Bruce PflugUnited States
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 WrightUnited States
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
Michelle EngelmannUnited States
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
Diane KaplanUnited States
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 BeardUnited States
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
Leslie SchaeferUnited States
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
Marilyn GordonUnited States
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
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
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 GouldClearwater, FL, United States
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
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
Vera HirshUnited States
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 LoweUnited States
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 RuckerUnited States
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
Michelle DunningUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Michelle. Look forward to touring you to Quilotoa tomorrow. Vivian
Nikkie C.Whistler, BC, Canada
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
Derrick BushmanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Derrick fpr the 5 stars. Best wishes, Vivian.
Bob KrasneUnited States
Wonderful. See our other rating
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: See my previous response to Bob and Elaine, lovely people. Vivian
Richard PlattDetroit, MICHIGAN, United States
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 URenUnited States
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 OFlanaganUnited States
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.
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