Philip Burns, a native of San Ignacio, a bustling riverside town in western Belize, looked around after college graduation and decided that Trip Leading was the life for him. He entered Belize's official guide school, studying everything from the ancient Maya to tropical ecosystems, with a special focus on ornithology and archaeology. Immensely proud of his beautiful country—he calls it “a jewel”—Philip has since been featured in several travel shows and named Guide of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board. He loves being an ambassador for the rich cultural and natural heritage of Belize, and brings a deep understanding of the country as well as his good sense of humor to each adventure. “The diversity of Belize amazes me every day. I never know what will show up in the trek, underwater, or on the trails.” The father of three boys, he likes to cycle in his free time.
Superlative in every way—pleasant, punctual, super knowledgeable on Mayan civilization, Belize, birds and fish.
Philip is an amazing trip leader. He is extremely personable and ensured we got the most out of all the activities. His knowledge of the Mayan ruins and culture along with the environment, plants, birds, fish, and animals of Belize was incredible. He is passionate about sharing the beauty of the reefs, the Mayans, nature, and rainforests of Belize with others and it showed every day during our trip.
Very knowledgeable and always watching out for each of us to make sure that we each saw all the amazing creatures.
Philip MADE this trip great. He has incredible knowledge of the country and history.
Philip ranks with the top guides that we have experienced. He is very friendly and personable, knowledgeable, and willing to assist where needed. His explanations were well organized and clear, and his knowledge of the Maya culture was particularly outstanding.
Philip is very knowledgeable about all things Belize—Mayan history, local birds, and even hot sauce! He is an energetic and caring trip leader, accommodating many different personalities and activity levels.
Phillip was wonderful!! He was like a walking encyclopedia regardless of the subject regarding the areas we visited. He was well-organized, friendly, and caring.
Philip was personable, knowledgeable, and fun. He did everything he could to ensure we had a good trip.
Philip was the best guide we have ever had. It was like traveling with a good friend...so personable and genuine. We could tell he really loves his job and his country. He could also answer every question we had. What a delightful young man!
Philip was very professional and possesses an amazing knowledge in all aspect of the life in Belize and its flora, fauna, etc... He was always willing to explain anything and could answer any question. An A#1 Leader!
Philip is very knowledgeable, loves his country and what he does—a true professional.