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


Karen White

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 6/20

Vivian is a super guide and we highly recommend her! She is funny, upbeat and very knowledgeable about local history and culture. She took very good care of us and is fluent in English and Spanish, a big help since we only speak English. She catered our excursion to those things that mattered most to us. We had a busy, fun, educational and exciting full day with her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen and Therese. What can I say other than WHAT A DAY and thank God you two were with me when that idiot on the motorcycle illegally entered the traffic circle and hit the rear wheel area of my nice SUV. He hit and ran, typical in Ecuador. We were having a great day, great time when, BOOM! In the rain I was amazed how you two went right to work changing the tire, and we were off again for more touring; it was just like a NASCAR pit stop! Wonderful U.S.A. girls!!! I will NEVER forget you! Love you! Vivi

Brenda Harris

United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 5/20

Vivian and her mother, our wonderful driver, were fantastic! They took us everywhere we asked and had good surprises along the way which were amazing. We really loved our time with the weaver. Her English is perfect, and she cares for every aspect for your enjoyment. We absolutely loved our day with her. Thanks Vivian!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Brenda! I loved my day with you and Jim as did my Mother who I hired to drive because I cannot on each Thursday in Quito. Otavalo was great, and the weather was perfect. We got a big kick out of you two buying $120 t-shirts in the Harley Quito store when we returned! So impressed with how you have raised your daughter to become a young neurosurgeon with such a brilliant future back in Washington State. I will long remember you two; you were LOTS of fun, and, Jim, your stories were GREAT! Best wishes, Vivi

Pao Chen

United States
Rating

Tour: #441761, Quilotoa Volcano Lake Day Trip From Quito, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 3/20

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Pao, for this second five stars. I enjoyed the two days with you. Best wishes, Vivi

Pao Chen

United States
Rating

Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Mar 2/20

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Pao. Hope you had more great times south in Chile. Guess you are back home now in California. Have wondered about you Vivi

Jacqueline Perchinske

United States
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Tour: #278937, Best TWO DAYS tour to Mindo cloud forest, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 23/20

I wish I could give Vivian, 10 or more stars. If you are looking for a guide in Ecuador, don't look at anyone else but Vivian. I asked to see birds in Mindo and she delivered. Plus she introduced me to some amazing places such as a great cocoa company, orchids and a sustainable farm community. And not only that but she is a great driver and has so many good contacts that she uses to insure her clients see only the best. I wish I had more than 510 characters to say how amazing of a guide she is.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jackie. I love you! Had a WONDERFUL two days laughing with you and took great joy in watching and listening to you have such a wonderful time. You had a REAL adventure, didn't you? The mountain slide blocking the Mindo road in the middle of the night and thinking we might be locked in Mindo for days!I We were out in a couple hours, but I have seen the road closed for days. ! miss you and always will. I can only pray you return and let me show you more of Ecuador. Very, very best wishes. Vivi

Benjamin Neikirk

United States
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Tour: #487393, Quito - Off The Beaten Tourist Path, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 21/20

Had a wonderful tour with Vivian! I chose this tour as I have been to Quito many times and have seen most of the usual tourist attractions. This one was perfect! Vivian was very accommodating to my schedule and we were able to see some great sites! the conversation between the locations was wonderful! Vivian was a great tour guide! I will come back and use her again to see some other off the beaten path sites!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Benjamin. It's Vivian. I suppose you are now at one of your coastal Manta cacao/banana farms. It was fun showing you, someone who comes here frequently and is a land owner and familiar with Ecuador, things you have not seen before. Next time, when your wife and daughter are with you we'll tour some more of the off the beaten tourist path sites and things that travelers love so much. I was interested that you liked the rose farm and the sunken pyramids. Best wishes, Vivi

Beth Gabriel

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 20/20

5 star review for Vivien! She was super enthusiastic and knowledgeable and even hiked in the Mindo cloud forest with me in the pouring rain! She knows where to see the great hummingbirds and others cloud forest birds. She has great energy. ❤️

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Beth! Hope you are feeling better! Best wishes, Vivi

Matt S.

