- Aida Maria
- Aggressor I & II
- Archipell I
- Coral I & II
- Eric, Letty & Flamingo
- Estrella de Mar
- Galapagos Legend
- Galapagos Tour (other)
- Galaven I & II
- Isabela II
- La Pinta
- Mary Anne
- Nemo I & II
- New Flamingo
- Ocean Spray
- Queen of Galapagos
- Queen Beatriz
- San Jose
- Santa Cruz
- Sea Star Journey
- Seaman Journey
- Silver Galapagos
- Tip Top III
- Tip Top IV
- Treasure of Galapagos
- Yolita II
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Reviews & Recommendations
Everything went well and we really enjoyed our trip. The boat, crew and guide were excellent. Our room was great, much better than the ones with bunk beds. The food was very good with a lot of fruit and vegetable options.
They did not have much to offer in the alcohol department and the drinks were expensive, which was disappointing. We should have brought more of our own as the quality would have been better.
You were a great help with recommendations for boats, trips and answering my many questions very quickly.
I will be sure and recommend this trip to others!
Thanks again for all of your help.
Have a good day!
My husband and I had a fabulous time in Galapagos and Ecuador!. All transfers were very smooth and there were no problems whatsoever. Every driver we had was on time and very professional. We enjoyed our Quito city tour with Oscar, and the transition to the Santa Cruz II was problem free. We loved the cruise boat and would recommend it to others, as well as your services. Thank you very much in helping us plan the trip. We could not have done it by ourselves. Working with you and Columbus was a great experience!
Santa Cruz & Ecuador Mainland
A wonderful trip comes to an end.
You promises all came true and Ecuador is a great country with very nice people (like you and Oscar).
Thx for your organization/coordination of this trip including short term changes.
We will recommend Columbustravel (and you!) to friends who want to come to Peru)
Have a good weekend.
Santa Cruz & Ecuador Mainland
I wanted to thank you for all your assistance with our trip on La Pinta in the Galapagos. All three of us had an incredible time that we will remember forever! I truly appreciate your advice and can't thank you enough for recommending La Pinta. The ship and crew were fantastic! Additionally, all our transfers and travel arrangements were so easy because of the people you had assisting us.
If we are ever traveling to Ecuador or Peru in the future, we will definitely contact you!
Thank you so very much,
Amy, Harlan and Kayla Dworsky
Thank you very much. You have done a fantastic job arranging a wonderful trip for us! Thank you very much. Everything has been fantastic!
Yes, i know i wrote you that e-mail, but the next day you explained why it was important to have the transfers. So, over the phone you told me you would do it for us. This is why I knew you were arranging everything, including the transfers. We were very grateful!! Thank you.
We were not upset about it, I just wanted you to know what happened, in case you had paid them. When we arrived on Isabella the taxi was not there, so we took our own cab, on arrival. The cab came at the end of our stay, as planned.
Today we had a great trip to Otavalo. Juan was wonderful. We were embarrassed because we ran out of money, so were unable to give him a tip. Please tell him we had so much fun!
Thank you for everything. We will recommend you to our friends and everyone. I hope we can return to Ecuador to go to the Jungle and highlands and more. Maybe you can help us again in the future.
Thank you very much for organising one of the best holidays we have ever had. All your arrangements worked smoothly and both the Galapagos Master and Sea Star were great boats.
I have recommended you to several people already so hopefully they will be in contact in due course.
We had a wonderful time. We are thankful for all the arrangements. If you would like us to write a review on trip advisor, just send me the link.
I speak for our entire family when I send our 'thanks' to you. Every detail of the trip was wonderful. Your staff was always there to meet us and get us to and from airports and hotels. They were punctual and very kind.
The Odyssey was perfect for us. Crew and Naturalist were fabulous and our granddaughters loved having their own cabin.
It was such a memorable experience for all of us!
Thanks for your help with the pick-up. We were at our gate by 5:30, plenty of time to spare.
We really enjoyed the trip. The boat was great and the crew and guide did a wonderful job. We really appreciated having the bigger room too, that made a difference.
Thanks for all of your help in organizing and picking the boat and room. We really appreciate it!!
Dear Pablo Rea,
Alvin Hellerstein and I just returned from the trip you planned for us to the Galapagos Islands on LaPinta. On behalf of both of us, thank you for all your assistance. The trip on board was wonderful and ending up at the Swisshotel in Quito overnight was a perfect way to end a beautiful adventure.We will be happy to recommend your company to our friends.
La Pinta & Quito City tour
We just returned from our trip to Ecuador and Galapagos and I just had to e-mail you and let you know what an awesome time we had. A big part of that is because of all your help. Our tour guide in Quito and the people you sent to pick us up at hotels and airports were always on time and so wonderful. For being in the United States it took me a while to decide which travel company to use when booking our trip. I was really nervous but I definitely made the right decision. If you or Columbus Travel ever need a recommendation please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you Pablo.
Sincerely - Jeanine Hendrickson
Odyssey & Quito City tour
Maria-- we just arrived home late last night.
We had a wonderful time in both the Galapagos and Peru.
The San Jose Yacht was fine. We really enjoyed the small group of international travelers. The staff and crew were great, very informative and attentive. The yacht itself needed some attention from wear and tear of use but it was our understanding the boat was going to get an overhaul soon after our tour. The food was fine and the activities kept us very busy. It was a memorable time in the Galapagos.
The guides in Peru were all good. If I was to rate them I would say Richard (our first guide) in Puno was rated #1. He was very informative and attentive. He took us on the Lake Titicaca tours. The 2 islands stops were so very different and lunch was a highlight with the incredible view of the lake and the food was some of our finest. Eliana our 2nd Puno guide was also very attentive and good. Our last tour guide Eric - (guide to Nasca and Paracas) did a great job but lacked a bit with the communication from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. But non the less did a great job.
All the hotels were fine and we enjoyed each location for different reasons, location proximity to downtown as well as amenities and breakfast variety.
We were surprised about the driving rules in Peru and thus had 2 drivers for the trip to Nasca. I am sure that is why the costs were so much different. However, we did like the option of being able to stop and take more time to enjoy the trip rather than being on public buses. So no complaint there it just would have been nice to know ahead of time. Our van was spacious and the drivers were very polite.
Overall we would rate this trip a very good experience. Thank you for your help and suggestions in planning our vacation.
San Jose & Peru
We are safely home and getting back into our normal routines...
Everything you arranged was First Class.
Only thing missed(which was no big deal for us) was the Darwin Center being closed for repairs. The Naturalist substituted some activities that were more interesting and informative in my opinion.
I am planning a TripAdvisor review in the next few weeks that will be more complete. I will send you a link when I am able to get it done.
Thanks for a wonderful experience that had no problems or hang-ups whatever!
Everything went perfectly.
Your arrangements worked out very well.
The Galapagos cruise was great, and the Tren Crucero was a fantastic trip.
Thanks for everything, we had a wonderful trip! We especially loved our experience on the odessy boat, and our guide was exceptional.
We also appreciated your help with all the organizing of our trip, thank you again :)
All the best,
Catherine and Alberto
Canada & Italy
Good afternoon Francisco. Just a brief note to thank you and Columbus Travel for a wonderful trip to both the Galapagos and the Amazon. We arrived back in Toronto late last night from Quito after our third stay in the excellent Swissotel.
We were especially impressed with Columbus Travel's excellent choices of accommodations and itineraries, your transportation logistics and punctuality, and your overall quality of services. Thank you again for an excellent vacation.
I wish to thank you for recommending the Santa Cruz II. Everything was above expectations. The guides were superb, specially Marie Carmen. Although I had reservations about taking a large ship instead of a small one, it turned out to be great, as they divided us into small groups, so we had the benefit of a small group for sight seeing, and the benefit of a large and luxurious ship. The expeditions were great and we saw and learned a lot. It is truly a once in a life time experience. Feel free to use me for future recommendation.
Now for the important one, you were fantastic. Your prompt response and guidance helped us make this a most memorable experience.
Regards, Michael Ore
Santa Cruz II
for all your help. Had a wonderful time. The only hiccup was that I didn't read my itinerary properly and thought I was being picked up at 4.30 pm, when it was actually 4.30 am. My fault, but fortunately just made the plane.
Thank you for your e-mail and sending the comm.
The Albino's had a wonderful time. Mrs said, it was better then Africa and Australia.
They said the staff on the ship did a great job. They saw all the animals they were suppose to see. They were in the water twice a day. (i think there was some problem with the pool, but they didn't care).also, they had a very good driver for the stops in Quito. In all they were very happy.
I thank you for all your help.
Yes, we came home safely and are now back to work! Nice to hear from you.
All in all everything went quite smoothly and we were very satisfied with all the services from you as well as from the other service providers.
The driver to the airport was on time and very helpful. Regarding Floreana: good points are definitely the food and the itinerary (many different places and islands), certainly the boat is smaller than other boats and probably a little slower too but this is OK/ to be expected considering the category. I also found the prices for beverages on the boat really reasonable. The guide (Victor Mendia) was very knowledgeable and helpful and he made great pictures/ videos of the trip that he gave to us, this was really nice!
So I can say: keep on with the good service.
Hi Ximena and Ivonne,
Thank you for arranging a perfect vacation for us. We had a great time in Galapagos, Amazon and Quito. I will definitely write a good review in TripAdvisor and recommend my friends.
Galapagos and Ecuador
I spent five days in the Galapagos then five days at La Selva in December 2015 ? both awesome experiences reflecting Columbus Ecuador?s deep expertise in both destinations. Previous guest feedback on the calibre of the guides used was key to my selection, given they are crucial to first seeing the wildlife then understanding its quirks and behavior. They were genuinely dedicated to a great guest experience and proved first class at locating animals, birds, insects and marine life. My jungle guides even occasionally lured animals and birds closer by mimicking their calls.
Superb accommodation aboard Ocean Spray and at La Selva, very experienced staff and a high staff-to guest ratio at both plus consistently fabulous food. The evidently uncompromising standards and environmental passion of the founder of Columbus Ecuador (also the private owner of La Selva) shine through.
Kind regards and I hope to get back to Ecuador one day!
Thanks for the email – I am safely back in England now having had a great week on the Islands.
The organisation on your side was very efficient with all the transfers, flights, hotel and tour up to time – I would definitely recommend using you to anyone looking to visit the country!
As for the specifics:-
Hotel – well located for restaurants and the owner / staff very friendly and helpful. Only minor complaint is that noise travels easily which I probably only noticed because I had a 4.30 am transfer.
Transfers – very helpful at the airport checking in my bags etc. There were a couple of other travellers who stayed at the same hotel who also went on the Nemo who wondered how I got special treatment at the airport!
Nemo – the staff & chef were excellent and efficient. The boat itself travels smoothly so I didn’t feel sea sick. It is a younger persons ship because of getting in and out of the cabins but we had a great group of travellers so it was a lot of fun. The North West route had a couple of highlights in Bartolome and Genovesa. The far side of Isabela struggled a bit to follow this but was still interesting. The guide had great enthusiasm for the Islands but tended to only look at the big animals – we managed to encourage him to point out more!
Thanks for your help booking this and I wish you and your family a great Christmas!
Thank you for reaching out and following up on our trip. As you might imagine, my son and I had an amazing experience on the Seaman II throughout the Galapagos tour. The crew were exceptional in service and consideration. The boat was super, very clean, safe and comfortable. You were wonderful to work with as well, prompt and thorough, a real class act! I will recommend Columbus Tours to anyone interested in such an adventure!
Thank you for all of your help in making this trip a reality, sadly it is all over so quickly!
I wish you and your family the very best this Christmas season,
Just want to thank you for the great organisation of this unforgettable Galapagos Trip. All went well und we really enjoyed ourselves on the Legend (only with 19 passengers...)
If I have some Swiss People interested in visiting Ecuador, I will highly recommend you and your company.
All the very best for you!
Armin & Christa
Buenos días Pablo:
Auque ya un poco tarde, no quiero dejar de hacerle participe de los estupendos días que hemos pasado en su País. Quito nos gusto mucho, nos sorprendió lo grande que es y lo difícil de su orografía. También nos impresionó el bonito parque de la Mitad del mundo, muy bien organizado y didáctico.
Y, bueno, que decir de las maravillosas iglesias !!! Unicas !!
Ya por fin en Galápagos, la organización fue perfecta. El velero Marie Anne una maravilla , y la tripulación fantástica. Creo que escogimos el mejor barco posible.
Me quedo sin palabras para describir la fauna de las islas. Se respira tanta paz y armonía !!!
En la isla La Española navegamos en la panga justo al lado de dos orcas, una de ellas que se estaba comiendo una tortuga, fue imresionante!! También pudimos ver los maravillosos albatros...
En Isla Plaza Sur pudimos estar al lado de un lobo marino que a habia parido hace poco y estaba rodeado y manchado de sangre con el bebe.
No terminaría de contar y recordar cosas....
Este maravilloso viaje no hubiera sido del todo posible sin su colaboración, una vez más, GRACIAS.
No dejaremos de recomendarles a quien nos sugieran visitar su país.
Sin despedirnos, pero si con un hasta siempre, le envio un cordial abrazo
We are back safely and had an amazing honeymoon. Thank you so much for booking everything for us! Columbus Travel executed everything perfectly…from picking us up and dropping us at the airport, to the hotel choices, to the cruise…everything was superb. The drivers were on time and very pleasant. The JW Marriott was exceptional..beautiful, welcoming, and the breakfast spread was jaw dropping. Casa De Campo (I forget the exact spelling) was soooo cute; we were sad that we didn’t get to see it during the day time as we got there at night and left by 4:45am so could not enjoy the beautiful site. The Eclipse was lovely…the ship itself is beautiful, spacious, and the food was very good. The staff were all excellent. Our room was more than we could have asked for on a boat..bathroom was roomy. Phil still hit his head every time he stepped out of the bathroom, but that’s not the ship’s fault. The guides were great and the excursions were all very good. I have nothing to complain about (other than how expensive this whole trip was hahaha). Attached are some pictures for you to see J
Thank you again for everything. I wanted to drop by to visit you at your office, but it was not along the way to where we were heading in the short time we had in Quito. I will definitely recommend Columbus Travel to everyone I know who plans to travel to the Galapagos. I will fill out the survey soon I hope.
