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We will be in Guatemala City on the 2/11 Sun sailing. The NCL shore excusions don't seem too enticing. We'd like to travel in the immediate vicinity of Guatemala City with a local guide for a few hours. Any suggestions ? Thanks !

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Hey there. We are going on the same cruise and I am having a heck of a time trying to find out what to do in Guatemala. The 8 tours we have to pick from seem blah to me. I'm not sure I was to pay $120 USD to go hang out at a hotel but there doesn't seem like much else to do and nobody seems to have any ideas.


Have you found out anything or decided what your going to do in port yet?

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:) Just got back from the NCL Sun and had a wonderful day in Guatemala thanks to the CC message board. A big thank-you to TooEze who had first posted about his tour. Using the roll call boards we collected a group of about 30 to take this tour. This however, is not necessary, Individuals can reserve directly and Gus is equiped to handle about 45 max. He does this using 3 small boats (launcha).


He lived in the US for many years so has perfect English and a good understanding of what tourists are interested in. Lunch was amazing and I ate the biggest shrimp I have ever seen. Bathrooms at the hotel were spotless.


The highlight was the hike into the Rain Forest to see the school. I would recommend this trip to anyone but not with young children they would be bored.


Here is the tour info and the website to the hotel to contact Gus:



El Delfin Tour Operator

Paseo Marcos Sanchez Diaz

Livingston, Izabal








10: 00 ? 10:30 am Departure from Cruise Terminal to Livingston ? 20 minutes

this short trip takes

you along the shoreline were you will see the San Hill mountain and the

villas of the coast.


11:00 am ? arriving at Posada el Delfin in Livingston were you will be

taking your lunch order.


11:15 am. Departure to the hanging gardens of the canyon of Rio Dulce this

is a lazy river with 300

feet walls full of jungle vegetation. While at the canyon we will visit

the water springs and be able to

see the ?Cows Cave? and the ?Pioneers Wall?


12:00 pm. We will enter Rio Tatin Creek and visit the Ak-Tenamit School

inside the jungle. We will

see the Maya Indians manufacturing art crafts and you will interact with kids

from the school that are

learning about the tourist industry. A Maya Ketchi guide will take us into

the jungle for a 5 minute

tour to learn about medicinal plants from the area. ( if you don?t feel like

walking into the jungle and

visit the school, you will have time to swim in the crystal clear waters of

Rio Tatin). Before leaving the

Ak-Tenamit, we will visit the store were you can buy souvenirs.


12:45 pm Departure Rio Tatin and visit the Hot Water Springs and the ?Lake

of the Lilies?


1:30 pm Lunch at Posada El Delfin we you will be able to taste one of the


Catch of the Day

Sea Bass

Chicken or steak ? all with a complimentary soft drink, beer or glass of wine.


2:15 pm ? You will learn to dance ?Punta? the Garifuna dance, and be

entertained with Folkloric

African Ballet.


2:30 pm - We will take a ?cititour? in the Villa visiting the Fish

Market, Main Street and the ?Iguana



3:30 pm - Back to the Cruise Terminal

4:00 pm - End of the tour. Until next time! Kids under 12 $45.00

Adults $55.00



Hope you enjoy this tour as much as we did.



PS I will answer questions

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I'm so happy to read about your group going with Gus, it was a real highlight of our trip. These boards are just great for solid information, it made our trip so much more enjoyable. Again I'm glad to hear you had a good time, Gus is a first class guy.


Regards John

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We also did this tour with Monica & Gus. It was wonderful. The natural beauty experienced along the Rio Dulce was incredible, passing the locals in dugout canoes, like a page from the past.


Gus, you did a wonderful job. Would love to do it again but spend more time. Everyone in our launcha had a great trip.


Thank you

Suzanne :) :) :)

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