Ecuador & Galapagos
I must say that it was truly marvelous. It exceeded all my expectations and was an amazing experience. The tour guide Jose Naranho, the hotels, the food everything was excellent . I am glad we chose Ecuador, a country with friendly people, Amazon, Rain forest, Cloud forest, Andes mountains and more. The hikes, the motorized canoe trip, the primitive raft experience, the Devil’s Nose train rider etc were wonderful. This is definitely one of the, if not the best trips of my life.Ananda C. Richmond Hill, ON, CA
GREAT! Although the tour was a bit more physically demanding than I expected, it was still great. Our tour guide, Daniel, took care of all of us making sure we all felt special. We were able to see/experience more than we expected.Vicki S. Boulder, CO
Thank you very much team at Gate 1. This trip to Ecuador was very memorable. In such a short time we've seen so much beautiful places. Our tur manager Marcelo - very knowledgeable about country and history. We are ready for a next trip.Jolanta F. Mississauga, ON, CA
I don't know where to begin because our vacation was the BEST ever!! From the destination to the tour guide, Wilson, to the driver, Daniel....Excellent!!! We got free drinks from Danny every night which was fantastic. Hotels and restaurants picked by Gate 1 were immaculate. Beautiful country...we had an awesome time ...THANK YOU Gate 1 for a unique experience. Once again a very special thanks to Wilson our guide...he is the BEST! He was knowledgeable and fun. Made us laugh and learn. Daniel was a safe and efficient driver who got us to our destination in time. We will never forget this amazing experience and great friends that we acquired on this trip.Nitil P. Odessa, FL
Best trip EVER!!! It was spectacular! I can't say enough wonderful things about our tour manager, Wilson! He was amazing and made the trip extra special... his passion for Ecuador was contagious!Christine L. Philadelphia, PA
As with all of our past Gate 1 trips, the Galapagos trip was fantastic. Great weather, great sights, etc. On a scale of 1 to 10 this trip was a 15! The 7 days on the Santa Cruz II were wonderful....food, service, multiple daily excursions to 10 islands, deep water snorkeling, hiking, etc. The interaction with the wildlife - and the photo opportunities - on the uninhabited islands is beyond description.Rob W. Rochester, NY
Our trip to the Galápagos Islands was fantastic. The ship, the staff and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The guides in Guayaquil and Quito were excellent and the hotels were good too. We look forward to more trips with Gate One.Janice H. Yonkers, NY
Thank you. We had a WONDERFUL trip. Our tour guide & bus driver was amazing. This was our first guided trip and far exceeded our expectations.Gary D. Galax, VA
We had a fabulous trip to Ecuador. So happy with the service and all the arrangements that were made for us. Our tour manager, Marco, was fantastic and we can't say enough good things about him. He was exceptional.. We loved the country and couldn't believe how much we were able to see in such a short time . We will definitely use Gate 1 travel in the future and have already passed along to our friends what a great value you provide.Linda M.
Our trip was outstanding. Quite the adventure! Our guides, Celso in Ecuador and Mauricio in Peru, were fabulous. Their knowledge, patience, and attitude were all great. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The hotels were luxurious.Joan B. Alexandria, VA
We had a great time. No problems, great guide, and the weather was better than expected. We will be using gate 1 for all future travel.Michele F. Burlington, ON, CA
This is our first Gate1 tour. It was wonderful. I did the research before we went. The tour got a lot of compliments online and we are not disappointed. Our guide Daniel is phenomenal. He is absolutely wonderful. We are very happy with the tour and the service your company provided and can't wait to go back.Niki H. Great Neck, NY
We had a fabulous trip, Galapagos is a wonderful place to visit and The Finch Bay Hotel is such a charming place with wonderful food. Love the hotel and also the yacht we used on one of the excursions, such an experience to have chefs cooking our lunch on the yacht. The guides and tour managers along the trip are all very nice and everything was arranged perfectly. The only thing is since we weren’t told whether we will have the same driver the next day or not, it’s hard for us to tip them and I think couple times we miss the tipping opportunities. I am planning on taking another trip with my kids to see the other islands of Galapagos and I have told all my friends about our wonderful trip with Gate 1. We have had 5 trips with Gate1 and looking forward to go on more adventures with your company in the future.Ching L. Newtown Sq, PA
