Larry StreckerUnited States
Mario was an excellent guide. His knowledge of the city and his English were perfect. He was very personable and enjoyable to be with. He took us to a great local place for lunch. He accommodated all our requests. He was very responsive to our initial booking and subsequent requests. What more could you want? Thanks Mario!
Very knowledgeable about Ecuador and very personable. An excellent tour of the key things to see in Guayaquil! Would highly recommend Mario.
Jill BauerFernandina Beach, FL, United States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Mario! A few years ago, we did the city tour with him but this time we decided to see more of the countryside. I thought the Cacao farm might be a touristy thing to do, but it is a small family plantation, run with great pride. We learned about the farming and harvesting as we walked the grounds, which had beautiful mountain views. We really did roast our own cocoa beans and grind them into a paste for tasting in several different ways. What delicious fun!
Amazing guide who has an extensive knowledge of the history and city. Requested for a full walking tour in the city center and Mario pointed out many details of the structures and monuments that I could not have noticed by myself, from liberation to tax structures in Guayaquil. Highly recommended for people who want to know more about the city
Phoebe NearingUnited States
Julie ChuUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Mario. He was friendly and knowledgeable and has great energy. We learned a lot about the various stages of the cacao fruit and eventually how it becomes chocolate. We also learned about life in Guayaquil. Our driver Luis was very nice and a conscientious driver. We would highly recommend this tour (and any other tours) with Mario.
Richard J.United States
You absolutely must do a tour with "Super Mario"! We did the cacao farm and Guayaquil city tour with children ages 7, 9 and 11. It was our first time in South America and in one day we learned so much! Mario was incredibly knowledgeable, generous with his time and paid attention to the smallest details. He was great with the kids and was engaging every step of the way. We visited many attractions and even made chocolate from scratch with roasted cacao nibs and sugar cane. Truly wonderful memories!
Jan BrandesUnited States
Our multi generational family thoroughly enjoyed the Cacao Farm and Guayaquil city tour. Mario's English is excellent; the air conditioned van was comfortable. He was very personable, timely, and thoughtful is every way. The farm was most interesting and the grandchildren enjoyed participating in making chocolate. We had the farm lunch which was authentic and excellent. The fried plantains were the best of our trip! I would highly recommend this tour for a fun way to spend a day in Guayaquil.
James SteinUnited States
Mario is THE premier tour guide in Guayaquil. He is who you want to spend the day with because he is an expert guide, is very easy to be with, and is kind. Mario knows how to make customers happy. He pays attention to details of comfort, safety, & shows you the common and slightly off the path parts of the city & countryside. He is 110% reliable, promptly returns messages, & follows up on all details. He is like family. We have had guides around the world and he is in the top 3. Superb!
Gareth JamesUnited States
Mario was great. He picked me up on time and we spent 7 hours traveling all around the city (the air conditioning in his car was a big plus!) Mario is very friendly and knowledgeable about the city and Ecuador in general. We even had a chance to visit one of the local food markets which had the largest variety of fruit I have ever seen. This was the perfect way to get to know Guayaquil and I would highly recommend the tour. From now on I will only take tours from guides names Mario!
Randall ConnettUnited States
Mario provided us a wonderful 3 hour overview tour of his home town of Guayaquil. He was very knowledgeable, flexible and friendly. We highly recommend him as a guide!!
James MatusiakUnited States
Brandon K.United States
Tour was great. Highly recommended.
Linnea FredrikssonUnited States
Great Cacao farm tour with Mario. The lunch was my favorite meal in Ecuador. Even better was Mario's ability to answer questions about Ecuador. Mario is very warm, personable and easy to talk to. He is very knowledgeable. His English is very good. A great experience.!
Amazing tour!! We were a group of 6 in a private van with A/C. Mario was punctual and picked us up 5 minutes early. During the 1hr ride he shared information with us and we stopped at a fruit stall on the way. The family run farm Cacao y Mango was beautiful and we opted to stay for their lunch which was the best decision. We had a lot of fun making chocolate and visiting the city. Mario is nice, helpful, knowledgeable and speaks great English. All 6 of us would highly recommend this tour with Mario!
