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Reviews of Bolivia Tours
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4.7 out of 5
Excellent 320 Great 113 Average 2 Disappointing 0 Terrible 0
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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Fantastic trip. Would definitely recommend March 2019

5.0

South America Express

Our tour guide Ingrid was brilliant. She was knowledgable, calm, very well organised and all round lovely!
We spent the right amount of time in each place (personally maybe slightly less time in Santiago and more time in Bolivia, but that’s just my choice).

Would definitely recommend this trip.
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Operator Tucan Travel

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What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries! January 2019

5.0

South America in Depth

My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed. Read more

Operator Peregrine Adventures

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Activity-packed and spectacular trip with 4 nights, visiting the older, drier islands of the Galapagos December 2018

5.0

Galápagos — South & East Islands aboard the Yolita

A stunning and unforgettable experience in landscapes and amidst wildlife every bit as wondrous as we had anticipated! This itinerary packed in numerous landings/hikes and snorkeling opportunities and enabled close-up observation of some of the birds and iguanas for which the islands are famous. The Yolita is considered to be one of the best boats used by G Adventures: the cabins were comfortable and the common areas spacious and pleasant. The 8-person crew was outstandingly efficient, helpful and good-humoured as well as being safety-conscious. They were perfectly trained to help with the sometimes wavy and choppy transfers between boat and panga (dinghy) or boat and rocky shore! They also cooked up very good meals every day. Our guide, Alberto, was very well-organized and knowledgeable, though it took him a while to become willing to engage with questions from the guests. G Adventures has many itineraries in the Galapagos on 4 different boats, though the details of daily shore excursions can change according to the Park authorities' micromanagement to ensure that places are not crowded. If prospective travellers have the money and time to take one of the longest cruises as to visit the geologically newer western and northern islands as well, which we could not do, then you should go for it as you will see different birds and animals than in the South and East. Wildlife viewing also varies with the seasons (warm & wetter versus cool & dry. We would have appreciated having the option to extend our trip by one more night, on land (Santa Cruz) so as to have had a chance to see giant tortoises in the wild instead of having to fly back to Quito mid-morning after an interesting but rushed visit to the Darwin research station. We wish that G Adventures had offered this as an option.
Footnote: G Adventures begins and ends all its Galapagos trips at the Hilton Colon hotel, which we liked very much - very friendly for a big hotel, heated outdoor pool and an amazing buffet breakfast if you have time to enjoy it - our tour left for Galapagos at 4:30AM...
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Operator G Adventures

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Amazing Adventure with Teens October 2018

5.0

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

A wonderful couple of weeks focusing principally on the wildlife of Costa
Rica. We went at the start of the rainy season and were lucky with the
weather, but don't think you'll be suthbathing (much) as Exodus keep you
moving!
My thirteen year old son told me that the Pacific coast beach we visited was
the most beautiful place he'd ever seen.


Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Gio has an exceptionally calm, professional and efficient manner. He's also
incredibly knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic about his country. On top
of that, he understands the importance of group dynamics and ensured that we
formed a happy group.

I really don't think we could have asked for a more thoughtful, organised and
all-round nice guy to lead our holiday!


Two things -
1. If you're travelling in the rainy season, ignore the advice to travel
light as you cannot dry clothes (everything is constantly damp)
2. Ignore Exodus's terrible and costly advice to take dollars. You need
enough dollars to get you to a cash machine, then withdraw local Colones and
use them everywhere - otherwise you will be ripped off by terrible dollar
exchange rates offered in shops and restaurants.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Wow, wow, wow!!! October 2018

5.0

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

Costa Rica is a fabulous country and well worth the long flight. We went as
a family of 5, parents of nearly 50, my mum in her early 70s and 2 girls aged
10 and 12. We were looking for a change from the usual pool / beach holiday
and gosh, it was different!!!
The wildlife is nothing short of phenomenal. We saw spiders, snakes, macaws,
crocodiles, lizards, fantastic birds, frogs etc...... the list just goes on.
The plantlife was great - plants we have at home in pots in the house growing
tens of feet high in their natural habitat - it was quite something to see.
It was also very educational, not just seeing plants and animals in their
natural environment, but also other experiences such as the trips to the
chocolate / cacao plantation and the sloth sanctuary. And it was great fun,
especially the white water rafting and the zipwiring in Arenal.
It was however, quite exhausting. I must admit we were not quite prepared
for the pace, the early mornings and the long coach trips, but, in
retrospect, they were all for a reason and all worth it for the sights and
sounds and experiences in each location.
And of course, I must mention our guide Glenda and our driver Mauricio who
were quite simply, marvellous. Their professionalism, efficiency and
enthusiasm for their country made the holiday very special for us.
I think we all enjoyed the quiet boat trip in Tortuguero - how Glenda managed
to find a waterway all to ourselves given the amount of traffic on the main
river I will never know. But the chance to see turtles, crocodiles, various
birds including toucans and macaws, monkeys, lizards etc in their natural
habitat with the added highlight of the 2 dolphins was marvellous.
The white water rafting and zip wiring were such fun and we all enjoyed the
adrenalin rush!
And seeing something new almost at every turn was great. Traipsing back to
our room one afternoon we came across an armadillo, seeing a coati in the
grounds of the hotel, howler monkeys moving across in the trees above the
swimming pool... etc. I could go on.......


Nothing short of fabulous. Glenda was so knowledgeable and her telescope
managed to pick out things that we could not even see with the naked eye.
Mauricio was always there incase anyone wanted to finish a walk early and his
keen eye also spotted other treats hidden in the trees.

