Galapagos and Amazon Tours

by Clifford Bland
(Calgary, Canada)

My wife Beatriz and I visited Galapagos and the Amazon rainforest during January and February of 2012 and it was a fantastic experience.

In Galapagos a young guide Chris was assigned the task of briefing us each evening so we would know when to be ready and what to bring the next day.

The Mainao Hotel was very nice, breakfast service was excellent and meals at IL Giardino very good.

During our first day in Galapagos after a long walk we visited the Charles Darwin Center in the afternoon.

The Center itself was very informative exhibiting and explaining the history of the Galapagos islands and about Charles himself and the theory of evolution. Several visitors remarked on this.

We enjoyed the excursions to Floreana and Isabella islands. The boats going to North Seymour and Bartolome were very comfortable and pleasant. Guides to the islands were very good indeed. The animals, birds and sea-life in the Galapagos islands were awesome and we were glad we came.

Napo Wildlife Center Lodge in the Amazon jungle was very well organized. The location is a rather long journey by paddle canoe after getting off the comfortable motor launch from Coca, but nevertheless very impressive.

We loved the visit to the Parrot lick and local village the journey is about 2 hours each way. The accommodations and food were first class.

We enjoyed walks in the jungle and climbing up the tower to the canopy.

During our trip in Ecuador we also visited Papallacta hot springs, very nice place and excellent trout in the restaurant.

In Quito, we visited the historic center with all its colonial churches. The one that impressed us most was La Compania church.

The arrangements Zuri made for reservations (for Galapagos and Amazon), flights and reception worked out fine even though my short illness disrupted the original program. But fortunately he was there to re-organize the dates efficiently.

We were impressed by Ecuadorian airlines TAME and AeroGal, better service than most US and Canadian airlines these days.

Finally we really appreciated the fact that we always received from Zuri a great service and fast reply to our e-mails.

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