Belize Travel Guides
I am a strong advocate for hiring a local guide whenever travelling. Guides have a wealth of knowledge of the destination and are trained to spot things that you would miss. When it comes to choosing a tour guide in Belize, it’s easy, being certain that you’ve selected the best possible guide is a different story. This is because with the rise of tourism, and lack of jobs in other industries, more and more people are deciding to become guides but truthfully, not all of them have the passion and drive to be exceptional at their jobs. And as my job to educate you on Belize, I will offer you a few tips that can assist you in picking the right Belizean guide.
Tour operators usually charge more for tours but you can find deals when booking as a group. Many of the best guides are usually under their employment since they offer a steady salary.
You can find free-lance guides while walking the streets or at sites. These guides are typically cheaper to hire but you must ask about their reputation. Do note that some of the guides who work for tour operators might also work free-lance.
Ask for the guide’s background and how long they have worked in the industry. It is also very important to ask if they specialize in a particular area. Although many guides have a vast knowledge of all of Belize (since it’s such a small country), if they regularly do fishing tours, for example, that will be their forte, and not something like Maya Archaeology or wildlife and jungle treks.
You choose to spend time with friends because they are fun to be around, it should be the same with your guide. On your travels you make memorable experiences and the people you encounter help shape them. First you need find a knowledgeable guide and then seek out someone who is also always smiling and loves to crack jokes. By the end of your stay, you’ll want to adopt him/ her.
This one should be common sense. Ask around about your guide or tour operator and search online to see if they don’t have any bad press. I do ask that you be critical of what you read online, as you may know, information on the Internet can be fabricated.