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


William Dobson

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 15/19

Our day with Vivian in Mindo was amazing! She is an engaging travel companion full of interesting stories that illuminate the history and culture of her beautiful state. She is also very thoughtful - making sure the little things like bathroom breaks (with tp provided) are fit in easily. The tour included several stops, including the Pululahua Geobotanical reserve, a coffee shop with a delightful hummingbird garden, hiking to spectacular waterfalls, the butterfly reserve and chocolate. Fabulous!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey again Bruce and Andrea! You know I loved you two, being with you for another day, taking you to Mindo, one of my absolute favorite trips in all of Ecuador. The secret, little, roadside, mountainside, coffee shop with the hundreds and hundreds of hummingbirds flitting around is my U.S. husband's favorite place, and he sometimes asks me to take him there for a romantic late afternoon trout dinner on the patio with the birds. Yes, I ALWAYS have a roll of toilet paper and a roll of paper towels stashed!

Kathryn Gaysinsky

Canada
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Tour: #279629, Banos de Agua Santa two days tour - That's ME!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Apr 3/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the five stars, Kathryn. I enjoyed taking you to Banos for the two days and a night and happy you had such a good time. Beautiful over there, three hours from Quito, isn't it? Best wishes, Vivi

William Dobson

United States
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Tour: #487393, Quito - Off The Beaten Tourist Path, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 31/19

Vivian was a delight. She was early for our tour and very flexible on what to do and when. It was a Sunday and a beautiful clear day, so she quickly prioritized events for us to maximize the views and options. Knowing we were adventuresome and plant lovers, she fit in an exotic foods festival at the Botanical Gardens. Teleferiqo and the swings were a real treat. When we entered the cable car, she made sure we had the best views of Quito both up and down. I would highly recommend her services!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Andrea and Bruce! So good to hear from you two! I thoroughly enjoyed being with you; we covered so much, didn't we? Mother helped me so much that day because she is a Quito native and knows how to drive here, the back streets to everything, even better than cabbies. She may not know much English, but she was delighted with you; she can tell the really nice people. Sometimes I give her the work of driving in Old Quito for her to make some money (I pay Mama well.), and we see so much more. Love, Vivi

Kristiina Parviainen Yang

United States
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Tour: #300748, Kristiina's Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 18/19

Our day to the real equatorial line and Mindo Cloud Forest was a delightful end to our 10 day trip to Ecuador. Spending the day with Vivian was like touring with a trusted friend- with answers to all our questions and heartfelt relationships with everyone we encountered. Highly recommend the chocolate tour in Mindo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kristiina! It's Vivian writing tonight from Otavalo, the last night of a 13 day tour with a lovely older but VERY active couple from Oregon that arrived after you left. You, your husband and daughter were wonderful for me to tour, and I too felt like we were friends that just happened to be traveling in Ecuador together. Isn't Mindo beautiful and special? I hope you come back, and we will tour other parts of the country. Best wishes to you. I will never forget you. Vivi

Ana Quinn

United States
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Tour: #466712, Ana and Patrick Up Andes Spine - Guayaquil to Quito Trip With Many Stops, Guayaquil, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 4/19

I just want to recommend Vivian for anyone who wants a thorough understanding of the government, the people, and the history of important people and events in Ecquador. We had an individualized tour which included meeting with Ecuadorian artists, visiting ruins, and even climbing Cotopaxi. Vivian was always on time and so full of information that we sometimes felt overwhelmed and lucky to have such a good guide. She's the best.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well Anna and Patrick, what can I say. I've successfully toured over 6,000 people, and this time when I left you I cried in my car on the way home. Never have I toured a better couple, so full of life and energy at your ages. You made me a better tour guide, and for that I will always remember you. We sure packed it all in in those two weeks together. I will ALWAYS remember you and hope you come back. Best wishes up there in Oregon, Vivi

Joyce Chapa

United States
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Tour: #390101, Yanacocha Reserve, Middle of the World and Pululahua Volcano, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 23/19

Vivian was knowledgeable and even emailed me a list of "Vivian's Ecuador Travel Tips" before we left with a lot of good information. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joyce. I enjoyed working with you and am happy to hear the travels tips helped you. Best wishes, Vivian

Klaus Kollenberg

Canada
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Tour: #294524, Two archeological sites and Middle of the World in one day, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 21/19

