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Holiday review by Caroline Bird

Name: Caroline Bird
Date of trip: 12/07/2011
Number of people: 4
Country: Ecuador

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "We had a wonderful 2 weeks in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. From the first phone call to Tribes to the final morning when we left Quito, everything went very smoothly."
 
Tribes Service: "Very efficient and helpful advice from Paul. He was able to answer all sorts of questions and planned a great itinerary for us."
 
Guides: "Excellent"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Travelling in Ecuador does seem to provide jobs for guides, drivers, hotel staff and people making handicrafts."

Accommodation

 
Hacienda Cusin
Our courtyard cottage at this 17th Century hacienda was very relaxing after visiting many of the local craft villages. Log fires were lit as we had dinner, there were hummingbirds in the trees, llamas in the garden and a secret passage in the monastery!
 
Eric and Letty
We were upgraded to 2 cabins on Dolphin deck of Eric which meant we had great views and fresh air. There were only 14 passengers which gave us very small groups with our 2 guides Ivan and Karina. These guides were outstanding, full of enthusiasm, very knowledgeable and contributed immensely to a wonderfully fun atmosphere. The chefs produced delicious food and we were greeted with a different snack by Hugo after every activity when we came back on board. The Captain showed us the Bridge after dinner as we crossed the Equator and we saw the GPS at 0,00.000. The cabins were so well looked after with plenty of towels made into different animal shapes each day.

customer rating

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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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