International Birding, Adventure and Travel Tours Reviews

International Birding, Adventure and Travel Tours Reviews

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Below are comments given to us by our clients  

Barry Mulder


February 2024 Chiriquí, Panama:  Kaiyote - much thx for planning and for including me on this trip.  What an experience covering such a wide range of Panama’s habitats, their birds and other, and local culture too.  And Nando is a birding phenom!  Glad we could contribute to his wardrobe.  Kaiyote you’re a delight.  Barry from Tigard, Oregon

Louisa Evers


Darien, Panama February 2024:  Nando, the bird guide, was fabulous and really enjoyed having his young son along for a couple of days.  The life birds came fast and furious, especially since I have not done much birding outside the US.  Kaiyote did a great job handling the logistics, especially my early departure from the group.  Well worth the cost.  Louisa from Nampa, Idaho

Jack and Kelli


We are very happy we joined Kaiyote on her birding tour of Taiwan in December 2023. We are decent birders and seasoned travelers, but we chose a guided expedition because we had never before been to Asia. Kaiyote did a superb job of taking care of all the details, from meeting us at the airport and getting us to our hotel (even though we arrived a day early) to booking internal train tickets, excellent resort and restaurant reservations, and a professional driver.

The itinerary was well thought-out but flexible enough to accommodate special requests. Kaiyote made room for us to adventure into the Taipei subway and joined us on a day off to the Mao Kong Gondola at the Taipei Zoo, where we had our best looks at the Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler.

The accommodations in Taipei, Pei Kong River, and Hualien were top-notch. The National Park Lodge at Dasyueshan was rustic, but we had lots of warning about this and Kaiyote took special measures to make sure we had everything we needed at this spartan retreat—bringing extra snacks from the city to supplement our meals, providing  her own towels for our room, and expert advice for hiking at elevation for us sea-level dwellers.

The Rido Hotel in Taipei was our favorite spot. Thankfully so, as we had two separate stays there in a beautiful large upper-floor room overlooking Da’an Forest Park. We often wandered across the street to this amazing city park before meeting the group or after dinner to watch the dozens of Egrets (4 species!), Malayan and Black-capped Night-herons as thick as the pigeons in many cities, and a resident Common Kingfisher—all just across the street from our urban hotel!

Overall, the birding in Taiwan was excellent. We saw 174 species, 142 of which were new life-list birds for us, and many which were endemic to Taiwan. The local bird Guide, Wu, was extremely knowledgeable about the birds and spoke fluent English. He and Kaiyote were a pleasure to bird with. I think we might have been able to plan our own trip and self-guide, but there is no way we would have seen as many things and visited as many beautiful places had we not been with Kaiyote. Her hard work and knowledge of the area and people and the stress-free travelling was more than worth the price of the trip.

We highly recommend this trip and look forward to joining Kaiyote in some other part of the world.  Jack and Kelli, Portland, Oregon, December 2023



A fantastic birding experience in RMNP!

Nick and Nikita September 2023

Gayle Thompson Mongolia

Mongolia August 2023:  I have recently returned from a trip to Mongolia, organized and led by Kaiyote Tours. As a world traveler of over 50 years, I found traveling in Mongolia to be a unique experience. The trip was flawless. Our local guides were extremely knowledgeable as well as personable. Our accommodation was unique. We covered a lot of territory without ever feeling rushed. So much history, so many birds! Gayle, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Ann Palladino comment

Argentina May 2023 Private Tour:  Went to Argentina with Kaiyote for a 10 day family trip. It was wonderful!! Highly recommend it! She tailored the trip to what we wanted (i.e. included more cultural tours/activities since not everyone was bird watchers). She was an expert about the local birds and taught us so much about birdwatching in general. Moreover, she picked fabulous places to eat and stay at and always came up with plans that made everyone happy. Argentina itself is beautiful and has activities for everyone including history, nature preserves, and tango. It was a blast and a wonderful way to spend time with family!

Linda Archer

"Kaiyote Tours arranged an enjoyable and assorted itinerary to help me with familiarization of the birding areas around Sequim, WA, and found terrific birds all along the way!  I look forward to more such days taking in various other local areas as well as more extensive international trips with Kaiyote Tours!"  Linda Archer, Birding the Olympic Peninsula, Washington May 2023