This was our first outing with tours by locals. Vivian was punctual and well organized. She had a few questions for us initially to ensure this was the right tour for us. She took the time to find out our interests. We drive to the two sites where she displayed a wealth of knowledge. We then drive to the equator where we chose not to pay fees to attend either of the tourist traps. We had a marvellous lunch along the way and also enjoyed artisinal chocolate and ice cream. She was a delight!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Klaus! Hi Laura! I thoroughly enjoyed being with you, got a kick out of seeing you surrounded by llamas at the gorgeous, hidden pyramids, archeological site out in the countryside. They love eating salt from people's hands and are so sweet and gentle. I have photos for you if you want them. I love Quito, grew up here all my life, but it is like all large cities, concrete, cars, too many people. Getting out to where you went REALLY shows people the TRUE Andes, Quito area, so beautiful. Best wishes, Vivi

Catherine Favreau

United States
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Tour: #278937, Catherine's Five Day Four Night Custom Tour to Mindo, Otavalo, Papallacta and Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 16/19

Look no further, Vivian is an excellent choice. Lots of enthusiasm, english is excellent and she will go above and beyond in regards of what is expected. We did a five day tour with her and could not be happier. She is very knowledgeable, and is happy and eager to share with you. She truly went above and beyond for us when one in our party got sick and need medical attention. You will never be left in the dark because she is very organized and communication is excellent. Thank you Vivian, T&C Favreu

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Catherine! I hope you are now home in Tenn. in bed; I was/am worried about you. Bronchitis is serious. You and Tom were GREAT and particularly with you sick. Sometimes I am asked what is the difference between tour guides and you were the perfect example. Many guides are technically proficient, but the great guides REALLY CARE and guiding is a PASSION not a job. I am so happy for you that you had me, and wasn't Dr. Leon excellent! The best ear, nose, throat doctor in Ecuador. Love you; come back, Vivi

Stephen Dewdney

Canada
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Tour: #268655, Dewdney Group Best of Quito Private Tour and More, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 14/19

A group of four of us just returned from a trip of a lifetime to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, and one of the highlights was a day tour in and around Quito with Vivian. All of the other positive reviews about her are absolutely true. She is highly knowledgeable, responsive, flexible, there were lots of laughs, and her enthusiasm for showing visitors around her City and its surroundings is infectious. And when she says she is there to help anytime before and after your tour with her, she means it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stephen! Thanks for your comment. I try to keep my tours light and fun while at the same time providing as much information as you want and need, not too much and not too little. I am happy you mention flexibility because it is important that a guide be very flexible with clients in order to accommodate how they feel healthwise (altitude) as well as changing weather, traffic and other variables, even the client's whims that day. We had a wonderful day because you were also flexible. Vivi

Mark Heim

United States
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Tour: #268656, Mark's Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 27/19

Vivian was extremely knowledgable of the area and the history and a delight to be with. She was timely and responsible. We would highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark! Hi Wanda! Thanks for this nice comment. I loved taking you to Mindo. What happened to you (and me) was a perfect example of hiring the right guide. As you know, the brakes on my NEW SUV started failing the night before too late to be repaired. Rather than drive with failing brakes or cancel your tour, I simply hired at my expense a very good driver and very nice touring van at 6am that morning and went ahead with your tour. A lot of guides in Ecuador would not have done that. Best wishes Vivi

Alane Koki

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 25/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the five stars Alane. I enjoyed meeting and touring you in Quito today. Best wishes, Vivi

Philip Parkin

Australia
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Tour: #300748, Philip Parkin Family - Mindo Cloud Forest and Old Quito - One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 17/19

Vivian is a fantastic guide and excelled herself in making our day in Quito and surrounds not only very enjoyable but informative as she was able to tell us all about the history of Quito and all the places we visited. As our time in Quito and surrounds was short Vivian ensured that we visited every fascinating place that we wanted to visit and packed it all into 1 day. All 4 adults and 2 children were amazed at the site of the real Equator (and the large monument that is in wrong place), the hummingbirds

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Phil! It's Vivian. Thanks for this five star comment. I really enjoyed touring the six of you Aussies, loved your accents, and we did see a lot for just one day, didn't we? Best wishes and say high to the children for me. Vivi

