We had a marvellous experience in Ecuador and on our cruise aboard the Majestic in the Galapagos. All the details had been arranged through Royal Galapagos Tours by Kelly Palmer of Detour Travel and worked seamlessly. We arrived in Quito and had a one-day tour of the city including the Museum and the old city centre. Our guide was extremely personable, knowledgeable and shared his enthusiasm for what his country has to offer. Given the short time we had in Quito the tour provided a quick overview and is thoroughly recommended. Our time in the Galapagos was spellbinding. The variety of landforms, wildlife and the sense of wonder Charles Darwin had written about were there to be seen and experienced. No one day or activity stands out as the highlight, all were fascinating. The Galapagos guide was superb and extremely considerate. His knowledge of the islands was encyclopaedic and he shared that knowledge willingly. The captain and crew of the Majestic were also first-rate. The cooks catered for our dietary requirements and differences. The meals were varied, well-prepared and presented. The cabin was clean, comfortable and well serviced. Unfortunately I had a fall (totally my fault) while on land and dislocated my finger. I received enormous assistance from the guide and fellow passengers at the time, the captain arranged for me to be looked at by a doctor on another vessel and then arranged for me to see another doctor on the next island. They made all the arrangements for transport from the Port to the doctor, overnight hotel accommodation and meeting up again the boat. Their concern and reaction were faultless and that goes for the company representative who coordinated the land components on the island as well. Fortunately the injury did not prevent me from doing most of the activities for the rest of the cruise. Following the end of our cruise we flew back to Quito and then transferred by car to the Bellavista Lodge in the Cloud Forest where we had a fascinating further 3 days. The lodge accommodation was excellent, the room was large with spectacular views and furnished very comfortably. Meals were served in the restaurant and were all high-quality. The guided bird tours were informative and involving. All of the staff were personable and caring for their clients. The owner of the resort was active with the guests and shared his knowledge and vision freely. Again I could not but give this Lodge the highest recommendation.
This was a great experience. From our first phone call till the completion of the trip everything was very enjoyable. Detour helped us trough the organization and choosing the correct cruise. Ecoventura was the perfect choice for us because we had lots of activities and the crew was the best. This wasn't most people think of as a cruise. It was a yacht for 20 individuals interested in activities.
Detour is great! They handled EVERYTHING! The trip was amazing and well thought out. The local outfitters Detour works with are top notch. Can't wait to travel with Detour again!
Best Trip Ever I found Detour via a google search and boy, am I glad that I did. I travelled with 7 family members to Galapagos. Detour was with us every step of the way. The attention and constant updates prior to our trip were greatly appreciated. I can not wait to use them again. These guys made our wonderful trip even better. I would definitely use them again
Ecuador and Galapagos Fantastic experience. They managed to fit in everything we wanted to see and do and kept within our budget. Our agent was Allie. Definitely recommend and will use again if opportunity arises.
Best trip ever in Peru! Mountain Lodges 7 Day Lares Trek was magical. Guides were incredible, the lodges were lovely, and the food was impeccable. I cried when the trip ended. Detour made the whole booking process so easy, I originally wanted to hike the Inca Trail but the permits were sold out. I was so bummed out, but Greg from Detour convinced me that this trip was just as good. It was that and even more. I am glad Detour had an alternative suggestion which in the end was a better option for me. I am so glad I did this trip!
Detour ioffers great trips! I have been on a trip to the Huaorani tribe in the Ecuadoran Amazon basin rain forest. It was one of the best trips I have ever taken. We were well taken care of, learned so much, and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the Huaorani people.
Peru and Patagonia We went to Peru and Patagonia with this company. They did an excellent job on both trips. The trips were well organized and planned.
Great company, great trips Amazing trips with a unique blend of adventure, local culture, and education. Would recommend to anyone!
An Amazing Adventure through Peru We spent 23 days in Peru from Lima to Tambopata. We hiked and camped on the Salkantay and Lares Valley, visited Machu Picchu (of course) and enjoyed days on Lake Titicaca, in Puno, Cusco, Arequipa, Colca Canyon and the Tambopata National Reserve. This was our DREAM vacation. Every detail, connection, domestic flight, guide (and expert climbers) were perfect, professional and friendly (we stay in contact). We highly recommend Detour Destinations and Katie Colligan.
What an amazing trip! I appreciated the consistent follow up from Detour. The lists provided were excellent in planning for the trip. Even when our flight to Lima was cancelled Detour was there to help us along the way to make sure everything ran smoothly. The selection of the tour operator was excellent. They were very knowledgeable of the history, culture and the natural habitat of Peru. A blg thank you to Layna and Kelly for helping us make our trip perfect!
The trip was amazing and your partners in Peru are top notch. Really the best trip Ive ever taken. I felt like I was taken care of every step of the way. I would definitely do another trip with you guys.
From the moment I first called Greg, through Kelly’s responsiveness to my questions, even from Quito, Detour was a great company to work with. I can’t recommend this company enough.
