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Monday, 24 September 2018 22:22

Penny Scott

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First off let me start by saying that any trip can have a well laid out plan,
but to pull of a trip like this you need a FANTASTIC guide! Christian was TOPS! I have never booked a trip online before, so I was a bit nervous as to what to expect. I wanted an exciting adventurous tour from start to finish. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the Amazon part but boy am I glad I did! AJ was great with communication. Our plane was delayed overnight and I was concerned as to how we would get picked up the following day. They tracked our flight and when we arrived our driver was waiting for us holding a sign with our names on it. At that moment I knew we were in good hands. Every detail was laid out and executed to a tee! From drivers, to transfers, to guides, to lodging, to food and restaurants and excursions - everything was perfect! Our hotels/lodging was beyond our expectations. Nice, clean, and comfortable accommodations in the best spots possible. Our Amazon portion of the trip was totally amazing. What a learning experience it was! We kayaked down the river, had a wonderful lunch, and then continued without skipping a beat in the pouring rain. We loved the salt lick and paddle boarding down the river the next day. I loved watching the monkeys swing in the trees and learned how to use a blow gun. We were welcomed by the indigenous Kichwa Community with delicious food that they had prepared and a beautiful dance presentation by the children. The learning aspect of this culture is nothing that you can find in a textbook. Truthfully our days were packed and so much fun. Our portion of the trip to the Galapagos was also quite amazing. We stayed right on the beach with the water and pelicans right out our bedroom door. We snorkeled and saw marine life that we have never seen before when snorkling, like black tipped sharks and sea horses. We learned about the blue footed boobys and saw so many of them. My favorite is the penguins and luckily they were there at the time we visited. It was an up close and personal experience. The sea lions were all over as well as the iguanas. We did some more kayaking, took a bike ride, saw the gigantic tortoises and did so much more than I could have ever imagined. Christian was the best leader/guide. He had everything well organized and timed out perfect. He had sought out great places to eat and recommended certain foods to eat. He never let us down. These ten days far exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Adventure Journeys to take you on a trip of a lifetime- one that you will never forget.
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