"Dear Lourdes, Just wanted to tell you that we had the most magnificent and transformative vacation. Everything in the Galapagos exceeded our expectations. Daniel was a superb guide, leading us from one excitement to the next, Captain Max gave us lessons in parenting skills as he allowed the children to steer the boat, brought us close to a diving sperm whale - even allowed the children to participate in the afternoon soccer match with the Sagytta crew. Daniel and the crew of Mary Anne provided us with a vacation we will never forget. Thank you for all your care with arrangements."

Jane Knowles - USA

"Hello Santiago, Don and I want to let you know how wonderful our entire trip to Ecuador was. We enjoyed every minute of our stay there. Your staff took excellent care of us and smoothed the way for us at each juncture. We really enjoyed our city tour with Henrique; such a knowledgeable man! The Hotel Café Cultura was delightful and the staff there was friendly and very helpful. As for our time on the Samba, it is hard to express in words how fabulous our trip was. The vessel is beautifully maintained, not a speck of mold, mildew or rust and her bright work and teak are in perfect condition. Our cabins were very comfortable. The crew of the vessel was extremely accommodating and pleasant and we enjoyed them all. The food on board was all delicious, with huge variety and very generous portions. We were amazed as Angel prepared one gustatory delight after another, all in that ship’s galley. Only the constant activity kept us from gaining weight!! "

Elizabeth Stromeyer - Buzzards Bay, MA


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"Hi Santiago- We want to let you know that our trip to the Galapagos aboard the Samba was a fabulous vacation experience. Fausto is an outstanding guide and the entire Samba crew was hospitable, efficient, and likable. We certainly won't hesitate to recommend this trip to others and we are already talking about when we can tour the northern islands aboard the Samba----plus some interior sections of Ecuador next time. Thank you so much for helping us with this adventure. It was nice to meet you. We really enjoyed visiting your country."

Deb Houston / Lee McLaughlin - USA

"SunWind Travel were very efficient and provided a great tour. The Jacome family are wonderful. Our nature guide Sofia was fabulous. The Reina Silvia was very pleasant, though the seas were rough for some of the night voyages. Overall, it was a great time and Thank You."

Walter Bradley - USA

"This trip was once in a lifetime! Both destinations exceeded my expectations. It was a perfect length to see and do everything I wanted and the weather was great the whole time. Transfers before, during and after both destinations were quick and easy. I can’t think of one problem encountered during the trip. I have had a fantastic few weeks and am disappointed that it is now over. I will visit again!"

Nicole Underwood - Australia

"23 days Quito - Amazonas - Andes - Galapagos. The perfect way to spend a honeymoon ! So many experiences, so many memories and new friends from all over the world. Excelent guide (Giovanna) and driver (Manolo) who always went the extra mile to create a great trip for us.

Amazonas: Loved Sani Lodge, most of all visiting the community and the school.

Andes: Zuleta is outstanding - a must ! Antisana and the landscape around Quilotoa beautiful.

Galapagos: Absolutely amazing, all we hoped for and more. Seriously considering taking a sea lion pup home.

Quito: Lovely city and really liked the hotel Cafe Cultura. All good !"

Ulf and Therese, Sweden

"Quito - Galapagos 12 days. What an amazing experience ! Of course we all fell in love with the landscape, the sea lions, iguanas and boobies, yellow warblers! And now we have to come back again for the Amazonas! So see you soon again."

E. Törnqvist - Geneva

"My husband Mike and I experienced our trip of a lifetime aboard the Samba. We also had an amazing time at La Selva Lodge. We saw pygmy marmosets and so much more.

The Galapagos was out-of-this-world amazing as well. We saw all we imagined we'd see and so much more. Everyday was special. Every island was mind-boggling. Seeing so much wildlife was thrilling. We are happy too, that we chose to be on the Samba for 15 days.

We were also impressed with Lourdes and Santiago at SunWind Travel. We were treated like royalty. The crew and guides both at La Selva and Samba were wonderful as well. We love the Galapagos and will always treasure the memories we made there.

Thanks so much,"

Donna Ikenberry and Mike Vining, USA

"everything was perfect!!

Thank you very much for your assistance, your quick response and professionality!"

Laura & Valerio - Italy

"Dear Lourdes,
I don't want anymore time to go by without taking a moment to tell you again how pleased we were with every aspect of our trip.
The whole Napo Wildlife Center experience could not have been better. We were spoiled with good food, attention and education. Our guides were knowledgeable and NICE.
The transfers from Quito, and back again to Quito after our tour, progressed flawlessly and your contacts were there to keep us informed and guided.
The 1/2 day city tour with Karla and then the whole day tour to Otavalo with Andres were also a pleasure. We enjoyed every moment.
We thank our lucky stars that it was Sun Wind that I happened upon when initiating this entire effort. I'm grateful for all that you did and thought it was exceptionally kind of your father, Santiago, to greet us at our hotel.

We will spread the word of our Ecuador experiences to those in our circle who are interested and will recommend you wholeheartedly when the occasion arises."

Silvia Eck - California USA