Rainforest Expeditions vs Discover Corps - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
2.0 January 2017
Does Not Recommend
The staff at Rainforest Expeditions were awesome at helping us set up our trip. When we arrived in Lima we could not wait to catch our flight to Puerto Maldanado and explore the rainforest. Unfortunately, we were traveling during rainy season and were delayed 2 days from getting to Cusco where the layover was required to get to Puerto Maldanado.Read more
Because of limited travel time, this caused us to have to cancel our entire trip to the rainforest. There is a clause in the fine print when you pay for your Rainforest Expedition experience that states they will NOT reimburse you due to cancelled flights even if they are caused by weather.
"I understand that RFE is not responsible for changes in air travel due to cancellations, delays or other events are not under its control and will not make RFE financially responsible for those acts."
Just make sure you read everything and perhaps choose LAN as opposed to other domestic airlines like Star Peru or Peruvian Airlines. We were not even partially reimbursed for any of our travel plans in the rainforest. It was definitely a huge bummer both for the missed experience and financial loss.
I realize there's prep work involved before any stay, but we were honestly shocked after the outstanding hospitality we'd received on the front end that there was absolutely NO reimbursement, not even partial offered after our unfortunate travel experience.
Wish we had gotten the experience. Hope you enjoy yours! Just proceed with caution before payment.
Visited January 2016
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5.0 January 2017
I went to Tambopata Research Center with a very special group in 1995. It was the best trip I have ever made! Oscelots on the trail, howler monkeys in the night, clay lick before dawn, macaws tearing up your camera equipment and mucho wildlife in the fruiting fig trees.... Yes. I would go back in a heartbeat. We even got to go on a night time fishing expedition with the local guys. An experience I will never forget.Read more
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5.0 January 2017
Thank you for the 3D/2N Posada Amazonas adventure I participated with my friends in October 2013, it remains as one of the highlights of our Peru trip. It was a truly organic experience the really inspired me to be increasingly aware of my environment and sustainability. Not only were the accommodations comfortable, we were still infused with the wilderness; we saw several animals (monkeys, lizards, birds) just laying in our hammock in the room. The food buffets were absolutely delicious and the fruit amazingly sweet and fresh. The most impactful part of the experience is interacting with the staff and natives, they were all so friendly and knowledgeable. Our tour guide Robin would make sure that everyone could see each wild animal we encountered on our treks, and when I asked a question on the juice we were drinking one lunch, he just went directly to the kitchen to grab the fruit to show us. I was in a group with my friends, and he even invited us to a competitive soccer game with the other staff!! Everyone was so incredibly talented and friendly to us, we never wanted to leave!Read more
This Peruvian Amazon adventure is a must-try if you ever find yourself in the Peru region. And if you're agile and know your way around a soccer field, see if you can join these fine people in a friendly match -- you'll have your work cut out for you
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5.0 November 2018
Japan Cultural Odyssey
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!Read more
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5.0 July 2018
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.Read more
5.0 July 2017
This trip was really superb, starting with the folks like Alex in the San Diego office to our tour guide in Havana, Orelvis (a perfect gentleman if there ever was one--and he seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Havana), and our driver, Boris (who was an extremely safe driver, and the SUV that was our transportation was a practically new Honda), and our friendly hostess at the casa particular (B&B).Read more
But at breakfast at the casa particular, keep in mind the CDC guidelines for healthy travel: cook it, boil it, peel it (yourself) or FORGET IT. So the bowl of fruit and the fruit juices? Pass them up in favor of coffee and toast. I know that sounds boring, but after I got home, I ended up in the hospital emergency room for dehydration due to e-coli--my fault for not following the CDC guidelines.
Also, to get up to my room at the casa particular, I had to climb a narrow, curved marble staircase--I took extra care not to fall either on the way up or on the way down.
The activities and attractions were first rate (but you must keep in mind that you're on "Cuban time," and not everything runs like a Swiss train). From the Hemingway house to the canon ceremony (which I loved even though it was a substitution for another event that was unexpectedly closed) to the jazz club (again, we went to one jazz club that for some reason didn't work out, but no problem--Orelvis took us to another jazz club recommended by his supervisor in Havana) to the art museum to the Malecon to the outdoor terrace at the Hotel Nacional and more, it was amazing how much we saw of Havana in about 72 hours.
There were only four people on the trip, and that was both a good thing and a bad thing--good because each of us received a great deal of attention from Orelvis and bad because two of the four didn't want to follow the itinerary and often went off on their own and then kept the rest of us waiting for them to return (highly frustrating--finally Boris said, "the schedule is the schedule," and we stopped catering to them). One of them spoke fluent Spanish--good for her--but I did wish that Orelvis had curtailed the lengthy conversations that she initiated with him, which the rest of us could not understand.
Two of my favorite activities were ones that I arranged myself: attending the world-class ballet at the gorgeously restored el Gran Teatro and then taking a yellow 1950 Chevrolet convertible with an Italian driver, who was an absolute hoot, back to the casa particular.
And the food at the private restaurants known as paladars was first rate. We even had lunch at one that Anthony Bourdain recently featured on his CNN travel show "Parts Unknown."
Just a small word of caution: sometimes there wasn't enough bottled water in the SUV in which we were riding, especially when we were dropped off at the casa particular at night. Make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you at all times. (The CDC even recommends that you brush your teeth with bottled water.)
I also wish I had brought another pair of shoes with me because with all of the walking in the heat of the Cuban sun, my feet swelled. Fortunately, I had brought some Band-Aids with me, which helped cushion the sore spots.
I highly recommend this trip--to my way of thinking, it's much better than taking a cruise ship that only docks in Havana for one or two nights--and the "Havana Weekend Getaway" is the most popular trip to Cuba that is offered by Discover Corps, as I learned from Orelvis.
|Tours||2 Trips||28 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 347||$ 399|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru||San Diego, California|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||No single supplement|
Specializing in Peruvian ecotourism since 1989, they operate tours with a strong emphasis on education and conservation.
What Makes Them Standout?
Science and education based tours with a strong destination focus in Tambopata, Peru. Your tour will dive into the local flora and fauna and their expert guides will ensure you see as much wildlife as possible for the time of year.
Who Travels With Them?
If you’re interested in experiencing nature up close and personal throughout your travel experience, and supporting local conservation initiatives this is the company for you. Trips involve being outdoors a lot, and participating in activities requiring various levels of physical fitness.
Where Do They Operate?
They specialize and focus in Tambopata, Peru where you’ll experience the Amazon jungle and rainforest. Operating trips throughout the year, you’ll stay in special eco lodges on your trip and spend every day exploring the region.
Why Travel With Them?
They’re dedication to one region and rainforest protection is what sets them apart. They care about making sure the local economies benefit from your tourism so this is one of the best companies for responsible travelers. Prepare to leave energized from the surrounding nature, physical activity, and wildlife spotting every day.
San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.
What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?
They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.
With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.
Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?
These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.
The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.
Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.
Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Discover Corps Travel Style
Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.
Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?
If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.
Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.
“Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.