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#41
MA
490 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
We were on the Colonial Antiqua tour with Gus last week 1/11/10. I sent the 50% deposit in advance to have Gus as our guide. He sent back ID stickers and a receipt. Gus was at the pier as promised. Our cruise critic group ended up with 16 people on the tour. Gus was a wonderful host and guide. We all loved our day in Guatemala. The lunch that was included was wonderful as well. Gus ordered a wide variety of foods and drinks and sat with us during lunch. He explained what everything was. We went to so many places including, the jade factory, macadamia farm, coffee plantation, a beautiful old church, and scenic Antiqua. I would not hesitate to book with Gus again or send the deposit.

We felt completely safe on Gus's tour. We were able to leave are belongings in the van at the different stops as the driver was always with the vehicle.

I have not had a problem with Gus answering my emails, but I understand internet in Guatemala is iffy. If an email gets bounced back it is possible that one digit in the email address is wrong or left out. I got a bounce back once but it was my fault for skipping a letter in Gus's email address. Also, one person on the tour was unable to reach Gus by email (I am not sure what the problem was), so I contacted Gus for him and then everything was fine.

If anyone has a question, let me know.
#42
Orlando, Florida
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Joined Apr 2004
Does Gus take credit cards for his deposits?
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#43
84 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
I have been trying to connect with Gus for a while now. We will be in Guatemala for ten hours (!) on April 29, on a Holland America Panama Canal cruise. We'd love to do the Humanitarian Tour, but I can't seem to connect with Gus. I've tried all the email addresses that I could find, as well as his website. Any other ideas? Alternatively, any other suggestions for that sort of tour? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Carol
#45
San Diego, CA
206 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
We "tried" to use Gus in Puerto Quetzal, but my reservation somehow got lost. I e-mailed Gus and set up the tour to Antigua. He confirmed my reservation and I sent my deposit in a few weeks in advance. When we arrived--the people at his stand didn't have me listed that day.

I had my e-mail confirmation, but confusion ensued. They ended up putting my group of four with a taxi driver and sending us on our way. I was nervous given everything I had read about the traffic and crime in Guatemala. However, it turned out great. Our taxi/guide Hugo was great, and it was nice to have a small group.

Hugo drove us to a coffee plantation for a quick intro to coffee, then we had a more in depth tour at a macadamia nut farm (with samples and mac nut oil massages). Then we stopped in Santiago for Mayan crafts on our way to Antigua. Hugo gave a lot of history and information along the way and in Antigua. We had a great lunch too.

And traffic was not an issue at all. I meant to get Hugo's contact info, but didn't. However, I do highly recommend him if you can track him down through Gus or otherwise.

Otherwise, recommend you confirm your trip with Gus just before you travel to make sure you're on the list. Although we had a great tour, I felt we had paid a premium for Gus and didn't get what we paid for. So a little disappointed.
#46
103 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Originally posted by TraceyP
We "tried" to use Gus in Puerto Quetzal, but my reservation somehow got lost. I e-mailed Gus and set up the tour to Antigua. He confirmed my reservation and I sent my deposit in a few weeks in advance. When we arrived--the people at his stand didn't have me listed that day.

I had my e-mail confirmation, but confusion ensued. They ended up putting my group of four with a taxi driver and sending us on our way. I was nervous given everything I had read about the traffic and crime in Guatemala. However, it turned out great. Our taxi/guide Hugo was great, and it was nice to have a small group.

Hugo drove us to a coffee plantation for a quick intro to coffee, then we had a more in depth tour at a macadamia nut farm (with samples and mac nut oil massages). Then we stopped in Santiago for Mayan crafts on our way to Antigua. Hugo gave a lot of history and information along the way and in Antigua. We had a great lunch too.

And traffic was not an issue at all. I meant to get Hugo's contact info, but didn't. However, I do highly recommend him if you can track him down through Gus or otherwise.

Otherwise, recommend you confirm your trip with Gus just before you travel to make sure you're on the list. Although we had a great tour, I felt we had paid a premium for Gus and didn't get what we paid for. So a little disappointed.
I emailed Gus last week but did not receive any response. I am looking for options for doing the Humanitarian excursion in Santo Tomas. Since he is not being responsive does anyone have any recommendations for another guide?
#47
103 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Originally posted by donnasworld
I emailed Gus last week but did not receive any response. I am looking for options for doing the Humanitarian excursion in Santo Tomas. Since he is not being responsive does anyone have any recommendations for another guide?
I got a very nice response from Gustavo and booked the Humanitarian excursion while visiting Santo Tomas on January 21st. I believe the price was $99 with a 50% deposit payable by check or money order and submitted to an address in Georgia. There are no discounts for having a larger group but Gustavo indicated that he provides 35% of the proceeds as a donation to the community we will be visiting. That sounds wonderful to me.
#48
Murrells Inlet, S.C.
1,228 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
[quote=donnasworld;42647096]I got a very nice response from Gustavo and booked the Humanitarian excursion while visiting Santo Tomas on January 21st. I believe the price was $99 with a 50% deposit payable by check or money order and submitted to an address in Georgia. There are no discounts for having a larger group but Gustavo indicated that he provides 35% of the proceeds as a donation to the community we will be visiting. That sounds wonderful to me.[/QUOTE
So, how was your excursion? Would you recommend Gus? thanks!
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#49
103 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
[quote=Cinder Again;43118599]
Originally posted by donnasworld
I got a very nice response from Gustavo and booked the Humanitarian excursion while visiting Santo Tomas on January 21st. I believe the price was $99 with a 50% deposit payable by check or money order and submitted to an address in Georgia. There are no discounts for having a larger group but Gustavo indicated that he provides 35% of the proceeds as a donation to the community we will be visiting. That sounds wonderful to me.[/QUOTE
So, how was your excursion? Would you recommend Gus? thanks!
Cinder Again,

Sorry for not responding earlier. Very busy with work. I looked at my post and understand your confusion. I should have made it clear that the excursion is booked for 2015.
#50
Snohomish, Washington
97 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Good morning everybody,

Wondering if there is anybody out there that is also joining Gus on May 13 in Guatamala for his Livingston/School Children tour? We will be coming off the NCL Dawn coming into port that morning. Love to know if there are others joining us.