Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Quito-Ecuador by Tour Guide Vivian V. (Guide #17780)


Dan Cuperus

United States
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Tour: #487393, Quito - Off The Beaten Tourist Path, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 14/18

Loved everything about this private food tour with Vivian! We went to a market and sampled different fruits and local dishes. Walked the old town and Vivian explained the history in perfect English. We had a few requests for the day and opted for the tour with a car and driver so we could get from place to place a bit faster. We let Vivian customize the tour based on what we liked. (Food, Wine, Culture & Shopping!) She fit it all in! What a day! It was wonderful, can't wait to go back! Dan&Heather NJ USA

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dan! Hi Heather! I enjoyed you two because you were so open and fun and the tour you took, that we modified right "on the fly" that day, is one of my newer offerings that allows people to not tour so much churches and the normal tourist spots. I am glad to hear in another communication that the Ecuador wine that is really pretty good, about the same as Chilean, made it safely home. I hope you do return, and I will show you other off the beaten path places and things. My love to you, Vivi

Kenneth Casper

United States
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Tour: #300748, Ken Casper Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour For Five, Pifo, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Aug 20/18

We had a fantastic tour by Vivian. There were 5 of us so we had a van and driver as well. Van was excellent with a very professional driver. Vivian was great. Professional, yet easy going and friendly. Very knowledgeable of the area. She took us to some great places and we had some great food as well. She was able to customize the tour as we went, staying longer in some places or shorter in others. I would strongly recommend her and the Mindo Cloud Forrest tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ken! It's Vivian. Come back and we'll tour again, so much to see and do here that people come back a second and third time. As you note, I use only the best drivers and new, safe vehicles with large viewing windows. I used the gorgeous, new, Italian bus for you all, VERY important here for road safety where drivers, vehicles, roads are not 1st world standard. The driver is retired military, was driver and body guard for the Vice-President. Mindo was gorgeous that day wasn't it? Best wishes to all, Vivi

Nfn Dewey

United States
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Tour: #279629, Banos de Agua Santa two days tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Aug 18/18

Vivian was the best! She has a super wide range of information about Equador, she's very pleasant, and an absolute pleasure to spend time with! We had the best couple of days with her and we enjoyed every second! I would absolutely recommend her to all my friends and family and can't wait to return!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well Dewey! We had a great time didn't we! I have rarely enjoyed touring a twosome as much as you and Ricky. I really hope you come back to see me. I will NEVER forget you two, so many laughs. You guys are A LOT of FUN and really know how to have a vacation! Love, Vivian

Russell Hanser

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Aug 11/18

Vivi was FANTASTIC. My daughter (14) and I had a wonderful time, seeing all the best Quito has to offer. Vivi is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and taught us a great deal. She also sent us a wealth of helpful tips in advance of our trip. It was a pleasure to spend the day with her -- she was easy-going and fun and made sure we were doing what made us happy. Could not recommend any more highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Russell - I loved being with you and Brooke. The weather was spectacularly beautiful, wasn't it! You are doing a great job raising Brooke; she is a very smart young lady. Touring you two was not like work for me; I had fun. Best wishes to you forever. Hope to see you again one day, Vivi

Jody Dunham

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 22/18

Where do we begin...We had SO much fun with Vivian and her mother the chauffeur! Vivi did an amazing job customizing our day per our interests. Whether it was visiting historical sites or finding a quaint empanada restaurant, she did it! Vivian is truly an outstanding and professional tour guide. Thanks for providing us with so many fond memories of Quito!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I loved touring you. It was a fun, great day. I asked my Mother to drive my nice SUV for us so we would not have to park, etc. She grew up in what is now called Old Quito; so she knows that area like the palm of her hand and is an excellent driver. She is so nice, isn't she? I usually don't ask, but your day I asked her; she wanted to earn a little money from me as our chauffeur. She doesn't speak English. If you ever come back, please let me know. I loved you, and Mother says Hi!. Miss you two, Vivi

Kelly Myers

United States
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Tour: #300747, Profusion of hummingbirds and jungle or mountain views, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 20/18

The tour guide is often as or my important as the tour and Vivian was wonderful. She was very responsive to my questions before the trip and arrived at the hotel right on time. Vivian was friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and a joy to spend the day with. The hummingbirds were AMAZING! I have never seen such a profusion of these lovely little birds.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Kelly. I am so happy for you, that you saw so many hummingbirds, and the weather, the day, was spectacular for you to tour in! Best wishes, Vivian

Samantha Best-Lawson

Australia
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 10/18

Fantastic day exploring Quito. We were so well looked after and packed so much in. We were treated to so many special moments in this vibrant and friendly city from the delicious tastings in the fruit market to the wonderful churches, gorgeous vistas from the cable car, the equator and so much history Vivi shared with us as we went about about old Quito. Thank you Vivi and thanks also to your lovely Mum who drove us which helped get us around with such efficiency and ease.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Samantha! I love touring you Aussies; my Mother loved you. I am so happy you liked your day with us. Best wishes forever, Vivi

Jackson Gainer

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 9/18

There is nothing that we can say about Vivian that hasnt been said 1000 times, but we would be doing a disservice if we didn't reiterate how incredible she is. She has a passion for this country that is unmatched and knowledge that can only come from decades of experience. She knew all of the hidden stops in our Mindo trip that will no doubt become big themselves someday and I felt like we got the perfect insider tour. If she is available, don't wait, book her ASAP! Thank you Vivian from your Tenn. boys!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jackson, Ryan!! Hey! I am thrilled to hear from you! I LOVE you guys, and I want you to come back to see me. I've never enjoyed touring people more than I did that day with you. Best wishes and you have a friend for life here in Ecuador, Vivi

