Edwin SternerUnited States
Really enjoyed 2.5 days with Nestor. He listened to our interests and chose places to visit and do accordingly. Although we already had some time on our own in Antigua, he helped fill in the blanks and took us to places we otherwise would not have been able to visit. Chose a great spot to view the annual procession on April 7 with the car parked where we could "escape" the crowds. Given the limited time in Guatemala City, felt he chose wisely to give us a great "introduction". His English is fluent.
Ned HopkinsSTOCKTON, CA, United States
See my comment on Nestor's service under the Antigua tour.
Ned HopkinsSTOCKTON, CA, United States
Nestor is what everyone hopes a guide will be. His English is flawless. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of sites in Guatemala. He is prompt, courteous, attentive, and helpful. My daughter and I had two tours with Nestor -- Antigua and Chichicastenango -- and we could not have been more pleased with his service.
Christopher MesickUnited States
Nestor was fantastic. We did Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan in one day - ambitious for anyone, but he did a great job both with driving and guiding - 13+ hours in total. He was very knowledgeable about the Mayan traditions, history and culture. He was flexible, picked great spots to focus on, recommended nice restaurants for breakfast and lunch. He was interesting to talk to, upbeat, and despite some difficult driving conditions, remained focused on the driving. Overall HIGHLY recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
Fran Sadoff-LeBowUnited States
Nestor was very punctual, extremely attentive to our needs and desires and was extremely knowledgeable. He helped to make our day quite special. Additionally, he was an excellent driver as he drove the curvy dangerous mountainous roads. Nestor was very easy and pleasant to be with and was very accommodating to whatever we wanted.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
Kathleen CuneyUnited States
This was a perfect tour. It was exactly what we wanted. Nestor was very knowledgeable, he could answer every question. He was also very personable and flexible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! We enjoyed sharing with everyone! Enjoy the rest of your trip in Guatemala, best regards, Nestor
Tony BraswellUnited States
Our day long tour was fantastic. Nestor is incredibly knowledgeable and has an outstanding command of Mayan and Guatemalan history which he expertly weaves into the day. We had a last minute change to our schedule and he quickly accommodated us. Our day long tour included Antigua and volcanos, and throughout the tour he checked to be sure we were having fun. If you have a chance to visit this beautiful country you will love seeing it with Nestor. He is one of the best guides we've ever had. THANK YOU
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was awesome to share with you, looking forward to meeting with you in your next trip to Guatemala, best regards, Nestor
Stephen EichlerUnited States
Nestor is an intelligent, highly educated, likable and knowledgeable and experienced guide. He is fluent in English and a careful excellent driver. We are happy to recommend Nestor to any travellers who are very clear about what they want to experience in guatemala and what they are not interested in. Nestor is very accommodating, kind and considerate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate your recommendations. Best regards, Nestor
Serhat PalaUnited States
Nestor has been great. Professional, on time, informative and helpful. He made us feel like a local, and kept everything running well. He became a part of the family and made us feel home at all times. If you are going to visit Guatemala, Nestor is the right guide. Very comfortable to recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, you were wonderful guests. Best regards, Nestor
We felt that Nestor was nice but not among the best guides we've had. We told him in advance we had 3 kids and he didn't do much to engage or interest them. When asked, he was willing to give lots of interesting info but didn't offer much on his own. Drove through Antigua not telling us anything till we asked. Hike was good and reasonably priced but not our greatest guided experience.
Neil TaylorUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Elaine AuerbachUnited States
Nestor was exceptional. Antigua is a colonial city and hard to get around in a car. However, my brother who was with me and my husband, has trouble walking and couldn't handle the cobblestones. Nestor made sure we saw everything. He was prompt, friendly and very accommodating. I would recommend him for everyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Elaine! It was a pleasure to meet you all.
Jacek B StypulkowskiUnited States
Very knowledgeable well organized. Day trip with pick up and drop off at the airport went without a problem. Guide was waiting when we went out of the immigration with our name displayed. I can highly recommend him to anyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
Robert PozziUnited States
A knowledgeable guide who knew very much about history of the country both old and new, culture and politics. He was able to answer all our questions well and provided us a great tour of the city. Comfortable ride.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Bill SmithUnited States
Nestor is a fantastic tour guide. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, personable and with non-stop energy. Nestor had in depth answers on everything that came up including contemporary politics, socio-economics, and culture. We had a great time and would absolutely recommend Nestor for anyone visiting Guatemala. He was equally able to connect to adults and teens-- great in every way.
Nettie HorneUnited States
Nestor offered an ideal combination of knowledge, friendliness, flexibility and caring. Because one of the members of our party had some scheduling issues, we had to re-think our schedule and make a detour to pick her up. He couldn't have been more accommodating. He knows his way around Guatemala City and was able to minimize traffic delays caused by a demonstration downtown. At every point of interest, he answered all our questions and provided valuable insights into what we were seeing and its history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was really nice to meet you, I hope you visit Guatemala again someday. My best regards, Nestor
Guillermo was a very polite guide! It was a pleasure to make a tour with him. His acknowledge about the land and the people was very good. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I hope you enjoyed your experience in Guatemala, its was really nice to meet you.
