I just returned from Ecuador last Friday. What a fabulous trip! We enjoyed it tremendously! I can’t wait to review the hundreds of photos we took in the Galapagos and Ecuador. Thanks for your pleasant help. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful, the crew of the Eric were awesome! This was a thought provoking and wonderful experience. Thanks again!Julie HoisingtonM/Y Eric January 2013
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Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that Vicki & I had a fantastic time in Ecuador. The crew on the Letty was great!! Our guides were great, enthusiastic and full of information. The accommodations on the Letty were very nice. The meals were excellent.
We also had a wonderful time at the Sacha lodge. It was a fantastic introduction to the Amazon rain forest. Our guide was very knowledgeable and truly enjoyed introducing us to all of the animals and plants in the rain forest. The lodge was very comfortable.
We also have high praise for Le Parc. It is a fantastic boutique hotel. The staff were very helpful. The rooms unique. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is staying in Quito. The hotel shuttle was great. I wish we could have stayed a day or two longer to enjoy the hotel and all that Quito has to offer. We really enjoyed the Museo de Banco Central.
We will definitely recommend you to anyone interested in going to Ecuador and the Galapagos.
Thanks Again for all your help.Mark SperryM/Y Letty January 2013
I have to say that our recent adventure to the Galapagos Islands was much more than we anticipated. The four of us agree that we can’t find one negative thing to say about our trip. Our hats are off to the crew of the Flamingo I; they were fantastic, hard-working, knowledgeable and fun. The food was delicious, the cabins were comfortable (Maria is amazing!), and the frigate birds arrived daily to guide us from island to island. Karina and Janeth were among the best guides we have ever had and made it obvious that they love their jobs. They never tired of sharing the wonders and excitement of the islands with us. They were always thoughtful and patient. We also liked that this was a very active vacation with physical activities every day. Of course, the most amazing part of the trip was the chance to see up- close flora and fauna that is endemic or native to the Galapagos.
Thanks to everyone for a marvelous holiday trip!
Sincerely,Jan HermanM/Y Flamingo December 2012
My son and I were guests on the M/V Letty that departed San Cristobal on 8/12/2012. I felt compelled to write and express to you our complete enjoyment of our trip.
Every moment of our week was a truly amazing experience. Not only was the boat well maintained and comfortable, but the excursions were unbelievable and breathtaking. I truly believe that our unforgettable experience would not have been remotely possible had it not been for our crew.
Every crew member, from Jose taking such good care of our cabin, to our more than attentive dining staff, to the sure hands of our panga drivers, to the extreme knowledge and kindness of our guides Ceci and Gabi, and to our most capable Captain, demonstrated nothing but professionalism, kindness, and the utmost competence in their respective positions. Without their expertise and guidance our week would not have been anywhere near the lifetime experience that it became. I truly was impressed by each and every one of them and will remember them fondly.
I would like to especially acknowledge our guides who were most impressive in not only their knowledge of the islands, the wildlife, and the history, but also in how they were able to relay all this information with the utmost ease and most pleasant manner. I am so thrilled that not only did I come away with a wealth of knowledge about the Galapagos and Ecuador, but so did my 16 year old son. Ceci and Gabi brought any prior knowledge he had about the Galapagos to life and instilled in him an eagerness to learn much more.
We eagerly participated in every excursion and soaked up all the information Gabi and Ceci relayed. These two women were very professional, articulate, conscientious, and kind. Ceci and Gabi skillfully imparted on us their love and knowledge of the islands, so much so that my son and I developed a deep respect for Ecuador and the protection of the Islands. We will never forget them or anything they taught.
Your employees made our trip a true once in a lifetime experience. They were a truly remarkable group of people. Our trip was everything we hoped it would be. Please know that because I felt so strongly about our experience, I highly recommended without reservation your company to more than a few friends and colleagues who are planning to take their families to the Galapagos within the year.
We would like thank all of them profusely for a very memorable trip and extend a world of thanks to you and Ecoventura for having such professional, competent, and kind employees.
My husband Tim, 14–year-old son Matthew and I just returned from our August 12-19th trip on the Letty. I would like to thank all the staff of the Letty for making our trip so memorable.
Ceci Gerrero and Gaby Espinoza were our naturalist guides. They are both very knowlegeable naturalists, and their enthusiasm was infectious. Both Gaby and Ceci are very keen on preserving and sharing the beauty and unique qualities of the Galapagos islands. They willingly shared their knowledge in a way that was both entertaining and interesting for both the teens and adults on the trip. I am not an avid naturalist, however the way Ceci and Gaby explained things made it absolutely fascinating for me.
Ceci and Gaby worked very well as a team, providing excellent briefings on what awaited us the next day. They also led us on interesting hikes through the islands, calling our attention to many things that we would otherwise have missed. Ceci and Gaby both have a tremendous range of knowledge, spanning geology, ecology, conservation, plant life, birds, reptiles, mammals and fish.
