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Holiday review by Gill Steinberg

Name: Gill Steinberg
Date of trip: 17/04/2011
Number of people: 2
Country: Ecuador

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "All arrangements worked very well. So reassuring to see my name on a notice when we arrived at Quito airport! We always felt taken care of."
 
Tribes Service: "Very impressed with advice I received before booking to ensure I went at the right time to see Waved Albatross."
 
Guides: "Alfredo met us and took us down thru Ecuador to Guayaquil. Knowledgeable, good company, sympathetic, very good English. We were well looked after.Hiking in the Cotapaxi and Cajus national parks was brilliant."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "We were steered towards a market which helped local women. In the Galapagos I feel the tax we paid will have helped preserve the environment."

Accommodation

 
Santa Lucia Hotel
This was lovely -especially as we'd stayed at the Hosteria Andaluz in Riobamba the night before!
 
Patio Andaluz
A very pleasant place to stay. Staff all very pleasant, and having seen a bit of the very busy new town we were glad we were in the old town.
 
Hacienda Manteles
This was a most beautiful spot, and they coped well with a dysfunctional generator just before dinner! Walking in the cloud forest close to the hacienda was very special.
 
Hacienda Hato Verde
Accommodation and hospitality were excellent. The only path is also used by the cattle, and as it had been raining a lot it was extremely muddy! A selection of boots to borrow would have been very much appreciated.
 
Mary Anne
Such a lovely vessel -the prettiest one we saw! The atmosphere on board was very relaxed, staff all very pleasant and helpful. Food occasionally a bit disappointing, but absolutely delicious at other times.

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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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