Detour Review + Layna! Dear Detour (and Layna!), Thank you so much for all that you did to support and help us as my friends and I made plans to travel to the Galapagos. You were incredibly thoughtful, caring, and patient, and this made us feel confident that the trip we were signing up for was going to be reputable and high quality. Taking the Angelito I through the Galapagos was the trip of a lifetime, and you helped us to make it happen. Our guide Maja was fantastic (and spoke very highly of you all!), the islands were each unique and beautiful in their own way, and the experience brought me and my friends even closer together. We were so impressed that we talked about looking at what other trips you all have to offer! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The Inca Trail & The Amazon It was an adventure! I loved hiking the Inca Trail with Amazons Explorer. Our guide shared his enthusiasm of Inca history and our angels, who carried the camping equipment & food, made it possible for me to do the hike. The next leg of our journey was a trip to the Tambopata Research Center on the Amazon River with Rainforest Expeditions. I don't think I will ever forget the sounds of the Rainforest: the Macaws, Howler Monkeys, a night time boat ride under the stars... Detour Destinations helped put this trip together. They helped with pre travel information, gave me an itinerary with contacts & phone numbers should travel plans change enroute, guides met us at the airport. Seamless travel, I loved it.
Well planned trip I was very happy with our trip to Belize. I thought they organized the trip well and got us fair prices. This made things a lot easier for us going to place we knew very little about.
Ecuador land and Galapagos sea trip Detour is one of the best companies you can book a tour with. We have gone on two trips set up by Detour Destinations. The first was Peru and the second was Ecuador. Their support pre trip and during the trip was EXCELLENT. They put together both trips to meet our needs and interests. They helped with any issues that arose during the trip and delivered a 5 Start experience. We have been travel guides ourselves in many countries and understand how hard it is to provide a quality experience, which is what they do. We will be booking more trips with Detour for sure and highly recommend them to anyone who wants a fantastic travel experience.
Detour cares about helping you find a great trip! Detour is able to suggest a number of different really cool trips since they work with a variety of tour operators. They can honestly answer questions and help you choose the perfect trip. Their staff has been on a lot of the trips that they offer, so they give first hand advice and know the destinations. I loved my Ecuador and Galapagos cruise booked through Detour! Detour provided me with a packing list and thorough itinerary, plus answers to all my questions as I prepared for my trip. Everything went so smoothly even though there were a lot of logistics! I would definitely use Detour for future trips!
Beautiful Belize Honeymoon! Our whole experience with Detour was phenomenal! The staff took the time to plan the exact trip that we asked for and took care of all the small details so we didn't have to. Our trip was fabulous, and we totally recommend starting your adventure in the jungle and finishing up with an island adventure! We would absolutely recommend Detour and their services to anyone looking for a great adventure in Central or South America!
Ecuador Trip 10+ wonderful !
We recently returned from a combined Machu Picchu/Galapagos trip organized by Kelly and the folks at Detour Destinations. I don't believe I can say enough positive things about our experience. From the beginning, we received helpful and accurate information regarding the options for our trip. Throughout the process, we received ongoing emails with information to prepare us. At one point the airlines cancelled one of out flights and Detour and Exito travel were able to rebook. The travel companies recommended by Detour for both the Machu Picchu portion as well as the Galapagos portion were equally excellent. This included everything from the initial meeting at the airport, the knowledge of the guides during the trip, as well as the accommodations. We wanted to stay with in a certain budget and Detour was able to design a rip within that budget, and we did not feel we missed anything. I would highly recommend this company for similiar tours. Thanks Kelly, Greg and all the fine folks at Detour.
Our experience with Detour was great! Kelly and Lanya were helpful, organized, responsive, on top of all our deadlines, and great and sending us plenty of well organized information so we would be prepared for our Galapagos adventure with everything we needed. It was a great experience and I wouldn't hesitate to use them for my next adventure!
Thank you for all your assistance. You have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Warmest wishes, Sandra
Memorable trip of a lifetime I cannot recommend this company enough. They took care of each and every aspect of my trip that I planned for a year and on my own. I never felt alone or worried about anything. The ethics of this company is also exceptional. I heard the best things about this company from the employees who sung high praises of the owners. The staff all seemed to love working for this company and they were treated with respect and dignity. I would only use this company again in the future for any trips to Peru.
