Holiday review by Mrs. Georgina Hay
Name: Mrs. Georgina Hay
Date of trip: 13/02/2018
Number of people: 2
It was wonderful to be able to see and get so close to such extraordinary wildlife.
We had a great time and on the whole our expectations were surpassed.
All the pre-departure details and paperwork were good and our consultant very helpful. However, in hindsight, it would have been better if possible to travel from Bristol or Exeter to connect with the Quito flight in Amsterdam, maybe spending a night or two in Amsterdam as part of the holiday. I didn't think of this, but maybe it could have been suggested given that we live in the South West. Also, other people on the boat travelled direct from Heathrow to Quito with Avianca, which again would have been better if the Bristol or Exeter options didn't work.
Our guide and driver in Quito were excellent, always on time and enthusiastic.
Our 1/2 day tour of Quito was very informative (without overload) and equipped us to discover more on our own.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
I would hope so.
The places you stayed
This is a lovely hotel in a beautiful building tucked away behind large wooden doors in the interesting old part of Quito. The staff were very helpful and pleasant and the lounge area and bedrooms very comfortable.
I would recommend ear plugs though as there is quite a lot of coming and going in the early hours with people being collected to go to the airport and the patio reception area acts like an amphitheatre!
The restaurant is rather unatmospheric for dinner but the breakfasts are excellent with lots of choice and delicious fresh fruit. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area.
We loved Letty. We took the last available cabin (10) on the bottom deck (Iguana). I was worried this might be small and noisy but it actually turned out to be much more spacious than the cabins on the top deck. We had bunks and a single bed which meant we could use the top bunk for storage. it wasn't too noisy but again I'd recommend earplugs.
All the staff and the two naturalists (Freddie & Pepe who were very knowledgeable and obviously loved their roles) were delightful and the food plentiful and delicious.
The organised activities i.e. visiting islands, snorkelling, kayaking, which were optional, were just the right mix and there was plenty of time for r & r after lunch. We were always split into two groups (random) so never more than 10 with each naturalist.
We understand both Eric and Letty are going to be replaced either at the end of this year or next.
A word of warning - no credit card facilities for paying the bar bill.Reply from Tribes: There are currently no plans to replace the Letty. The vessel does have credit card facilities however internet services in the Galapagos are unreliable. It was unfortunate that the internet was inoperative at the time it was needed.