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Ecuador DiscoveryScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Jennifer

Vancouver
Overall the tour was great. Our tour leader's knowledge was excellent. It was a shame I couldn't find a Galapagos tour that could have been added so I had to do that through another company.
Confirmed traveller: 23 September 2016
Published on: 28 September 2016
(8 out of 10)

Ian

Brassington, Matlock
The tour was very enjoyable and covered a range of geographical areas including Andes, rain forest and coast. The roads were spectacular in the Andes with amazing views.
As there were only 3 of us on the tour, we had the close attention of the guide.
The accommodation was very good except in Riobamba where the hotel was poor and the service lousy. We had an early start and were promised coffee before we left. It didn't appear and the sandwiches provided were disappointing. There was also a problem finding our companion's valuables which were left for safe keeping!
The Hacienda was excellent and in a beautiful position but the evening meal was expensive by Ecuadorian standards. Because of its remote location there was no alternative. Perhaps it would be better if the meal was included in the package as it was during the stay in the rain forest.
Initially our driver seemed to think he was in a rally, even in the mist crossing the mountains on one occasion. After a word with the guide, he did slow down to a more acceptable speed which allowed us to concentrate on the scenery.
Cristian our guide was very good and we really enjoyed the walks in mountains - Antisana and Chimborazo. Although the stay in the rain forest was excellent and the tame birds and monkey in the hotel were entertaining, the walks were a little disappointing. As they were in secondary forest, the wildlife was restricted to insects and frogs. Having been in the rain forest in Bolivia we were hoping to see some mammals and more birds.
Overall a good introduction to Ecuador.
Confirmed traveller: 30 August 2016
Published on: 16 September 2016
(9 out of 10)

Gideon

Cape Town
A most enjoyable tour.
Highlights.The Manteles Hacienda, The Devils Nose train trip,CajasNational Park.
Confirmed traveller: 17 April 2016
Published on: 03 May 2016
(7 out of 10)

John

Byfleet
A good tour, but not as good as many of the other tours I have done. A little too much shops and cities and not enough nature. A visit to Cotopaxi, Ecuador's active volcano was cancelled because it was showing signs of activity! The lodge was poor compared to other lodges I have been to. Would have been better to go to one with better trails and in primary forest. We didn't see hardly any wildlife except for some tame parrots at the lodge. Avenue of the volcanoes was also disappointing, as more of a moterway journey than a wilderness tour.
The minibus was too small for the group size, with only one spare seat. We needed a bus with bigger seats (2+3 abreast instead of 3+4) or more spare seats for our day sacks and breathing space
Confirmed traveller: 15 April 2016
Published on: 18 April 2016
(8 out of 10)

Robert

Taunton
National parks, glimpses of volcanoes in Ecuador.
In Colombia we loved the landscapes, wildlife, friendly people and beautifully preserved architecture.

Visitors on the trip to Ecuador need o be prepared for some long days of travel which include extremes of temperature, altitude and humidity.
Confirmed traveller: 29 November 2015
Published on: 01 December 2015
(9 out of 10)

Dianne

Hobart - Tasmania- Australia
scenery
meeting the locals and being entertained in home
history and old buildings
excellent guides
Confirmed traveller: 05 October 2015
Published on: 30 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

Jean

Wales
The tour notes do not really do justice to the variety of experiences offered. The Andes, Amazon, Equator, Inca sites, towns and cities. Scenery, culture, people were amazing as was the guide's in-depth knowledge of all of these and more topics concerning Ecuador. Should you consider booking this trip ask if the tour leader and guide is Christian Franco. A tailor madeland based trip to the Galapagos was the perfect ending.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 03 October 2015
Published on: 16 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Michael

Northampton/England
The magnificent and awe inspiring Andes mountains are in complete contrast to the rain forest experience. Bring plenty of camera capacity and be prepared for high-altitude living.
Learn a bit of Spanish as English is not widely spoken outside the cities.

(However, Explore should check out the Finlandia Hotel in Quito, as I, and a few others, appear to have been bitten by Bed Bugs during our 2 day stay there)
Confirmed traveller: 27 September 2015
Published on: 01 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

Anne

Malta
The trip was well planned by Explore.
Highlights: I think there was a highlight every day so it is hard to pick any one place or occasion.
With regard to the weather, this maybe a highlight as we saw all the volcanoes clearly, not covered in clouds.
Being in a small group is also an advantage.
With regard to the hotels the Haccienda Manteles was stunning.
Advice: go with an open mind and a sense of humour.
Confirmed traveller: 16 August 2015
Published on: 12 October 2015