Treated to a day of history, culture, and humor.
What an amazing day! We were met promptly at the dock by our tour guide and treated to a day of history, culture, and humor. Ivar rates among the top guides we've ever encountered. He constantly entertained us with his knowledge of the local flora and fauna as we traveled to and from Altun Ha. We will definitely request him for our next excursion in Belize. Coral Breeze Tours provided a quality tour for an exceptional price. Highly recommended. Thanks again, Ivar!
November 29, 2015
We took the Altun Ha excursion with Peter as our guide. Peter was very knowledgeable and knew all about the Mayan civilization. He provided all the information and more. We were very pleased with his service and would not hesitate to recommend Coral Breeze and Peter, the guide. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas to you all and all the best of new year.
Toronto, ON Canada
December 14, 2015
If you had a question, he knew the answer.
Give this 5 out of 5 stars. This is a must do. Our tour guide was great. If you had a question, he knew the answer. VERY VERY good at his job. It is an hour trip there but he talked to us the whole time and made it all worth while. The bus was very nice. Quite a bit of walking and climbing but again it's worth it.
July 29, 2016
Wonderful to have our own personal guide at the ruins.
My family and I visited Belize last week during a cruise aboard the Carnival Conquest. I had researched various options for this port ahead of time and opted to book a tour to Altun Ha with Coral Breeze rather than directly through the cruise line. Mark sent us a detailed email a few days before our cruise with instructions on how to locate our tour guide as the meeting point would be just outside the gates of the tourism village. Our tender boat arrived at the dock shortly before our meeting time. My family and I followed the instructions provided and were very happy to see Ivar waiting for us right at the gate. From the moment he picked us up to the time he dropped us off (directly in front of the gate to return to tourism village). Ivar proved to be a wonderful guide and host. It was obvious from the get go that he is incredibly proud of his country and quite knowledgeable about its history, geography and wildlife. It was wonderful to have our own personal guide at the ruins. We had Ivar's undivided attention while he expertly led us through the history of Altun Ha. For anyone looking to book through a private company rather than the cruise line for an excursion I would highly recommend Coral Breeze and Ivar. We felt completely safe walking and driving through Belize and Ivar made several stops along the way for water, fresh mangos and photo opportunities that enhanced our experience. Along with all this, he delivered us back to the port with a few hours to spare so we also had plenty of time to do some shopping in tourism village as well.
Granite City, IL
May 30, 2013
Small group size was perfect.
We had a fabulous time on your tour. The small group size was perfect and our guide Allen was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We would highly recommend your tour to others!
May 3, 2012
Made sure everything went smoothly.
My wife and I had a wonderful time on your tour. The guide was fantastic -- full of great facts and stories, funny, and kind. He took great care of us and made sure everything went smoothly. And it was much cheaper to book with you through the internet than it would have been to book through the cruise line, so it was a great experience all around. We would do it again, and recommend it to anyone.
Holland America Ryndam
April 7, 2011
Much more personal, smaller groups, and a lot cheaper.
Our tour of the Mayan Ruins was great. We had no problems finding our tour guide after we got off the ship. Our quide, Junior, was very good and knew a lot about the Mayan culture. We had our grandsons, 11 yrs old with us, and he was very patient with them. He stayed with us the whole time, and we were not rushed at all. We had a small group of 12 -- 6 in our group and 6 in the other group. We saw some of the ship tour groups and they were very large.
We climbed to the top of the ruins and Junior came along with us and explained everything. The boys asked many questions and he knew the answers to all of them. He gave us a leaf to smell along the way, smelled a lot like garlic. It was used for medicinal purposes in the Mayan culture. I would not hesitate to recommend Coral Breeze to anyone taking this tour, instead of booking with the cruise ship. Much more personal, smaller groups, and a lot cheaper, also very reliable.
April 20, 2011
Wealth of information about the country.
We had a wonderful tour despite a bit of rain during our visit to Altun Ha. Our guide was fantastic. He was very passionate about the site and its history. On our way to and from the site he was a wealth of information about the country and was more than happy to point out landmarks and places of interest along the way.
While we were at the site he continued to provide excellent information. He even kept the attention of the children that were with us. We had a great tour and would recommend it to anyone. We however are still wondering what the leaf was that our guide had us smell, we forgot to ask him when we left the bus at the pier. Thanks for a great tour!
February 4, 2010
Exceptional in his knowledge of Altun Ha.
We had a spectacular time!!! Gustavo, our guide was exceptional in his knowledge of Altun Ha. His desire to make us feel comfortable in his country, and he gave a tour we will always remember. The personal attention each of us in our tour group set the standard for future tours!
