All was perfect, thanks for helping to put this together last minute.
Evolution + Cruise Train
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.
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!
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.
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!
6D La Selva / 8D Majestic Yacht
Thank you Francisco. I appreciate all of your help booking this trip and your correspondences were always prompt and helpful. It was a fantastic trip and when we finally get around to Manchu Picchu, we'll certainly send you an email.
USA, DECEMBER 2013
Galapagos Legend Testimonials
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.
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
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!
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.
Rachel Blewitt x 2
Australia / New Zealand
Beagle Dec 21-28
Diving con Scubaiguana
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.
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!
Thank you very much, the trip was just great, we would definitely recommend you and your company to our friends!
Galapagos Gran Odyssey
Czech Republic, 2013
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.
Cormorant + Land Services + Finch Bay
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!!!