Thank you for your email and for organizing an amazing trip for us. We had a fantastic time on the Eden and the whole crew was very attentive, professional and pleasant. The food was exceptionally good and we all had a great time. I will post a review on tripadvisor today and it will be very positive.
Our dealings with you were very easy and convenient, I will have no hesitation in recommending you to my friends by name. I have tried to think of positive criticism for you and I cannot find anything I would change. I appreciate your professionalism and attitude, you obviously do these arrangements a lot and it shows, thank you.
I will let you know if I think of anything else, I hope you have a wonderful week and maybe we will see you again one day.
Out of this world. Extraordinary. Spectacular. Traveling through Ecuador with Columbus Travel is a first class experience not to be missed. Our safety, comfort , and enjoyment were expertly managed by every staff member we worked with. Lodgings were 5 star, the food delightful, and the scenery beyond our expectations. Ecuador offers so much to appreciate and Columbus Travel guided us to each adventure, providing knowledge and history that enhanced our every step.
A special note to the Ocean Spray, our home in the Galapagos. We felt like we left planet Earth and stepped into something otherworldly. A floating palace. A dream. Simply stunning. Our thanks to everyone associated with Columbus.
From our first contact to our departure home you cared for us. We will not ever forget Ecuador and our time visiting such a lovely country.
Susan and Roger.
Thank you for organizing a great and memorable trip for us. The birthday cake on the ship was excellent and the crew were super nice in accommodating us. Each part of our trip was well-planned and had plenty of activities. It is hard to say what part was most exciting because every day had its highlights. The Galapagos was more beautiful than we expected it and we were amazed at how serious the guides take great care to preserve the islands’ beauty and wild life. Our trip to the Amazon was also as amazing and we especially enjoyed the time spent at the local Sani Warmi village near the Eco Lodge. They were very friendly towards our small group and very attentive. Our guide at the Galapagos was Enrique who works for the Klein group and Patricia was an independent guide that worked with a local native guide, Teo, at La Selva Eco Lodge. All our guides were very well educated on the local plants, insects, and animals. Our taxi driver, Patricio, who drove us back and forth to the airports between trips was courteous and informative. He provided history on the growth of the city and patiently waited while we shopped in Quito’s artisan market.
Thank you for coordinating the trip - we will recommend your company to our friends who are interested in doing this trip with full confidence that they will have the same experience we did. Thank you again for everything!
Olli & Stella
We just returned from our Galapagos trip. I wanted to tell you that we were very pleased with everything: accommodation, food, crew on the boat and itinerary, the transfers to the airport. Also, we appreciated your support regarding our lost bags and everything you and the company made so we can get them as fast as possible.
Thank you very much for organizing a perfect holiday, for us.
Have a lovely day,
Wow, it is hard to believe how fast time goes by. We intended to do just what you are asking for right away, but just haven't found the time yet. We will do so very soon.
The trip, and the services of Columbus Travel ( yours included!) were over the top!
We had such a wonderful time. We had fun, and enjoyed Peru, but we both CAN'T WAIT to visit Ecuador again. You have such a wonderful country, and so many wonderful employees. The Peru group while very accommodating was not up to the level of Columbus Travel. This is not meant to be a review of the trip. Susan, or I will do something more formal in the very near future for your website. I just wanted to get back to you right away. Thanks again for your assistance in planning our most amazing trip.
Roger Athey and Susan Butler
I spent 4 days / 3 nights on board the Aida María in August 2015 and loved every second of it. The crew was very pleasant and our guide really great (also had very good English). Food on board was plenty and always good. Being on board was a lot more comfortable than I had imagined. And the excursions to the aptly called enchanted islands will forever remain unforgettable. An incredible experience not to be missed!!!
Saludos muy cordiales,
Good Evening Maria,
Just wanted to let you know that JP and I had a wonderful experience on our recent vacation to the Galapagos. Everything was exactly as expected from our first day when we arrived in Quito to our last. Thank you so much for putting such a great package for us. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.
We are interested in going to Machu Picchu and the amazon. If you do find a good deal, please let us know. Our schedule is pretty flexible.
Drupatie & Jagat Lall
Just wanted to say a big thank you for organising my Galapagos trip! It was an amazing experience and lifetime dream to be able to go.
Couldn’t have been better!
Thank you for making it so.
All the best
We would like to say thank you for your efforts and the good organisation of our trip.
We had a wonderful time on the galapagos islands!
Best Regards from Puerto Lopez,
Barbara & Annina
Dear Mr. Francisco,
I like to let you know that I had a wonderful Galapagos cruise. We saw a lot more wildlife than I expected, especially under water during snorkeling. The yacht was nice and the crew very friendly and helpful and the cook prepared delicious meals. My cabin was on the main deck. The first four days I had to share it, but the last three days I had the whole cabin for myself and that was lovely. I enjoyed the excursions on the islands very much and the guide told us a lot about the history of the islands and the vegetation and wildlife on the Galapagos.
Thank you for arranging this very beautiful tour for me!
I wanted to send you this. Thank You for a job well done, my daughter and son in law had a wonderful time
with their trip into your country.
The trip went perfectly, there were no problems at all. Again thank you and your staff for a well-organized trip,
I will certainly recommend it to anyone that is considering travelling to a great destination like this.
my daughter and me had a wonderful cruise on MCC Anahi through the Western Galapagos.
Excursions and guidance, food and service, everything was just excellent.
Many thanks to you as well for your efficiency and helpfulness in realising this marvellous trip.
With best regards
Dr. Joachim Ihns,
We booked our August 2015 honeymoon trip to the Galapagos Islands with Columbus Travel, working with Francisco Vela. Francisco came highly recommended from a friend who had gone through Columbus Travel to plan a family trip to the Galapagos, and he exceeded our expectations. We were given plenty of information and details to make a customized trip that was really a once in a lifetime experience. We flew through Guayaquil and stayed for several nights in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) at the beautiful Angermeyer Inn (where we received a free upgrade to a gorgeous suite to celebrate our honyemoon!).
There we enjoyed the beaches, hikes, and small town, and also went scuba diving. We then embarked on a three night cruz, all booked through Columbus, where we were able to visit several other islands, and enjoy hours of snorkeling, hiking, and the delicious food prepared on-board. We would recommend working with Columbus Travel. Francisco was informative, detail oriented, helpful, and very flexible in accommodating our requests. The Galapagos Islands is a magical and beautiful place that we highly recommend visiting!
Thank you again Francisco
Coral I & II
I'm sorry I've been so slow to respond. We had the best trip - the boat and crew were top notch. And the guys that helped us through ticketing and security at the airport were great too. Thank you for everything. Such a wonderful experience. We all loved it,
I truly had a wonderful time travelling in Ecuador with my son! I tell everyone that the highlight of the trip was our fabulous cruise to the Galapagos.
Here are the things that I thought were very well done:
Your communication of what was needed before and during the trip was excellent. Although I have travelled in many other countries, this was my first visit to South America and I appreciated your attention to detail. I felt safe and comfortable, and knew exactly what I needed to do at each step.
The food on the Golandrina was delicious, plentiful and interesting. I found myself looking forward to each meal.
The crew of the Golondrina were consistently friendly, helpful and cheerful. They seemed to enjoy the cruise as much as the passengers, pointing out whales, dolphins and other sights to us.
Our guide, Roberto, was just the best on both water and land. He had so much interesting information on the plants, animals, history and geology of the Galapagos. He did an excellent job of leading the snorkelling groups, finding things that we may not have otherwise seen. He was unfailingly polite and enthusiastic.
The route we followed during our 8 days on the boat was wonderful. I really liked how many islands we were able to see during that time. I've talked to people who only did a 4 day cruise and I felt that would have been way too short a time for me.
Overall, our experience was very posititive. It was truly a trip of a lifetime to a place that I never thought I would see!
Thanks for everything,
Thank you for your email. Thank you so much for arranging everything. The whole trip starting with excellent and efficient pick up from the airport. The hotel you booked is just more than perfect. Queen of Galapagos is deluxe to us. We had a great time. Your service made us a perfect trip. Thank you.
Judy and I would like to thank Columbus Travel for all you have done, your professional approach started from when we were picked up on arrival and has continued since then. I will give a great Trip Advisor report and will mention you to my NZ Travel Agent as being a fantastic company that puts your clients first and takes great care of them. My initial experience. with Veronica was amazing and this has continued. Thank everyone very much and was a pity that Judy is going to miss most of this holiday we have been planning for over 12 months
Looking at it now Carlos's decision to get a doctor to look at Judy and who referred us to the specialist may have saved a life as the doctors in Quito had concerns with possible blood clots occurring during flying prior to the operation.
Thanks again to your whole crew well done and we truly appreciate you efforts
Cheers and hugs from Rod and Judy
Thank you for your email and your interest about our opinion. Our trip to Ecuador and specially to the Galapagos islands was a great an fantastic experience. The service on the Galapagos tour was excellent and every step was organized very well. We will remember your country in the best manner.
thank you for your e-mail and please apologize me for delay in my answer. I was out of the office last week. Thank you for your understanding. I did not talk to the clients yet, but they sent to me several sms during their trip and after their return back home which were full of thanks. They did mention that everything was perfect and I saw some feedback on their facebook profiles as well. One of them even mentioned that this was their best holidays for ever.
So thank you very much for all these perfect arrangements. I would love to cooperate with you in future as well and you will be the first person to contact in case of your destinations requests.
Have a nice days!
I just wanted to let you know how great our trip was. I filled out a response form, but the driver didn't collect it in the morning (it was 4:00 a.m. after all) and I forgot to give it to him. Would you like me to mail it? I only said great things. The transportation people were there as planned. The written itinerary that the agent gave us was very helpful on the boat and also when I got home and sorted through my photographs. They had a gift pillow for the boys with a tortoise and their names on it. They loved that.
The Hilton was perfect since it was so close to the airport in Guayaquil, as were all the other arrangements you made for us. The adjoining rooms were perfect and made it so easy for my kids and grandchildren.
The boat was very efficient and the excursions were wonderful. We had a great guide (Rafael) who was patient with us and the kids. Everyone was most helpful and friendly. I will definitely recommend your agency to anyone who is planning a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos.
Thank you again for your help with all my questions and concerns.
I wanted to tell you that my family had a great experience in Ecuador.
The Galaxy ship was first class, the guide was very much an expert, the meals were good (the cook made special vegetarian dishes for my daughter) and we saw very interesting islands from both land and the water.
Thanks for all your help making our travel arrangements.
We have returned from our excellent 5-day cruise aboard the Seaman Journey in the Galapagos. We must say that it was a wonderful trip, and we really enjoyed the flora, fauna, fish, and ecology.
The arrangements all went very smoothly, starting with our check-in at the Quito hotel, through all the transfers and flights, and ending with our return to the other hotel in Quito.
The boat and its crew were wonderful. We were treated very well, enjoyed the great food, and were very comfortable. The guide (Alexis) was very knowledgeable, and answered all our questions very thoroughly. The itinerary and excursions seemed well-planned to expose us to as much of the Galapagos as possible in a few days.
Hank & Judy Bird
In 2015 my wife and I visited Galapagos and the rain forest in Ecuador using Columbus travel. From start to finish we felt that we were dealing with a totally professional agency.
Every aspect of trip planning and the trip itself worked out very smoothly and we were more than satisfied with everything. I highly recommend Columbus Travel. If I go back to Ecuador, I will not hesitate to used them to organize a trip.
Durango, CO, USA
Kevin and I had a wonderful time. Everything went smoothly and well from both your travel agency and Silver Seas. I have nothing but good things to say and appreciate your assistance in helping us book the trip.
Thank you very much!
We had a really wonderful holiday. Everything went according to plan. The boat - the San Jose -was spacious and comfortable, and I will definitely be recommending it to anyone who asks. The staff were helpful and friendly.
The islands were fantastic, and we enjoyed the variety of flora and fauna on them.
The whole holiday went smoothly. We were collected from our hotel in Quito on time; the transfer to the boat went well, and at the end of our cruise we spent a few days in Puerto Ayora, and Columbus Travel arranged flight tickets for my friend and myself on different days, so that was awkward for them, and yet it all went to plan.
I'm not sure if I will be able to return to the Galapagos. I would like to visit Wolf Island on a dive boat, perhaps next year. Do you organise trips on liveaboard dive boats?
Anyway. Many thanks for your help in organising my holiday.
We have now completed our travels organised by you to Galapagos and on the Manatee. Everything went as planned and we had a truly marvellous journey. Bridget and I would like to thank you for the very professional way in which you dealt with our original enquiry and the follow ups.
We would be happy to recommend both you and your company to anyone looking to make travel arrangements within Ecuador.
I just wanted to send you a quick note thanking you and your company for your services. My husband and I had a wonderful time traveling on the Santa Cruz in the Galapagos and staying at the two hotels you also arranged for us.
Everything worked out beautifully. We also had a wonderful time also exploring the cities of Quito and Otavalo while we were in Equator.
Your services and advice was very helpful. You do indeed have a friendly, lovely country. We hope to return again one day!
Apologies for the delayed response. Our experience in Ecuador was wonderful, and the Galapagos cruise was the highlight of our entire visit! The animals, landscapes, and activities were simply amazing. I also want to thank you for being very responsive to all of my inquires. I won't hesitate to recommend Columbus Travel to anyone else I know who is considering a trip to Ecuador or the Galapagos
I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for all of your help (and that of Columbus travel) for our cruise. It truly was an amazing experience from start to finish and we hope to come back sometime and do the rest of the islands and also explore Ecuador some more. Just a lovely country, even better people, and amazing sites and things to do.
Only hiccup was that the people who worked at Santa Cruz did not seem to know where our boat was but we made it to San Cristobal just fine!
I very much enjoyed my time in Quito and the Galapagos Islands.
I was very happy with the arrangements you and your company provided! All the arrangements you made for me worked out well and there were no problems.
The only problem I had was poor visibility during the dives and snorkeling, but that's something no one has control over haha.
