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I thoroughly enjoyed my 11-day/10-night trip to Guatemala and highly recommend Heart of Travel. The itinerary Chelsea planned for me was perfect. The pricing was very reasonable. Her communication and support before and during the trip was exceptional. She went above and beyond in helping me solve a couple of SNAFU’s of my own making. I look forward to traveling again with this company in the hopefully not too distant future. I consider myself a well-traveled (104 countries), fairly adventurous, 61-year-old. My previous trips have ranged from completely self-planned to high-end travel companies, solo to small group. I seek unique, authentic experiences. Probably more so than most travelers my age, I enjoy being active and even physically challenged. However, like most travelers my age, I have become old and spoiled and place great value in a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed in a safe environment.
I highly recommend the HoT team if you're looking to get the most out of your trip to Guatemala. I have known Chelsea for a while and was delighted to be able to use the HoT teams services. From the moment I outlined what we were looking for, Chelsea made sure to get me all the information I needed and a quote really quickly. We arranged the Acetenango volcano hike with HoT and it couldn't have been better. Our guides were incredible and went above and beyond (including carrying our backpacks - this hike is not easy!) and we had the best time. I felt incredibly safe and well looked after. Chelsea also made sure we had a ton of food and snacks, even catering for a vegan which is not easy for an overnight expedition with very little amenities! We also booked transfers in and around Guatemala with HoT - they all went very smoothly and every trip was well organized. When we threw in a last minute change, they were super accommodating which meant we were able to squeeze in even more sightseeing! If you're into attention to detail, great customer service, flexibility and a sense that someone else is doing the thinking and organising for you, choose HoT!
I can't say enough about our custom trip to Guatemala. We changed our itinerary a few times before we even traveled and Chelsea was fantastic about all of our modifications. All of the information that we received prior to travel was amazing and had us very prepared when we arrived. Once we got there, everything was just as expected. All of the places chosen were beautiful, the local guides we had were the absolute best and our experience was nothing short of amazing. Given that we decided to go in June, during rainy season and the rainiest month of the year, we expected to have some potential weather issues. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather for the majority of the trip. However, for the one issue we did have, we asked to re-route our trip due to a weather issue and Chelsea and our fantastic local guide Selvyn made all of the changes for us last minute. We never would have known that we decided to take a completely different itinerary for 2 days if we hadn't requested them because everything went so smoothly. We learned so much about the country and the culture from Selvyn, saw everything we asked to see plus some, and truly enjoyed every moment we were there. They are truly the best and I wouldn't travel with anyone else if you go to Guatemala.
Most amazing trip ever. Wonderfully organized covering many insightful aspects of Ecuadorian culture and its varied people. Great to learn all that is done to preserve Ecuador’s special natural treasures. Our Ecuadorian guide, Gustavo, went over and above to make our visit the best I have ever had when traveling in a foreign country.
Chelsea and the Heart of Travel team were AMAZING to work with! So professional, helpful, and responsive. Including "in real time" on the ground assistance when some things came up (completely unrelated to them) and I needed assistance quickly to navigate. Their expertise, quality of recommended and arranged services, and attention to detail made travel a breeze! No easy feat in this barely-post pandemic world! I was traveling alone, to a new country, and my travel-muscles were a bit rusty after a few years of not using them, Heart of Travel made all the logistics of travel seamless and easy to navigate so that I could simply ENJOY my vacation.
"We had an amazing trip with Heart of Travel! We were able to experience things we would have never been able to do without their help. Our hike up Volcan Acatenango was an exertion we will never forget. Heart of Travel took care of the details for us, making the trip smooth and simple on us. I highly recommend booking an experience with them."
"Fun, Fun, Fun! We traveled with The Heart of Travel, our favorite for Spanish-speaking destinations. We had a perfect mix of history, culture, learning, sharing, and food and drink. Día de los Muertos at the cemetery was very special. Our accommodation at an AirB&B was perfect for our group. Our local guide, Gabo, and Heart of Travel guide, Ana, are the best."
"Excellent trip. Ana Castillo of Heart is a skillful and fun tour leader. Our Oaxaca guide, Gabo, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and also very entertaining. The lodging was beautiful and in an excellent location. The activities were meaningful, educational, and very enjoyable."
Spanish Immersion Trips
Immerse yourself in language and culture on Heart of Travel’s signature immersion trips. These level-specific trips allow students to practice their Spanish in the classroom each morning with their certified bilingual instructors, before putting their knowledge into practice during interactive tours and activities where they can engage in conversation with native speakers.