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Hi Everybody! Our ship will be docking in Puerto Quetzal and we're considering a tour at the El Barretal coffee plantation. The cruise line offers an excursion which goes there but we're wondering about doing the plantation's own tour instead. Looked at their website and had some email conversations with Sofia del Cid of El Barretal plantation and they can arrange a driver and tour for us. Has anyone gone to El Barretal by setting up a tour directly through them? Looking for tips on doing this, whether their driver and location is safe and whether the tour was an enjoyable way to spend time during this port stop. Thanks! :cool:

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Since no one responded, I will. The reviews on Trip Advisor seem to be positive, with an average rating of 4.5. I doubt it would be that high if it weren't safe, although given that you're apparently concerned about it you might be more comfortable doing the cruise ship excursion (although I'd think that if the cruise line is offering it, there is not a safety issue).

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1047016-d3308758-Reviews-El_Barretal_Coffee_Farm-Escuintla_Escuintla_Department.html

 

I am not sure how much the plantation charges for a tour (so I cannot compare), but I just booked a private excursion with Carlos at Guatemalan Guide that is going to a coffee plantation for a tour and lunch and will also do a walking tour of Antigua. He gets excellent reviews on TA and on this board. Maybe you can organize a group with others on your roll call.

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Thank you, MisterBill99,

 

 

I had, basically, the same thoughts you do regarding the coffee plantation. We'll also take a look at the Guatemalan Guide tours. Have a wonderful vacation.

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