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Uncharted Earth

We are the adventure travel experts for uncommon places, pioneering tours to unique destinations in the Philippines and Colombia and providing our guests with exceptional experiences since 2011. We also specialize in nature and adventure itineraries in the Western United States.

We believe that true adventure can be had only if you are far away from crowds, familiar things and your comfort zone. We are serious about taking our guests on extraordinary trips and we do that by going to lesser known destinations --- places that even most locals don’t know about. Unspoiled by mass tourism the raw beauty of these places is awe-inspiring and the emotions that they inspire can be life-changing. We also go to some classic destinations, but we experience them in a more authentic and in-depth fashion than most tourists do. For example, instead of simply looking at the famous Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines from a view deck like most people, we hike into the mountains, walk amidst the rice paddies and spend nights in the villages of the Ifugao, the indigenous people who made them. By exploring new destinations and embracing unique adventures, we let people discover the best of a country, and often, the best in themselves.

We also believe that nature is best appreciated by engaging it physically and that a perfect vacation is one that is jam-packed with activity. In other words, we enjoy tiring people out. We appreciate rest and relaxation as much the next person but with so much to see and experience in the world it's against our principles to let our guests spend a lot of time lazing around. We've dedicated ourselves to showing our guests as much of a country's best as their time will allow. Tired faces with big smiles are our typical indicators of a successful trip.

Finally, we believe that the best people to show you a place are those who live there. True adventure involves the unknown and unexpected, but you want to travel with people who are intimately familiar with a destination. We focus on only a few countries and these are the countries that we call home. Our head office for Sales and Marketing is in the United States but we are operationally based in each of our destination countries and all of our trip leaders are locals. That’s why we’re the experts in our chosen destinations. What’s uncharted to everyone else is home to us.

We go to great lengths to show our guests the best that this magnificent planet has to offer. Come travel with us and let us show you your Uncharted Earth.

Uncharted Earth is part of the following groups: Colombia Travel Agents, Philippines Travel Agents, the United States Travel Agents

Featured trips & expertise

View of a reef off the coast of the Philippines
Diving in the Philippines: Cebu, Negros & Bohol - 9 Days

Experienced divers can experience the Philippines' vibrant marine biodiversity, colorful reefs, and white-sand beaches on this exciting nine-day itinerary. Begin your trip with an easy dive off the coast of Panglao Island before exploring underwater caves and reefs off Balicasag Island. See camouflaged creatures like octopi and frogfish in the volcanic sands of Dumaguete, spot huge schools of jackfish and barracuda near Apo Island, and go wall diving in Moalboal before ending your trip in Malapascua.

Modern banca boats carrying snorkeling enthusiasts near Coron Island
Discover the Philippines: Snorkeling in the Calamian Islands - 6 Days

Explore the natural wonders of the Calamian archipelago on this six-day snorkeling trip. You'll begin on Coron Island, the third-largest of the Calamian islands and a snorkeling hot spot that's teeming with marine life. After exploring World War II-era shipwrecks and reefs, you'll transfer to Pass Island, snorkel at Smith Point Coral Garden, and go swimming at Barracuda Lake. Then, go on one last snorkeling adventure in Siete Pecados Marine Park before spending one last night in a beach cottage.

Swim with whale sharks in Donsol
Whale Shark Encounter in the Philippines: Ticao & Donsol - 3 Days

On this eco-friendly tour, you will get to swim with wild whale sharks in a protected and responsibly-managed environment. Considered the best place in the world to see the gentle giants, Donsol is also a paradise of soft-sand beaches and magnificent limestone rock formations. Besides seeing whale sharks in their natural habitat, you'll get to snorkel and relax around the islands of Ticao, and float down the amazing Firefly River as bright sparkles alight the surrounding forest.

El Nido, Palawan
Island Hopping in the Philippines: Manila, Donsol, Cebu & Palawan - 20 Days

Spend 20 days island hopping in the Philippines, hitting some of the country's major highlights. You'll begin in Manila, the country's busy capital. Then, you'll swim with whale sharks, and snorkel in Donsol. Next, you'll fly to beautiful Cebu, where you'll swim in pristine waterfalls, see the famous chocolate hills, and look for marine turtles. Finally, you'll arrive in Palawan, the country's largest province. Adventures include visiting shipwrecks, exploring an underground river, and hiking to hidden lakes.

The Batad rice terraces with local Ifugao men
The Cordillera: Banaue, Batad & Sagada - 6 Days

Trek through the Philippines' Cordillera and marvel at its natural and cultural heritage. Discover famous rice terraces, quaint villages, sacred waterfalls and rivers, extensive cave systems, and the hanging coffins of Echo Valley.

Discover the tropical beauty of Palawan
Palawan: Adventure in Paradise - 6 Days

Palawan's exotic geography and diverse vegetation are exceptional in a country that already has its fair share of awe-inspiring sights. This six-day adventure will have you snorkeling, seeking out wildlife, riding an underground river, and kayaking the El Nido islands. Discover why Palawan is in a league of its own when it comes to tropical destinations.

Recent Trip Reviews for Uncharted Earth

Utah National Parks -Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches, Canyonlands + Lake Powell and Grand Canyon
the United States | Oct 30 - Nov 13, 2022

Michelle
Michelle H.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Leo was amazing in putting together a seamless and unforgettable national parks trip. He was super communicative and came up with a flexible plan that allowed us to get some remote work done during our time away as well, as he arranged unique weekend guided tours and self-guided hikes during the week. He understood our goals with hiking and came up with trail options that matched the technicality and difficulty level we were looking for. The guided tours were so much fun and we had really... read more

Leo was amazing in putting together a seamless and unforgettable national parks trip. He was super communicative and came up with a flexible plan that allowed us to get some remote work done during our time away as well, as he arranged unique weekend guided tours and self-guided hikes during the week. He understood our goals with hiking and came up with trail options that matched the technicality and difficulty level we were looking for. The guided tours were so much fun and we had really interesting guides that we enjoyed hearing stories from about their personal lives and adventures- the mountain bike and kayak guides were super cool. The ATV tour was quite a thrill ride! Altogether, the trip was amazing, and we crossed off a major bucket list item of seeing the big 5 utah parks plus more (Grand Canyon + Lake powell)! And all of the hotels were perfect - many served breakfast, and they all had good wifi so the two of us were able to get work done remotely. We owe it Leo for the awesome memories we shared and beautiful sights we saw!

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Hi Michelle,

Thank you for your great review and I'm very happy you guys had an amazing trip! The parks in Utah and Arizona are some of my favorite places in the world and I'm glad that you guys had a great experience visiting them.

Thank you for working with me on this trip. It was a pleasure for me to help you put it together and I look forward to organizing another adventure for you in the future!

