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Tell us about yourself

My name is Wilfred Garbutt and I grew up less than a mile from one of Belize's most visited Mayan sites, Altun Ha. Altun Ha is located within the Belize District approximately 34 miles north of Belize city in a small village called Rockstone Pond. My great grandfather and his 2 daughters were amongst the very first inhabitants of the village. I freelanced at Altun Ha as a guide for 8 years and that is where I came in contact with Explore. 

Which Explore tours do you lead?

I did the Altun Ha tour for Explore for several years before I was recruited to lead the tours. I have been leading both the BL and FBZ tours for Explore since 2015. 

How long have you worked for Explore?
Since 2015

What is your favourite local food?
If I am inland, my favourite local food is stew beans and rice with baked chicken and fried plantains. If I am on the coast or island, a seafood stew or chowder is my favourite dish.

Trips led by Wilfred

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Belize, Guatemala | Discovery | Trip code BL
13 Days
Was From CHF 3557
Now from
CHF 3295
Flights not included
Child Ages: 7+
Belize | Family | Trip code FBZ
14 Days
Was From CHF 3773
Now from
CHF 3642
Flights not included

What do you most love sharing with Explore groups?

I love sharing everything about Belize but especially enjoy sharing the culture and social aspect of the country.

What are you most proud of in your country?
 I am most proud about how much of the natural and untouched world Belize still has. I find that this is what visitors are most surprised to learn. 

What do travellers find most surprising when they visit?
The fact that when we visit some of these amazing places, how few people or none, we tend to find there is something that always blows visitors away

Customer reviews

Wilfred was incredibly knowledgeable about his country, Mayan history, the local flora and fauna, and the best places to eat in each location. He was very entertaining and easy to listen to as he explained the history of the sites that we visited - we feel that we took in and retained much more information than we would usually do on site visits like these. His eagle eyes spotted birds and other wildlife that we would have completely missed. He was extremely well-organised. All appeared to go like clockwork and, with his attention to detail, we felt that we could relax completely as Wilfred had everything in hand. His patience in answering questions that he must have had to answer before (and probably multiple times just on our trip!) was outstanding.

- Explore customer

Wilfred was an outstanding leader from the moment the group met at the airport to weeks after when he still responded to our WhatsApp group conversations. His knowledge of all aspects of the trip were second to none. Wilfred made the Mayan history and culture come alive and accessible, it was never dry. His knowledge of all aspects of Belize flora and fauna, both on land and at sea, was excellent and we enjoyed the extra dawn and dusk wildlife walks. Wilfred took great care when we were canoeing, snorkelling, swimming and hiking and had the best interest of the whole group at all times. Wilfred organised restaurants each evening and ate with us joining in the banter even though he must have been exhausted after back to back, full on trips. We can't fault him and were very sorry to bid him farewell at the airport on the last day. A brilliant guy, who thoroughly deserves to win Explore Leader of the Year.

- Explore customer