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“Unfortunately, many points for improvement”

Condor Trekkers Day Tours
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Unfortunately, many points for improvement”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

I did a 2 night trek with Condor. The idea of non profit is very nice, but unfortunately theres little to zero interactions with the local community despite the fact we all spoke fluent Spanish. The guide was extremely nice and helpful yet the information and explanations provided throughout the trek are very basic and limited. I expected much more. The sceneries are beautiful and the food is vegetarian and quite ok. For the high price it would be nice if at least there were running water in the over night cabins (first night) and hot water as promised (second night) but that's not the end of the world.
I would still recommend this trek though as there's absolutely zero activity on day 3 would consider doing a single night trek instead.

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YourCondorTeam, Owner at Condor Trekkers Day Tours, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thank you Michael for taking the time to share your opinion. I am sorry that it wasn't everything that you had expected.

I'm not sure what interaction with the local communities you were hoping for but we have very good relationships there and we do not wish to ruin that by creating voyeuristic, indigenous photo opportunity tours.

There are other companies offering 'indigenous experiences' where local people dress up for the tourists. We would be happy to connect you with these should you return to Sucre.

It's possible that the communities may have hot running water for your convenience when you next trek in the region. It is a problem many tourists must face whilst vacationing in the developing world. These problems are far less likely in Europe and North America. It would also be nice for the people living there as well.

Despite the 'high price' of $28 per day all included, we do not make vast sums of money after we cover all running costs. We have provided water to another smaller community but Maragua is somewhat larger and beyond our financial capabilities at the moment.

Should you happen to return to Sucre in the future, please let us know any specific requirements that would make your vacation more comfortable. We could perhaps arrange for an indigenous person to heat some water for your shower, thus also providing that local community experience that you seek.

Sincerely
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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“we expected more”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

The price is so high, compared to the trip. feel like we were promised more, but we can not see local villages and Projects of condor trekkers it was less than expected and told! we missed some explanation and history. so more information for the next guests

Visited February 2014
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Stuttgart, Germany
1 review
“Beautiful two-day trek”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

Super nice trek through beautiful bolivian landscapes and mountains. Lucero (our guide) was extremely nice and friendly and provided us with great food. We had good talks and laughs and the paths were amazing. The difficulty was not that hard, which was just perfect for us.
The sleeping place was super cozy and the trip back on the truck was great final excitement.

Very recommended

Visited March 2014
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Wageningen, The Netherlands
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“Fantastic 3-day hike!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

We did a 3 day hike with 5 people, a volunteer and our guide Edwin. Edwin is a great guide, he told some things about the places that we visited, always had enough energy to walk 30 more km, knew the route from its head (no mapa!), was a great cook (the food is delicious with Condor Trekkers!) and Edwin was always in for a laugh. You stay at really nice cabañas in the Marawa crater and Potolo village. Make sure you bring some candy and small money for the kids along the way that try to sell nice little bracelets, they are so cute. You can buy some new water where you stay the night, rest is all included. Defenitly recommended and Edwin, thanks again!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Great from start to finish.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

We booked a private one day walk/tour of the Maragua Crater, and it was great from start to finish. From the friendly reception we received from Lidia at booking - she speaks English, but tolerated my poor Spanish - and from the care we received from Rogelio and Carlos on the tour itself. All was very good. We were picked up outside our apartment and driven to Chataquila to start our walk. Rogelio explained about the importance of the chapel and told us the history of Thomas Katari - in English.
We then started walking along an old Inca trial - only 4km, and easy walking. We chose this option because my husband has knee problems. The walk was fine for him. We took it slowly. There was a path all the way - albeit a rocky one, which meant we needed to watch our feet all the time and it was downhill all the way - moderately steep. Fantastic mountain views. We stopped for a short break during the walk, and Rogelio produced snacks. The only thing we had to carry was water.
At the end of the walk we rejoined Carlos and the 4WD and were taken to the village of Maragua in the crater. A really beautiful and spectacular place.
In Maragua, Carlos and Rogelio laid out what was probably the best lunch we've ever had on a trip of this kind. Lots of fresh salad, cheese, avocado, delicious potato salad, and a kind of curried veg. salad - enough food to feed us for a week. And much to our surprise a bottle of wine as well! We stopped for lunch at the hostal Condor uses for it's treks - a bathroom was available. On the 2.5 hour drive back to Sucre we stopped once at a viewpoint for hot chocolate and cookies.
A great trip, heartily recommend. Especially since all profit goes to local organisations.

Visited March 2014
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