Here we are, back from the trek. It was really wonderfull. We did not know what to expect and it really overcomed our...... MoreBlanche Berthon» Chachapoyas Trek; Peru
Here we are, back from the trek. It was really wonderfull. We did not know what to expect and it really overcomed our wishes. We would like to thank you very much for your help organising this tour ! It was a very special Honey Moon (we can simply tell you that water at 3.600m is really cold and being back at the hotel we appreciate now the hot water and confortable beds!) Many thanks again !
The crew were friendly, the boat was clean, always plenty of space to sit, never felt crowded, guide was knowledgeable never rushed us,...... MoreB Griffiths» Encantada; Ecuador
The crew were friendly, the boat was clean, always plenty of space to sit, never felt crowded, guide was knowledgeable never rushed us, taught us lots and was very patient. Perfect size for us, any bigger would have been impersonal Food was good.
It was a great holiday, very well organised, a truly excellent tour leader (Lucia Herrera, one of the best ever. Nothing was too much...... MoreAngela, UK, Jan, 2014» Patagonia Highlights; Argentina
It was a great holiday, very well organised, a truly excellent tour leader (Lucia Herrera, one of the best ever. Nothing was too much trouble, she worked so hard and always remained cheerful) and to top it all we had the most amazing weather. It was very warm and sunny in Ushuaia, and the Beagle Channel was like a millpond! The flights all worked out really well, so got home with no delays, change of airports or anything. Thank you so much for your help with booking these – they couldn’t have been better. Difficult to pick out one particular highlight as we had amazing views of Fitzroy, Paine, and Ushuaia. The whole trip was wonderful, but if there has to be one particular highlight, I would probably select the morning spent on the Beagle Channel. The light was amazing, and we saw penguins swimming, albatross feeding on sardine shoals, sea lions basking on rocks and numerous gulls and cormorants. But then sitting just below the Torres del Paine with a clear view all round was also amazing. I would rate the organisation and the food as excellent – easily the best I have had on a trek. The food was both good to eat and plentiful. The cook at the second camp was particularly good and his baked salmon dish was the best meal of the trip – better than anything the restaurants produced. The first two guides Juan Pablo and Juan (2) were both very good. The hostel accommodation was fine, particularly the hostel in El Chalten which was the best of all. On the whole, the camps were fine and the large dining tents were great. I hope we benefitted local communities. We ate in local restaurants and visited all the National Parks. I think all the food was locally sourced and it was very interesting to stay in the Estancia in Tierra del Fuego. I saw and did everything I had wanted to do in the time.
The trip was outstanding. ...... MoreEmma Richards. Oct 2013» Mary Anne; Ecuador
The trip was outstanding. I think the last day was possibly the best, all through the trip there was something new to see around every corner but there was almost an explosion of wildlife that time. The Mary Anne was first class and the guides were also outstanding. Knowing that we were on a locally owned and operated ship was great (it felt as though the trip benefitted the local economy in that respect).
Thanks so much for organising a longer stay in the jungle with a trip to TRC as well as Refugio Amazonas. Both were great - but the...... MoreSteven» Tambopata Research Centre; Peru
Thanks so much for organising a longer stay in the jungle with a trip to TRC as well as Refugio Amazonas. Both were great - but the time we spent at TRC, with fewer other tourists and lots more rare wildlife, was really outstanding, not least thanks to our guide Jhin. Both of us - but particularly Clare, I know - loved the working/research nature of the place and the more in-depth contact with the wildlife.
Greg enjoyed the riding so much that he is keen to go on another horse riding adventure now and has even asked how we could ever go...... MoreJane and Greg Windsor, Australia» Colonial Hacienda Horse Riding Tour; Ecuador
Greg enjoyed the riding so much that he is keen to go on another horse riding adventure now and has even asked how we could ever go back to any other holiday. He went from being a competent beginner to good intermediate rider (the continuity did him (and me) the world of good) although I think he would argue that he is now a pro and should be entering the next Olympics!
You have a great team down there in La Paz. Very organized and well equipped. I really enjoyed it. The scenery is phenomenal!! Maria is...... MoreLiz Macintosh» Hichukhota to Condoriri Trek; Bolivia
You have a great team down there in La Paz. Very organized and well equipped. I really enjoyed it. The scenery is phenomenal!! Maria is a great cook and never failed to surprise me with the freshness and quality of her meals. Osvaldo was very competent and it was great that he spoke perfect English so dinner conversation was not lacking.
Good bits - pretty much everything; We would recommend Andean Trails to anyone. ...... MoreDavid Whitcombe, UK, July 2013» Galapagos Islands Multi-Activity Adventure; Ecuador
Good bits - pretty much everything; We would recommend Andean Trails to anyone. Particular Positives The guide Jose Luis (Pepo) Correjo was outstanding,friendly, efficient, really knowledgeable about the geography, the wildlife, human history etc and always ready with a "Super Plan". He was always able to accommodate other requests - made everything run smoothly and made that seem effortless though we know lots of effort had to go into keeping things on track. Also, the islands and the itinerary itself, a great selection of activities, a good balance of the different islands, and the stunning wildlife and amazing environment. The tour group - 6 Americans, a British family very similar to ours and a Russian doctor made for a great blend of people. Also the staff, with a special mention to Sam the intern who assisted Pepo and kept things on track for us all, and Tim and his wife in San Cristobal who provided coffee and advice at all hours.
It was quite different to my expectations - less touristy and developed than I'd expected and the islands themselves more desolate. ...... MoreSarah Pajwani, UK July 2013» Galapagos Islands Multi-Activity Adventure; Ecuador
It was quite different to my expectations - less touristy and developed than I'd expected and the islands themselves more desolate. Key highlights for us were : 1. Snorkelling with the sea-lions as well as the other snorkelling trips - with sharks, at Kicker Rock and with turtles and rays This was way way better than I'd imagined and incredibly special. The wetsuits, masks etc provided were top quality and made sure you got the most out of these really unique experiences. As a family with 2 non swimmers, I had not expected the snorkelling to be the highlight for all of us but it was! 2. Volcano hike 3. Kayaking 4. Boat trips between the islands - a privilage to be on such a small boat and to be able to see the marine life so close to us; a fantastic time alongside a humpback whale and school of dolphins as well as getting up close and personal to the wildlife on the cliffs. 5. Spontaneous activities organised on Isabela - the bike ride to the Wall of Tears is easy and pretty, the 7-a-side football against the locals that our guide organised and my boys loved, beach volleyball at the Pink Iguana. Definitely no low point! Accommodation : We were well prepared to expect very little and so the accommodation was much better than we expected and I think the right level for the trip and us. it was always clean and comfortable. Food : Was much better than we'd expected. The fresh fish was always fantastic and the general standard for all breakfasts, lunches and dinners was very high and we thought excellent value for money. Our 2 picnic lunches were also really delicious. Guide : We had Pepo who we think is the best guide we've ever had and we could not imagine anyone better to guide this holiday. He was super knowledgeable and made everything incredibly interesting as well as being great fun. The logistics were super smooth throughout.
Maquipucuna Cloud Forest lodge also very good. I still managed to photograph some beautiful Humming birds, Jesus Christ lizards,...... MoreP Norwood» Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Lodge; Ecuador
Maquipucuna Cloud Forest lodge also very good. I still managed to photograph some beautiful Humming birds, Jesus Christ lizards, Butterflies, Moths, Orchids and atmospheric landscapes. The highlights were sightings of Golden headed Quetzel and a whole family of spectacled bears. The male was up one tree and the female and two cubs were up another, I managed several reasonable photo’s. I stood and watched them interact for 20 minutes what a privilege!!