Belize Trip Review - Jay and Heide - Hackensack, New Jersey, USA - September 2009
This place is simply fantastic…and unique. The scenery is beautiful, the dogs are protective, the service is great, the food is amazing and the people are wonderful.
We feel like we have made a lifelong friend in David. He is one of the greatest guys. We never got a chance to hike with him at night in the jungle, but we know it would have been memorable and we know he is going to make a great guide one day. Test him on his knowledge of the land and the birds and his Texas Holdem Skills!
We did the Caracol and the Cave Tubing/Zip Line tours with Luis and the ATM Tour with Emil.
The best thing about our experience is everything we learned from David, Luis and Emil. These guys have a wealth of knowledge and are willing to share with anyone who asks. We hope to never forget anything on this trip but will certainly never forget the people we have met.
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Belize Trip Review - Ajay Padgaonkar & Family - Dec 2009 - San Jose, California, USA
What a wonderful place and fantastic people! From the first email inquiry response to the end of our first two days today, it has been a great experience. Lightning-fast responses from Karen made our planning of this trip very efficient. She has been consistently patient, resourceful, responsive and accommodating. The staff here at the Dome has been very friendly. Home-cooked food here is tasty and the choice for us vegetarians and vegans is great! David is always here and helpful. Luis is so knowledgeable on the Maya culture and history, he is an encyclopaedia. He is well read, has worked with botanists and geologists and is also great with the canoe and cave tubes!
Every Belizean we have met is friendly. The tour guide, William, at Che Chem Ha who owns the property and discovered the cave was very helpful and informative in the cave. His family made a simple but delicious vegetarian meal for us. I think this friendliness rubs off on the visitors too as everyone staying here at the lodge has been friendly. Sitting together for dinner at the same table promotes this friendliness even more.
The countryside is beautiful. The variety of trees, fruits and flowers is bewildering. Weather has been pleasant – not too hot, not too cold. Many roads are dirt roads and poverty is rampant and obvious but friendliness and simplicity beats all.
It is the last day here already and we are sad to leave this place as it has been like home.
Karen was wonderful in making last minute changes for us in the last 2 days. Tikal was excellent, zip line was great. The night walk with David was a neat adventure. We got to see crocodiles, monkeys, racoons, a variety of spiders, herons and other water birds. Luis is so full of information about the Mayas. The long ride to Guatemala and back was full of conversation. He is quite versatile with his knowledge of botany, caves, history and politics.
Karen you are the best part of this all; you made the experience memorable. Thanks a bunch! We will never forget how you cared for Tanya when she was sick the first day.