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We are delighted to have this opportunity to let you know about ourselves and our packages to the Mayan ruins, Colonial Cities and natural history of the land of the ancient and modern Maya.  Renowned as an innovative leader in Latin American travel since 1984, we have introduced thousands to Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Peru.

Safety is our number one concern for each of our tours; We have been offering quality, high value participatory birding, natural history, archaeology and adventure tours to Latin America since 1984;  All tours are designed to be educational, enlightening and fun;  Expert specialized guides and lecturers;  Constant quality control measures to guarantee client satisfaction;  Discount international airfares are available on most group tours; And, most importantly, we have a continuing passion for what we do!



“Tommy – I want to drop you a note and let you know what a FABULOUS time we had!  Everything was as expected and much, much more.  Juan was amazing.  He is one of the best and well informed guides that we have ever encountered.  We were both so pleased about everything!  You have a first class operation and we will highly recommend it to all of our friends and associates.  You really made our vacation memorable.”


Diane and Glenn Bachman – Repeat client


 “We are thrilled with this amazing trip and with the precision with which it was planned and executed even though it evolved so many places and activities!  The guides and drivers provided for us were superb, very nice and pleasant persons. They were like friends to us!!!! They were teaching us Spanish too. We will miss them!  Each of the sites and the museums chosen displayed something different! Sofia kept many notes and also we were given much written material and maps to help us with our documentation of our travels.  The whole trip was a success. Words are poor to describe how happy we feel!  We thank you again for your efforts to please us and to make this trip unforgettable.”


Dimitris Tragkas - Greece – Custom tour client


“Everyone had a great time and the trip was a resounding success.  I want to thank you for giving us Juan Canul as our guide.  He was excellent -- very knowledgeable, professional and accommodating.  Everyone loved him and learned so much from him.  Our driver, Jesus, was great, too -- helpful, pleasant, and always got us where we were going in a timely and safe manner.   I plan to run the OCC World of the Maya Travel Seminar during a similar time next year and each January thereafter and hope we can travel with The Mayan Traveler again.” (They have)


Christine W. Kitchin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Ocean County College – Four time client


“An emphatic ‘fantastic!’ is my review.  I can assure you that everything, everything was beyond my expectations.  I cannot say enough good things about the tour, accommodations, facilities, etc., and especially the extreme care, knowledge, and genuineness offered by Juan and Gaspar.  They truly made it wonderful, not just in terms of keeping everything running so smoothly behind the scenes but being so good to us as well.  Thanks so much for everything!!”


Lisa Crutchfield, Ph.D., Department of History, LaGrange College – Three time client


“Well, the trip is over and I wanted to get back with you and give you some feedback.  First, I really appreciate all of your help and assistance.  You patiently answered all of my questions and always responded promptly.   That helped me make the decision to go with you.  The documents were sent timely and were complete.  There were never any problems with the room or meals or entrance fees.  That all went very smoothly.  The rooms were all very comfortable and the food and service in the restaurants was very, very good.  No complaints!  Although busy, we did not find the schedule overwhelming and felt we had plenty of time at all the sites.  We felt as though we had a chance to see all of the Yucatan and really experience Mexico.  It was GREAT!”


Judy Jenner – Scheduled tour client


“All three tours that you have organized for our group left nothing to chance.  Our accommodations were above average and the food was good. The guides were outstanding and attended to our every need.  That includes any special requests that we had.  I want to extend a well deserved thank you for a job well done.”


Dr. James Graceffa – Verde Valley Archaeology Center – Now a five time client


“Our thanks to you for the planning and execution of our trip. It was a great adventure and we really enjoyed every minute. Thanks for making this a wonderful experience for us.”


Robyn and John – Queensland Australia - Colonial Cities tour


 “I just thought I'd send you a quick message to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Best of the Maya trip. I've been on many trips all over the world, and I think this was one of the best. Getting to see the famous Classic Maya sites in one week was a real treat. I thought the itinerary was spot on and I enjoyed very much the variety of the hotels - especially the jungle lodge in the very rural setting.”


Mark Langer – London England - Scheduled tour client


“Hello Tommy - We wanted to inform you that we had a wonderful time in Mexico, the tour guide and bus driver were very professional, gave us nice suggestions of places to visit and things to try out, we enjoyed ourselves.  I will be telling my friends about The Mayan Traveler.”