The boat cruise was probably the highlight of the trip. It was a nice boat with a good guide and crew. The hotel bookings you made for me were all great and there were no problems.
One of my initial concerns was the flight from Quito to the Galapagos. Ensuring I had all the necessary paperwork and getting to the correct airport gate etc.
So I was especially happy with the included transfer from my hotel in Quito to the airport for my flight to the Galapagos Islands. I was not expecting to get help with checking my bags and obtaining my boarding pass. The two gentlemen who helped me made the whole process extremely simple and easy for me.
I would also like to thank you for answering my many questions quickly and accurately!
At the moment I can not think of any particular recommendations for improvement. The prices for the bookings seemed reasonable and the peace of mind of having everything booked before the trip was worth any extra costs.
So I was very happy with the services you provided and I would recommend you and your company to friends.
Hotel + Tip Top 3
I have only been impeded in my writing of great reviews by a slight computer problem since we got home that is now fixed. We had a great time and it was in large part thanks to your efforts. I will write a more detailed response later, but just wanted to say we had a great time and are busy recommending you to our friends.
A quick note: Lugano Suites turned out to be perfect in every regard. Large rooms, convenient location and extremely competent and helpful staff. We were able to leave some items there until we returned from the Galapagos and elsewhere, which was very helpful. We stayed there 5 different nights all total and couldn't have been more satisfied. Hope you will pass it on to others in your office.
Eclipse + Land services
We arrive home late last night after a wonderful trip to Ecuador. I wanted to thank you for all your help in putting together the travel details to the Galapagos Islands on the Nemo I. We had a magical time. The boat, crew, guide, and itinerary exceeded our expectations.
Both in the Galapagos Islands and in the Otavalo region, we had the opportunity to learn a great detail about Ecuador, its past challenges and future opportunities.
We are already dreaming of our our return visit.
Thank you for coordinating an almost flawless trip to the Galapagos Islands. Our only problem occurred when a representative from Columbus did not meet us at the Guayaquil airport upon our return from Galapagos on Feb 28. That minor inconvenience was more than offset by the accommodations on the Ocean Spray, the crew service, the exquisite cuisine and our guide. Morris Garcia has to be the best guide on the Islands. His knowledge, communication skills, thoughtfulness and enthusiasm for Galapagos made each day memorable. Thanks again from the Miami airport on our way home.
We are only now back in Canada as we spent two weeks in Cuenca after our marvelous Galapagos adventure. We are very happy with our cruise. We found the pick-up prompt and our driver efficient so that all went smoothly from the beginning. The Eden was just right for us, the crew friendly and helpful, the meals and snacks very good. We have to say that David (Valdemar?), our guide, couldn't have been better. He was very knowledgeable, had a wonderful sense of humour and kept everyone happy. We have only good to say about our experience and thank you for all your help.
David and Denise
After the fantastic trip I had to Galapagos, you did a wonderful job with the itinerary and were extremely patient and helpful with all my questions and changes so i'm sure you can help my friend as well and hopefully she will experience as memorable a time as I had.
Well, I am finally home to the USA after 7 weeks in South America and Antarctica. Let me first start out by saying a BIG thank you for your fast correspondence and professional service. As an added treat Cathy and I were delighted to meet you in person on New Year's Eve.
The pickup to the airport was excellent. The driver was on time in a very nice, clean car. A perfect rating for the car agency and driver.
Our guide in the Galapagos was a free-lance guide and we were very happy with him. His name is Victor. Cathy got sick and he even took her to the hospital and translated for her to get the care she needed. He was very knowledgeable and led us on good tours.
I knew the ship was an economy or budget rated ship and it lived up to that reputation. Food was good, snorkeling was good and the itinerary was good.
Overall it was still a very good experience and we were quite happy with our trip. Thanks again for all your help in making it happen.
USA, January 2015
Good Morning Maria,
Our trip was excellent! We were very satisfied by the transfer services and I'm told the Swissotel in Quito was very nice. (Due to my flight delays I really didn't get to spend much time there. ) My friends said that the hotel staff was friendly and helpful.
We really enjoyed the cruise on M/Y Grace. Every member of the crew was professional and attentive. The naturalists were knowledgeable and patient with the passengers and the itinerary was great. Overall, it was a relaxing and educational visit to the Galapagos Islands.
I told other passengers that I booked through Columbus Travel and that the service was great. I let them know that any communications were answered quickly, thoroughly and in a friendly but professional way.
Thank you for all you did to make our adventure wonderful!
Lee Ann Struthers
U.S.A. January 2015
I spoke with the Naider's last night and they had a memorable trip. The highlight was definitely the Sea Star Journey. They said it was luxurious, large and well appointed. The suites were big and the food was excellent. They loved the wyndham in Guayaquil and you should know that I think it's the only spot to stay. You were terrific and very attentive. I appreciate that you were responsive to all the back and forth emails. I would like to know more about the destinations that you do really well besides Ecuador. I mean the spots that you guys operate in but already have experience running tours there. I hope to be calling on you for further business in the future.
Amiel Lindenbaum Luxury Travel Advisor
Sea Star Journey
U.S.A. January 2015
Naider Family 5 guests
Great to hear from you! I have been wanting to write to thank you for your great service, and to tell you that our trip was truly superb. There were no bad experiences. Everything worked smoothly. All connections were great. Everyone was generous and helpful. La Casona was the perfect hotel, except next time we would get a room away from the street the accordion player played until after midnight!
Galapagos was a dream come true. Every day was filled with fascinating adventure and awesome experiences. There could not be a better ship and crew; guides were first class, and the service superb. Even the weather was perfect. Such a great trip!
Working with you was a pleasure. We are so very glad that we found you. Thanks for making all of this happen. Our only regret was that we did not get to meet you in person. Keep up the good work.
U.S.A. January 2015
We had a fantastic time - thank you for all your assistance, it was much appreciated.
All the best for the new year
U.K. January 2015
Happy new year. Sorry for the time it has taken me to reply but life has been very busy since our return from South America.
Our time on La Pinta was wonderful. All arrangements were perfect. We loved the ship and
ll of the staff. We feel very privileged to have been able to witness the wonders of the Galapagos.
I would like to thank you once again for your wonderful arrangements - patient and thorough. Everything was excellent. My wife and I will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who are heading to Ecuador.
I hope that your travels also went well and that you learned plenty about other parts of South America.
Many thanks and best wishes.
England December 2014
Happy New Year to you and hope all is going well so far in 2015.
Sorry for the delay - got home before the new year, and straight into a family wedding etc, and then back to work on the 5th of Jan - after a good 5 weeks away! So you can imagine how much catching up etc had to be done!
We had an amazing trip overall, both in Peru, Ecuador and of course the amazing Galapagos! As for all the services you organized and provided - I have no complaints really. The staff were really helpful - wherever they met us etc.
The Galapagos cruise was amazing. I can say we had a fabulous honeymoon. . . even if it was delayed by 1 and half years!I would definitely love to visit South America again. Thank you for all your help and services.
Have a great weekend. Take care
I wanted to let you know that everything went exceptionally well with our 8-day Galapagos cruise on the M/V Eclipse. The crew was very professional, friendly, and well organized. The ship was clean and well maintained. The food was excellent. The naturalist guides were both very informative and knowledgeable. All the travel arrangements went exactly as planned. We feel very fortunate that we were able to get booked on this cruise, especially with such short notice.
The whole trip exceeded our expectations, and I would be happy to be a positive reference for both Columbus Travel and the Eclipse.
Thank you again for helping to arrange this cruise. Ecuador is a wonderful country, with wonderful and friendly people.
We really enjoyed our entire visit.
Lafayette, CA, USA
from December 27 to January 03 2015
Thanks for your email - and yes we are home again now after a fabulous 5 weeks in Sth America!
Our time in Ecuador went really well. The hotel pick up was fine and he seemed to take us on an interesting route from the airport up narrow streets and up up to Quito town. The Marriot was exceptional, and a wonderful place to stay for Christmas. Our drop off back to the airport in Quito was fine. Our arrival in Galapagos went smoothly and we soon met up with our guide and the other customers on our Seaman Journey. The cruise was most enjoyable, and our guide Geoff was particularly knowledgeable and made the trip really enjoyable for all. The crew were so helpful too and everyone seemed very attentive to our needs, helping with wet suits or anything we needed, on and off the boat.
The actual visits we did were slightly different to the itinerary you sent us . Geoff explained that at the start of every year the Seaman is advised what snorkeling and land visits they are allowed to do - so it may vary from year to year.
The trip was very enjoyable. Thanks so much for all your organising Maria
Good Morning Maria Soledad,
I send you this mail to thank you for the beautiful trip you arranged for us, everything was perfect: the journey from Quito to Guayaquil with Juan, the trip to Isabela, and cruise on Fragata;
Thanks again, and will definitely recommend my friends contacting Columbus Travel and especially Maria Soledad to organize a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos
All my Best,
Now that we are back in Scotland, we must write to thank you very much for organising such an excellent tour of Ecuador. You certainly have a very special - unique - country, and your planning plus, our brilliant guide, Daniel, gave us the best holiday of our lifetime! We are now trying to persuade all our friends to go to Ecuador!
Grateful thanks and best wishes
Marian and Colin
15 day land based tour and Darwin cruise
I wanted to thank you for all your help with our Galapagos trip We had an unbelievable time. The boat trip was fantastic and we got to snorkel with sharks and turtles and see amazing wildlife on land as well. Yolita was a great recommendation and the people running it did a great job. The food was especially surprisingly good and we had the time of our lives. Finch Bay was good as well and very relaxing.
Thanks for our wonderful time in Ecuador. Everything was finely arranged. I'll write this experience in Trip Advisor!
La Selva and Guantanamera Cruise
We had an excellent trip, it all went very smoothly. The boat (Archipel I) and crew were all very good. Thank you for being quick to respond to our initial inquiry and all our emails, and for providing very clear and detailed information!
We wanted to write to you to tell you how pleased we are with the excellent service you provided: punctual drivers, the delightful La Casona de la Ronda and the best part, the Galaxy Cruise. The staffof the Galaxy were truly professional. They worked so hard to please and many had a great sense of humor. We had two guides, Maria and Rafael, who were both knowledgable and excellent guides. Everyone involved ensured that guests' needs were met and that we had a truly enjoyable experience.
Thank you very much.
Jaime and Michel Lachiver
Andrew and I just returned from our week in Galapagos; it went perfectly and I wanted to thank you for your excellent job.
All the best
United States of America
Thank you for your email. We really enjoyed the trip. The MV Santa Cruz was beautiful as was La Selva. La Selva was a highlight of our trip.
Things we really liked:
- Palace hotel- large, comfortable rooms, a good location and tasty breakfast.
- MV Santa Cruz- we were grouped with excellent people. The rooms were lovely.
- La Selva- our guide Diana was warm & patient. We highly recommend others pay extra for a private guide.
- La Selva- the chef was wonderful. He took extra care to make sure my mom was given food that met her dietary needs, and it wasn't dry (like some of the food on the MV Santa Cruz) it was all delicious and beautifully prepared and we can't say enough good things about him.
All in all it was a wonderful trip, and thank you for your help putting it together,Bonnie
This is to say THANK YOU to your wonderful agent, Vladimir. He did a great job with my case. Unfortunately, I have to deal with some complications due to my flight cancellation and later - with my Travel Guard insurance, and Vladi was of enormous help. Please commend him on great services he provides, he deserves a praise! (and a raise :-))
I travel a lot and not always your agent gives you his personal cell phone number and tells you to call him if ANYTHING is needed. I needed to contact him late night, and I had to call him several times while I was stranded in Guayaquil and he helped me. Afterwards, he sent me all copies of my payments, etc.
I am very grateful for his service and think it's important you hear it from me.
Thanks for your follow up email. The cruise and the land activities were wonderful. We truly enjoyed our stay in the Galapagos and look forward to future vacations in the region. As far as any recommendations, I don't have any.However, if I can think of any, I'll provide some suggestions. I appreciate your diligence in making our vacation enjoyable.
The Santa Cruz was excellent by the way. It was large enough that there were a good variety of people, and so the girls did meet some kids their age which they really appreciated.
But, not really an issue with excursions each day, as they have so many Zodiacs, we were on and off very fast.
The staff was excellent, the food, the room, everything was better than I had imagined. In particular our guide, Eddison, was a star. I think we got lucky with him.
Sol y Mar is a great hotel too, and better than Finch Bay would have been. It's nice to be able to walk out and choose any restaurant for dinner. The kid enjoy the pool and hot tub also.
Last night we ate at Hotel Silberstein, which was very beautiful also, but I could see we would not fit in there so well as there was not a child in sight.
Looking forward to the Amazon! You know how it is here, after a week of stepping over Sea Lions and Iguanas, you become a little pass about them, just as you have seen so many.
A trip into the rainforest with eyes peeled for monkeys and otters will be just the thing.
Thanks for arranging it all so well,
Good morning Ivonne,
I wanted to thank you and the enite staff of Columbus Travel and Cormorant for an amazing vacation. The trip more than met our expectations on every level.
From the moment we landed in Quito till we returned home. Juan, our tour guide was wonderful, the accomodations were Five Star and the itinery was incredible. The three of us had a trip of a lifetime in your Beautiful Country.
The Comerant and the entire Galapogos experience was breathtaking. From Carlos our naturalist, to Edison our Cruise Director to the entire crew of the Cormorant.
I was hoping you could provide an email address for me that I cannot locate. Another family on the Comerant, for Mary and her children John Eric, Dana and Drew. We cannot remember their last name. We were to share pictures with them and my daughter cannot find John Ross's email. He took such amazing photos for us. Would you please forward an email address for John Eric or Mary?
Again thank you. I do intend to write reviews on trip advsor. If there is anything we can do to help promote your company, do let me know.
It was fantastic, the cruise was unbelievable and the staff and guides were amazing.
The Raddisson hotel was excellent and the transfers there and back were on time to the minute.
Thank you for making all the arrangements for me and my friends, the flights, hotels, the cruise and all the transfers.
