Written on: 04/06/2014 by CharlieHart (1 review written)
My wife and I have just returned from the holiday of a lifetime to Ecuador and Galapagos Islands with Think Galapagos. From our initial enquiry with Rachel to discuss our options, through to delivering our trip, every step went like clockwork. In some cases Rachel even answered our queries whilst in Quito.
Ecuador - our guide for all our trips was Daniel King and what a font of knowledge he was on historical matters and flora and fauna. Highlights were visit to orchid reserve, hummingbirds at Sachatamia Lodge and the peace and tranquility of El Monte lodge in the Cloud Forest. Our time there included guided forest walks and visit to butterfly farm. Then followed a trip through the Avenue of Volcanoes with amazing views of Cotopaxi, to the colourful market of Saquisili.
Galapagos Islands - with Rachel's guidance we chose the Beluga motor vessel. The main reason being it's one of the few cruises to visit both Espanola and Genovesa in addition to other islands. We were well rewarded with the extra species of birds seen on these 2 islands in May. Our guide was Darwin Alvarez and again his knowledge was outstanding. The contrast of flora and fauna between islands was amazing. A major highlight was the snorkelling with such variety and colours of the fish.
Although we are home with a multitude of camera shots, they really cannot do justice to what we saw on our holiday. They will act as reminders for the rest of our life - the true images being imprinted in our brain.
Have no hesitation in recommending Think Galapagos to anyone and so glad we chose them.