Turtle, Ecuador

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17907 Reviews

  • Reviewed October 2007
    Anonymous

    Fantastic!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was so much we did that it's hard to single out one thing. Machu Pichu does stand out - it was stunning. Cucso was amazing, Lake Titicaca Homestay was an experience not to be missed - even if we got beat at football. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ant was great. Kept things moving. Became part of the group and not a detached leader. He helped make the trip work!  Don't forget the co--driver/leader. Tubbs was a great guy and a good compliment to Ant.  They found some great camps and great places to eat.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have an open mind and a good camera.  Try as many as things as possible - you may never be there again so give it a go. Try to learn a bit of the local language before you go but don't let it out you off anything if you don't.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus Overland provided us with a great way to see South America. We went from Lima, as far south as we could get due to snow and then back up to Brazil. We made loads of new friends - many I still keep in touch with.  They made dreams come true!
  • Reviewed October 2007
    Anonymous

    Beautiful surroundings, stimulating exercise and friendly support from the Exodus team

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Learning the 'skating' technique was exciting, as also a day spent snowshoeing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    James and Cathy were capable and friendly leaders.
  • Reviewed October 2007
    Anonymous

    Revised itinerary

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The weather in Norway had been as appalling as it was in Britain, meaning that a large part of the trip was unsafe for the first part of our week there. The leader and local guides adapted the trip admirably, meaning that we still got to ascend Norway's two highest peaks and spent three instead of the planned five days trekking in the Jotunheim between mountain hotels. On top of that masterful reworking of the itinerary the leader threw in a free day's white water rafting at the end and the most incredible three course meal at the hotel in Lom. I have never heard Norwegian cooking particularly praised before but I have been raving as much about the quality of the food since I got back as about the beautiful scenery, friendly people and excellent walking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was absolutely excellent - very solicituous of our welfare, knowledgeable about the local area and history and able to adapt to circumstances so that we had a very enjoyable week despite the change of itinerary.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You should go - you'll have a great time. The facilities were not as basic as I had thought they would be in the mountains and the food in the mountain hotels was almost as good as that in the village of Lom.
  • Reviewed October 2007
    Anonymous

    Every day of the trip was excellent

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The backdrop of the Picos on every walk was stunning. The day spent among the higher peaks was probably the most impressive and exciting. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Added greatly to holiday, very fit and shouldn't have to retire at 70! Good fun, very knowledgeable about the area but not overbearing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Best left luggage lockers at Bilbao Railway Station but not many. Recommend not making own flight arrangements.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Travel light and don't forget your suncream.
  • Reviewed October 2007
    Anonymous

    Starry Nights

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The stars at night - so so many more than we see in our light polluted world.The freshly baked Saharan bread baked in the sand every morning and night.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - every morning we had a "lesson" from him while the other guys packed up the camp and loaded the camels.  The lessons covered all sorts of things like the geography, politics and history of the area, Islam and one day we all learnt how to write our names in Arabic. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the weather.  We arrived in torrential rain and a hailstorm.  The walking is pretty flat and is relatively easy.  The challenge is really dealing with the sudden drop in temperature when the sun goes down in the evening and the sudden rise when it comes up again in the morning. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan this trip may not be for you.  I am a non meat eater as was someone else on the trip and for the first two days (until the meat ran out) our meals clearly came from the same pot as a meat stew/tagine/couscous but without the actual lumps of meat in it.  I can understand the difficulties as there is only really one pot available for the meals and we both decided just to accept the situation and eat it.  There was a vegan in the group who had more difficulties.  After the first couple of days when there was no meat left every meal was vegetarian as were all the lunches. Other than this issue the food was excellent for a trekking trip, hot and plentiful food at night and refreshing salads at lunchtime.
  • Reviewed October 2007
    Anonymous

    Nothing could have prepared me for such an amazing experience

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visit to Varanasi.  Atmosphere was amazing---bells, chanting, so many people who were obviously devout .  Boat trip at dawn.Who could fail to be inspired by the Taj Mahal?Every day brought another fantastic experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic! Shail was so helpful and informative.  He has a wonderful sense of humour and fun.  Poor soul had to look after 6 women.  I look forward to seeing him next year when I go to the "Tropical South".

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be open-minded, take probiotics to help prevent "Dehli Belly", don't look at the hawkers.  Our guides told us not to give to beggars--very difficult.  BE CAREFUL when crossing the roads---there's SO much traffic of all kinds.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No complaints whatsoever.
  • Reviewed October 2007
    Anonymous

    Waterfalls, waterfalls

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    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The amazing scenery of Iceland offered something different every day from waterfalls, to geysirs, to glacial lagoons.Our children loved the opportunities to see new natural phenomena and try new experiences such as glacier walking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader and driver were very friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy the week as much as us. The trip was very well organised with the needs of children paramount. Our boys fell in love with the group leader and spent most of the week marching up paths with her well ahead of their parents.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try it! Go prepared to get wet, (even though we had amazing weather we got soaked by waterfalls most days), good footwear and waterproofs were very useful.