11 Day Guatemala & Costa Rica



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11 Day Guatemala & Costa Rica
Barcelo Guatemala City Guatemala City
Mayan Inn Chichicastenango
Tryp Sabana Hotel by Wyndham San Jose
Arenal Paraiso Arenal
Monteverde Country Lodge Monteverde

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land
Fri, Sep 22  (Sold Out) $1519*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Passport information for all passengers traveling to Tikal must be submitted 30 days prior to departure.

Accommodation Details:
Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Guatemala City, Guatemala City-San Jose-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Guatemala City
    • 1 night Chichicastenango
    • 2 nights San Jose
    • 2 nights Arenal
    • 2 nights Monteverde
  • All transfers
  • 13 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Tour of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the colorful Indian Market and Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango
  • Excursion to Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America
  • Tour downtown San Jose enjoying its many historical & architectural jewels
  • Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops
  • View Arenal Volcano National Park with its unique landscape and famous Arenal volcano
  • Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Experience a traditional Costa Rican Coffee Farm, followed by a Chocolate Tour
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions.

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The Guatemala itinerary is performed by a local tour company. It is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies; signage may display the local tour company name, but will have your name; tour guides and vehicles may change throughout your tour, and your tour documents/vouchers may be requested to exchange for local bus/theater/hotel/flight/ferry tickets. Luggage tags or name badges are not provided.

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Guatemala
Depart for Guatemala. Upon arrival in Guatemala City, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Guatemala City

DAY 2, Saturday - Tour of Antigua Guatemala
This morning, meet with your Tour Manager for an orientation before departing for an exciting tour of Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1543 by the Spaniards, today Antigua is a beautiful blend of ruins, restored colonial buildings, and modern colonial-style buildings. Visit the heart of the city, Central Plaza, surrounded by the Palace of the Captains General, colonial churches, monasteries, and a jade factory. Take in the amazing beauty and atmosphere of the city before transferring to Chichicastenango in the afternoon. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Chichicastenango
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - Market in Chichicastenango, Church of Santo Tomas, and Lake Atitlan
Depart this morning to visit the most picturesque and colorful Indian Market in the country, located in Chichicastenango. Hundreds of vendors from the surrounding countryside gather here to sell handicrafts, textiles, candles, food, flowers, and pottery. Spend time browsing the market for unique items that cannot be found elsewhere. Next, head to the 400-hundred year old Church of Santo Tomas, built on a pre-Columbian temple platform, and witness the captivating religious ceremonies that take place right on the steps. Later, continue on to Lake Atitlan, arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Formerly a volcano, water now covers the caldera to create the deepest lake in Central America. The banks of Lake Atitlan are home to many villages in which Mayan culture is still practiced. After the excursion, transfer back to Guatemala City. Balance of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits
Overnight: Guatemala City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Guatemala City
Today enjoy a full day at leisure in Guatemala City. Spend the day in "The Land of Eternal Spring" by exploring the many sights of Guatemala's capital city. Guatemala City is the largest city in Central America. View the city's museums or take time to explore Kaminaljuyu, an ancient Mayan City around which Guatemala City was built. Perhaps, join the optional full day Tikal, to visit one of the greatest Mayan ruins in Central America or, choose to attend the optional half day Guatemela City tour.
Optional: Half Day Guatemala City Tour (AM)*
Optional: Full Day Tikal*
Overnight: Guatemala City
Meals: Breakfast
*Passengers cannot participate in both optional tours

DAY 5, Tuesday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at is leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your new Tour Manager
Overnight: San Jose

DAY 6, Wednesday - Travel to Arenal
Today, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and La Sabana, the public park. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Arenal
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a home-cooked traditional dinner
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Monteverde
In the morning, embark on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings. Tonight, an option to be transferred into town for a dinner at your choice of local restaurants
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Monteverde
Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country. Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired

DAY 10, Sunday - Travel to San Jose
Today, travel back to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Perhaps explore the city independently and try one of over 50 restaurants, bars, night clubs, art galleries and museums or consider stopping at some of the various local stores to pick up souvenirs
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Costa Rica
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
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  • Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
  • The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Full Day Tikal

Join an optional tour to Tikal National Park, in the heart of the jungle of northern Guatemala to visit one the greatest Mayan ruins in Central America, You will be picked up early this morning for your flight to Flores, Peten. Upon arrival meet with your Tikal guide, where you will be transferred to the ancient Mayan City of Tikal, located at the center of the 222-square-mile park. An exhilarating jungle hike leads you through the ruins. Marvel at the impressive structures of this ancient civilization, visiting sites such as the Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex, where the Great Pyramid is located, Temple III, the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, the Pyramid of the Grand Jaguar, the Pyramid of the Masks, and the Palace of the Nobles. Have the opportunity to climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you will have a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Guatemala City.

Please note: this is a fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of Tikal in a brief visit.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 18 hours.

*Optionals "Full Day Tikal" and "Half Day Guatemala City Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #4 16 Feb 2016 - 05 Jan 2018 $359.00
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Half Day Guatemala City Tour

This morning join a panoramic tour of Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala and the largest city in Central America. The tour begins with the city's civic center complex, home to the Guatemala Supreme Court, Ministry of Public Finance, and City Hall. Continue on to Central Plaza, also known as Constitution Plaza, at the heart of Guatemala City. Here, view the National Palace, one of the most important Guatemalan architectural achievements of the last century. Formerly the seat of the government, it is now a museum and venue for government affairs. From here, you will continue on to the Cathedral, built between 1782 and 1815. The cathedral houses some of the most important artistic treasures in the country. The tour also takes you through the residential and the business districts of the city to gain a full understanding of life in Guatemala City.

**Please note that the order of the above tour may vary

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

*Optionals "Full Day Tikal" and "Half Day Guatemala City Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #4 01 May 2010 - 05 Jan 2018 $27.00
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Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour

Enjoy the peaceful sights and the sounds of the rain forest as you quietly float down the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border. A professional guide will share educational and interesting facts about the plants and animals encountered on the float. This area is abundant with bird species, including the Snake-Bird, Wood Storks, and Olivaceous Cormorants,. Keep an eye out for the various monkey species, sloths, turtles, and caimans that live along the rivers banks. This tour also includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, along with regional fruit, juices, and coffee. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

This tour is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and light clothes.

Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 11 Jan 2019 $60.00
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EcoTermales Hot Springs with dinner

Spend this evening relaxing in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal. The family owned EcoTermales has four different pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, surrounded by the local flora of the forest. Private and secluded, these hot springs are a great way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. While there, enjoy an included traditional Costa Rican dinner.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2017 - 11 Jan 2019 $54.00
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Selvatura Canopy Tour

Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, making this extreme adventure one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5-3 hours.

Day #9 16 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2019 $44.00
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Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour

Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity. For some, this activity may be considered strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #9 16 Nov 2015 - 31 Jan 2019 $27.00
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5 Day Havana, Face to Face with Miami, March 2017
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It was fabulous. Tour director (Gigi) was great. Hotel was nice. Weather was perfect. Gate 1 does a great job of putting together a tour. We saw all we needed to see in the three days.

Susan C. Falls Church, VA
5 Day Havana, Face to Face with Miami, March 2017
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Douglas, the American guide, and Gretel, the Cuban guide, were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable, accommodating, and great leaders. I enjoyed the activities, meals, accommodations, fellow travelers, and particularly all the tours we took. I would recommend this trip to family and friends, and I would definitely do another trip with Gate 1 in the future.

Mark F. Cambridge, MA
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, January 2017
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We had an incredible time! Loved Tony our guide - it could not have been a better trip.