Everything went to plan and my friends are very appreciative of all the work and effort you put in for us.
Once again, thank you for everything you have done & I will differently be recommending your services to all I speak too.
Hi Maria Soledad!
A couple of days back in the Netherlands (luckily sunny as well) but wishing we were back in Ecuador. . . .
Our experience has been absolutely brilliant! We've really fallen in love with your country, the people and of course the Galapagos. Thank you so very much of arranging this life-long memory for us!
I don't have many feedback as everything was arranged very well.
Hope this helps!
All the best,
Hoy fue nuestra salida del barco Eclipse y te queria dar un feed-back.
Ha sido un viaje maravilloso. Tanto el barco como la tripulacion como los
guias naturalistas excelentes. Nos hemos sentido super amados a bordo. La
comida tambien excelente. Todo el personal muy detallista y siempre
pendiente de ayudar. No tenemos nada pero nada de criticar.
Galapagos es un paraiso que ojala vaya a sobrevivir siempre.
Un saludo especial y nuevamente gracias.
Our trip was great. Pick ups were on time and hotels in Ecuador and Peru were excellent. Our guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. Our trips to Galapagos and Peru were also excellent.
Thank you for all your help.
I would just let you know that we had a wonderful trip to Galapagos.
Everything worked really well.
Thank you very much for your help and assistance.
Thank you Maria - everything in Ecuador was wonderful - Galapagos was amazing and made very easy for us with everything running like clockwork and someone always there to meet and greet and make sure everything was as planned.
Peru was fantastic too - wonderful accommodation - comfortable, central location, good breakfasts and helpful staff. All the activities in Peru were very well organized and again, ran like clockwork - pickups, guides, drivers, other transport nd the meals supplied were all excellent.
Thanks again Maria - you did a marvelous job and we will recommend you to any one we know coming your way.
Lorrie and Jim Clarke
Maria, thanks. We had an excellent time.
Transfers: Airport transfers were great. Drivers were prompt and helpful. No issues at all.
Hotel: We loved Vieja Cuba. Nice Boutique hotel. Breakfasts were excellent and the hotel is within walking distance of good restaurants at Plaza Foch. The extra day in Quito was a good choice. It gave us a day to see the city on our own.
Cruise: We loved it. Estrella Del Mar is a great boat. Good food and the activities were excellent.
Flights: The only real negative was the flight. They moved our flight to Baltra back from 7:30 to 10:30. We didn't get on the boat until almost 2 so we held up the boat and they had to cut off one of the Friday PM stops.
We also liked having an extra day at the end in Pueta Ayora. It gave us some down time and a chance to see more of the island.
All in all we had a wonderful time.
Just a short note regarding our recent trip. We enjoyed the Galapagos and the cruse -- the Legend was plenty satisfactory. I did quite a bit of snorkeling.
We would recommend it with the reservation that the Galapagos cruise is not for everyone -- we saw people with mobility problems that had serious difficulty getting in and out of the Zodiacs.
We would recommend your company!
Peru was great especially being we had PERFECT weather for the top sites.
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
Thank you again for your help with our booking of the Beluga. It was a fabulous boat and we had a happy, memorable holiday. Our guide was Juan Tapia and he was excellent.
It was quite a treat to be put up in the Marriot Hotel. It was very comfortable.
The representative who came with the driver to pick us up from Su Merced was charming and helpful.
Hello Maria - We had a wonderful trip and were very happy with the overall experiences, both at La Selva and on the Ocean Spray. The service was great at both places, everyone was very nice and helpful and we really got a lot out of it. The Ocean Spray in particular was fantastic and I will certainly refer friends.
In terms of advice for future travelers or feedback, there are a couple of things I would recommend.
First, I would tell people that they should visit a travel health clinic for malaria medicine, yellow fever shots, and other vaccinations before visiting the jungle.
Otherwise, I would tell people to expect to have the best trip of a lifetime. It was really that good!!
I'm just back at work :(
I've had an AMAZING holidays thanks so much for your help!! The Galapagos tour was super super good, everybody very friendly in Quito and everywhere.
I was a bit disappointed by Guayaquil, and happy I didn't stay long there. The hotel wasn't very good either for the price it costs, but maybe it is the same for all hotels there. (HOTEL PALACE)
My overall experience of Ecuador of south America has been lovely. All arrangements and picks up were good.
I will definitely recommend you and your team to friends wanting to visit Ecuador, and hopefully will be in touch for further holidays!
You did the best job ever arranging dorothy's and my trip to the galapagos. all went off with out a hitch. i am giving your information to several people i know in santa fe who are thinking about going to the galapagos. as for my trip i was the adventure of a lifetime. i loved everything about our trip. it was transformative in so many ways. the galapagos were just fantastic and quito was wonderful. the cormorant was an amazing boat and every one was so wonderful in our group. i also loved the “casona de la ronda. “ it was a perfect place to stay in quito. i love your beautiful country and its people. please tell your boss that you deserve a raise for being the best travel agent i have ever worked with. i wish you all the best and again thank you for all of your help.
Sorry for not writing back earlier.
All was perfect, thanks for helping to put this together last minute.
Evolution + Cruise Train
I was about to write you with our feedback of our trip[ to Quito and Galapagos. Everything was arranged almost to perfection, and we had a trip of our life time! Thank you so much for arranging the trip, and we were very satisfied with the tours in Quito and in Galapagos. Eclipse cruise was fantastic and Galapagos was indeed amazing.
Thanks again, and I am happy to provide any reference for your future customer. Please also let me know if you want me to write up any review or comments.
Everything was great and in many ways even better than expected.
The crew was very helpful and attentive to all our needs.
The food was great.
In all we had a very memorable time.
Also we were fortunate to enjoy the company of the other guest on board.
Thanks for everything
We booked, entirely by email after visiting their website, through Francisco Vela of Columbus Travel to spend 8 days in the Amazon Rain Forest and 8 days in the Galapagos Islands. Francisco couldn't have been more helpful and efficient, answering our many questions with patience and clarity.
All our flights, overnight hotel stops, lodge & boat were excellent and efficient with practically everyone speaking English. We stayed at SELVA LODGE deep in the Ecuadorian Rain Forest with Paul Cuyabeno & Teo Agustin as our guides - they were fantastic and we learnt so much and saw so much wildlife. We stayed on a 16 person boat THE MAJESTIC in the Galapagos which was also brilliant with 10 crew to look after just 14 of us. Malena was our excellent guide.
We cannot recommend Columbus Travel highly enough and shall certainly use them when we return to South America again as we hope to. We have fallen in love with the continent!
It was really a fantastic experience.
Colorful & unique creatures and many exquisite landscapes and views in the Galapagos Islands.
I am very satisfied with all the services on the cruise ship. All the crew members and naturalists are courteous and very well trained.
Transfer arrangements between the airport and the hotel were perfect and very convenient.
Handing over the responsibility from the driver to the Eclipse staff at the airport was also smooth.
The hotel you reserved for us was fabulous. They arranged a driver for our excursion to the old town in Quito at a reasonable prices.
I understand there was an unfortunate incidence in Guayaquil. Japanese media broadcasted the murder/robbery of a young Japanese couple in Guayaquil during their honeymoon which aroused fear among the potential Japanese tourists to Ecuador. Nevertheless, I feel that it is a manageable risk and I would strongly recommend the travel to the Galapagos Islands and Columbus Travel to my friends
Thank you very much for your help in making such a memorable travel to me and my wife.
The trip was wonderful! All the transfers were at the right place and time. Thank you for making those arrangements so perfectly.
We loved the Sea Star Journey! We had great traveling companions who were all very friendly and helpful! Felt like we were all family although all 8 cabins were occupied by guests from different countries with exception of 4 passengers from England. English was the language we all used as well as the crew.
The guide, Peter was the best!! Everything depends on the guide on a cruise in the Galapagos! He determines the route, what guests see, what they learn, everything! He is more important than the captain or the ship. Peter has been doing this for 20 years and is very knowledgeable! He is also a fun and good person!
People do not need to do the Galapagos if they are very old. Much energy and agility are needed.
One passenger on our cruise had Type1 diabetes, and he did very well and the ship accommodated his dietary needs. The food is served well and timely and there is plenty to eat. It is always buffet-style and good with usually a choice of 2 meats and 2 or 3 vegetables and salad and often soup, too and dessert. I would not say it is gourmet, but it is good and appealing.
The ship is very nice with great, spacious cabins that have large baths and large showers with lots of water pressure and hot water!
However, they advertise that wi-fi is available and it is not. There is no wi-fi except in Baltra and San Cristobal on shore in an Internet cafe.
Also, there is no tv although there are flat screen tv's in every room. There are DVD players so people need to know to bring dvd's to watch.
We did everything that was available and had a great time! You stay very busy on the cruise and see so much! Incredible animals, birds, plants---everyone learns a great deal! It is an unbelievably beautiful place--peaceful with great natural landscapes.
Thank you so much for taking such good care of all of our arrangements! You did a wonderful job!
Mary Anne Frolik
Harry and Mary Anne
Sea Star Journey
My husband and I have just returned from an eight day cruise to the Galapagos Islands on the ocean spray. Our experience was superb!
The ship was immaculate, spacious and comfortable. We did not expect such spacious rooms. Somehow our rooms cleaned themselves every time we left. Service was excellent and discreet. We loved our towel sculptures. Juanito was an artist, Every staff member and every crew member was wonderful. Dr Trixie. Was every where with Treats, snacks, beverages and food service. Did she sleep?
Chef Adrian delighted us with the delicious variety of wonderful fresh menus he prepared at every meal. We always had our cameras ready to capture his daily vegetable or fruit art.
Thank you so much our pre cruise info was so helpful. Vero at Columbus travel was great to work with and we will certainly recommend this trip,crew, chef,and Harry to everyone.
Roberta and Paul
Good Afternoon Maria! Merry Christmas!
We just got back home! Our trip was FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for all of your help and attention to detail. Also for the wine!
Hope you have a Happy New Year. We are writing to thank you for all the time and effort you put in to make our trip a very enjoyable one. It was much appreciated. Because of you, we will continue to use your firm in those trips that you are involved in. Once again, thank you very much for all that you have done.
Meade and Susan
I just got back from my honeymoon on the Ocean Spray in the Galapagos. I just wanted to let you know that Veronica went out of her way to make our honeymoon perfect. From arranging our flights, to our hotel in Ecuador, to the cruise itself, everything was great.
She is a great employee, and just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the service. We will be highly recommending her to any of our family or friends that are interested in a trip.
hi christianjust a quick line to say i had a great time in galapagos , everything i hoped for and more but because of your help the organising was very easy and hassle free. i really appreciate all your help and i will reccomend you to any of my friends concidering a trip to galapagos. many thanks again for all your help christian
All the best,
Darwin’s Footsteps ( 8 day program )
We had an incredible time on the Samba, thanks - Luis was an amazing guide, the crew and the boat were excellent, and the islands were like nothing we've seen before. It was the highlight of our travels so far! Thanks very much for all your help in making it happen. We were more than satisfied with our experience.
All the bestAnna
Everything went well from the minute we left the US to the minute we returned
My daughter and I had a great week aboard the Eclipse the whole week in the Galapagos was
terrific and most memorable thank you!
We wanted to write in to show our appreciation to Christian Jacome for his assistance in planning our Galapagos trip. Christian was fair-minded and a thorough professional throughout our discussions. This was a critical factor in our choice to go with your agency for our upcoming trip.
Kenny & Devi
WE are home now and had a most enjoyable trip to Quito and to the Galapagos through your company – everything went off well and we were pleased to have made the effort to get to Galapagos to experience a unique part of the world!
The little Fragata is a bit tired… but they we just made the most of it and enjoyed it all so very much!
Thank you again for your help with everything you were very patient with me as we negotiated the trip and costings etc and I appreciated your help – Quito is such a lovely city and we were taken around everywhere by our contacts there – we loved it.
All the best – will recommend your company to our Australian travelling friends – it is always good to use someone that somebody knows of etc.
Marg and Gerard Smith
Yeronga, Brisbane Qld Australia.
We are at the Quito airport waiting for our flight back to the States, but just wanted to thank you for an amazing vacation.
This trip was truly one of the most wonderful I have ever been fortunate enough to experience. The boat and crew were phenomenal. Such wonderful people who truly enjoy what they do and work so hard to ensure that everyone has a wonderful time.
I plan on posting my photos on my website at www.pbase.com/toddao soon.
Todd & John
Thanks for your note and we certainly did have one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives. However before I talk about the trip I would like to thank you and your team for helping us organise it, from our very first contact with you it was clear that you had understood what we were looking for and you found it for us, plus you answered all our questions quickly and efficiently, everything was well organised and worked like clock work, it was great.
Our week on the Anahi was like a dream, the boat is beautiful and very comfortable, plus being a catamaran was very stable. The crew were friendly and very helpful, the boat was spotless,the food was delicious and plentiful and the captain (Tony) helped us spot and follow whales and dolphins!
One of the main reasons we enjoyed the islands was the knowledge and personality of our guide Roberto, he was excellent, making the whole tour interesting and fun. And of course the islands themselves are absolutely magical, we knew they would be special but were not prepared for the feast of wildlife we would see at such close quarters and the landscape and the sealife, and it goes on!
Overall a fantastic experience, thank you for your help in organising it!
Peter & Pauline
Esta es la nuestra ultima noche in Ecuador y stamos pensando a ti! Gracias parà esta buona vacaciones y por los lugares especial de tu pais che tu has echo mirar a nosotros!
Thank you very much, the trip was just great, we would definitely recommend you and your company to our friends!
Galapagos Gran Odyssey
Just wanted to send you a quick thank you for an awesome vacation. Everything was fantastic and we had a great time. Boat and trip couldn't have been any better.
What a great job you did in pulling this together for us with such short notice!
Molly x 4
again. .I cannot thank you enough. . .you truly saved our vacation. . . . . . .the hotels were wonderful!! the tour amazing and the cruise of the Galapagos was magical. . . .thank you thank you thank you!!!! I will totally recommend you to all who want to see your beautiful section of earth!!!