Andrea MartinUnited States
Mario was excellent at balancing an overview of Guayaquil with a deeper dive into specific areas and sites. Rather than seeing our stay here as 'just passing through', we got to see Guayaquil through Mario's eyes, as a city worth a visit where history and culture exist. We enjoyed Mario's easy commentary as we explored various neighborhoods and historical sites and we had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, frequented since he was a boy, with fresh seafood dishes.
Great tour, great guide, very interesting discussions. Mario showed us his hometown with high enthusiasm. Because of problems with our flight, we had to reschedule our tour, no problem at all. Thanks again for the great time. Absolutly to be recommended.
Mike S.United Kingdom
Margen RileyUnited States
Mario was so helpful in finding the location and arranging permission to visit the orphanage. Without his connections it would have been very difficult to find the way on our own. He is very flexible in customizing tours and transportation for visitors. Thank you Mario!
Tour was excellent, Mario arrived on time, Mario was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to, adapted tour to my interests and time frame.
The six of us were very pleased with the professionalism of Mario who delivered exactly what was quoted to us. This 2 day excursion again displayed how valuable it is to use Tours by Locals where you can plan your own travel, with help from a local, and have on hand someone who is competent and happy to answer all your questions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mario to others.
Mary Pat SalomoneUnited States
We had a great day with Mario. He picked us up promptly at our hotel and first we drove out of the city to a small cocoa farm. Mario was very informative about Ecuador during the drive. We toured the property and then Mario explained and demonstrated the chocolate making process. Lunch was prepared by the owners of the farm and was excellent. After lunch we drove to the city and toured around for several hours. Mario speaks excellent English and was very pleasant. Would highly recommend this tour.
Five stars arent enough for Mario! Not only is he knowledgeable, friendly, personable, intelligent, kind and warm hearted, he welcomes you and treats you like his personal family. That is very comforting when you are new in a strange country. He went above and beyond his call of duty to accomodate our personal needs. He personalized the tour to our outmost satisfaction. He gave us tips for future sight seeing and even called the bus terminal to secure pertinanat info on the next day bus routes.
David ProodianUnited States
Mario was an outstanding guide in Guayaquil. He was right on time for our hotel pickup and he had his car ready to take us around the town. As he was from the city, he knew every aspect of what was going on and what to do. He is proud to show others about his city and country. He suggested a wonder place to eat, which was an outstanding seafood and crab restaurant. Private local guides are the way to go.
Mario did a wonderful tour. We had a very great time. We learned a lot on the process of making chocolate and made real organic 100% cocoa chocolate. The farm was great and we really appreciated to see how real people live. Thanks Mario for this trip.
Julie IaconoUnited States
My group of nine had two days with Mario in Guayaquil. He supplied us with a comfortable shuttle bus and a great driver, William. He gave us a solid tour of Guayaquil's sites on the first day and customized us our tour to two rural farms on the second day. However, Mario brings something special to a tour that exceeds most of my other tour experiences. He has a personal warmth and sense of humor that made us feel safe and at home in a very foreign country. Do not hesitate to pick Mario for your tour!
Mitchell LukinUnited States
Mario was one of the best guides I have had in any city, and we (my wife and I) thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Be aware that the cacao farm is just that -- a small farm. We were pleasantly surprised that it was not a sophisticated commercial operation like we have seen on many tours. One of the highlights of our trip to Ecuador was just walking through the cacao plants and helping make and tasting fresh chocolate. Really a great time. The tour of Guayaquil after the farm was also quite good.
Mario gave us and wonderful and comprehensive city tour of Guayaquil. He adjusted the timing of the tour to perfectly meet our schedule. He was very professional and informative. We would highly recommend him to anyone interested in a tour in Guayaquil.
Vijay VasheeMercer Island, WA, United States
Mario speaks knowledgeably, and has a pleasant personality. During the road trip to get to our destination we learnt a lot about the area and unique things about the local culture. recommend him with no hesitation at all.