3 independent reviews for Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

Reviews for Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

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review 6 Mar 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Fantastic walks in the sunshine with a small group of like-minded people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I was a bit anxious before the trip as I had never travelled solo before, but it turned out to be a great experience. The group of nine was a good mix of solo and couple travelers; all very friendly. Lunches and evening meals weren't included, but the optional meals organised by the guide were good value: allow less than 5 euros for picnic lunches and 15 euros for three course evening meals. We used public transport where possible; this was generally good but one bus driver was much too fast on hairpin bends and some of the group were travel sick.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We used local buses and stayed in small hotels. Optional meals were organised in good local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent

review 3 Dec 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The varied walking.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Walking reasonably strenuous so need to be used to steep ups and downs. Few places take cards, so go with plenty of cash (there are ATMs).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Made good use of local buses, and places chosen to eat out were run by local people with locally sourced food.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good. We really enjoyed the scenery on this lovely island. Bert, the leader was excellent in his flexibility. Weather conditions meant it was not possible to get to the summit peak on the allotted day, but he chose a lovely alternative walk. Hotels were adequate. We liked the one in Aguimes, lots of atmosphere but the rooms were very poorly lit so it was difficult to read.

review 25 Feb 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The hiking was fantastic in Gran Canaria. The group was ideal in that we all seemed to be similar abilities and ages and there was no fear of feeling left behind. The guide was very enthusiastic and encouraging. Always felt very confident in the routes.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The walking was quite challenging and should be entertained by walkers who are relatively fit and experienced only. The listing as moderate is fair and should be continued.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We stayed in a small town 1.5 hours from the airport in a locally run hotel. There were few restaurants in the town and my impression was the group provided very welcome business to the town. The food appeared to be very fresh and locally produced. As a group we made little environmental impact as simply spent the days walking mostly using public transport.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I thought the vacation was excellent as the members of the group got on exceptionally well with the ages and abilities very well matched. As far as walking, fresh air, scenery and local food was concerned I would only recommend. However, if one were looking for varied, gourmet food with a vibrant night life the town would not provide it. This to me was an advantage but if evening socialising was sought you might be disappointed. From my point of view it was ideal.

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