High quality service is about more than offering excellent value for money; it’s also about having the right attitude. At Ativos, we believe that maintaining the best possible communication with all parties before, during and after a tour is key to our success. By working directly with operators, we are able to minimize the use of intermediaries and keep costs to a minimum. Ativos also provides its customers with comprehensive schedule information detailing all tour destinations prior to departure; ensuring that everything goes exactly as expected.
In order to offer the broadest range of travel options possible, we are continuously investigating potential new destinations, even in the remotest of areas. We understand that people are different, which is why we seek to learn about our customers, so that we may tailor our tours to suit their individual interests. We also take personal responsibility for guiding all tours, providing continuity and oversight from beginning to end. We know that good planning; combined with a flexible approach, makes all the difference.
Despite having three UNESCO world heritage sites, Guatemala is still a relatively new destination for tourists. Should one veer off the beaten track it is very likely that they won’t find any tourists at all, even in the most impressive of locations. Ativos is acutely aware of the importance of maintaining a good relationship with the local population and a respect for their traditions, especially in areas unaccustomed to the arrival of visitors. Due to the fact that the infrastructure may be very underdeveloped, Ativos takes care of all the small necessities to ensure that whilst the territory may be a little rough, the trip itself will be comfortable and smooth.
For Ativos, a tour does not end with the departure of the travelers. We place great importance on the feedback we receive from our customers, in order to ensure that we are able to continuously improve our service. Ativos does everything in its power to guarantee that an unforgettable travel experience awaits each and every one of its travelers.
Some thoughts on Guatemala
Originally from Lima, Peru, I arrived in Guatemala in 1999. Even after all these years there are many things about my adopted country that continue to fascinate me. Perhaps foremost amongst these are Guatemala’s multiculturalism, its astonishing natural beauty, and agreeable climate.
In this small country of less than 13 million inhabitants there are over 24 living languages and ethnic groups. These numbers do not even take into account of the numerous foreigners that have immigrated here that, although small in number, hold significant influence in society and the economy. Coming from a mixed household myself, places of cultural diversity have always had a special appeal for me.
In Guatemala the identity of the indigenous or Mayan population remains strong. The women continue to observe traditional dress although this is less common amongst the male population. In most of Latin America, one will notice that along with urbanization came a loss of identity for many indigenous groups, however in Guatemala this has not been the case; making it an extremely attractive cultural destination.
Another aspect of Guatemala that has made a great impression on me is the wide variety of microclimates, its astonishing landscapes, natural beauty, and the great all year round weather. Even the rainy season is pleasant; rainfall is mainly at night, and sometimes in the middle of the day for an hour or two, but with plenty of compensating sunshine afterwards.
The diverse Guatemala landscape is explained by its geological location above three tectonic plates. These have led to the formation of several irregular mountain chains that separate the country into many different climate zones, each with its own distinctive type of microclimate. These range from the template highlands of the coffee growing regions, to the tropical forests of the lowlands, and the lazy coastal towns of the pacific and Caribbean coasts. The magic of Guatemala is that such breathtaking diversity is all contained within one small country.
To give just one example, a drive form the colonial town of Antigua to the Mayan temples of Tikal will take you on a journey through highland roads (as high as 1800m above sea level) down to an arid Savanna. You will cross pineapple and palm tree plantations near the Caribbean coast, before driving uphill through pine forests, finally reaching the humid jungles of the Petén with its abundance of tropical plants and wildlife.
In Guatemala, if you know where to look you can still find untouched natural forests with a huge variety of wildlife. Moreover, with numerous large state owned natural reserves, and over 50 private natural reserves, Guatemalans are working hard to preserve their nature.
Traveling in Guatemala, and witnessing its natural beauty and cultural diversity first hand is an unforgettable experience. My tours will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the Guatemalan way of life, its culture, nature and society; in short, I will show you the real Guatemala.