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Holiday review by Sue Whittle

Date of trip: 31/03/2010
Number of people: 4
Country: Ecuador

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "A memorable holiday"
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
Guides: "Excellent"
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Napo in particular was clearly benefitting local people."


Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge
Rooms were OK, though beds had the hardest matresses! Food average. Altogether more 'amateurish' than any of the other places we stayed - our guide was bright, articulate and cheerful - but had a degree in Psychology and was volunteering on a gap year to improve his Spanish - the difference in depth of knowledge compared with guides at Napo & Galapagos was obvious, but not surprising. Walks were fairly tough for the 'middle aged-not particularly fit' - steep and slippery. We did manage, but it might be worth warning people. Group sizes on walks were quite large, and on narrow tracks it was often difficult to get close enough to the guide to hear, or see what he was showing.
Napo Wildlife Centre
A beautiful location, high standard of accommodation, excellent food. Our guide David was excellent. The only adverse comment we could make is that group sizes were very variable, some as small as 2-3, while we were in a group of 8 for 3 days, with a family including 2 teenagers, who would clearly have preferred to be on their own.
Patio Andaluz
A good hotel. We only ate there once, food was a bit expensive, but interesting. As we effectively just slept there, in retrospect a slightly less 'smart' hotel would have been fine, but that is in no way a criticism.

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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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