Nancy Nyambura - Scheduled tour client


“You will not find a more professional organization than The Mayan Traveler. My wife and I have traveled all over the world the last 31 years and have used a variety of travel companies; big and small, but nothing surpassed our experiences with The Mayan Traveler.  Tommy Thomson was a stellar travel coordinator who demonstrated strong customer service, a collaborative personality and acute listening skills. I gave Tommy a list of Mayan archeological sites we hoped to visit, our travel time frame, price range and restriction of traveling with only a driver and guide or driver/guide combination person. Tommy designed a wonderful itinerary which included all of our desired sites plus a few of which we were not familiar.  The hotels and restaurants were outstanding.  The final itinerary far exceeded our expectations. Tommy’s patience and willingness to accommodate our details (when possible) were refreshing. He never once forced a decision. All Tommy’s associates throughout the trip were pleasant, thorough and willing to please.  Lastly, in that we were celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary, Tommy, unbeknownst to us, arranged a special surprise ending to our experience which was a true show stopper.  Everything from the honeymoon palapa, the adult beverage and bouquet waiting in our room at our Playa Del Carmen hotel my wife described as ‘magical’.”


Joseph Holland – Custom tour client


“Tommy, I wanted you to know what an absolutely fabulous time we had on our trip!  The guides were all wonderful - we could not be more pleased.  Thank you so much for making the arrangements!!”


Kimiko Burton - Custom tour client


“I really want to thank you again for all that you did in preparing us for our trip.  We most certainly did enjoy the surprise celebrations of our honeymoon and my birthday that you arranged.  We and grew a very special bond with both the country of Mexico and it’s people as well as our driver and guide. I’ll be recommending you guys to all our friends and for sure if we return we’ll be in touch.  Thanks again Tommy.  Awesome vacation!!!


   Noelia da Mata – Paris France - Custom tour client


 “We had a great vacation to Mundo Maya.  We really had fun and learned a lot.  Julio was a great guide.  We would recommend this trip to others.  We also appreciate you working in the trip to Piedras Negras.  I am sure that took some work to arrange and it is surely off the beaten path.  Our going there impressed the owner of Chanabnal Resort.”


J. Passmore – Scheduled tour client


 “Tommy, greetings from Turkey.  We just got back home from Mexico. Thanks a lot for everything. It was a very beautiful trip. Couldn’t thank you enough. Hope to do this again with another group in the future. Cheers.”


Cahit Ital – Custom tour group leader – Suleyman Tours of Turkey


 “The tour was great and the Mayan cities that we saw were awesome - all we could ask for.  The guides and drivers were also very good, and the border transfers were flawless - all good things!”


Susan and Lance Hamilton - Private tour clients


 “Thank you very much for the wonderful trip.  It exceeded our expectations and, after having spent close to 2 weeks with your ground operations team, I feel like they are all part of the family.  Should they find themselves in California, please let us know and we will take them on a few guided tours of places that we love.  However, we cannot promise the same level of knowledge that we were shown about Mexico! This was a near perfect experience.”


                Rick Walsh and party – Private archaeology and birding clients


 “We really enjoyed your tour.  Everything was very well organized and Fausto and Julio were excellent guides.  It was wonderful to be able to visit all the Mayan sites in such a convenient way and we learnt a lot.  All the accommodation was very good including the lovely little villas at Hotel Cabanas Valle Escondido near Bonampak.  No problems with the food either.  Thanks again - we are very happy to recommend this tour to others.”


Kate Bosser and Ray Walker – Melbourne, Australia - Scheduled tour client


“Tommy - We are back from our trip to Mexico.  The driver/guide we had was superb.  The hotels were all excellent choices.  It was a nearly flawless trip.  We appreciate your work on developing a memorable experience.”


Chris Lofgren - Private tour clients – Central Mexico Archaeology tour


 “The diversification between Mexican birds and Mayan ruins lend itself to a knowledgeable and interesting trip on both fronts. You won't be bored!  This was a fabulous trip. Eight Mayan ruin sites. Two charming and expert guides (birds and Mayan culture). Still counting the number of bird species and lifers.   You will be delighted by this program! If you are a "birder" you will love this program, but the ruins alone are worth the trip. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and make your visit a great experience.  This is a fantastic birding and ruins trip. I think it is my favorite trip of our other tours. Super way to experience the Yucatan.”


                Various comments on our “Birding the Yucatan” tour


 “Tommy, everything was wonderful--as expected. Students and faculty all happy--quite an adventure (in a good way.)  Julio and Eddie, Juan and Ariel were all fabulous.  Thanks so much for making it another successful trip.  I gave a high recommendation to a gentleman who recently contacted me to inquire about your services.”


