Holiday review by Mr. Henry Saltmarsh & Mrs Vicki Saltmarsh
Name: Mr. Henry Saltmarsh & Mrs Vicki Saltmarsh
Date of trip: 14/10/2018
Number of people: 2
WILDLIFE - WILDLIFE - WILDLIFE We were lucky in that the weather was dry whilst at Napo Wildlife Centre and were able to see much wildlife but not a wet rainforest! Going around in paddle canoes was delightful. All passengers on Letty were naturally English speaking which made life easy in that respect and generally speaking our guides, José and Karine, made us feel like a team and thus we bonded well.
It probably exceeded our expectations.
Paul has been very helpful throughout. He clearly accurately assessed our expectations and standards when we first met and we have always been fully informed.
Esteban in Quito was first class and looked after us well and readily advised on and arranged at our request a tour out to see Hummingbirds and the Equator museum on our second day.
Oscar with Dario at NWC were just as good and knowledgeable and very helpful. We felt we possibly had the top guides to ourselves for the 3 days.
José and Karine were equally as good though José did have a tendency to steam ahead of the pack when guiding us. They generously transferred their photos of our groups week with much of the wildlife featured on to our own memory sticks.
All our guides had a good sense of humour.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
Economically I imagine tourism is an immense help but if nobody ever went to these places then maybe the status quo, whatever that is now, would be better maintained. It does seem the real damage was done centuries ago and present generations are trying hard to repair the damage. A balance has to be struck and it seems the management and disciplines of the tourist industry are as good as it can be in Ecuador.
The places you stayed
A lovely characterful hotel centrally situated. We really felt we were in Ecuador. We ate in and eventually learned that only one course was necessary given the quantities provided! We also learnt that "shrimps" means "large prawns" in Ecuador.
It might have been more of a challenge if it had rained but we found the setting lovely. It seems NWC may have the best arrangements for viewing the Macaws and Parakeets at the clay lick. Other tourist groups came and went to the lick without seeing much activity.
Somewhat compact accommodation but we soon got used to it and settled in. The steward's attention to the canon was exemplary and all the crew were very hardworking and efficient. There was never a dull moment.