Ryan Koriath

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 4/18

Vivian was excellent!! Great attitude, great English, great facts and features about everywhere we were. I'd give a six star review if I could, can't wait to book with her again! Thanks, Ryan Koriath

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Ryan! I really, really enjoyed being with you and Tammy today to Mindo and back; please say hi to her for me and hope to see you all again. Vivi

Helen Feltovich

United States
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Tour: #278937, Helen's and Michelle's Best TWO DAYS tour to Mindo Cloud Forest Plus Two Nights and Return, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jun 4/18

5 Stars is not enough for Vivian. She personalized our trip, adapting the itinerary even at the last moment to our whims. She made special arrangements for us (such as having places open up even on Mondays so that we wouldn't miss an amazing coffee or meal). She knew just who to call when we wanted an activity (mt biking), and was amazingly friendly and helpful throughout all of this. We're coming back to do some more touring, this time with our spouses! We love Vivi!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I love you and Michele too! One of the best three days of touring I've ever had because you two are wonderful. Mindo for two nights and three days is a little heaven isn't it? Can't wait for you two to return with your husbands. You were both inspirations to me, and what physical shape you are in! It's rare for me not to be able to keep up with clients because growing up here in the Andes my lung capacity is naturally great, but you two were too much for me on the bikes! Best wishes always, Vivi

David K.

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 27/18

From the start of our day with Vivian we were treated like family friends as she showed us sites near Quito & Mindo. In e-mails prior to the trip Vivian offered ideas on what one could do for the day & Ecuador travel tips. We provided her with what we wanted to visit. Stops included Pululau volcano, a hummingbird garden cafe, private bird sanctuary, waterfall hike, butterfly garden, and chocolate production. Our kid wanted to try cuy & our last stop was the diner where Bizarre Foods had eaten. Great Day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David! It's Vivian. Well, what can I say other than I loved touring you three. I tour a lot of wonderful children; your son Sean I love! As the mother of a 21 year old only child at UVa in the U.S. I can tell you that I found Sean, at 14, to be exceptional. You and Erin are doing a wonderful job raising Sean, so mature and inquisitive. So full of great questions for me. Please give him my love; I think he has a brilliant future. Best wishes to you three, Vivi

David Cotlove

United States
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Tour: #278743, Otavalo market TWO DAYS with lake front or hacienda stay, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 11/18

Vivian is a great guide! Her English is excellent. She was very responsive in helping us plan our tour and she customized our tour based on our communications before our trip. We were very happy with the tour she arranged. She arrived on time, has a good car, was a good driver, is knowledgeable and pleasant company. We spent three days touring with her and had a wonderful time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David! I enjoyed you also. Best wishes; I hope you return. Vivi

David Lipschitz

United States
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Tour: #280966, Francie's Family Historic Andes train ride, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 6/18

I doubt there is a guide world wide who could be any better than Vivian V. From our first contact until the end of a wonderful day with her, our experience could not have been better. She provided us with a great deal of advice on our visit to Ecuador. She recommended what clothes to bring, how to prepare and made some truly wonderful recommendations. She tailored the day to our interests, was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and has our highest possible recommendation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David and Francie! Thank you for this wonderful comment. I LOVED touring you two and still talk about you to my husband. I hope you will come back so I can show you some more. Love you two! Vivian

Sidney Bonnet

United States
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Tour: #280966, Historic Andes train ride, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 27/18

We took the train to the volcanos, drove on to Cotopaxi Volcano, hiked for 2 hours with a stunning view of the volcano! The hike is challenging... a 25-30% grade, terrain of tricky lava sand, at an altitude of 16,000 feet!! It was a fun challenge, with otherworldly and spectacular views.. Plus our guide was with us the whole time and so helpful.. We had a late lunch at a beautiful 500 year old hacienda afterwards to complete another perfect day with Vivian, our amazing guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sidney! I know you are now back in Texas, probably recuperating from your trip. You and David were two of my all time favorites to tour, never to be forgotten. You have a friend forever here. I will think about you and hope you return to Ecuador and me. Love you! Vivi

Sidney Bonnet

United States
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Tour: #268656, Sidney's Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 26/18

Fun to stand on the actual equator! And we loved the rose farm visit....it was fascinating and so beautiful! Vivian gave us so much wonderful information about the history, politics and culture of Ecuador...she has studied so much to be able to do this really well, and we so appreciated all the fascinating facts. She is amazing. We aren't shoppers, so Otavalo was not our favorite, but the scenery around there is beautiful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Boy! Was I lucky to have you and David as travelers. I miss you and will never, ever forget you. Vivi

Sidney Bonnet

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 25/18

We viewed a volcano crater in which people live, hummingbirds sat on our hands, we saw otherworldly huge tropical flowers, gorgeous butterflies landed on us, we ziplined over the cloud forest with such competent instructors, we learned how one of the rarest chocolates is made in a tiny factory, and drove through the stunning cloud forest landscape. Our guide, Vivian, who now feels like family, was so well informed, delightful, charming, enthusiastic..we felt so lucky to have had her as our guide!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Boy! Was I lucky to have you and David as travelers. I miss you and will never, ever forget you. Vivi

Shirley Salvatore

United States
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Tour: #300747, Profusion of hummingbirds and jungle or mountain views, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

