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“The Delights of Ecuador”

EQ Touring Company - Day Tours
Ranked #8 of 77 Outdoor Activities in Quito
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Owner description: EQ TOURING is a Boutique Tour company that organizes unforgettable travel experiences in the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. We specialize in putting together private yacht charters in Galapagos and customizing your travel adventure in Ecuador, always traveling with the company of our expert Naturalist guides who are the highlight of your trip. Our team of Destination Specialists will be your direct and personal contact for your adventure planning. Join the number of satisfied travelers that have visited this amazing destination with us and who are the best witnesses of what we have organized for them.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Santa Monica, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“The Delights of Ecuador”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

On our recent trip to Ecuador we used EQ Touring to organize our trip.
we have no hesitation recommending this wonderful tour agency for organizing and creating such a memorable adventure. From owner Jorge and his office-manager Isabel, to our wonderful guides Paul and Cynthia, we couldn't have asked for a better experience and introduction to Ecuador.
From the warm welcome we received at all the historic Haciendas where we stayed overnight to the deeply prescient artwork and and beauty of artist Oswaldo Guayasamin's Museum (Chapel of Man) and home (now open for visitors), Ecuador is a study in contrasts.

But the delight was in the details: the locro with cheese and avocado for lunch at Zuleta, the salty crunch of a mouthful of catso, the mouth-watering cevichocho (with lupine, celery, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and chicken) bought from a street vendor, the perfectly fitted Inca walls at San Agustin de Callo, the sheets of gold on every wall of the Companie (Jesuit?) church (is it gold leaf, or gold paint?), the wind in the at 15,230 feet below Cotopaxi base camp, the hot coca tea in the snack shop, the Runa tea at La Casona that cured my headache, the views of Cayumbe rising above green fields on a late sunny afternoon, bags of avocados for $1, the astonishing roses in every hotel vase, the comfortingly worn and musty feel of the books in the library at Hacienda Cusin, and last – but not least -- the thrice-daily opportunity to say bien provecho as another wonderful meal was served.

Also unforgettable: the frosty glass of “mora” available at every meal. As was the bag of bizcocho we snacked on along the way. And thanks to Jorge for creating an itinerary to which we would love to have added another week; to Isabel for the paperwork and legwork, plus phone checks on our progress; and to Paul (who has a photographic memory and can answer even the most esoteric question), Cynthia, who can drive while remember historic facts and who showed us the new and old wonders of Quito, a capital city on the move.

Visited October 2013
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
“Galapagos and Machu Picchu, amazing vacation”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We learned of EQ touring when we were searching on line for our vacation to Peru and Galapagos, Isabel took care of us from begging to end and I can't thank her enough for the amazing vacations she planned for us. Our experience in Peru was superb, not only the fantastic guide Rodrigo through all the trip but the accommodation and the hotels we had was fantastic, I highly recommend to stay in Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, it really makes a big difference to be so close to the ruins. Galapagos was the best place that I have ever visited, my wife and kids were so happy to enjoy the animals so close. The boat and the guide were awesome and the crew always accommodated everything we needed.
Thank you EQT for the great vacation that you planned for us, I will visit Ecuador again soon.

Greg.

Visited September 2013
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Naples, Florida
1 review
“Excellent, service great place highly recommend!!!”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Eq touring was a really professional and friendly company, had a great trip to the galapagos, george and his staff were always there to help.this is a company that I would always use in all my travels.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Ecuador Trip”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Amazing guide (Johanna), hotels, activities arranged by EQ Touring. La Pinta was a great boat and we had so much fun snorkeling, hiking, and exploring the nature! Thanks EQ!

Visited November 2013
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“My Galapagos tour with Eq touring was the best”
Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

I visited Ecuador and the Galapagos islands last month with my daughter and I must say that we had the best vacation ever. We took a cruise in Galapagos on a biat that eq touring chose for us based in the fact that i eas traveling with my teen daughter. She enjoyed the wildlife so much and we both learned a lot. This is for sure a place that should be in everybody's places to visit list. The hotel JW Marriott was oerfect for us in Quito and Paul was such a great guide and great company.
Thank you eq touring for this once in a life time vacation.

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