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Birding Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 295 Great 57 Average 7 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
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Excellent August 2018

5.0

Antarctic Peninsula

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The best in the business!

Operator AdventureSmith

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Everything was first class but the boat August 2018

4.0

Galapagos Islands

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We toured the Galápagos Islands for 7 days. We saw so many unique animals.
The trip really made me realize how completely special the Galápagos Islands
are. Riss, our guide, was a Galapaguano and was proud of his heritage. He
had excellent knowledge of the wildlife we saw, the history of Darwin and the
researchers who came after him and the forces which brought the islands into
being.
Seeing the sea turtles and the white tipped reef shark. Also walking on the
recently-140 year old lava. Watching the mating rituals of the frigate birds
and the boobies.


Please see the summary. He was excellent in every way, Knowledgeable,
patient, flexible, excellent English.


Apply sun screen 15 minutes before leaving, use zinc oxide sunscreen as it is
less damaging to the wildlife.


Our crew and the food were first class. The ship was not. It was a
replacement for a ship which was sunk in dry dock and was noisy with diesel
fumes. I realize Exodus offered us a chance to rebook but we had made our
air arrangements by then. Exodus does not offer airfare from the US. I
think we should be offered some compensation for the inferior ship. As noted
in my evaluation, I found a roach in the bathroom. Our toilet leaked and
required emergency repairs.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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When can I go back? August 2018

5.0

Land of the Jaguar

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a terrific holiday, despite the weather being the coldest on record
for that time of year.
Predictably, seeing a jaguar for the first time.


Tony was excellent. His knowledge of the wildlife was first rate. And he came
horseriding with us on the last day!


Don't assume the weather is going to be hot, whatever the online sites tell
you in advance. When we arrived in Cuiaba it was hot and humid - then the
cloud rolled in, so thick that it sometimes looked like twilight at midday.
It rained - not a lot, but if I hadn't taken a raincoat I'd have been in
trouble. Going upriver into the wind was a bitterly cold experience, and
everyone was wearing everything they had. Six layers! The guides had scarves
round their faces, dark glasses, and woolly hats. All you see was their
eyes... and those eyes gave us four jaguar sightings. The wildlife came out
to platy whatever the temperature. But when we arrived at the Araras
Eco-lodge the weather changed, and it was glorious.


The Jaguar Houseboat did not have Wi-Fi, so we had to play games when it was
too cold and wet to do anything else in between boat trips. The food was
great. The Araras Eco-lodge was wonderful, with friendly staff, good food,
and a cayman almost within touching distance of every room. (They eat fish,
luckily.) There were no mosquitoes, which was a surprise. I've been on a lot
of Exodus holidays, but this was one of the best.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Fabulous holiday, shame about the boat! August 2018

4.0

Galapagos Wildlife Cruise

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
The two-week wildlife cruise was the holiday of a lifetime. We both enjoy
science and wildlife, we are also sailors and have our own boat. Most days
the itinerary was full on and wonderful, and we were delighted with the
amazing wildlife both on land and in the sea. The crew were very friendly
and worked amazingly hard. There was a generous amount of good food for
every meal, including much fruit, vegetables and salads. Unfortunately
several of us had stomach upsets for 1 or 2 days.
The boat was the main cause for concern. The A/C in the dining room failed
for a couple of days, and dripped water on the seating so we had several wet
seats for a few days. The Dining room ceiling also dripped water on several
occasions. Our A/C also dripped on the carpet, or anything that was on the
carpet nearby, and also on the shelves under it. Many things were wet or
smelled musty. We had room 1 and our toilet was often malfunctioning from
the start, and then blocked completely for a whole day (happily the crew
worked very hard and managed to repair it by bedtime). There were no other
toilets except the ones in other guests cabins.
Exodus gave us only 24 hours to decide whether to abort the holiday as the
original boat the Cachalot was out of commission but we were told that the
substitute boat was also a “first class boat”. We now discover that
according to Galapagos Islands.com the ‘Astrea’ or ‘Pinguino
Explorer’ is down as a “mid-priced boat” and costs 650 dollars per week
less that the ‘Catchalot’ did, so we are not amused as no refund was
offered for this cheaper accommodation.
Exodus were unable to give us useful information regarding laundry (they said
there was none) or the ability to wash things ourselves and hang them out.
Also, they were unable to answer queries about the flight from Quito to the
islands or the baggage allowance for that flight. We therefore took far too
much luggage!
We were only told about the need for US dollars to pay the bar bill within
the last week when we had already ordered and collected our dollars.
So hard to decide as most days exceeded our expectations. I loved the seals,
so amusing and entertaining, as were the Penguins but the Hammerhead sharks
took my breath away. We saw about 100 Mola mola (sunfish) I also was blown
away by the Siera Negra Volcano – so huge.


Very knowledgeable about so many things, but not easy to get a straight
answer from, and also rather creepy.


Find out who the local agent is and check their website, it answered many of
our outstanding questions. You can wash for yourself, a plug is useful, and
hang out clothes on the rail outside.


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Wonderful wildlife adventure August 2018

5.0

Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had, combining walking in the
mountains with the opportunity to see and learn about bears in the company of
a true expert and bear enthusiast and a great group of fellow travellers. I
really can’t fault this trip, the scenery is stunning, the wildlife is all
around you, and the food, accommodation and hospitality of the local people
are a delight.
Too many to pick one!
Walking along mountain trails and finding evidence of bear activity all
around us.
Seeing bears from the hide.
Walking through alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and beautiful
butterflies.


Julian is an excellent guide to the bears and wildlife of Rodopi. He is
passionate about his subject and has built up his learning over so many
years, I know and understand so much more now about the lives and habitat of
brown bears. He is also an amusing storyteller and we all had a lot of
laughs along the way.


Some of the trails can be challenging and I found walking poles a great help.
Otherwise, just go and enjoy yourself, you will have an amazing time.
I spent a couple of extra nights in Sofia at the end of the trip. It’s an
ancient and interesting city and well worth the time spent there.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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