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“Not just for Galapagos!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Barefoot Expeditions - Day Tours

Barefoot Expeditions - Day Tours
Clemente Celi E17-47 y Mariano Calvache | Casa 6, Bellavista, Quito, Ecuador
+593 2-224-8614
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Ranked #13 of 67 Tours & Activities in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Barefoot Expeditions is a travel agency and tour operator with German-Ecuadorian management based in Quito offering you unique trips all over Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. We are specialized in adventure travel (rafting, kayaking, biking, trekking etc.) and offer tailor-made tours for individual travelers or groups according to your special needs. We provide personalized and reliable service in Spanish, English and German. Our mission is to enable you to spend the vacation in Ecuador you have always dreamt about - close to nature, full of extraordinary experiences and cultural insights...simply a unique experience you will never forget!
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“Not just for Galapagos!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We used Barefoot Expeditions for a series of explorations of Quito and Ecuador after a Galapagos cruise. Kerstin and Diego put together an itinerary specifically to meet our needs. They also accompanied us to Baños and Otavalo. Among the highlights were:

• a fabulous culinary tour of Quito, including a visit to the home of Gabriella who taught us how to make empanadas and other Ecuadorian specialties

• in Baños we all enjoyed hiking to spectacular waterfalls, as well as an open cable car ride across a deep gorge, before relaxing in the hot springs pool at night

• Otavalo’s colorful market was a wonderful way to meet local artisans, and Kerstin and Diego arranged for us to stay with an indigenous family. We also hiked around Cuichocha Lake, with spectacular views from 11,500’ to the lake surface at 10,000’.

We enjoyed our time with Kerstin and Diego; they are knowledgeable and fun to be with. We recommend them to help plan your time in Ecuador!

Visited April 2013
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Management_Barefoot, Manager at Barefoot Expeditions - Day Tours, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Dear Randy and Sarah,
thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review! We are very happy that you enjoyed the tours booked :-) It was the pleasure for us to spend time with you and listen to your interesting travel stories and at the same time show you some great destinations in Ecuador! Hopefully we can come to Colorado some day to do some trekkings in this beautiful area.
Best regards from Quito,
Kerstin & Diego
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English first
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“Best way to see the Galapagos!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is the best way to see the galapagos and get a real feel for the place as you get to stay in local hotels and use local restaurants instead of staying on a boat for the whole time. The whole process was brilliant from the organising at the start all the way through to the end. The guides were amazing as they had so much knowledge to share with us. The activities were really interesting as you got the chance to see what the different islands had to offer. Plus there was lots of opportunities to go snorkeling with turtles, sea lions and even a school of hammerhead sharks which is what we saw.

I would definitely recommend this trip as not only is it a great way to see the islands in a short amount of time as we only had 4 days there. It also helps out the local community as you are using the local businesses such as the hotels and restaurants which you wouldn't do if you were on the boat.

Thank you so much to Barefoot Expeditions for organising such an amazing trip

Visited April 2013
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Management_Barefoot, Manager at Barefoot Expeditions - Day Tours, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Emily,
it's so good to hear that you enjoyed your time on the Galapagos islands with your family and that the island hopping tour was just the right option for you! Thank you for taking the time to write such a great comment. Your camera lens that you forgot in the hotel on Santa Cruz will soon be on its way to the UK. Thank you for choosing Barefoot Expeditions :-)
Best regards from Quito,
Kerstin & Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I had trouble with the airline on my way to San Cristobal and we ended up having to fly to Santa Cruz Island on a later flight. We were panic because we didn't know how to get to San Cristobal from Santa Cruz. Wifi at Quito airport was very weak so I was finally able to write a short email to Kerstin (my tour planner at Barefoot) to inform her about the change then I had to go on the plane. I made a phone call to Kerstin when I landed Guayaquil (stopover city between Quito and Santa Cruz) and she told me she had arranged the local tour operator to pick us up at Baltra and took us to the ferry where we could catch the boat to our original destination San Cristobal. Even though we lost few hours on the island but at least everything went smoothly after we arrived San Cristobal. And we enjoyed our island hopping tour very much. All tour guides were good, meals were all tasty and hotels were very nice. I really appreciate the quick rearrangement from Kerstin. They agency is very professional and reliable. I highly recommend Barefoot.

Visited April 2013
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Management_Barefoot, Director of Sales at Barefoot Expeditions - Day Tours, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear Yu,
thank you for sharing your nice feedback about your island hopping tour with us - it's great to hear that you and your friends enjoyed the tour so much and had a great time on the Galapagos islands! We are glad that we could quickly solve your flight problems that LAN messed up and that everything ran very smoothly after this rearrangement. Thank you for choosing Barefoot Expeditions - we would love to welcome you again in Ecuador on one of our tours:-)
Best regards from Quito,
Kerstin & Diego
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“Galapagos getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Kerstin helped us plan a week vacation to tour the Galapagos. We went on the boat the Odyssey, and found that the 6 day-5 night tour, with a night in Quito before and after the tour, was perfect. From the tour guide to the cabins to the food to the crew, the boat was great. And the Galapagos Islands were amazing to see, and we explored them by hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and cruising the waterfront in a panga, a small watercraft used to transport guest from the boat to the shore. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants the ultimate Galapagos experience!

Visited January 2013
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Management_Barefoot, Director of Sales at Barefoot Expeditions - Day Tours, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear Barbara and Elan,
we are so glad to hear that Barefoot Expeditions could contribute to your unforgettable wedding anniversary trip in Ecuador - we really appreciate your detailed feedback about your cruise on the Odyssey. Great that it was the perfect choice for you two! It would be nice to welcome you on one of our tours again :-) Best regards from Quito, Kerstin
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“Galapagos - Island Hopping 8 days Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I can not say enough about the outstanding service right from the start with Kertsin and the entire Barefoot Expeditions team. She was amazing at answering all my questions - not just about this tour, but anything silly thing I was wondering about travelling in Ecuador. If you are reading this - you most likely are at the point of being a bit over whelmed with what kind of service tour to do in the Galapagos. This one was perfect for my budget and completely meet all my expectations. I would have no hesitations about using any of Barefoot Expeditions tour packages in the future.

Many thanks.

Visited January 2013
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Management_Barefoot, Director of Sales at Barefoot Expeditions - Day Tours, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review, Cheryl! It's great to hear that you were so happy with our service and the Galapagos tour suggestion. If you come back to Ecuador for some mountain climbing, we would be more than happy to help you organize your tour!
Best regards from Quito, Kerstin
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