Everything was great.
the United States | Nov 4 - Nov 8, 2022

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Edward P.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Everything was great.
The tours were excellent. I was a little late to the ATV tours in Sedona because I did not have enough time to drive from the airport to Sedona.
The grand canyon was impressive.
The antelope tours were great but very busy.

One note: communication was very challenging when we were trying to finalize all the details because Leo was in a remote part of the world and had very bad service.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Hi Edward,

Thanks for your review and I'm glad you had a great trip! Thank you for working with me on this trip and I hope to organize another adventure for you in the future!

Wine country and more..
California | Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2022

kirsten
kirsten b.
Berlin, MD | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

We had a fantastic trip through Napa Valley, Monterey and San Francisco. Leo helped us plan outings such as a day long ebike tour through the wineries, horseback riding on the beach and a hike through the redwood trees. He was so responsive to our questions and great to work with! Thank you, Leo! read more

We had a fantastic trip through Napa Valley, Monterey and San Francisco. Leo helped us plan outings such as a day long ebike tour through the wineries, horseback riding on the beach and a hike through the redwood trees. He was so responsive to our questions and great to work with! Thank you, Leo!

Activity Reviews
Sonoma e-bike wine tour
Napa
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Beach horseback riding in Monterey
Monterey
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Thank you for the wonderful review and photos Kirsten! I'm glad you guys had a fantastic trip! Thanks for working with us and I look forward to putting together another great adventure for you in the future!

Will def book again!
Philippines | Aug 9 - Aug 19, 2022

Krista
Krista L.
Bellflower, CA | Reviewed on Aug 20, 2022

Booking this trip through my guide, Cami, was the best decision ever. She took care of everything. I had the piece of mind knowing that all my activities were taken care of. She was always accessible and responded very quickly. I had zero issues during my 2 weeks by myself in the Phillipines. She was even kind enough to give me suggestions for my off days. I wouldn’t go with any other company. 10/10 would recommend to anybody. I’m already planning my next trip and can’t wait to book with Cami again!

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Hi Krista, thank you for your review. I'm very happy to hear you had such an amazing time in the Philippines. It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. Looking forward to taking you on another unforgettable trip!
Cami

We had a great time on our trip! Our vacation...
the United States | May 20 - Jun 4, 2022

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John S.
Fort Myers, FL | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

We had a great time on our trip! Our vacation guide was very well put together and was full of information. We really appreciated not having to worry about bookings.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Hi John, I'm glad you guys had a great time! Thank you for working with me, it was a pleasure helping you put together your trip. Thank you for your review and for sharing the wonderful photos of your Southwest adventure!

I made the mistake of indicating that I didn'...
the United States | May 28 - Jun 5, 2022

Marion
Marion F.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

I made the mistake of indicating that I didn't have a budget but I didn't intend that to mean I have no budget at all. I meant that I wanted to see what the hotel options were and choose the ones I liked best taking into consideration cancellation policies and location. I ended up in two *very* expensive hotels unnecessarily in my opinion. I have shared all this with my travel expert.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Hi Marion,

Thanks for sharing your photos, looks like you had an amazing trip! Thanks for working with me to put it together and I hope to organize another trip for you in the future.

Terrible planner - no local knowledge
the United States | Jun 1 - Jun 18, 2022

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Richard D.
Boynton Beach, FL | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

We had a prior wonderful experience with KimKIm on trip to Morocco. Because of that we selected KimKim for our trip to Alaska.

Our planner went to Alaska once as a child, and lives in Las Vegas. He has no local knowledge. Examples:

1- What'd you know about Sitka we would like to go? "I do not know much".
The plan we are given takes ferry booked leaving Wrangell to Juneau arriving 3:45AM two days later.
We then book a one day return flight from Juneau to Sitka the for the day we... read more

We had a prior wonderful experience with KimKIm on trip to Morocco. Because of that we selected KimKim for our trip to Alaska.

Our planner went to Alaska once as a child, and lives in Las Vegas. He has no local knowledge. Examples:

1- What'd you know about Sitka we would like to go? "I do not know much".
The plan we are given takes ferry booked leaving Wrangell to Juneau arriving 3:45AM two days later.
We then book a one day return flight from Juneau to Sitka the for the day we arrive. Tough schedule but worth it as many people told us about Sitka.

We get on the Ferry and find out it stops in Sitka mid day on the day before our planned flights. We get a room, in Sitka stay one night and use the already scheduled flight from Sitka to Juneau. We could not get refunds for our flight from Juneau to Sitka or for our hotel. Total cost $600-$700. The cost was unnecessary, but given poor planning our only option.

2- We wanted to do to Leconte Glacier. We were told it was sold out. We arrive in Wrangell, make two phone calls and bingo have a tour the next day to Leconte.

3- We were booked in a hotel in Anchorage which was a $60 round trip cab fare, plus miles away from the downtown area where our tours left from. therefor we had three days of $60 cab fares for $180.

In short Leo lacks any in depth knowledge of Alaska costing us missed opportunity, time and money. We feel he failed us as a KimKim representative, the complete oposite of our Morocco experience.

Activity Reviews
Matanuska Glacier Hiking
Anchorage, AK

The glacier guide, Chris, was great. He made sure we understood how to walk on the glacier with micro spikes, demonstrated concern for our safety, and possessed a wealth of knowledge about glaciers in general and Matanuska, in particular. He explained the differences in the ice (white, blue, and black), the extent and scope of the glacier, the moraines and rock composition. It was fabulous. Two hour ride from downtown Anchorage to get to the entry road.

Quality of Experience
Food
Can't rate food as we stopped along the way at a Fred Meyer to pick up our lunches.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Chris the guide was fabulous.
Transport
Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour
Ketchikan

Our experience was with Taquan Air, not pictured here. Taquan Air as best we can tell transports cargo and people around the islands of the Inland Passage. I think they do a Misty Fjords flightsee as another aspect of their business. We had about a one hour trip to, around and back from the fjord. The narration was provided by a recording. There was no or very limited opportunity to ask questions. When we arrived back at the base dock, it was over and the staff where there to load cargo for the next flight. No personal comment like "we hope you enjoyed it." The front desk person was cordial when we checked in and when we left.

