We went on Jeana’s inaugural tour of Guatemala. I’ve always been interested in visiting there and was not disappointed. Our initial stop was the Lake Atitlan area for three nights. The beautiful lake is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. We could easily have spent additional time there exploring the many villages surrounding the lake. On the way to Antigua, we stopped at the ruins of a Mayan city which were located in a peaceful parklike setting. Antigua is a classic Spanish style colonial city complete with all of today’s conveniences including a wide variety of restaurants. At dinner one night, we watched lava spew out and make its way down the steep slopes of a volcano–far from town. The coffee plantation we visited in Antigua was a pleasurable and very informative stop. As is usually the case, we learned that much more time and effort goes into coffee production than one might imagine.
All in all, a great trip for those who want to experience a unique travel excursion.
Doug Morgenson & Dan Tibbits, Guatemala
We loved the trip; the hotels, the itinerary, the guide, the lovely maid who washed and ironed my nightie, the group and the shopping. My purchases look great in our home. We were “happy campers”!
Nancy Patterson, Guatemala
Thank you for the trip to the Guatemala. I will always remember fondly our trip together: the sights and sounds and the wonderful camaraderie that we all shared. It was truly something special!
Roger Uscila, Guatemala
I have been on quite a few trips with Jeana and have actually been to Oaxaca twice. Oaxaca is a beautiful and very cosmopolitan city full of art and culture. I never quite understood Day of the Dead—what it meant to the Mexican people and how it is celebrated in Mexico. Because of the tour, I now understand what a beautiful part of Mexican culture the holiday is. The Mexican people seem to have a better understanding of death than we Northerners do, and being there and experiencing it, it has helped me to understand why. It was a great trip and I highly recommend it!
Patti Lestz, Day of the Dead
We went to Chiapas with BVTours. We had great accommodations, wonderful breakfasts and lovely dinners. We saw amazing places; Sumidero Canyon, Palenque, Mayan villages, rivers and waterfalls. Jeana was great; she was allwlays with us and without her this wonderful tour would not have been possible. We had a great time with members of the tour and in the end we were all like family.
Teresa & Henk Rysemus, Chiapas
I have fond memories of our visit to the beautiful rivers, towns and the Mayan ruins and especially Palenque, which I had always wanted to see. Traveling with a very knowledgeable leader like jeana made all the difference. She took care to see that all travelers were able to participate fully. I never felt left out as I have on other guided tours
Steve Stevens, Chiapas
The trip was so well planned and our care and comfort were primary to our guides and directors. We stayed in 1st class hotels with great restaurants, and we didn’t even have to haul our luggage. We would highly recommend this tour. It was a lot of fun!
Doug & Sue Morrison, Copper Canyon
Keep doing these tours Jeana! Your attention to detail and your ability to offer a classy travel experience is greatly appreciated.
Ruthanne Atkinson, Colonial Jewels
This was my first experience with Beyond Vallarta Tours, and found it a most positive experience. I found jeana to be well organized and creative in her planning. The Hotel was luxurious and situated in the city center, so that most of the points of interest were never far away. The meals were excellent. The city tours were well organized and there was always freedom and direction for individual exploration. I was able to come away with the feeling of having really experienced Mexico City.
Bill Wilson, Mexico City
We had a terrific time! We saw all the key sites,enjoyed a charming hotel, ate at fine restaurants and altogether got a real appreciation of the area. Jeana is a terrific tour director…upbeat, knowledgeable, organized, tuned into everyone needs and unfailingly patient.
Reena & Mike Hais, Oaxaca
A great way to see parts of Guadalajara I didn’t know. The visit to the silk designer alone was worth the whole trip. Plus I made wonderful new friends!
Bonnie Mott, Guadalajara
Although our Copper Canyon trip with Beyond Vallarta last season is in the past we are still savoring the experience. We loved “riding the rails” together and witnessing the awesome natural wonders below, while enjoying the camaraderie, comfort and mobility afforded by our train transport. Meeting (and dancing with) Zorro, close up and personal in El Fuerte was a blast. We were very appreciative of the lovely lodging throughout our adventure and especially blown away by the breath-taking vistas from our private balcony in our canyon hotel. Learning more about the Tarahumara Indians, interfacing with them at the markets and school visits, and having the opportunity to purchase some of their exquisite baskets were a privilege. Thanks for yet another well-organized and memorable trip with Beyond Vallarta Tours.
Norma Schuh, Copper Canyon
What a fabulous trip! What a fabulous group of people!
This was our 5th trip with Jeana and Beyond Vallarta Tours and the absolute best group of belly laughs we’ve had.
Thanks to all for being such a warm caring congenial group.
Nancy & Tommy Patterson, Copper Canyon
Mike and I had a really wonderful time experiencing the Copper Canyon and the surrounding areas with all of you.
Jeana, thank you for being an extraordinary tour director and for making our entire trip flawless and fun.
So now what are we going to do to top this trip?
Kim Altman, Copper Canyon
The trip to Guatemala with Beyond Vallarta Tours is a unique opportunity to see this wonderful country. What a surprise to find a range of 33 volcanic mountains—3 of them active. Seeing the lava flowing down the side of the mountain, from our hotel, was a peak experience. So was traveling in a country with such a large indigenous population of native Mayan people, who have retained much of their culture and customs.