We had a fantastic trip to the Galapagos!!! So glad we chose The Beagle at your recommendation. A smaller sailing yacht is the way to go. I think we made friends forever!
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expections, The guide Pedro was excellent, The food was delicious, the Captain was great. Loved how well the crew interacted with each other and the guests. One of the best vacations we have ever been on!
just wanted to thank-you again for your help earlier. We had a great time and were very appreciative of the chance to have gone on the cruise after all. We were even surprised there were a couple of extra berths!
USA, January 2018
Isabela II Reviews
The cruise was fabulous.
All the arrangements went very smoothly.
We are very grateful for your efficiency and recommendations.
John and Cath McIntyre
John and Cath McIntyre
Australia, January 2018
Natural Paradise Reviews
My husband and I would highly recommend you, Columbus Travel. From the beginning, you were honest and straightforward about what we could expect and when payments were due. You were always very (...)
prompt with your replies, had great suggestions for day trips, and provided helpful literature about our adventure on the Integrity and about visiting the Galapagos Islands. Our very professional drivers and guides were always waiting for us and gave good measure for their time with us. I can’t think of a thing that would have made this most memorable trip better.
Thank you for all you did.
I have been meaning to email you to say what a marvellous holiday we had. We were very pleased to meet you in your smart offices. The holiday was all we could have hoped for. The other passengers were very (...)
congenial, the guides were superbly expert and lovely people. Joscelyn (spelling?) took Jeremy under her wing and helped him when walking was difficult. She also swam with me, taking me by the hand to where I could see turtles, and took a photo of me snorkelling with a turtle! Another plus was the food, which was delicious and well-balanced - Jeremy didn't put on any weight! He sends his congratulations to you and says it all went fantastically well and he would heartily recommend you in every way. It really was the holiday of a lifetime.
It was the holiday of a lifetime and much much better than I could have dreamed!
The ship 'Grace' is a very charming and beautiful ship and the cabin was very comfortable, particularly being on the upper (...)
deck as I gather the lower deck cabins were a bit damp.
The staff on board were all very professional and polite. The food was amazing considering we were away from the mainland for so long; the chef did a great job.
The guides were astonishingly knowledgeable, particularly Raffa who seems to know everything there is to know about nature, volcanoes, weather, the sky and stars etc. etc.! And the lovely Jocelyn, Raffa's co-guide, was also knowledgeable and helpful and kind.
All the guests were interesting and fun and keen to do all the snorkelling and swimming and walking etc. The fact that we were only 16 guests made it much more cosy and intimate and we all got to know each other and have a lot of laughs. On one night it was Jeremy Hill's birthday and the chef made him a birthday cake which we all shared and sang 'happy birthday'.
Well done you organising it all, and thank you. If I ever can afford to go back to the second week in the Galapagos north of the Equator where I believe there are different birds, animals and coral reefs, I will contact you and Columbus Travel.
Would like to tell you that we had a very good time at the Archipel 1. This will be a memory for life time. Thank you so much for the work you have done for us. Everything thing worked out (...)
Would like to tell you that we had a very good time at the Archipel 1. This will be a memory for life time. Thank you so much for the work you have done for us. Everything thing worked out nice and was right on time.
The trip was succesfull. All the arrangements functioned well and the crew in the boat (Estrella del Mar II) was extremely friendly and helpful. So, thanks for all that.
Traveled on the Estrella del Mar
Finland, January 2018
Estrella del Mar I
I wanted to tell you how very, very happy we were with your company and the boat and crew on our recent trip to Galapagos. All pickups and drop offs went smoothly and there were reminders for (...)
The Treasure of Galapagos was beyond our dreams. It was spacious, clean, and the food was excellent. Best of all was the staff who took care of our every need. The guide, Galo Herrera, has to be one of the best in the business. We will be writing a very favourable Trip Advisor account for both Colombus and the boat and crew when we get home.
Thank you very much for all the attention and reassurance you gave me before we went. It turned out to be the trip of a lifetime!
I want to thank you for your help in organizing our trip. It was perfecto. Weather, Treasure of Galapagos, Carlos the guide, plus all the staff of the boat, the animals, the other passengers, food, (...)
