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I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful trip with our tour guide, Yamandu and our driver Robinson.  They took great care of us the whole week.  Yamandu's knowledge was excellent and he was always willing to answer any questions we had.  I would highly recommend him as a tour guide.  The hotels and breakfasts were all very nice and unique.  We will highly recommend your company to any one interested in touring Ecuador.

Thank you for your wonderful service,

Gerald and Belinda Cross

USA, January 2019

Cuenca City Tours

Dear Maria,

We LOVED our trip! All the excursions were fantastic and we are extremely happy with your service as well! You created a fantastic plan for us.

Thank you for planning a great trip for us!!


USA, June 2018

6 Guests

6 Days: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Urubamba III

Dear Maria,

everything was perfect and we were super happy with our trip. Juan was a great guide, all the hotels were really nice and we had a wonderful time. One question: our daughter is still in Quito and is looking for a tour company organizing hiking tours to Cotopaxi and other volcanos. Can you help?

Best regards,


Germany, April 2018

8 Day Ecuador Scenic Tour

Hi Maria Soledad,

We got back home safely yesterday after having a wonderful time both in Ecuador and Peru. Thank you so very much for all the detailed logistics. The guides in Galapagos (Kike), Quito (Oscar) and Mach Picchu/Cusco (Mariella) were just amazing. Mariella, from being a guide, has become a friend now. Our drivers – Javier in Quito, Juan in Peru – were also so friendly. The hotels were very comfortable. Looking forward to giving you detailed feedback on the whole trip when you call me. Again, thank you very much for all the help.

I will be very happy to provide my reviews on TripAdvisor


USA, December 2017

3 Guests

Good Morning Maria,

Oscar and Patrico delivered us safely to Salinas. We had a great time and enjoyed their company very much.  They were very responsive to our suggestions for things we wanted to see (the rose farm and the orchid farm). We had great weather the entire time, although the Ecudorianos said it was very cold. I will be doing a trip review on Trip Advisor, and rest assured it will be very complimentary.  The hotels were wonderful, and Oscar took us to some excellent restaurants. Thanks for you assistance in setting up this trip.


USA, June 2017
Ecuador Scenic tour (8 days)


We had an absolutely wonderful trip to Peru. Everything was organized perfectly and the guides were wonderful, especially Mariela.

Thank you so much for taking care of all our needs and I will make sure you agency is recommended to all our friends in the future.


USA March 2017

Peru Trip

Hi Maria,

Thanks for following up with me. Alex and I had a great time visiting Ecuador. Both tour guides were great and we really only have good things to say. We especially liked Cuenca and our stay at Mansion Alcazar. Such a beautiful city!

Thank you!
Rebecca Zonin
USA, August 2016
3D/2N Cuenca Tour

As for the transfers and guide from Columbus Travel, they were great, punctual. The guide was nice and informative. The vehicles were very comfortable and nice. Overall a good service.

Alejandra Roman
USA, March 2016

Dear Maria,

We sailed out of Lima last night after a delightful visit to your Country and a very memorable two days with incredibly good weather in Machu Picchu.

We compliment you on your selection of the hotels and the change to the Belmond Monastery even though the upgraded rooms still quite small, was very special.

Overall, your planning and the execution by the partners of your company could not have been better for us and we will recommend you to our friends who visit this continent.

Thank you for all your efforts in the planning of our itinerary and for the many changes we made.

We will be in touch when we plan an Amazon Cruise for which we will charter a small boat to accommodate our friends and family.

I I was told that Dolphin cruise have boats that will meet our requirements.

Let us know if you have had any experience in this segment and no hurry since we could not make this trip a couple of years out if we want to charter the boat for us.

Warm regards

Hanny and Sanjay

Peru trip
January 2016

Hello Maria !

Sorry for the late respond, but after a few weeks of travel there's always a lot to do at work.

Everything was fine, both activities we booked were as described ( of course, it was not the Cotopaxi we were riding at, but that was obviously not possible and the other mountain area was great, too ),

so summarized I just can say that everything was perfect ( could have been less rain and warmer, but that's not your business :-) )

best from Germany,


Ecuador Tailor made program

August 2015

Dear Francisco

Our first-class private tour exceeded all of our expectations!! Thank you for your kind attention to all of our needs during the booking process. Thank you for suggesting the private tour option, when the group tour was not available. Private was MUCH better and for a great price!!!! Thank you for finding all the best hotels. You went to great lengths to arrange everything per all of our detailed requests, and even changed things for us when we changed our mind. The private bus had lots of space for us to travel in comfort. Everything went smoothly with the arrangements. Our guide and driver were outstanding. Our guide has a degree in tourism and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the country, including history, culture, geography, politics.. he is passionate about showing others his country, and very attentive to our needs. He let me sit in front of the bus when I felt car sick. He is of indigenous descent, and we feel very fortunate to have had him show us your tremendously beautiful country and people. In fact one local tour bus driver asked him to narrate when the real guide did not show up!