Kendra Tiessen

Canada
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 6/19

Vivian was so professional and helpful since we booked our tour. She put forth 110% effort to ensure we had the best day possible in Quito. She was organized, flexible and informative. Her transportation vehicle was top notch and her English was excellent! We were so glad we booked our day tour with Vivian and next time we are in Quito she will be our go to. Thank you Vivian for a wonderful experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kendra! I'm out this morning early to climb Cotopaxi to 16,000 feet snow line with four. I enjoyed you two cuties, you and brother Kyle. Even though your plane from the Galapagos was late we managed to go to the food stalls/carts park that chef Tony Bourdain made famous, Panecillo Hill for the view, La Ronda Street for chocolate and back out to the airport through historic, super narrow, steep streeted Guapulo, where Crow and Meg Ryan filmed "Proof of Life", for your return to Canada late last night. Vivi

Joan Schmidt

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 4/19

Amazing, amazing, amazing, �� Vivian is just a wonderful guide. I can't give her enough kudos.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joan! It's Vivi. Thanks for taking the time to write this review. You are amazing! I had such a good time with you yesterday and so happy you liked the tour. As you know, I wasn't going to accept a tour for yesterday because my only child, my son, is visiting from his U.S. University of Virginia, but as soon as I met you I was glad I took you, and I still had time with my son last night. Best wishes and come back to see me, and we will see some more, Vivi

Ellen P.

Westport, CT, United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 29/18

Vivian was fun and organized with a driver so she could be with us efficiently. She had listened to my interests and developed the day plan accordingly, yet checked throuout day to make sure I felt we were on track. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ellen! Thank you for reviewing. I enjoyed touring you. Best wishes, Vivi

Sierra McLeod

United Kingdom
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Tour: #424222, Unique Backroads of Otavalo - The REAL Local Scene, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 28/18

Vivian was an amazing tour guide. We saw so many interesting things and laughed the whole day. She was very flexible and made sure she catered the tour to our interests. We started out as clients and ended up as friends. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sierra! It's Vivian. Just got home from our tour, lots of fun and what a gorgeous weather day! You gals from England are the best! Lots of laughs all day! My very best wishes. Vivi

Dannelle Ward

United States
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Tour: #268655, Dannelle's Family Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 27/18

Vivian is a wonderful guide! We had an amazing tour of Quito that included stops not on the "official" tour that gave us a great appreciation for the history and culture of Ecuador. She was flexible and asked a lot of questions prior to our visit to customize our tour. We hired a separate driver which I would highly recommend. It was so much easier than trying to park in the busy congested city. We are exhausted after a long day and couldn't be happier.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dannelle, Nathan and Mackenzie. It's Vivian. I just arrived home from our tour also exhausted, but we had a wonderful day, didn't we! I so enjoyed you young people, Nathan and McKensie. You are so bright at 21 and 20; your questions were amazingly insightful. Dannelle, what a wonderful job you have done raising Nathan; my hat's off to you. I wish you all the best wishes for the coming year and hope to see you again in the future when we can do the Amazon! Vivi

Annu Sangal

United States
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Tour: #300748, Sangal Group Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 22/18

Vivian is an excellent tour guide and made our day in the Mindo Cloud Forest an exceptional experience. She was very knowledgeable and taught us about the area in detail. We enjoyed the hummingbirds, a gondola ride, trek to the waterfalls, lunch at a local restaurant, tour of a chocolate factory, tour of an orchid garden and a stop at the "true" equator. It was a very long day, and Juilo (our driver) did an excellent job navigating the winding roads. We highly recommend Vivian and Juilo!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Sangal, I enjoyed showing your group the Mindo area, beautiful isn't it? I'm off again early this morning, this time on a three day Mindo and Otavalo area trip with two English women. I hope you return, and I will show you other areas, incredibly diverse outside of Quito, many different worlds. Best wishes always, Vivi

James Davison

United States
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Tour: #390101, Yanacocha Reserve, Middle of the World and Pululahua Volcano, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 12/18

Vivi has excellent command of the English language, which automatically made the tour better that others we have taken in Quito. She was also very flexible about the itinerary, emphasizing our bird-watching time at Yanacocha while discarding the leg to Mitad del Mundo. When the excursion to Pululahua was ruined by cloud cover, she substituted a fantastic trip to a humming bird preserve. She was also generous with information about other Quito attractions we could see on our own during the rest of our stay

