David ProodianUnited States
Mario was an outstanding guide in Guayaquil. He was right on time for our hotel pickup and he had his car ready to take us around the town. As he was from the city, he knew every aspect of what was going on and what to do. He is proud to show others about his city and country. He suggested a wonder place to eat, which was an outstanding seafood and crab restaurant. Private local guides are the way to go.
Julie IaconoUnited States
My group of nine had two days with Mario in Guayaquil. He supplied us with a comfortable shuttle bus and a great driver, William. He gave us a solid tour of Guayaquil's sites on the first day and customized us our tour to two rural farms on the second day. However, Mario brings something special to a tour that exceeds most of my other tour experiences. He has a personal warmth and sense of humor that made us feel safe and at home in a very foreign country. Do not hesitate to pick Mario for your tour!
Mario gave us and wonderful and comprehensive city tour of Guayaquil. He adjusted the timing of the tour to perfectly meet our schedule. He was very professional and informative. We would highly recommend him to anyone interested in a tour in Guayaquil.
Paul LeungUnited States
Mario was well prepared, knew his material, considerate and flexible. We came away with new appreciation of Guayaquil and Ecuador. Lunch was at a great local seafood restaurant that were not for the tour, we would never have found.
Debra GageUnited States
Fantastic tour! Great communications before tour by email. All exactly as promised. Very friendly, excellent English, let us decide on tour highlights but excellent suggestions. Stopped for lunch at new ceviche restaurant: very delicious! Extended our tour for an hour so we could climb 444 steps in Las Penas! Don't miss this beautiful view. Many other tour operators won't take you there but Mario said "It was worth it" and it was. Thank you Mario and good luck with the Sharks!!
Richard VioletteColumbia, MD, United States
Excellent guide of the city to include lunch at true local restaurant
Mario was sufficiently knowledgable but spent a lot of time typing into his cell phone - more interested in contacting a visiting friend than in guiding. Too high priced - not enough value for the investment. Also, little to see in Guayaquil - take a cab to the few places in the guide book.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kenneth, I didn't know you felt like this about the tour. I apologize for using my cellphone and also apologize for my visiting friend. The price of a tour usually is higher than the price of a taxi because you are paying for comfort (I drive an SUV), English-speaking company, and also safety. It was nice to meet you and Manny,
Susan K.Ottawa, ONTARIO, Canada
We had a great tour with Mario. He gave us a good overview of the city making sure we saw everything we wanted to and more. We had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant that we certainly could not have found by ourselves. Mario really personalized the tour for us. As someone else has mentioned, we felt like we were seeing the city through the eyes of a friend. Thanks so much, Mario.
Michael ArredondoUnited States
My wife, adult daughter and I had a wonderful day exploring Guayaquil with Mario. We visited all the places that were on our list plus some sites that Mario suggested. His knowledge of Ecuador's and Guayaquil's history made it easy for him to answer all of our countless questions. His ability to be flexible made for great day. The highlights of our day were the Historical Park, Las Penas and the Cementerio General. We felt that we were being shown Guayaquil by a close friend. Thanks Mario
Leonid AbramovUnited States
Mario picked us at the hotel at the scheduled time. He took us all over the City. We saw quite a lot. We were impressed. Mario is very knowledgeable of the City and commands a very good English. He is a very enjoyable person and a fun to have around. We also had a nice lunch and Mario helped us with the choice of a local food. The weather was good and we glad we had Mario as a guide. It was indeed private and we enjoyed it a great deal. If you considering this tour, ask for Mario. You will not regret it.
Eric PopkyUnited States
Mario provided a most enjoyable overview of Guayaquil. As it was Valentines Day he made sure to take us to the Historical Park first before,the crowds showed up. He then drove us around the city stopping at a local hangout for lunch. We ended the day on the Malecon and climbed to the top of the lighthouse. His suggestion for dinner was a perfect way to end the day
Marty FrickeUnited States
Mario is an excellent guide! He speaks English well, knows Guayaquil inside and out, and is passionate about his tours. I was somewhat sick the day of my tour, and he took me to a pharmacy and helped me to get the proper medicine. I would like to give him my highest recommendation.