Quality of Experience
Prepare the customer for the narrated recording. We understand the pilot is busy flying the plane.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Chance to ask questions about what we didn't understand during the narrated recording. There is blue ice up on the mountains. I am still not sure why. No comments or narrative from the pilot, I felt like cargo.
Transport
Whale Watching & Wildlife Viewing Excursion
Ketchikan

The captain and deck hand, Sam, were very personable. The captain spotted the spout of a humpback and tried so hard to find a pod of whales. That one spout was from one whale who didn't really want to perform for us. We understand that we are encroaching on the whale's home and he is not there to entertain us. The captain really did work to locate other wildlife but to no avail. We ended up having a private tour, no other passengers.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very personable staff. My husband sat in the pilot house with the captain while they talked boats!
Transport
Ended up being a private tour. Can't beat that!
Day trip to Sitka
Juneau, AK

Our trip started in Ketchikan and we took the ferry (Alaska Marine Highway) to Wrangell - 6 hour trip. From Wrangell, we were booked on the ferry to Juneau, due to arrive 31 hours later at 3:45AM. (not a misprint). We had a cabin booked on the boat. The plan was to arrive at the hotel, take a nap, go to the airport and catch an 11AM flight to Sitka to go to the Raptor Center, possibly some whales from the shore, and then a Bear rehab facility, and Sitka Nat'l Park with totem poles. We would tour Sitka on our own and catch a 7PM flight back to Juneau. Once we were on the ferry, and learned the ports of call for this particular ferry, we learned the ferry was due to stop at Sitka, around 1PM on the day before our roundtrip flight from and to Juneau and our one day excursion. Once we were in an area where we had cell service, about an hour from the Sitka dock, we called hotels in Sitka to get a room (we did), we called our hotel in Juneau to cancel our first night (sorry no refund, too late) and called Alaska Air to cancel only our outbound flight from Juneau to Sitka (sorry no refund, but can apply funds to future travel but not upgrades or food). We were SO glad to spend a day and a half in Sitka. We had the opportunity to get into the cathedral and the Russian Bishop's house (Sitka Nat'l Park), walk to the top of hill where Russia transferred Alaska to the US in 1867 and where the US flag was first raised in Alaska in 1959 when it became a state. The Raptor Center was great, as was the bear rehab place, both brown and black bears. Also caught a great picture of a bald eagle in flight . We were able to fit in the Bishop's House and Cathedral because were were there longer than just a "day trip." As to the actual "day trip" excursions they were fine and informative. Also found a quilt shop that heavily features Alaska themed fabrics and quilt patterns. That was a bonus for me.

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
Seward, AK

This tour was amazing. The captain (yeah- a female!!) provided a great tour and informed narrative out to the glacier. We spent time on the way out and the way back looking for and finding wildlife, including orcas, humpbacks, sea otters, and porpoise. All the staff on the vessel were personable and I spent some time talking to several of them. The vessel is a high-speed catamaran and goes into the Gulf of Alaska to get to the glacier. It has a great configuration to see the wildlife whether at the bow, along the sides, or at the stern.

Quality of Experience
Food
the warm brownies at the end of the trip. Thanks for asking ahead of time what we wanted for lunch.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rafting the Nenana River
Denali National Park, AK

This was a great trip. My 2PM trip was cancelled and I was asked if I could do a 6PM trip instead. I did. However, my hotel stops serving dinner at 10PM so I missed dinner and my next excursion the next morning was at 5:30 so it made for a hungry, short night. Regardless, the rafting was great. I opted to paddle so sat up front. Glad to have a wet suit. Most of the guides are young, certainly younger than I am. They provided the "power" to the raft and those of us paddling helped steer.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Prince William Sound cruise
Anchorage, AK

This was a great tour of several glaciers with opportunity to see them calve. We visited two significant glaciers in Prince William Sound. Bonus was the narrator from the US Forest Service providing information about the wildlife -on the water and on land- and surrounding mountains. We stopped to watch a pod of humpbacks swim though none breached. Also saw a raft of sea otters - and sea otter babies. Our trip started in Anchorage with a bus trip to Whittier via a 3.5 mile tunnel through the mountain that is shared with the Alaska Railroad (but not at the same time).

Quality of Experience
Several glaciers to see. You don't get to all 26.
Food
Hot chocolate chip cookies near the end of the cruise. "Chowdah" was nice and warm!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very friendly.
Transport
The detour to Alyseska and the tunnel ride.
Denali Tundra Wilderness bus tour
Denali National Park, AK

We learned about the taiga and tundra, ghost forests, and boreal forests. Didn't get to see Denali but I am in the 66% that didn't. Apparently, Denali is better seen in later fall and winter and appreciated more from afar than in the park. Snack pack was provided to all- Kind bar, turkey stick, nuts, cheez balls. Park does a good job of recycling the trash from this trip. When we saw three caribou, we stopped for a sufficient amount of time to view them and then they crossed the road in front of the bus for a close-up!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Couldn't hear most of what the driver who was also the guide was saying as is voice frequently trailed off toward the end of his comments.
Transport
The tour operator uses school bus like vehicles for this tour. The problem is that school bus windows open from the top and stop half way, about the same level as my eyes, so I was looking a metal sash most of the time. That said, when wildlife was spotted, folks stood up to look out the windows. We didn't get off the bus except at limited stops to view the surrounding area.
Dogsledding on a glacier
Juneau, AK

This was an outstanding day. We had good weather. The helicopter ride was wonderful. The view on the glacier was out of this world, and the dog sledding was not only fun but very informative. Definitely recommended.

Quality of Experience
Overall just amazing
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Great staff and helicopter pilot. The musher was really informative.
Transport
Denali Highway Jeep Excursion
Denali National Park, AK

Some nice views. Lots pf driving. Limited wild life. Be prepared for a 65 - 70 mph 30 min drive to and 30 min back on a highway. Then about 2 hours drive at 45 mph on a firm dirt road. They told us we would be back at the hotel by 10. pm. We arrived back at 10:55 and the restaurant closed at 11pm. Had we not pre-ordered dinner and asked them to save it, we would not have eaten.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Anchorage city tour
Anchorage, AK

Be prepared to visit selected retail shops for half the tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fairbanks Riverboat tour
fairbanks alaska

Very informative. Excellent staff. A good thing to do in Fairbanks. If you are in Fairbanks definitely recommended.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
All of it.
Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Hi Richard and Carol,

Thanks for your review. It sounds like you had a great Alaska trip except for the Wrangell-Sitka-Juneau portion where the planning could have been much better. That is my fault and I apologize for not catching the fact that your ferry’s route had it going to Sitka before Juneau. There are two ferry routes from Wrangell to Juneau, with the other one going directly with only a stop at Petersburg and not making the very out of the way trip to Sitka. I thought that you... read more

Hi Richard and Carol,

Thanks for your review. It sounds like you had a great Alaska trip except for the Wrangell-Sitka-Juneau portion where the planning could have been much better. That is my fault and I apologize for not catching the fact that your ferry’s route had it going to Sitka before Juneau. There are two ferry routes from Wrangell to Juneau, with the other one going directly with only a stop at Petersburg and not making the very out of the way trip to Sitka. I thought that you would be on that route, in which case the plan I made for you would have made the best sense.