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jim! Hi Kathleen! It's Vivian! I loved touring you yesterday and believe you added 25 birds to your lifetime list, 7 new hummingbirds! When you stay the next several weeks in Mindo you will add many more I am sure. Yesterday was a perfect example of why flexibility in a guide here in the Andes is so important. Our weather changes quickly, sometimes three times in a day, and it is important for a traveler to get the most out of a day that the guide be able to effortlessly change itinerary. Best, Vivian

Louise Doyle

Australia
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Tour: #268656, Louise's Customized Otavalo Indian Market and Archeological Sites Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 8/18

Vivian is an amazing guide. Her enthusiasm and professionalism is first class. She went above and beyond to give us the perfect day. We visited the La Florida mummies, Cotasqui pyramids, Otavalo market and Equator line all in the one day! We are so grateful for this experience - and for the detailed way she answered our frequent questions on every occasion. She even gave us the advice we needed to make the next part of our trip as smooth as possible. We were priveleged to have her expertise.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Louise! Thanks for this wonderful review. You and your daughter, Grace, were so lovely with your Australian accents. Coming from you, a school teacher, your comments are especially rewarding for me. The pictures of Grace totally surrounded by all those sweet llamas brought smiles to my face tonight. I hated to leave you two at your hotel. I will always remember you and do hope you return. You've got a friend here in Ecuador forever. My love to you both; I am a little sad missing you, Vivi

E. Veronica Wilcox

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 30/18

Vivian was a wonderful tour guide. She is so knowledgeable about Ecuador; we enjoyed our whole day with she and her driver. She was on time, in the lobby of the hotel before we came down to meet her for the first time, and spent more than 10 hours with us. She customized our day around what I had communicated with her when booking the trip. By the end of the day we felt as if we had known her for years. Tours By Locals is lucky to have Vivian as an employee representing the company and Ecuador.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vicki! Thank you for writing this wonderful review. I work so, so hard at giving the client what the client wants, not what I want. I always remind myself that it is your trip, your vacation and not mine and try to make the time with me exactly what you want. I, likewise, enjoyed my day with you two, felt I was with friends. Hours with you were really not like work for me. I hope you come back to see me and let me show you more than just gorgeous, interesting Mindo, so much to see and do here. Love, Vivi

Bjanka Minarolli

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

Had an awesome trip, Mindo Cloud Forest is stunning and def a must for everyone to see and experience. Vivian was lovely and did her best to accommodate us. Would highly recommend

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bjanka. Mindo was perfect for your one day morning pick up to preflight airport drop off, gave you insight into true Ecuador and not the huge, concrete city of Quito. I hope you come back one day and let me show you more outside Quito; the diversity is amazing. Best wishes, Vivi

Heidi Chau

Canada
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Tour: #279629, Banos de Agua Santa two days tour - That's ME!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 21/18

Vivian is an amazing guide! Communication with her was prompt, thorough and easy so I knew exactly what to expect before the tour. She genuinely cares about your wellbeing. She went above and beyond to maximize my time, and we saw more than I thought possible. She really knows her stuff, and is very easy to talk to. She's well known by the locals and we were always warmly received. I had so much fun the last 2 days; I can't recommend her enough!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Heidi! It's Vivian already out on tour again this morning. I want you to know I loved touring you and love you. You were brave to tour here alone as a single woman; I really respected that. Can't believe after all the communication over many months and now you have come and gone. Of the more than 6,000 people I have toured you go down as one of my all time favorites; I will never forget you and hope you come back soon. Soon you will be back doctoring in cold Edmonton; warm memories from Ecuador, Vivi

Lauren Coon

United States
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Tour: #279630, Banos de Agua Santa full day private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 17/18

We had such a wonderful time with Vivian!! She is so knowledgeable of history, landscapes and cultures. We loved getting to hear all of her stories and facts and she took us to so many interesting places! We highly recommend a trip to Baños with Vivian!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Laura! It's Vivian. I LOVED taking you two to Banos for the day. Glad you had such a good time. It was a long but fun, beautiful day, wasn't it! Best wishes always, Vivi

Layni C.

United States
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Tour: #471128, Newly Opened Spectacular National Gold Museum and Spectacular Guayasamin Museum and Eclectic Home, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 7/18

We enjoyed the National History Museum, but the real star for us was the Guayasamin part of the tour, especially his Chapel of Man. We knew nothing of him before this tour, but his art & the peak into his life via his home was great! I'm going to write this next part 5 times, because we did 5 separate tours with Vivi. I would happily do it 50 times, because she is an outstanding guide. She's endlessly kind, friendly, & flexible - adapting the itinerary to help you get what you want most from the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Layni! It's Vivi. Thanks for this wonderful review, and I would tour you and your group 50 more times. You all were wonderful. Even though a group, your all were not like work for me. Best wishes, Vivi

Layni C.

