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Holiday review by Marianne Coleman

Name: Marianne Coleman
Date of trip: 10/01/2011
Number of people: 4
Country: Ecuador

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Except for the travel arrangements - see box above. Small point but it would have been good to have been told that no alcohol is served anywhere in Quito after 4 pm every Sunday."
 
Guides: "Alex and the drivers Ivan and Marco were wonderful in and around Quito, as were the two fantastic guides on the Letty. They were brother and sister, Ivan and Karina Lopez. Maybe a different i.e. 4 wheel drive vehicle would have been better for Cotopaxi."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Tourism is of growing importance to Ecuador. The Galapagos cruise operator in Galapagos are very much aware of the environment and encourage conservation in every way. "

Accommodation

 
Patio Andaluz
A lovely hotel with excellent food. Some bedrooms better than others.
 
Hacienda Hato Verde
It was interesting staying there and we were made welcome. There is not actually much to do there although we went for a walk down a farm road. The environment is not particularly scenic with industry not far away. We would have preferred to stay in the Cotopaxi National Park if possible. Tribes Response - Unfortunatly there is no good quality accommodation available within the park.
 
Eric and Letty
It was great and fit for purpose. The cabins are necessarily small but comfortable. The sun deck could do with more furniture. I had not realised that I had booked the 'worst' cabins (Iguana Deck) with virtually not view out and bunks rather than beds.

customer rating

5/5 from 70 reviews

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Time: GMT -5 hours

Flight time: There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.

Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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