My only suggestion is it could help to let future travellers know they may want to bring medication if they suffer from motion-sickness. The roads through the Andes, though beautiful, are very curvy!!

My mother and I became sick just after landing at home. I had to go to emergency. We did not drink water or eat ice while in Ecuador. We remained healthy through your tour, so we're not sure what caused it. For the last day (not part of your tour), we ate only at the Wyndham hotel in Guyaquil, and then ate at TGI Fridays (but not my mother) in Quito restaurant. So maybe you could remind other travelers not to drink tap water or eat ice (since they are used to doing this at home).



May 2015

Hi Vladimir,

The whole trip was executed well. Small glitches here and there but nothing major.

Even though we did not hike huyana Picchu, we still had a good hike on Macchu Picchu mountain. That was good for now.

The accommodations were excellent in Cuzco and Macchu Picchu.

Overall experience was positive.

Good job on covering all the details.

I have already referred a friend who is planning Galapagos trip, hopefully you will get a few more.

Until next time,



Coral, Amazon Yachana Lodge, and Peru

April 2015

22 Guests

Hello, Maria! Thank you very much for your assistance in our trip. We are very glad that visited your wonderful country. During the trip everything was fine - guide, driver, hotels. So we had many exiting impressions. Hope may be to visit Peru once with your help. Again many thanks.

Best regards, Galina with family

14 days Ecuador Complete

March 2015

3 Guests

Dear Vlad,

Thank you so much for helping us organize our trip to the Galapagos Islands & Quito. It was the AWESOME experience we've ever had. We shot nearly 1000 pictures and still haven't had our underwater camera developed. The tours of Quito conducted by Daniel were wonderful. We had a great time at Mitad del Mundo. And we loved staying in La Ronda. The cruise was fantastic. We took a couple of nature walks each day and snorkled or swam twice daily too. I can't say enough about the guide and crew of the Galaxy. The food was great, too.

Almost all of the information you sent was extremely useful. You might want to advise future customers that traveler's checks are not widely accepted. We did not need to use ours but we think the only place we could have cashed them is at a bank. Cash is definitely the way to go. Also, tips for the crew and guide can run $20 per person per day (or more) so advise people they need to have cash left at the end of the tour for this expense.

Again, thanks for all you did. We will recommend you to friends and will use you again the next time we head for Ecuador of Peru.

Mike and Lori

Quio Mitad del Mundo

January 2015

2 Guests

Dear Veronica,

We are now well back after a fantastic visit to Ecuador. I have to say that the team you had organized for us, Byron and George/Jorge did a lot to make sure that the week was one of our very great experiences and you have been absolutely right all the time. Your country is really a very beautiful country, and the people of Ecuador is extremely friendly. As we said to Byron and George several times along the route this was all we had hoped for and then some!

All the best


April 2015

2 Guests

Hi Maria,

Thanks so much for arranging this trip for us so that we could experience your beautiful country. The Manatee was perfect, the cabins a bit larger than we expected, the food very good and the tour guides did a very good job with the excursions. The land portion of our trip was also excellent. Mauricio is a tremendous source of knowledge about virtually everything in Ecuador. He made sure our hotels were exactly what we expected and the one time a glitch arose with our dinner, he resolved it immediately. Juan our driver was also excellent, always getting us to our destination safely and on time, even when the weather wasn't the best, and always able to find handy parking. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. We would not hesitate to recommend Columbus to anyone.



January 2015

2 Guests

Hi Maria

The trip was great - thank you for checking in! Overall, it was a fabulous trip - if fast!

Lee and I may be in touch in the next year or so on your catamaran tour of Galapagos (Tony and Dave did it a few years ago). If it is well run as this one, we'd be in good hands.

Again, thanks for checking in, and best wishes for a terrific 2015!
Steve & Lee


December 2014

4 Guests

Good Morning Maria!

Our trip was fantastic. Raul and Christian were a fabulous guide and driver! I would highly recommend the tour to others and would love to come back again someday and visit. I feel like we got to do and see many things in our 3 days and learned a lot about the culture and history. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Raul was great about timing things so that we could see the as much as possible---especially getting us from the Narriz Diablo to the Inca ruins on the second day. The restaurant that day for lunch had a beautiful view and Raul was great about trying getting our food since we didn't have much time to get to the Inca Ruins before they closed. Raul was fantastic in Cuenca as well, we got to go in one of the museums and then he took some time to take us down to a bird sanctuary -my boys loved the birds, especially Benjamin the youngest & Raul showed us that because he knew that the boys would really enjoy it. Also got to see several cathedrals which were beautiful and we don't have anything like them here in the US so that was really great to get to see that. Raul, was again awesome because he spoke with the manager at the hotel in Cuenca and got special arrangements for us to use one of the rooms before we left Cuenca to go home. he knew we had almost a 24 hours of travel through airports to get home so it was really nice to be able to take a shower and pack up before going to the Panama Hat factory and then to the airport. We really enjoyed our time in the highlands and I feel like we got the best guide and driver and really appreciate that because it helped to make the trip amazing!!!!