Barbara RobinsonAtlanta, GA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review! My best regards, Nestor
Terry ParsonsUnited States
Nestor is the perfect guide for Antigua! I give him a 5+ on your rating scale. Very knowlegable about the locals. I had a good informative time with Nestor. Terry Parsons
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Terry! Enjoy the rest of your trip and I hope you can return to Guatemala soon to visit more of the Highlands. Best regards, Nestor
Firuza TabariUnited Kingdom
Guillermo was a fantastic guide. He really catered the trip towards our interest and his local knowledge and experience ensured we saw the true Guatemala! In addition to that, Guillermo kept us entertained throughout the many hours of travelling we took across the country, with useful information, stories as well as plenty of jokes and philosophical discussions. We highly recommend Guillermo for anyone who wants to really explore Guatemala as he will make sure your experience is thoroughly enjoyable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was a really nice experience to share this tour with an amazing couple like you both. I'll be looking forward to seeing you again. My best regards, Nestor
Lori PackardUnited States
We decided to book a walking tour of Antigua for my husband and myself and our 2 boys, ages 5 and 9. The regular tour guide wasn't available so Nestor filled in at the last minute. He did a great job showing us around the city and giving us a history behind the important buildings and churches. We ended the tour with a hike up the Cerro de la Cruz, with a beautiful view of the city. He did a great job with the tour and engaged very well with our boys. My 9 yo especially enjoyed asking him questions.
Mauricio Lopez CraikEl Salvador
Good tour covering everything worth seeing in Guatemala. Guide very knowledgeable in every way. The roads are really bad to disastrous , so we where too much time on the road at very low speeds. I would recommend flying to Tikal and then by car in shorter stretches .
Easy going tour, went exactly as hoped and planned.
Don GermaiseUnited States
Nestor is wonderful and friendly and went out of his way to make sure I had as good a time as possible on my six hour tour of Guatemala City. But apparently there isn't much to see and Nestor's knowledge of history and culture is limited enough to make this tour an average value at best. Nestor's choice for lunch was amazing and he is a great guy, but the tour itself could be accomplished in 2-3 hours. Nestor should also develop more info on local culture, politics, history, etc.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback, I'll keep your suggestions in mind for the future.
Mary WalkerUnited States
My 16 year old nephew and I enjoyed a wonderful day tour of Guatemala City with Nestor. He very quickly and easily qualmed my apprehensions about traveling around the city. He is very easy-going and has a very nice and calm personality. Nestor showed us the Catedral, Zona 1, the colorful market, explained the history of the country to us as we walked around, and we had lunch in an adorable, Spanish-style restaurant in town. We felt like we were touring with our friend and not a tour guide. Thank you!
Nestor (Guillermo) was an excellent travel companion and the ideal guide for the sort of trip we had foreseen. He prepared a varied and realistic itinerary for our two-week tour and took us to fascinating places that reflected the natural, geological, climatic, historical and archeological variety of Guatemala. Guillermo is a knowledgeable guide; he showed us things we would have never seen without him. He is reliable, discreet, helpful, and demonstrated flexibility when required. We warmly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review John, my best wishes for your trip in Mexico.
Elizabeth SalvatoriUnited States
Nestor was a great guide. He was informative and prepared. He explained many things to the kids about the volcano, rocks, and plants. He was very patient with my husband when he got long series of muscle cramps when we were on the way back down. I recommend him if you need English, have kids, or have the kind of health issues where you can hike the volcano but need to go at your own pace.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Elizabeth, I appreciate the review, enjoy the rest of your time in Guatemala.
Richard PaffUnited States
Our guide, Nestor, was very knowledgeable, listened to what we wanted to see, and was very generous with his time. We highly recommend him and the service he provided.
Jedadiah JamersonUnited States
One of the best experiences of my life! Nestor was a fantastic guide. He was early, punctuality is great. I should have brought hiking shoes before doing another tour like this. He was patient with me as we descended the volcano when I had to empty dirt from my shoes. He was very knowledegable about the history of Guatemala which enriched the experience for me. I would highly recommend this tour and Nestor as a guide. Advice about the site would be a list of needed items. If there, it was unclear.
Todd HobsonUnited States
This was an awesome hike/horse ride and Nestor was an awesome guide. Todd is handicapped and could not walk the hike so Nestor arranged to get horses for all of us to ride the volcano. Nestor pointed things out and explained things along the way. He patiently answered many questions and put up with our sometimes silly sense of humour. Nestor was very flexible and stopped in Antigua to show us other sights we were interested in. 5 stars all the way! Thank you Nestor!
Lisa A NaumuUnited States
Neater was very good. Great knowledge and great attitude. We also shared a fantastic lunch. Another great time with Tours by Locals
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review Lisa, I hope you're enjoying the rest of your visit to Guatemala, cheers!