Vivian was wonderful! She communicated well, was prompt, fluent in English as advertised, and planned a magnificent day for us. We saw so many hummingbirds, went hiking, saw waterfalls, Pululahua volcano, cloud forest, tasted wonderful Ecuadorian chocolate and coffee, toured a farm and a butterfly garden. She even gave us a short tour of Quito. She had a lot of knowledge about the area and answered all our many questions. We left as great friends! Definitely worth every cent we paid.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Shirley. I am so happy you had a good time which of course was my intention. I enjoyed you two very much, and you have a friend in me here in Ecuador. I hope you come back to see me so I can show you more. Vivi

Nancy Bowers-Ivanski

Canada
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 23/18

We could not have been more pleased with our tour today with Vivian and our driver Vladimir. Our itinerary was tailored to our interests and we felt that we had an authentic Ecuadorian experience. This tour was great value for the money and Vivian was a wealth of information on all aspects of Ecudorian life. From the equator visit to the Otavalo market to the rose farm and then the traditional Ecudorian meal, we couldn't have had a better introduction to our South American trip. Thanks Vivian.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nancy! I so enjoyed my day with you and your sister and could tell you were both having a great time which made me very happy. You are off this morning to the Amazon for another amazing experience. Best wishes, Vivi

Michael V.

Pleasanton, CA, United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 22/18

Vivian was amazing with her flexibility and most importantly her fountain of knowledge of Quito and Ecuador. She made our one day in Quito memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael! I am happy to learn you had a great day with me. Best wishes, Vivi

Diane Silberstein

Roswell, GA, United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 18/18

Vivian is a very personable and professional guide with excellent English skills and exceptional knowledge of Ecuador. We exchanged a few emails and she put together a fantastic day in the highlands north of Quito based on our personal interests. She provided us with some great travel tips before we left the US and surprised us with a few extra treats during our time together. What a great start to our time in Ecuador! Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Diane! I am so happy you had a good time. Vivi

Eva Incaudo

Sacramento, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #278936, Eva Family Papallacta thermal SPA, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 2/18

Outstanding! Vivian was beyond accommodating for our 3 generational family of 10 tour. Her tour was so educational for all of us with a tour of a small local rose producer who sends flowers all over the world (even the males enjoyed it!). Next we visited a hummingbird reserve and finally had lunch and a private excursion to the Papallacta Hot Springs where we hiked and then luxuriated in the hot springs. Vivian and her driver, Hannibal were absolutely the best!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Eva. You are out in the Galapagos now. I want you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed you and you family. I had a great day with you. Your children and grandchildren were just the best, a real positive reflection on you and Gary. I can usually judge parents by their children, and you did an outstanding job raising them. I know you will have a wonderful week in the Galapagos. You have a friend for life here in Ecuador in me. Best wishes always, Vivi

Georgie Roberts

Jersey
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Tour: #268655, Georgie's Family Six Day Private Tour - Quito to Guayaquil, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 24/18

We were so lucky to book Vivian to tour our family of 6 for a week from Quito to Guayaquil. Vivian is a wonderful communicator and extremely flexible with plans and ideas. She also organised a fantastic driver Havier and a fabulous large bus. She is extremely knowledgeable about her beloved Ecuador and her enthusiasm and constant smile is contagious. We have also fallen in love with this wonderful country and it's fabulous people and can't thank Vivian enough for showing it to us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I was the lucky one. I will say goodbye holding back tears. After all those eight months of back and forth planning with you, Georgie, your trip from Quito, down the Andes spine, to Guayaquil has now come and almost gone. You, Stephen and your wonderful, four children from your tiny, English Channel, British isle of Jersey have been just brilliant, beautiful, wonderful, so interested and interesting. I will NEVER forget you and hope for your return. Best wishes, always; I'll be thinking of you all, Vivi

Bruce Pflug

United States
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Tour: #268655, Bruce's Party Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 17/18

We enjoyed our time with Vivian very much. She is very knowledgeable and is fun and happy. She is a joy to spend time with and knows Quito very well. I would highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bruce. I enjoyed my day with you all; your adult daughters were wonderful. Lot's of fun! Best wishes, Vivi

Beth Wright

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 23/18

There are not enough stars to give Vivien! She was absolutely AMAZING! Incredibly helpful with hints, tips and answers to my many questions before our trip. She was knowledgeable and accommodating adjusting the tour when my mother was hit with altitude sickness. Thank goodness we booked with Vivien and TBL rather than a big group!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Beth! It's Vivian. I was happy to learn in your private letter that the soup my Mother recommended quickly cured your mother. My Mother has so many Indian based remedies. My U.S. expatriate husband rolls his eyes at them, but they work! I hurt my toe on tour today. At home, Mother applied a Vaseline like salve made from an Amazon snake. Tonight my toe is much better! I REALLY enjoyed meeting you and your mother and so happy you enjoyed the chocolate factory. Give your mother a hug for me. Love, Vivian

Kelsy Saulsbury

United States
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Tour: #390100, One Of The World's Great Trips! - Amazon Jungle at Rio Napo with Papallacta, Banos, Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 18/18

Vivian's first priority in her tour is ensuring your safety. She is upbeat and happy to talk about anything related to Ecuador that you are interested in. She is also flexible in the tour. We had wanted to do some hiking at Cotopaxi instead of spending more time in Banos, and she worked with us to make those changes to the itinerary. This tour was a great opportunity to see both the Amazon rainforest to the Andes to the volcano at Cotopaxi. Really great to see such different parts of Ecuador.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kelsy, I cannot believe that after all the weeks of planning your tour with me has come and gone. I thoroughly enjoyed the both of you, and what wonderful weather we had in the Amazon! I know you are both back in the cold U.S. by now. I miss you and hope you come back. Your friend, Vivi