Gaby and Ceci are also very good at working with people. We found them very responsive to special requests, such as when we asked to disembark an hour earlier than planned in Puerto Ayora to allow us to spend more time at the Charles Darwin Research Station, or when a group of passengers asked whether it would be possible to sail from Isabela to Bartolomé earlier than planned that evening to avoid a very rough night of sleep. Both requests were accommodated with a smile, and we were very pleased.
We would also like to acknowledge the professionalism of our Captain Homero, 1st and 2nd mates Eugenio and John, the chef Arturo, Jairo our waiter/bartender, and all of the other crew members Sergio, Jose, Victor and Belfor. They worked very well together, exceeding our expectations regarding the quality and presentation of the food, their helpful and attentive attitude, as well as their concern for our safety, comfort and enjoyment of the time we spent on the boat and during the expeditions ashore and touring via the pangas. Our Galapagos voyage on board the Letty was fabulous. This is an experience that should have been on my bucket list, but wasn’t until I actually went on this trip!
The Galapagos Holiday Cruise exceeded our expectations. Our naturalist guides, Karina Lopez & Ivan Lopez, were extremely knowledgeable (wildlife, geology, history) and enthusiastic about the Galapagos Islands. The crew (Marlon, Jorge, Maria, Diego, Jimmy, Eduardo, Julio, Rene and , of the “Flamingo I” was great. They worked together to meet our every need, making this an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The wildlife and snorkeling were exceptional. We swam with penguins, sharks, rays, turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. The cabins on board “Flamingo I” were cozy and comfortable. The food was great and the activities were incredibly enjoyable, filling our cruise days with continuous hours of delightful excursions on land and in the water. I would recommend this trip, this crew, and these naturalists to anyone who loves nature and is interested in the Galapagos Islands. We enjoyed a party on board one night, had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner and received a very special slideshow gift from Karina at the end of the cruise.Dave RunkerM/Y Flamingo December 2011
See comments and photographs on Catherine S. Spikkerud’s blog, November 2011, Eric
As a repeat customer I have been impressed by the improvements Ecoventura has done between my last two trips. The trip in 2006 was great the last trip was awesome. Keep up the good work, all passengers left reluctantly the yacht but happy. I think there are many details of the trip to be mentioned and credit due to the respective party:
- Assembly of groups in the three yachts: Eric had the hard core photographers and nature interested persons, Flamingo families, good job by the office staff in assigning people to yachts based on interest.
- M/Y Eric: Nice upgrades with alternative energy but also the new main saloon layout seems more functional and looks less cluttered. The staff really took care that the vessel looked at its best and all worked. Also emphasis was made on conservation and environmental impact.
- Naturalists: Either Ecoventrura has a good staff or I’m lucky to get always great guides. In my first trip I had Renato Perez, this time Cecibel and Alexis, both excellent naturalists and crowd pleasers.
- Food/hotel services: this is the area where I saw the most improvement between my two trips, every meal was great and Apple strudel in Galápagos, out of this world.
- Boat crew: all very professional and helpful. One crew member was commenting he left another company to join Ecoventura since Ecoventura provided him with career development opportunities. I think the willingness of this individual to learn is an asset that Ecoventura should consider seriously: career development fosters a happy crew and creates a good reputation for the company in this area.
- Captain: My second sail with Peter Vallejo and as usual he glided the Eric safely through the archipelago.
Friends and coworkers have been asking about the trip and the operator, and I stated I will tell them after the trip since many things can change over time. With the experience of last week I have no hesitation to recommend Ecoventura to any associate.
Keep up to good work, I think the approach that Ecoventura is taking is the proper one. Muchas gracias, Feliz Navidad y a ver cuando cruzo caminos con el Eric nuevamente,
Sinceramente,Uwe HallerM/Y ERIC, November 2011
Just wanted to thank you Paulina & Irma for the GREAT service. I was on Eric and my two guides, Malena & Karina, were amazing. They were above and beyond expectation, as was the entire crew, and made this trip very special. True professionals- Lovely People-Extensive Knowledge-Excellent Customer Service. I will most certainly refer this operation to my friends.
We really liked Ecoventura’s organization. The Eric was excellent and our cabins were what we expected. It was nice to be on the upper deck. The crew was fantastic– they liked each other and work as a unit. Peter, the captain, was entertaining and helpful. Luis as our waiter and bartender worked hard and was excellent. Our tag team naturalist guides were perfect —they were exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly and we hope our friends can go on a trip that they lead in the future. Of course, we are referring to Harry and Cachito (Pepe). We also enjoyed the mix of passengers on the boat. It was truly international with people from England, France, Switzerland, Israel, Alaska, Colorado and California. The age mix was also excellent.
Thank you, Irma, for putting us on the Eric with this group.
We loved the Galapagos– It was a very special experience for all of us.