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Holiday review by Geoff Roberts

Name: Geoff Roberts
Date of trip: 02/05/2011
Number of people: 2
Country: Ecuador

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
 
Guides: "Excellent"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Excellent"

Accommodation

 
Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge
This was the least good accommodation of the trip - the room allocated only had a double bed so they put us into a family room in a less good part of the accommodation. The area had been hit by severe rain in the recent rainy season and some of the cover over the connecting walkways had been damaged. It all felt as though it had seen better days but the guides were keen and helpful and the food was good.
 
Pakaritampu
Good modern hotel in nice grounds adjacent to the railway station. Staff weren't particularly helpful but the room was fine and breakfast good. Also good internet with 2 computers in reception area.
 
Jose Antonio Hotel
Standard modern hotel. The food was good too.
 
Casa Andina Plaza
Simple straight forward hotel with good internet -- 2 computers available. Good breakfast and efficient luggage storage and laundry.
 
Sandoval Lake Lodge
Fantastic spot and well screened throughout so there was no problem with mosquitoes when we were there. The guided trips were excellent. Facillities in rooms were basic but the food was good and the staff were all very helpful. Perhaps there should have been clearer advanced info on the hour's walk to access the canoe to the lodge. It was relatively dry when we did it and did not present us with a problem but it might have been a struggle for others.
 
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
This was the best hotel we stayed in on the entire trip. The room was big and airy and an excellent large shower. The ambience was great and the guided walks on the property were brilliant. The restaurant was outstanding and provided the chance to eat cuy without having the bone structure to contend with.
 
Galaxy
This was a great yacht with a lovely crew who were all helpful and welcoming at all times including the captain who mixed in with everyone.

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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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