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Holiday review by John Coyne

Name: John Coyne
Date of trip: 24/03/2012
Number of people: 2
Country: Ecuador

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Great and attentive service with great advice and comprehensive and informative documentation. When one or two things were less than perfect their retrieval was outstanding!"
 
Guides: "Excellent"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "We gained a good insight (within the confines of a vacation) in each of the places visited through the well informed guides."

Accommodation

 
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport
An airport hotel only a road width from the terminal. It clearly caters almost exclusively for travellers on a quick turnaround between flights yet it is a good, quiet hotel and the service in the bar was exceedingly welcoming. It certainly made the transfer easy on the way out.
 
Pakaritampu
Delightful hotel immediately adjacent to the station at Ollantaytambo. It makes travel easy when taking the train but it is an easy walk up into the old town for an evening stroll and to eat. A series of independent buildings set in a park with Alpaca and great sunsets and sunrises made it a memorable overnight stop.
 
Jose Antonio Hotel
Good hotel and very convenient location. A glitch was that we arrive at 10 am but rooms were not available until 3pm under their 'rules'. Best to ensure that you pre warn of early arrival. We had to be up at 5 am in Cusco to get to Lima early to enjoy a full day only to have three hours delay whilst they found a room. When they did it was excellent and they offered a free upgrade. Tribes Response: This problem has been raised with our ground handlers in Peru. The early check in which should have been arranged in Lima was not organised, and this has been addressed with our ground handlers to make sure this does not occur in the future.
 
Casa Andina Plaza
Brilliant location, extremely friendly staff, quiet rooms of a good standard and a copious breakfast overlooking the rooftops and the main square.
 
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
A wonderful experience - just wish we had stayed an extra night. A cloud forest paradise yet at the heart of the village. A world of its own. One of the best restaurants we have experienced in a 'captive' hotel setting. So glad we stayed at the Inkaterra and not Sanctuary Lodge.

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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