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  • Jake S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fun and unique experience. Comfortable, nice, friendly, and of course wonderful food.

    Would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a unique experience, especially in such a beautiful location like Santa Cruz.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Wander15819416852
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must if you’re at Lake Atitlan! Alex, our guide was the best! He is friends with everybody, encourage him to become the next El Presidente of the Republic! We kayaked and went hiking, jumped off a small cliff into the water, went shopping, eating, went to a honey bee farm. Clearly one of our best days in Guatemala! Also concluded the day with a really wonderful Mayan Cooking class. We cooked our dinner and learned a ton along the way. Winner, winner, winner!!!
    Written May 6, 2024
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  • knbogda
    Lancaster, PA10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a very interesting and eye-opening experience. The host family was very gracious in opening their home to us. My only recommendation would be that if you don't speak Spanish, make it clear that you will need a translator.
    Written December 30, 2023
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  • kyeshaf692
    Bronx, New York3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Today I did this amazing experience on my birthday and it was everything and more! It was a great way to start my new year of life! Alex was my guide and he really made sure I experienced Guatemala the right way. The ceremony itself was amazing. I didn't take any picture out of respect for my personal spiritual experience, I highly this recommend experience and Alex too!
    Written June 10, 2024
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  • aleguevcer
    Merida, Mexico2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very tough to write a review when we had so much fun and at the same time the tour did not complied with our expectations. Let me explain, On the plus side Mario was an awesome guide, very attentive and well versed in the local customs and traditions, positive attitude and very friendly, the town of San Juan is wonderful, many very entertaining activities to enjoy. On the down side, bicycles were in terrible condition and one of our party (we were 6) could not participate in cycling because tour operator did not provided an adequate bicycle for her small size even when days before the tour we were asked about our measurements (weight and height), ¿why did you asked for this information if you where not to be careful to provide appropriate-sized bicycles? In the end our friend had to skip cycling and go directly to the town of San Juan.
    Written February 7, 2023
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  • Katie L
    Minneapolis, MN108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First, Los Elementos is quick to respond to inquiries which gives it the edge for my business. There are a lot of lakeside tour companies but Lee and Los Elementos are well established.

    I discovered this trek looking for activities outside of the regular lake-side villages. It didn't disappoint. We booked another tour with them and had several other tours recommended. Plus we also rented kayaks for a morning and kayaked around Santa Cruz and Jaibolito. They are terrific.

    For this hike:
    Lee and Mario picked us up at our BnB in Santa Catarina and we drove close to an hour north of Solola where we hiked a short distance down into a labyrinth area. Within a short period of time we met the labyrinth developer, Vincent Stanzione, who has lived in Atitlan area for a long long time, tho not of mayan descent. He's an author and researcher and for the project of the labryrinth, he had local friends help him as a covid project to make mounds and other shapes (like snakes).

    Vincent spent hours with us answering questions and offering his opinions on life around the lake. I had read one of his books in prep for our time together. He's a humble thinker who cares so much about sharing what he's been given.

    I highly encourage this walk/hike 1) If you like and can withstand far distance hikes. It was the rainy season and it did start raining on our walk back. You probably wouldn't enjoy this excursion if you aren't inquisitive about Mayan history or life and if you don't like walking. 2) Come with your own questions about what you've read or understood about Lake Atitlan and/or Mayan culture. 3) Dress in layers - the forest can be colder but the hot sun will be too much for a jacket. 4) Bring a snack or sack lunch and for sure a water bottle. We were glad a delicoius light lunch was provided by Lee! 5) Block off about 6-7 hours or be very specific about what time you need to return. Vincent will never run out of things to talk about and your goal on the hike is to get to the over-look point way above the clouds overlooking the lake. This can take a few hours. The hike itself is mostly flat with some ups and downs but you're going to want good hiking shoes.

    Both my partner and I really enjoyed all the time with Lee and Vincent and got to see parts of the Mayan world we would have never seen otherwise. My partner called it Forest Bathing. Including the drive, you will go up around 2,000 feet from where you start!
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • MiaMiyah
    Columbia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely loved the tour and our main tour guide GeanCarlos. All the guides were very attentive and nice. They went above and beyond to make sure our needs and expectations were met. I would definitely recommend. Tour guides are also fluent in English as well as Spanish which was great. I honestly can’t think of a bad thing to say about this place!
    Written May 13, 2023
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  • JulieR171717
    Seattle, WA46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alex had extensive knowledge of the area, it's history and of the Mayan people.I love a tour that teaches me new things. Highly recommend.
    Written February 10, 2023
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  • Gloria E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our entire family of four had an amazing time on this hike! It was strenuous at times, but totally do-able. Alex was an awesome guide and I couldn’t possibly say enough good things about him. He was friendly, patient, personable, answered my kids’ questions, and engaged with all of us throughout the day. Highly recommend!
    Written January 23, 2020
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  • BKS
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I had such a great time. The trip was planned really well by our guide Joel - thanks so much for showing us around beautiful Lake Atitlan.

    We managed to see much in a day, any questions we had Joel answered very thoroughly. I really do recommend this tour! It’s very personal and you really get to explore different villages well :-)
    Written September 2, 2023
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  • fluffybernard
    Copenhagen Region, Denmark7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice cooking class and the teacher was great at explaining and teaching. The food was so nice!
    Written March 9, 2023
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  • Antigua G
    Lake Atitlan, Guatemala136 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chichicastenango Market Days which are Thursday and Sundays becoming an overcrowded Tourist event which has driven the local Artisans away from the market. On these days you can hardly walk through the market the crowds are so bad.

    I recommend going on non Tourist Market days. You will find the local Artisans have returned on these days and you will find authentic works of art, weaving and wood works.
    Written April 10, 2018
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