Alisa FickewirthUnited States
Mario is very knowledgeable and professional! I would recommend him to anyone.
Bryan GerstelUnited States
Mario is an energetic and very informative guide with a great knowledge of his city. His tour is very well organized; he customized it to meet our needs. He made a very large city a pleasure to visit; we have been to Guayaquil before but did not enjoy it as we did with Mario's guiding us around. Anyone coming there should not hesitate to hire him.
Diane ThompsonLake Geneva, WI, Ecuador
We thought Mario was GREAT!!! He was well informed, very organized and delightful. He was the BEST!!!!!
Mario is a very friendly guide. He showed us the sites of Guayaquil and gave us a great restaurant recomendation for the evening. He adapted the tour along the way and answered our many questions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments Ian. It was great meeting you and your family. I am glad you liked the dinner at the restaurant. Enjoy Cuenca and the rest of your trip!
George GrahamUnited States
Mario is an excellent tour guide who is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He is also very accommodating to the needs of his guests. He was also very easy to communicate with via email and, as his time on the day we requested was limited, he provided us with some very good alternaative activites prior to the time we were to meet him. it all worked out very well and we would definitely use Mario again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review Robert! It was great meeting you and your friends! If you come back to Guayaquil let me know. Best regards, Mario
Lawrence BreaultPort St Lucie, FL, United States
We were a party of 4 seniors arriving Guayaquil by ship. All of our booking activity was done via the internet. Mario was knowledgeable, fluent English and did an excellent job form the minute he picked us up at the pier until he dropped us off 5 hours later. We highly recommend this bright young man to anyone visiting this great city. We will certainly use him again when we revisit Ecuador in the future. Thanks Mario for a job well done.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the comment Lawrence! It was a honor for me to be your guide Guayaquil. I really enjoyed showing you and your group the city. I am very glad you liked the tour as well. Hope to see you next time you come =). Mario
Ethel HammerUnited States
Rod SouzaUnited States
Mario was a great guide. He showed us all the highlights of beautiful Guayaquil. His experience in the US helped him point out things that we do not see in the US. He is very personable and went out of his way to make our tour full-day tour comfortable and informative. We learned a great deal about the culture of the city and Ecuador itself. I would highly recommend his services to anyone visiting the area.
Nelson RodneyUnited States
Mario did a terrific job as the guide for my daughter and myself. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and articulate. We had only a few hours for the tour and we hit all the highlights: Iguana Park, Malecon, and Cerro Santa Ana. The view from the top of the 444 steps was spectacular. We ended our evening at one of Mario's favorite restaurants which was great with nary a tourist in sight! Thank you Mario for a fabulous overview of Guayaquil. Nelson and Halana Rodney
Mario was a pleasant young man and could comment well on the present day aspects of Guayaquil. He took us to all the places as advertised. However, we feel he needs to know more of the history and the stories of the city. A knowledge of the plants of Ecuador would also be most useful. We were a bit disappointed the tour ended at 3.45pm as we understood it would be an 8 hour tour. In all we feel that it could have been a much better tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. I know the main facts and important historical dates of the city but it is humanly impossible to know all the details of a city. It is also hard for a guide to know the specifics of all plants when we are the most bio-diverse country in the world. With many species of plants and animals. The tour usually starts at 9 and ends at 5 (including drop off), in this case the hotel was just in front our the last stop so we just had to cross the street.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: The issue was brought up to the guide and to his guide support manager, who are working on ways of improving some aspects of the tour based on the customer's comments.
George S.Boca Raton, FL, United States
Mario was a young and energetic guide to took great pride in his city. We visited the Parque Historico, downtown, and walked to the top of Las Penas. Mario was informative, was very flexible to our requirements, and greatly enhanced our visit to Guayaquil.