Michelle Engelmann

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 16/18

Vivian is an amazing, knowledgeable tour guide and we highly recommend her! She is one of the best guides we ever had. She is flexible, easy going and a joy to travel with. We enjoyed traveling with Vivian 3 days. We stopped enroute to have breakfast at a special place with hummingbirds, hiked to a waterfall,visited the Pululau volcano rim, and toured a charming chocolate factory. All were special places we never would have known about without Vivian to guide us on our amazing journey. Thank you, Vivian!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Michelle! It's Vivi. Being with you all was not work for me. We had a great time, didn't we? Best wishes always; you've got a friend for life here in Ecuador. I'm sure you will long remember your trip, and I will long remember you. One of the hard things for me about being a tour guide is meeting and then having to let go of people like you. Vivi

Michelle Engelmann

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 15/18

Vivian is an amazing tour guide, and I recommend her highly! Her explanations and knowledge are exceptional. She tailored the day to our interests, and took us to many interesting sites both in the city and on the outskirts. She had her mother drive us so that we could go to sites and be met afterwards without parking. Vivian thinks of everything and took excellent care of us! We drove up to the Virgin statue and went on the Teleferico. She was flexible and a joy to be with. Thank you for a great day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Michelle! It's Vivi. Being with you all was not work for me. We had a great time, didn't we? Best wishes always; you've got a friend for life here in Ecuador. I'm sure you will long remember your trip, and I will long remember you. One of the hard things for me about being a tour guide is meeting and then having to let go of people like you. Vivi

Michelle Engelmann

United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 14/18

Vivian is an amazing tour guide! She is knowledgeable, fun to travel with and very generous with her time. She tailored the day to what we wanted to do, and took us to special places we never would have found on our own.Vivian and her driver picked us up right on time and took us on a great adventure, including an Andean bird aviary, a weaver in Peguche who wove beautiful wall hangings, an instrument maker, and the Otavalo market. A long, fantastic day we totally enjoyed! Thank you!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Michelle! It's Vivi. Being with you all was not work for me. We had a great time, didn't we? Best wishes always; you've got a friend for life here in Ecuador. I'm sure you will long remember your trip, and I will long remember you. One of the hard things for me about being a tour guide is meeting and then having to let go of people like you. Vivi

Philip O'Neill

United States
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Tour: #357133, O'Neill Day Trip to Cotopaxi and 24th Ovenight - Banos Trip Extension, Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 25/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Phil. Guess you are back in COLD Buffalo. Shelby was great; I was very impressed. Vivi

Philip O'Neill

United States
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Tour: #279629, Banos de Agua Santa two days tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 23/18

Vivian was the best.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Phil. I enjoyed you three so much. You've done a wonderful job raising your Shelby. Vivi

Modell Marlow Andersen

San Mateo, CA, United States
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Tour: #268656, Modell's Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 18/18

What a wonderful experience! Vivian was a fabulous guide; she greeted me the second I stepped through customs and we were immediately off on a wonderful adventure. She had clearly listened to my requests and planned an itinerary that was perfect for me. Vivian was cheerful, friendly, flexible, and knowledgeable. By the end of the trip I felt like I had gained a friend, and had an experience I would never forget. I highly recommend Vivian, and also loved the beautiful and friendly country of Ecuador.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh Modell! One of the nicest comments and letters I have received in my 26 year career. I feel the same way about you and what we did together. You have a friend for life here in me; I will never forget you. Come back. Vivi

Diane Kaplan

United States
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Tour: #268655, Diane Kaplan Group Best of Quito Private Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 7/18

Vivi is a pro. Very knowledgeable and personable. Went above and beyond in every circumstance. Highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Diane. Guess you all are on your way out to the Galapagos. I thoroughly enjoyed being with you yesterday. You've got a friend here in Ecuador in me. Best wishes, Vivi

Karen Beard

United States
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Tour: #268655, Karen Beard Family Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 23/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the five stars and letter, Karen. Hope all is well with you and your family. I can't believe we toured just before Christmas, and it is already, now, March. Time passes so quickly; so good and smart of you to be with your children and grandchildren on such a wonderful trip. I am sure they will never forget the time they traveled with you here. Being with you all, watching and listening to you all was special for me, made my Christmas better. Love to you all, please give all my best, Vivi

Karen Beard

United States
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Tour: #300748, Karen Beard Family Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 22/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Karen! Each of your three days was fun for me, not like work although you were seven people. Vivi

Karen Beard

United States
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Tour: #268656, Karen Beard Family Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 21/17

OUTSTANDING GUIDE! We were a 3 generation party of 7, ages 7 to 77 and Vivian was great with our active children & considerate of age 77 limitations! She planned great transportation, itineraries, activities and places to eat! Thank you Vivian for a terrific 3 days in Ecuador.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Karen, your young grandchildren were SO SMART and SO PRECIOUS. I remember you and your family well. Thank you for this comment. Right before Christmas, you all were a lot of fun for me to tour. Best wishes, Vivi

Richard Talbot

Canada
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 17/17

We had the best day with Vivian. She is a first rate professional who customized the tour to our schedule and interests. Her depth of knowledge helped us have a much better understanding of the history and culture of Ecuador. In addition to seeing the market in Otavalo and beautiful countryside near Quito, she arranged for us to visit a rose farm and family hacienda. Vivian was great with our kids and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great day. My highest recommendation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Richard! I enjoyed my day with you all. Touring your family was a dream job for me. Your children were the best, so bright, happy and interested. I am sure you had a great Galapagos part. I will always remember you all. Vivi

