Holiday review by Mr. Alan Pestell

Name: Mr. Alan Pestell

Date of trip: 29/10/2017

Number of people: 2

  • Pool at Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © Hotel Santa Teresa

    Pool at Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Wyndham Costa del Sol

     

  • Twin room at Wyndham Costa del Sol

     

  • Reserva Amazonica canaba and terrace

     

  • Reserva Amazonica main lodge

     

  • The canopy walkway at Reserva Amazonica

     

  • Reserva Amazonica dining room

     

  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Entrance

     

  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu lobby and fire

     

  • An orchid in the gardens of Inkaterra Machu Picchu

     

  • Suite at Inkaterra Machu Picchu

     

  • Sol y Luna pool and terrace

     

  • Mountain biking from Sol y Luna

     

  • Bedroom at Sol y Luna

     

  • Sol y Luna restaurant

     

  • The courtyard at El Mercado Hotel in Cusco

     

  • Balcony at El Mercado Hotel

     

  • View of Cusco from El Mercado

     

  • El Mercado Hotel bedroom

     

  • Casa Andina Premium Puno balconies and lake

     

  • Guest room at Casa Andina Premium Puno

     

  • Casa Andina Premium Puno boardwalk to Lake Titicaca

     

  • Boardwalk, train and Casa Andina Premium Puno

     

  • La Casona de la Ronda interior

     

  • La Casona de la Ronda room

     

  • La Casona de la Ronda dining room

     

  • La Casona de la Ronda lounge

     

  • Treasure of the Galapagos al fresco dining

     

  • Treasure of the Galapagos cruising

     

  • Twin cabin on Treasure of the Galapagos

     

  • Treasure of the Galapagos lounge

     

Tribes Overall:

This holiday exceeded our expectations and gave us a good appreciation of South America.

Tribes Service:

Rory McCormick was an excellent consultant who handled our many requests quickly and efficiently. All the travel arrangements worked smoothly.

Guides:

Heirkaldo? ("call me Hiko?") Rio de Janeiro - Enjoyable and well managed day gave us a good taste of Rio.
Roberto Santiago good in the little time we had there.
Ruben in Cusco and Sacred Valley excelled. Part Inca and passionate about the area. He explained the Inca civilisation in a way we could understand.
Jose at Puno another "local lad" so lots of knowledge.
Gloria at Quito knowledgeable and very efficiently sorted problem at airport.
All had drivers who were good and we always felt safe.
All were prompt and no time wasted.


The places you stayed

Lobby at Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © Hotel Santa Teresa

Hotel Santa Teresa

Rio de Janeiro

Good and slightly quirky hotel. Good comfortable accommodation. Friendly and helpful staff. Food and service excellent in the restaurant although dinner was expensive. Pleasant neighbourhood with good local restaurants.


Wyndham Costa del Sol

Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

Peru

A typical airport hotel which is very convenient for early/late flights. Front desk staff professional. Comfortable bedroom and a good restaurant. Great for leaving luggage for extended periods - we were able to collect very quickly.


Reserva Amazonica canaba and terrace

Reserva Amazonica

Peru

Good comfortable accommodation in individual cottages. Front office staff were pleasant and helpful. Food and service in the restaurant were excellent. Limited excursions for a short visit. The walk in the tree canopy was disappointing as the only thing seen were the tops of trees and 2 birds!


Inkaterra Machu Picchu Entrance

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Peru

Good comfortable accommodation in individual cottages. Front office staff were pleasant and helpful. Food and service in the restaurant were excellent. The gardens were attractive and a good spot for bird watching.


Sol y Luna pool and terrace

Sol y Luna Hotel

Peru

An excellent hotel with good comfortable accommodation in individual cottages. Front office staff were pleasant and helpful. Food and service in the restaurants were excellent although dinners were very expensive. The gardens were beautiful and breakfast on the patio was bliss.


The courtyard at El Mercado Hotel in Cusco

El Mercado Hotel

Peru

A good centrally located hotel with good comfortable accommodation. The hotel has a attractive courtyard for eating in and relaxing. Listening to live music by the fire pit surrounded by candles was magical. Front office staff were pleasant and helpful. Food and service in the restaurant were excellent.


Casa Andina Premium Puno balconies and lake

Casa Andina Premium Puno

Peru

A good location looking out onto Lake Titicaca. The bedroom allocated looked out onto a small strip of grass and a road. We upgraded to an identical room overlooking the lake for $50. Front desk staff professional. The restaurant looked out to the lake and the food and service were excellent. Boardwalk down to the lake was excellent for bird (and Guinea pig!) watching.


La Casona de la Ronda interior

La Casona de la Ronda

Ecuador

Good and slightly quirky hotel. Good comfortable accommodation. Friendly and helpful staff. Food and service excellent in the restaurant. The hotel has two very comfortable lounges. Pleasant, bohemian neighbourhood with good local restaurants.


Treasure of the Galapagos al fresco dining

Treasure of the Galapagos

Galapagos Islands

An excellent choice with only nine very spacious and comfortable cabins. The guide (Jocelyn) was excellent and very knowledgeable. The crew could not have done more to make our time aboard more enjoyable. Food was good and plenty of it. Spacious upper decks for relaxation. The choice of islands was good with lots of variety and wildlife. Good opportunities for snorkelling.