Donna B. Cincinnati, OH
5 Day Classic Guatemala , January 2017
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Our trip was amazing! My sister and I had a great time. Our hotel we're excellent and in a very good location. Toni are guide was so helpful and funny. He made feel safe and secure. He also provide great advice. Thank you for the excellent service!

Britney A. Cypress, CA
5 Day Classic Guatemala, December 2016
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The trip was amazing! The accommodations were outstanding and all of the services were seamless. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!

Jennifer Y. Langhorne, PA
5 Day Panama, December 2016
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Very nice Great tour guide and drivers. Nice mix of guided tours and free time.

Diane P. Oscoda, MI
5 Day Panama, December 2016
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Our trip to Panama through your organization was superb - the transfers, the service, our wonderful guide, Recardo, the hotel, the tours, etc.....were very well done. We enjoyed our trip. thanks!

Patrick R. Silver Springs, MD
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, November 2016
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Our trip to Guatemala/Honduras was good. Great place for seeing Mayan ruins. Each one spectacular and different from any others. Estuardo was an excellant tour guide and group leader. This was our fourth trip with Gate 1 Travel this year and we have been satisfied with all four of them.

Gwen R. Anoka, MN
5 Day Havana, Face to Face with Miami, November 2016
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Our trip was wonderful! Daniel, our USA guide, was excellent and our Cuban guide Romiro was also outstanding!

Paula S. Stillwater, MN
5 Day Classic Guatemala, November 2016
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The trip was excellent! I have been on this trip before a few years ago and was happy and surprised that this guide took us to a few different places. The weather was great, and I stayed an extra day as I felt familiar with Guatemala City. I enjoy Gate 1 Travel very much as a single traveler.

Sandra G. Belfast, ME
6 Day Classic Guatemala, October 2016
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Incredible Guatemala travel experience, Thanks to our wonderful tour guide Marco [Tony]. He was knowledgeable: the equivalent of the beloved antiquities college professor, plus thoughtful, kind, and courteous, and "over the top" helpful in all situations. I will travel with Gate 1 again for all of the "future Tony experiences".

Kerry C. Kittrell, NC
8 Day Classic Panama, October 2016
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It was awesome. Teo, our guide was great and was very organized. Loved it. The food was great and the accommodations were fine, especially with westin at the end. Thanks for having it all inclusive for us. What a treat! Thanks again.

Karoline L. Keene, NH
5 Day Classic Guatemala, September 2016
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The trip was wonderful. Great guides, accommodations & weather.

Kathryn R. Mt Pleasant, SC
8 Day Classic Panama, July 2016
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Our Classic Panama trip was awesome! It was our second Gate 1 tour and won't be our last. Everything was wonderful. Our guide Roberto was fabulous and the tours were all great! Keep up the good work and keep those trips coming!

Kathleen W. Altoona, PA
8 Day Classic Panama, July 2016
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Our trip to Panama City, Panama was very very good. Thank you very much for arranging such a wonderful trip.

Ramesh P. Piscataway, NJ
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, July 2016
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My trip was amazing. It exceeded my expectations. Arriving in Guatemala as a "single traveler" I must admit I was a bit nervous. But from the moment I was greeted my the driver that all went away. The guide (Stewart) met me in the AM and my adventure in Guatemala & Honduras were spectacular. I found all aspects of the experience VERY BEAUTIFUL. Our guide was very informative, Stewart took every effort to make sure that we always were engaged, enjoying and comfortable during our travels. All of the Gate 1 arrangements were easy to navigate. I found it so rewarding that I have already recommended to friends.

Alisia R. Seattle, WA
5 Day Classic Guatemala, May 2016
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It was an awesome trip! Everything was good, very good guide too. Good place. Thank you so much.

Amrita R. Jersey City, NJ
5 Day Classic Guatemala, May 2016
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Thanks for inquiring. The 5 day trip to Guatemala was wonderful. The guides, drivers, and hotels were all first rate. Everything ran smoothly and I truly enjoyed my trip.

