Cindi GelmanUnited States
This was a great tour. Vivian worked with us to identify the activities that we wanted to do from a list of potential options. Vivian arrived on time, was attentive to our needs during the day and provided us with a wonderful understanding of the area and its history. We would highly recommend this tour and Vivian as a travel guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cindi! It's Vivian, Can't believe you have come and gone after all the planning put into your trip; I guess as they say: "all good things must come to an end". I thoroughly enjoyed touring you two. Yes, we changed/adapted your tours as we went along, and that showed the planning, the studying YOU put into your trip before you left home. I love it when my travelers can give me specifics as to their interests; I can do anything, take them anywhere, if I know what they prefer. My very best wishes, Vivian
Jacqueline BoothUnited States
Great day trip! We did some hiking, had coffee with hummingbirds, visited a butterfly farm, saw different kinds of orchids/ flowers, had a wonderful lunch, enjoyed a chocolate tour/tasting and finally more birds and coffee! She delivered us to the airport at the end of the day. Vivian was a wonderful guide—professional, easy to talk to and knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jackie, I enjoyed taking you and Anthony to Mindo, maybe my favorite place. I am so, so happy you liked it a lot, and wasn't the weather great! Best wishes and come back to see me, and we'll go to some more locations. Best wishes always, Vivi
Kenneth CasperUnited States
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
Jackson GainerUnited States
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 KoriathUnited States
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
David K.United States
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
Sidney BonnetUnited States
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
Michelle EngelmannUnited States
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
Karen BeardUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Karen! Each of your three days was fun for me, not like work although you were seven people. 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 was one of the best ever; so fun it really wasn't like work for me. Vivi
Larry LoweUnited States
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
Robert RuckerUnited States
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
Jessica GreeneUnited States
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