Holiday review by Mr. Ryan Cordon

Name: Mr. Ryan Cordon

Date of trip: 16/01/2019

Number of people: 2

Tren Crucero was superb. The trip itself, and the knowledgeable guides (Marcelo & Daniella), could not have been bettered.

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

    Courtyard balconies at Casona de la Ronda, Quito, Ecuador

  • Angermeyer Waterfront Inn


  • IsaMar deck


  • Bedroom at IsaMar


  • Ocean view from IsaMar


  • Hotel Oro Verde swimming pool


  • Deluxe room at Hotel Oro Verde


  • Hotel Oro Verde is near Malecon 2000


  • Hosteria La Andaluza


  • Suite at Hosteria La Andaluza


  • Hacienda La Cienega


  • Luxury suite at Hacienda La Cienega


  • Hacienda La Cienega terrace dining


  • The gardens at Hacienda La Cienega


  • Swissotel sunny lounge


  • Double room at Swissotel


  • The lobby at Swissotel


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Tribes Overall:

Wonderful & varied trip. The Tren Crucero in particular was a fantastic experience.

Tribes Service:

Holiday mostly went to plan, with a few changes to Galapagos boat trip destinations & the Tren Crucero journey was slightly different to advertised.


One guide, who met us at Baltra, held a board for "Batchelors x 2". He would not accept that this was for us (the Cordons) & ignored us. Eventually he realised we were his clients, but treated us in a surly and unprofessional manner for the rest of the day (including fleecing us for a $10 bus fare included in our transfer). Not a very nice experience. All the other guides we met were excellent.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Local people on the Galapagos seemed to be well aware of the fragility of their unique environment & responsibility towards it. Perhaps we can learn a bit from their attitude.

The places you stayed

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

La Casona de la Ronda


Well appointed, but we didn't spend enough time there to make a valid judgment.

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Galapagos Islands

Fabulous waterfront location with very attentive staff.

IsaMar deck

IsaMar Hotel

Galapagos Islands

The owner (Juan) was always eager to help. Puerto Villamil was a bit of a 'dead end' town, but the IsaMar had a fine beach-front location.

Hotel Oro Verde swimming pool

Hotel Oro Verde


Had little time to get to know this hotel.

Hosteria La Andaluza

Hosteria La Andaluza


Good food & nice entertainment (local band).

Hacienda La Cienega

Hacienda La Cienega


Somewhat run down, despite the obvious 17th/18th/19th Century charm. The food was poor & the waiting staff mostly elderly & very disorganised. Room was cold with inappropriate (small) electrical heaters. A bit like "Fawlty Towers".

Swissotel sunny lounge

Swissotel Quito


Large, modern hotel with good facilities.