I’m glad the rest of your trip went well. I had you go on an extensive and unique itinerary where you spent 18 days exploring the best of Alaska’s southeast islands as well as the mainland, all without having to be on a cruise ship and without renting a car. You traveled via ferries, trains and buses, the complicated scheduling of which I took care of for you. You enjoyed a multitude of attractions and experiences, all of which I recommended and prepared for you, including self-guided trip instructions that enabled you to explore areas on your own. From your review of the rest of your trip it looks like overall it was a success. Thank you for working with me for your Alaska adventure and I hope you keep wonderful memories of your trip.

California road trip
California | Mar 30 - Apr 9, 2022

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Carolynn O.
Canada | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Leo gave us an excellent itinerary for our California road trip. The hotel choices were always in a convenient location and the details in the hiking trails was appreciated. Links to google maps were provided. We spent time in Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia, Monterey & Carmel.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip Carolynn! Thanks for working with us and I look forward to arranging another adventure for you!

Best 10 day California family road trip!
California | Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2022

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Amy W.
Petoskey, MI | Reviewed on Apr 05, 2022

I can’t thank Leo enough. We had the best family vacation yet to Northern California and the coast. He took so much time get all the details, where to eat with fabulous restaurant picks, order of how to see the National Parks. (Sequoia and Yosemite) Fabulous reservations. Everything went seamless. I don’t think I will travel without an agent.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Apr 05, 2022

Hi Amy,

I'm so happy your family had such a great time! It was a pleasure helping you put together your trip and I look forward to arranging another great adventure for you guys!

PS: Awesome pics!

Leo arranged one of my best vacation week. N...
California | Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2021

Lynn
Lynn X.
Long Island City, NY | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Leo arranged one of my best vacation week.
Not only he is knowledgeable about local hidden trails but also all other adventure activities.
I highly recommend Leo for west coast destinations.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Hi Lynn,

I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation! Looking forward to more fun adventures with you when you're back in Vegas!

Fantastic family trip to Grand Canyon and Sedona
the United States | Aug 5 - Aug 15, 2021

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Nik K.
Lutherville, MD | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Cami put together a great vacation for us to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. The format of the offering was different than what I had previously gotten from KimKim, namely she put together an itinerary but did not book the trips (I don’t know if this is the new format KimKim is adopting.) While I would have preferred a more full service offering, Cami put together an excellent itinerary and give us detailed information on how to book activities and other reservations easily on our own. She hit... read more

Cami put together a great vacation for us to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. The format of the offering was different than what I had previously gotten from KimKim, namely she put together an itinerary but did not book the trips (I don’t know if this is the new format KimKim is adopting.) While I would have preferred a more full service offering, Cami put together an excellent itinerary and give us detailed information on how to book activities and other reservations easily on our own. She hit all the highlights at both sites, including some fun side excursions. The night sky tour at Lowell Observatory was a highlight! I also appreciated that she followed up with us even after the itinerary was built, to let us know about new tour and activity openings as Arizona opened up from the pandemic. Thanks Cami for putting together a great itinerary and helping us plan a family vacation that we all loved!

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Thank you Nik for your review. I'm very happy to hear you had a great time.
Let me know if you plan a trip to Colombia or the Philippines. We organize guided tours there and I would love to help you plan another great trip.
All the best,
Cami

Overall the trekking was very well organised ...
Philippines | Feb 8 - Feb 15, 2020

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Dennis S.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Overall the trekking was very well organised with excellent commumication leading up to the trek itself. The rice terraces of Ifugao were truly amazing and better that I expected. Loved the villages and the warm welcome we received throughout our journey. Our guide Marvin was very friendly and led us through well, and has a superb knowledge of the local area, the environment, its people and its customs.

We had to make some initial route adjustmenst due the poor weather and track... read more

Overall the trekking was very well organised with excellent commumication leading up to the trek itself. The rice terraces of Ifugao were truly amazing and better that I expected. Loved the villages and the warm welcome we received throughout our journey. Our guide Marvin was very friendly and led us through well, and has a superb knowledge of the local area, the environment, its people and its customs.

We had to make some initial route adjustmenst due the poor weather and track conditions, and the unforeseen eco-tourism shutdown at Sagada was well covered by the alternative day to the Hapao valley and hot springs. Marvin made it all happen without any stress or fuss.

I would also recommend that hikers be made aware of the need to negotiate the many narrow walls in the rice terraces, some of which are quite high and slippery in places. We had one or two close calls!

For adventurous hikers, this area is a must-do

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2020

Hi Dennis, thank you for your review and I'm glad you had a great adventure! Thank you for choosing to travel with us and we hope to go on another trip with you in the future!

Hiking in Ifugau
Philippines | Feb 8 - Feb 15, 2020

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Armin U.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

If you are looking for an adventure then book yourself the Ifugao Villages Trek.
Forget the telephone and fl-yin rescue teams. You depend on your buddies and the locals.
We combined our trip with a trip to Sagada. (8 day tour including travel to and from Manila.
Our tour guide Marvin is a local and answers all questions regarding the Ifugao region.
Unfortunately the day we arrived in Sagada all tourist attractions got shut down due to the covit-19.
Marvin took us back to Banaue where we were... read more

If you are looking for an adventure then book yourself the Ifugao Villages Trek.
Forget the telephone and fl-yin rescue teams. You depend on your buddies and the locals.
We combined our trip with a trip to Sagada. (8 day tour including travel to and from Manila.
Our tour guide Marvin is a local and answers all questions regarding the Ifugao region.
Unfortunately the day we arrived in Sagada all tourist attractions got shut down due to the covit-19.
Marvin took us back to Banaue where we were able to visit the hot springs instead.
Top hike. Highly recommended.
(If you suffer from vertigo, dizzy spells or are not steady on your legs do not book this trip!)

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
Leo
Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Hi Armin, thank you for your review and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip! Thank you for choosing to travel with us and we hope to go on another adventure with you in the future!

Philippines Ifugao and Northern Palawan tours
Philippines | Dec 29 - Jan 1, 2020

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Joleen O.
Anchorage, AK | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Leo helped me plan 2 great adventures in the Philippines. Highly recommend!
Ifugao Trek: Jody was an AMAZING guide for the Ifugao trek. Very knowledgable, personable, genuine, fun, and kind. He went out of his way to make sure we got the experience we were looking for while also being safe. We had such a good time we would love to bring our parents back to share this awesome experience. One of the best tour guides we had, that is now a friend .