Trip to Ecuador was fabulous, surpassed all my expectations. I KNEW that the Galapagos would be great but I had few expectations for the remainder of the trip. Marcelo was our guide for the mainland--he was the best guide I've ever had on a Gate 1 Tour (or any other tour for that matter). The guides on the Galapagos were great too. Wonderful all the way around.Carole J. Avondale Est, GA
It was my first trip with Gate 1 and went beyond any acceptation !!! Very well organized , everything was perfect and Daniel our tour guide was beyond any expectations. The professionalism, knowledge, and overall pleasantness he showed was amazing. Hope any future trips with Gate 1 has tour guides as wonderful as Daniel was.Dobroslawa T. Brooklyn, NY
It was great. As is to be expected, I liked some locations better than others but it was a wonderful experience. And our guide was awesome!Julie M. Harrisburg, PA
The Ecuador tour was outstanding, Wilson Tituana was an excellent guide. He gave us considerable information about Ecuador, advice on restaurants, shopping and the use of our free time. Wilson looked after our security and safety that was above and beyond what was expected. Wilson explained the dynamics of Ecuadorean society and culture and its people. The driver, Israel, inspired our confidence and extended himself in managing our luggage and comfort. I was delighted with the tour and will recommend it to my traveling friends.Wilma L. Valley Stream, NY
Our trip was fantastic. The accommodations were first class, the tour manager Jose was amazing, and all the staff, drivers and local guides were wonderful as well. I have been on other escorted tours previously, but this was my husband's first time, and he loved it! Thank you Gate 1. We will travel with you again in the future.Karen M. Toms River, NJ
It was an amazing trip! The planning and service are awesome! The tour manager is very professional.Shuyang S. Burnaby, BC, CA
Bill and I had a great trip. Wilson was very informative and full of surprises, he made the long rides very interesting. The hotels we stayed in were excellent, unusual locations with beautiful scenery. The food was very tasty, there was nothing we did not enjoy. For our first Gate 1 trip Wilson has set the bar high. Equador is a beautiful place, we really enjoyed the trip.William F. Newmarket, ON
We wish to commend Gate 1 Travel for providing a wonderful vacation. The itinerary, the bus, the accommodations and the price were clearly way above standard. But what turned out to top our list of acolytes was - Marco our travel guide! With him Gate 1 Travel hit on the rare combination of an individual with extensive local knowledge and the ability, through a deprecating sense of humor, to hold the attention of our 34 member group. Above that, he projected authority, no-one ever dared to be later for the bus. We are seasoned travelers around the world. This was our first experience with Gate 1. We plan future bookings through Gate 1. We feel we speak for our group as a whole, that Marco deserves an award or commendation for exceptional performance.Carl R. Ormond Beach, FL
I really enjoyed the experience. The leader was knowledgeable and the driver excellent. The hotels were first rate and the weather held out for us. I met many very pleasant people some new to Gate 1. I think we will all travel with you again.Karen C. Mountain View, CA
Our trip to Ecuador was nothing short of amazing! We had the very best guide. His name is Wilson and he made the trip so great! The itinerary was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed how organized the trip was. The food was delicious and the activities were incredible. This is one of the best trips I have ever been on!Joy C. Bradenton, FL
Our trip was great!! The group was diverse from many different, interesting backgrounds but everyone blended very well and all went smoothly. We covered an amazing amount of ground and saw and learned so much about Ecuador, its history, its culture and its people. We enjoyed the hotels and restaurants selected for this trip as well as the excursions...In closing, I want to shout a big hurrah to our fantastic guide Eduardo who managed everything beautifully and was a fount of knowledge at so many levels on so many topics. Our driver Roque was also amazing- always cheerful, helpful and friendly while mastering the challenges of mountain passes and everything else encountered on the roadways . All in all a fantastic introduction to this friendly country with its great diversity of people and landscapes. Definitely a trip worthy of high recommendation.Alison S. Alexandria, VA
Our trip to Ecuador was fabulous. Our tour guide Wilson was extraordinarily great. He was knowledgeable, personable, and made every effort to ensure that everyone in the group had a great time. I am vegetarian and Wilson went out of his way to ensure that there was a veg meal prepared especially for me on a couple of occasions. The boat ride on the river in which we saw monkeys in the wild was spectacular. My husband and I were so pleased with Gate 1 Travel, and particularly with Wilson. We will definitely choose Gate 1 for another trip in the future.Michelle Desiree M. West Palm Beach, FL