Again the trip was awesome! We loved Raul and Christian as our guide and driver. The suggestions above are only about a few things that might make it nicer from an organizational point on the company side. We were 100% happy with everything Raul and Christian did for us. Your company has a truly great guide & driver!

Also, I wish I would have had a chance to meet you after all our phone conversations! Hope you are well & sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you, I just wanted to have a few minutes to type in my comments.

All the best to you,

Cuenca 3D + Cotopaxi
July 2014

5 Guests

Good morning,
I miss Ecuador already!
I really enjoyed the trip and would like to thank you for everything you did. Byron was an absolute joy and he really made the trip excellent and exciting. The hotels were excellent and located perfectly to where we wanted to go. Overall, my experience was great and I have highly recommended you to my family and friends. In fact, I think my parents also want to do the same tour I did and will probably contact you soon.
Thank you so much for everything!

Scenic Ecuador 8 Days
APRIL 2014

1 Guest

We just concluded our trip to Peru and want to thank you and all of your staff for providing a most memorable vacation for me and my family. All of the drivers and guides were most attentive, pleasant and courteous, and knowledgeable. They all were so attentive to our needs and on time at every juncture.
In particular, I want to thank our guide, Gonzalo Lima. Our family has been on many trips around the world including Africa, Europe many times, North America, Australia/New Zealand, and the Caribbean but we have never had a guide that touched my family as did Gonzalo. Our experience would not have been the same without him.
Thank you again for such a memorable vacation. We will recommend your company and in particular Ganzalo, to everyone we talk to about Peru.

With many thanks,

Peru trip
APRIL 2014

5 Guests

Dear Francisco,
Apologies for this delayed response.
My family was glad to have chosen Ecuador and Columbus Travel as our year-end destination and our travel agency respectively.
First Ecuador. Coming from the opposite side of the world from Asia, we weren't sure what to expect. The answer now is obvious it was a magical experience! The Andes mountains, the historical Quito (the awesome churches), the Tren Crucero ride that traverses the mountains and stopping in Guamote and finally cosmopolitan Quayaguil. Honestly, it will be very hard to find one country destination that packs in so many varied experiences.
The Columbus Travel guide (Juan) that accompanied us, he was very very very competent, knowledgeable and accommodating. All three qualities in one person. Very competent because he gave intricate details of the places we visited, eg Cuicocha, Le Compania de Jesus, the San Francisco Cathedral, just to mention a few.
On a visit to the Le Basilica, we were astounded by what his he showed us inside the Church. Really, very good information. He was also accommodating to change the itinerary to accommodate our interest.
It is a pity that we didn't engage your services for a longer period, but I would say that experience would have been the same or better.
I would have no hesitation in recommending your travel agency to others.
Thank you very much and take care

Warmest regards

Joseph Rajendran
Tren Crucero + Land Tour

4 Guests

We're now back in New York.
It was a really fabulous trip! Thanks for all your assistance with the arrangements-- we were very pleased with everything.
Best regards- and Happy New Year,


4 pax
Dec 2013
Santa Cruz cruise + Mindo tour

Dear Christian,
We couldn't have been happier with our trip to Ecuador. We really enjoyed it. Everything went very smoothly and we felt well cared for by the Columbus Travel contacts. We especially liked seeing Xavier every time we returned to Quito.

Our tour guides, Alfredo and Ivan, were great. They were very knowledgable and fun and interesting to spend time with.

We were glad we signed up for the Otavalo tour, it was so much more interesting than just the market.

We particularly liked the Casona de la Ronda Hotel. The Swiss was nice but we would have preferred to stay in the old town area instead.

Both the Yachana and the Eclipse were great. Comfortable, good food, good excursions and great guides.

We will gladly recommend Ecuador and Columnus Travel to our friends. And I think we will return to Ecuador in the next few years. It sounds like the cloud forest would be interesting.

Thank you for your help making this great vacation happen.


October, 2012

Hello Ivonne,
We have finished our trip and are very happy. Thank you for all your help and recommendations.  Both la selva and the Ocean Spray were incredible. All staff members we encountered were very friendly, knowledgable and professional.   
My parents, Kelli and I are planning to return to Ecuador in February, and will definitely use your services again. I will also recommend you and Columbus travel to my friends. Again, thank you so much.

