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“Best in Cayo (San Ignacio)”

River Rat Expeditions - Private Day Tours
Ranked #7 of 33 Tours in San Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
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USA
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best in Cayo (San Ignacio)”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Gonzo and Carlos are the best guides in Cayo for doing ATM or any other cave/waterfalls/Mayan adventures. I have been in Cayo for 3 months and used many different tour companies, including another to go to ATM. They have the best wealth of knowledge, the best methods for safety in the caves, and are all around great guides. Carlos is a fantastic photographer and had my camera the whole time in the cave, taking great pictures of the group and of artifacts. Gonzo is extremely intelligent and well spoken, clearly loves his job. Out of all the different tour companies I have used, RR is the most unique and the most knowledgeable. All the equipment was in great shape, didn't smell funny, and they changed the batteries in our headlamps in the cave to make sure we had the brightest light possible.

Visited March 2012
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Newcastle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Gonzo is the BEST tour guide!”
Reviewed March 14, 2012

All the other reviews say exactly what I was going to. Going with Gonzo was the best decision. He is informed, passionate and awesome. I just wish we had been able to do more tours with him.
Go with River Rat, you'll learn a lot and be happy that you did.

Visited February 2012
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Langley, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Gonzo was fantastic”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

Booked Caracol, ATM and Tikal with River Rat and was very happy I did. Smaller organization so you don't have large groups. Everything was taken care of from lunch, park fees, boarder fees.... Gonzo shared so much history of the Mayan that I felt I was not only seeing the sights but actually learning everything about them. Gonzo also doesn't do things the normal way from driving through a river, orange fields and other unexpected detours every moment was an adventure. Highly recommend you book with this company if you don't want the normal packaged tour that people on cruise ships get.

Visited February 2012
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Huntington Beach
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Gonzo is the best tour guide we've ever had”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We went on the ATM cave tour with Gonzo and his assitent Dennis. He was great from the begining explaining every detail about the cave and the Mayan culture. He was very helpful and made sure we were always safe. He did not rush the tour and took his time explaining everything carefully so we can all learn about the Mayans. He is passionate abour archaeology and the Mayan history. We strongly recommend his company River Rat expeditions.

Visited February 2012
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Washington State
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Personalized tours with top notch guides - an unforgettable experience”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

My family (parents with an 11 year old boy) took three tours with River Rat Expeditions. For our first day, I asked Marge at Moonracer Farm to recommend an adventurous tour that was off the beaten path and boy did Offering Cave deliver. It began with the wild 4x4 drive to the trailhead, then a jungle hike soaking in Selmo's plant knowledge (and tasting termites!), and an underworld exploration led by Gonzo into a spectacular little visited cave. The cave was alternately spooky, beautiful, disorienting, spirtual,and tons of fun. It was medium difficulty scrambling, but Gonzo made us feel very safe. I was impressed by his mindfulness at making sure we were not harming the delicate geological features with our touch (not to mention the fragility of the artifacts littering the cave floor!) Afterward we refreshed our muddy selves at Sapodilla Falls. We have tons of great photos because Gonzo constantly borrowed our camera and took pictures with us in them. The next day we "relaxed" by cruising around the ancient city of Caracol with Selmo, learning Mayan history and getting some great birding in, following by more swimming at Rio On Pools. Last we went to the most popular adventure in Belize, ATM, with Gonzo. And yes, it was 100% worth it. A MUST do. The experience is both geologically and recreationally exhilarating. And THEN you arrive at the dry part of the cave, the ceremonial chamber. Breathtaking! Again, Gonzo went the extra distance to make sure everyone in our group made it through the cave safely (we had another couple with us there.) On the drive in, Gonzo stopped at a roadside site to show us the ubiquity of ancient mayan structures (ruins) thoughout the area. During our day's adventure, Gonzo schooled us in everything from jungle survival to anthropology and archeology. Not only that, the food was great all three days. Cheers, and thank you guys! We will look you up next time we are in Belize.

Visited November 2011
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