Elkhorn, WISCONSIN, United States
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Tour: #466712, Matt's Group Down The Andes Spine - Otavalo, Papallacta, Banos, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Devil's Nose Train,Ingapirca,Cuenca, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 7/20

This tour was better than I imagined possible. Vivian listened to what we were interested in and then she DELIVERED! She is an excellent communicator, extremely knowledgeable, punctual, and consistently goes above and beyond expectations. While touring we got to visit local artisans, restaurants, and out of the ordinary attractions. We toured with an experienced mountain driver in a modern personal bus, that was always clean and comfortable. Vivian will not disappoint and we now consider her as a friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Matt! Vivian. To each of you I send my love. Never have I toured people I liked more, had more fun with. Are all you people from Wisconsin so nice and so intelligent? I toured for a day a couple after your trip from Wisconsin, and they were exceptional. I know you have now finished your stay in Costa Rica and are back home where it is cold. I miss you all and cannot believe, Matt, after about ten months of working back and forth with you planning it, that you have come and gone, makes me sad. Love, Vivi

Matt S.

Elkhorn, WISCONSIN, United States
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Tour: #268655, Matt's Group Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 6/20

Vivian is a great historian and knows her home city extremely well! We were given several recommendations based on our group's interests and Vivian went beyond our expectations. There was never a dull moment as we enjoyed the local cuisine, fruits native to Ecuador, artisans, markets, views, and landmarks. We explored some of the city on foot as well which was fun and interesting. She has great practical info and ensures you have a pleasant experience. We fell in love with Ecuador thanks to Vivian!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Matt for this second review. I miss you all. Love, Vivi

Steven F.

New Lisbon, WI, United States
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Tour: #424222, Unique Backroads of Otavalo - The REAL Local Scene, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 5/20

WOW, this tour is a must, but it would not have been near as fun without Vivian giving us all the great information and stories along the way! Vivian adjusted this tour "on the fly" to better accommodate our interests and it turned out to be a real adventure, high in the Andes mountains. We had a great time! Vivian showed us the truly magnificent side of Ecuador and teased our taste buds with fruits we have never heard of (delicious!). I'll end this the way I started...WOW!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Deanna and Steven. Are all you from Wisconsin so nice, such wonderful people? I just finished a one week tour down the top of the Andes to Cuenca with a group of three Wisconsin farm owner couples (soybeans and corn), and they were just like you two, as good a people as I have ever toured. I really. really enjoyed touring you both and can hope you return to Ecuador and me to tour the other parts such as the Amazon and Galapagos. My very best wishes to you both, Vivi

Steven F.

New Lisbon, WI, United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Feb 4/20

What a wonderful experience we had with Vivian on our two-day tour! We originally hired her to show us around Quito and then take us on the Back Roads Tour the next day. During the two tours (and based on what we told her we would like to see), she quickly adjusted our tour and gave us more than we had ever expected! She is truly one of the best (if not THE best) tour guide in Ecuador! Watch her calendar, she's worth the wait if need be! Steve & Deanna - USA

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Deanna and Steven. Are all you from Wisconsin so nice, such wonderful people? I just finished a one week tour down the top of the Andes to Cuenca with a group of three Wisconsin farm owner couples (soybeans and corn), and they were just like you two, as good a people as I have ever toured. I really. really enjoyed touring you both and can hope you return to Ecuador and me to tour the other parts such as the Amazon and Galapagos. My very best wishes to you both, Vivi

Elizabeth M.

United States
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Tour: #294524, Two archeological sites and Middle of the World in one day, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 22/20

Vivian spoke very good English. She was only slightly late picking us up but spent the first half hour of the drive apologizing. Though we never felt unsafe, she was a bit of an aggressive driver and constantly complaining about other drivers and traffic. The sites we saw though and places we stopped at were very interesting and she was knowledgeable about their history. It was also interesting trying guinea pig and other treats plus seeing and feeding the llamas salt. We would recommend this tour.