Ocean Spray, La Selva Jungle Lodge, Antizana & Papallacta tour and Swissotel
October, 2012

“Good afternoon Diego,

We returned from our wonderful holiday to Ecuador and Peru a week ago, tired but elated, and I wanted to let you how much we appreciated our trip. I am glad to say that you organized our trip very professionnally, your command of English is excellent and your aftersale service was perfect. The services that picked us up at various airports or tours were always there, on time, and very safe. Everything worked out perfectly, we could not have asked for more. Raoul and I are very grateful for the wonderful trip you organized for us, all your suggestions during the planning stage, the way you were always nice and understood our requests, the fact that you suggested a last minute change to still improve the itinerary, and all your help along the way. We could not have asked for better. If you wish to post my comments, or for me to do it, please feel free to do it or ask me to do it.

I wish we could have met you when in Quito, but it was not meant to be I guess.

Very kind regards

Johanne Gaudreau
Montréal, Canada”

Galapagos Legend + Napo Wild Life + Ecuador + Peru
April 2012

We loved the Eclipse and found its size and level of service perfect for us. The itinerary had a good pace and was full of magical places. The crew was excellent and our guides were very nice, knowledgeable, and extremely kind and inspiring to the children aboard.

Eclipse + land Ecuador
April 2012

“Hello Diego, Our trip has been wonderful! The driver Javier has been very kind and prompt. Today we will do the city tour and will be ready at 8am-correct! Tomorrow what time will we get our transfer to the airport. We need to get tickets from TACA counter and go through security and check luggage. How much is the exit tax? Will Javier pick us up tomorrow and what time should we be ready? Our time on the Beagle was excellente I would recommend that boat to anyone.  I would recommend your travel agency to all too. You have been very professional and all your staff very helpful and friendly. Thanks again for taking time to answer my last questions.
Mary Mantese”

MARCH 2012

My wife and I, both in our early 60s, traveled in Ecuador for 14 days in January 2012. Our entire trip was planned and executed, without a hitch, by Columbus Travel. Our agent, Julia Haessler, worked diligently with us throughout our planning process, via email and even once by telephone. She was always timely and helpful in her responses, even when our questions may have seemed somewhat elementary and repetitive. While traveling in Ecuador, we had access to a 24-hour phone line, which we did use when our plane from the Galapagos Islands go us into Quito 2.5 hours earlier than the airlines schedule indicated. Julia contacted our transfer driver who picked us up within 15 minutes of our call!

Julia made all reservations for us, including 5 days/4 nights touring the Galapagos Islands on La Pinta, and an 8-day tour of the mainland. She tailored those 8 days to our interests, so that we spent maximum time in the Andean countryside with our guide, Juan Vizcaino. Juan's knowledge of the places we visited is exceptional, as is his command of English. We would highly recommend using Columbus Travel.

La Pinta and Ecuador Scenic Tour
January 2012

Hi Julia, Happy New Year to you. I just wanted to thank you for all your help and let you know that our stay at La Casona de la Ronda Hotel has been fantastic. I would highly recommend it. Perfect location, accommodation, breakfast, service, very comfy beds, clean and very hospitable plus good value for money! Thank you again we also will highly recommend your services. Kindest regards and best wishes for the year ahead. Deb

December 2011

Thank you so much and thanks again for the planning of our trip.  Everything went so well.  We got to see so much and everyone was very helpful and kind to us.

Combined Safari Camp and Daily Excursions
Nov 2011

Dear Ivonne !

Thank you for the excellent organisation.
The tour and the accommodations were perfect.
As well congratulation to your driver and guide “Byron Riera”, he was very good.
I will you and your travel agency all our friends recommend.

Greetings from Vienna
Johann and Melanie DIPPOLD 

Johann and Melanie
Ecuador Scenica

october, 2011

Hello Diego - we're back home now after our holiday and I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your help and patience in organising what was an excellent adventure!!
Tour guides in both Lima and especially Cusco were brilliant and the quality of the hotels was amazing!
Thanks you again so much and I'll certainly be recommending your company to others:)
take care
Debra Neil Australia, July 2010

We just returned from our trip to Equador and hiking Cotopaxi Volcano (no easy hike!) We had a wonderful experience with our guide Efrain. He told us to call him Lobo (wolf). The best hiking guide we have ever had! Professional knowlegeable, conversational, fun and thoughtful to all our needs! Please give that man a raise! Just wanted to thank you for giving us a great mountain guide and give you the feedback we think he deserves!


Jared and Lindsay
Cotopaxi Summit
June 2011

Hi Christian,

We certainly will keep your contact information and get hold of you prior to our next trip! We'd definitely be interested in another day excursion just like our one with Byron, and a trip to Machu Picchu as well. Your company is a class act and we greatly appreciated your assistance!

Thanks again,
Becky and Dusty

March 2010

Hi Ivonne,

You arranged a trip to Otavalo for me and a group of my fellow travelers for April 29th. I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip and, especially the guide Alfredo He shared a lot about his indigenous culture.

Cynthia Shoemaker
June 2008

Dear Elena,

I've been meaning to email you to thank you for planning and booking such a wonderful trip for us. It was absolutely fantastic, and getting back to the "real" world was very difficult.

