Holiday review by Mrs Celia Waldron

Name: Mrs Celia Waldron

Date of trip: 15/04/2015

Number of people: 2

  • Patio Andaluz

     

  • King room at Patio Andaluz

     

  • Courtyard restaurant at Patio Andaluz

     

  • Artwork at Patio Andaluz

     

  • Hacienda Santa Ana

     

  • Hacienda Santa Ana

     

  • Hacienda Santa Ana

     

  • Horses at Santa Ana

     

  • Hacienda Manteles main house

     

  • Horse riding at Hacienda Manteles

     

  • Hacienda Manteles junior suite

     

  • The lounge at Hacienda Manteles

     

  • Beluga Galapagos Yacht

     

  • Beluga sun deck

     

  • Double cabin on Beluga

     

  • Beluga twin cabin

     

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Tribes Overall:

Ecuador is an incredibly diverse and fascinating country especially when the Galapagos are added in. Exceeded all expectations.

Tribes Service:

I was a little disappointed that it took several calls from me to convince the travel consultant that I did know what time I wished to travel, and indeed from where I wished to travel home. I also had to ask for a written itinerary, which still had the wrong flight details. It would have been helpful to me, as an infrequent traveller, to have been advised that seats can be booked in advance of check in. A nice touch by Tribes would have been some contact in the days immediately before travel to check if all was well and organised. I was slightly surprised to have the feedback form sent before my return.

Guides:

The local guide and driver from Quito to Cuenca were excellent, couldn't have been improved upon. The guide for Cuenca and the drive to Guayaquil was a bit abrupt and we really had to keep asking for information. Also, we were a little surprised at the restaurant we were taken to for lunch, while more than happy to eat locally a roadside establishment was possibly a step too far. The guide on the boat was not the best the first week, however seemed to improve the second week.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Contributing to the local economy and certainly the Galapagos National Park depends upon tourism for much of its funding.


The places you stayed

Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz

Ecuador

Comfortable, atmospheric friendly, perfect location


Hacienda Santa Ana

Hacienda Santa Ana

Ecuador

Beautiful location, warm and welcoming. Great atmosphere. Good food.


Hacienda Manteles main house

Hacienda Manteles

Ecuador

Beautiful location, warm and welcoming. Great atmosphere. Good food.


Beluga Galapagos Yacht

Beluga

Galapagos Islands

Very comfortable, kept scrupulously clean. Crew great, friendly but very professional. Food superb.