Northern Palawan Tour: Jhonas was very... read more

Leo helped me plan 2 great adventures in the Philippines. Highly recommend!
Ifugao Trek: Jody was an AMAZING guide for the Ifugao trek. Very knowledgable, personable, genuine, fun, and kind. He went out of his way to make sure we got the experience we were looking for while also being safe. We had such a good time we would love to bring our parents back to share this awesome experience. One of the best tour guides we had, that is now a friend .

Northern Palawan Tour: Jhonas was very knowledgable about the area. We admire his dedication to the community and eco-tourism industry in Coron. He is a master of photography, and took some amazing pictures of us; he worked very hard to ensure that we captured the memorable moments of the Northern Palawan Tour. Jhonas also is an incredible cook; we did not go hungry on the trip, we felt very special and catered to which was amazing on our honeymoon trip.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
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Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Hi Joleen,

Thank you for your review and I'm glad you enjoyed your honeymoon trips with us! It was a pleasure having you as our guest and we hope to go on another adventure with you in the future!

A trip to paradise!!
Philippines | Jan 3 - Jan 8, 2020

Debajyoti
Debajyoti R.
India | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Our recent family vacation to Palawan and El Nido was a delight for this group of "landlubbers". The arrangements-hotels, travel arrangements and activities were top notch. Our local guide Stephen Tuboc was friendly and an epitome of knowledge.
I have never seen such beautiful turquoise beaches before which were not swarming with tourists. The activities were planned with a lot of thought, so nothing seemed rushed. Snorkelling in the midst of lovely corals and multicoloured tropical fish was... read more

Our recent family vacation to Palawan and El Nido was a delight for this group of "landlubbers". The arrangements-hotels, travel arrangements and activities were top notch. Our local guide Stephen Tuboc was friendly and an epitome of knowledge.
I have never seen such beautiful turquoise beaches before which were not swarming with tourists. The activities were planned with a lot of thought, so nothing seemed rushed. Snorkelling in the midst of lovely corals and multicoloured tropical fish was a "once in a life time experience". I would definitely reccommend this trip to anyone who loves nature!!

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Thank you Debajyoti Roy for your review. I'm very happy to hear you had such a wonderful time in the Philippines and that Steph took great care of you. I will share your kind words with him.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure to organize your trip.
Looking forward to taking you and your family on another unforgettable trip to the Philippines or Colombia.
All the best,
Cami

Wonderful National Parks
the United States | Oct 8 - Oct 12, 2019

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My Chau T.
Springfield, VA | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2019

We had a wonderful trip to Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon national parks, and to the Antelope Canyons. The self-guided guide prepared by Cami was very useful in pointing us to places to stay and dine, and popular areas to visit/see based on our schedule. We just followed the guide and had the best time! Thank you Cami!

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2019

Thank you My Chau for your review. I'm very happy to hear you had a great trip!
Let me know if you plan a trip to Colombia or the Philippines. We organize guided tours there and I would love to help you plan another great trip.
All the best,
Cami

Trip to Colombia
Colombia | Aug 3 - Aug 11, 2019

Russell
Russell E.
| Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Thank you to everyone at Kimkim, especially Cami who was so helpful in putting together my trip to Colombia.
I visited bogota, Santa Marta, Cartegena and did the Lost City Trek.
Cami helped put this altogether as well as arranging trips, tours and transfers meaning all I pretty much had to was get on the plane and the rest was taken care off.
Special mentions to the tour guides of Jhon and Alvaro for showing me around Bogota and Cartegena.
For the Lost City Trek I'd like to thank Denis,... read more

Thank you to everyone at Kimkim, especially Cami who was so helpful in putting together my trip to Colombia.
I visited bogota, Santa Marta, Cartegena and did the Lost City Trek.
Cami helped put this altogether as well as arranging trips, tours and transfers meaning all I pretty much had to was get on the plane and the rest was taken care off.
Special mentions to the tour guides of Jhon and Alvaro for showing me around Bogota and Cartegena.
For the Lost City Trek I'd like to thank Denis, Gostavo, Luis and Samir who were amazing guides and helped make the whole adventure truly memorable.
Thank you to Kimkim for being a major part of giving me a fantastic Colombia experience!

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Hi Russell
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I'm very happy to hear you had such a great time in Colombia. I'll make sure to share your kind words with everyone.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure to help you organize your trip and we look forward to traveling with you again in the future. Let us know when you plan your next visit to Colombia, or if you ever plan a trip to the Philippines. We’d love to help you plan another unforgettable trip.
All the best,
Cami

One Week in Colombia: 5 Great Itineraries
Colombia | May 14 - May 16, 2019

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Cindy D.
Burlington, VT | Reviewed on May 22, 2019

We had a fabulous time in Columbia. Cami did a super job in setting up
the middle part of our week, which I think was so successful because of the several conversations we had on kimkim.

We were picked up promptly by our driver, Luis. I know he was called in late, as our our original driver was unable to. My one concern was that he had driven through the night to get us and we had a 6-7 hour drive ahead of us. In spite of that, he was a very cautious driver, talked with us, stopped when we... read more

We had a fabulous time in Columbia. Cami did a super job in setting up
the middle part of our week, which I think was so successful because of the several conversations we had on kimkim.

We were picked up promptly by our driver, Luis. I know he was called in late, as our our original driver was unable to. My one concern was that he had driven through the night to get us and we had a 6-7 hour drive ahead of us. In spite of that, he was a very cautious driver, talked with us, stopped when we needed to, or when we had to though out the construction zone. I learned much from him about Columbia and never felt in danger.

We arrived late to Hacienda Venecia, but still took lunch and had a very informative tour of the coffee farm by Johan. Again, we learned a lot and he was most generous with his time.

We loved this place and wished we would have had more time there, if only to watch the birds! Just beautiful and the accommodations and staff very nice.

Milton and Victor picked us up promptly in the morning for our trip up to Nevada. Milton gets an A+ in my book. He has a broad and deep knowledge of the region and was eager to share that with us. The paramo was awe inspiring, but I think he felt that way about it too. I did not expect him to stay with us long when we returned to Manizales, but he did and we enjoyed our tour there as well.

The one place I had mixed feelings about was the place we had lunch at. We decided not to take in the hot springs, so enjoyed watching and feeding the hummingbirds in the garden. I also enjoyed talking to one of the employees about the hummingbirds, who obviously was quite taken by them as well.

Milton had asked if we could have lunch in the warmer room, and it seemed that they agreed to it, but when we returned they had put our food in the colder room (we had just come down from the paramo) even though there were no other guests. Two of us had also wanted the traditional soup and lunch, and our driver I think wanted something off the menu, but we were told we could only order off the menu and that Milton and our driver had to have the traditional food. It did not seem quite right, but I do not know if that is culturally accepted. If not, I feel the treatment would have been enough for me to not want to use this place (which is too bad because the hummingbirds were such a treat). By the way, the little cafe we stopped at on the way to the paramo was a treat where we had the traditional cane soup and cheese. Perfect!

