Valley of the Latte Adventure Park is a great place to have some family fun here in Guam. We did the Valley of the Latte Adventure River Boat Cruise which is an amazing experience that uses a river boat to take you down the rivers for some cultural experiences! We took our two teens and adult son and they had a good time as well. Our adventure included the river boat, cultural displays, lunch, and animals. It was a fun experience and I’d highly recommend checking it out while your here!
There is a limited parking area but we were able to find a spot. I’d recommend getting there a little early to make finding a spot easier. The bathrooms are in an outside building but clean.
Gift shop/office area nice and you go in there to check in for your tour. They also have some local items that you can browse and purchase if desired.
For our adventure we decided on the Adventure River Cruise and I chose the morning one at 9 am that includes lunch. There is also an afternoon one that is cheaper without lunch. I wanted to go early so it would be a bit cooler and to have the local lunch included since our oldest was here visiting from the States. The Military rate is $40 per adult (kids 12+ are considered adults) so it was $200 for our family of 5. It was a 3 hour experience and with the included lunch I thought it was a decent deal considering the cost of other attractions on the island. The military rate for the afternoon tour is $30 per adult.
The day we went we had Andy as our boat captain & English guide, John was our other guide, and Pineapple Ben was the helper. The guides were funny & informative. They made the experience fun and I even seen my teen crack a smile a few times. We rode the river boat down the Talofofo river & Ugum river, which is the longest river & shallowest river on Guam.
On the boat ride they stopped the boat so we could see a monitor lizard hanging out in a tree. There was a nice breeze when we went and it was cool on the boat ride.
They also stopped in an area with a ton of land crabs and as soon as they heard the boat pull up they came scrambling out to eat the food they crew tossed them. We also seen some walking catfish and found out that they can live out of water for 7 hours, that really surprised us all.
We got off at the hut dock around 9:35 am, there we seen huts, canoes, & latte stones.
There were quite a few latte stones that you could walk around and check out.
You can get up close to the canoes as well.
Learned about the local trees from guide and they were very knowledgeable about the trees.
Then we walked a few minutes on a path to a covered pavilion with water, tea, & fans. Bathrooms were a short walk up the hill, as well. While the lunch comes with water/tea there were drinks for purchase: $3 canned beers, $1.50 soft drinks, bring cash.
Before eating we watched fire starting demo but the has a hard time getting it started. After several guys trying to get it going they finally got the fire started. They handed out some items that had been weaved with leaves and traditional techniques.
Our next short walk was to the Animal sanctuary. There you can see chickens, a monitor lizard, goats, pigs, and deer. They also have a carabao for rides or photos.
After hanging out with the animals you walk back to the pavilion for lunch. The path was shady so the walk was nice and cool.
While we were waiting for lunch one of the guides pulled out a brown tree snake and terrified one of the tourists. She started screaming and causing a scene. They put the snake back in the can because she was really scared. Those who wanted to go look at it could.
We ate lunch under the pavilion. We had ribs, chicken, rice, coleslaw, and letitia (cake with pudding). After everyone had ate and relaxed we got back on the boat and headed back to the main dock/entrance. We also seen a group of kayakers as we headed back. We finished out adventure at 11 am.
The gift shop offered free samples of shaved ice when we returned. Overall we had a really good time and it was a great way for us to spend the day as a family and get to learn about some of the local traditions and eat some local food.
I hope you get the opportunity to check the Valley of the Latte Adventure River Boat Cruise out!