Darrell Nivens

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 17/20

My wife and I recently had an amazing experience with our private, "Off the Beaten Path" tour with Vivian. First, Vivian was very flexible about our meeting times and what we might go and see. Since we would be going on a group tour with Celebrity Cruises the next day, Vivian really looked at ways to make our tour with her unique and special. The places she chose to take us were excellent and really gave us a local and unique experience. Her experience guiding and vast knowledge of Quito really shows.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Darrell! It's Vivian. So, so nice to hear from you! You were great to tour, not like work for me. I hope you come back, and we will do the Amazon that I think you want to do. Love to you both, Vivi

Marian Coe

United States
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Tour: #424222, Marian's Unique Backroads of Otavalo - The REAL Local Scene, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 12/20

We just returned from a terrific day with Vivi in the countryside. We were picked up at our hotel at 8am. Vivi is extremely knowledgable and high energy and willing to do what it takes to meet a clients expectations. We went to the equator, an embroidery and weaving towns, had a wonderful lunch, and went to the Indian Market in Otavalo. Vivi offered to do more with us but we felt we needed to get back to the hotel to prepare for our next day so we were dropped off at 5:30.You won't find a better guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marian! Vivian. Could not have enjoyed touring you more. I was sick as you know with something akin to bronchitis; so, that you found me "high energy" makes me laugh. I am in bed for the next four days, doctor's orders, and begin 27 consecutive touring days on Friday. So, this morning, Monday, you are off to the Galapagos for yet another South American adventure following your time with me and your time in Peru! What a wonderful trip you are having. I am happy to have been part of it, to have helped. Vivi

Ken Miller

Canada
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Tour: #300748, Ken's 12 Person Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 5/20

Our trip to Mindo was the second tour we took with Vivian during our stay in Quito...and it was one of the highlights of our entire trip to Galapagos Islands. Mindo is an amazing place with so much to do. Vivian is a fantastic guide and did an amazing job of helping us plan which activities to do as well as coordinate the logistics of a large group splitting up into different excursions. If I'm ever in Quito again, I will be trying to spend a couple days in Mindo and would book another tour with Vivian

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Ken! It's Vivian. I could tell you all were really, really liking Mindo and the day. A lot of people who come to Ecuador only for the Galapagos are surprised to find that the Andes portion of the trip is as good as the Galapagos. I frequently hear this from travelers. Of course, the Galapagos are hard to top; however, there is much, much more to see and do in the high Andes, and its beauty surpasses that of the Galapagos. Four distinct Ecuadors: Galapagos; Coastal; Andes; Amazon. Amazing country! Vivi

Jerome C.

Singapore
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Tour: #487393, Quito - Off The Beaten Tourist Path, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Jan 4/20

We had a relaxing day with Vivian "off the beaten track". Lots covered during the day with the highlight being her guided tour of the Guayasamin museum and home. It was a great suggestion by her after making the effort before the trip to contact me and ask whether I had any special interest. We enjoy Vivian's professionalism and happily recommend her to others.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jerome. I was happy and interested that you liked the Guayasamin museum so much saying you were more excited about it than the Louvre. The museum building is spectacular as are Guayasamin's huge paintings. I love my "off the beaten path" days with people like you and Marianna. I have some great pictures of you two surrounded by sweet llamas, so funny! See you in nine days for our MIndo trip. Enjoy the hike on the Quilotoa/Chimborazo circuit in the interim. Vivi

Bret Berglund

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 28/19

Vivian was superb for our Quito tour. She asked us what we were interested in, and tailored the day to our interests. We experienced the current local flavor of the city, and some select historic landmarks. She has a deep knowledge of both and provided a great perspective. Time well spent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bret! It's Vivian. I enjoyed touring the three of you. So many guides have standardized tours with inflexible, fixed schedules for places and things. I have been touring now for 27 years over 6,000 travelers and with that experience can easily adapt to what clients want, even as we go along the tour day, as you discovered. It makes for simply a better tour because it is what you want and not what I want. After all, it is your trip, your vacation and not the guides. My love to you, Caryn and Lars, Vivi

Ken Miller

Canada
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Tour: #268655, Ken Miller Group Best of Quito Private Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 27/19

Vivian was an amazing guide. We took two different tours with her during our stay in Quito and both exceeded our expectations. We were a large group with ages ranging from 7 to 70 and Vivian was able to create an itinerary that was interesting and exciting for everyone. She is extremely well organized and was a great communicator during the tours as well as leading up to them. She is very flexible and responsive to changing needs and did a fantastic job accommodating a few curve balls we threw at her

