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Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala Cruise Port

41%

good (179 votes)

What people said about this port:

"The Rio Dulce is beautiful, but the full day excursion of Rio Dulce and Quirigua is too much." in 7 reviews.
"We traveled to a banana plantation and packing plant." in 6 reviews.
"If you do n't have a shore excursion planned, there is not much to do." in 4 reviews.

126 reviews and tips of Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala




Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
4-6 cruises
Very Good

The waterfall trip was disappointing. The scenery on the trip to the waterfall was great, but the waterfall area itself was congested and we stayed 2 full hours. If you really plan on swimming at the waterfall, you might like it. If not, you're going to waste your day. Guatemala is beautiful. Try something else to enjoy it.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
2-3 cruises
Very Good

Another opportunity to see what Central America is like. We traveled to a banana plantation and packing plant. Interesting to see where the bananas in the market come from, but most interesting to ride through the countryside on the way to see how people live.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends Experience:
2-3 cruises
So, So

Not much at the port here. There's a small shopping area that's OK. I recommend a shore excurson here. We went to see Myan ruins, it was a pretty good excursion.

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
4-6 cruises
Very Good

We again took a private tour to Livingston on the Rio Dulce, which can only be visited by boat. In addition, we toured along the Rio Dulce and Children's School. We then had lunch at a hotel in Livingston. I don't know if this is the best tour available at this port, but we did enjoy it.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends Experience:
1 cruise (first)
Very Good

We signed up to go to a resort area via tender boat and the resort was great! I really enjoyed the local people in Santo Tomas. They performed dances for us and were all very friendly. This is the only port where the locals gathered at the dock at the end of the day to see our ship off as they waved!

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
7+ cruises
Not Good

We didn't see anything on the trolley tour. It seemed a shame to exploit these people with a trolley going through this depressed area. We didn't stop so couldn't even help their economy. Trolly was very bumpy and hard on your back. My husband was unable to get around the next day due to back pain

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Traveled As:
Couple Experience:
2-3 cruises
So, So

This port was more accomodating to tourists. It had a warehouse-like location filled with shops, food and music. The port itself other than that one location was very ugly. It was quite industrial. There was not enough to do to be there for 8-10 hours. If I stopped there again I would take an excursion. I wish I went on the Banana Plantation excursion.

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