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Mickey Neuhauser

How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: This trip was INCREDIBLE.  My  husband and i do a  lot of traveling and this may  have been our best trip EVER. Crazy wonderful.
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Other
Comment: Had previously spoken to Vanessa about a Safari trip to Africa. When we decided to go to Galapagos instead, my husband called her.  Vanessa has been terrific to work with.
How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? None
Comment: We went to Galapagos/Ecuador
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home? Vanessa did an excellent job.
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals? Please provide the name of the hotel, lodge or camp you are describing. All excellent.  The Iguana Crossing hotel was a bit of a throw-back but it had a great location – walk to the tortoise center; bike path to Wall of Tears and lookouts, beach, etc.    Clean and comfortable.  And it felt like Ecuador.

I really liked the  Andaluz in Quito.  Also very much  felt like Ecuador.   Of interest for passing  along , the shop there had really nice Ecuadorian items at a good price.  Not the usual inflated prices for common souvenirs.

What and where was your favorite meal of the trip? The last night at Milagro was SPECTACULAR! Every part of it. The church next door, the welcome drinks, the patio, the food, the hosts.  Unique and wonderful. We were made to feel like honored guests/family.
How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff? Please provide the name of the person you are describing. All were terrific.  Especially Carla (Ecuador)  and Mauricio (Galapagos) who both went above  and beyond.  Carla gave us additional experiences (road side stands) and excursion (instrument maker); was very patient with my practicing my Spanish;  was a complete pleasure to be with.  Mauricio also was extremely  pleasant and accommodating (gave me his  snorkel mask which fit me better and then got me a better fitting one to use the next day from one of the local stores – no charge).  Also went the extra mile other ways including taking us to “locals” restaurants on dinner on dinner on-your-own evenings on Isabella Island,
Was there anything you would have liked more of, less of, or done differently? LOVED this trip and the itinerary.
What was your most memorable moment in Africa? In Galapagos — Coming across albatrosses do their mating dance on Espanola. I  truly can’t stop watching the video I took.
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be? Include some time on the Ecuador mainland – Otovalo and the market was great.   I preferred Otovalo to Quito, but am glad we saw Quito.

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