United States
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Tour: #268655, Layni's Group's Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 6/18

This tour included a great walk around the central parts of Quito, plus a look at culturally & historically important sites. If you have only a brief time in the city, this would be a good choice to get the best look at it. I'm going to write this next part 5 times, because we did 5 separate tours with Vivi. I would happily do it 50 times, because she is an outstanding guide. She's endlessly kind, friendly, & flexible - adapting the itinerary to help you get what you want most from the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Layni! It's Vivi. Thanks for this wonderful review, and I would tour you and your group 50 more times. You all were wonderful. Even though a group, your all were not like work for me. Best wishes, Vivi

Layni C.

United States
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Tour: #300748, Layni's Group's Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 5/18

If you have even the slightest interest in birds, you must do this tour! The whole day was filled with them, the beautiful cloud forest, & much more - get out of Quito & the big city sites rut & do this tour. I'm going to write this next part 5 times, because we did 5 separate tours with Vivi. I would happily do it 50 times, because she is an outstanding guide. She's endlessly kind, friendly, & flexible - adapting the itinerary to help you get what you want most from the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Layni! It's Vivi. Thanks for this wonderful review, and I would tour you and your group 50 more times. You all were wonderful. Even though a group, your all were not like work for me. Best wishes, Vivi

Layni C.

United States
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Tour: #280966, Layni's Group's Historic Andes Train Ride To Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 4/18

The train gives a good look at the grittier parts of Quito & the rural, agricultural areas around it, much of it unreachable by car, but it's a very slow trip. Cotopaxi Nat'l Park was terrific, & the lunch at an historic hacienda, too. I'm going to write this next part 5 times, because we did 5 separate tours with Vivi. I would happily do it 50 times, because she is an outstanding guide. She's endlessly kind, friendly, & flexible - adapting the itinerary to help you get what you want most from the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Layni! It's Vivi. Thanks for this wonderful review, and I would tour you and your group 50 more times. You all were wonderful. Even though a group, your all were not like work for me. Best wishes, Vivi

Layni C.

United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 3/18

This was a great way to start our Ecuador experience - the town & the market are the goal, but along the way you'll see the countryside & have the chance to see other interesting sites & have small, unique experiences that really add up. I'm going to write this next part 5 times, because we did 5 separate tours with Vivi. I would happily do it 50 times, because she is an outstanding guide. She's endlessly kind, friendly, & flexible - adapting the itinerary to help you get what you want most from the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Layni! It's Vivi. Thanks for this wonderful review, and I would tour you and your group 50 more times. You all were wonderful. Even though a group, your all were not like work for me. Best wishes, Vivi

Marlene Mann

United States
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Tour: #300748, Brown/Mann Group Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 30/18

Vivian was wonderful. She is quite knowledgeable, easy going, always personable, and flexible. We recommend her highly. It was a pleasure having her and our good drivers for the two tours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again, Marlene. I enjoyed very much your group. Happy you liked the drivers because I use only the very best which is very important here in Ecuador. Hope to see you and Ingrid again; I enjoyed so much the both of you and your fine group; give all my best wishes. Vivi

Marlene Mann

United States
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Tour: #268656, Brown/Mann Group Otavalo Indian Market, Rose Farm and More!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 29/18

Vivian was wonderful. She is quite knowledgeable, easy going, always personable, and flexible. We recommend her highly. It was a pleasure having her and our good drivers for the two tours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marlene. I enjoyed working with you and Ingrid on your group tour. Hope your group had a great time. Best wishes and look forward to working with you two again. Vivi

Joan Jarvis

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

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! We, 6 adults, spent 3 full days with Vivian. Vivian found wonderful restaurants for lunches and snacks - who thought one could find a fabulous pizza restaurant in Mindo. We learned about the history of Ecuador and Quito, the establishment of Mindo - we toured a Rose Farm, which was a highlight of the trip, - we saw local artisans and listened to local musicians. By the end of three days we found a new friend in Vivian and felt privileged to have had her as our guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so touched; thank you Joan. I likewise could not have enjoyed myself more with your all. It really wasn't like work for me; it was like being with six friends. Love to you all and have a great trip, as I am sure you will, out in the Galapagos. Vivi

