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1. Posted by ceverythng (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I am planning a honeymoon trip in May and was looking at a package to central america with GAP Adventures. We are both fairly adventurous but a honeymoon is a bit different than normal trips.

What are peoples experiences and opinions about the company? Are their trips good? Would it make a good honeymoon?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I haven't gone on a trip with them, but I know people who have and have heard nothing but good things about them. The age ranges on the group run from 18 to 80 (depending on the trip).

Whether it's a good idea for a honeymoon depends on you and your future spouse.


3. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

I've booked a trip with them.

It's in August so I can't tell you anything about the experience yet but I can tell you that the booking staff is very friendly and helpful-- and I'm one of those annoying people that always asks a million stupid questions.

4. Posted by loubylou2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi there

Well i have just done 4 GAP tours, 2 of which i have complained about and received compensation for as they were TERRIBLE (and expensive).

One was In Search of Iguassu which the tour leader was constantly (I´m nor exagerating) drunk! We had to get her in taxi´s and pack her bags for her regulary, organise our own city tours and stop her smashing things in restaurants, a nightmare!!!!!

The next one was Galapacos 10 day trip, here the ship ran out of drinking water whilst we were at sea, there were only bunk beds, the beds just had a roll mat as a matress, and dirty and ripped sheets, the shower didn´t work. this was a trip that cost around $2000 USD!!

The only GAP trip i recommend is Highlights of peru, which was amazingly well organised and co-ordinated, very knowledgable tour guides (although at times you did sturuggle with their accents!) and very comfortable hotels.

One point to note, you will get stung for 100´s of dollars in compulsory tips on these trips (this is not mentioned in their tour notes!)

Just to give you some perspective on what i am really like, i am currently in Taganga Colombia and have been travelling around south america for the past 4 months where i have been staying in dormitories in hostels, which I am really happy with, i´m no posh bird!!!!

5. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

My wife and I took a GAP Adventures trip to Peru last year and had a fantastic time. We didn't have any problems with GAP, and would have no problem booking another trip with them in the future. We are actually looking at going to either Mexico or Brazil this December, haven't decided where we want to go just yet but are considering another GAP trip to either country.

I will say that they use local guides so it is not unheard of, as the previous poster stated, to encounter a bad guide. It happens.

Our experience with our guide in Peru was very positive. He was extremely friendly and helpful and helped make our trip enjoyable. We also got along with everyone else in our group. Despite the fact we were all strangers when the trip started, you would have thought we had known each other all our lives within just a couple days into the trip.

I also saw this comment from the poster above:

One point to note, you will get stung for 100´s of dollars in compulsory tips on these trips (this is not mentioned in their tour notes!)

While we did encounter tipping situationed on our Peru trip, it certainly wasn't 100's of dollars. While we had a guide on the trip, part of the trip involved other guides showing us around. When we were in the Jungle, for instance, we had a guide take us on a jungle hike. In Cusco we had a guide give us a city tour. Everyone in the group would then pool our money and tip these guides for their services. It wasn't very much per person, so on our trip it certainly wasn't $100's of dollars in tips. We also pooled our money at the end of the trip to tip our GAP guide. We did this on our own, it wasn't forced upon us.

We went on the "Taste of Peru" trip, i'm not sure if they still offer it. Basically hit Lima, Puerto Moldonado (Jungle Lodge on the Tambopata River), Cusco and of course Machu Picchu. Peru is an incredible country, the scenery is truely amazing.

If we take another GAP trip I just hope it is as smooth as our Peru trip. Would suck to have a wonderful trip ruined by a drunk guide.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 16, 2007, at 6:29 PM by adv3nture ]

6. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

Has anybody knows about GAP Adventures' link?
I would like to know more about them.

7. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Has anybody knows about GAP Adventures' link?
I would like to know more about them.

I don't know if this will get edited out or not... but here it is

They can sometimes be (overly) strict about url's to business on here. But the question was asked so i'm answering.