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“A wonderful day exploring Lake Atitlan's villages” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tornado's Excursions

Tornado's Excursions
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Owner description: Tornado´s Excursions offers you the opportunity to explore the most beautiful lake in the world where you will have an unforgettable experience.Around Lake Atitlan you can enjoy various activities such as hiking, volcano tour, horseback riding, mountain biking, tours to the villages around the lake, coffee tours, bird watching, kayaking and many more activities.
Cape Cod
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110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“A wonderful day exploring Lake Atitlan's villages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

Before leaving home we booked an excursion with Domingo. We had an amazing day with him, exploring three Mayan villages. He had emailed saying he'd meet us at the hotel dock at 9:00, and he was there right on time. We spent the next 5 1/2 hours with him exploring Santiago, San Pedro, and San Juan. Domingo is very friendly and kind. He knows everything about the Lake Atitlan area, and he showed us the highlights of each village. Everywhere we went, everyone seemed to know Domingo! He was very easy to talk to and spoke English very well. We learned a great deal during our day trip. He even brought us to his home to meet his lovely wife and daughter (great meeting you, Inez and Elena!). We also met his son Alex when we went by Tornado's Excursions' office in San Pedro, and coincidentally, his son Juan, works at Casa del Mundo, where we had stayed one night, and he was a great guy, too. In San Juan, Domingo took us to a women's coop where we purchased some hand-woven goods (a scarf and a bag). Beautiful! In Santiago we were able to observe the market in full force, see the school children out at recess, visit an old church, meet a Mayan woman who explained and demonstrated how she puts on her headpiece, etc. Fascinating!
We also stopped for a delicious lunch with Domingo in San Pedro (chicken tacos!).
So, if you are looking for a fantastic day trip to see Mayan villages, climb a volcano, or design your own tour on Lake Atitlan, we highly recommend Domingo Chavajay. Please feel free to email with any questions. His price was very fair, and we felt very safe in Domingo's capable hands. A fantastic and memorable day on the Lake. Thank you, Domingo!

Visited February 2014
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Chicago
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Muchas Gracias Alex”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Just finished hike of Volcano San Pedro (read review) which was set up by Alex. Polite, friendly, great english language skills. He took care of everything for us. Highly recommend you look him and Tornado's Excursions when you are in San Pedro.

Visited February 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Best Birthday Hike Ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

We wanted to do a hike for my birthday, the volcano sounded far too difficult for a "reward" day, as did the sunrise hike, so we went for the 8 a.m. departure. From other highly rated reviews, we knew to choose Tornado's, and this was the best choice by far! Our wonderful guide Domingo was a lovely host, very considerate of our needs on the hike and extremely informative. We went from San Pedro through San Juan by car arriving in Santa Clara for the Nose of the Indian hike. It does take ~30 minutes, it is completely beautiful and you see what you desire to see without having to do the 6 hour hike to the volcano. We highly recommend this hike with a guide from Tornado's... Domingo is awesome but it family run, so you can't go wrong with any of these gentleman :)

Visited February 2014
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“You feel with them like with friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Alex is a young owner of this company but with his family run it perfect! We didnt expect that someone offer us breakfast in his own home before volcanoes trekking, but Alex did. Later, we have meet him once again and offer dinner in restaurant to talk each other. We asked him about other trips and decided for Coffee Tour the next day.
It was one of the best investments for us.
Generally- they offer great guides, are friendly and just... humanitary, you feel with anyone like your best friend. The prices are comparable with other agencies.

Visited December 2013
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Long Beach, Mississippi
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81 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

we have used tornado's excursion's a number of times in the past two months to arrange transportation between an Pedro and Guatemala City. Their private drivers have been excellent, very safe drivers and accommodating with our needs. Tornados also responded quickly when we needed a public shuttle on short term notice.

Visited September 2013
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