Considering how much was involved in this itinerary everything went very smoothly. The Galapagos Islands were probably the highlight of our trip but there was also so much to see and do in mainland Ecuador. We were happy with all the accommodation, the drivers and the guides.
Nothing was too much trouble. We changed the itinerary a couple of times but David was very patient. They chose very good accommodation within our price range - mostly with lots of character. We also had some good lunches included at interesting places. They kept us well informed of any changes to the trip.
The itinerary was maybe a bit intense at times (but that was partly our fault!) - we needed a bit of rest time built in. We're not as young as we were even though we are quite fit!
All were good - the guides were very knowledgeable and we felt safe with the drivers. Special mention should go to Jose Pruna who is a star!
Go for as long as possible - especially to the Galapagos Islands which probably need a week at least to do them justice. We didn't realise that the islands are lovely in themselves with some nice beaches. We loved both the Galapagos Suites and Isabela Beach House. Bear in mind that even if you choose a land based trip, there is a lot of time spent on boats - sometimes on quite choppy seas. We are never sea-sick but others were not as fortunate. Casa Gardenia Hotel in Quito is a great place to start your trip - get one of the rooms on the top floor if possible which are bigger and brighter than the other ones downstairs. We also loved staying at Llullu LLama and could have easily stayed an extra night - wanted to try milking cows! Cuenca is well worth a visit - attractive and safe to walk about at night.
Has to be the Galapagos Islands - sorry to be boring!