Leslie Schaefer

United States
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Tour: #268656, Leslie's Group Otavalo Indian Market and More!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 15/17

Vivian was simply one of the best guides we have ever had. She was extremely well informed, incredibly generous & flexible with her time, her decision-making, & was an absolute delight to spend time with. We were lucky to have Vivian for 3 days. We would recommend Vivian to anyone traveling to Quito Ecuador & we make this recommendation with full confidence. In almost all cases we use private guides by Tours by Locals in our adventures.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Leslie. Your group was one of the best ever; so fun it really wasn't like work for me. Vivi

Leslie Schaefer

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 14/17

Vivian was simply one of the best guides we have ever had. She was extremely well informed, incredibly generous & flexible with her time, her decision-making, & was an absolute delight to spend time with. We were lucky to have Vivian for 3 days. We would recommend Vivian to anyone traveling to Quito Ecuador & we make this recommendation with full confidence. In almost all cases we use private guides by Tours by Locals in our adventures.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Leslie. Your group was one of the best ever; so fun it really wasn't like work for me. Vivi

Leslie Schaefer

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 13/17

Vivian was simply one of the best guides we have ever had. She was extremely well informed, incredibly generous & flexible with her time, her decision-making, & was an absolute delight to spend time with. We were lucky to have Vivian for 3 days. We would recommend Vivian to anyone traveling to Quito Ecuador & we make this recommendation with full confidence. In almost all cases we use private guides by Tours by Locals in our adventures.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Leslie; your group of eight was one of the best, most fun groups ever. Wasn't really like work for me. Vivi

Jeffrey M.

Oak Park, IL, United States
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Tour: #280966, Historic Andes train ride, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 10/17

WOW such a fantastic day with Vivian. She is the ultimate super-guide. Vivian went to great pains to get everything in order for the train trip, excellent prompt responses to all our questions, lots of great prep advice. Train ride was from Quito to Cotopaxi where we did a horseback-riding trip that was the high point of our week in Ecuador. All arranged a la carte by Vivian in response to our particular interests. Vivian seems to know everything about everything! English outstanding. THANKS, VIVIAN

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You two have a friend for life here in me. I so, so enjoyed the day with you. It was long but did not seem like it to me we laughed so much. Best wishes to you back in cold Chicago, and I hope you will come back because you are my friends. Vivi

Marilyn Gordon

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 9/17

Vivian was a joy! We had an all day tour with her and saw EVERYTHING there is to see in Quito and surrounding areas. She was informative and adjusted the tour based on what we wanted to see. You will be very fortunate to have her as your guide if you visit Quito.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Marilyn! Guess you two are getting exciting about leaving tomorrow for the Galapagos. I was fortunate to get you two to guide, spur of the moment, but sometimes good things happen that way. Right now I am on the train headed to Cotopaxi for the day with two from Chicago. Very best wishes, and I'll be thinking about you. Vivi

Susan Allison

Canada
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Tour: #268655, Susan's Best of Quito and Surrounding Area Private Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 8/17

Vivian was a rock star. She far exceeded our expectations and was lots of fun while giving us lots of information

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Susan. You all were a joy to be with. It's easy being a "rock star" when I am touring people as lovely as you all. Best wishes and I hope you will come back to Ecuador and me. Vivi

Susan Allison

Canada
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Tour: #268655, Susan's Best of Quito Private Airport Pickup and Nighttime Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 7/17

Vivian was wonderful!! I cannot say enough about her knowledge and enthusiasm. She picked us up promptly and presented Quito beautifully. Couldn't be happier.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan! I miss you all. What a lovely group of people, all eight of you. Are all Canadians so sweet, nice? Can't believe, after all our communication back and forth over months, that you are leaving for home this morning. Makes me a little sad. Wasn't Yunguilla spectacular? You all have a friend for life in me here; I will not forget you. Vivian

Kenneth Gould

Clearwater, FL, United States
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Tour: #279630, Banos de Agua Santa full day private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 10/17

Wonderful very full day travelling to the south to the town of Banos. The high valley between towering volcanoes makes a wonderful drive. Dropping off the high plateau into the Amazonian basin is memorable. Vivian makes your learning personal. Her flexibility and knowledge helped us to understand the history and culture of Ecuador. She never tired of my endless questions. My highest recommendation - Vivian started our 3 days of tours as our guide and left as our friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had a great time showing you Banos and hope you come back for other parts of Ecuador. Vivian

Kenneth Gould

Clearwater, FL, United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 9/17

Wonderful very full day travelling to the north to the market in Otavalo, the volcano crater, the "leather" town and the "wood carving" town. Vivian makes your learning personal. Her flexibility and knowledge helped us to understand the history and culture of Ecuador. She never tired of my endless questions. My highest recommendation - Vivian started our 3 days of tours as our guide and left as our friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Ken. You two were great; I had a lot of fun touring you two. Really wasn't like work for me. Best wishes always, and hope to see you again. Vivian

Kenneth Gould

Clearwater, FL, United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 8/17

Wonderful full day in Quito. Vivian makes your learning personal. Her flexibility and knowledge helped us to understand the history and culture of Quito and Ecuador. My highest recommendation - Vivian started our 3 days of tours as our guide and left as our friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ken. I will always be your friend here in Ecuador. Vivian