CORAL I & II
Thank you for your email. We had a wonderful trip thank you, it was excellent! The crew and guide were very good and the person who took us to the airport was extremely helpful.
Katie & Lara
Thank you for a vacation of a lifetime. I hope you don't mind, but I provided your name and agency to a friend of mine who is considering a Galapagos trip for him and his wife in early 2014.
Take care and again, thank you!!
Christian, We had a great time and everything went perfectly. Thank you for making all of the arrangements and making sure there were no issues.
We just got back from Quito/Galapagos. Thanks for all your help! it was a great trip. The Cormorant is a good boat . . . cabins are large, each has a nice balcony, and the food and guide were first rate.
I'll put a review on Tripadvisor soon! cudos to you and your agency.
Michael * 2
I just wanted to let you know how happy we were with our recent cruise on the Ocean Spray. It truly was the vacation of a lifetime. The food was delicious, the crew members couldn't have been nicer and I can't imagine a better guide than Jorge. His knowledge and enthusiasm were boundless and his morning wake up announcements were priceless.The Machu Picchu part of the trip was fantastic,too. Our accomadations and guides on that end were great, too! We were raving about the trip to some friends of ours and they are very interested in going so I'm going to give them your name and e-mail address.
We can't thank you enough,
David and Alison Mandelbaum”
The crew were fantastic. All worked very hard to make our stay aboard Aggressor 1 a comfortable one. Nothing was too much trouble. Our dive guides were fantastic too. Very knowledgeable about the Galapago and providing the right degree of supervision and guiding for our experienced group.
R Brookes ~ Galapagos Aggressor I
I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that my wife and I had a marvelous time on our cruise on the Beluga. The entire crew was excellent, the boat in good shape and the guide very informative. Thank you for your help in setting this up.
Thank you so much for all of your services and help with the planning of our trip. There are not enough adjectives left that aren't overused on a daily basis to describe how amazing / fantastic / wonderful the entire trip was. Ryan and I both had awesome times. The entire trip was perfect from the time we landed in Quito on the 7th until we left Quito on the 13th. Our limited time in Quito made us want to return for an Ecuador / Peru trip in 2-3 years. We look forward to using your services at Columbus Travel when we are ready to arrange that trip.
Many thanks for all your thoughtful care of our trip to Ecuador.
We will certainly recommend you as an excellent travel agent to all who ask.
With best wishes,
Estimado Sr. Jacome
Quiero decirle que todas las coordinaciones para mi familia fueron muy buenas. Pasamos un viaje muy bueno.
El barco muy bueno, todo el tema de Quito excelente, la guia Dulce, muy agradable al igual que Javier.
El único problema del tema de las islas y de donde partia el vuelo de regreso se pudo solucionar.
Si!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Muchas Gracias!!!! Nos encantó Quito y por supuesto las Galapagos, que bien organizado todo. . . . .los felicito!!!!!
Hi Diego - we are back from the Galapagos - what an amazing, time out of time experience! Thank you so much for your arrangements for the trip, both in Quito-Otavalo, and on the Ocean Spray. The trip met ALL of our expectations, and beyond! We really appreciate all your care. Our naturalist guide on the Ocean Spray was Harry Jimenez - he is a real treasure!
At some point we would like to return to see other parts of Ecuador, and to go to Peru. We will be sure to call on you to make the arrangements, and we will certainly tell our friends about Haugan!
Best for the new year! And again, many many thanks - it was the experience of a lifetime! Laurie
LAURIE WOHL X 2
Ocean Spray - December 2012
New York -USA
This was the best trip I've ever taken! Thank you so much for all your help. The crew and the boat were fantastic and our guide, Christian Salvador, was called in at the last minute as our scheduled guide was ill and he was wonderful--really knowledgable and tool the time to learn everyone's name! As we get ready to plan our next vacation, I wanted to ask if you arranged other trips in South America--like Peru, Argentina, Chile.
Thank you again,
Many thanks for the extraordinary experience. It was certainly something special to travel the islands and more specifically to get so close to all the animals. Also, the tour group proved to be very amiable, with mainly people from the U.S. (I suppose the Germans go more for hiking, biking and such. . ). The tour guide was really nice, good crew, very hospitable and helpful, and the ship was really like a small hotel for us, a very good home base for the coastal trips. All in all a very recommendable trip!
Thank you again,
All the best
Thank you and your company for your kind assistance in relation to our Galapagos trip. I will be sure to recommend you to my peers back in the UK.
Kind regards and all the best.
We returned home about 1 AM last night and are getting unpacked and slowly back to the usual routine --but memories of this amazing trip keep us smiling. Thank you for creating the vacation of a life time for us. Every aspect of it was wonderful! No detail was missed -- the perfect itinerary, the extraordinary accommodations, the knowledgeable guides, the delicious food etc. , etc. , etc. We will be forever grateful for all your efforts for us. We will certainly be highly recommending you and your company.
With Heartfelt Appreciation -- Carolyn & Frank
I just wanted to thank you for all your help specially with getting us the SIM card and all the arrangements you made.
We had a wonderful trip. Galapagos was amazing. Juan was a great guide and Vieja Cuba was very nice. I will certainly recommend you to any of my friends that want to visit Ecuador. I would love to visit again and see the Amazon and Machu Pichu so I will probably be in touch with you later.
Tip Top III
I wanted to thank you for the most wonderful vacation. Your support and help was greatly appreciated by our entire family. My brother has recommended that his manager contact you for her upcoming trip to the Galapogas. Please let me know if you would like me to provide you with a recommendation to post on your website. I would be happy to highly recommend Columbus.
We are just back from Peru and wanted to thank you for the excellent service you provided for our Ecuador stay. The hotel in Quito was great and the cruise on the Cormorant was wonderful! We will make sure to include our comments on your service in TripAdvisor in the next few days.
Many thanks! and thank you again for arranging such a wonderful trip!
M/C Cormorant / Plaza Grande Quito
We loved the Plaza Grande and everything was great on the ship. Our time in the Galapagos was wonderful!
I want you to know that we had a truly marvelous time, and thanks to your hard work, it WAS the trip of a lifetime. I can't say enough how much your careful planning worked out, and we REALLY appreciated the follow-through and confirming for transfers (which turned out to be essential). We DID have a marvelous time on our trek AND @ the Hacienda Alegria AND in the Galapagos - our mid-range boat was just terrific. And, as usual, you were correct, the Napo lodge was fascinating, truly unique. We want to thank you for your VERY HARD WORK in following through on every little detail. I will certainly recommend you to all our friends and I can't thank you enough for your constancy, prompt responses, positive attitude, and EXCELLENT work.
Just got back into Quito. We had a fabulous time. It could not have been better. Everyone has been great and the boat was awesome.
Thank you so much for your help and I will definitely recommend you in the future.
We just returned from a fabulous month long trip in Ecuador (May-June, 2012). We were originally attracted to seeing the Galapagos Islands, but soon realized that the cloud forests and rain forest would be just as interesting. Our goal was to explore nature (birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fungi, flowers and other plants) and learn a bit about the Amazonian indigenous cultures. Our price goal was mid-point, not "backpacker" style, but not luxury class either. Our double rooms ranged from $45 to $240 nightly (including taxes and breakfast or full meals and guides). Much of our internet research was based on recommendations from other travelers, which we found to be very valuable, so we offer this information for those still planning a trip to Ecuador.
Here is our itinerary. Reviews of all these segments have been posted individually.
Two nights at Vieja Cuba hotel in Quito
Flight to the Islands
Two nights at Hosteria Pimampiro on San Cristobal
Seven nights on the cruise boat Galaven
Four nights at Hotel Galapagos Inn, Casa de Judy in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Flight from the Islands
One night at Vieja Cuba hotel in Quito
Three nights at Hosteria Pampa Llacta Termas in Papallacta (high Andes cloud forest)
Four nights at Wildsumaco Lodge (low Andes cloud forest)
One night at La Mission hotel in Coca
Six nights at Sani Lodge on the lower Rio Napo (rainforest)
Two nights at Vieja Cuba hotel in Quito
Travel Agent All of this was made possible, and quite easy, with the help of a stellar travel agent, Diego Andrade, from Columbus Travel in Quito. As our plans expanded from just seeing the islands, and as our group grew from two to eight, Diego kept offering ideas, web resources, and opinions about our choices. All of our reserved flights and most of our inns and lodges were arranged by Diego, although we selected two with which his firm did not have relations. His follow through was perfect, the itineraries he sent were clear and accurate, and all of his billings to us were accurate (except one which he fixed quickly). Columbus accepted several forms of payment (we opted to send checks to their Miami office to avoid Ecuadoran credit card fees of 10%) and kept spreadsheet of our reservations and charges up to date, crediting us with appropriate discounts as our group grew. Diego went out of his way to find us a local musical group playing while we were in Quito and to recommend possible volunteer opportunities for a later trip. We had two tele conversations with him through their toll free number, but most communications were by email. The end result was a very friendly, service oriented and satisfying experience which let us piece together a complicated itinerary for ourselves and friends pretty easily. This would not have been possible without Diego's care, and it likely would have cost us more. ”
I am back home in Houston. Can't believe that last week went so fast! I just wanted to thank you for the excellent care that you gave me and my kids. We loved the Odyssey and the entire crew were awesome. We had the best vacation ever and absolutely loved the Galapagos. Maybe some day we can visit the northern islands.
Thank you so much
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.
We are now safely back in Sweden after a fantastic trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Me and my wife experienced a wonderful time and everything went perfect. The trips in Quito and Otavalo were very good and the suite at the Silver Sea was also very good. The trips from the vessel to the islands were fabolous and the special dinner that the vessel prepared for us alone at the sundeck the last evening was such a nice surprise.
I can honestly say that the trip was even better than we had expected and we know that all this was possible thanks to your devotion in making the trip so perfect for us. We have several friends who have the means of doing a similar trip and I can honestly assure you that we will recommend them to contact Columbus Travel whenever this happens.
Once again, many thanks for orgainizing everything so perfectly for us.
All the best,
Galapagos Explorer II
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.
we are back from Galapagos. It was really good and we enjoyed every minute. Weather was good, only a bit of rain. The ship was very nice, pretty spacious, food good, crew brilliant. Wildlife is awesome. And 5 nights are enough, then it gets a bit repetitive.
So, thanks a lot for the tip and the organisation. We will definitely come back to Galapagos and we will get in touch then. As for the Amazon, we decided it would be a bit too much for now, but we also want to to that one day.
Sea Star Journey
We've just returned from our cruise and had an amazing time. We loved it so much we're looking into our options to stay on the islands for a few extra days!!
Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time in the Galapagos Islands. We loved the Tip Top IV. Charles Wittmer, one of the owners of Rolf Wittmer Travel was on board with us. Thank you again for all of your help in arranging our trip. We loved the Macaw Hotel ins Guayaquil. Fanny was so very helpful.
We had a fantastic time in the Galapagos and I wanted to thank you for your help and advice in choosing the Odyssey.
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.
We all would like to thank you for your help with our Galapagos vacation on the Seaman II. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and the best trip we could imagine. The arrangements all went well and your associates were helpful, prompt, and very pleasant. And the Seaman II was the PERFECT cruise for our group--adventure after adventure, lots of snorkeling, a great naturalist, delicious food, and comfortable accommodations.
I'm attaching a photo of us all on the cruise.
Thank you again. Hope you are enjoying the New Year.
Elena, thanks for all your help on our recent trip to Ecuador. All arrangements went smoothly. I look forward to referring friends who are interested in going to the Galapagos to you.
Thanks again, Carl
Carl party of 5
Eclipse and Mindo
Just wanted to tell you that our experience on the Cormorant and in the Galapagos was terrific.
Flawless service from departure in Quito to return to Quito. Please let all involved know of our complete satisfaction.
I just wanted to write to you to tell you what a great time I had in the Galapagos on the Galaven! It is a really great boat. Very comfortable and the food was fantastic as were the crew.
I saw some amazing things and met some great people and all in all had a really fantastic time and one that I will never forget!
Thank you for all your help with it. I will certainly recommend people to you when I get asked bout Galapagos. You really took a lot of the stress out of it for me so thank you for that and for being so paint with me and my mum!
I am now sitting in Lima airport having taken three flights to get back from Galapagos and now I will fly to Miami in the morning to spend Christmas with my family.
I hope you have a happy and relaxing Christmas (although I know that is not how it works with travel agents!) and a very happy new year!
Thank you again for everything you did for me.
we had wonderful time in the galapagos
la pinta was an excellent vesel and experience
tnx for taking care of us .
The cruise was fantasic. Much better than expected and we expected a lot!!
The boat is beautiful , much more first class than mid-range. The crew was very nice and the guide fantastic. The itinerary was perfect.
Thanks a lot!!!
Queria comentarte que todo fue muy bien, nos encanto el viaje, estaba todo muy bien organizado y el Santa Cruz es una muy buena opción y toda la gente que trabaja allí es muy profesional. Disfrutamos mucho la visita a Las Galapagos. Gracias por toda tu ayuda.
I wanted to thank you for all you assistance with our travel plans. The trip to Galapagos and Ecuador land tour were wonderful! Jorge was a great guide. I left the survey at the reception of the Marriot hotel please arrange to pick it up and feel free to use my comments on your site.
Thanks again for all your help in making this trip a memorable one for my family.
Explorer and Land
We had a wonderful trip. Thanks for your help!
I just wanted to let you know that we truly enjoyed the trip to Peru and the Galapagos that you put together for us. We had a truly wonderful time. Thanks you for all your effort and planning. You did a great job and all your efforts were truly appreciated.
We are home in California after 8 days on Millennium boat.
The cruise was very nice with no problems. I will refer you to anyone that asks.
Thank you for all you help.
thank you for all your time organizing our trip. It was wonderful to have the drivers meet us at the airport each time and take us to the hotel. The Fuente was very nice.
thank you for the suggestion and the organization.
just to let you know we had a brilliant time on the Galaven - food was fantastic and islands & animals amazing.
Just wanted to let you know we had a fabulous trip and we are all really missing Galapagos and can´t wait to return one day.
Thank you again for making the arrangements, etc.
