Maya Expeditions has experience in Adventure Travel in
Guatemala since 1987.
Conde Nast Traveler, Dec. 1994, nominated maya EXPEDITIONS
as one of the 20 top Eco-outfitters in the World.
TAXES and TIPS: The local hotel taxes (22%) and the tip for
waiters (10%), is included. The local tax of departure to
Flores ($3.00), p/p is also included in our prices.
How is the food? In the river, the lunch is made on a beach
and consist of a "Cold cuts" buffet (hams, cheeses,
salads, fruits, etc.) where everyone can serve to their liking:
or a box lunch already prepared with whole-wheat sandwiches,
fruit, cookies etc. The dinners and breakfasts in camp are
varied complete menus cooked on the spot (including dishes
like lasagna, barbecue, cakes and desserts).When we are not
camping we use local restaurants.
How do we sleep? On many of our expeditions we camp one or
more nights. In this case we provide the tents (for two people)
and a sleeping pad. When we can, we use local hotels or eco-tourism
camps/lodges. We always look for the most comfortable and
clean even though in some cases they are very simple. The
rooms are shared between 2, 3, or 4 people unless you wish
to add on a single supplement.
How is the bathroom and toilet? Where we use hotels, we utilize
their services of a complete bathroom (in some there is no
hot water): in camp we bath outside in the river or makeshift
showers. In the majority of the places where we camp, there
are out-houses and we carry a portable toilet with us.
Budget hotels will often have electric showers. The way to
have the showers have hot water is to regulate the pressure.
The more pressure the colder the shower. Many budget hotels
toilets will clog up with toilet paper, thus they will ask
you to throw the paper in a trash bin, which they clean everyday.
Medium to High-end hotels will have showers which have hot
water on demand. The toilets of these hotels have usually
been made accessible for toilet paper to be thrown into the
What type of land transport do we use? In where the type
of road permits, we utilize tourism vans. In dirt roads we
use four wheel drive vehicles or local buses of the school-type
buses type depending on the circumstances. In some instances
we transfer to open air trucks for short transfers where buses
How long does one raft during the day? One day of rafting
is approximately 6-8 hours.
What should you take? In each itinerary of an expedition
we include a list of suggested personal gear. In all cases,
one needs to have clothes to get wet during the day, and dry
clothes to change into, protection against the sun, rain and
insects (hat, sun block, repellent etc.)
Our Guides: We have a body of guides who specialize in rafting
and eco-tourism: all have knowledge in rescue and first aide.
They have been trained under International whitewater standards.
Various of our Guatemalan guides, have obtained experience
on rivers in Alaska, the continental USA, Chile, Peru, Honduras
and Costa Rica. We also have a base of foreign guides who
The Equipment we use? We have a fleet of 10 boats that are
made especially for whitewater rafting. Some of them are conventional
boats and the newer ones are self-bailing. We are constantly
renewing and incrementing our equipment. We have life jackets
that are especially made for this sport, along with helmets,
paddles, and safety and rescue equipment
Insurance: We strongly recommend you protect yourself and
your baggage with a short term traveler's insurance policy.
Please see our [insurance page] for more details.
Baggage is carried entirely at owner's risk; Maya Expeditions
assumes no liability whatsoever for damage, loss or delay
of property beyond our control.
Trip cancellation insurance will cover your losses on non
refundable air and land costs on trips canceled due to illness
or other emergency. "Travel insurance coverage is the
traveler's responsibility. If you have sufficient medical,
baggage protection and trip interruption/delay coverage under
an existing policy, and are satisfied with the benefits provided,
no additional policy is required.