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Costa Rica | Ecuador | The Galápagos Islands | Argentina | Peru | Paraguay | Belize | Nicaragua | Antarctica

Costa Rica Testimonials

Costa Rica white face Monkey“I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time in Costa Rica. Everything was perfect and your agency did a tremendous job. Everyone was on time and so courteous. It really was a great experience.  We really appreciate your help and for planning a fun itinerary. It was really an awesome trip"   Suzanne R.

“Great trip thanks for all your hard work.  Truly a wonderful experience every day.  The guides were phenomenal and really made the difference.  Alex Alais was fantastic.  Carlos was great too. It will be hard to go anywhere now without a guide.  Great to have a driver as well, made for a low stress vacation and well worth the extra money.  Well done!!!  I will recommend your services highly to anyone who wants to go to Costa Rica or the area.  Thank you very much,” Jim and Gera R.

“Joanie and I want to thank you for the wonderful itinerary you put together for our 8 days in Costa Rica.  Truly an adventure vacation with delicious meals and comfortable lodging. . . . . Alex is a true professional and we can't talk enough about how good he was as our guide.  On our next trip, I would request him. . . . Over all the people of Costa Rica were very welcoming and the staff at all our stops were terrific.”   John D.

“Just wanted to let you know that our Best of Costa Rica trip was just wonderful.  We loved it all; the accommodations, the wildlife and the whole package.  Tiskita was amazing.  Loved the people and saw our fill of Toucan's and Macaw's.  . . . . All our transfers were right on time and everything more than lived up to our expectations.  Thank you so much for your part in getting everything arranged for us.”  Jim and Jann D.

Otavalo Market EcuadorEcuador Testimonials

“Good Morning!
We are back from Ecuador and had a FANTASTIC TRIP!  Both our guide, Sophie and driver, Carlos were GREAT!  We had a marvelous time and were able to see a lot of the country.  Mountain Biking was fabulous , River rafting was also a great experience. . . .  Thank you so much for setting things up so quickly for us.  We had a wonderful time together as a family--lots of memories and pictures for all.
Thank you,”  Wendy and Steve G.

“Just wanted you to know that Jim and I really loved our Ecuador trip.  It far exceeded our expectations.  We were especially impressed with our guide, Carlos. . . . .  He has such enthusiasm for all aspects of that trip and goes beyond what is required on each day.  He is well liked by the people he trades with and has genuine relationships with many of them.  That definitely enhanced our experiences along the way. … So, thank you very much for having such a great itinerary and for all your help"  Jim and Jann D.


The Galápagos Islands Testimonials

Galapagos Island sea lion pup“We had a great trip.  All of the arrangements were perfect.  People showed up to meet us at the right times and places.  Flights were laid out well.  The Santa Cruz was a very nice boat.  . . .Lots of spit and polish.  Our naturalist was excellent, and we even bought a book he wrote about the Galapagos.   Finally, the food and service is excellent.  It was a good choice.  
We loved both the Galapagos and Peru, as expected.  The real surprise was how much we enjoyed Quito.  It’s a delightful city.  You did a great job for us.  You can be sure we’ll be back to you again.  Again, our thanks”  Lou W. and Mary M.

“I just wanted to finally let you know we had a fantastic time.  I loved Ecuador and her people.

Our Galapagos boat the Tip Top ll had a great crew.  They were attentive and very knowledgeable. 
You have found some absolutely lovely places in the Andes.  I completely enjoyed the women's co-op.  All the haciendas and resorts were lovely.  All in all, we crossed the equator eight times total, swam with wildlife, saw an Andean condor, whistled with the boobies, and barked with the sea lions.  Life doesn't get much better.

Thank you for arranging a great trip.  The Galapagos have been in my top five vacation destinations, and I got to see them in grand style.”  Marcia  W.

“Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time.  Everything worked out perfect.  The tour service in Quito was wonderful.  Very informative and took really good care of us.  I love going on trips where someone worries about the details and we just follow.  The boat was great.  Wonderful crew, nice passengers, great naturalists. . . . . Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful, memorable trip for us.”  Sandi B.     


Machu Picchu PeruPeru Testimonials

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Our trip was amazing; the country was beautiful and the care we received was first rate.
As I sit here waiting for Delta to deliver our lost luggage; . . .  having arrived at Dulles only to find that the airport car service had sent too small a vehicle to carry us all  . . . . I appreciate more than ever the impeccable service we received on this trip.  I am forever ruined...
The trip itself was...fantastic and amazing.  Every one of us loved every moment.  I recommended you to a number of fellow travelers and when we return to Latin America we will do it with you. Thank you from all of us,”  Lisa S.

“We returned from our three-week trip to Peru a couple of days ago – it was an incredible trip.  Thank you for all the work you did to make it so. 
We highly approve of the company you do business with in Peru, and we would recommend you and them to anyone who asks.  Our itinerary flowed beautifully and we received excellent value for our money.  Overall, our trip exceeded our expectations.” 
Mary H.

“Loved the trip! The tour companies, guides, excursions, hotels were all great.  I only have good things to say about it. Thank you for all your help in customizing the trip. We were able to serve food to the elderly and visit an orphanage and drop off clothes which were both great experiences.
Greatly appreciate all your help along the way”  Eileen H.

“Thank you for organizing the most amazing adventure in Peru.  There are not enough superlatives to describe our extraordinary trip.  Everyone was friendly, professional and provided excellent service.