Jeanine and Tony

My husband Tony and I enjoyed snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park with our skilled guide, Kaiyote Snow. Kaiyote met us outside the entrance to the park and curated a tour along the Colorado River Trail. She arrived prepared with all our gear, including snow shoes and trekking poles. After a quick safety lesson about cold exposure, she explained how to use the equipment, and we set off. During the three-mile round trip trek, we enjoyed learning about flora and fauna in the park, watched for wildlife by observing tiny animal tracks, and even dug down to find the Colorado River blanketed in fresh snow. Three hours flew by as we took well-timed breaks to enjoy the vistas and the snacks Kaiyote offered. It was a spectacular morning, as the weather was perfect, and we could spend time enjoying nature with a fabulous guide to show us the way.  Jeanine and Tony Consoli at Rocky Mountain National Park, February 2023

Eddie and Vicky

Nothing but wonderful things to say about Kaiyote. This was our first time snowshoeing and after a quick google search we went with Kaiyote Tours. She took the time to ensure our equipment was properly fit, tell us about the National Park, and gave us insightful information as we meandered through the park. I would highly recommend her services for the novice and seasoned hiker alike. Eddie and Vicky at Rocky Mountain National Park, February 2023

Anne Ardillo

I have traveled to many countries with Kaiyote including my third trip to Panama in Jan-Feb of 2023. On each trip I was able to see new birds along with the old favorites , (am up to over 300 species including 29 species of raptors). As usual when traveling with Kaiyote, we had lots of laughs and unexpected adventures. She has extensive knowledge, patience and love of the outdoors. The local guides, Nando and Ismael were superb, and them alone, worth a trip. Panama is a hidden gem that I hope to visit again. I highly recommend booking a trip with her. Anne Ardillo, Panama January 2023

Ron Wheeler

Kaiyote is by far the best guide I have ever used to explore nature.  She provides a great experience and great customer service.  Her incredible breadth of knowledge about animals, plants and geography as well as the people and culture of the area makes for an exceptional experience.                                                                   Ron Wheeler, Rocky Mountain National Park August 2022

Jim and Chris
My wife and I have been on four adventures with Kaiyote Tours. Each has been a thrilling and eye-opening trip. The birds we saw in Iceland, Columbia, Taiwan and Washington State were beyond expectation. In addition she pointed out mammals, trees and shrubs, architecture and also knew a bit of local history. The food was regional and delicious. I fully recommend a trip with Kaiyote Tours. I would rate her tours as five stars. J and C Rettig, Olympic Peninsula 5-day Tour June 2022

Matt Hansen

The trip was wonderful and many birds were found.  I have know Kaiyote from her days in Colorado, her knowledge of nature intertwined with birds and animals of the world.  I had the opportunity to go to Colombia, December 2018.  The trip was wonderful and many birds were found.  My favorite is hummingbirds and we saw 32 species in 12 days.  The trips run smoothly, we wat well always and the camaraderie was wonderful.  I would highly recommend a trip with her.  Matt Hansen, Colombia 2018 and Texas Birding April 2021

Geoff Livingston

I hired Kaiyote to help me find the best place to photograph Hurricane Ridge during sunrise.  She did a phenomenal job, and I was so grateful for her experience.  She also made sure to suggest a few venues that also made for great photographs.  Thanks so much, Kaiyote I hope others discover your awesome business.  Geoff Livingston, May 2021 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Olympic National Park 2019

Catherine and Steven



Olympic National Park Summer 2019: Mossy Lush Green & Mysterious Forest - Don't miss the waterfall treks to see the beauty of these trails. What a wonder! And with guide and birder Kaiyote Tours... OUTSTANDING! Catherine and Steven

Paul and Ellen



Stockholm Christmas December 2018:  Many thanks to you and Ed for our spectacular time in Stockholm. Special mention to Ed for all his thoughtful help. Ellen and Paul

Peter Raymond


Kaiyote led my family on a guided tour of Iceland in August 2018.  We had a wonderful time in the country with Kaiyote.  The highlight of the trip was visiting a puffin colony on an island off the coast of Iceland.  It was wonderful to see the birds up close.  My time with Kaiyote introduced me to bird watching, an activity which, due to my time with Kaiyote, I've also come to enjoy and love!  Peter Raymond, Iceland August 2018

Kaiyote was our guide for an amazing hike through Olympic National Park.  she was an amazing guide!  The trip was well organized, food was great and she did a great job of showing us all the ocean life as we went tide pooling.  I would highly recommend Kaiyote Tours.  Katie, Olympic National Park August 2018

David and Linda


If you are looking to bird in a small group with excellent guides, and have interesting cultural experiences while you are at it, Kaiyote Tours is for you.  I and my wife have recently toured with Kaiyote to both Iceland and Colombia.  Both trips were great - no wonder she has so many repeat clients.  David and Linda

David and Lisa



May 2018, Northeast Iceland Tour:  Linda and I thank you for the great job of leading us thru Iceland. We look forward to seeing you again in September and in December. Best, David