After touring Manizales, we were dropped off at the Quo hotel. Very modern and nice-much more than we needed, but very comfortable.

Victor picked us up the next morning and promptly delivered us to the Pereira airport. It was fun to talk to him about the area.

Thank you SO much for putting together a package that so perfectly suited our needs. We loved Columbia! Everyone we met was so friendly, kind and helpful. I hope we get back someday, but in the meantime will highly recommend it to friends (and kimkim). We wish the country and its people well.

With much gratitude,
Cindy

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Jun 06, 2019

Thank you for your review Cindy. It makes me very happy to know you enjoyed so much your short stay in the Coffee Region and that everyone took great care of you.
Thank you also for your comments about Termales del Ruiz. I will share this with them so that they realize the impact this behavior has on their visitors and don't do it again.
Thank you again for choosing to travel with us. We look forward to adventuring again with you, Tom and Laurie in the future.

One Week in Colombia: 5 Great Itineraries
Colombia | May 14 - May 16, 2019

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Laurie K.
Burlington, VT | Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Our guide Milton was absolutely fabulous. A wealth of knowledge, and a great human being. In my opinion, the day we spent with him was the best day of our trip. Visiting the paramo and the volcano was an experience of a lifetime. Being introduced to this beautiful country and unique ecosystem, while at the same time talking about social and contextual issues was quite meaningful. While everything worked out quite fine, I do want to raise one personal concern. Our driver from Medellin... read more

Our guide Milton was absolutely fabulous. A wealth of knowledge, and a great human being. In my opinion, the day we spent with him was the best day of our trip. Visiting the paramo and the volcano was an experience of a lifetime. Being introduced to this beautiful country and unique ecosystem, while at the same time talking about social and contextual issues was quite meaningful. While everything worked out quite fine, I do want to raise one personal concern. Our driver from Medellin to the coffee region, Luis, was quite fine. There was lots of road constructions o we were forced to go very slowly. I was concerned, however, that he had driven through the night to get to Medellin to pick us up, and then drove us at least 6-7 hours back, with still 2 more hours of driving to get home, all without any sleep. Not only is this a safety concern, but I hope KimKim does not expect this of its drivers. Our entire experience was fabulous, but I wanted to make sure to mention this.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Jun 06, 2019

Thank you for your review Laurie. I'm really happy to hear you had such a great time in the Coffee Region and that you were able to share all kind of knowledge with Milton.
Thank you also for letting us know about Luis Fernando. What he did is not standard practice and it is not what is expected of the drivers that we work with. We ask them to spend the night before a service at the destination and we cover their accommodation expenses so that this doesn't happen. Thank you for sharing this and we will make sure this never happens again.

Outdoor Adventures Around Medellin
Colombia | Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2019

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Philip D.
Saint Paul, MN | Reviewed on Apr 02, 2019

The trip we experienced had some wonderful highlights. However, the hiking on the second and third days, was not properly described. This created a dangerous situation in which my wife was hurt. She had to stop hiking. The only way she got out was on horseback. Luckily, she has experience riding and the farmer who owns Jordan finca was skilled at guiding the horse down 10k of extremely steep, rocky paths and then through 5k more of just wet, slippery paths to safety.
Specifically, the... read more

The trip we experienced had some wonderful highlights. However, the hiking on the second and third days, was not properly described. This created a dangerous situation in which my wife was hurt. She had to stop hiking. The only way she got out was on horseback. Luckily, she has experience riding and the farmer who owns Jordan finca was skilled at guiding the horse down 10k of extremely steep, rocky paths and then through 5k more of just wet, slippery paths to safety.
Specifically, the description of the second day: from Petosi to Jordan is very misleading. The description says: "you will arrive at Jordan farm by "mid-afternoon." The hike is 22K! The second half starts with slippery, muddy trails and quickly turns into steep rocky pathway for about 5 miles. It took us 11.5 hours to complete. A group of younger hikers did it in 10 hours. What's so crazy is that the third day continues with 6.2 more miles of steep, slippery rocky paths. So no way could Carol, who twisted her knee on the 22k leg complete the hike back to the road.I have hiked 100s of miles. Really (Wonderland Trail completely in 8 days, the Superior Hiking Trail, Pukasqua, etc.) If this trail had an accurate description I would not have taken my wife (who I clearly described as 73 years old and normal fitness) on this trail. I'm not asking for a refund, but days 3 and 4 were a frightening and extremely unpleasant experience for me and bad for Carol too, because the safety of my wife was at risk.
If you do not change the descriptions of these days, I will spend time and effort to expose the carelessness of your agency. Check with the guide Freddy if you think any of this is innacurate.
GOOD STUFF: Our guide Freddie Cardona (I will check on his last name) was excellent and was invaluable in getting Carol through this dangerous situation. The bike riding day was great fun. The Cocorra valey was beautiful. The packaging lists were accurately and helpful. Both hotels were nice, with Quo in Manizales having an excellent room and exceptionally helpful staff.
The score for Cami is based on the description of the hike, not on her being helpful.
I guess the bottom line is that what could have been a great trip was ruined by an innacurate description of the risks. Fortunately Carol got by with a very sore knee. Take the hike yourself, then write the description. Explain that this hike is appropriate for experienced hikers who can handle 22K of steep, rocky, muddy pathways that can be trecherously slick, at altitudes over 10000 feet.
Finca Jordan is lovely. Finca Petosi is a pit. Dirty, toilets withot seats that are barely clean. The owners of both fincas were friendly but Mary Luz at Jordan is an exceptional host, as was her husband Mario.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Philip. I’m sorry to hear about your experience during the hike in Los Nevados. The safety of our customers is our first priority and we work with the information given by our customers to best match their level of fitness with what they want to do. It was never my intention to recommend a trip that was not appropriate for your fitness level or to mislead you into thinking that what was suggested was an easy hike when it is not. I think the root of the problem is... read more