Chandria S. Cheverly, MD
5 Day Classic Guatemala (Miami Special), April 2016
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It was awesome! Our guide Darrio was so knowledgeable. You can tell he really enjoys what he does, and it made the 2-3 hour drives between destinations bearable. He'd ask us frequently if we needed a break to stop somewhere to stretch our legs or use the restroom. The market in Chichi was beautiful and eye opening. The sights were all beautiful as a matter of fact. My 72 year old grandmother and I traveled to Guatemala together and she told me it was one of the best trips she's taken.

Chloe P. Delray Beach, FL
5 Day Panama, April 2016
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It was wonderful. So much fun, great tours, fun people.

Antoinette G. Lincoln, RI
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix, April 2016
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It was fantastic! Our guide, Bacho, was great: knowledgeable, fun and friendly.The hotels were good to excellent, we had wonderful entertainment. The organisation was perfect. We met several couples who had made previous trips with Gate !, and we understand why. We'll plan another with you!

Joseph W. Spring Valley, CA
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, April 2016
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Great trip! Wonderful hotels, excellent food, outstanding guide! This is the second trip with gate 1 and better than the first. I tell people (including my sister who likes to travel) that gate 1 value can't be beaten. I have taken tours with more expensive companies and even a couple private ones and this tour is much better value.

Mary F. Ontario, Canada
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, April 2016
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This was the first time that I've travelled with Gate 1 and was most impressed. The Tour Director, Stuart, was terrific. He was organized, punctual, well informed, helpful and cheerful. One of the best I've ever experienced and I've taken over 30 organized tours. The accommodations were superb - in an area where I was not expecting 5 star hotels, I got them anyway!! All the breakfasts and dinners were top quality. All in all, the trip was wonderful and I'll not hesitate to travel with Gate 1 again and I'll definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Sandra M. Ontario, Canada
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix, March 2016
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Awesome! Thoroughly enjoyrd it. Carlos and Xavier did a great job. Accomodations were fine as were the meals. Another "home run" for Gate 1!

Kevin W. Fredericksbrg, VA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix, March 2016
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The trip was very nice. Our guide, Bacho, was the best guide ever!!

Cornelia G. Colorado Spgs, CO
5 Day Classic Guatemala, February 2016
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We really enjoyed it, especially Antigua, the old Spanish capital and learning about the Mayan culture around Chichicastanango. Thanks for asking.

Shirley P. Columbus, OH
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix, February 2016
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It was great Joanne - the guide (Bonifacio) was the best one ever! He is knowledgeable, personable and just an all around great guy. He pulled the group together to enjoy the trip. Lot of time on a bus but the views were great and the entertainment excellent. Would recommend it to others....

Sharon K. Ingersoll, Ontario CA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix, February 2016
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Our trip to Mexico was outstanding especially because of our wonderful guide. Your organization should know how special BACHO is. You are lucky he does some groups for you. We learned so much because of his knowledge of Mexico's History and Natural bird and plant life. He was gracious and kind and extremely detail oriented. We also had a wonderful bus Driver, Michel. Knowing that he was so competent allowed us to be relaxed on the long bus rides. Now, back to reality!

Marcia R. Pittsburgh, PA
5 Day Panama, February 2016
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We had a nice trip. Everything went smooth as we expected with Gate 1. Our next Gate 1 is Morocco in May.

Michael W. Wellington, FL
5 Day Classic Guatemala, February 2016
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Great; we loved Guatemala. Excellent accommodations and beautiful sites to see. Chichicastenanga was the best.

Leslie M. Saint Paul, MN
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, January 2016
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We enjoyed the trip a lot. The Itinerary was good,the accommodations were good. Transfers from and to airport were good. Buses and drivers were good. Tony was a good, helpful and entertaining quide.

Sophia B. Alhambra, CA
8 Day Classic Panama, January 2016
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Excellent. Gustavo was a great tour coordinator, Daniel the driver was helpful and friendly. Last hotel, Westin was fantastic. Overall a great trip. Our 3rd trip w Gate 1.