Glenda's enthusiasm for her country and her willingness to share this with us
was much appreciated. Our experience of Costa Rica would not have been half
as good without her...


It is hot and humid in August and clothes all get very damp. Anything that
gets wet, stays wet. So pack clothes in ziplock bags and keep them zipped
wherever possible. Dry-wicking clothes are perfect and do not bring anything
that cannot dry easily.
A ball or something for the kids to play with in the pools is a great idea.
And test your waterproofs before you travel. These need to be industrial
strength as when it rains I mean it really rains!! Stand in the shower for
15 minutes on full blast and check those seams!!!
If your kids are remotely travel sick - think about travel bands on their
wrists as the roads are windy and bumpy.
Connecting or family rooms are rare however if you have young kids the rooms
normally have 2 double beds so you could all sleep together although it might
be quite tight!
A zoom camera is a must and maybe, as we did, another soft bag to throw in
the washing and / or hiking boots when these are not being worn will keep the
suitcases relatively clean and organised.


Come with an open mind - this is not a five star country and yes it does rain
- loads!! However, the experiences are well worth the early morning starts
and the requirement to pack up and move on every 48 hours.
It is, admittedly, quite daunting. The concept of spending 2 weeks in close
proximity with 3 or 4 other families and hoping the kids get on and the
parents find common ground. However I feel we were incredibly fortunate on
our tour and met some lovely families. The kids had great fun together and
the parents did too! Looking at other reviews this seems to be a common
theme, so do not delay and book today, you will not regret it!!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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COSTA RICA FAMILY ADVENTURE October 2018

5.0

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

This was a really memorable holiday. Costa Rica is an extraordinary country
with a plethora of fantastic birds, animals, and flowers to see - and the big
appeal of it when travelling with children is that on any expedition you
ALWAYS see something. Hotel gardens themselves are places where anything can
happen - I had one of the most exciting bird sightings (a trogon) in the
garden of our hotel in Dominical - where we also saw a boa constrictor in the
stream by the hotel. It really did feel like an adventure - the itinerary
packs so many experiences into a short space of time. It was great for our
11 year old daughter to have other children in the group to make friends with
- that made her braver and more tolerant of some of the long journeys and
physical challenges of so much torrential rain. What makes it all work is
the style of the tour - yes, there is a busy itinerary but our guide always
sought to offer choices of places to eat and things to do, so it felt quite
organic and we never felt over-managed or regimented. Her deep local
knowledge, and that of the driver made a huge difference. Costa Ricans are
friendly, efficient and proud of their country and that made this trip
special too.
My daughter and I loved the rafting trip at Sarapiqui - which was the
"floating safari" rather than the white water version as we felt too nervous
to do that. In fact, because of heavy rain the night before the water was
quite stirred up so it was actually quite thrilling. The guide on this raft
was wonderful - he made it really fun. She also loved the zip wiring at
Sarapiqui, and we all enjoyed the hot springs at La Fortuna - absolutely
magical in the twilight. But the stars of the show were all the animals we
saw - especially sloths and monkeys, and endless iguanas!


Katia was one in a million - so knowledgeable and such a brilliant
communicator. Long journeys were broken up with really good background on
where we were and what we were seeing, and she gave us really good
historical, cultural and social background too. - As a birdwatcher I really
appreciated her willingness to take us on 6am bird spotting strolls. I would
never have seen half so much if she hadn't shown me it - and her passion for
flora and fauna is infectious. I will never forget her detailed description
of the social organisation of the leaf cutter ant! She is a born leader -
always managing to make things feel organic and informal, while doing masses
of contingency planning behind the scenes. She also treated us all as
individuals and sought to offer options that would appeal to each of us. Her
local knowledge of restaurants was invaluable - she gave us choices and took
us to great places.


We went in the rainy season - and boy, did it rain. Not just an hour or two
a day, but torrentially for hours on end, especially on the Caribbean side
where it rains more or less all the year round. And when it isn't raining it
is more often than not very overcast. Once we got to the Pacific side the
weather was much better - sunshine for at least half of every day. So be
prepared for the weather - it can be demoralising. Others have mentioned the
difficulty in drying clothes out - our guide was ingenious and took us twice
to local laundrettes where a service wash was efficient and far cheaper than
in the hotels. Returned either same day or following morning. Hotels are
simple - but we liked the simplest one, at Cahuita, the best because you
could hear the ocean from the garden. We had a miserable time on the
optional turtle trip at Tortuguero locally run, not organised by Exodus. We
had to walk through rainforest to get to the beach and, because of heavy
rain, floodwater was nearly up to our knees - the pitch dark and the warnings
about going single file because of the risk of snakes resulted in our
daughter being absolutely terrified. We did see turtles but by this time she
was unable to enjoy and just wanted to feel safe again. It felt very
overcrowded and not really in the interests of the turtles. But the river
trips made going to Tortuguero worth it.

Do consider doing what we did: we booked a hotel on the Pacific coast and
stayed on for five more nights after the tour relaxing, swimming and whale
watching. Really worth it - after travelling all that way.


This is a really good way of seeing fantastic wildlife and visiting a
tropical country very different from our own, with children. The
organisation and the guide take all the stress out of this kind of travelling
leaving you all free to get the most out of the experience. The Caribbean
coast is wetter but it is really fascinating and shouldn't be missed - its
Afro-Caribbean heritage making it very different from the rest of the
country.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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