Ecuador trip, Wolfgang Scheuring (from Germany) - May 21, 2010
Thank you, we had an excellent time on board of the Cachalote. Everything was well organized and the crew and especially our guide Monica did a great job. We had an unforgettable cruise!
Mexico trip, JN W (from China) - May 21, 2010
The trip went smoothly. Hotels were very comfortable and convenient. The tours in Mexico were very interesting. We have enjoyed ourselves very much. We hope to book your service in future for South America trips.
Ecuador trip, Sebastian Pusch (from Germany) - May 17, 2010
I really have to say thank you so much for everything. I really had an awesome time, which I wont forget! Everything was perfect and really good organised from you. The cruise with Galaxy in Galapagos was really wonderful just too short...The hotel Casa Bianca was good as well.
The tour to Cotopaxi and Banos was really great as well and the guide was really GOOD. He did everything with so much effort to please me.
Everything was great and I had an awesome time. Thank you again and all the best
Belize trip, Sean Corrigall (from UK) - May 10, 2010
I just wanted to let you know that Sean and I had a fantastic time in Belize - every tour, and both hotels, were so fantastic. Really - it was the holiday of a lifetime.
Thanks so much for organizing it!!
Peru trip, Rimante Seselgyte (from Lithuania) - May 4, 2010
Thank you very much. I had great trip and everything went well. Thanks for all people who helped and guided.
Argentina trip, Roman Mirczak (from USA) - April 27, 2010
First let me thank you for the great job you did organizing our trip in Argentina and Chile.....it was an amazing vacation and we had a fantastic time.
Again, many thanks for all your help.
Chile trip, A. W (from USA) - April 26, 2010
The tour guide and driver were friendly, accomodating, and timely. The guide spoke english very well. The main sights, the museum, the salt lake, the geyser, the moon valley, and the archeology sites were great to see. The airport transfers worked great and the tour guide helped us check in for our flight too. We enjoyed our time in Atacama and hope to return to Chile again in the future.
Thank you for making the arrangements for us and for answering our questions promptly. It was a pleasure working with you.
Ecuador trip, Patrick G (from USA) - April 12, 2010
Hello Mauricio and good day!
I´m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you with regard to our trip to Ecuador and the galapagos Islands. We simply had a marvelous time. The trip went much further beyond our expectations and proved to be a truly enjoyable and unique experience. The excursion was a complete success and I thank you so very much for putting so much hard work into the planning. Every aspect and detail of the itinerary was well planned and went off without a hitch.
Our local guide, Alberto, was a very knowledgeable person and showed us every consideration while escorting us to the various destinations and attractions. He was invaluable and very much appreciated. In fact, all of the people we met were extremely pleasant and cheerful. The help and services of all of the people at the hotels, transportation, guides, etc were so very thoughtful and dependable. It was quite a good staff of local representatives.
The accommodations were all quite pleasant, too. The only thing I will mention is the Amarillo room at the Red Mangrove on Santa Cruz was not a very cozy room. It was literally in the mangrove which made it very dark on the inside since there was no sunlight or view from the windows. Regardless, the hotel itself was very nice and the people were great! Everyone was so very kind.
Chris was able to swim with the sea lions on one occasion and I did on two, but we never saw any sharks. Apparently, the water was particularly warm this time of the year. Besides that, the wildlife was interesting and we were giving some very good lessons regarding the geological and zoological history of the islands which was fascinating to know and be able to see, too.
All in all, the trip was great and I am glad to have made such a journey. I thank you so very much for your efforts and hope to do some more planning with you in the future. I can think of several more place to go in which your company specialized. Lately, I have missed being in the jungle, so I may begin to look into a trip for sometime in late November to go up into the Amazon, Pantanal and savannah areas of central Brazil. Do you ever handle any excursions into these regions?
Costa Rica trip, Panny Batsaki (from Spain) - April 12, 2010
Our trip was a real PURA VIDA experience, thanks to you! I have to say that it was all perfectly organized and well prepared!
The hotels were really good, tour guides as well and transport on time always. We had no problem at all.
I will suggest to anyone who comes to Latin America to contact you and hope that our next trip will be soon!
Costa Rica trip, Terry Gotthelf (from USA) - April 8, 2010
Everything has beeen perfect! The hotels and guides are prompt, courteous and helpful. We added canyoning after the caves yesterday and loved both!
The Fondavela is lovely. We enjoyed our hike in the cloud forest, sky tram, zipline and Manuel Antonio.