Jharna & Vikas
Hi, Ivonne – I wanted to tell you that my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Guayaquil at the Hostel Macaw and our cruise on the Queen of Galapagos to the Galapagos Islands from May 14-22. The Hostel was lovely and clean and the staff most helpful in all areas. The transport services were prompt and efficient – very impressive! On our trip back to the Hostel from the airport after the cruise my brother Bill dropped his wallet in the van. The driver called the Hostel to say he had it and delivered it back to him after he finished his rounds. We were very very appreciative of his honesty and it certainly saved Bill a LOT of inconvenience and headaches at the end of our vacation.
The ship was good – nice crew, good food (lots and lots of vegetables and options for our vegetarians, too!), all in all very satisfactory, although the cabins, while very clean, could have used a few repairs on faucets, hardware, etc. The guide that was assigned to our group – Ruly Menoscal – was terrific. His English was excellent and his knowledge of the islands, history, animals, birds, fish was impressive and interesting. Unfortunately, we did have quite a bit of sea sickness in our group. I had taken some over the counter pills obtained from a scuba/dive shop here in Virginia and I wore the pressure bands so I luckily escaped most of the problems.
Thank you so much for all your assistance in planning our travels to Ecuador. We met some other passengers who booked with Columbus Travel and in comparing notes with other passengers we agreed that your company was the most informative, organized and helpful!
Best to you and wishes for continued success in your business,
Hotel Macaw & Queen of Galapagos
I email just to say again how much we appreciate your assistance in arranging our trip to Guayaquil, the Galapagos, and Quito. Everything went very well, we had a great time, and your help was a big part of that success. My wife already wants to visit again! In particular, the Odyssey and itinerary were varied and interesting and Casa San Marcos was a wonderful window in to old Quito and hospitality. I will certainly tell my friends to call you if they want to visit Ecuador.
Thank you very much.
My wife & I want you to know that we really enjoyed our Ecuador tour, and that all of the bookings, transfers, etc. that you arranged occurred without any problems.
Thank you for all of your efforts, and for your always quick and clear responses to my many questions!
Dear Columbus Travel-Team,
Now I am back in Switzerland and I would like to thank you for the very good organization of our stay on the Galapagos Islands! We had a great time on the Galapagos Islands with many unforgettable experiences. I am sure that I will come back another time. I will absolutely recommend you to other persons planning a journey to the Galapagos Islands.
Traveled on the the forgotten path and beyond tour
May 2 – 8, 2011
About 10 years ago our daugther took a spanish course at the Simon Bolivar school and she made a trip to the Galapagos with Columbus travel.
That’s how we got in contact with Columbus travel.
We are so glad we chose Columbus travel for our trip to Peru and the Galapagos.
Tired, but very satisfied we arrived home yesterday.
Getting the trip organised was no problem at all with you on the other side of the world. Any question we had was answered immediately.
In every place we arrived somebody was waiting for us. The guides were very good and friendly. The transport was perfect and the hotels wonderful.
We enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of Peru and the friendly people.
The Galapagos were even better if possible. Thanks to you everything went well. One little misunderstanding was solved straight away.
You even took care of our luggage in Guayaquil! We thank you again for all you have done.
Because of you this was a wonderful holiday without any worries.
I’m sorry you don’t organise trips in Asia or Africa!
We will certainly recommend Columbus Travel and you specifically as a contact for any of our friends who may wish to travel to Peru or the Galapagos in the future.
Roel + Irene Straathof and Peter + Ineke Slee
I wanted to let you know that we’re back from our trip and absolutely loved it! Thanks very much for making the arrangements. Everything worked out great. The Eclipse was fantastic!
We will be telling all our friends about our trip and suggesting that they use you if they want to go to Ecuador/Peru!
Jim and I want to say how much we enjoyed your country. The tours were great and Byron is just the best tour guide ever. He was always concerned about us and was polite, informative and helpful in all ways possible. One day we would love to come back again and see the other parts of Ecuador.
Thank you again for all your help in planning this trip.
Nice to hear from you. Our trip was terrific! We really enjoyed ourselves. The service that you provided us was great and excluding the one minor time issue with the Emetebe, everything exceeded our expectations. Particularly the recommendation to take Santa Cruz ship - it was perfect for our needs and was a very professional operation. Of course, we would have like to stay at Le Parc hotel for our last night but it was an unforeseen circumstance and they went above and beyond to accommodate us for the inconvenience.
We will definitely be back to Ecuador and next time will bring our son! I will contact you again for our future travel needs.
Santa Cruz del 29 de Abril al 2 de Mayo.
We have just returned from our Galapagos trip which was absolutely fantastic.
Thanks for organising our accommodation, transfers and most of all the Galaxy boat
which was superb. The crew, the guide and the boat were fantastic and we had a great
time with them and the other guests.
Thanks again for organising the trip for us.
Hemos pasado una chévere semana en las islas Galápagos! Era maravilloso; el barco era muy cómodo, el guía muy interesante y los paysajes inolvidables!
Mi mamá se fue hoy en la mañana y yo estoy en Latacunga.
Muchísimas gracias para todo! Todo era perfecto y muy bien organisado! =)
Emilie y Sonia
Just a note to thank you for arranging such a wonderful vacation for us, We arrived home safe and sound and will cherish all the memories.
Queen Beatriz del 6 al 10 de Abril.
Yes, Elena, thank you VERY MUCH for your help throughout the planning and trip time. We had a great time and will certainly be recommending Columbus Travel to others to use!
Hi Elena! I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing trip. We had such a great time and I can't wait to visit S America again!
Thanks for all your help -
back at home we are writing to say thank you for your very good organization of our journey to ecuador/galapagos - everything works how it was planned!
Our holidays were outstanding, especially the galapagos cruise with the Athala and our visit of the hacienda St. Augustin de Callo.
We will recommend you.
Margit Kautenburger & Jürgen Kreusch
I just wanted to write and let you know what a FABULOUS trip we had to the Galapagos. Our guide was wonderful. His English was excellent and he was very knowledgeable. We especially appreciated his flexibility (although the itinerary was so perfect, we really didn't change anything)! Of course, the Iquana Crossing in Isabela was beautiful with amazing service and the Angermeyer on Santa Cruz was also lovely.
I honestly cannot think of one negative thing to say about the entire vacation starting with the excellent service that we received from you and ending with Pablo flying back with us to Quito and not leaving our side.
Lori Melman x 6
Feb 18 - 28
Quito: Hotel Real Audiencia y Relicario del Carmen
Just a note to say how much my wife and I enjoyed our trip to the Galapagos and the two days we spent in Quito. Your arrangements, vouchers, and tickets all were efficient and exactly as we had planned. The Galapagos Islands are fascinating, the crew on the Athala couldn't have been better, and our guide was superb. The food was outstanding, the room comfortable, and the sights were amazing. It was superb!
Thank-you so much for being flexible with our plans. It was a pleasure to work with you and I'll be glad to recommend you to anyone in the future!
ATHALA FEB 5-8USA
I wish to let you know we had wonderful time during our stay in Ecuador and we really enjoyed the cruise with Estrella del Mar, where we found a very nice crew, a good guide and also a nice group of people.
Maybe in future I will contact you again for some hiking holydays in Ecuador or in Peru, where I understand you are also providing services for visitors.
Thanks and best regards
Estrella del mar
Elena ~ The trip was successfully completed and I wanted to thank you for all of your efforts which showed up in so many ways from the arrangements of Javier picking us up and getting us to our flights, the smooth transitions to hotels, the almost flawless transitions between venues, the excellent cruise, guides, travel companions [which you may not have been responsible for. .but perhaps]. Through it all there were so many details that we did not have to worry about because of your diligence and attention to detail, that we were free to better enjoy the many delights of travel to the venues in your beautiful country. We will be digesting the experiences for a long time to come. Gracias. Pictures are attached for your pleasure. Michael
Eric Letty Flamingo
Thanks so much for the excellent service above and beyond expectations. We have recommended your travel agency to a number of our friends who are thinking about going to Ecuador in the future. Is there anywhere else we can post a favourable review of your services.
Floreana cruise + Fuente de Piedra + Red Booby
Dec 18 – Jan 1/ 2011
We returned to Quito this evening after a very enjoyable trip to Lago Agrio and a lovely stay at Jamu lodge on the Cuyabeno River. We had a great time in Galapagos with Archipel 1 Cruise. I personally wish to thank you on behalf of my wife and myself for making all the travel arrangements in a most professional and helpful manner. We appreciate it very much and will have no hesitation in recommending Columbus travels to our friends.
Alex and Valsa Kuruvila
Thank you so much for arrangeing the Galapagos tour for us!
It was perfect! You did a very goog job!
Emily and I did have a trip of a lifetime! It was wonderful. Everything went exactly as planned; thank you so much for all your help and recommendations.
At first, never have dealt with your firm before and doing business over the internet, I was apprehensive, but it could not have gone better. The hotel, ship, guide, every transfer - everything exceeded our expectations.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Alan & Emily Thometz
We wanted to let you know we absolutely loved our cruise on the Coral I !! The crew and the guides were great, helpful, friendly. The food was very, very good and most plentiful! The little touches that the crew and guide performed were great. And the guides answering our endless questions was so nice.
We had some special moments with sharks one night. They were chasing little silver fish and the captain lit up the ocean for us to watch. And another afternoon, there were dolphins jumping way ahead of us traversing the ocean oh so quickly! We snorkeled with sea lions and turtles! We walked and saw so many birds nesting and courting.
I would recommend the Coral I to anyone. It was as I had hoped, a fantastic trip to remember!!!
Thank you for your part in making the trip come true!
Aug 6 – 15 / 2010
Coral I + Swissotel
I know that Kathy wrote to you about Athala but I thought that I had to make a few comments too.
From the moment we landed in Guayaquil, when your representative met us at the airport until your other rep left us at the airport to go home, we had the most wonderful vacation. Columbus Travel and Athala went that extra mile and truly made it a vacation of a lifetime. As for the Galapagos there are no words to describe them. Fantastic does not even come close.
Thank you, your representatives, the crew of Athala and everyone involved.
We got back from our trip yesterday and I just wanted to write and let you know that everything went great! We had an AMAZING time in Galapagos. The Beagle was amazing and we loved every minute of our week on it. The other people on the boat were (luckily!) all very nice and the guide, Patricia, was incredible. She made the week fabulous. I would highly recommend The Beagle and her to anyone planning a trip to Galapagos.
Thank you for organizing our trip for us and for your help with the hotel in Puerto Ayora. We really, really appreciated all your help and will definitely recommend you to friends/family planning future trips (and we hope there will be some, as we are telling everyone they have to visit Galapagos!).
Happy new year.
Yes, all went great thank you. Thank you for helping us put the trip together. We had the most amazing time on our trip, I have never seen such amazing wildlife and the crew and the Seaman were just incredible.
We have been in South America for nearly 4 months now and the Galapagos Islands is definitely the best experience we have had so far, as well as the most expensive, but it was worth every penny!!
Thanks again and Feliz Navidad.
Rebecca and Ben
Our trip was perfect! The whole family had a wonderful time. Explorer II is a very comfortable ship and the staff is excellent.
Best wishes and Happy New Year!
Carol Sard x 6
Galapagos Explorer, Dec 18-22
Hi Diego -
I want to thank you for organizing this trip and suggesting the Eclipse cruise, it was a great experience for both of us! Wish you all the best!
Español a bordo del Eclipse en Nov 2010
Apologies, I am only getting to send you a note of thanks now for helping us arrange our fabulous trip to the Galapagos islands. We had a fantastic holiday, and everything about the trip worked out really well. The boat, the food, the people and the guides (not to mention the islands themselves) were great and the overall experience exceeded our expectations.
I would have no hesitation in recommending your travel company for a fantastic Galapagos experience. Thanks for your time and effort in organising our trip and your patience when our paypal accounts stalled.
Wishing you all the best.
Orla, Athena and Gemma.
I just wanted to thank you for your efforts with our Galapagos trip and associated lodging. The trip was fantastic, including all the details concerning transfers and travel.
By the way, do you have any way of getting the email of our guide, Esteban Chavez? Not only would we like to thank him, but he said he could email me a picture of something we discussed.
Estrella de Mar, Curt Hepting, Nov 2010
I have been meaning to send you an email to let you know that everything went very well with the cruise and all of the arrangements. Your representatives were great in picking me up from the airport and returning me back to the airport. Also the recommendation for the Eric was excellent - I had a great time and enjoyed the trip and other people on the boat very much - we had a great group for the 7 days. The Galapagos was amazing, and I feel very privaleged to have been able to visit such a special place.
Also a huge thank you to you for all of the arrangements, and recommendations, and your patience with helping me choose the right cruise, and answering all of my questions. It was greatly appreciated.
Please be sure to pass on my thanks for your excellent customer service to me with my bookings to your boss.
KerryAustralia, September 2010
Thank you for arranging my trip for me. I am very impressed by how organized everything was and how well I was taken care of the entire time. I want to thank you especially for giving me a double cabin without having to pay the single supplement. That extra space and the comfort of not having to share a cabin really made things so much more convenient. Galapagos is truly beautiful and I will come back some day. Maybe I will contact you again at that time for your services!
Travelled on Santa Cruz
I just wanted to write and thank you for all your help putting together a wonderful trip. Eric and I really enjoyed our 13 days of vacation and I really have to compliment our guide Ivan. He was really good and knowledgeable! Even when I got sick he stuck around for a couple of hours until we could go to the hotel. Nice trip overall. I will recommend Columbus travel for any friend interested in Ecuador.
I hope all is well with you.
USA and Brazil, September 2010
Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip. All of the staff at Columbus Travel made the airport transfers and hotel check-ins etc a "Breeze". Other folks on the boat kept talking about A&K but I don't know what they could have done that you didn't.
USA, August 2010
Travelled on Eclipse
We had an excellent cruise in the Galapagos Islands. The boat, the Athala and its staff were excellent, we were not disappointed in any way.
As you know, our trip home was a little challenging, but that was an American Airlines issues and had nothing to do with Columbus Travel.
