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“Carpe DM made our trip THAT much better!”

CarpeDM Adventures - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 80 Outdoor Activities in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: New to the CarpeDM family in 2015 - Caiman Eco-lodge and Casa CarpeDM. Founded in 2007, we pride ourselves in providing great value in our programs ranging from: Galapagos Cruises & Island hopping, Amazon, daytours, climbing, biking, trekking, community projects and more. Our 3/3/3 program also ensures your time has a lasting impact. Located in the Heart of Historical Quito our passion for Adventure & Ecuador can found minutes away from Plaza San Blas. Our team looks forward to sharing the best of Ecuador with you!
Reviewed October 27, 2013

My boyfriend and I travelled to Ecuador back in September-October of this year. We were going back and forth trying to figure out if we wanted to stay in old town of Quito or new town. This was where we were going to start our trip so we needed a place to acclimatize to the high altitude. We chose old town over new town because we wanted someplace quiet upon arrival and if in case we had a hard time adjusting to the altitude. After a day or so of deciding to stay in Old town or New we finally chose to stay at The Secret Garden in Old Town. We chose the secret garden because we heard that there was a travel agency on site. And we thought that would be helpful for us to start our backpacking adventure(s). Best decision we made! My boyfriend and I were very pleased with everything that Carpe DM had to offer. From the first day with the (free, yes there was no charge) tour walk around Quito with Gaby, to Paul helping us trying to figure out our Galapagos trip last minute and our trips to Cotopaxi and Otavalo, to Dorian going out of his way to help us out to ensure we knew where we were going, and Fernando for being an awesome guide on our hike up to Cotopaxi. Everyone at CarpeDM are so passionate and genuine and go out of their to ensure you have the best time on your trip. Carpe DM's office turned into a hang out spot for us when we had some down time in our trip. And after every trip we went to, be it days or weeks later we still went back to the Secret Garden in Quito all because of Carpe DM. A BIG thank you to Paul and everyone at Carpe DM, our trip was more than we could have ever imagined! Miss you all!
Cheers,
Ann & Kyle from Toronto

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carpedm a, The CarpeDM Crew at CarpeDM Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2013

Dear Ann and Kyle,

It's great to feel that people can enter our office and head home feeling like they are part of our extended family. In a perfect world, our aim would be just that. Unfortunately do to lack of time, tight schedules and factors outside our control, our utopian dream can only be experienced by a selected few. The more time you spent with us, the more you were able to be a part of our team dynamic which made it so easy for us to show you the best we had to offer. Never being complacent, it's always a learning experience for us to garner as much insight from our guests as possible so that the next experience only gets better.

Thanks for choosing us and more importantly spending your downtime in our office as this is where it allowed us to really connect with you guys. Sharing your experiences about Ecuador, Canada and your thoughts about travelling made it that much more special.

We'd love to be able to extend this hospitality with all who enter our offices but we know it can only happen from time to time. We hope you had a great trip back home and are looking forward to the wonderful Canadian winter :)

Cheers Comadre y Compadre ,
The CarpeDM Crew

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

I travelled recently trough Ecuador on a motorbike.On three occasions ,I have used CarpeDM, twice for Cotopaxi (including the full climb to the summit) and once to the Galapagos Islands.
I cannot speak highly enough about the owner Paul and his staff.All of them know their subjects ,they all speak English ,are smart and very relax.They could tailor made my trips on every occasion, nothing was a problem.They really made a big difference to my journey through Ecuador.Their pricing were very good as well and their guides in the field were just tops.
I have had the pleasure to get to know Paul and his attention to details is amazing and he is a great bloke.Meals were great as well , especially if you have been on the roads for a long time.
I really recommend that you try them , they deserve it.
ALAIN DUPUIS from Australia.

