The Galapagos is probably a once in a lifetime trip so there won't be a "next time", but there is nothing I would have planned...... MoreCaroline Packman» Eric, Flamingo & Letty; Ecuador
The Galapagos is probably a once in a lifetime trip so there won't be a "next time", but there is nothing I would have planned differently about the trip. Even the weather was perfect and certainly met our expectations in terms of wildlife! Particular highlights were probably snorkelling with sea lions, swimming with green turtles, and being surrounded by hundreds of marine iguanas. I'm glad we opted for Itinerary B as it was certainly worth going to Isabela and Fernandina. The Flamingo was the perfect boat for us and with 10 adults and 10 mostly teenage children it was exactly the right mix of company for my daughter and I. The food on the boat exceeded our expectations and it was nice to have table service rather than a buffet for the evening meal. The guides were extremely knowledgeable. Organisation was very smooth indeed and all the transfers went perfectly. We also enjoyed our trip to the Highlands prior to the cruise. Both Haciendas Jimenita were lovely with very welcoming staff and great character. It was nice to have the same driver, Fausto, for all the transfers during the trip.
The trip along the Napo river and then seeing the lodge for the first time, I will never forget. Just as amazing was the first night...... MoreA Purnell» Sani Amazon Wildlife Lodge; Ecuador
The trip along the Napo river and then seeing the lodge for the first time, I will never forget. Just as amazing was the first night canoe ride around the lagoon searching for the red eyes of the Black Caiman. The noises were fascinating and I saw fire-flies for the first time. It was excellent knowing that the guides were all from local communities and that they used solar panels for energy and the motorized canoe was only used for long trips to Coca. The accommodation was lovely and the communal areas were fantastic. All the hikes, night hikes, the watchtower, canoe trips and even trying to use a blowpipe were memorable and the amount of wildlife I saw was amazing.
Thanks, the holiday was fab. All the guides were amazing especially Pablo. We loved it. ...... MoreGihan Abuell» Ecuador Active; Ecuador
Thanks, the holiday was fab. All the guides were amazing especially Pablo. We loved it. Everyday was amazing, whenever we thought the holiday must have peaked, we did something even more fabulous the next day. My top three are: that full day of mountain biking in Imbabura, climbing Rucu Pichincha and the white water rafting. Brilliant accommodation: beautiful boutique hosterias, excellent guides, perfect organisation. Never any delays, never felt messed around...impeccable.
The whole holiday was fantastic but the two main highlights were swimming with sea lions in the Galapagus Islands and getting to Machu...... MoreJ Haddon UK» Encantada; Ecuador
The whole holiday was fantastic but the two main highlights were swimming with sea lions in the Galapagus Islands and getting to Machu Pichu after the four day trek. All the accommodation, food and guides were fantastic. I would definitely recommend the places I stayed in – staff were very helpful and the locations were great. The food everywhere was exceptional – much better than I was expecting.
I am writing to thank you and all your colleagues for the superb job you did arranging and managing the trip to Peru for my brother and...... MoreD Sewell» Choquequirao; Peru
I am writing to thank you and all your colleagues for the superb job you did arranging and managing the trip to Peru for my brother and I in April. We had a tremendous time and achieved all our objectives. Your teams here and in Peru handled everything cheerfully, efficiently and without fuss. There were no significant problems of any kind,and the occasional glitches that inevitably arose from time to time on such a long and complex trip were dealt with smoothly and without drama. Whenever we needed help, guidance or assistance with making extra arrangements, it was right on hand and offered with enthusiasm. In particular, Mark and his people in Cusco, and Carlos our guide on the treks, were brilliant. We had no nasty shocks, no unexpected expenses, and we never felt insecure or left to our own devices. You delivered real value for money and we would always use you for any similar trips in the future.
Bruce was helpful, he allowed people freedom to do their own thing while helping out whenever someone wanted guidance, and the...... MoreD Sheehan» Bolivia and Chile Altiplano Photography Safari; Bolivia
Bruce was helpful, he allowed people freedom to do their own thing while helping out whenever someone wanted guidance, and the critiques he did were very helpful.Bruce did a great job, and I think everyone came away happy.
The trip was perfect. ...... MoreKerstin Palm, May 2015, USA» Posada Eco-lodge; Peru
The trip was perfect. Main highlight: getting engaged at Macchu Picchu :) Things that are more within Andean Trails’ control: Condor viewing at Colca, cresting the first pass on the Inca Trail, seeing a whole flock of parrots in the Amazon. Organisation was excellent. We were happy with all of our guides, they were knowledgeable and personable. Food was great and I liked that all of the hotels had some history behind them. We loved the order; it was nice to have the slower paced Amazon after the big hike. I think if the Amazon been first, I would have been impatient to get going and do more, but as it was, all the down time was much appreciated.
A comfy cabin in a beautiful lodge, trekking through the jungle on the hunt for howler monkeys, climbing to the treetops at...... MoreMichele Bain» Sani Amazon Wildlife Lodge; Ecuador
A comfy cabin in a beautiful lodge, trekking through the jungle on the hunt for howler monkeys, climbing to the treetops at sunrise for the spectacular birdlife, night time canoe trip round the lagoon searching for caiman, fishing for piranha (and catching one!), great guides, fabulous food and wonderful company ... what a great way to spend New Year in South America!
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.
"Speaking for myself, the Ausangate trip, end to end, was superb and was easily my high point. ...... MoreAllan McClure, July 2014, Scotland» Ausangate Lodge-Based Trek; Peru
"Speaking for myself, the Ausangate trip, end to end, was superb and was easily my high point. "The uniqueness of the trip, the quality of the walk, the height of the lodges, the warmth of the fellow guests, the genuine helpfulness and friendliness of the staff and guides all combined to make something extremely special and that I don't think could be repeated. "The accomodation varied from good to superb. The food was certainly a surprise and was of a much higher standard than expected. The guides were both top class and the overall organisation was exemplary. "Could not be any better, from intial conversations, which were many, to the booking process, the pre takeoff information and all aspects within the Peru interior. "Tom provided a service way beyond that expected from a travel company. In fact to expand on this, he was so helpful many years ago when we originally looked into travelling to Peru that i was determined that should we take the plunge then it would be through Tom. Much appreciated indeed. "I believe the money paid to the local communites allow them to continue a number of things. It provides wages for guides, cleaners, housekeepers, chefs etc and allows them to stay in the mountains rather than having to move to townships but also through tourists buying direct from source the locals can carry on traditional customs like weaving/knitting/fishing etc thus prolonging their heritage."