies). They even helped us find a great place to stay at.
Usually we like to do and explore things on our own, but since you have to go with a guide we decided to try this for once and it was really a great experience!
The ATM Cave tour was great with our guide Danny . He had a lot of knowledge and made it very interesting and fun for everyone. It was absolutely one of the highlights of our trip, and the lunch they provided was awesome! This tour went out early so we were one of the first groups there which was really nice as it can get a little crowded to get through some parts.. Since there are no cameras allowed it was really nice to receive lots of photos from Belize Nature Travel after our tour. My husband and I highly recommends Belize Nature Travel Tours. They are really adaptable to all interests and ages and I am sure they will make everyone's trip memorable.

Visited April 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Luis is the best”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Luis was our tour guide while sightseeing around San Ignacio. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids ages 12 & 13. He was a deep knowledge of the area from his days with his father in the jungles and his research projects at several Mayan sites. We toured Caracol, San Ignacio and the local zip line with him. He was punctual, very patient, attentive to our needs and stopped to show us many unique features/animals on our travels. It was a pleasure to travel with him as a guide and will gladly use his firms service again.

Visited April 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
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“If you can book them, do it!”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Luis has to be the most experienced tour guide in San Ignacio. Even better, he's probably also the best tour guide. He'll share tons of stories about all of the Mayan site excavations he's been involved with, or the military jungle survival training he helped run for the US and UK, or his family's involvement with the Belize zoo. There don't seem to be many parts of Belize Luis has not been directly involved with at one point or another. That includes discovering an unmapped Mayan ruin with several of his guests!

I really can't say enough good things about Luis. He has a number of vehicles which are all in excellent shape and well cared for. He takes pride in his business and Belize, and he truly loves to share it all with tourists. I can imagine some guides getting bored sharing the same information over and over, but with Luis I suspect I'd hear a completely different set of stories and some different information were I to do the same trip again with him. The man has the eyes of a hawk, as he spotted all kinds of great birds on our drive into Caracol. He knows where to look for everything, so every slightly wet or muddy crossing he'd be scanning the side of the road so we could stop and look at Tapir tracks (if you can, go to the zoo, it's fantastic. All the species are local and they all look genuinely happy - a lot of the cages are very open and you can stare at howler and spider monkeys with almost no fence between you. Also, Luis and his family do volunteer work there).

We also saw Xunantunich with Luis and had him shuttle us to and from Belize City. We booked the ATM cave tour through him as well, and he hooked us up with one of the local guides licensed for the cave. Getting an early start on these tours meant we were some of the first people at the sites and saw them before it got crowded. This was especially important at ATM since you can wind up in a giant line of people heading in later in the day. We only had one group ahead of us that we didn't see until we reached the end of the cave. Also, all the other guide groups there had the maximum number of 8 people. Our group was just the two of us and our guide, which made it a much more personal experience. Luis and Patrick, our ATM guide, certainly didn't make as much money off doing it with only two people, but the experience was awesome.

We did not see Tikal, but I really recommend Caracol. It's a good drive, but you get to see a lot of wildlife going in and at the site. There were multiple troops of howler monkeys hanging around the ruins, and the ruins themselves are incredible. Some of the archaeology history is intriguing as well as depressing, as we learned that some of the original monuments from the site were removed and are in storage at the University of Pennsylvania, and they won't give them back to Belize.

Ok, last awesome story. The terrible Mel Gibson movie Apocalypto was somewhat inspired from a book by Linda Schele, which contained her interpretation of ancient Mayans as a bloody culture of savages more or less. Linda was a studio art teacher who then became a leading Mayan researcher. Luis (Mayan himself) has a different interpretation of Mayan history, which he was sharing with a group at Tikal and discussing why (with many valid points) Linda Schele's interpretation seemed wrong to him. Well, after giving quite a speech, he turns around and meets the woman behind him, who turned out to be Linda Schele. She thanked him for the alternative viewpoint and complemented him as a guide.

I could go on, but seriously, just do yourself a favor and book some trips with Luis.

Visited April 2013
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Calgary
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“Inland Adventures in Belize for All”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

My husband, 2 adult children and I recently completed a trip to Belize. We booked with Belize Nature Travel as they were very prompt and thorough at responding to my inquiries. I had been to San Ignacio before, so I wanted to see a few new sights.
Two of us did not make our connecting flight in the US, so we had to do some rearranging of our schedule. This required two airport pick ups. Luis and Rene made sure we were able to accomplish almost all of our plans and Rene put in one very long day to make it all happen. They were both very knowledgeable and friendly and we had a wonderful time. We toured the Mayan sites of Cahal Pech, El Pilar and Xunantunich, as well as canoed through Barton Creek Cave. We added a few stops along the way and both gentlemen were so accommodating. I learned a lot on this trip. We would even stop the vehicle along the way to make bird sighting. I was able to discuss other sights with Luis and realized there is even more to see that just what the guidebooks say.
My family highly recommends Belize Nature Travel and Luis Godoy (and Rene). Tours adaptable to all interests and ages. We will return!

Visited April 2013
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Corozal, Corozal, Belize
1 review
“Great Caracol tour plus tropical birds waching.”
Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

To get to Caracol is long way, tskes exact 2hours and half. But we didn't get bored at all because the guide showed us wild animals on the way. We saw a Keel-billed Toucan flying, giant foot prints of Tapir. At Caracol Maya site, so many beautiful Yellow tail birds welcomed us! On the way back to San Ignacio town, two huge wild turkey showed up in front of the car. And luckily we had chance to see more toucans which are Keel-billed and Collared aracari. It is all because Mr. Luis, a tour guid knows pretty much about the jungle and he has the eyes to capture animals! If we went by ourselves, we could never see those birds! And also you will like the stories of his animal experiences that he would tell you.

Visited March 2013
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