Nolan H.United States
Nestor designed a custom hiking tour for our family which precisely met our desires. His enthusiasm for and knowledge of Guatemala's history, land, people and sites is deep and broad. A remote location we wished to visit was closed to the public but Nestor got us access by negotiating with the towns vice mayor. Nestor made a great effort throughout our time together and even afterward to meet all our needs. He is highly educated with great English skill, you won't find a better guide, don't try.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Nolan! I'm glad you and your family had a great time!
We had an 'aggressive' 7-day tour with Nestor that included climbing Volcan Pacaya and Tajumulco, and seeing Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey the ruins in Tikal and Flores. Nestor and his driver Rodrigo were incredibly flexible to changes in our schedule and long drives (10-12 hr drives!), clearly experienced in traveling the country, and also fun guys to hang out with. It is clear Nestor enjoys guiding and passing on his knowledge of the various sites. Would definitely go with him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Dilan! Cheers!
Marliln HoffmannUnited States
Nestor could answer all our questions and showed us many interesting sites. We would have liked a bit more information on the way to Santigua. We liked Nestor and would use him again.
William BlackwellUnited States
Nester is a good guide. He was waiting for us at the airport, front & center with a large sign. He is fluent in English and has a great deal of knowledge about his country and the sites we visited. He took us to an excellent restaurant with authentic Guatemala food. A place we would have never found on our own. We are very happy that we selected this day tour of Guatemala City. It was so much better than spending our 8-hour layover at the airport. Nester had a driver, so we received his full attention.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Carol ZacharyUnited States
An unbelievable trip! We gave our guide Nestor Poio an ambitious list of desires and he made it happen--within our budget and time frame. He's well versed on ancient Mayan civilization, current Mayan cultures, flora, fauna, natural wonders, and the effort and time it takes to enjoy them all. He's even-handed in explaining his country's idiosyncrasies. Thorough, professional, always confirming ahead, leaving nothing to chance. We highly recommend him! Would go again with him in a second-money permitting!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Carol!
Steve McIntyreUnited States
Nestor was our guide. Excellent walking/driving tour. Nestor was V. flexible, v. knowledgeable, v. courteous. His English is excellent. Would recommend him highly to any other traveler. And would recommend your booking system and follow up. Diane and Steve.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you! I hope you enjoyed then rest of your trip around the country :)
Simon GillhamMadison, WI, United States
Nestor was very knowledgeable of the city and its history. Our lunch at a downtown restaurant was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Simon, cheers!
Mario BoeriDominican Republic
Professional guide, well documented and informed, made the most from my short time there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Mario
Very friendly, personable guide. More than willing and ready to accommodate any changes to tour. Very knowledgeable on Guatemala City and country: sites, economy, politics. Prompt pick-up and drop-off at appointed site. Would enjoy touring more of the country with Nestor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you!
Cliff R.Los Angeles, CA, United States
Nestor had a wide knowledge of Guatemalan and Mayan history. He spoke English vey well and had a firm grasp of both the physical and geopolitical underpinnings of his society. we recommend him heartily. Cliff and Toni R.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you!
Having participated on hikes where the rush is to get to the end, it was refreshing to have a guide like Nestor who went at my pace. He is knowledgeable, has a great sense of humour, and prevented me from offering myself to the Mayan gods.Pacaya is alive with new growth since its eruption in the spring, and since I came equipped with 2 dead camera batteries, Nestor lent me his camera and e-mailed me the resulting pictures.Pacaya is a beautiful climb, best done slowly, and Nestor is the perfect guide.
Crystal ScheyderUnited States
Nestor was a great guide! Our trip included a very comfortable ride up to the volcano, lots of background information about the area, and an exciting opportunity to climb Pacaya and experience its hot spots first hand. We would definitely tour with Nestor again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Aniz, I'm glad you guys had a good time in Guatemala, I had a really good time working with you and Nicole, best wishes for you both and we hope you visit us again.
Jocelyn SauriniUnited States
If you're looking for a serious adventure tour with a guide who's not only helpful and knowledgeable but also incredibly flexible, then I certainly recommend a custom tour with Nestor. Nestor stayed with us for eleven days, four of which were camping days and guided us across the entire country - from the top of a volcano to the beaches of Livingston. We camped on deserted beaches, but also stayed in fantastic bungalows and saw some of the rarest sites in the country. The experience was amazing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jocelyn, I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Guatemala and we all had a great time during this trip, you, Joel and Ho are amazing, cheers and best wishes!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Here another review from the same tour: "Our time spent in Guatemala with Nestor as our guide was incredible - one of the best trips I've ever experienced. From our hike to the mists of Laguna Chicabal, to plunging down winding rivers to see the ruins of Aguateca, to witnessing live punta music in Livingston, Nestor got us where we wanted to go and enriched the experience with his extensive knowledge of local lore, cuisine, attractions & customs. I cannot recommend Nestor (Poio!) enough. Joel Grimes, USA"