Holiday review by Mr. Christopher Callicott

Name: Mr. Christopher Callicott

Date of trip: 03/11/2016

Number of people: 2

Snorkeling with (and videoing) green turtles, at times very close up. Listening to a G. mockingbird singing to its mate from a distance of 1 metre. Being surrounded by five sea-lions, including 2 pups. Witnessing waved albatross pairs enacting their bonding ritual. Enjoying the freshest ceviche I have ever eaten.....

  • Hotel el Relicario del Carmen

     

  • Bedroom at el Relicario del Carmen

     

  • Hotel el Relicario del Carmen courtyard

     

  • Paintings at Hotel el Relicario del Carmen

     

  • Relaxing on deck on Mary Anne

     

  • Sunset through the rigging on Mary Anne

     

  • Mary Anne under sail

     

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Tribes Overall:

Simply wonderful.
Excellent accommodation, a marvellous crew, beautiful food and magical wildlife. During the island walks, panga transfers, snorkeling and kayaking trips safety was always the highest priority. The Mary Anne under sail was a nautical highlight.

Tribes Service:

Yes. Paul was most helpful at all stages from start to finish. His recommendation proved excellent and his advice clearly based on direct personal experience.

Guides:

Fernando Ortiz was at all times extremely knowledgeable, helpful, patient and diplomatic. His evening presentations included the islands geology, climate and history. Further, our delayed flight to the islands meant a change in itinerary which lead to further revision one week later for those of us staying14 nights. Our guide arranged an interesting visit to a local farmstead as an alternative to a repeat visit to the tortoise sanctuary. Fernando is to be highly recommended as a guide to the Galapagos Islands.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

I am unsure. The sources from which the boat was re-provisioned during the 14 night trip was unclear, although the excellent fresh fish suggested a local source. I understand that fish caught around the islands is strictly for local consumption only, hence I am optimistic that we benefited from this ruling! Local people provided bus transport on several occasions.


The places you stayed

Hotel el Relicario del Carmen

Hotel el Relicario del Carmen

Ecuador

A beautiful hotel, very quiet and a great place to rest after the long-haul flight. They did however seem unprepared to provide even the smallest snack on my first evening, given that I didn't feel inclined to wander the streets of a strange city looking for somewhere to eat.


Relaxing on deck on Mary Anne

Mary Anne

Galapagos Islands

Beautiful boat, excellent cabin accommodation (I was allocated a double cabin, perhaps because of my 14 night stay), wonderful food, friendly helpful crew, especially Eduardo the captain.