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Holiday review by John Godwin

Name: JG
Date of trip: 09/03/2014
Number of people: 2
Country: Galapagos Islands

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Surpassed in every respect! Don't want to be identifiable if that's ok, not really wanted by police however. "
 
Tribes Service: "Excellent is the word. Tribes put this together for us, having checked our preferences, and surpassed hopes and wishes in every respect."
 
Guides: "all 3 excellent, plus very calm safe drivers"
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "We seemed welcome everywhere we went in Ecuador, and no pressure from any salesperson or market trader at all, both mainland guides seemed proud to show us their country and pleased that we should come so far to visit it."

Accommodation

 
Hacienda Cusin
What a place! A holiday in itself just to be there. Mad Englishman (different one) restores old Hacienda superbly, fills it with artefacts and Spanish/South American furniture, and creates amazing garden and grounds. Logs fires and hot water bottles. Humming bird at window box of bathroom on 1st morning!
 
Beluga
Must surely be the best sort of boat to see Galapagos, 16 passengers only, luxury living, very comfortable sailing as proper design (rather than bigger boat or floating box)(probably should call it a ship or yacht not boat)
 
Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge
Mad Englishman creates Kenya safari style lodge deep in Cloud Forest. Should advise everybody to get up for 6:30am guide before breakfast as all birds flying in from forest at that time. You don't have to be a birdwatcher to be spellbound by the birdlife here.
 
Patio Andaluz
Very nice, excellent location, bit noisy adjacent to dining area with groups off at 5am having breakfast, beautiful building, very nice staff and enormous bedroom.

Our Memories

"Ecuador. We came for the Galapagos and now know that a little of Ecuador must be explored by anyone who has enough time."

customer rating

5/5 from 49 reviews

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Time: GMT - 6 hours

Flight time: Flights to the Galapagos Islands leave from Quito and touch down in Guayaquil en route, taking about 3 hours from Quito or 2 hours from Guayaquil. The flights land either at Baltra or San Cristobal.

Language: Spanish is the official language in the Galapagos Islands.

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499

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