William B. Belton, TX
5 Day Panama, December 2015
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Jie Sun and I enjoyed very much our trip to Panama. All the tours were very well organized. We are especially impressed by our tour manager Patricio for his knowledge (not only about each visiting site but also about the country and the world at large), his management skill, his friendly personality, his passion about his home country Panama, and his prefect English (US style). It is certainly a gift to have a person like Patricio to be our tour manager. To have people like Patricio working for Gate 1 is a strong testimony to Gate 1's success in the business of tourism! We will certainly consider joining other Gate 1 tours in the future. Will have no hesitation to recommend Gate 1 to friends for their vacation considerations.

Jie S. Poolesville, MD
5 Day Classic Guatemala, December 2015
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We loved Estuardo, our guide, and Danny, our driver. Both were friendly, professional, and provided a truly wonderful experience throughout our tour of Guatemala. The accommodations were wonderful, too.

Susan L. Edwardsville, IL
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Phoenix, November 2015
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The trip was wonderful. It was all I hoped it would be. I had never been to Mexico before and was interested in seeing the real culture and people. This loop thru northern Mexico and Copper Canyon area by bus felt authentic. Juan, our educated and charming guide, did everything he could to make our visit a wonderful experience. Carol

Carol C. Marshfield, WI
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, November 2015
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Our trip was better than I anticipated. This was our first visit to Guatemala. From what I've previously read regarding safety issues in that country we were somewhat apprehensive. I literally had to persuade my husband into booking this trip. And, as it turned out from day one our fears were laid to rest (of course we practiced common sense and remained diligent as you would wherever you go). My husband and I throughly enjoyed the visits to all the pyramids as well as the other sites on our itinerary. Tony, our tour guide, couldn't be better. He went beyond what is expected to make our trip informative, fun, and our safety was paramount to him. Gate 1 is soooo lucky to have him!!! This was only our 2nd trip through your company. And now, I know why most of the other travelers have traveled with you repeatedly. My husband said, "I had a great time, our trip was wonderful, I'm so glad you talked me into going".

Luz L. Pomona, CA
5 Day Classic Guatemala, November 2015
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It was our 1st Gate 1 tour and we loved it! We will do many more because we thought it was run extreme well and exceeded our expectations! We would like to also express our appreciation to Alejandro our primary tour guide from Guatemala City and Luis our tour guide in Tikal. They were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable!

Harry S. Palm City, FL
5 Day Classic Guatemala, September 2015
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The trip was wonderful.  Very happy with our guide Stuart.  Love the city of Antigua.  It was my first tour with Gate 1 and we are already planning two more.  Great service, good hotels and overall enjoyed this trip very much.  Thank you Gate 1.

Liliana A. Deland, FL
8 Day Classic Panama, August 2015
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Our trip was fantastic! This is the first time we have used Gate 1 Travel and everything was beyond our expectations! The country of Panama gave us some fantastic memories of a wonderful guide, Roberto... who went above and beyond to do everything to serve us and see we had every need met, beautiful accommodations, excellent food and service, and a wonderful order of sightseeing that gave us an true sense of the entire country.

We loved the arrangements of the flights, transfers, and communication regarding every aspect of our trip. We have already suggested Gate 1 to friends and acquaintances. We will definitely be looking to use Gate 1 tours again. We felt we met friends through our trip, but we also felt we had friends with Gate 1 that wanted every part of our vacation to be a success!

Rebecca M. Louisville, KY
5 Day Classic Guatemala, June 2015
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Our trip to Guatemala was wonderful. Our flights were on time and comfortable and we had wonderful accommodations in Guatemala.

Gate 1 employees were always on time and very courteous. Our tour guides, Stuart and Raual, (I am sure I spelled both names incorrectly) were exceptional. They gave us the best information and could answer all our questions so we learned a lot about the country. The drivers were also really good - we never felt unsafe riding with them. We will recommend your company to our friends and relatives and we hope to be able to take another tour some day.