Joan Jarvis

United States
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Tour: #268656, Joan Jarvis Group Otavalo Indian Market and More!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

Amazing! Amazing! We, spent 3 full days with Vivian. He found wonderful restaurants for lunches and snacks - who thought one could find a fabulous pizza restaurant in Mindo. We learned about the history of Ecuador and Quito, the establishment of Mindo - we toured a Rose Farm, which was a highlight of the trip, - we saw local artisans and listened to local musicians. Learned, and saw, about the forests, plants, birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, chocolate, coffee and volcanoes of this region of Ecuador.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You were a GREAT group, Joan. I really, really enjoyed being with you all. I know you leave tomorrow on Silversea for the Galapagos, and I am excited for you. So happy my part of your trip was so successful. Love, Vivi

Joan Jarvis

United States
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Tour: #268655, Joan Jarvis Group Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 23/18

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! We, spent 3 days with Vivian. He found wonderful restaurants for lunches and snacks - who thought one could find a fabulous pizza restaurant in Mindo. We learned about the history of Ecuador and Quito, the establishment of Mindo - we toured a Rose Farm, which was a highlight of the trip, - we saw local artisans and listened to local musicians. The van provided was very comfortable and the driver excellent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I miss you all Joan. Vivian

Sharon Conrad

United States
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Tour: #300748, Greg's Group's Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 19/18

We had a great time on our tour of Quito. We especially enjoyed our great view from the top of the Golden Church and our trip to the Virgin of Quito. Too bad our group was too tired from our earlier flights that day to take the Cable Car ride. Thanks Vivian!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear Sharon and Greg. It's Vivian. What a WONDERFUL group you were. I knew you all were very tired from your previous time in Peru, but you were just the nicest, sweetest people! I am so very happy you enjoyed your trips with me. I got for you the very best driver (retired driver and body guard for our Vice-President - can't get better) and oversized 13 passenger vehicle for you to stretch out in front of those huge windows. Not many travelers get to go to the top of the gold church! Love to all Vivian

Sharon Conrad

United States
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Tour: #268655, Greg's Group Best of Quito Private Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 18/18

Our group of 7 had a spectacular time with Vivian and her driver John visiting the many interesting sights in the Cloud Forest. We took some great pictures and will remember this experience forever. If we get back to Ecuador again in the future we will definitely look Vivian up!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My dear Sharon and Greg. It's Vivian. What a WONDERFUL group you were. I knew you all were very, very tired from your previous time in Peru, but you were just the nicest, sweetest people! I am so very happy you enjoyed your trips with me. I got for you the very best driver (retired driver and body guard for our Vice-President - can't get better than that!) and oversized 13 passenger vehicle for you to stretch out in front of those huge windows, and wasn't Mindo wonderful! Love to you all, Vivian

Jim Estes

United States
Rating

Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 16/18

very enjoyable. Vivian was very flexible with what we wanted to see. very knowledgeable. Vivian was a pleasure to be with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jim. It's Vivian. I enjoyed you and helping you see what you wanted to see. I always remind myself that the tour is YOUR tour, not my tour. I am only here to help you see and do what you really want to do. Best wishes, Vivi

John Marshall

United States
Rating

Tour: #487393, Quito - Off The Beaten Tourist Path, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 11/18

I had a great time spending the day with Vivian. The tour was exactly as described and definitely a unique experience. Vivian made sure to mix in some of the things I wanted to do. I'm already looking forward to my next visit. Thanks!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey John! It's Vivian. So happy you had a great day because I sure did. You were wonderful to spend time with and such a small world that you live in Hampton, Virginia, and I lived for several years across the water in Norfolk, and my Ecuadorian son goes to the University of Virginia just several hours from you. Hope to see you when you come back. Very best wishes, Vivi

Cindi Gelman

United States
Rating

Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 6/18

This was a great tour with Vivian. Vivian worked with us to identify the sites and activities that we wanted to do while in Quito. We took her suggestions and modified them so include some other activities that we were interested in. Vivian worked with us to make it all happen! Vivian arrived promptly, was attentive to our needs throughout the day and it was a pleasure to spend the day with her.

