I wanted to follow up on our phone call and tell you what an absolutely amazing trip our family had to Costa Rica and Ecuador. You did a great job of listening carefully to what our interests were and planned the perfect trip for all of us. The guides we had in Costa Rica were top notch as Sammy and Leo made a really great team. And imagine our surprise to find out that Leo is the son of the author of Birds of Costa Rica. He was so humble and went out of his way to take us off the beaten path and see the amazing sights with less crowds. All of the hotels you chose were amazing, especially the Peace Lodge and the Observatory Lodge which was like having our own private house. And with all of the great tours we did like the Zip Line across the Canyon, the White Water Rafting trip, and rappelling down the waterfall which was unbelievable, we never would have imagined that the tour to the Organic Farm would be our favorite. But the Organic Farm was fantastic and it was also the best meal we had during the entire trip.
We also really loved Ecuador and the combination of doing day tours from Quito with spending three nights at the Sacha Lodge in the Amazon was perfect. The hike in Cotopaxi National Park at such a high altitude of 16,000 feet was a challenge for Stephen and I but we somehow were able to keep up with the kids and made it to the top.
We also loved the Amazon and being at the Sacha Lodge. Just the trip to get there is an adventure when you arrive in the town of Coca, walk 45 minutes through the jungle, and then ultimately arrive at the Lodge by Canoe. There were monkeys right outside of our window and the food was fantastic.
We really appreciate everything you did to make what was truly the trip of a lifetime for us. We always felt safe, secure, and like somebody was looking after us. We can’t wait to book our next adventure with you!
Wow! What a trip! My husband and I had never taken an escorted tour before, but our delight began when we landed in Panama City in the pouring rain at 10 p.m. A man holding a sign with our name whisked us away to our hotel; no rental car, no unfamiliar roads and maps, no navigating rough roads in the dark!
The next morning we met our guide, Alvaro, who was a delight! He drove us from place to place in a new clean van and did a fabulous job of telling us about Panama’s history, culture, indigenous peoples and the canal. I wish my Spanish was as good as his English!
Our primary interest was seeing the Panama Canal, a bucket list item for us since 1977. And see it we did, from a small boat in Gatun Lake, from the Panama Railroad, from visitors centers and from a small ship during a daylight full transit of the canal. We were fortunate to observe construction of the new locks, and our guide at the visitors center overlooking the new Gatun locks explained the process, the operation of the new locks and current events involving construction very clearly. Between canal sightings, we traveled up the Chagres River in a dugout canoe to visit an Embera indigenous village, toured Panama City and Portobello, and visited the Valle del Anton, a community located in the caldera of an extinct volcano.
We returned home rested and happy to have experienced so much of Panama. Thanks to Scott and Alvaro for providing such an easy and extensive introduction to Panama. We’ll be back!
Vicki and Peter Kauth
I just finished a trip that they scheduled. They did a great job of tailoring the trip to our needs and hitting all the places we wanted. I loved the fact that the drivers they scheduled for us were on time and knew what they were doing. Going to a country where we didn’t speak the language was a little scary but these drivers helped us tremendously. I would use them again.
Scott served as teacher, planner and guide in the orchestration of my recent trip to Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Tierra del Fuego. He stands by his clients from the time they leave home until their return. Scott is especially strong at listening to his clients and converting what he hears into stunning experiences and wonderful memories.
PLK – Retired US Technology Executive
WOW! I cannot rave enough about the amazing attention that Scott gave to our trip. I have never used a travel agent or consultant and after our experience, I will definitely use his services again. When I called Scott and told him my thoughts on what I’d like to see, what we’d like to do and the ages and number in our party I wasn’t sure how we’d get it all done. In reality our trip needed to be longer than I originally thought it should be and I am so very thankful to Scott for guiding me along in the planning process. We went for 9 glorious days, did everything that we wanted to do, and even found time to rest. He has really done his homework and teams up with only the best guides, lodging facilities, restaurants and services all the while making sure that we stayed in our budget. I wanted a super special trip for my husband for a big birthday and we really got so much more than I ever thought. Whether it was a city tour, a hike in the rain forest, a trip to an indigenous tribe, zip lining, waking up in the Gamboa Rainforest, a visit to a coffee plantation, we had guides that shared the rich history of Panama with us and prepared us for the finale – the trip down the Panama Canal. By the time we got there we had heard so many beautiful stories and were able to read about so much of the history that we truly had an appreciation for all that has gone into that beautiful wonder of the world. My husband’s great grandpa worked on the Panama Canal so for us it was absolutely perfect!!! I would be happy to share more of my experience in working with Panama Travel Consultants with anyone who is considering using Scott’s services. We had an amazing trip of a lifetime, traveling with our teens and 20 something and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!
I am excited to hear about the travel services that are now offered to other places and hoping to take another amazing trip, to a different venue, in 2015.