Leah Duckman

Canada
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Tour: #278936, Duckman Papallacta thermal spa and other sites listed below and, maybe more, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 1/17

Vivian was so lovely. Knowledgeable about so many things and so pleasant. She was wonderful with my children and super helpful. All her suggestions were great. Her English was perfect. I highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Leah! It's Vivian. Thanks for this nice comment. I truly enjoyed our time together and LOVED your children, so very well behaved and fun for me to be around. I told my husband how much the kids enjoyed the thermal pool. I suppose you are back home now in Toronto. What a small world. I hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, always, Vivi

Scott Pass

Ecuador
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Aug 19/17

Vivian did an outstanding job with our tour. If I could rate her higher than a "5" with the stars, I would. Vivian arrived early to pick us up. She took us to all the places we signed up for and a few extras. She is a very pleasant person and seemed to smile the whole day with her enthusiasm for what she shared. She sincerely wanted us to have an amazing day, and we did. She is the best guide I've used in my travels around the world and recommend her without reservation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Scott for taking the time to write a review. I enjoyed very much my day with you Kiwis! New Zealand, my husband says, is one of the two most beautiful countries in the world. He has been there several times. He says the other is Ecuador. He has said many times that your people are the world's nicest, most friendly, and after a day with you two I have to agree. I will never forget you both. Vivian

Larry Lowe

United States
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Tour: #278936, Larry Lowe Group Papallacta thermal SPA, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Aug 1/17

After returning to Quito from a Galapagos cruise, we joined Vivian for a wonderful trip into the Andes to the Papallacta spa where we relaxed with massages and bathed in hot springs pools. On the way Vivian had arranged a private visit to a rose farm where the chief gardener spent an hour giving us an in-depth tour. Fellow cruisers who had done a multi-day Amazon tour with Vivian and plan a coastal tour with her next year had raved about her expertise and effervescent personality. We heartily concur.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Once again, thanks, Larry. You flatter me too much. See you in two years. Vivian

Larry Lowe

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 31/17

Our Mindo trip with Vivian illustrated the value of using a guide with extensive experience and personal contacts. She got us into a hummingbird sanctuary that was closed to the public and arranged a personal tour of a chocolate-making facility because she is a friend of the owner. We also enjoyed a great hike to a waterfall in the cloud forest and visited a butterfly preserve. Vivian was wonderful throughout and was especially helpful and considerate when my wife had some difficulty during the hike.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Larry. I thoroughly enjoyed being with the four of you for three days. It really was not like work for me. I hope, hope, hope you see you all again in two years as you thought when we were last together. I miss you. Vivian

Vera Hirsh

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 28/17

Not only was VIVIAN very knowledgeable about Ecuador's history and the city of Quito, she was very "in tune" with the kind of tour we wanted to have. I will recommend her to all my friends who plan a trip to Quito. Additionally,Vivian sent us a very detailed email with useful information regarding travel to Quito and suggestions for packing, altitude, and places to visit. She also communicated with me several times regarding the tour. Altogether our tour was a treat.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vera, I could not have enjoyed your company more. You and Charles are delightful. I know your week out in the Galapagos is going well. Best wishes, and you have a friend here in me for life. I will not forget you. Vivian

Larry Lowe

United States
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Tour: #268655, Larry Lowe Group Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 21/17

Having had experience with many guides during 50 years of travel, I believe Vivian V. is the best ever. She led our group of 4 on a daylong adventure that included numerous points of interest. As a native Ecuadorean who has lived in the U.S. and has dual citizenship, she offers a unique perspective. She was a font of information, and her enthusiasm and cheerfulness were a pleasure. We all ended the day feeling we had made a new friend. I highly recommend her services to any traveler visiting Ecuador.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Larry. You are now my friends; I will never forget you and hope to see you again in two years. I wish I could write like you do, but I can't compete against a retired newspaper editor. Vivian

Robert Rucker

United States
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Tour: #268656, Robert Rucker Family Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 15/17

Great guide -great tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Robert. I enjoyed you and Lee, but your son, Sammy, made the days for me! He was a lot of fun and so intelligent, asked so many good questions. I still have pictures of the carving process of the beautiful sculpture you bought if you would like them. Best wishes always, Vivi

Robert Rucker

United States
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Tour: #300748, Robert Rucker Family Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 14/17

Great tour--Great guide! Exceeded our expectations!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Robert. Your family exceeded my expectations. I had so much fun with you all; it was not like work for me. Vivian

Robert Rucker

United States
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Tour: #268655, Robert Rucker Family Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 13/17

Great tour!! Very knowledgeable + energetic guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Robert. We had A LOT of fun! Loved you, Lee and Sammy. Best wishes always, Vivian

Linda Mulholland

United States
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Tour: #268656, Linda Mulholland Group Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 2/17

Wonderful tour in the area including the Otavalo market, Cotatachi leather town and Condor Park. She worked with our schedule so that our last day in the area was full and she dropped us at the airport for our overnight flight back to the US.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda, I am so glad you four had such a good time. Best wishes, Vivian

Linda Mulholland

United States
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Tour: Quito and Surrounding Area Two Days of Touring, Quito, Ecuador
Date: Jun 21/17

Our tours of Quito and of the Mindo area were wonderful. Vivian led us on a hike to a beautiful area of waterfalls near Mindo and managed to show us around Quito without duplicating any of the sites planned for our other tour. The places she found for us to eat were charming.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda, I so enjoyed you four. Best wishes, Vivian