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Ken! It's Vivian. I certainly enjoyed you, your wife, your brother and sister-in-law, parents and the children. Yes, you threw me a few "curve balls" as you say, but handling those things is my speciality, and I enjoy the challenges. Being able to handle unexpected things comes from my 27 years of touring experience. I guess you all are back home now, cold. I will not forget you all. Give the kids hugs for me. Best wishes, Vivi

Rachel Haims

United States
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Tour: #268656, Rachel's Family Otavalo Indian Market and More!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 22/19

Vivian is a fantastic guide! I have no reservations about recommending her. We are a family of four with two sons ages 13 and 17. It is not easy to hold their attention, but they loved Vivian and the day she planned for us. She was a lot of fun, very knowledgeable and has the warmest personality! Her English is excellent. She truly cared that we had a wonderful experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rachel, you four were the best; client's don't get better. The boys were two of the best I have ever toured, super smart and super well mannered, just a joy to be with as were you and Russell. I would adopt the boys anytime you give them up. You leave tomorrow for the Galapagos, and I know your trip will continue to be wonderful. I will be thinking of you four and let me know if you need any help out there; I'm always available to my clients. Best wishes and cold I see back in your Boston hometown, Vivi

Michael Jordan

United States
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Tour: #300748, Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 10/19

Vivian is great. Superb English, vibrant personality, and a real desire to show tourists a good time. She customized the Mindo tour to accommodate our schedule, and we had a fun day. She also sent us a list of travel tips for Ecuador, which was very helpful, and suggested where we should stay our first night in Quito to avoid traffic jams on the day of our tour. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Michael! So happy you had a great time.I thought you did but always nice to hear it from you. Yes, staying out at the airport saves some clients A LOT of time for touring and catching up on sleep after arrival. For many travelers' itineraries it makes no sense to fight their way for a hour into the city after late night arrival and then have me pick them up and fight back out the next morning on a tour route that actually comes near the airport. Guess you are in the Galapagos now. Best wishes, Vivi

Wendy Ospina

Canada
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Tour: #487393, Quito - Off The Beaten Tourist Path, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 8/19

Amazing. It was such a special day. We did off the beaten path and saw an array of of meaningful places in and around Quito. I now have a much better appreciation of the roots of the Ecuadorian people as well as their fruits and foods. Vivian was very generous with her time and was easy to accommodate my altitude sickness. Loved that our day was punctuated with bouts of laughter.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wendy/John: It's Vivian. So happy you had a good time despite your altitude sickness, Wendy, and glad John did not have it. In my experience touring over 6,000 people it is extraordinary to have it at Quito altitude although I have toured a handful who got it such as you today. You two were lots of fun. You go on now to the Galapagos at sea level; so, Wendy, so no more sickness I hope. Best wishes always, Vivi

Jon Bloom

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Dec 6/19

We spent a day with Vivian on our way to the Galapagos. Her mother drove (an excellent driver) which left Vivian free to converse with us. We enjoy seeing the more unique sights of a city and therefore as Vivian got to know us she amended our day on the fly and took us to places such as an archeological site outside the city, the private home of a man whose house sits on the "true" equator, and a boutique agave distiller where we had a private tasting. Thank you Vivian for a memorable adventure!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jon/Bonnie! It's Vivi. The time with you was fun for me because we adapted to fit your interests. My specialty is flexibility, adapting, for clients because it is their day, not mine, and I want it to be what yours turned out to be, fitted to you. I pay my Mother to drive within the Quito area at no cost to my clients because she grew up here as the city grew, and she knows it so well. Having her drive allows me to devote my attention to the client, makes it safer, more efficient also. Best wishes, Vivi

Anand Chittoor

United States
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Tour: #467391, Chittoor Family Quito, Mindo, Banos, Puyo, Rio Napo Amazon Rainforest, Papallacta and Otavalo Adventure - Never To Be Forgotten, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 24/19

Vivian is fabulous ! There is no better way to see Ecuador than the way she shows it to you. Totally off beaten and customized. She was with us throughout our trip, great communicator, super punctual, friendly, caring,enthusiastic,trustworthy, super knowledgeable, translating for us all day, helping us with our vegetarian needs, showing us so many wonderful places and experiences and most importantly ensuring our safety. She is a true ambassador of Ecuador.One of our best holidays ! 5 star guide !