The stay in Quito was fantastic. The Hotel Le Parc is a luxurious property and the staff and service was first rate. The cruise on the Athala was amazing. Gorgi and the rest of the crew took wonderful care of us, and we just loved the cruise. Xavier took great care of us in Quito, and Micha, my wife, said multiple times how comforting it was to have someone waiting at the airport to take us to and from the hotel.

The trip to Peru was a great addition to the Galapagos cruise. Although we didn't care for Lima very much, Cusco & Machu Picchu were amazing. The package you put together in Peru was perfect. The Travel Group staff in Cusco and Lima was friendly and very helpful. They took great care of us.

Our only concern about the trip is to decide which part of it was better. We're still debating.

Thank you very much for all your help planning and booking the trip. Thank you also for all the little special touches we received throughout our trip for being on our honeymoon - the bottle of champagne waiting for us in our cabin on the Athala from the crew, the bottle of wine waiting for us on our last night on the Athala from you, the room upgrades at the MiraFlores Park in Lima and at the Monasterio in Cusco . You had clearly made sure everyone knew it was our honeymoon, and we were just amazed by the special attention. Thank you, it just made a great trip that much better! Micha and I were thrilled with the quality of the package you arranged for us and will be you and Columbus Travel to any of our friends who express interest in travelling tothe Galapagos (we'll highly recommend the Athala and Le Parc hotel), Ecuador or Peru.

Micha and I have already discussed that travelling to South America again for next year's vacation would be a great idea, and you will be the first person I contact to help us plan it.

Thank you and the staff at Columbus Travel for such a great trip.

Gauthier van Marcke

April, 2008  


I just wanted to extend a great big “Thank You” to you and to Columbus Travel for the great time I had on my recent vacation in Ecuador.  It was the first time I had booked a trip online and I was very pleased with my experience.  I would recommend Columbus Travel to anyone who would be interested.

I appreciated you calling me and checking up on me.  Christian was terrific with e-mail and telephone responses as well.  I admire the level of customer satisfaction of all of your staff members that I met.  Congratulations to you for hiring obviously the best personnel in Ecuador!  

I was incredibly impressed with my guide, Ivan as well.  He was so knowledgeable with all aspects of Ecuadorean history, architecture, myths, etc., etc., etc.  Given the rain, landslides, road closures, and train derailments, I felt he had my safety in mind first and foremost and yet he kept me entertained with alternate adventures.  I was impressed by the way that Ivan and two other Columbus guides got together to caravan three vehicles through questionable road conditions.  The effort that was made by these young men to ensure all of us were safe should be recognized.  An excellent job was done by all.

Again, I wish to thank you personally and to congratulate you on hiring the ‘Cream of the Crop’ in personnel.  

Very truly yours,
Suzi Clarke

March, 2008  
Hi Ivonne,

Well, we are back in Canada after our wonderful trip in Ecuador. Thank you for all of your help (especially when we had a bit of confusion while we were there).

We appreciated you taking the time to make sure all went well for us. I wanted to tell you too how much we enjoyed Alfredo Carrera as our guide. He was so knowledgeable, helpful, caring and had a great sense of humor. He made our trip most memorable, and we learned a lot about Ecuador from him.

We also had a chance to meet Ivan and Byron, and I have to commend Columbus travel on hiring the absolute best guides. I know from talking to the other travelers who had those to men as their guides, that they were extremely happy with them as well.

I have not stopped talking about what a wonderful travel company Columbus Travel is, and I am recommending to all my friends (and the next dental team that goes to work in Ecuador) to use Columbus Travel for their sight seeing once their work is done. It's the only way to go!

Thanks again for making it an amazing adventure for us.

Leslie Crowley Edmonton,
AB Canada

March, 2008  
Hi Elena -

We just wanted to thank you for aranging the most marvelous trip for us. We thoroughly enjoyed both our Galapagos adventure and our time in Quito and the Andes. Everything went like clockwork with the pickups, transfers, and tours. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Our guides were especially wonderful. Luis on the Legend was fabulous. Byron in the Quito are and the Andes really made the trip so unique and special for us. Cliff particularly liked Byron since they had a mutual interest in birding. Byron took us to some places that were off the beaten trail and that made the visit extra special. Thanks again for all you did. You were really on top of every detail and I never worried a bit. I will highly recommend you to others travelling to the Galapagos and Ecuador!

Susan and Cliff

March, 2008  
Dear Elena,
We wanted to let you know what a wonderful trip we had to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. Everything was planned perfectly and we really enjoyed it. Thank you for all your help. If you would like to use us as a reference for other clients, please do so.
Susan and David Werner

P.S. Ivan, the guide in Quito, was outstanding.
February, 2008
Dear Ivonne:

I am writing to thank-you, Juan and Columbus Travel for organizing such a memorable tour through Ecuador. Our trip was fantastic and your country is absolutely stunning.

