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Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

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Review of Adventure Life http://www.adventure-life.com

I too cannot find where to post reviews of travel companies so this seemed the best spot.

We recently returned from two weeks in Equador with all travel (not flights) arranged by Adventure Life. We spent one week in Quito and the Highlands and then one week on board the Voyager in the Galapagos. Kudos to Adventure LIfe. I started planning this trip a little late and sent inquiries to about 7 different tour companies. Kassandra (and then Laura when Kassandra went on vacation) were incredibly helpful in helping me think through what we really wanted to do for the two weeks (me, my wife and 18 year old son). It turned out to be the perfect blend of city touring, outdoor activity (hiking on Cotopaxi, zip-lining and horse-back riding) and then touring the islands on the small boat (room for 16 but only 14 of us on board). The guides they use in Quito and the Highlands were fantastic, especially Andres who spent three days with us in the National Park. He was incredibly knowledgable of the history, geography, geology, culture etc. etc. and a delight to spend time with. Our hotel in Quito (Casa Aliso) was delightful. Felt like we were in someone's house as there were only 10 rooms. And the Hacienda Santa Ana near the park was amazing. Just 6 rooms with no phone, internet, etc. Just blissful peace and fantastic food. And it was always just the three of us on the tours!

Transfers to the airport went smoothly (flights were arranged by Adventure Life's partner company) and we spent 7 days on board the Voyager. Not the greatest boat in the fleet I am willing to bet, but very comfortable but with only average food. The guide on board (over which AV has no control as they are assigned by the government) was great. My two issues with this leg of the trip are: 1) we did not have a 7 day cruise but actually a 4-day and a 3-day as we stopped in Baltra port for 5 hours as we dropped off one set of passengers and waited for the next. Pretty much a wasted day. and 2) the other group traveling for the first half were Chilean so the guide had to work bi-lingually. Not a huge issue but it was clear we missed out on much of the narrative. We had assumed it would be an all English trip. For- knowledge would have been appreciated. (And shame on us for being mono-lingual.)

I woud most certainly use Adventure LIfe again to plan a trip. A great group who followed up with a 1-1 phone call to get feed back. Much preferable to filling out some survey.

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We used Adventure-life to plan out Galapagos cruise and flights to Ecuador this summer. Sullivan was great in taking details of our needs, provided inputs which were helpful and found a boat that met our needs for animals and islands together with price. On getting there, everything that Adventure-life had promised came through. Couple of items I would like adventure-life to consider - when booking connecting international flights to provide time appropriate with airport and possible delays. Also to ensure that food choices are communicated and confirmed for international and domestic flights. However, overall I would use Adventure-life again for my trip needs. Thank you for helping to provide a great experience.

Tel Aviv, Israel
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I discovered Adventure Life through a listing of travel deals in the Washington Post, where a one week river tour along the Mekong River was being offered as a two for one. I ended up signing on for the tour with my son. Adventure Life turned out to be the overall organizer, and were pretty efficient in arranging the reservation with AMA Waterways, the actual tour operator we engaged with as we embarked on our tour from Siem Reap, Cambodia. So much of the experience here is credited to AMA Waterways, whose river vessel was outstanding. Staff were excellent, from tour host through kitchen staff. The daily stops in Cambodia and Vietnam were worthwhile, and a bit beyond the typical stop for tourists. In a nutshell, the tour facilitated by Adventure Life and the operations provided by AMA Waterways was an incredible and unforgetful experience. I know that when the right opportunity arises I will be taking another river tour somewhere in the world.

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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That is great peoples wants to share their experience by TA.We are also Travel Operator from Nepal so we also really would like to share the adventure life with TA because through this way people can understand about a destination & get general idea what they wants to do.keep it top guys,it help to every traveler....

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We booked the Quark Expeditions for Eastern Greenland via Adventure Life. They did a great job with speedy responses and professional follow-up. Overall, we are very satisfied with the service and will consider using them again. A word for Quark - even though the pre-trip materials were scanty (even wrong in certain facts) and the pre board arrangement less than satisfactory (poor choice of hotel and embarkation logistics), they ran a perfect operation once you are on the ship (Sea Spirit). It is indeed an expedition even though the trip itinerary on the website sounds unexciting. One will be thrilled even under rough sea and difficult conditions.