Michelle Dunning

United States
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Tour: Michelle Dunning Custom Quilotoa Trip June 1st, Quito, Ecuador
Date: Jun 1/17

Vivian is a wonderful person and an exceptional guide. Her knowledge of her city and the country is flawless. From Old Town Quito to the outlying country side, it was the best. We spent two days with her and would highly recommend anyone planning to travel to Ecuador to use her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michelle! It's Vivian. I miss you all. I thoroughly enjoyed being with you. You have a friend in Ecuador for life in me. I will not forget you. Vivian

Michelle Dunning

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 31/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Michelle. Look forward to touring you to Quilotoa tomorrow. Vivian

Mark Lohr

United States
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Tour: #279630, Banos de Agua Santa full day private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 26/17

Nothing but great things to say! Vivian is very knowledgeable without being "teachy"; we got into some great discussions about both history and current developments which made the occasional holiday traffic seem like a non-issue. She has a natural friendly demeanor with both me and the people at restaurants, parks, etc along the way (this had some practical benefits where there were lines!) A real professional, and a real person, through and through - a real pleasure to spend the day with!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for this wonderful review, Mark. I had a great day with you to and from and over in Banos, lots of fun, laughs and good conversation. I hope your idea of moving your family here works out for you. Best wishes, and If I can help you please let me know. Vivian

TinaMarie Perez

United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 22/17

Vivian is a GREAT Guide!! We really enjoyed our time in Ecuador and she certainly added to our experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again TinaMarie! Vivian

TinaMarie Perez

United States
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Tour: #280966, Historic Andes train ride for Perez Family, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 21/17

Vivian is AMAZING! She was so friendly, informative and really went above and beyond to make sure we had great seats, shared her secrets with us and treated us so kindly. She really made our time in Ecuador even more memorable!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bless your heart, TinaMarie. I enjoyed working with you so much. Guess you are back in LA and adjusting to being home. Best wishes, Vivian

Maria Fogarty

United States
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Tour: Old Quito and UNESCO plus Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador
Date: May 12/17

Vivian was the best tour guide I've ever had and I have travelled all over the world. She was knowledgeable, responsive, funny, accommodating and a pleasure to be with. Vivian is the best!.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maria! Thanks for this recommendation. I had a great time with your group of ten, lots of fun for me.Best wishes, and I am always here for you. Vivian

Nikkie C.

Whistler, BC, Canada
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Tour: #268655, Custom Quito Private Tour For Nikkie Cordy, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 11/17

Vivian is knowledgable, charming and passionate about her home country of Ecuador. She changed the planned schedule to take advantage of the better weather in the morning. A good listener, she added a visit to the Museum La Florida when she heard of our interest in First Nations history, art and culture. The "Must-sees" of Quito were included but also insights into local history and present day life. We highly recommend Vivian; your appreciation of Quito will be significantly enhanced by her tour. Enjoy!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nikkie for taking the time to write this review. I very much enjoyed my day with you and Peter. If you need help/advice while on this current trip out to the Galapagos, just let me know. I will help you and others even on the days I am not your guide. I want you and everyone to have a wonderful time in Ecuador. Best wishes, Vivian

Jessica Greene

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: May 6/17

What an incredible tour, with an incredible woman. Words cannot express the joy I felt while I was in Mindo with Vivian. Vivian is one of the most incredible women I have ever met- she is spot on with her English and her overall knowledge of her country is astounding. She is culturally aware and her accuracy of dates and facts is very impressive. And she is FUNNY, PASSIONATE and KIND! I loved my day with Vivian and would recommend her to anyone traveling to the country of Ecuador for any tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh Jessica! Thank you for your kind comment. You were also wonderful to be with. I will NEVER forget you, and you have a friend here for life in me. Great memories! Vivian

Michelle Kain

United States
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Tour: #268656, Michelle Kain's Otavalo Indian Market and more, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 10/17

A perfect day tour. First stop was the true middle of the earth- informative & interesting. Next was a private rose farm where the owner gave us a detailed tour of the facility & the family's historic home. Next to the market in Otavalo for local crafts followed by an authentic Ecuadorian lunch at an inn along the lake. We ended at the home of a local woman whose family weaved the most beautiful textile & the home of a famous musician who performed on his hand-made instruments. We highly recommend Vivian

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also had a great day with you, Michelle. I am glad you described one of my tours because I work so hard to make them special for each of my clients. You'll never forget where your holiday roses come from; will you? You have a friend always here in Ecuador in me. Best wishes, Vivian

Derrick Bushman

United States
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Tour: #268655, Bushman Family Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 26/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Derrick fpr the 5 stars. Best wishes, Vivian.

Derrick Bushman

United States
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Tour: #268656, Bushman Family Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 25/17

Very knowledgable and interesting.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Derrick. We had a great day, didn't we! The bird show was fantastic with the eagle allowed to fly out and back to the handler. I look forward to touring you in Old Quito/UNESCO World Heritage sites tomorrow. Vivian

Paul Levitan

United States
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Tour: #268656, Paul Levitan Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 24/17

My wife and I had a wonderful day with Vivian going to a rose farm (so much more), a bird sanctuary, and the Otovalo Indian Market. She was a delight to be with and wanted to share everything about her country with us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Paul! I enjoyed our day together. The rose farm was a real treat to see for me also. As you learned, not everyone gets to see one as they are usually not open to travelers because of possible fungal, bacterial and/or viral contamination of the roses that can kill an entire crop. Best wishes to you two always, and you have a friend in me in Ecuador. Vivian

