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Woman in her Pollera

Hi Scott,

We had a great time in Panama and we really enjoyed the experience. The weather was surprisingly good. I was upset when I lost the watch so I am very glad that the Tour Operator found it and that you will return it to us soon. Louis, our guide, was excellent.

Thanks for making this trip so memorable!



Monteverde Cloud Forest tour specialist

Hi Scott,

I wanted to let you know that Jack and I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. The customized itinerary that you put together for us was perfect. All of our guides were excellent – very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. As you know we were a little reluctant to do the Waterfall Rappel. But while it was a bit challenging, we were so glad we were able to have such an incredible experience.

We also loved the wildlife boat tour and the bird watching tour and nature hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest. We saw all kinds of birds and wildlife.

Now we are really looking forward to seeing what you come up with for our vacation to New Zealand next year. It will be tough to beat such a great trip to Costa Rica!

Talk to you soon!

Chris Bonasera

Good Morning Scott,

First we want to thank you for picking us up at the airport.  It was a delight to meet you and we really enjoyed our discussion, as well as the mojitos.

The trip to Cuba was fantastic. The guides were very knowledgeable and answered any questions quite openly.  The pace of the trip was leisurely with enough time for independent wandering at every stop.  Both hotels were very comfortable.  The resort, however, had a problem with water, so we took cold showers for two days-not a major inconvenience.   Only once did an adjustment have to be made to the schedule when heavy rain precluded a visit to the organic farm.  However a visit to the revolutionary museum was arranged instead and was most fascinating.

Cuba is a beautiful country and well worth a visit.  The people were very friendly and shared stories about  their lives.  I would heartly recommend the tour operator that you worked with since they provided a first class service.

Thank you for arranging such a special visit for us.

Ann and Tom

Hi Scott,

Just wanted to check in to let you know that our trip went great. We were so surprised by Mexico City and its level of sophistication. The city is really clean and we felt safe most of the time and we walked all over the place too. My Spanish really came in handy as most people really do not speak it outside of the hotels. It really was fun!

Everything that you set up for us really was great. It made the entire trip for us! The airport transfers were perfect and all the tour pickups were on time. The Pyramids were just amazing and that was a real highlight. However, the National Museum of Anthropology was just unbelievable and we spent hours there. We actually walked all the way back to the hotel from it. Quite a fun adventure. The Mexican ballet was just gorgeous. We really enjoyed that as well. Taxco was an incredible town and we enjoyed walking around there too.

Our guide, Marco, the first few days was really, really good. He was fun and engaging so all the tours had just that extra excitement to them. His English was great too as he spent time in the US.

I cannot thank you enough for such a great time. We really enjoyed it!!

Theresa Gration

Lapa Rios

The trip you prepared for Jane and I to Costa Rica and Panama this year was amazing!  The meticulous planning and attention to detail by your company made our trip enjoyable and worry free.  In Panama, we enjoyed the broad diversity of the country, from the ruins in Panama City to the very comfortable Gamboa Resort.  We especially liked the visit to the Embera Indian village and the trip through the Panama Canal. The people who handled the tour details there were always on-time, professional and courteous!

The Coast Rica portion of the trip was outstanding!  We spent five wonderful days at Lapa Rios, an eco-resort on the Osa Peninsula in the southeastern part of the country.  The guides there were very competent and knowledgeable, the food excellent, the staff most considerate, attending to our every need.  The on-site meals were, without exception, gourmet, and provided by friendly, competent wait staff and excellent cooks.  The accommodations were luxurious.  We stayed in a very comfortable bungalow that offered total privacy.  We saw a large number of wildlife species, including over 80 species of birds we had never before encountered.  I would highly recommend this Lapa Rios trip to anyone who is interested in observing tropical wildlife under luxurious conditions.

Tom and Jane Heineke

patagonia hike

Hiking in Patagonia

We loved the trip that you put together for us. Every part of it was perfect. All the travel connections and transfers/pickups were on time. Someone was always waiting for us with smiles when we arrived at a new destination. Patagonia was stunning. The hotels were perfect and the adventures that we chose were lots of fun. We loved the kayaking and horseback riding as well as hiking. You were so easy to work with and readily available to answer any and all of our questions as we began the planning process.