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

Cindi Gelman

United States
Rating

Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 5/18

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 Booth

United States
Rating

Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 3/18

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

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

Linda Drucker

United States
Rating

Tour: #268655, Linda's Best of Quito Private tour or Papallacta Plus Airport Drop Off, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 9/18

If you like hot springs, this is the most amazing place to visit! Ever! Vivian picked me up early from the Swissotel as I was flying home from Quito that same day. She always knows exactly the best timing for everything! She took me to Termas de Papallacta for the most amazing experience. The springs are in a group of clean, gorgeous pools of different temperatures. I had a great massage there, too. The setting is so exquisite. High in the Andes! Hire Vivian! She's the best guide in the whole wide ��

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda! It's Vivian. Thank you for taking the time to write your reviews. I am so happy you had a great time with me as I did with you. Best wishes and come back! Vivi

Linda Drucker

United States
Rating

Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Aug 31/18

On this tour we took the back roads and stopped in a small village to receive "limpia" from some wonderful local women. It was a treatment that was done with fresh herbs of the region. It was so amazing and a wonderful visit. All thanks to Vivi for making it possible! She's truly the most gifted tour guide and friend one could ever hope to meet. It was late in the afternoon when we got to Otavalo. A very large marketplace with lots of items to choose from. We stopped for coffee, too, and cake. Yummy

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda! It's Vivian. Thank you for taking the time to write your reviews. I am so happy you had a great time with me as I did with you. Best wishes and come back! Vivi

Linda Drucker

United States
Rating

Tour: #352203, Yunguilla - Heaven On Earth Is Found, Yunguilla, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Aug 30/18

Vivian is the very best tour guide you'll ever want to meet! From pick up to drop off, one could not ask for a more wonderful experience. Her driver, Lupe, was a delight and a great driver, too. I found Vivian online through this website. What a gift. She is knowledgeable about Ecuador and is so bright and so much fun to be around. It almost doesn't matter where you go with her. You'll be in good hands. Yunguilla was quite interesting nonetheless!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda! It's Vivian. Thank you for taking the time to write your reviews. I am so happy you had a great time with me as I did with you. Best wishes and come back! Vivi

Kenneth Casper

United States
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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

Nukhet Sandal

United States
Rating

Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jul 19/18

This is a bit late but we loved exploring Quito with Vivi! We had two day long tours arranged with her, and she was not like a guide, but a good friend who had amazing knowledge of the area. We hiked together at the Cloud Forest, had delicious local meals, went to an extraordinary Coffee house with a surreal backyard with humming birds and a breath taking Mountain View, had our spirits cleansed by Pacha Mama communities and went to Otavalo for drop-dead shopping! Vivi is a treasure, and we were so lucky!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nukhet! Thank you for this wonderful comment. Yes, it was also for me like being with friends which is how a great guide should be. As you say, really good guiding is not just the information given; it is also developing a feeling between guide and clients as if we have long been good friends. I was fortunate with you and Mike to have two very warm, loving people. TBL furnishes me very high quality travelers. I will always remember you and the hummingbirds. You are lovely. Best wishes always, Vivi

Diane Pelle

Platte City, MISSOURI, United States
Rating

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

My wife and I are senior travelers. For this trip, we also brought our 2 teenage granddaughters along. Vivian had every thing planned as she told us, starting with being prompt at our hotel. She was able to engage our granddaughters as well as talk with us. She led at a comfortable pace, and made sure we got the experience we wanted. She was very pleasant and easy to converse with. we highly recommend Vivian!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dave! It's Vivian. So nice to hear from you. We toured last July, but I have not forgotten you, Diane, Madison and Madeline. The girls were just lovely, and I thought it extraordinary that you and Diane would bring your granddaughters on such a trip as Ecuador. I am sure you all really got a lot out of the Galapagos, and the girls left with a lifetime of memories of Ecuador and you and Diane, bless your hearts. My best wishes forever, Vivi

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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

Irene Trachtenberg

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 2/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Irene!!! It's Vivian. I thought you and Dan had forgotten me! What a wonderful surprise to hear from you with your five star rating! March 2nd, a year ago we toured together, and you first contacted me here on TBL in July 2017! WOW! How time flies by. I'm as busy as usual touring almost every day but have not forgotten you. That so much time has passed so quickly is a very good reason people should get going and come to Ecuador ASAP! Very best wishes, and I hope you and Dan are fine. Come back. 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
Rating

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