Thanks for helping me put together a terrific trip!
Argentina trip, Gillian Bogush (from UK) - April 7, 2010
I am now in Sao Paulo and wanted to send you a little note to thank you so much for the wonderful trip you arranged for me. It was magical and I will always remember it. I will tell all my friends and family that they must visit Argentina and particularly the north west region.
All the guides I had, Jorge, Marcelo, Maria and Diego, were great and spoke good English. The excursions were excellent and very informative.
The hotel in Salta, Legado Mitico, was fabulous. One of the nicest I have ever stayed in in all my years of travelling and staying in excellent hotels. The owner and staff were very friendly and helpful. I would suggest you offer this hotel as it was a lovely experience.
Argentina trip, Jackie Singer (from USA) - April 7, 2010
I have been meannig to contact you for a week now since we have been home from our trip. We had a marvelous time and the almost everything went quite well!! All transfers went like clockwork and we were really impressed with the Buenos Aires agency. Florence, our contact in the area was just a ball of fire and a delight. She handled everything quite well. The hotels were great, the ship/service was awesome and you even managed mostly great weather for us!!
Thank you for all of your efforts - it was wonderful!!
Fondly, Jackie Singer
Argentina trip, Heinz Schonmetzler (from USA) - March 26, 2010
Everything worked like a charm. I will report in greater detail once we will be back in B.A ... we are presently in Barreal.
Ecuador trip, Unai Segurola (from Spain) - March 26, 2010
The trip was perfect everything works as expected. A perfection! Transfers, hotel and city tour in Quito, flights and cruise. The man who welcome us in Quito, was very friendly and helpful.
We were lucky and the boat was not full, so we could be very comfortable. The crew of the ship and the food on board were also very good. The only thing was the return, we landed at 08.30 in the morning and the flight was at 12.40 or so and in Baltra airport there is not really much to do ... but it was not a major problem. We really enjoyed the trip, the scenery and service.
Many thanks for everything. We will recommend your agency to our friends in Spain and the UK.
Costa Rica trip, Mireille Champagne (from Canada) - March 12, 2010
We are slowly settling back into the routine here in Nova Scotia. So here is our feedback which you can feel free to use on your website if you wish.
we were very happy with the service from the Adobe car rental agency. It was helpful to have the car delivered and picked up at our hotel. We were pleased that they waived the extra driver fee because we had a longterm rental and they also included a cell phone for the duration at no cost. Our vehicle, a Daihatsu Bego was perfect for the different road conditions we encoutered, from the new highway to very steep and rough roads. It performed beautifully, was very good on gas mileage and we would recommend it to anyone wanting a rental car in Costa Rica.
Selva Verde Lodge. We enjoyed this hotel very much and our regular room was fine. We would recommend to anyone booking this hotel NOT to pay extra for the cabins away from the main hotel as they are not as nice as the regular rooms and there is not really any more privacy as the several cabins are quite close together and right by a large muddy puddle which encourages mosquitoes! Thanks Mauricio for helping us sort out that situation. We were very happy that the hotel gave us complimentary dinners as a compensation for moving to regular rooms. The food at the hotel was delicious. Theirs was the best breakfast "Gallo pinto" we had in CR!. Their italian restaurant La Terraza was terrific! Lots of great bird and monkey watching!
Escape Caribeno, Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean side. A nice little bungalow set among about a dozen others. Good breakfast, attentive staff. One minute from the beach and a few minutes walk from the town. If your clients are afraid of dogs, the owners here have two enormous mastiff dogs in the main building!
Ciudad Perdida, Cahuita. This was a beautiful bungalow, set in a nice garden. Very friendly and helpful owner. Highly recommended. It is only minutes walking from the Cahuita National Park, but away from the main town road. Thanks for suggesting this Mauricio. Tell all your clients about it; they will not be disappointed!
Espino Blanco Lodge, North of Turrialba. OK Mauricio: when we arrived, the friendly greeter said with a smile: "Did your travel agent mention that there is no electricity in the rooms?"....."But we do have hot water!"...If we had known that, we may have decided not to go there. But we are very glad that we did! This was the most remote place we stayed at and it was a good experience for one night. They are well organized and we didn''t miss the electricity at all. The cabins are set apart from each other and have battery-powered lanterns, small battery-powered lights (with extra batteries!) and water heated with gas. No problem! The road to get there was quite bad and we would never drive it at night (definitely 4-wheel drive vehicle). Their restaurant (which does have power) was very good and they have a coati mascot! They have several hiking trails.
