Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador
Galapagos Islands | Aug 12 - Aug 23, 2022

Thomas
Thomas R.
Huntington, NY | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

Alvaro named this trip "Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador" and he was totally accurate. Our trip was 12 days in total and it was full of memorable and magical experiences, breathtaking nature and fun and excitement. The hotels were all fantastic and each and every guide along the way was terrific. There was not one glitch in any of our transfers, travel arrangements or tours. We were treated like special guests in this magnificent country. Alvaro was a pleasure to work with and he... read more

Alvaro named this trip "Unforgettable Birthday Adventure in Ecuador" and he was totally accurate. Our trip was 12 days in total and it was full of memorable and magical experiences, breathtaking nature and fun and excitement. The hotels were all fantastic and each and every guide along the way was terrific. There was not one glitch in any of our transfers, travel arrangements or tours. We were treated like special guests in this magnificent country. Alvaro was a pleasure to work with and he worked closely with us to make sure he put together the exact kind of trip that we were hoping for. He used his expertise to guide us to the right choices for us and, after getting to know us through our conversations, even made sure to include several wonderful surprises along the way. We feel very lucky that we were matched up with Alvaro and we don't have a single bad or negative thing to say about our trip. Don't hesitate to book with Alvaro...you will be so happy you did.

Hotel Reviews
Patio Andaluz
Quito

The hotel is beautiful and has old-warm charm. The staff is extremely friendly and professional. Our two-story room was wonderful. The breakfast was quite nice.

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Napo Cultural Center
Quito

This was an amazing experience. It's situated in the jungle but every care has been taken to ensure a comfortable and memorable time. An on-duty chef prepared fantastic meals...even including a beautiful birthday cake for my birthday. Our guide, Tyson, was the greatest guy. He was tireless in making sure we saw as much wildlife as possible. Every time we came back to the lodge we were greeted with a different ice-cold juice and a cold, damp hand towel. The rooms themselves were very nice and comfortable.

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A truly educational experience.
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Hotel Rincon de Puembo, BW Signature Collection
Puembo

We were only here for a night, because of its proximity to the airport. It's a very nice hotel and the staff was very professional.

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Galapagos Sunset Hotel
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

This hotel is exceptional. Our beautiful room had a breathtaking view of the harbor and sunset. Susanah found out it was my birthday and she brought me a complimentary bottle of wine. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough.

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Isamar Hotel
Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela

Right on the water, our ocean front room was lovely and had a spectacular view of the beach. The restaurant (across the street) prepared a wonderful dinner for us and had a beautiful breakfast. Ava did everything to make sure that we had a wonderful stay in this beautiful hotel.

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Hotel Sol y Mar
Galápagos

This hotel is in the perfect spot in Puerto Ayora. The room was lovely and the view of the pool and harbor was beautiful. The restaurant served a fantastic breakfast.

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Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo - Middle of the World
Quito

Marco was our guide for all of our time in Quito and he was simply wonderful. Such a kind gentleman and very informative. We feel like we actually made a friend in him. The walking tour of Colonial Quito was terrific and we loved the Mitad del Mundo.

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Marco was exceptionally great.
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Welcoming Cocktail Class at Night
Quito

We LOVED this experience. So much fun and we made delicious drinks and were served fantastic food. Edwin was truly a wonderful host and his assistants, Josue and Karen, were so sweet.

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Edwin is fantastic. We highly recommend this.
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Expedition to Mindo Cloud Forest
Quito

Another wonderful day with Marco. The hike in Mindo was beautiful. We loved stopping at the Alambi Reserve and seeing the scores of hummingbirds feeding.

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Marco is the best!
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Quito - Yaku Kausay Indigenous Experience in the Amazon
Ecuador

This was a very interesting and unique and educational experience.

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Indigenous Encounter and Hike to Mama Cuna Path (Yaku Kausay Experience)
Yasuni National Park

Everything we did with Tyson in the rain forest was amazing. The hike to the lookout tower, a paddled canoe down the Black Creek, watching the macaws drink at the sulphur pond. Everything was incredible.

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Tyson was an amazing, caring guide throughout our time in the jungle.
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Sacred Wayusa Ritual, Goodbye and return to the City (Yaku Kausay Experience)
Yasuni National Park

We opted not to do this ritual.

Cooking Class Experience in Quito
Quito

Back with the fabulous Edwin, this time with Josue, Karen and Mishelle assisting him, we LOVED this experience. So much fun and very informative. We were given drinks and watched so much wonderful food being prepared and then we got to eat it all. Delicious! A very memorable afternoon.

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Food
The food was truly exceptional.
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Edwin is the best!
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Afternoon Adventure to Teleferico Cablecar
Quito

Another terrific afternoon with Marco. We loved the spectacular Telefrico ride and the view from above. We got fantastic pictures on the swings that overlook the valley.

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Marco is so great!
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Welcome to San Cristobal Island! Visit to the Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hill or La Lobería
Galapagos Islands

This was a great overview of San Cristobal. Lenin was a very informative guide.

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Dinner by the Sea on the Enchanted Islands
Galapagos Islands

This is a very nice restaurant and they prepared a lovely meal for us.

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Explore Tintoreras Islet
Puerto Villamil

Our guide was terrific. The area where we kayaked wasn't the most exciting but it was a lot of fun. The snorkel area was nice but a little cold and murky.

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Terrific guide
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Welcome to Galapagos: Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands

We loved this experience. We learned so much and had a wonderful afternoon with our terrific guide, Daniel, and the tortoises.

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Food
The restaurant at Rancho Primicias is really fantastic. We had a delicious lunch there.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Daniel was great
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Kayaking Adventure in Tortuga Bay & Afternoon Bay Tour of Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora

The kayaking trip in Tortuga Bay was really wonderful. We saw SO many sea turtles around us, reef sharks, a nest with baby great blue herons. This is a spectacular place to spend the afternoon.

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Jose was a terrific guide
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Exploring an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

This trip was truly spectacular. The Altarmar is a gorgeous boat, the crew was friendly and Felipe was an excellent guide. We saw many blue-footed boobies, frigates and such when we pulled alongside Daphne Major Island. We loved exploring the uninhabited Bartolome' and learned so much from Felipe there. Then the snorkeling off the beach at Santiago was fantastic...we saw sea turtles, a reef shark and many beautiful fish. Lunch back on the boat was excellent. As was the trip back. An awesome day.

Quality of Experience
Well worth the money
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Felipe and the boat staff were excellent
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Transfer to Airport on Baltra Island
Puerto Ayora

This was very smooth. Just like everything else that Alvaro set up.

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Every single driver we had on this trip was great
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Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Hello Thomas!

Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean the world to me and thank you again for a such detailed review of your experience in our megadiverse country: Ecuador

Helping you and Matthew was truly unique, and being able to help you be part of such an important birthday was magical. You now have the 4 wonders of Ecuador in your heart!

My best and warmest hugs from the middle of the world and looking forward to seeing you again!
Alvaro