Our guide, Juan, was such a pleasure, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. He was knowledgable, informative and truly interested in making our trip special. Most importantly, thanks to his support and encouragement I chose to ride the train from Riobamba to the "Devil's Nose," which turned out to be one of my favorite experiences of the entire trip! We also enjoyed his sense of humor.

I am sorry to hear that one of the volcanoes outside Quito is currently erupting and has caused the evacuation of one of the villages.

Thank-you again for a wonderful experience and we wish you the best in the coming New Year!

Jeff and Kari Hoffmann

December, 2007  
I am sitting here in the hotel in Quito and feeling a little sad that my visit here is almost at an end. I have had an incredible time. Juan has been the best guide I have ever had. He knows all about the history and seems to know everybody in Ecuador. Every time we went somewhere, he met people he knew. Eddie in Cuenca was also interesting and I enjoyed the time with him, but I enjoyed the most my time with Juan. Yesterday we stopped and had guinea pig for lunch on the way back to Quito. Today we went to Mindo and it was wonderful. We even dropped my laundry off to have it done while we were gone for the day. Now I can pack and try to find room for all the things I bought here.

Thank you for all your work in arranging my tours and making my visit here unforgettable.

August 13th, 2007
Hi Jessica,
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you but we've had continuous house guests since we got back from our trip. That's what happens when you live in Miami and people from up north need a break from the cold.

I had wanted to write to you as soon as we got back to tell you that we had a wonderful trip. We loved everything about it. You did a great job arranging it all for us. Everything went like clockwork and everyone was so nice - the guides, driver, crew and staff. Thank you so very much for all the time and effort you put into making this vacation truly memorable. When we're ready to go to Machu Pichu, we'll contact you. I understand from Louise (not sure if I have her name right - the woman who took us to the airport with our driver (I already forgot his name, but that is not unusual for me); I think she's the manager of your agency) that you partner with another agency in Peru to arrange that trip. I'll also highly recommend you to anyone who wants to make any similar trips.

Hope your holidays were good and you enjoyed your stay in Norway. Happy 2007 to you, too.