Betty W. Bergland, MI
8 Day Classic Panama & 9 Day Classic Colombia, April 2015
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The trip was great.  Panama was wonderful, very hot but a fascinating place.

It was Colombia that I really fell in love with though.  Most folks thought Medellin was the highlight of the trip but I loved Bogota.  Cool, up in the mountains, filled with people who love to smile, beautiful sights, wonderful and diverse foods.  The scenery on the drive from Manizales to Medellin was as surreally beautiful as any I've ever seen.

Our guide in Panama, Roberto was very good.  Our guides in Colombia, both our tour manager and our local guide in Manizales were well beyond good. They were absolutely wonderful. So thanks for putting this together for me. I hope to do more as far as combining trips like I did on this one.

Harris B. Huntley, IL
11 Day Panama & Costa Rica, March 2015
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We very much enjoyed our trip to Panama and Costa Rica.  We have enjoyed traveling with Gate 1 in the past and hopefully, will do so in the future.  Despite warnings from friends regarding safety, virus and bacterial infections, food and water contamination, humidity affecting electronics, sunburn, thievery and muggings, we had no problems.  We trust Gate 1 and, once again, thank you for providing a wonderful and safe trip for us.

Ricardo was our tour guide in Panama.  He was so pleasant and knowledgeable about his country and is such an asset to your company.  We especially enjoyed the excursion to the indigenous village of the Embrera tribe.  What a great experience, memories will last a life time.  We were disappointed that there were no activities offered for the evenings in Panama.  We learned, on our own, of a dinner and Panamanian dance show, which we attended.  Many of our fellow travelers would have liked to attend as well, but did not learn of it until too late.  There were no group dinners offered in the evening, which would have given all an opportunity to enjoy the experience together, such an event would have been nice. Another inconvenience occurred, when our airport transfer driver, who was scheduled to come at 4:30 AM showed up at the hotel at 3:30 AM.

Costa Rica was marvelous.  Zarah was our tour guide.  Wow!  She was terrific and kept us busy all the time with activities, lunches and dinners and overall a great experience.  It was exactly the right kind of trip for us, good food, introductions to different cultures, moderate physical activity, with lots of events to participate in, plus spectacular scenery.

Frederick L. Willingboro, NJ
5 Day Classic Guatemala, February 2015
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The 5 day trip to Guatemala was the perfect way to spend the long Presidents' Day weekend!  With travel days and time at leisure in Guatemala City the actual tour was just two days, but it provided a wonderful glimpse of this Central American country.  The Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City was fantastic - lovely rooms, very secure, nice public spaces inside and out, three restaurants with good food and very nice staff.  The tour was with the help of the long established Clark Tours and there were only seven of us on this special Gate 1 itinerary. 

Our guide Franz was kind, very experienced, knowledgeable and shared great stories.  The driver Danilo was very talented and super nice.  We visited the lovely town of Antigua, with many restored buildings, some beautiful ruins and full of life.  Then on to Chichicastenango, for an overnight at the very serene and cute Mayan Inn, where every room has a fireplace and your very own attendant will come light it for you, which is a nice touch in the chilly high altitude air.  The restaurant and bar were very nice and the courtyards peaceful.  Staying overnight also allows you to visit the famous Chichi market early on Sunday morning before it gets much busier later in the day. Then on to the beautiful volcanic crater Lake Atitlan which was spectacular. Franz suggested the Sunset CafĂ© for a lovely lunch with a lake and volcano vista - heaven to feel the sun after the cold and snow of Connecticut! 

So yet again, a flawless trip - my 12th with Gate 1 and more to come for sure! Thank you!

Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
8 Day Classic Panama, February 2015
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Our trip to Panama was interesting. Everything went smoothly. Ricardo Morales, our tour guide worked very hard and did a wonderful job!  It's always great to be taken care of by a knowledgeable local! Most people on our tour had booked many tours with Gate 1 Travel but it was our first time using your company.  We definitely would travel with Gate 1 again!

Nadine G. London, ON
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Guatemala & Honduras, April 2014
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Gate 1 Travel is 1st rate with me because it always meets my expectations. Once I get on the plane to whatever destination I am left with 2 questions what to wear and what to eat....Gate 1 looks after all the rest for my entire trip.

This trip to Guatemala & Honduras was exceptional. The group was small only 15. We had a small van with air conditioning which could cope with the rain forest temperatures. It was so easy getting in and out of. No high steps. Luggage was easily loaded and unloaded.

This is a poor country and a lot of the time is spent driving through the countryside. Our guide Tony was super he was able to plan our time so we never got bored. Drives could be long but stops were well planned so we never felt we were killing time. His knowledge of Mayan culture was excellent and he shared his insight as we progressed.

Hotels were excellent with swimming pools. Breakfasts offered anything you could think of but the variety of fresh fruit made them special. Lots of hot water and tons of pillows on the beds.

Tony our guide was exceptional. No one recognized the amount of time he spent planning and carrying out our activities. He was able to recognize very quickly when the temp was too high or the terrain was too difficult. He made arrangements for the less adventuresome and made sure the agenda was completed for those that cared.

Great trip. Super driver along some tricky roadways . Guide with great personality and tuned into his tourists needs. Made our trip to Guatemala a trip to remember.

Ann S. Tamarac, FL
5 Day Panama, February 2014
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The trip went very well. I was worried that 5 days wouldn't be enough to see Panama but it worked out very well and I got to see everything and had plenty of time at each of our stop along the way. The tour guide and driver who were with us throughout the three cities and took us to the national park were great. They answered all our questions and were able to pack so much into a few days without making it overwhelming.

Overall a nice package put together by Gate 1, well done.

Alex P. Granada Hills, CA
5 Day Classic Guatemala, February 2014
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Our trip to Guatemala couldn't have been any better. We absolutely enjoyed every minute from the flight down there to the flight home. Stewart, our guide, was the best - friendly, informative and helpful. We learned so much about the country from him and his attention to detail made the trip go very smoothly. Guatemala is a wonderful kaleidoscope of colors, perfect for photography, and the people were very warm and welcoming. Thank you for setting this trip up for us. I look forward to our next trip to Bulgaria, Bosnia and Romania.

Maxine S. Lakeville, MN
5 Day Classic Guatemala, August 2013
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It was fantastic! This was our first trip with Gate 1 and going to Guatemala. Both far exceeded our expectations! The accommodations, tours and tour guides were excellent! Our tour guides were Antonio (Tony) and Hector.

I traveled with my mom for our first mother/Daughter trip out of the country. It turned out we were one of 3 mother/daughter couples, which made it extra special. My mom even said the tour buses were the most comfortable she had ever been on. We loved the fact that the tours were small and we really got to know the people on our bus, which was super fun!

It was a flawless trip! We can't wait to use Gate 1 again!

Suzanne d. Madeira Beach, FL
5 Day Classic Guatemala, August 2013
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It was fabulous especially the overnight stay at the Mayan Inn. The service was exceptional and I couldn't thank the staff enough for the accommodations at the hotels, the tour guide was extraordinary, a gifted man indeed, the bus driver was also warm and friendly, a great driver.

I highly recommend this trip to all my friends. Thank you again for making my trip so memorable.

Sally M. Bronx, NY
5 Day Panama, March 2013
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I enjoyed my recent trip to Panama. I also would like to give Carmen, our tour director, "2 thumbs up!" She was an excellent choice for our tour. She was able to assist our small group of 14 and presented the best of Panama as well.

My next trip will surely be with Gate 1 Travel. I've have already told my co-workers and friends about the great service that your company offers.

Yvonne M. Las Vegas, NV


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