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carpedm a, The CarpeDM Crew at CarpeDM Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Dear Alain,

A huge smile comes to our faces when we think of you and your journey to the summit of Cotopaxi. Incredible, inspiring and clearly shows that those at the Top of the Mountain or in this case Volanco don't just fall there :*) At 60 plus, and showing more grit and determination of those half your age we are extremely proud that you decided to choose us for your climb. Thanks for sharing your story and raising the bar for those thinking about conquering Cotopaxi!

We're happy all went well with your Galapagos cruise. Look forward to reading about your motorcycle adventures in South America, so let us know when you publish your book. I'm sure it will be a best seller :)

Cheers Champ,
The CarpeDM Crew

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

What a great outfit.. from the friendly booking and planning stages, thru the
final drop off at hotel, no detail was overlooked.
Paul, owner, looks after every detail.. our guide Fernando was knowledgeable , caring
and always right there.. meals were wonderful and lunch at a very nice place after the
climb.. equipment was great.. All top notch... you will be very happy booking the reasonably
priced /max value tours offered by CarpeDiem
Chris B
South Florida

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carpedm a, The CarpeDM Crew at CarpeDM Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Dear Chris,

Cotopaxi National Park is Fernando's playground. He was the Park Ranger for 3 years and so when he's available it's really a treat for us to send him out to guide. Your photo that you e-mailed us really was the cherry on top. It clearly showed the great weather and awesome group of people who were enjoying a day out with Pachamama. Thanks for sharing it, we posted it on our Facebook fanpage.

Hope the rest of your travels were as just as enjoyable!
Warmest Regards,
The CarpeDM Crew

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Paul is a great guy. Very helpful and wants to ensure you have a great experience. We booked a couple of day trips (Mindo and Otavalo) a day in advance and all was great. Also, his company is very good at securing good prices for the Galapagos Islands. Highly recommend using this company for your Ecuador travels.

Thank Barb N
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carpedm a, The CarpeDM Crew at CarpeDM Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Dear Barb,

Thanks for sharing your feedback. It's always extra special to hear from Canadians who are happy with our service. Canada is home to our founder and it makes us proud that we've impacted you in positive way. We are delighted that you enjoyed your daytrips and the advice you received in Quito. We can't thank-you enough for taking the time to spread the word and happy Ecuador was your choice destination for you holidays :)

Warmest Regards,
The CarpeDM Crew

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I am from Toronto and I decided to go with CarpeDM Adventures.

I booked:
Galapagos 8 day cruise on Daphne Yacht- The best experience of my life!!
Otavalo day trip

The owner, Paul, a fellow Canadian, is just an amazing guy. He truly cares more about your trip being what you want it to be more than anything else. He even recommended other companies on Banos to book the remainder of our trip with.

I can't praise CarepDM enough. A special mention on Consuela and Dorian from CarpeDM who did an excellent job on the day trip, as they do on every other trip they lead.

You will not be disappointed with this company. They will help you book 6 months in advance or even 1 day in advance. Very warm feeling when you walk into their office.

Go with CarpeDM and make Ecuador a memorable experience.

Thank Zeeshan B
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carpedm a, The CarpeDM Crew at CarpeDM Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Dear Zeeshan,

Thank-you for kind words :) In a world where the "Goliath's" of travel rule the terrain, it's refreshing to feel that the "David's" still can come out on top :) TripAdvisor has done a great job to equal the playing field. There are some great businesses ranking here and you don't have to look too far to see that the "big boys & girls" aren't far behind.

We've been fortunate to meet such a great group of people over time and as a crew we feel extremely lucky to be doing what we love. We would never imagined being such a small company that we'd be able to compete with the big players. We are far from perfect and still have a long way to go. But we hope to continue to represent the underdog the best we can and even if we don't maintain number 1, those who choose us can be assured that we will always look after them the best we can.

Thanks again Zeeshan to you and Kirsten for sharing your time with us while in Ecuador :) Thanks for your vote of confidence and support!

cheers,
The CarpeDM Crew

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