Anders Kaspersson

Switzerland
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Tour: #268656, Anders Kaspersson Otavalo Indian Market, Rose Farm and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 12/17

A couple on our cruise gave VERY positive feedback on Vivian, so on a Friday we contacted her for a Sunday tour north of Quito. Immediately she came back to us and despite being Sunday put together an excellent comprehensive tour, including a rose manufacturer not normally open on Sunday. Vivian was so friendly, intelligent, and professional (and fluent) she gave us a great insight on Ecuador, going far beyond the site explanations. We enjoyed her passion and in all respects we would recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for making the effort to write, Anders and Trish. I LOVED touring you; we had a great day didn't we! I assume you two are comfortably back in beautiful Switzerland. I, representing Ecuador tourism, was actually en route from Chicago to Geneva with my plane passing directly over New York City the morning 9/11 occurred! I don't think I told you that when we were together. Best wishes always to you. Vivian

Bob Krasne

United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 3/17

Vivian is an excptional guide. Extremely knowledgeable excelant English. Very well connected to the normal places and has great other connections. After traveling the world we have had some very great guides and we rank her right up with the best. Your choice drivers made us feel very comfortable even in heavy traffic.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob and Elaine. I had a very enjoyable two days with you. Wasn't the rose farm fantastic and to have one of the owners show us around was something special? Those people make a lot of money, and he did not have to do that for us. Hope you have,as I am sure you will, a wonderful, interesting time out in the Galapagos. You have a friend always here in me. Best wishes, and I'll think about you back there in Texas. Vivian

Bob Krasne

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 2/17

Wonderful. See our other rating

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: See my previous response to Bob and Elaine, lovely people. Vivian

Nicole Doyle

United States
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Tour: Nikki Doyle Private tour, Quito, Ecuador
Date: Feb 28/17

We had an absolutely fabulous time with Vivian. Our days were full of amazing experiences at the places of interest, lots of Ecuadorian cultural experiences and fun activities like zip lining and hiking to waterfalls. Vivian helped me create our tour with her amazing experience and then gave us the most amazing time. We were treated like royalty but also like we were traveling with a good friend. Cannot recommend her highly enough. She is knowledgeable, safe and simply a pleasure to be with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nikki. I too had a wonderful time with you and Laura. I was really sorry to leave you both. Your compliments coming from you, a fellow tour guide, really mean something extra special to me. I know you both will have a wonderful time in the Galapagos. I hope one day to see you both again. You have a friend for life in Ecuador in me. Vivian

Richard Platt

Detroit, MICHIGAN, United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 18/17

Vivian is very knowledgeable and personable, and highly experienced -- decades, with Guide No. 4. The pre-tour communication with her is excellent - so you can give her a good idea of what may be of the most interest to you. She is well educated, has traveled extensively, and speaks perfect English. I have used ToursByLocals elsewhere, and Vivian is at the top. She helped one of our group with some travel issues, we included her with us for a fine dining lunch, and tipped her well, as was well deserved!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard. We had a lot of fun; didn't we! Great weather, great, fun day with you, Dianne and Scott. Good luck out in the Galapagos. Scott, being head of animal management at the Detroit Zoo is going to really love it. Everyone does, but to be an animal expert out there will be an amazing experience. It's like a zoo without bars! You've got a friend for life here in me. Vivian

Julie URen

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 14/17

Vivian's tour was fabulous. We got a very good overview of the city and saw the highlights. She is very knowledgeable and goes the extra distance to please. Thank you Vivian!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I sincerely enjoyed spending that day with you and your sister. You were both great to work for and with. We had a lot of fun; didn't we? Best wishes, and you have a friend for life in Ecuador in me. I'll miss you both. Vivian

Jennifer OFlanagan

United States
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Tour: #268655, Jennifer's Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 6/17

Vivian was the perfect host for a new visitor to Quito. She's very friendly and down to earth, and full of knowledge about the city. She took me around to see the top cultural sites while also pointing out trendy spots. She also shared handy tips on safely getting around the city solo. I plan on booking her again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jennifer. I also enjoyed the day with you. You were the perfect client.

Greg Dingens

United States
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Tour: #279630, Banos de Agua Santa full day private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 20/16

Vivian is hands down the nicest - and still utterly professional - tour guide we have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. We are a family of 6 and she made us feel like her family right away, and had us laughing and loving her by the end of the day. She is genetically sweet and we thoroughly enjoyed our full day tour with her, as she educated us about Quito and Ecuador. We HIGHLY recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Greg. Hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful trip out to the Galapagos. Sorry I cannot take you to Otavalo on the 26th. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with you all, and you have a friend forever in Ecuador in me. Call me if you need advice and/or assistance during the balance of your trip. Vivian

Edward Brinker

Ecuador
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 22/16

My wife and I were photographing hummingbirds at several locations in Ecuador and we had a free day. We decided to spend the extra day touring old Quito. Vivian was very knowledgeable about the history of Quito. Initially she planned to take us to the museums. We told her that we preferred to see Old and New Quito. She's flexible, and took us to many of the old buildings and churches. We also took the gondola car to a mountain high above Quito where we were able to take many panorama photo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: "We really enjoy Vivian's company for one day. Will tell my friends to look you up if they decide to stop by Quito, Ecuador one day !!!" Thanks Ed for your nice comment and this extra one quoted here from you. I'm happy my flexibility worked out so well for you. You and your friends have a friend in me in Ecuador; just let me know when I and TBL can help you all. Best wishes, Vivian