Our group of seven was the right size when compared to the many large tour buses at the site. It was intimate and allowed for a more informative time at the site. Gus did such a great job that members from other groups drifted to join us and ask him questions as they were not getting the same attention to their questions, level of detail of the history, and of the plants and animals at the site.
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas
February 25, 2009
Eager to tailor our tour to our personal needs and interests.
My daughters, my mother and I were charmed and delighted with our tour of Altun Ha with Gus. He was a fantastic tour guide, taking his time to show us the entire picture of his country, of which he is very proud. He was fluent in his English, well-informed about his topic, and not only willing but eager to tailor our tour to our personal needs and interests. In my mind, this tour was among the best value for price tours I have ever taken.
March 20, 2009
Did not need to drive for hours and climb mountains of stairs to experience a Mayan ruin.
The tour was WONDERFUL! We felt safe, comfortable and pampered. Our guide, Gustavo, was gracious, so informative (he educated us on Belizian history, culture, wildlife, plantlife & local flair). We had a "private" tour of the ruins in Altun Ha. Just the four of us and that was perfect. All the other tours were mass crowds of people and I'm certain they did not receive the kind of service that we did. We were able to smell the fresh "all spice" leaves and touch the cotton tree blooms. I loved it! And the ruin size and location were perfect. We did not need to drive for hours and climb mountains of stairs to experience a Mayan ruin. This tour was just exactly what we hoped for! A great day in Belize! Thank you very much. We would recommend THIS tour to anyone, of any age.
June 13, 2009
Small size of our tour was so much more enjoyable than the large cruise ship groups.
My family really enjoyed our tour with Gus. He was great, so friendly and very informative. I would definitely book through Coral Breeze again if we ever return to Belize. The small size of our tour was so much more enjoyable than the large cruise ship groups. Thank you GUS!
Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
May 23, 2008
We had a great day and learned so much about Belize and the Mayan culture.
Our trip to Altun Has was phenomenal. Our tour guide, Gus, was AWESOME! He was very informative and cheerfully answered every question our 9-year-old son could think up. We had a great day and learned so much about Belize and the Mayan culture. He was great at relating the stories about how the city of Altun Ha was discovered and the work of Dr. Pendergrast. He was very entertaining, and a great ambassador for Belize. We can't wait to come back to Belize, and will definitely call Coral Breeze (and ask for Gus) when we do!
January 31, 2009
Very accommodating and professional.
We had a fantastic tour. It really added value to our overall holiday experience. Gus imparted a wealth of knowledge to us. He was a great host, very accommodating and professional. Altun Ha and Belize City tour met and in some ways exceeded our expectations. Thank you for a wonderful day.
January 1, 2009
Thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful country and the Altun Ha experience.
We were a large family group of 16 people and thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful country and the Altun Ha experience. Donna, our tour guide was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and certainly gave us a wonderful overview of Belize. Will certainly recommend your services.
November 28, 2007
Insight on the local politics, education, and culture.
Thank you so much for the excellent tour experience we had in Belize at the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins. Our tour guide, Gus, was truly an excellent guide and was very friendly and personable. Not only did we get a history of the ruins, but also, he gave us a portrait of what life is like living in Belize. He gave us insight on the local politics, education, and culture. I was accompanied by my daughter, son-in-law, and 7-year-old grandson, and Gus made the experience interesting for each of us.
We arrived at our scheduled meeting place much earlier than our itinerary required (because we were some of the first to leave our ship) and Gus was already there, so we were able to begin our tour earlier than originally scheduled, which allowed us even more time to see everything. Although he was aware of our time schedule, Gus never made us feel rushed. He answered our many questions about the local culture, the ancient Mayans and their descendants and even about the surrounding nations of Guatemala and Mexico. This was particularly interesting to me as I had lived for several years in El Salvador and had traveled throughout Central America and Mexico. I am always interested in the progress these nations are making.
Before booking, we had compared your price with that of Carnival Cruise Line shore excursions and found yours to be much more reasonable, particularly since you offered a slightly reduced fare for children. Again, thank you for providing an educational and fun experience in Belize. You were recommended to me by a friend and I will certainly recommend you to others.
November 30, 2007
Absolutely impressed with our tour and our very informed guide.
We were absolutely impressed with our tour and our very informed guide, Gus. He was excellent. Professional, informative. We would go on another one of your tours. Thank you.
Yorba Linda, CA
March 13, 2008