Amazing Trips & Expertise! I have traveled with Detour a number of times, and they have provided exceptional service every time: from helping me chose great trips, to providing helpful advice and information in preparing for my trips, and then of course the trips themselves! I can't even begin to tell you all the amazing experiences I've had!
experts in AUTHENTIC adventure travel I can't say enough good things about Detour Destinations. They know, really know, the ins and outs of Central and South America. I havae worked with them on several trips - Peru, Costa Rica and Ecuador. They know these countries - have the insider's scoop - on people, places and experiences. They have created deeply authentic, culturally rich and super fun & adventurous trips for my family. I asked for a combo of education, adventure and community - they delivered on all three. I asked for a college level educated field biologist and history tour guide and they not only delivered an expert in the history & culture of Peru, but one who had connections to the Indigenious people of the Andes....so when we walked a trail and picked a leaf or flower he could tell us why it was important to the people 1000 years ago and today. That alone made a life changing impression on my son. All important to us on any trip the food! Detour knew where to go to - from diners and five star - to experience Anthony Bourdain authentic food. I'll never forgot the Coca leaf ravioli with a fresh tomato sauce enjoyed while sitting on in a sun drenched, flower rich patio - it was magical. Detour Destinations is my go to for custom adventure travel - for family, for multi-generational trips and for girl friend get-aways. Last but not least DD delivers value......you get everything the big boy thick colored brochure travel operators offer without the huge mark-up.
Great trip! We had a great experience with Detour and our trip was very good.
Amazing adventure with a little of everything Belize has to offer! Our week long honeymoon vacation in Belize was beyond expectations! The folks at Detour helped plan our itinerary with great recommendations and thorough research to meet both our interests and budget. Spending our time first in the jungle, experiencing Mayan sites, culture, and caves, and then moving onto an island for snorkeling and relaxation was definitely the right order as suggested. We would highly recommend staying at the Black Rock Lodge in the Cayo District and the Pelican Beach Resort on South Water Caye - the food, service, and views were unbelievable. Also, the tour guides and staff were very friendly and very open to sharing their life stories with us which was great - very personable and genuine. Lastly, before and during our stay we did have some questions regarding our itinerary and mosquito threats, and Detour was very responsive to answer them immediately or find the answers. I suppose our one complaint was that we weren't there for a couple more days to experience more activities but that's nobody's fault but our own...we'll just have to plan to go back some day with the stellar help of Detour Destinations!
Detour Destinations make it happen We have used Detour on several occasions and recommend it to everyone. They custom fit our travel to our interests and economic restriction. Go with these folks, they are the best you can find.
Best in the business Traveled to Ecuador and Galápagos Islands through Detour. It was an experience of a life time. All travel and logistics were spot on. If your looking for adventure with professional service, I would highly recommend Detour.
Detour has been very helpful throughout our booking process. I chose them over another agent because they were able to accomodate our desires best and answered all our questions well. I feel the value we got was also quite good.
Thank you Detour for offering, organizing and providing all components for a fantastic trip to Peru, specifically Lima, the Mira Flores district as a landing place, The Aria cruise on the Amazon and Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. All vendors and accommodations were excellent. There were no hiccups in the entire 11 days! Fantastic customer service!!
Detour Destinations is comprised of a team of experienced, happy, tolerant, hard working, cheerful and extremely efficient people. This firm will handle all queries, organise a tailor-made holiday at a very reasonable price and do it quickly, backed by their own personal knowledge. They were a pleasure to deal with.
Galapagos Island Trip with Detour My girlfriend and I had the most incredible experience in the Galapagos Islands, and none of it would have been possible without the amazing support from Detour. Layna George the primary representative who helped us book this trip really went above and beyond in helping us tailor our trip to exactly what we wanted. The hotels were incredible with very attentive staff that provided a great service. The guides that were with us throughout our trip were phenomenal and very flexible in accommodating all of our requests. Honestly can't think of one part of our trip that we didn't enjoy, and we can't wait to use Detour again.
Fun, fun, fun! I had a great time on my trip to Ecuadar a few years back. It was my first big, out of the US vacation. Detour made it fun, easy, and comfortable! I loved the variety of events planned for each day: snorkeling, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and more! Some of which were a first for me, all the tour guides were helpful and accommodating with each activity. I definitely look forward to my next trip with them :)
Great trips, great guides! Detour found great adventures for us, and the local guides they rely on are fantastic. One of the best trips I've ever taken.
Detour Helped Us With A Trip Of A Lifetime! We felt completely taken care of from start to finish - from the prompt responses to all our silly questions ahead of time to the wonderful guides on our trip. I would travel with Detour again in a heartbeat!
Our "Go To" Travel Planners! A few years ago we booked our first adventure tour to the Galapagos Islands; then Machu Picchu. Unbelievable. Extremely well organized. Since then we have booked Easter Island, Amazon, Uganda, Costa Rica, etc. to name a few. Our last several trips have been totally customized to meet our needs, desires, budget. Awesome group of people to work with. Because we have been working with them so long, I feel like they really have a good idea of the kind of vacations we desire. They have never disappointed us!
Wonderful trip to Ecuador and the Galopagos Islands Our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos went off without a hitch! The guides spoke excellent English and were very informative and fun to be with. They always met us on time and never left us wondering what we should do next in a country where we do not speak the language. Our cruise on the Eclipse was delightful and we made many friends among the passengers. We highly recommend Detour Destinations and hope to use them again on our next adventure tourism experience.
excellent we got excellent service and advice from the travel advisors at Detour destination