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We booked a cruise in the Galapagos islands aboard the 16 passenger Odyssey through Adventure Life. They coordinated our hotels and transportation (minus airlines). Everything that was given to us on our itinerary happened just as planned. We always had transportation waiting for us when we landed in various places and the people spoke good English and were very helpful. The cruise was absolutely fantastic! We saw all the sea life we hoped to see and explored many of the islands. It was a very organized cruise that allowed us to cover a lot of territory in 5 days. The crew aboard the Odyssey was amazing and incredibly knowledgeable about all sea life and history of the Galapagos. We are a family of four with kids ages 10 and 13 and they loved it! The cruise allows you time to hike in the islands, snorkel (nearly daily), and kayak. The food was excellent too!

We were very happy with Adventure Life and would highly recommend them to anyone. Thank you Laura and Mindy for an amazing experience!!

Bethesda, Maryland
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I have just returned from a wonderful cruise to the Peleponnese, Crete, and Santorini aboard the Corinthian. I booked through Adventure Life because i chose not to join the alumni group that sent me the original brochure. The Adventure Life staff was very helpful in helping me arrange to arrive in Athens a day early, although i had to book my own hotel. I was particularly pleased to discover when I came on board that my single reservation had been upgraded at no additional cost! The entire experience was a good one -- from the shipboard staff and cruise/program directors to the local guides. The food was great, and the onshore excursions were just what I had hoped for. The excellent lectures provided by participating groups enhanced the experience. It was a plus that everything was included, from beverages on board to tips for busdrivers, etc.

phoenix az
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I just returned from a fantastic trip to Peru/Machu Picchu arranged through Adventure Life and their knowledgeable staff member, Sullivan. Last year I enjoyed another experience of a lifetime, also setup through Adventure Life, and when I started getting serious about Peru, I contacted Adventure Life again. Boy am I glad I did! They took care of so many details for us, and made the trip worry-free. I made several calls before the trip asking about various details or concerrns. Sullivan always answered my questions and provided lots of info to help make the final decisions. Adventure Life arranged to have a staff person meet us in Lima, we arrived late (after 11PM) and escort us to our hotel. Our tour really started in Cusco and our very special guide met us at the airport there. I can't say enough good things about our guide, Ayul. He shared his knowldege and love of his country with us for 5 wonderful days. He knew when we needed to be at the various locations to have the best experience. We had a small group of 7 folks to share this experience with and what fun we had. Besides Machu Picchu, we also visited Cinchero and had a demonstration by locals on the process of dyeing alpaca wool, another day included a visit to a local food market. Wow, what an eye opener. The hotels that we had were carefully selected for safety and location. Leave it to the experts, they know what they are doing.

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Funny how people define 'adventure' differently. For some, trying local food in a foreign country is what they consider an adventure. For others an organized tour that takes them to the Galapagos is an adventure. While I have no problem with 'to each his/her own', the misuse of the word 'adventure' sometimes gets me annoyed enough to make a point. Hence this response (no personal offense intended Neil).

An 'adventure' by definition requires two things. Risk and the unknown. Trying foreign food or going on a tour boat to the Galapagos hardly qualifies as an adventure in terms of risk and the unknown. An experience yes, exciting perhaps, but an adventure? I don't think so.

Some definitions of the word will include 'an adventure in dining' but come on people it's hardly life threatening. The word has become so watered down it has next to no meaning any more. A true adventure has to be hazardous. That means life-threatening, not just the possibility of an upset stomach.

Cliimbing Everest is an adventure, sailing round the world is an adventure, going into the caldera of an active volcano is an adventure. But a tour of the Galapagos? No way.

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I just returned from an amazing trip to Quito, Ecuador and cruise of the Galapagos Islands that was organized and booked with Adventure Life. I traveled with two friends and we researched the trip and found the exact same trip booked with Adventure Life ( same boat, same hotel, etc) for several hundred dollars less than other tour companies, and it included the airfare from Quito to Galapagos. I received wonderful one-on-one attention from Laura in planning all the details of the trip. Everything ran with perfect smoothness, their ground staff in Quito- particularly Giovanni- we're exceptional. We were well taken care of and treated as valued guests. I would , without hesitation, recommend Adventure Life. Our cruise was on the Flamingo 1 and we stayed at the Casa Aliso in Quito. Both were terrific and I will write individual reviews for them.

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