Thank you for your feedback Philip. I’m sorry to hear about your experience during the hike in Los Nevados. The safety of our customers is our first priority and we work with the information given by our customers to best match their level of fitness with what they want to do. It was never my intention to recommend a trip that was not appropriate for your fitness level or to mislead you into thinking that what was suggested was an easy hike when it is not. I think the root of the problem is that there was a misunderstanding between what you meant when you requested an intermediate level active itinerary and what I consider is an intermediate hike, and we never clarified what each of us meant.
I have done this hike myself and am familiar with the terrain. Many of the photos in the trip plan are ones I took. The two-day hike from Potosi to El Cedral that you describe is 22 kilometers total, with only 11 kilometers of hiking per day. Each day’s hike takes most trekkers 6 to 7 hours including rest stops. They arrive at each farmhouse in mid-afternoon, at around 3PM. Hiking times vary per group; some groups can stop more often to take pictures, do birdwatching, or can hike at a slower pace and take longer than estimated. But give or take, the time estimates are accurate for most people looking to do an intermediate hike.
We have done this hike with many groups of intermediate hikers of all ages. They were all very happy with the trek and thought it was right for their fitness level. I match our trips with our customers as best as I can, and thought that we understood each other in our conversations. I feel terrible this was not the case. I should have clarified our difficulty standards and discussed this in more detail with you.
Your feedback means a lot to me and will make sure to clarify with future guests more accurately the challenge level they have in mind. We have also added distances to the description of this trip to give future guests an even more accurate idea of the challenge level.
Thank you also for your comments about the farmhouses in Potosi and El Jordan. We have shared them with the farmhouses and talked to Potosi about improvements to the place.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us and I’m glad you had some wonderful highlights in your trip.

Trip to Philippines - 4 Days in February/March
Philippines | Feb 27 - Mar 4, 2019

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Jennifer K.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Mar 06, 2019

I loved my trip to the Philippines—especially the two-day boat trip from Coron around the Calamian Islands. Spending the night on tiny, nearly-deserted Pass Island under a sky full of stars was beyond memorable, and our guide Jhonas planned each day to perfectly avoid the crowds at popular spots. I've never seen coral reefs like the ones I saw there, and we had the opportunity to learn free diving, kayak from the boat in quiet lagoons, etc.

The day tour of Bohol with Scarlett was also very... read more

I loved my trip to the Philippines—especially the two-day boat trip from Coron around the Calamian Islands. Spending the night on tiny, nearly-deserted Pass Island under a sky full of stars was beyond memorable, and our guide Jhonas planned each day to perfectly avoid the crowds at popular spots. I've never seen coral reefs like the ones I saw there, and we had the opportunity to learn free diving, kayak from the boat in quiet lagoons, etc.

The day tour of Bohol with Scarlett was also very interesting, and it was made easy with a seamless airport transfer and made comfortable with an air-conditioned van (it gets HOT there!). A Bohol highlight was the Lomboc River lunch cruise—it sounds touristy and I never would have booked it for myself, but it was actually a total delight. The Butterfly Sanctuary was not for me, though perhaps worth a stop for the homemade ice cream on site (try the Cacao or Durian flavors!).

My one piece of advice to travelers booking with Cami is to be explicitly clear about the type of hotel and transport you want throughout your trip, as this was the only issue we ran into. Get the hotel names and look into them ahead of time to be sure they meet your expectations, and if possible, get on the phone with Cami to confirm everything—she is great at answering questions asked before the trip. In terms of tours, food, activities, etc, you're in fabulous and knowledgable hands.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful feedback Jennifer. We are all very happy that you and Cailley had such a great time with us. Thank you for choosing to travel with us. We look forward to adventuring with you again in the future.

JoyB
Philippines | Jan 8 - Jan 23, 2019

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Sara H.
Fairbanks, AK | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2019

I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first trip to the Philippines and my first experience with kimkim. The trip more than met my expectations and frankly, I was blown away. Leo from Uncharted Earth kept in touch, answered my questions, and made and adjusted arrangements quickly and graciously. He sent photos, bios and cell numbers for everyone I would be guided by in the Philippines so I knew who was supposed to be meeting me. While in the Manila area the guides, Don-Don, EJ and Jhon... read more

I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first trip to the Philippines and my first experience with kimkim. The trip more than met my expectations and frankly, I was blown away. Leo from Uncharted Earth kept in touch, answered my questions, and made and adjusted arrangements quickly and graciously. He sent photos, bios and cell numbers for everyone I would be guided by in the Philippines so I knew who was supposed to be meeting me. While in the Manila area the guides, Don-Don, EJ and Jhon were fun, friendly and knowledgeable. They helped me try new foods and I had a great time seeing the sights. I seriously underestimated the effects of heat and humidity and they adjusted accordingly, cheering me on and helping me out at Taal Volcano, Laguna Waterfalls and the boat ride down the rapids. We also saw historical buildings in the area. All must-see excursions. The Bayleaf hotel was also nice while in Manila. Ana Santos from Uncharted Earth was always available throughout my tour modifying travel plans and getting another driver for me when plans changed at the last minute; a flight was cancelled so that she had to fix my stay at the hotel and transportation. The only time I had problems the hotel was supposed to arrange transportation; I called Ana and she fixed that, too. While in Donsol, Donsol Eco Tours and Elysia Hotel were wonderful, adjusting for the change in flights cheerfully, the food was grand and I highly recommend the firefly boat ride, Krishna was a great guide. I would highly recommend Donsol Eco Tours and the Elysia Hotel for anyone seeing the area. While in Palawan, Stephen Tuboc showed me the sights and arranged my island hopping schedule so that I missed the crowds at each stop, the boat crew provided an amazing meal, as good as any restaurant, right there on the beach- heaven. They even managed our time so that I got to see a magical little enclosed lagoon all by myself. Truly a mind-blowing day. The Atremaru hotel was also wonderful, peaceful and felt like you were really living in the jungle. I would highly recommend Stephen as a guide, really knowledgeable. Everywhere I went the scenery was amazing, food was wonderful and I’m sure it was because Uncharted Earth did such a good job selecting the tours and lodgings. If I’ve forgotten anyone, I apologize. Two huge thumbs up.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
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Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

Thank you for the detailed review Sara, my team and I are all very happy that you had such a wonderful time with us! You were a great guest and we hope to go on another adventure with you in the future!

Law Family Tour
Philippines | Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2018

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Carina L.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 01, 2019

Our trip was wonderful..Our drivers Ana and John were excelkent .Friendly and amazing druving skills and patient with our regular stops. They were wonderful to accomodate another person in our tour at the last minute.Marvin our guide was good and found great restaurants fir lunch Hillside Inn in Batad and Misty Inn in Sagada were both charming and served delicious food.
The terraced rice fields and Echo Valley were amazing and despite the long drive well worth it.Abother trip off my bucket list.Thanks Leo for your help and advice
Carina Law

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
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Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Jan 01, 2019

Hi Carina, thank you for your feedback and I'm glad you had a wonderful trip! It was a pleasure for my team to show you a bit of our country.

We also do tours in Colombia, another amazing country. You might want to consider that for your next vacation!

Thank you for traveling with us and we hope to take you on another adventure in the future!