February 18th, 2006
Thank you so much. Everything was excellent and went smoothly. Xavier did a great job of being on time and was a comforting face to see when he picked us up and speaks great English. Ivan should be commended; he speaks fluent English and was knowledgeable, informative, and a joy to be with on our excursions. It was as if he was a long lost friend. I would highly recommend his services to anyone we know. Thank you again. We had an excellent vacation because of the well planned trip that you put together. We will recommend Columbus Travel and you to any prospective friends that are considering Ecuador as a vacation.
Jacob Aicholtz
Food Technologist
Savory Applications
January 19th, 2006
Hi Margarita,
I am behind in everything so I cannot give you a long message. We loved visiting Ecuador. I loved both the Galapagos portion and the Mindo portion the best. I would recommend you to anyone I know going to Ecuador. Thankyou for helping us plan our trip. Say hello to Byran. He was super nice and very informative on Ecuador.
Best regards,
Bonnie Rubel
January 5th, 2006
We are back and had a wonderful time, Margarita! Thanks so much for all your help.
Rick Spradling
January 5th, 2006
Dear Maria:
Wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.
We would like to thank you again for arranging such a great trip for us. Everything was really perfect. We will remember this holiday for a long time and hope to return to Ecuador soon.
Behnaz and Mehrdad Jalali 
December, 2006
Dear Margarita, Thank you for organising a fantastic holiday for us. We really enjoyed it and the your company's efforts were absolutely excellent. Ivan was also perfect and his knowledge of the country and people meant that we saw much more than we would have with a conventual tour. Please thank him for us And finally thank you for your kind thought with the bottle of champange!!
If you have any questionnaire you would like us to complete, please send one Ecuardor is an amazing country and we have no hesitation in recommending a holiday there - with Columbus Travel of course.
David & Sandra Saer 
December, 2006
Hi Elena,
Had just the best holiday in the Galapagos. Diving at Darwin and Wolf, 3 times with a 50 foot whale shark, with a 1000 school of Hammerheads, incredible!!!!! white tips and Galapagos sharks as well as Eagle and Manta Rays.etc...... and the cruise on the Isabella afterwards was a fantastic rest ( too much food) and visiting the islands on land was great. Also managed to fit in hiking in Quito and Cotapaxi. Wish I had gone to the rain forest too and a bit more hiking BUT I will be back. Thanks for all your help.
Best wishes Ian Cook
December, 2006
Buenos días Elena ¡¡
Sólo comentarte que todo ha salido bien, tal y como esperábamos, y que ya estamos de regreso en nuestro pais. Agradeceros vuestra profesionalidad. Os guardamos en nuestra lista de contactos, por si hubiera otra ocasión.
Gracias y hasta siempre.¡¡¡
November, 2006
Dear Margarita, Thank you very much for your help in arranging our vacation. Also, It's been a pleasure to meet you. We had a great time in Ecuador. Our friends wedding was beautiful. It was an outside wedding and the weather was just perfect. The whole day of Friday, 10/20/06 we went for the tour around the city of Quito. On Friday night we were picked up at the Marriott by the Chivas bus. They have a band playing music on top of the bus, traditional liquor drinks and tour around Quito, then we had dinner at the groom mother's house outside of Quito. Our Galapagos cruise was fantastic. We met a lot of good people during our cruise and became friends with them. Our tour guide to Otivalo, Ivan is very kind, friendly and funny. He really made us feel at home and show us around different places. He is very knowledgeable about the history of your country. I will highly recommend him to anyone who might need his services. I am very furtunate to meet people like you and Ivan. Please, give our regards to him and tell him that we enjoyed our tour and shopping. I also tried your specialty food (deep fry genuea pig). It was very delicious! I hope you can come to visit us here in America soon. Always, Gloria Edna C. Brown 
October, 2006
Dear Fernanda,
Our cruise on the Athala was really wonderful... We started working very hard from the following day we came back to Italy, but we will always remember our fantastic days in Ecuador. And this is thanks to you, to Xavier, Jimmy, but also the wonderful
crew of the Athala, Pedro, Orlando, Gabriel, Darwin, José, and all then others who are REALLY all fantastic people. Please, thank them all for us when you have a chance, and thank you again to you, Fernanda, for your excellent service and kindness! With our best regards
Paolo and Cristina 
September, 2006
Dear Fernanda - the four of us wanted to send you a quick thank you from Puerto Ayora -we are having such a wonderful time in the galapagos and now that we are here we realise that your planning and advice has been invaluable - everything has been marvelous, the Angelito was so fantastic, Hotel Maineo is very very nice and thank you for any assistance you were required to provide in getting our lost luggage to us! Muchas Gracios from all of us!! Ruth Johnson 
August, 2006
Buenos Noches Seniorita Margarita Just got back from our trip to Ecuador and Peru.
I'm always nervous sending $$$ to people in another country that I met on a website - but our trip was fantastic.
Everything went very smoothly. Galapagos and Quito are amazing places. The Legend was a great boat, with a great crew. We were also impressed with the Quito guide you organised (Ivan) who seemed amazingly versed and knowlegable in everything Ecuadorian! Muchos Gracias
July, 2006
Dear Maria Elena,
We have just returned home today (we stopped for a week in Bonaire on the way back). we had an unforgettable holiday in Ecuador - your country is so beautiful and diverse. We loved it very much. Thank you for all your help organizing our trip - you were very efficient!. Also, our guide Ivan Vizcaino was excellent, helpful and very knowledgeable.
best wishes, Marina 
March, 2006
I want to take a minute to extend to you and all your colleagues at Columbus Travel our deepest thanks for the marvelous planning and execution of our holiday in Equador and to the Galapagos from September 6th to September 20th 2005. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Quito and re boarded for our departure, you provided total attention to our needs. In fact you even anticipated our wishes.  Our guide throughout the Equadorian part of the trip, Maurico Baus, was an outstanding tour director. He took us to what we wanted to see and to some attractions that we would never have seen were it not for his total knowledge of the country.  He is a completely knowledgeably, sensitive tour guide whom we totally enjoyed. We really appreciated his care and guidance.We thank you for your personally phoning us during our visit, just to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and to ask if we needed anything.We are very pleased to recommend Columbus Travel, you, Mauricio and your colleagues to anyone who wants to enjoy the marvels of Equador. We were impressed with the beauty  and culture of the country and the people. You and Maurico made it all come alive for us.

