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“One of the best days of our lives!”
Review of Julio Verne Travel

Julio Verne Travel
Ranked #2 of 8 Tours in Riobamba
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Owner description: We are a Dutch-Ecuadorian run travel company specialized in biking, trekking, climbing, Amazon jungle, Galapagos cruises and diving, tailor made round trips. We have professional guides, top quality equipment and more than 20 years experience organizing adventure trips in Ecuador. We speak English, Dutch, Spanish.
Reviewed June 9, 2014

We had a spectacular day with Julio Verne walking and cycling around the Chimborazo volcano. The walk up the snow filled slopes of the volcano to the second refugio and lake was stunning, we were so lucky with the weather and had the most spectacular views ever. Coming down was mostly on our backsides (unintentionally!) but was hilarious. After a nice hearty soup it was time to cycle down which was even more spectacular but was over too quickly as was only 8km. Fortunately the tour we were on was the Hidden Valleys tour so we continued for a further 40km through more stunning scenery and local villages. Not being a frequent cyclist I was unsure when Julio Verne tried to persuade us to do the longer tour but so glad we did and was pretty easy and mostly downhill. The bikes and equipment were good and we had a lot of fun with our excellent guide Dimitri (thank-you so much!). The only error was that we underdid it on the sunblock - with the altitude, proximity to the equator and sun on full show that day, we got burnt to a crisp and didn't realise until that evening and suffered for a few days. Small price to pay for an amazing day!

Thank Sonia A
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

We did the Vicuna Trek with Julio Verne as an acclimatisation for the Chimborazo Climb. Julio Verne provided us with an excelent service, all the equipment we were missing was provided for free (or included in the price). The equipment was of a very good quality and the guides - both for the trek and the climb were great - very experienced and attentive. Overall we had a great time with Julio Verne - highly recommended!

2  Thank adamkittl
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

We did the one day excursion 'Hidden Valleys' with Julio Verne and we had a wonderful day.
The guide William gave us on the way a lot of interesting information and the views on the Chimborazo were amazing. We received a delicious soup and good lunch, and also a sandwich after biking. The bikes and equipment were in a good state and we felt really safe, they stayed the whole way down after us with the car. A beautiful experience, starting at the Chimborazo and biking down through the green valleys and passing the local villages with indigenes. The organization was really good: In the morning they picked us up at the hotel and helped us after the excursion to go to our next destination.
We really recommend this and the operator of Julio Verne!

1  Thank M V
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

To date, we have booked 5 trips with Julio Verne - all of them a "10". I can say without reservation, that this is the most accurate, helpful and interesting agency I have come across. I have been impressed time and again with the level of service that I receive.

Popkje works hard to put together outstanding experiences. In fact, she doesn't stop until every detail is nailed down perfectly. Follow up and communication are timely. She is also very thoughtful, and carefully considers our desires and abilities.

At each visit, the guides and other people I observed working at the agency seemed to really enjoy what they were doing, and enjoy one another. The whole place has a great and welcoming vibe. Equipment for each trip with tip-top. A sampling of our trips to date:

Hidden Valley Bicycle - really fun ride near Chimborazo. Vicunas, geology, beautiful vistas, twisty country road along river and past several rural communities. Serious fun for my family!

Galapagos - a lifelong dream beautifully fulfilled. Last-minute 8day/7night cruise on m/v Majestic. Family trip of a lifetime!

El Alter & Cotopaxi - A beautiful hike up to the high country to acclimate for the Cotopaxi climb. Great fun and challenging experience for two fat gringos.

It must also be said that each of the guides selected for the trips were likewise outstanding. I feel that Julio Verne represents great value for money spent and also provides some truly amazing experiences. I look forward to more trips with Julio Verne down the road.

Erik Knudsen

1  Thank Erikthevike
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We had our honeymoon trip around Ecuador with Julio Verne between January 25 and February 8.
It should be noted that their professionalism starts at the stage of trip discussion. The agent named Popkje van der Ploeg was very helpful, patiently explaining everything and adjusting the route to our changing requirements.
The itinerary looked like this: Quito - Cotopaxi -Tigua - Laguna Quilotoa - Baños - Waterfall Road -Amazon jungle - Riobamba - Devil's Nose - Ingapirca - Cuenca - Cajas National Park - Guayaquil - Puerto Lopez - Isla de la Plata - Guayaquil.
The choice of sights, hotels and people in all these places was impeccable. Breakfasts everywhere were very good and the personnel was attentive, polite and helpful.
We were especially happy with Pablo, who was our guide at the Quito - Laguna Quilotoa stage, and Carlos, with who we explored the jungle. The guys were very easy-going, helpful, reliable and informative.
We were really lucky that everything worked perfectly: all the guides and drivers were punctual, all the hotels were well located, sometimes we had nice surprises, like a bottle of sparkling wine in the room or an upgrade to better conditions since we were honeymooning.
We would like to thank Julio Verne once again for an amazing unforgettable trip. These guys really know what they do!

1  Thank Olga-Giorgos K
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