Thank-you for all your assistance in organizing our trip and following up with us. I would not hesitate to recommend you to others planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
Travelled on Athala
Just to let you know we had a great time in the Galapagos. We can recommend the Samba to anyone who wants to see a wide range of islands in comfortable conditions. Fellow passengers, crew and food were all great and from our perspective the Samba was much better than a lager boat with more people. Snorkelling was a highlight and we had a great guide – Monika.
Thanks again for you help for this last minute booking.
Mark and María Teresa
England and Portugal, July 2010-10-19
Travelled on Samba
We had a great trip. Thanks for your help and for the little gift.
Traveled on the Galapagos Legend
Thank you for booking the most amazing holidays for me. The Galapagos was just amazing and Anahi would be hard to beat as a vessel . I had nothing to complain about. Only 5 other nice pax. So it was even better. I am now viewing my photos and I have some amazing shots of the wildlife
Once again a big thank you for your efficiency and knowledge in booking the best trips ever.
USA, May 2010
Traveled on the Anahi
Good morning Vero,
Anne and I have been back in Fort Collins for a few weeks, but we wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time in the Galapagos. The Eric, Letty Flamingo is a great ship, and the crew and both naturalist guides (Pepe and Iban) are wonderful. We did not regret for a moment that our initial cruise (the one on the Beluga) has been cancelled! We will not hesitate to recommend this cruise, and Columbus Travel, to any of our friends who considers travelling to the Galapagos.
Thanks you so much for your assistance and your professionalism.
We wish you all the best.
Anne & Dirk
Belgium, June 2010
Traveled on the Eric, Letty & Flamingo
So we are back in cold windy Wellington again now, but just wanted to thank you for organising such a big part of our trip. You did a fantastic job, and it was amazing! The transfer services were superb, and made a huge difference to the trip as we didn't have to worry about anything. The Cayman Hostel was lovely, and we really enjoyed our cruise on the Seaman II. An unforgettable trip!
Thanks so much for all your help, we will definitely be recomending you to anyone we know who is heading over that way!
Cheers : )
New Zealand, July 2010
Traveled on the Seaman II
We had an amazing trip on Tip Top III, it was everything we dreamed of. After almost 3 months in the Galapagos it is finally time to leave. We are sad to go, but have had an amazing adventure.
Thanks for your help!
Australia, April 2010
Traveled on the Tip Top III
Vero & Ivonne,
THANK YOU a hundred times for all your efforts to get us to Galapagos!!! The islands really are a magical place. . . all those fearless & friendly animals. . . Everything worked out perfectly and we had a splendid time on the Odyssey. We met Nick & Penny from England who also were very content with you. T trust the payment worked out fine in the end (my cc has been charged as agreed). Anyway, we have spent a magical honeymoon thanks to you both working at night, on weekends and harder than anyone could ask for ;-)
All my best,
Austria, May 2010
Traveled on the Odyssey
The trip to Galapagos was wonderful. We thought Eden and especially our guide Eduardo, were both excellent. Eduardo was very knowledgable, spoke excellent English, and worked very hard to ensure that everyone On the boat had a great time. We'd recommend this tour to others in the future. Thanks for your help as well.
Canada, June 2010
Traveled on the Eden
Thank you so much for a fantastic journey. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. What a joy to have everything so carefully arranged- all of the tours and transfers were seamless and the guides on the cruise were so knowledgeable. We were in awe of the wildlife-- my daughter is already begging to go back! Thanks so much for putting all of this together. Javier and Mauricio were wonderful during our Quito stay. I do hope we can plan another trip soon.
USA, May 2010
Traveled on the Silver Sea
Kate and I wanted to thank you for setting us up with a spectacular cruise aboard the Treasure of Galapagos catamaran. We loved the trip and the entire journey was completely hassle-free. Our guide, Harry, was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, and towards the end of the trip was cracking jokes and laughing with the rest of the group, creating a very fun and light atmosphere. The food about the Treasure was fantastic and also quite healthy, with a variety of fruits, vegetables, fish (and other meats), and fresh squeezed juices with each meal. The suite aboard the boat was beautiful and comfortable, making us the envy of our fellow sailors. And who can fail to mention the wildlife, the reason we wanted to explore the Islands, we saw everything we wanted to and more.
Thanks for an amazing "bucket list" experience!
Jason and Kate
USA, May 2010
Traveled on the Treasure of Galapagos
Good Morning Christian,
The trip was wonderful! All very well organized and the ship, the crew, the guides all so great. Only complaint was that it was over to quickly. I would very much recommend your company to anyone interested in Galapagos.
Many thanks for all your help.
UK, May 2010
Traveled on the Legend
Just a quick note to say thanks for a great trip. The last minute pick-up issues were resolved and everything went smoothly (it was our hostel's fault for not passing on the messages). As for the trip itself, the boat, crew and guide were fantastic and we both had a holiday we'll never forget.
Thanks again for all your help, and happy birthday for Oct 6th.
UK, May 2010
Traveled on the Nemo II
I have been incredibly busy since we returned from Ecuador and have not had a chance to write to you sooner about our recent trip.
First of all, let me state that we were very happy with Columbus Travel and all of the arrangements you made for us. You were very upfront and clear with what services you were providing and we were not disappointed in the least -- in fact we were pleasantly surprised and delighted. Elena, you were very responsive to every inquiry made by us and you did so on a timely basis. I would highly recommend you and Columbus Travel to my family and friends for their travel needs in Ecuador.
USA, March 2010
I just want to let you know that we had an amazing time on the Rumba. The guide was realy good and active! So was the staff, and the food couldnt be better for a small boat with a tiny kitchen. We were lucky to have realy nice fellow travelors and enjoyd the five days to the max. Thank you for making this possible for us. I hope to be able to visit the Galapagos in the future.
Germany, May 2010
Traveled on the Rumba
Wanted to drop a note of thanks to you. Your personalized service and genuine caring were a real help in making our little vacation an experience we will remember forever. Your recommendations were spot on and Columbus travel should be extremely grateful to have someone who obviously enjoys helping others have fantastic trouble free Travel experiences.
I would recommend you and Columbus Travel to anyone for a hassle free vacation.
Again, thanks you so very much.
USA, April 2010
Traveled on the Archipel I
I just wanted to thank you for the great organization of our trip to Galapagos. Everything worked perfectly - be it the airport transfers, the rooms on the Oro Verde and the absolutely fabulous cruise on the Athala. I have to say we had high expectations but they were even surpassed. The crew and guide on the Athala were extremely professional and super nice. Our guide , George, had such an enthusiasm and was extremely knowledgeable. It was a real pleasure and we could not have been happier!
Thank you for a great vacation!
All the best,
Germany, March 2010
Traveled on the Athala
how are you? it was nice to meet you in quito!
unfortunately we are back from our galapagos-trip. it was very very beautiful. thank you for help and organise the
trip. we will honestly recommend you and your company for galapagos trips!
have a good time
nadin und mischa
Swizterland, March 2010
Traveled on the Yolita II
I have booked a tour to the Galapagos and a land tour Quito to Guayaquil with Vero. She has been absolutely wonderful to deal with and has helped me much more than I thought would happen with an on line booking service. It can be a gamble booking with an unknown online but from the beginning I had trust in Vero and the way she handled all my queries. I will certainly be recommending her and your company to anyone wanting to do bookings in Ecuador. I always do my reviews on Trip Advisor and Thorntree and will make sure this is done this week-end.
USA, March 2010
Travel on the Anahi
We wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Ecuador and the Galapagos. Your arrangements for us were superb and we sincerely appreciated your efforts on our behalf. We will definitely recommend you and your company to anyone with plans to go the Galapagos!
All the best,
UK, February 2010
Traveled on the Seaman
we just wanted to share our experience with the eclipse with you. It was a gorgeous trip and we enjoyed every minute. the crew was perfect and the animals were incredible. . . . . . . we will continue our trip now in buenos aires for a week and then we'll head to chile and travel up north so there is some extra time for perurail to fix their way up to machu picchu ;o) we've seen that you have also arrangements on your website for machu picchu. we'll probably come back to you for a hotel arrangement close to machu picchu. . . . .
thanks again for your help.
have a nice day
Ivan y Silvia
Switzerland, February 2010
Traveled on the Eclipse
Thank you for arranging out trip to the Galapagos Islands. Everything went smoothly and all pick-ups were on time. My wife and I enjoyed our trip very much. It was very much what we expected.
USA, February 2010
Traveled on the Fragata
The trip on the Beluga was super!
Thanks again for your help.
UK, January 2010
Traveled on the Beluga
A fantastic trip!!!! Everything went soooo well. . . .All our guides were excellent and cannot think of 1 thing I would have changed. . . .An experience I'll never forget!! Thank you for all your help and will recommend you to all I know! Hard being back in this cold weather!!!
USA, January 2010
Traveled on the Galapagos Legend
Thank you for an incredible Christmas vacation in the Galapagos and Machu Picchu! All your arrangements were perfect! We liked the accomodations, guides, cruise, airlines, etc. Except for the slight hiccup in the luggage, which you resolved for us very well - thank you!, the whole trip went extremely smoothly. Thank you for taking care of all the details, especially in getting our lost luggage to us. Our boys were very impressed with how smoothly everything went.
God bless you.
Doug, Barbara, Brandon, Andrew and Christopher Cusick
USA, December 2009
Traveled on the Explorer
Hi Christian and Fernanda,
We are home and basking in the glow of an absolutely fabulous trip. Everything was great! We can of course highly recommend you. I plan to spend some time on Trip Advisor rating everything. I just love your country and really want to go back. Our school has asked for a slide show for the kids and parents, so I can pass along your contact information to anyone who asks.
USA, December 2009
Traveled on the Athala
lot of thanks to guide FABRIZIO and CREW of Golondrina. We spent excellent week with them this November. Both Fabrizio and crew prepared for us (most of us were nature photographers) very individual conditions thanks them we were able to make lot of beautiful photos. I can recommend this smaller boat to all who expect more nature and need not so much luxury. Thank you once more and special thanks also to cook, excellent meal during all cruise.
Czech republic, November 2009
Traveled on the Golondrina
thank you so much for all your help! We had a wonderful time. Everything was perfect - hotel, the transportation, the boat, the excursions, the food, the crew, the guides and of course the Galapagos!
I thought you might enjoy this picture of me with the Sea Lions.
USA, October 2009
Traveled on the Santa Cruz
We had a fantastic trip, we are home safely now. We loved the Athala , the boat and the trip to the Galapagos were spectacular and even better than I had hoped. We loved the Pisaqui in Otovalo, everything was perfect !!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP. I am already thinking about coming back next year. I will reccomend your travel agency to anyone interested.
I will send you some photos after I get them edited.
Elizabeth and Jared
USA, August 2009
Traveled on the Athala
Our trip was incredible!!!! our guide Ruben was very knowledgable (with great english) and it was nice to know that the islands were actually his home and where he grew up. the rest of the crew was also fantastic. the food was great (almost too great!) and i absolutely never went hungry as there were always snacks available. The cruise itself was also good, felt a little sea sick at times (but thats alwys going to happen i guess!) and i thought the boat was a fantastic size with the right number of passenger and crew.
I was also very happy with dealing with the columbus travel crew, given my late booking you were all very competent and everything ran smoothly.
And as such, my most sincere thank you. It was without doubt the trip of a lifetime.
Thanks again jorge, hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks again for the fantastic experience, kind regards and gratitude,
Australia, July 2008
Traveled on the Aida Maria
Overall, the trip was well planned and executed. Thank you for a great time. Some of the parts that we really enjoyed were:
-Snorkeling with the penguins and sea lions at Tintoreras Trail -Land safari the first day -The guided wildlife hikes, especially the one with all the nesting birds -The planning of the excursions from The Encantada: Very well executed and smooth
Hope that helps. Thanks again for a great time!
Nancy San Pedro
USA, July 2008
Traveled on the Encantada
Just to inform you that we are back home from the cruise and our stay in Guayaquil. The cruise was a lifetime experience and we enjoyed it a lot.
Thanks for your assistance, I understand that the fact that we arrived few days before the cruise and stayed few days after caused some misunderstandings, but eventually all was o.k.
Israel, June 2008
Travelled on the Galapagos Legend
We would like to thank you and Columbus Travel for a wonderful visit to Ecuador.
We enjoyed the Dann Carlton and the location was good. The Millennium was a very good boat. The 2 naturalists we had were knowledgeable and the crew was great. The food was excellent.
The Sani Lodge was very nice. We enjoyed the location and there were a lot of tropical birds around. Seth Ames the guide was excellent and very helpful. Freddy the local guide was very good too.
We have told our friends and highly recommended Ecuador and your Travel agency. We may have a return trip to visit the Central highlands in the future. Harry Woods is a mountain climber and is considering returning for a climbing trip.
England, June 2008
Travelled on the Millenium
I had a wonderful and unforgettable trip to the Galapagos on board of the Sulidae. Thank you a lot for your organisation. Everything was great.
We are back home in Toronto now. Just wanted to thank you so much for booking us on the Santa Cruz. We had a fabulous time. The cabin was much bigger than expected, the boat and crew were fantastic and we loved the Galapagos! We both wanted to stay longer, maybe next time.
Canada, April 2008
Greetings from Australia
We are back in Australia after 6 weeks in Ecuador, including Galapagos and promised ourselves we would give you some feedback on a 6 day trip from 5 March this year ,through the avenue of the volcanoes to Cuenca with Ivan, which we arranged with your company. We found Ivan to be a delightful young man, with outstanding knowledge of the area, which he was able to communicate to us in his excellent English. His vehicle was extremely comfortable and he drove in a responsible and safe manner .He also seemed to tailor the trip to suit our interests and nothing was too much trouble. He was an excellent representative for you and we will have no hesitation in recommending him to anybody who shows interest in touring Ecuador.
Ian and Lyn Matthews
Australia, April 2008
Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful week we have just had touring the highlands of Ecuador - thank you!
Ivan was absolutely fantastic - he really made our vacation special. Besides being a wonderful knowledgable tour guide, Ivan really took time to understand us and what we wanted and was flexible enough to change things accordingly to ensure that we had a perfect vacation. Today we had a great day with Alfredo who was also an excellent guide and a lot of fun. Colombus Travel should be congratulated on having such first class Tour Guides.