Yes, our return home was uneventful, and it's always good to be home, no matter how much Julie and I love to travel and enjoy the different places we have been (...)
Galapagos definitely qualifies as one of those great trips! First of all, you couldn't have been more helpful and patient with our preparations and in providing information -- no matter how many questions I had. We were very pleased with the operation and accommodations aboard Tip Top II under the command of Capt. Jimmy. (Sorry to say, I don't know his last name?) The vessel was first class, extremely clean and well maintained, the food was varied and excellent, and we -- the Madigans and Laynes -- can't say enough good things about the crew. Capt. Jimmy, second-in-command David, purser Carlos, chef Willy, engineer Miguel, boat driver Mario, bartender and chief waiter Luis #1, and cabin boy Luis #2 did everything they could to keep us safe and comfortable. Our guide, Angelica Jahnel, was excellent. She knows the islands like her backyard, and her nightly orientations were enlightening.
If you want to post any of this to Facebook, I'll let you do that, I don't spend any time with social media.
Thank you again for a job well done and a terrific trip. We will tell our friends who wish to visit the Americas about Columbus Travel.
Hi Cristina: I just wanted to let you know that everything went perfectly on our trip to the Galapagos. We enjoyed the Odyssey and the guide was very good. Thanks for all your help.
USA, January 2018
Cristina, I just wanted to tell you this was the best trip of my life Gracias!
Adeline & Jeff Ellis
USA, January 2018
It is for us to apologize for not contacting you sooner regarding our recent trip to Quito, the La Selva Lodge, and the Galapagos Islands. Barbara and I tremendously enjoyed every aspect of (...)
the trip, it was a great and new experience for both of us, and all of the plans that you had arranged for us executed perfectly, including all of the transfers.
I can assure you that we will give you a strong positive recommendation to our friends, and will contact you again if we ever need arrangements to be made in your area. Again, thank you very much for helping to arrange such an excellent vacation for us.
I will just email you my comments here since I don't do facebook.
You were extremely responsive in any of the questions I had and very accommodating in figuring out a payment method.
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trip. The boat/crew/food was all excellent. My only comment as to the agenda, no where did it let us know we would be snorkelling 2x/day and hiking 2x/day. I LOVED that it was so active, but the description did not indicate activity level. Don Milligan and his wife are signed up to go next year on the same boat (different agenda) because of my feedback.
Also, I was surprised at how cold the water was – even though it was mentioned that wetsuits were available – some explanation about the artic currents would be helpful.
This is just to say that we had a wonderful trip! The boat Tip Top II, its crew and the guide were all great. As well as our fellow passengers. We truly enjoyed our walks, panga boat trips, (...)
snorkeling and of course especially all the animals. The sea was quite rough some nights, but the boat never rocked so much that it was a problem, just pleasant. The water was not very warm so they got us some long 3 mm wetsuits from another Tip top boat. Thank you so much for all the advice and assistance in advance! You have been really helpful and we do appreciate it.
Sofia – I am back home after the amazing trip of a lifetime! I want to thank you for your efficiency in suggesting my trips to both the Galapagos and the Napo Kitchwa Ecolodge and arranging it all so (...)
efficiently, including all the transfers.
Gabriella Sanchez and all her family at Posada Mirolindo, were wonderful. Your drivers & guides, especially Patricio were also excellent and Patricio's wife also showed me round the Old Town last Wednesday, then Patricio came back to collect us and we went to El Panicello before taking me back to Quinta la Constanza in Tababela
Everything about the Odyssey tour in the Galapagos was amazing and the naturalist guide, Jaime, was outstanding. I still can't believe that I was walking amongst SO MANY marine iguanas and sea-lions, even when the babies were feeding!
In Napo, Sergio, my naturalist guide, and all those working in the Kitchwa Lodge were fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble and Sergio constantly amazed me by spotting wildlife that I had to look hard to see. He even captured so many images for me on my cell-phone through his telescope, which he carried literally everywhere!
So, I have laundry in the washing machine and must now finish unpacking my suitcase but I shall fill my house with dozens of photographs of all the amazing creatures, places and Ecuadorian people that I have met over the last 2 weeks to remember for the rest of my life!!