Please use our names as recommendations for future clients of Columbus Travel. We expect that many of our friends, who we have been pleased to share our wonderful holiday experience to Equador, will want to use Columbus Travel. We hope they do and will encourage them to do so. Next year, we are thinking about visiting Chile and Argentina. Perhaps just Santiago, Valpraiso, the Argentine lake country, Buenos Aires and environs. Do you arrange any tours in this area or can you recommend a travel or tour agency for a trip like this? We would appreciate your comments.Again our complete thanks for all your wonderful efforts on our behalf. You made a visit to Equador a truly memorable one-perhaps one of the best holidays we have ever enjoyed.
Doug Higgins
November 2005
Just got back from the Nemo tour of the Galapagos and just wanted to say thanks for all of your help. Everything went very smoothly indeed and was truly fantastic!
Normally at least one thing goes wrong on this kind of tour, but I am pleased to say it was flawless. Thanks again for you help and I will recommend you to any people interested in the Galapagos.
Kind Regards, Martin and Sarah
We all had a super time in Quito and Ecuador.  Everything worked like clockwork. Thanks for providing us with an on schedule program!
Overall feelings were the best.  The grandkids were very excited to get back to school and express their good feelings - and brag about their shark encounter on the first swim.The adults were amazed by the surroundings visited and have found it hard to describe their experiences to others.  It is an unbelievable region and you should be very proud to offer the opportunities to your customers.The experiences will remain as great memories for all the years of their lives.
Regards, Bob and Barbara
I just got back from Ecuador last night. I wanted you to know that Angie was a really wonderful guide.  We really enjoyed spending the week with her and I was very impressed with how attentive she was.
First of all she is a very sweet and pleasant person to be around. Also, she was always on time and very flexible with respect to our requests. For example, if we wanted to start early she would say that would be great or if we were ready to go home she would take us right away.  She really went out of her way to make our trip pleasant and we really appreciated all of her help. She really looked out of for us.   It was obvious that Angie could find the solution to any request or problem.   You couldn’t ask for a better guide and your company should feel lucky to have her as a part of your staff.Also, the biking company we worked with was also wonderful and I would recommend Fernando as a cycling guide for any of your clients. He was terrific.
One suggestion: I really didn’t like staying at the haciendas. They were cold and the service was not very good. I would suggest you explain this to future clients so that they know to choose some of the newer hotels instead.
Thanks for all of you help in planning my trip.I hope you have a wonderful 2005.
I want to use this opportunity, even if it comes late, to thank your team for supporting us in preparing and making our trip to Ecuador and Galapagos a wonderful experience!Everything really was excellent arranged, all recommended places turned out to be more than worth to visit, including hotels and lodges. The Alta was wonderful, as the week in Galapagos was. All local transports, really everything was perfect! Congratulation for your company and your team, including Angie, who supported us in everything.You can have a look to the photographs for Angie, if you like anything for your website, I will be happy to provide it to you. All pictures (in total 3,500!) were taken in digital, so if you are looking for anything specific, I can look into my data, wether something is available from our trip. We visited La Selva, Equator Monument, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Riobamba (train drive), Cuenca and finally one week on the "Alta"... So, either by CDR, or by email, if you require something...Thanks again and best regards, especially to Angie, Luisa and Elena.
Thomas Nordhoff, Germany
As we leave Ecuador, I want to tell you that the Galapagos experience, and the time in Guayaquil, have been all that I might have hoped.
-Sincerely, Dorothy Drummond
Thank you for the arrangements for our wondrous trip to the Galapagos Islands!
We will never forget this experience. The bottle of wine was a nice touch and the guide you provided for our city tour (Maurizio) was great - very well-informed and interesting. Quito is really a lovely city especially the old town. I have recommended you to all my friends.
-All best wishes, Peter & Emma Ward
Our trip to the Galapagos was FABOLOUS!
We can highly recommend the Eden, and Columbus Travel! In fact, we HAVE highly recommended your travel agency on the South American Explorers Club Web site in a trip report. It is available to members only to access it, but we told everyone to use Columbus Travel Agency to book for the Galapagos!
-Jill Kaiser & Josh Newcom
I just want to say thanks for everything working out that well. I have admit that I was a little unsure about looking for a trip in the Internet, so I’m glad that everything was fine. I had a wonderful week on Galapagos and if someone will ask about an address where to book a Galapagos trip, I’ll mention Columbus Travel!
-Matthias Goepfert (Germany)
We would like to express, once again, our thanks to you.
Bellavista and Galapagos were both fantastic. Bellavista was a bit rainy but is a fabulous place to stay, with friendly staff and incredible fod. Galapagos was superb. All the different animals, and the weather was great. Floreana is a good boat, with an extremely friendly staff and guide. The cook was even better than in Bellavista, here even made dishes at our request(Ceviche among others). It was a great ending to a great holiday. Today we are going home so we don' t have the chance to come and see you on another day. Thanks again!
-Loe van Erp & Heleen van Boven (Holland)
I traveled to Ecuador with my two finicky children (13 & 17) for adventure.
I discovered columbus Travel on the internet and booked trips both to the Galapagos and the jungle with them. Their service was great and exceeded my wildest expectations! Their advice was clear, the trip arrangements were very dependable and travel was on time. In addition, service was friendly and the food was great. So were the prices! I would highly recommend this outfit.
-Patric Sorensen, USA
I would like you to know that we had the most wonderful time in Ecuador
thanks to your good planning and advice. It was a trip that was beyond our dreams! Everything went well - the cruise in the Galapagos, the Hotel Quito was just perfect for us and La Selva was just magical. Our guides in the Galapagos and at La Selva were extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with. We all have memories we will always treasure. I especially want to thank you for all the care you took to insure our transport to and from the airport. Someone was always there when we needed them! Thanks again for all you have done, we will certainly strongly recommend you to any of our friends who head in your direction and will use your services the next time we plan to be in Ecuador!!
- Howard Chezar, USA


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