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Galapagos Islands | Oct 13 - Oct 22, 2022

Dan
Dan H.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2022

From the first interaction with Tamer through KimKim, we were blown away by his excellent customer service, kindness, and professionalism. We really hadn't done much research on the Galapagos and so he had his work cut out for him. He came up with an outstanding itinerary for our 10 day adventure across Quito and the Islands of Santa Cruz (with a day tour to Bartolome), two day stay on Isabela, and another two days in San Cristobal. Prior to our departure, we had several phone calls with... read more

From the first interaction with Tamer through KimKim, we were blown away by his excellent customer service, kindness, and professionalism. We really hadn't done much research on the Galapagos and so he had his work cut out for him. He came up with an outstanding itinerary for our 10 day adventure across Quito and the Islands of Santa Cruz (with a day tour to Bartolome), two day stay on Isabela, and another two days in San Cristobal. Prior to our departure, we had several phone calls with him verifying the hotels, tours, etc, and he truly managed to make us even more excited than we already were about our trip. He also touched based with us each day of our journey to check in and re-verify pick up times, itinerary, and what we needed for the next day ahead. The entire experience was seamless, and we were throughly impressed with the way we were handed off and taken care of during the periods of transition to ports and activities. The tour guides he set us up with ( Viviana, Philipe, Eduardo, Wilson, and Sebastian just to name a few) on the different islands and mainland were incredibly knowledgable, hospitable, and so very friendly! We elected for the luxury accommodations and it was definitely worth the extra expense as it made us feel safe and well taken care of. On our adventures, we were able to see many blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions with brand new pups, giant land tortoises, and snorkeled with sea turtles, and white tip sharks! The Galápagos penguins had migrated to a part of Isabela island that we weren't able to visit, but this was truly the only animal we wanted to see that we weren't able to for the time of year we traveled. This honestly was a trip of a lifetime, but in no way would we have been able to plan it on our own. Tamer even took the time out of his day to meet us for coffee in Quito which was just another testament to what it was like to work with him in planning this incredible journey. Thank you for everything, Tamer! We highly recommend working with him and his company to plan your adventures!

Hotel Reviews
Albemarle
Puerto Villamil

This hotel was an amazing experience with great views of the sunset, friendly and hospitable staff and very clean accommodations. Be sure to grab a local beer from the lobby and enjoy the rooftop terrace at sunset! You might even catch a local soccer game if you are lucky!

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Golden Bay
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal

By far the most beautiful room of our stay. Watching the sea lion pups on our balcony and off the hotel property was incredible. Eating at the hotel restaurant MUYU is a must!

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Wyndham Quito Airport
Quito

Great choices at the hotel buffet, comfortable beds and great view of the Andes. Prime location for early or late flights is a perk.

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Hotel Sol y Mar
Galápagos

Great location on the Harbor. Right on the main strip with access to great restaurants and shops. Great food and drinks at the hotel restaurant too!

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Activity Review
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock
San Cristóbal Island

Great snorkeling adventure! The tour guide and boat crew were wonderful and we even had a champagne toast at the end of the day to celebrate new friends and a wonderful day on the water.

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Local specialist: Tamer Obeid
Tamer
Tamer Obeid
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2022

Dear Dan & Cristina :) I don't even know where to begin! It has honestly been a privilege of mine to get to meet you in person, and to have had this valuable opportunity to help plan your trip and to work with you closely during that phase, which was uniquely smooth and brought such happiness to me each time we communicated. I won't act surprised now, knowing that you enjoyed your tour, but to read your words and the details about each day trip, the hotels, and the guides (which I promise you... read more

Dear Dan & Cristina :) I don't even know where to begin! It has honestly been a privilege of mine to get to meet you in person, and to have had this valuable opportunity to help plan your trip and to work with you closely during that phase, which was uniquely smooth and brought such happiness to me each time we communicated. I won't act surprised now, knowing that you enjoyed your tour, but to read your words and the details about each day trip, the hotels, and the guides (which I promise you that I'll pass your kind words to every one of them) and your tips to other fellow travelers just fills my heart with incredible joy as this is exactly what we aspire to offer :) and I so appreciate your review. You and Cristina are so special and you simply deserved a special tour. I hope our paths cross again; organizing another trip for you, Cristina, and the girls next time where you'll be able to spot penguins seem intriguing :) Nevertheless, we will remain in touch as 'friends', I hope :) Thanks a million, Tamer.