Our trip was absolutely fabulous! The guides were wonderful - Wilson & Carlos! The things we got to see - both from the itinerary and behind the scenes were wonderful. We will definitely travel via Gate 1 again! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!Debra S. Decatur, TN
Our trip was absolutely amazing. It was a dream vacation that we would love to repeat again and again. Every detail was handled for us. Our guide, Alfredo, was tremendous. He was enjoyable, extremely knowledgable, helpful, and accommodating. Our driver, Italo, was wonderful, and our native guide for the jungle and tribe, Holger, was so friendly and informative. We couldn’t be more pleased with our Gate 1 trip and look forward to our next Gate 1 trip (yet to be planned). Thank you!Bradley M. Liberty Twp, OH
Wonderful, as usual! Ecuador is so beautiful and Jose did a great job as the tour director. I appreciated all the ways he exposed us to the Ecuadorian culture. I would do this trip again!Noreen J. Arlington Hts, IL
This is our second trip with Gate 1 and we were not disappointed. Ecuador was a beautiful country that Gate 1 did a great job of showcasing. The driver, Walter, amazed us all with his driving skills. He was great to stop for the many photo opportunities. Antonio was good to provide information about the sights. He went out of his way to create a community environment while we were in the jungle, arranging a karaoke for all who were interested in attending (more than 1/2 the group took part). The chosen hotels offered a spectacular view of the surrounding areas and many opportunities unique to the region. The staff at the hotels were very helpful, especially in the jungle. Dario and Pablo were always there to assist and offer a helping hand accompanied by a welcoming smile. The food, although limited in choice(many meals were grilled chicken), was very good. This was a great adventure. We look forward to adventuring with your company again.Andrea B. Ontario, Canada
The trip was absolutely wonderful. Especially with grandkids ages 12 and 14. We were busy all the time and were proud of ourselves at age 72 that we could keep up with snorkeling, hiking, climbing in and out of boats, etc.. We were very impressed with the ship the Santa Cruz II in terms of facilities, the naturalists, and the organization. Gate 1 was perfect in terms of all the arrangements and transfers and guides. We are ready for another adventure like this.Melvin C. W Bloomfield, MI
It was simply AMAZING!! Our accommodations were so much better than I ever imagined. Our guide was great. And, Ecuador was so diverse, breath-taking, and friendly. We are Gate 1 fans. Can't wait to plan another trip.Lori N. Salt Lake Cty, UT
This trip was outstanding! It was beyond our expectations and I would recommend it to anyone! Alfredo was an exceptional guide and a definite asset to Gate 1. Thank you for such an amazing vacation package.Mark D. Middlesex, NC
The trip was a wonderful experience. Marco, our guide, was informative, professional, interesting, and spoke excellent English. We loved the hotels, food, and the places we saw. Ecuador is beautiful and our time with Gate 1 very rewarding. We hope to see more of the world for less on future Gate 1 tours. Thanks!Kenneth D. Dallas, TX
Wonderful...Beyond my expectations with the various hotels, Tour Guide Daniel, local guides, food, etc. I learned so much history about Ecuador from the Tour Guide from the politics, economy, people, food, etc. that I told everyone who has listened at home/work about Ecuador. Each hotel was so unique and charming. The people on our tour have become lifelong friends. This was my first Gate 1 tour and I will definitely be doing more.Santosh P. Plano, TX
The trip was great and even exceeded our expectations. The itinerary, lodging, and food were first class. Our guide, Alfredo, was amazing. His knowledge of the history, geography,culture, and people of Ecuador made it a valuable learning experience. Our driver, Javier, navigated the narrow roads with amazing skill. Finally the fellow travelers were a great mix of ages and backgrounds. We were all very compatible and shared many laughs. All in all, it was a whirlwind trip from beginning to end and a great experience. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.Jerry P. Holiday, FL
The trip to Ecuador was fantastic! Paul was a great guide and the places we saw and stayed at were awesome!Renee G. Casselberry, FL
The trip was wonderful. Antonio, our guide, was the best ever. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone on our trip had a wonderful time. Ecuador was beyond beautiful and one of my favorite trips ever.Alyson D. Lubbock, TX
