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Holiday review by Amanda Havard

Name: Mandy H
Date of trip: 17/05/2015
Number of people: 2
Country: Ecuador

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "It was brilliant!"
 
Tribes Service: "Somehow or other Tribes made sense of the garble of dates, times, countries, places and sights I gave them and brought me and my daughter together from across the world to have one of the best holidays ever."
 
Guides: "Guides were on time, spoke English well and also were flexible with the standard tour itinerary to show us what we wanted to see most."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Yes, I think so. Especially on Galapagos where one learnt so much about minimizing the impact of tourism. However, I had fewer opportunities in Ecuador for social and environmental awareness (at least on this trip) than on other trips I have taken such as to Cambodia and Laos. It was good to see how Hacienda Zuleta supports its local community."

Accommodation

 
Patio Andaluz
noisy rooms at night with only internal windows onto corridors. However, a beautiful and restful hotel that is steeped in history and has been sensitively restored. Perfect location for exploring the old town.
 
Hacienda Zuleta
Set in the Andes and run by the family of a previous president, this is one of the loveliest hotels I have ever had the pleasure to stay at. The buildings are superb. One feels a part of the family who run this working farm with a cheese factory and a condor rescue centre. We milked a cow with one of the villagers! The four children of the previous owner each run a different part of the complex. We met and dined with 3 of them. So interesting to hear about history of the family. The main house is like a very comfortable museum with some superb pieces of furniture. There are roaring log fires to gather round with a drink and the most convivial company. Our room had a log burner and a huge patio. Lots of walking trails, a beautiful vegetable garden, cheese factory tour, condor visit, horse riding and marvellous views. My daughter and I felt so much more than guests, more like treasured visiting cousins. Go here if you possibly can and stay a minimum of 2 nights - I wish we had stayed for longer
 
Evolution
Wow!
 
Hampton Inn
Very comfortable city center hotel close to waterfront and Iguana park. Could sit well in any city. Only there one night though so did not use all the facilities. They failed to find a package that was waiting for me there but sent it on to the UK for me free of charge! Late check out for an evening flight was really welcome.

Our Memories

"I jumped off a boat in the ocean and snorkeled (after a bit of practice). I have always been too scared to be out of my depth before. We milked a cow. Hacienda Zuleta is a paradise, so restful and interesting. My favourite "hotel" ever. MV Evolution and Galapagos - just a stunning experience. This holiday had a perfect mix of history, culture, luxury, sightseeing, gastronomy and rest. At Zuleta and Evolution we met some really interesting people and spent many happy hours in the most convivial company."

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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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