Looking forward now to our week in The Galapagos.
All best wishes
Rosi + Jeff Ware
USA, April 2008
My wife and I had the trip of a lifetime and we thankyou for putting this all together for us. The cruise was wonderful and the sights were unbeleivable at times. I also want to thank you and Mary for your help in tracking down our lost bag from American Airlines. We received the bag on Sunday in our room and it sure was nice to have it back! I am glad you received the flowers and thanks again for all your help! I will recomend Columbus travel to anyone traveling in South America.
Jeff & Cyndi Sherman
USA, April 2008
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.
USA, February 2008
We are safely home and wanted to let you know how grateful we are for all your hard work and attention. It was so lovely to meet you in Quito!!
The trip was amazing-so much better than any of us could have imagined. Everything you had organised went without a hitch. The Beluga was wonderful. The guide, Monica, was exceptional and we soon realised how lucky we were to have her when we overheard some of the other guides talking to their groups. The crew were fun and so kind to everybody. We enjoyed Fernandina best-well worth the long sail. Every day was a new and exciting adventure. We were exhausted!!! My broken toe just about survived and is glad to be home.
The only bad thing in the whole experience was flying with Iberia and none of us will ever use them again. We have been home for 30 hours now and still haven't got any luggage! It all went missing in Madrid. Everything about them was terrible. Next time we head your way it will be BA to Buenos Aires and then Lan. Lan were excellent.
You might like to know that Matthew proposed to Katie in Ecuador on a bridge over a huge waterfall and she said yes! The wedding will be next summer. They told us at dinner on the night we were at the Dann. Of course this made the whole trip even more exciting for us. They will always hold Ecuador close to their hearts.
If you are ever in the UK do get in touch. We owe you a meal!!
Thank you once again.
Jan, Paul, Matt and Katie
UK, February 2008
Back from our holiday in Ecuador, Galapagos (and Bonaire) I would like to thank you for the perfect organisation. No misunderstandings, everyone in time, everything as arranged. Everything worked out very well! We had a wonderful time in a very nice country and nothing to worry about. I will certainly recommend you to anyone planning a trip to Ecuador, Galapagos or any other country your organisation covers. And of course I will contact you myself if we consider another trip to South-America. Thanking you again for your help,
Ingrid M de Hosson-Vonk
The Netherlands , February 2008
Thank you for everything. The trip was great. We really thought our guide Raul was incredible. We really appreciate all your hard work and will certainly refer people to your organization in the future. Good luck here in Ecuador. Saludos,
USA, February 2008
We just got back from our outstanding trip. You did an EXCELLENT job and Susan and I really appreciate it! We had such a great time and our guides, hotels flights - everything was perfect! I cannot thank you enough. If you need me as a very positive reference please let me know. Thank you, thank you and thank you!
USA, February 2008
Just want to thank you for all the work you put into our trip. It truly was a fantastic experience. The staff was super, Georgi and Yvonne were wonderful. There is absolutely nothing one could complain about - Jean's luggage showed up after all -. It was a trip of a life time and thanks to you and all the people involved it became the perfect trip. Thank you again.
USA, January 2008
I just wanted to thank you for all your help in arranging our trip. It was amazing. Thanks again, I will recommend you and Columbus Travels to everyone!
USA, January 2008
I have been meaning to e-mail my thanks to you for doing such an excellent job of organizing the land part of our trip to Ecuador. Everything went so smoothly. The hotel was lovely, and the guides and other arrangements were all excellent. Xavier was so patient when he had to wait for our flights to arrive. I had expected him to take us to the airport on our last day, but you sent a bus instead. So unfortunately we were unable to thank him personally or to give him a tip for all he did for us. I am sorry about that. All I can do now is to ask you to thank him for us, and to say that we were very pleased to have him drive us.
We found Ecuador very interesting, and we greatly enjoyed our visit. Many thanks for your part.
Canada, December 2007
Now we are safely back to the northern winter in Sweden. We found Ecuador being a fantastic country with friendly people and a rich diversity of environments. We bring home lots of memories that will stay with us for ever. I just want to say thank you for helping us to make our travel very enjoyable.
Best regards Anders Wånge
(of the Fransson/Wånge-families)
Sweden, December 2007
I just wanted to let you know that our vacation on The Beagle was just the best! Our trip was so much more than we expected. The food was wonderful, the crew very professional and fun. Camilo, our guide, was exemplary! We had such a great time. Thank you for all your help.
USA, December 2007
Estimada Srta. Ivonne:
Muchas gracias por toda la asiatencia que nos dio en preparar este hermoso paseo a las Islas Galapagos. La pasamos muy bien, especialmente los dos varones que hicieron snorkling a pesar del agua fria. Los Ecuatorianos son muy hospitalarios y en general muy abiertos a compartir sus ideas y anhelos.
Mucha suerte, y gracias nuevamente,
USA, December 2007
Just to thank you for the organisation of our trip. We will for sure reccommend your company to our friends.
Happy new year
Sandrine and Marcel
I am back from the Galapagos. I was not able to send you an email. Everything went well. Thank you for your assistance to make it possible!
With warm regards,
Fred FouraschenThe Netherlands, December 2007
I'm happy to give you a few comments regarding our trip.
The Hotel Fuente de Piedra 1 was a good place to stay in Quito, and the reception staff were helpful - given it was the first place we'd been to and my Spanish/Castellano wasn't great it was also good that they spoke English. Generally the hotel was clean and welcoming.
Aside from the mix-up at la Peregrina (they didn't seem to have a record of our booking, and tried to get us to pay again when we checked out) it was a pretty good if basic hostel with clean rooms.
Everything about the cruise on board the M/Y Sulidae was superb. The staff were excellent, especially the guide David - nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was also excellent, it's amasing what they could prepare in such a small kitchen. The cabins were cramped as you'd expect, but that didn't matter as you spent every waking moment on-deck as you didn't want to miss a minute's scenery. The amount of time spent on land vs on sea was about right, they didn't try to fit too much in so we didn't feel rushed. It was all perfect really. I've never been somewhere before where I truly didn't want to leave, but I could have spent the rest of my life on the Galapagos. We had an unbelievable time.
After the Galapagos we traveled to Riomamba, Banos and Guayaquil before heading onto Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil - we're now back in England for a few days before flying out to Australia.
Have a great 2008 - thanks for your help booking that amasing trip.Adam Shelmerdine
Te quiero decir que lo pasamos muy bien en el tour y toda la gente envueltos se portaron muy profesionales y muy amables. El barco era bastante comodo y el crew eran divinos. Gracias por su ayuda el planiar el viaje. Ecuador es muy lindo y estoy segura que un dia vamos a regresar a conocer mas del país.
USA, September 2007
I just wanted to let you know how greatour trip was. Here we are 3 months later and we still are having the greatest memories of the trip you booked for us on the Legend. Our time in quito, was great and the guide you arranged and everything you booked for us was fantastic.
Thank youSteve Melnick
We're home!! We had a wonderful trip, in no small part because of you!! Thank you for everything!!
The Angelito I was wonderful, and all the crew expert and accommodating, and the tour guide Hansel was a brilliant naturalist/guide. . By the way, they did have wet suits on board for everybody and were surprised that we had bothered to order 3 suits in advance thru you for $15 more apiece! We saw lots of animals and swam with the sea lions; the food was delicious, the weather perfect, and only one night of rocking and rolling in the boat as we crossed the equator - it was quite a ride!
Then out to Kapawi - I was worried about those small planes, but again the weather was great and the pilots were, too. Animals were not as easy to see as in the Galapagos, but the rain forest experiences incredible, and again our naturalist guides Mauricio and Anhil were the best! It was such a gift to be able to visit an Achuar community and meet the shaman. Finally, thank you for the transfers, they were a great help, and for all the extra last minute help you gave us, taking Jesse's calls and checking on flights and accommodations. . You were always professional and kind to us and we thank you for arranging our very successful time in the Galapagos and the Kapawi Rain Forest, and for your graciousness when we called you for additional help. When our friends ask for a tour agent to recommend in Quito, you'll be it.
Thank you again, Fernanda, for everything. .
It was great doing business with you.
Jacquie M. Jim C.
I just wanted to thank you for your excellent service in helping me arrange a cruise in the Galapagos. Everything worked out perfect, and I had a great experience. I will definetly recommend Columbus Travels to other travellers. So once again thank you very much for your help and service - I am very happy with everything. Have a nice long weekend.
November 01th, 2007
1. I was 100% happy with the services provided by you and Columbus Travel. I appreciated that emails were responded to quickly. Also in Guayaquil, I believe his named was William - very friendly, and was helpful in ways you normally wouldn't expect, such as looking into the status of our connecting flights and giving us that information as we got back from Galapagos. Hampton Inn was very nice and the service good as well.
2. Again, nothing but good things to say about the Silver Sea, and of the islands. I have travelled to a fair number of places, and Galapagos ranks at the top. I very much appreciated that you arranged for the diving for us - this seemed to be a service that some of the other agents (mostly non-ecaudor based) either didn't know about or wouldn't organize. On the trip there were only 4 people who went scuba diving, all because we were the only ones who had it pre-booked. There were others who wanted to go as well, but without pre-booking, they were not allowed as the boat demanded many different forms that people did not bring. Hope this helps, and I will be sure to recommend you to my friends. Once they see my pictures, i'm sure they will try to make a visit :)
January 18th, 2006
Well. . . we are back in cold Boston after a really wonderful trip. Everything went smoothly and we had a terrific vacation. Thanks so much for all of your help. I will definitely recommend you to any friends who are planning trips to the Galapagos or Ecuador.
It was great to meet you!
January 12th, 2006
Katherine and I had a wonderful time in the Galapagos. You have a great travel agency. Everything went smooth.
Mike and Katherine
January 12th, 2006
Just a very quick email to tell you we had a marvelous time on the islands. The boat, the crew and the guide were EXCELLENT, we are looking forward to come back.
Thanks for everything, your patience etc. . . .
Martine and Salvatore
January 10th, 2006
Just wanted to say thank you for coordinating the trip. I had a great time and hope to come back in the next few years to see the other islands (since I was on the short 5 day trip). Thank you also for making the hotel reservations and everything went very smoothly.
Best wishes for the New Year.
January 8th, 2006
We are back home now after a wonderful family vacation. I want to thank you again for your help in organizing our adventure. Tierra del Volcan was a wonderful spot and we could easily have spent another day there. On the other hand we also enjoyed El Trapiche and Banos very much. We did horseback riding in both areas. Elizabeth from El Trapiche was charming and helpful. Our experience on Floreana was also positive. We liked the ship and felt very positively toward the captain and crew. I would recommend that people do the full week cruise, if possible, since the first and last days are very abbreviated. We love Ecuador and the Galapagos and will recommend them and your services to our friends. Gracias,
January 8th, 2006
I just wanted to thank you for booking us an INCREDIBLE trip to Galapagos. Jason and I had an amazing vacation and are so happy that we had this opportunity to go. I will definitely recommend Columbus Travel to anyone else that is interested in going. Thanks again and take care!
January 3th, 2006
Ecuador was great! We had so much fun!
Thank you for everything!
- Amy Jones West Hollywood, CA
Travel on Sulidae yacht the 19th October 2006
I'm back from my holidays. I had a brilliant time and the Galapagos Islands were fantastic. Ecuador is wonderful country with such friendly people. Thank you so much for all your help in getting us there. If any of my friends are thinking of going to the Islands I will certainly recommend you to them. Please feel free to forward this email on to your Manager so that he/she knows what a great job you do. Kindest regards and thanks again, Marcus.
We have returned from a most enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for your contributions to its success. We love Quito and the Hotel Patio Andaluz. The driver who met us at the airport was very nice and the guide for our last day in Quito, Mauricio, was perfect. The Galapagos portion of the trip went without any problems. The size of the cruise ship was just right for us, and the islands were great. The very best thing about Ecuador was the people. Very warm and friendly. We received smiles wherever we went. We will be back.
Thanks again for your help.
Thanks again and i will most definatly recommend you guys to anyone thinking of going to the Galapagos over the next few years.
Take Care Miriam and Michael
We just got back yesterday from Quito. Thank you very much for all you help and your co-workers when we forgot the boys snorkel suits. We had a wonderful trip!! The crew of the Fragata Yacht were very nice and Ivan the guide was very informative and friendly. Again, thank you very much !! Amparo Clarkson
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Elizabeth Keller. December, 2005
From the very first planning steps until the final help with our luggage today, you and your company have done an excellent job and have made sure, that we have spend a great time in your wonderful country.We will surely contact Columbus Travel if we plan to come to Ecuador again - in fact we have given your contact already to another German couple in Santiago who plan to go to Galapagos.Thanks again and best wishes for the future!
Guenther and Roswitha Rodemeyer
The upgrade was FANTASTIC! It was wonderful to have a window rather than a porthole. I did research the cabins. . .we were scheduled for #12 which is 2 decks down and closer to the engines. So it is noisier than cabin #23, where you upgraded us. Thank you so much. The lady in #12 was Marianna Suarez, an employee of some other travel agency.The crew of the Eclipse. . .they are the Best! They were professional and courteous. I had some discussions with the Captain about his ship. He was most gracious.The guides were very knowledgeable. It became a bit of a game to see if there was a question they could not answer. We never won that game. Their names were Klaus, Elizabeth, Patricio (Patos), and Lenin.The Grand Hotel Guayaquil was very nice, with very professional employees. The food was excellent. We usually had the buffet.Jorge Lombeida (I hope I spelled that correctly) is a perfect gentleman and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Ecuador and Guayaquil. He took John, Janet and I on a tour on the Friday before we flew to Galapagos.In closing, we are honored to have worked with you to create this holiday.
Best Regards, Roger and Janet
Ron, Sinah, and I really appreciate your time. The scenery and scuba diving was FANTASTIC! Further, when we arrived in Ecuador, your representative (forgot her name) was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed the entire trip. Thanks so much, Lisa, USA