Orosi Lodge, Orosi Valley. Nice room; second floor with good view. Definitely best view from this floor. Small inn on a road at the edge of town with everything within walking distance. We had really good coffee here and the best bread in CR! Delicious breakfast! Friendly and helpful owners who directed us to a very interesting tour of a nearby organic coffee plantation ( where we got lots to bring home!). Close to Lankaster Botanical Gardens also well worth a visit.
Hotel Savegre de Montana. A very beautiful place but the road to get there is the worst we drove in CR! The guide book says it is a very steep 7km road down to the hotel and they mean it! Our faithful car''s brakes started to smoke halfway down and we had to take a ten minute break to let them cool down...The rooms are in bungalows spread throughout nice gardens right by the river. Very pretty. They apparently often have bus tours (those bus drivers should all get a medal...) and there were a couple of bird-watching groups on the night we were there. This means buffet-style dining which was fine but is not our favourite. The hiking trail map is very confusing...Some of the trails begin AFTER you climb a "multi-purpose trail" (namely a small road) of about 800 meters high. I loved the trail to the waterfall where I saw a resplendent quetzal!
Pura Vida hotel.
Too bad they don''t deal with travel agencies as we would highly recommend this hotel. The owners are very helpful and knowledgeable. It is very convenient to the airport; their bungalows and gardens are beautiful, and the breakfasts delicious. The dinner we had there was one of the best we had in CR!
Tours and attractions.
Poas Volcano. Our first day and we felt the altitude a bit, but not enough to stop us from walking to the crater lake which is very beautiful. The main crater is almost always clouded over as it was when we visited, but that is nature!
La Paz Waterfalls. We saw only two of the falls because of the damage from last year''s earthquake had blocked the trails to the other ones. The walk in the rain and the falls were great! The butterfly garden was nice. We didn''t really like the other parts of the place because they reminded us too much of a zoo: we didn''t go to see the jungle cats. I hated to see the monkeys in captivity, as there are so many places in CR where you can see them in the wild. I was glad we didn''t stay at the "Peace Lodge" hotel, as, although it seemed to have all the facilities and more, it wasn''t our type of place...it felt a little "hokey" to us.
Trimbina Forest Reserve Chocolate Tour. This was terrific and there were only the two of us with the very knowledgeable and friendly guide. It was our first CR guided walk and made an excellent impression. We were shown the whole process of harvesting cocoa and making it into chocolate, in the old indigenous way. There is a hotel on site and the bungalows looked nice; we would stay there. We brought home lots of chocolate which we bought at the airport because it would have all melted in the hot sun during the rest of our trip. Highly recommended.
Selva Biological Station. A three-hour guided forest walk. Excellent and extremely knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended. Saw lots of wildlife, including mating spider monkeys...
Cahuita National Park. All sea level walking. Beautiful trail of about 7-8kms from one end of the park to the other. We did the walk on our own and saw lots of wildlife. Highly recommended.
Guayabo National Monument. Very interesting and not crowded, probably because it is off the usual tourist route. When we arrived there were no more available guides, which was fine. We enjoyed the site on our own. People should not expect ruins like in Mexico, but well worth visiting. A beautiful, peaceful walk.
Lankaster Botanical Gardens. Beautiful; worth a visit.
Finca Cristina Organic coffee plantation, Paraiso. This was very interesting because it is a small scale plantation where they use different growing techniques from the usual large scale ones. Their coffee is all shade-grown under the canopy of other trees. Tours by reservation only. Highly recommended.
Manuel Antonio National Park, guided walk. We felt that a guided walk was the only way to see the abundance of widlife here and were not disappointed! The park guide we had was terrific and there were only four of us in our group. The beaches are beautiful. We wanted to snorkel and went out only once because the reef is mostly dead and the visibility poor.
This park is very crowded and the parking guys that stop traffic 5oo meters ahead of the entrance so that you will give them money (when there is parking available closer) are a pain.
As you know Mauricio, we spent the second half of our three-week trip at two houses that we had rented independently. One was in Uvita (also at the top of a bad, steep road...) and the other in Manuel Antonio. Both were very nice and, after all the sightseeing and travelling, a perfect way to spend the rest of our time in CR.
So Mauricio, thank you again for all your help and suggestions. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in your beautiful country!
Mimi and Dave