Holiday review by Mr. Jeremy Cocks

Name: Mr. Jeremy Cocks

Date of trip: 08/04/2017

Number of people: 2

Too many highlights: snorkelling with turtles and sea lions at Santa Fe The boobies and frigate birds at the almost prehistoric Genovesa Watching albatross courtship ritual from 5 feet away in Espanola The amazing iguanas The humming birds of Bella Vista

  • Courtyard balconies at Casona de la Ronda, Quito, Ecuador © Casona de la Ronda

    Courtyard balconies at Casona de la Ronda, Quito, Ecuador

  • Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

     

  • Bellavista view

     

  • Bellavista is a good birding destination

     

  • Accommodation at Bellavista

     

  • Covered courtyard ar Patio Andaluz, Quito, Ecuador © Patio Andaluz

    Covered courtyard ar Patio Andaluz, Quito, Ecuador

  • Galapagos Seaman Journey, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador © @Boyd Hendrikse

    Galapagos Seaman Journey, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Tribes Overall:

A great holiday, exceeded our expectations. Seaman Journey was a great boat, and we loved our Eastern tour of the Galapagos islands.

Tribes Service:

You may recall that we had to change our non-changeable KLM flight, and incurred a penalty charge. Tribes recognised that this was their fault, and kindly agreed to deduct this charge from the cost of the holiday. Great service in that gesture, and all of our pre-holiday information was perfect. Other travellers seemed less prepared than us !

Guides:

Other travellers we met had horror stories about being abandoned by their guides, lifts not turning up, having to pay for Ingala cards twice etc. All of our guides, lifts, connections were faultless, everything on time, no nasty surprises. Our Enchanted Expeditions guide went out of her way to ensure we checked into our Galapagos flight as effortlessly as possible.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Our Galapagos guide went to great pains to ensure we did not disturb the wildlife, left no litter etc etc. Guides at Bella Vista also very knowledgeable.


The places you stayed

Courtyard balconies at Casona de la Ronda, Quito, Ecuador © Casona de la Ronda

La Casona de la Ronda

Quito

A good boutique hotel - only downside was that it is on quite a busy road (at least on Saturday nights). Our first night on arriving in Ecuador was a Saturday night at this hotel, therefore a bit of street noise made it hard to sleep.


Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Ecuador

A really nice 2 days here. My only negative comment is that the Lodge is looking a little tired, and could do with a revamp.


Covered courtyard ar Patio Andaluz, Quito, Ecuador © Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz

Quito

An excellent hotel - our double floor room was amazing, and an excellent restaurant.


Galapagos Seaman Journey, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador © @Boyd Hendrikse

Seaman Journey

Galapagos Islands

Boat, crew and food all excellent. Our Eastern tour of the Galapagos was great - so many highlights, including Genovesa, Santa Fe, South Plaza and Espanola. 16 passengers on the boat was a perfect number.