La Guajira, Caribbean, Bogota
Colombia | Dec 2 - Dec 6, 2018

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Denise M.
Sausalito, CA | Reviewed on Dec 08, 2018

Miguel was a very competent careful driver. The driving part of the trip was longer and tougher than expected - 9 hours day 2, 7 hours day 3, 6 hours day 4. There was a lot of extreme poverty with many beggars requesting water and rice because they were so hungry. The main sites to visit were nice enough but the scenery along the way much less interesting than I had imagined. Taroa dunes beach is lovely. Places we stayed at understandably very primitive. Food monotonous but we did not... read more

Miguel was a very competent careful driver. The driving part of the trip was longer and tougher than expected - 9 hours day 2, 7 hours day 3, 6 hours day 4. There was a lot of extreme poverty with many beggars requesting water and rice because they were so hungry. The main sites to visit were nice enough but the scenery along the way much less interesting than I had imagined. Taroa dunes beach is lovely. Places we stayed at understandably very primitive. Food monotonous but we did not get sick.
We very much enjoyed the boat trip in camarones. Carlos, our boatman and guide was well informed and we saw many flamingos and red ibis. Learned about Wayuu which interested me. Would NOT recommend trip to others unless they have some real reason to be interested in area.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018

Thank you for your review Denise. I'm glad to hear that Miguel took good care of you and that you enjoyed your time in La Guajira with him and Carlos.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. We look forward to taking you on another adventure in the future.

Beach & jungle
Philippines | Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2018

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Jeff S.
Cookeville, TN | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

Step Tuboc was a fantastic guide. He gave good explanations and really knew his flora & fauna, especially birds.
The individual guides were good with 3 being exceptional. The 2 girls that took us to Rasa Island and Mike in the El Nido region.
We enjoyed the hiking, going to the caves, and boating. The highlights were hiking through the rivers to the village, traveling to Rasa Island, & all of El Nido.
We had a great time. We have traveled a good bit (I think this makes 46 countries) and we would rate this in our top 3 travels.
Thank you.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

Thank you for your review Jeff. I'm really happy to hear you had such a wonderful trip with Step.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us. We look forward to taking you on another adventure in the future.

Active
Philippines | Aug 8 - Aug 12, 2018

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Blair M.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Johnas was WONDERFUL. Thank you for a wonderful trip. Everything was handled expertly.

Local specialist: Leo Cuesta
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Leo Cuesta
Local specialist in USA | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

Thank you for your review Blair, I'm glad you had a great trip despite the less than perfect weather! Thanks for choosing to travel with us and we hope to go on another adventure with you in the future (we also do trips in Colombia, you might want to consider that for your next vacation)!

Trip to Colombia
Colombia | Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2018

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Robert R.
Philadelphia, PA | Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

Overall, this was a rewarding trip, however, not without some issues. In general, too much time was spent traveling from place to place, especially with some of the long car rides for activities that were only a few hours in length. EVERY flight we took on Avianca experienced delays, significant delays or cancelation. By and large, our guides were excellent, except for our experience on Day 2 going to Chingaza (see below). No events / activities were planned for any of the evenings and it... read more

Overall, this was a rewarding trip, however, not without some issues. In general, too much time was spent traveling from place to place, especially with some of the long car rides for activities that were only a few hours in length. EVERY flight we took on Avianca experienced delays, significant delays or cancelation. By and large, our guides were excellent, except for our experience on Day 2 going to Chingaza (see below). No events / activities were planned for any of the evenings and it might have been nice if we had been able to attend some sort of cultural event or to be directed to a special restaurant. Some specific comments follow:

Day 1- Edgar met us at the Hotel just as the World Cup match ended with Colombia's victory. He was excellent. He took us around the park nearby, to a Sunday craft market, and he made several good dining suggestions. He was also our guide on Day 3 which was also an excellent tour of places in Bogota. At our request, he brought us to the main food and flower market and introduced us to numerous indigenous fruits. In retrospect, we should have flown to Pereida at the end of Day 3 to give us more time in coffee country.

Day 2 - Chingaza was interesting but not worth the long trip. We met our guide in La Calera but the vehicle was not large enough for all the passengers. At the park, it was cold, raining, windy and at high altitude. We needed extra layers of clothing and waterproof footwear. Our guide was completely immersed in her discussion of the surrounding environment, would not stop talking for the entire time we were with her and didn't properly assess my wife's level of discomfort and desire to return. The park was interesting but I think it likely that there may have been other activities near Bogota that would have be more interesting.

Day 4 - By far the best day of the trip. The visit to the coffee farm was without a doubt the highlight of the trip. We very much liked our guide, Juan.
Day 5 - Salento and the Cocora Vally hike were nice but we needed to end early to fly to Medellin. Worst day of travel on the entire trip. No direct flights on Avianca so we needed return to Bogota. Our first connecting flight was cancelled and the later flight was 2 hours delayed. In all, it took us 8 hours. It would have faster to drive and even faster to fly on EasyFly direct in 1 hour.

Day 6 - Medellin, we had a nice morning touring Medellin but it probably should have been the entire day. We did not see as much as we would have liked. Then we spent two hours driving to Guatape, a beautiful town with some stops along the way. Unfortunately, we arrived in Guatape late in the day and during a rain downpour and were not able to walk around much. The visit to the town should be been the priority of the trip, not the side stops. Long drive back resulted in a very late dinner.

Day 7 - Rafting. The trip itself was great and worthwhile but our departure from Medellin should have been earlier, not 11am. Consequently, we didn't get back to Medellin until it was almost too late to go out to dinner.
Day 8 - Cartagena. Excellent day touring the City with Richard.
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Day 9 - Isla del Encanto. Two problems. 1) We were not instructed to bring towels and I had to rent them for 60,000 COP. 2) The guides explained the set up of the resort to all the passengers in Spanish on the boat before docking. After docking, they repeated the explanation to a group in English. It was a busy day (national holiday). By the time they finished us giving information about the resort, more boats had docked and every cabana chair on the beach and near the beach were taken by people who had exited the boats earlier. We asked the staff to help but pretty much got a cold shoulder. Given that we probably paid twice as much as everyone else, we were fairly irritated by this sequence of events. Otherwise, the visit was nice.
Day 10, we spent in the old city on our own before going to the airport.

Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento
Cami
Cami Sarmiento
Local specialist in Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2018

Thank you for your trip review and your detailed feedback. I’ve already spoken with Isla del Encanto regarding the issues you had with them and things should be better in the future.

It’s a shame about Avianca’s flight delays which resulted in your losing touring time. They are typically the most reliable Colombian airline and that was unfortunate.

I’m glad you had a great Colombian vacation. Thank you for choosing to have me arrange it for you and I hope to put together another trip for you in the future.