After spending a couple of weeks on the Portugal mainland we made a stop on the island of Sao Miguel for 5 days. We were 2 couples looking for a guide for 3 days to show us all the natural beauty that Sao Miguel has to offer. We contacted Gary and after some helpful input from him we decided to go with tours 3, 5 and 10 which would allow us to see most parts of the island. Gary was contacted by another Canadian who was traveling alone and he asked if she could join our group. We had no problem with it and we made a new friend thanks to Gary.
When we met Gary at the airport he helped us with an issue we had with the car rental we were going to have for days 4 and 5 which was much appreciated.
Being on the island in mid October the weather is always something that can be a challenge. We have to say that Gary has a very good grasp of the weather patterns in Sao Miguel. He modified the itinerary to allow us the best opportunity to see the sites depending on the time of day and the wind direction. Weather changes very quickly on the island and having a local knowing this was a big benefit and greatly improved the chances of us enjoying a fairly dry vacation.
Gary is very attentive to the wants and needs of his clients and endeavors to tailor the trips to suit the clients’ interests. We never felt rushed or felt that we missed any part of the island. He was able to judge the quantity of information we wanted at each site and didn’t bore us with endless facts although he was always willing and able to answer any questions we may have had. He is very passionate about his home and wants to share every corner and secret it holds.
By the end of the trip we felt like we had found not only a great tour guide but a great ambassador for the island and a new friend. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Gary to anyone visiting the island.
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