Holiday review by Mr. Richard Adams

Name: Mr. Richard Adams

Date of trip: 23/01/2020

Number of people: 2

The birding in the Mindo area. Views of mountains, forests and volcanoes (everywhere!) Galapagos wildlife - even the sea lion which was sitting on the bench that I wanted to use!

  • Patio Andaluz

     

  • King room at Patio Andaluz

     

  • Courtyard restaurant at Patio Andaluz

     

  • Artwork at Patio Andaluz

     

  • Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

     

  • Bellavista view

     

  • Bellavista is a good birding destination

     

  • Accommodation at Bellavista

     

  • Termas Papallacta

     

  • Bedroom at Termas Papallacta

     

  • Relax in the spa at Termas Papallacta

     

  • Termas Papallacta dining room

     

  • Hacienda Abraspungo

     

  • Bedroom at Hacienda Abraspungo

     

  • Hacienda Abraspungo rooms

     

  • Hacienda Abraspungo and gardens

     

  • Hotel Oro Verde swimming pool

     

  • Deluxe room at Hotel Oro Verde

     

  • Hotel Oro Verde is near Malecon 2000

     

  • Hotel Albemarle

     

  • Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

     

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Tribes Service:

Generally good but will include in further comments

Guides:

Mainland guide (and driver) 5 star. Or even 5 star +++
Galapagos guide 2 star

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Hard to say. Certainly we spent money there which we hope impacted.
Some of the tourist industry in Galapagos looks hard to imagine as sustainable. The main street in Peurto Ayora which we thought was a small fishing town is now a flashy place of posh bars, restaurants and shops. Our trip seemed less of an impact but we all bear blame if we visit.


The places you stayed

Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz

Ecuador

Great location. Just spoilt a bit by other stupid tourists, but you cannot legislate for that.


Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Ecuador

Great location for birding. Rooms getting a bit faded and need attention.
Some excursions easier to access from Mindo


Termas Papallacta

Termas Papallacta

Ecuador

Although food was very much on the school canteen level and did not fit with the level of accommodation.


Hacienda Abraspungo

Hacienda Abraspungo

Ecuador

Lovely place and well situated. So helpful.


Hotel Oro Verde swimming pool

Hotel Oro Verde

Ecuador

Super hotel, but waiting for the surrounding area to be upgraded, so it is not well situated yet.


Hotel Albemarle

Hotel Albemarle

Galapagos Islands

Nothing posh, but comfortable, clean and well situated on the beach


Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Galapagos Islands