It was a fabulous trip! Beyond expectations. Wilson is the best guide I have traveled with! You are incredibly lucky to have him with Gate 1. His team was on point at every move. I have already started recruiting travel companions and family for another Gate 1 adventure! Great Job!Teri B. Mt Pleasant, SC
Really great as usual! We were particularly impressed with Quito because we weren't expecting much and it turned out to be a very charming city. The rest of the trip was everything we expected and more!Victor R II. Arlington, TX
The trip to Ecuador was fabulous. The accommodations far surpassed my expectations. The food was wonderful and so was the service. Our guide, Alfredo, was so knowledgeable about Ecuador...past and present. He went out of his way to meet our needs. I'm recommending Gate 1 to my friends and will travel with this company again.Kristin N. River Falls, WI
We had the trip of a lifetime!!! We could not have asked for a more organized trip where EVERYTHING was taken care of, and we were escorted by two of the best guides one could ask for! From our arrival at the airport in Quito, Ecuador, to our flight out in Lima, Peru, we were 100% satisfied with the quality of hotels, food, transportation and expertise of our guides. Thanks you Gate 1 for providing such a high quality of service to the public!Cynthia B. Silverdale, WA
Our Trip was an adventure! We saw/learned so many things, and were equally impressed with Ecuador and Peru.......Mind you....... nothing really beats Machu Picchu! A great itinerary. Wonderful guides.Dennis E. Alberta, Canada
My husband and I really enjoyed our trip with Gate 1. Our guide, Marco, was excellent. He was so friendly and knowledgeable. We were so impressed by how well the tour was organized and how nice all of our hotel stays were. I would definitely recommend Gate 1 and plan to travel with you again.Marlene S. Ontario, Canada
Great! Antonio, our tour manager was great! Very organized, prepared and knowledgeable! He could answer just about anything about Ecuador, including the economy, politics, the culture, the locations and virtually any plant, animal or bird! Very impressed! Had a wonderful time!Richard T. Lake Forest, CA
It was absolutely incredible!!! The Galapagos is a magical place. Swimming with the sea lions was one of the best days of my life!! Thank you for another amazing trip.Drew W. Sunnyvale, CA
Where to begin? How about best trip of my life? This was my first guided tour and I was apprehensive, but I cannot imagine going any other way in the future. Gate 1 allayed any fears I had from the friendly greeting at the airport to the final goodbye. The level of planning, organization, and carry-through was perfect. Every aspect of the trip was planned to make us comfortable, from the timing and logistics, to the bus and amazing hotels, to the meals and excursions. And it would not have been possible without Carlos, the tour guide from the gods. Carlos was knowledgeable, funny, caring, and incredibly organized. I cannot imagine a better leader. The only way the trip could have been improved would be if Gate 1 had offered some optional tours on the last day. The all-day rain kept us in the hotel after checkout until leaving for our midnight flight and most of us would have been glad to pay extra for an alternative. Thank you Gate 1. I will be traveling with you again.Steven K. Elkins Park, PA
Fantastic! All went very well. The country is beautiful, the people very nice and the food is excellent. Our tour guide, Jose, did a very nice job. He was knowledgeable, courteous and an overall good and fun individual. I would highly recommend this trip.Bruce B. Bethlehem, PA
Our trip was absolutely fantastic. Our guide Daniel was fantastic and the people on the trip were just wonderful.Micaela D. Perkasie, PA
The trip was outstanding. Every aspect was a delight *From the accommodations- fabulous cabins-breathtaking views *Paul- the tour guide- super friendly- knowledgable-truly proud and enthusiastic about his culture and country- It was highly contagious!!! I truly recommend this adventure- as it will be the type of experience one will relish when recalling the memories.Mildred S. Lake Worth, FL
Well Gate 1 has done it again! Our trip to the Galapagos and Ecuador was perfect. The Finch Bay resort on Isla Santa Cruz was just fabulous. Our naturalist, Soto, was a delight and we all felt like we learned so much. North Seymour Island was everything that we dreamed Galapagos would be. We were able to snorkel twice and it was fantastic. Then, after checking off that major bucket list item, we went on to tour Ecuador and fell in love with that country. Our guide was Javier and our driver was Carlos. I can't say enough about them. Kudos to whoever picks the guides at Gate 1. They have been consistently excellent. The places that we stayed were amazing. So much of the food was included and was delicious. I am always amazed at the value of a Gate 1 trip. Thank you for another trip of a lifetime.Elizabeth L. Clovis, CA
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