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Anand, Jasmine and Keyaa. It's Vivian. I love you, had a great week touring you to the Amazon, Banos and Otavalo. My best wishes always and will stop by to see you if ever in Austin. Cannot believe what we planned, put together, so long ago has now come and gone, but happy you will have memories for the rest of your lives. What a trip for little, ten years old Keyaa, so CUTE! I am sure she will always remember the trip with you, cannot put a price on that. Vivi

James Bennett

United States
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Tour: #268655, Best of Quito Private tour + Middle of World, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 23/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James for the five stars. Enjoyed touring you two on short notice. Vivi

Wayne B.

United States
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Tour: #642559, Day Trip to Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 20/19

Awesome day trip! Her command of the English language is great. Her knowledge of the area is phenomenal! And, she provided great conversation while en route to each site. She was extremely patient with us when we wanted to take pictures. And, gave us great options during our tour. Only criticism: We only had her for one day (we left the next day)! We wish we could have had her for more of our trip! We never felt rushed and you were extremely patient with us as we took our photographs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Wayne for this comment. As you know, your tour was done on short notice. I have toured many professional and amateur photographers and enjoyed showing you locations in the Mindo area for usually great photo opportunities. So happy you and your son got some great pictures. Best wishes, Vivian

Mary Bingemann

United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Nov 3/19

Please give Vivian 10 stars! We had such a wonderful time touring with her, and now consider her a friend. She is so knowledgeable about her country and quite a historian. Her English is beautiful as well as her sensitivity to our comfort and needs. She went out of her way to take scenic routes and provide a memorable experience for us visiting special venues outside of Quito. She is the ultimate professional guide and we were blessed to be with her. Mary and Dave

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary/Dave: Coming from you, Mary, a 35 year veteran travel agent, your comment is very meaningful. I could not have enjoyed you more. It was not like work to me. You were like being with friends, as you say. My love to you back in Jacksonville, Florida. I hope you will come back to Ecuador, and we will tour other areas of this shockingly diverse country in a small package. Since dropping you at the airport a week ago I have been on the coastal beach area, could not be more different from the Andes. Vivi

Cynthia McCreary

United States
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Tour: #300748, Patricia Junker (agent) Group Mindo Cloud Forest - Beautiful One Day Tour, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 30/19

We had a fabulous day with Vivian! She was on time, flexible in meeting our requests and needs, very knowledgeable about the history and sites we visited. We did a full day visiting the equator (the real one), a caldera, hummingbird sanctuary, a wonderful hike in the Mindo cloud forest, chocolate production tour and a local meal. Always pleasant and concerned about our needs. We would highly recommend Vivian and this day trip from Quito. Perfect memories made!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeffrey, Cynthia, Neil and Cindy. Thank you so much for taking the time to make your comment. I enjoyed so much touring you all to Mindo yesterday; sorry it was raining, but we had a great day anyway didn't we! I am happy you asked me for advice for today, even though I cannot tour you, and changed the market tour from Otavalo to Saquisili that is more Andes animal oriented. Now, the question I have is, will you buy a goat as you said and what the heck are you going to do with it? hahahahaha! Always, Viv

Viri C.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #278937, Viri's Group's Best TWO DAYS tour to Mindo cloud forest and much, much more with airport drop off, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Oct 27/19

Vivian was an absolute star! So sorry it took so long to write a review. You will not go wrong with having Vivian as your tour guide. She managed everything from beginning to end and nothing was too much trouble. She's not only a local with local information, but could arrange things for us that even The Marriott couldn't (such as a babysitter!). When we wanted to change the itinerary for a day, she had a suitable alternative venue. Thank you Vivian for making our land tour such an amazing experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Viri! It's Vivian. I loved you all, all twelve of you, and will never, ever forget you. I still think of you and miss you, wish we could go back and do it all over again. Cannot believe what we planned so long ago has come and gone, makes me sad. What a happy time we had together. Love, Vivi

Brian Singer

United States
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Tour: #487393, Quito - Off The Beaten Tourist Path, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 22/19

a full day of fun adventures

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brian. Vivi

Brian Singer

United States
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Tour: #268656, Otavalo Indian Market and more!, Quito, Ecuador    view tour
Date: Sep 21/19

a full day of great experiences

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Brian. Out touring again this morning; can't write much. We had great days didn't we! Vivi


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