Thanks so much for a wonderful trip!

Ilene and Mark Mattison-Shupnick –  Petaluma, California

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Panama Canal

WOW! I cannot rave enough about the amazing attention that Scott gave to our trip. I have never used a travel agent or consultant and after our experience, I will definitely use his services again. When I called Scott and told him my thoughts on what I’d like to see, what we’d like to do and the ages and number in our party I wasn’t sure how we’d get it all done.

In reality our trip needed to be longer than I originally thought it should be and I am so very thankful to Scott for guiding me along in the planning process. We went for 9 glorious days, did everything that we wanted to do, and even found time to rest. He has really done his homework and teams up with only the best guides, lodging facilities, restaurants and services all the while making sure that we stayed in our budget. I wanted a super special trip for my husband for a big birthday and we really got so much more than I ever thought. Whether it was a city tour, a hike in the rain forest, a trip to an indigenous tribe, zip lining, waking up in the Gamboa Rainforest, a visit to a coffee plantation, we had guides that shared the rich history of Panama with us and prepared us for the finale – the trip down the Panama Canal. By the time we got there we had heard so many beautiful stories and were able to read about so much of the history that we truly had an appreciation for all that has gone into that beautiful wonder of the world. My husband’s great grandpa worked on the Panama Canal so for us it was absolutely perfect!!! I would be happy to share more of my experience with anyone who is considering using Scott’s services. We had an amazing trip of a lifetime, traveling with our teens and 20 something and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

I am excited to hear about the travel services that are now offered to other places and hoping to take another amazing trip, to a different venue, in 2015.

Billie M.


Cotopaxi National Park

Hi Scott,

I wanted to follow up on our phone call and tell you what an absolutely amazing trip our family had to Costa Rica and Ecuador. You did a great job of listening carefully to what our interests were and planned the perfect trip for all of us. The guides we had in Costa Rica were top notch as Sammy and Leo made a really great team. And imagine our surprise to find out that Leo is the son of the author of Birds of Costa Rica. He was so humble and went out of his way to take us off the beaten path and see the amazing sights with less crowds.  All of the hotels you chose were amazing, especially the Peace Lodge and the Observatory Lodge which was like having our own private house. And with all of the great tours we did like the Zip Line across the Canyon, the White Water Rafting trip, and rappelling down the waterfall which was unbelievable, we never would have imagined that the tour to the Organic Farm would be our favorite. But the Organic Farm was fantastic and it was also the best meal we had during the entire trip.

We also really loved Ecuador and the combination of doing day tours from Quito with spending three nights at the Sacha Lodge in the Amazon was perfect. The hike in Cotopaxi National Park at such a high altitude of 16,000 feet was a challenge for Stephen and I but we somehow were able to keep up with the kids and made it to the top.

We also loved the Amazon and being at the Sacha Lodge. Just the trip to get there is an adventure when you arrive in the town of Coca, walk 45 minutes through the jungle, and then ultimately arrive at the Lodge by Canoe. There were monkeys right outside of our window and the food was fantastic.

We really appreciate everything you did to make what was truly the trip of a lifetime for us. We always felt safe, secure, and like somebody was looking after us. We can’t wait to book our next adventure with you!

Aubra Wilson

Trinidad, Cuba

Hi Scott,

We found our trip to Cuba more than met our expectations and we were very pleased with the organization and planning of the trip.  Our guide, a charming and amusing young man, was extremely helpful and informative.   We very much enjoyed exploring old Havana and some of the other areas close to Havana – Miramar, where we stayed, as well as Verdado.

The art and music aspects of the tour were memorable, including a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s house, an evening with the Buena Vista Social Club and the Parisien Cabaret at the Hotel Nacional.  We also very much enjoyed our cross-island trip to Cienfuegos and Trinidad da Cuba, which gave us an opportunity to see the beautifully lush, green countryside; as well at the gorgeous Caribbean beach at Trinidad.

Best Regards,