Sheila, our guide in the Sacred Valley, is the best guide we have ever encountered. . . Her pride in her country and its history was a delight to observe.

Greg and I were amazed by the special opportunities Latin American Escapes provided, such as visiting a home in Ollantaytambo, visiting a floating island without the other tourists from our fast boat, touring Machu Picchu with author Darwin Camacho Paredes, and dragging our unsuspecting guide on a tour of building supply stores in Ica.

Thank you again for you time and help in organizing this amazing trip. “  Lee R.


“Hi! I have been meaning to email you to tell you that Steven and I had such a super fabulous time in Peru!!  Our hotels were wonderful and the guides were great!  We loved every minute! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us to plan a trip that we will always remember!
I have attached a picture of us at the Sun Gate in Machu Picchu below.

Thanks again!!  I am recommending you to all of our friends!  And Steven and I are thinking Chile and Easter Island for our next trip.  All the best,”  Lisa K.

“My husband and I just returned from our Inca Trails trip to Peru and I couldn't wait to thank you for a great trip! Your local office and our local guide Holger were especially outstanding- they took care of absolutely everything, meeting us at the airports, arranging for the luggage, bringing us bottled water, recommending restaurants, you name it! We didn't worry about a thing, and as a result, we had a fabulous vacation. . . . . I should have no trouble persuading my husband to take another trip in the future, as long as we find a destination that your agency travels to! 

Thanks again for a terrific experience all around,”  Lisa and Mark N.


Argentina Testimonials

“Thank you for such an absolutely wonderful trip.  Everything went just like clock work -- no problems not in the least.  You and your representatives did a fabulous job. I particularily want to compliment our guide Carolina that was with us in Buenos Aires --
Thank you once again -- it all was great!”  Julann B.

“We had a wonderful time in Argentina.  Our guides were intelligent, capable, well-informed and had great senses of humor.  We had high expectations for our trip, and they were exceeded. . . . . .  We especially enjoyed our stays at Hosteria El Puma and Hosteria Futalaufquen because of the special ambience associated with their locations.
The attached picture was taken with Mt. Aconcagua in the background.  It is a metaphor for the heights we reached on our trip. Thanks again for the great planning you did for us.”  Leslie and Jonathan B.  

“Buenos Dias, Peggy!
You have just about risen to "sainthood" status with our group!  . . . Everything was orchestrated beautifully and every driver/guide was always on time (actually always early), gracious, accommodating, well-informed and delightful to share the journey with.  We would probably all agree that Alejandro in BA was our favorite.  You were absolutely right on asking him to lead our group. 

Kudos to you for putting together a trip that covered the best that Argentina has to offer.  There were so many "highs" and positive experiences, each competing for number one spot.  The recommendations for lodging were exactly the caliber that we hoped for: unique, personally run, outstanding amenities, and beautifully decorated, not to mention comfort and the personal attention we got at each place.  The food was always outstanding and paired with the incredible Argentinian wine - what more could we ask for? 

What more can I say??  As experienced travelers, I think we all understand the value of having someone like you to consult and share the planning with.  You done good :)

I could go on and on about the cooking class, the biking through the vineyards, the incredible meal in the Zuccardi vineyards, the hiking near L'Angostura and lunch by the lakeshore, getting soaked at Iguazu Falls - but then you know how wonderful it all is.  Your "orchestration" for our whole experience was wonderful.  Where should we go next ??? !!!
Gracias, gracias,” 
Gail and the whole group   


Paraguay Testimonials

“Just wanted to let you know that our trip went great. You did a wonderful job, our every need was taken care of, our guide, Francisco Lopez, was lovely, and everything was executed smoothly and efficiently.  . . . I’m so glad I eventually happened upon you on the internet.  Thanks a lot.”  Michal


Belize Testimonials

“We are back from our amazing, fantastic, perfect trip to Belize.  Thanks so much for your help in planning this for us.  Everything went totally smoothly - we just loved every minute of it. . . . The staff at both lodgings were fantastic - your picks were right on: the kids loved San Pedro and the grown-ups adored Hidden Valley (but we all completely enjoyed both locations). Many thanks for a job well done!”  Sue M.


Nicaragua Testimonials

Nicaragua pre-columbian artifacts“Charlie and I want to thank you for your help in arranging our trip to Nicaragua. We had a great time and plan to go back. Our guide, Roberto, was very good, very patient and was on time but allowed extreme flexibility during the day. Edgar Espinoza, the director of National Museum, was with us most of the time and provided his expert outlook on everything from archaeology to geology to food. We always felt safe and enjoyed being in a country that isn't "over touristed". “
Thank you again,  Nancy and Charlie F.


Antarctica Testimonials

Chinstrap Penguin Antarctica“I will be ETERNALLY GRATEFUL to you for suggesting Oceanwide Expeditions.  It was FAR better than any huge cruise ship trip could have ever been.  The mix of people from all over the world was a definite PLUS to the trip and that would only happen on a foreign vessel.  And the option to kayak and sleep on land was such a bonus.  The food, staff and accommodations were outstanding - not plush, but very nice, clean and well-maintained.  The shore landings and activities were well orchestrated and done very efficiently thus maximizing everyone's time on land.  The safety factor was always prime and procedures were clearly defined.  In a nutshell, this trip far surpassed my expectations.”  Gail R.