                College History/Anthropology Professor – Repeat client


 Compilation of comments from other evaluation forms –


·      Guides and Drivers – “extremely knowledgeable”, “friendly and flexible”,  “Great guides, great group, indelible memories.”, “not to discount ALL the hard work that everyone else does to pull these trips off  but Juan and Gaspar personally MADE the trip what it was”, “accommodating”, “always on time”’, “Wonderful experience with a very knowledgeable guide”, “We could not have had a better and more courteous and accommodations driver than Laurentino.  He is a treasure.”, “the greatest guide/driver duo ever”, “Juan was the most accommodating, fun and knowledgeable tour leader I’ve ever met”, Carlos and Enrique kept the whole group interested, even when we were tired; their energy and enthusiasm were continually motivating”, “well prepared, smart, fun, enjoyable – couldn’t have asked for better”, “Hugo was excellent.  He has an amazing knowledge of birds, architecture, flora and fauna.  He was always charming, humorous, patient, and prompt.  We could not have asked for a better guide for a two week trip.  We would highly recommend him to any future client”, “Jose was informative, personable, a pleasure to be around and very accommodating in assisting with our menu since we are vegans”, “Gaspar is a great driver, is very helpful and has a great sense of humor”, “the guides were excellent and extremely helpful”, “the guides were outstanding and went out of their way to make this a unique tour”, “Juan was the perfect guide, his knowledge amplified our experience”, “Jaime is a wonderfully knowledgeable and outgoing guide”.


·      Transportation – “excellent”, “very comfortable”, “very careful driver”, “The vehicle was great – comfortable, perfect size for the group”, “The van was very spacious and comfortable.  Couldn't have asked for more.  Also, Pablo and Hugo were always on time”, “drivers skills were outstanding”, “Pablo was excellent and an excellent driver.  Not only was his English very much appreciated, but he was also charming and very helpful.  We always felt safe.  In addition, the van was always spotless”, “Gaspar was a great driver – very accommodating and fun to have as part of our trip”, “careful, but fun, nice and helpful”, “fantastic, we felt completely comfortable”, “wonderful and unique”, “well organized, roomy, comfortable and well air-conditioned”,


·      Activities – “LOVED them, especially the combination itinerary that covered so many different venues”, “great – enjoyed everything”, “educational and fun”, “excellent – precisely as described”, “The trip was a great combination of birding and architecture.  We learned a lot and had a good time doing it. “, “great schedule”, “perfect from start to finish”, “nice variety for all ages and interests”, “each activity exceed expectations”, “wonderful and unique”, “very fun and well organized”, “Excellent!”, “The pace was fast, but usually that was for the best”, “fun, adventurous and well executed”, “it struck the perfect balance of archaeology, history, natural history, and adventure”.


·      Academics – “fabulous – I learned so much!”, “excellent”, “exciting – learned a lot”, “expanded so much on what I had already learned”, “ I’m amazed at the huge amount of education packed into a few days”, “the lectures were delightful”, “it was just as we had hoped to see and learn”.


·      Accommodations – “great”, “comfortable, no complaints, good locations”, “excellent”, “I thought the accommodations were very good, several better than I had anticipated and the food was all very good”, “each property had a lot of character, was comfortable, safe and usually beautiful”,  “Each hotel had it’s unique charm”.


·      Would you recommend your tour/us to a friend – “will definitely use your services in the future for any student trips to Latin America (in fact—I refused to even entertain the idea other faculty members were pushing for a talk with another tour operator”, “absolutely”, “very much”, “certainly”, “I already have”, “definitely!”, “I can’t wait to tell all my friends and family”, “without hesitation”, “Yes!  At some point I would like to bring my own group”, “In a heartbeat – yes!!”, “absolutely – hope to come again!”


·      Summary – “Perfect trip from planning stages thru execution.  Loved every second and especially the personnel”, “Had a wonderful time.  Our driver and guide are excellent.”, “I particularly enjoyed the extra events not listed on the itinerary, i.e., the lectures given by archeologists at Palenque and Copan. Being entertained by one of the archeologists at his home in Copan Ruinas was a special treat.”, “GREAT EXPERIENCE”,  “Overall tour as excellent”,  “This was a great trip”, “This was an excellent tour, a trip worth repeating”, “One of the best tours I have ever been on”, “The trip was excellent”, “ Excellent!”, “We will be back”, “We could not have had a better tour”, “This was the trip of a lifetime”, “The most amazing experience ever!”,Thanks you for all you have done and the service you provide”, “Our trip exceeded our expectations”, “Having been to all corners of the world we very much appreciated been given access to some of these very special sites”, “The trip was Great!!  I truly had one of the ‘times of my life’ experience”, “LOVED every aspect of the trip”, “I just wanted to thank you and your organization for a fantastic trip. I really enjoyed it. It was the trip of a lifetime!”

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