Rainforest Expeditions vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

A huge bummer both for the missed experience and financial loss.

2.0 January 2017
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Does Not Recommend
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
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.
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.
SEE CLAUSE:
"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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Tour Rainforest Expeditions Company Reviews

Unforgettable experience!

5.0 January 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
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Thank you for the wonderful adventure!

5.0 January 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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!
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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Life-changing and enjoyable!

5.0 October 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a holiday gave me a chance to slow down, and take the time to feel part of the natural world: the sun, to notice the hook-beaked oyster catchers and families of rare seals, to enjoy the wonderful food, the sunshine, scudding clouds, waves lapping and the feeling of being held safely by the St Hilda whilst being at the mercy of winds, tides and waves. It was fun to share tasks with fellow passengers and to laugh. I haven't laughed so much for years. And I loved seeing beautiful coastal parts of Scotland for the first time from the sea, gaining the chance to wonder at the histories and cultures that have flourished, been lost and yet live on in the remote, unusual places where we moored. I discovered my sea-legs, but I found much more - the pleasure of a little bit of distance from land, the new perspectives it gives and sheer joy of experiencing the sea, and its role in revealing new dreams and uncovering old ones. All this was in the company of knowledgeable crew - sea-farers who made the whole cruise delightful from start to finish and easy-peasy for a land-lubber like myself.
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A Delight

5.0 October 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a fantastic holiday - there is something magical about being in a ship, relying on wind and waves, seeing beautiful scenery, eating lovely food, helping sail the ship and enjoying the experience with a group of witty, friendly, knowledgeable people.
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It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

5.0 October 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This holiday was like no other: it was stepping into another world where the wind, sun and sea mattered because our lives were held by the ship and these big elemental forces. It was a realm of sea faring lore, laughter and fun, where the elements - water, wind and tides - mattered and shaped and influenced our journey. It's easy to laugh on a ship because you are sharing the camaraderie of crew and ocean and somehow the sea is lighter than the land. Instead you have the myths and stories of sea and mysteries of the deep - Moby Dick, Jonah, Noah's Ark and Ring of Bright Water! It's fascinating to be on a slow journey with time to reflect and to be looking at the strange, populated and then depopulated, fought over Scottish coastal landscape from a new perspectives. It's fun to work with the charming, witty, friendly skippers and fellow crew hauling anchors and sails. But, most of all, it's a joy to be on, and in, and feeling the elemental ocean. I felt safe and found my sea-legs, but I also stumbled into a new world, one that enriches and ignites dreams.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 347 $ 166
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Eco Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Photography
  • Adventure
  • Yoga
  • Health & Rejuvenation
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1989 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A
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      About Rainforest Expeditions

      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.

      About St Hilda Sea Adventures

      St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

      Who Travels With Them?

      All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

      Where Do They Operate?

      The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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