One of the dilemmas that visitors to Ecuador often face is whether to book with an established local travel company, or to go with a foreign operator. Obviously, we want you to book with us. However, there are some very important reasons why you may be much better off booking your vacation through a local expert like us rather than a foreign operator from your home country. Here are our top 7 reasons why we suggest you opt for an established local company instead:
we grew up here, and we have travelled extensively throughout our country. We know the best places like the back of our hand, and we are very aware of what visitors enjoy the very most. We can offer advice based on a long history of knowing and understanding our own country, and what is more we have a great desire to show you the very best that it has to offer. It is difficult for foreign operators to be so passionate about what they do not know so well.
Being based here, we are more on top of what is going on around the country. As well as having offices in Quito and in the Galapagos Islands we travel frequently to discover new destinations tobring our visitors to. We are completely on top of the very best emerging places to visit, such as new hotels and restaurants, as well as exciting new activities and attractions. We have all of the latest inside information on potential problems that may arise, as they come up, and as such, we are best placed to offer you the very best vacation to meet your needs.
One of the most detrimental aspects about booking your vacation with a foreign operator, is that typically the money spent does not go into back into the local economy. We have noticed over the years that these types of operations generally spend the minimum required to run the business in Ecuador. By booking with us or other local experts like us, you are helping local people much more than if you book with operators from abroad.
Foreign operators are much more likely to employ guides from their own country to show visitors around While this may feel “safe” and “comfortable”, as a traveler to Ecuador you will be likely to get a lot less out of the experience. Local guides are usually much better able to communicate with other locals at the different places that you will visit, simply through the fact of being native to our country. This allows you to interact in a more interesting way with locals. Additionally, local guides know more about their country, as they were born here.
We (and other local expert companies like ours) are established businesses that operate to strict rules and regulations within the tourism industry in Ecuador. We have similar types of processes in place around payment and bookings that operators from overseas do. We find that there can be some anxiety around this among some that are planning to book a trip to Ecuador. If you are not sure, just look at the reviews for the local operator you are considering or ask them for references. They’ll be delighted to help put your mind at rest.
A concern that we find is sometimes shared with us about local guides is that their English may not be good enough, and that it may be hard to understand them. All of our guides speak very good English and are extremely capable communicators. They also have the distinct advantage of speaking native Spanish!
Last but not least, and perhaps the most important point of all for some visitors planning a trip to Ecuador, you will be much more likely to get the best prices with a local company. We are better equipped to negotiate, given that we are locally based and can do so face to face, in impeccable Spanish. Because we are local experts, we are quite simply much better able to offer value for money than a larger, foreign operator that has to pay salaries and bills in their country as well as in Ecuador.
We hope that we’ve persuaded you to consider an established local expert over a foreign operator. If you have, why not take a look at the Galapagos trips and Ecuadorian mainland options that we can offer. We can customize our trips to meet your specific needs. Get in touch today to find out more!