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May 2018, Westfjords, Iceland Tour:  Lisa and I had a great time!  We enjoyed seeing Iceland very much.  All the meals and hotels were great.   The trip was a vacation but even more so an experience.  It was very relaxing to know you had everything taken care of!  Rod from Virginia

Thanks again for a great couple of days, we had a wonderful time.
Polly and Nancy, Olympic National Park August 2017

Science Instructional Coaches Omaha Public Schools  August 2017

We learned so much and all agree it was a life changing experience.  I really do hope to be back in the future.  I would love to have my family experience the beauty of Washington!  
Science Instructional Coaches
Omaha Public Schools 
August 2017

Aimee, Olympic National Park June 2017


I cannot thank you enough for an amazing 5 days.  Your support and encouragement helped me feel strong again and getting us up to the glacier was just the icing on the cake (or maybe strawberry pie!).  Aimee, Olympic National Park June 2017


 Thank you for organizing my backpacking trip.  I wanted to let you know I completely enjoyed the experience.  Ed is a great guide.  I was very grateful for his expert guidance and attention to safety and detail.  I learned so much about backpacking and the wilderness from Ed which is exactly what I was hoping for!  It was an absolutely beautiful, mellow, serene, and perfect trip!!  Sincerely, Marianne

Olympic National Park June 2017

Thanks for arranging two wonderful days for us.

Kari and Ed were awesome and really fun to be with. Thanks,

M. Suvall Olympic National Park Sept. 2016

Mount Hood Community College, August 2016

It was a great trip and I believe the students learned a lot about backcountry leadership. 

Thanks so much to you and Ed for your support.  
Mount Hood Community College, August 2016

Appalachian Mountain Club visit to Olympic National Park July 2016

We hope to return, usually don't go back to the same place for about 5 years but who knows, the Olympics were great, so much to see, I'd vote for sooner.  I will also recommend your service to anyone I know who is planning a trip out to the Olympic Park.  It was a pleasure to meet Kari and Ed and the car campers were impressed with your knowledge and how much fun it was. 
Thanks again, 
Appalachian Mountain Club visit to Olympic National Park July 2016

I cannot imagine how disappointing it would have been for our group to not be able to see the park, but more than that we all truly enjoyed hiking with you.  

Cindy, Olympic National Park July 2016

Wendy and Roger Iceland trip May 2016

We had an amazing trip.  We both completely enjoyed the Westfjords!  It is amazing.  As always you expertly blended our likes- hot tubs, hiking, exploring with Birding.  We had so much fun and have amazing pictures of many kinds of birds, and of course the PUFFINS! Yay! Thanks for everything! All our best! 

Wendy and Roger, Iceland trip May 2016

Anne and John, Iceland trip May 2016

We had a fantastic time and I have been singing your praise to everyone I know.  Iceland is such an incredible place and you made it so easy for us to enjoy.  Now I need to see tropical birds so I may consider one of Nicaragua trips and would love to return to Iceland.  If you have a newsletter or emails that you periodically send out please put me on that list.

Anne and John, Iceland trip May 2016

Joe & Holly February 2016

Thanks for showing us Nicaragua!

Joe & Holly February 2016

The best day I have had in a long time.

Gerald Walker, Olympic National Park

Anna Cannova Iceland New Year’s Eve 2016

We had a fantastic time on this trip. It exceeded all my expectations!
Anna Cannova, Iceland New Year’s Eve 2016

The Bogrow Family 2015

We can’t stop talking about our wonderful trip.  You were instrumental in helping create it.  Thanks again, appreciate you sharing your extreme knowledge with us.

The Bogrow Family 2015

I'm in love with Olympic N. P. The hikes you chose for me were amazing!  To have such a variety of beauty and have all of it being so close to each other just blew me away!  Thank you again for taking such good care of me. I can't wait to come back.

D. Harris 2015

R. Wheeler 2015

Thanks again for an amazing trip.  As I said to you on the trip, backpacking with you is so exceptional because of your huge depth of knowledge of everything we are seeing.  Without you, it would be “Oh what a pretty walk!” which would also be great but you make it so much more truly exceptional experience.  Kaiyote tailors every tour to each client to make sure they have the safest, most fun, and educational trip possible.  In short, she turns a pretty hike into an amazing, enriching experience.  If you want a fun, great adventure with a great person, she's the one for you. 

R. Wheeler 2015

Thanks for all your help.  You definitely went above and beyond! I’m looking forward to the next time, will call you again. 

P. Willits, summer 2015

Just wanted to let you know what a great tour you gave us. Your wealth of knowledge was inspiring. It was great to tour the park with you and learn about the birds and so much else – trees smelling like butterscotch.

Sincerely, Claudia - Valencia, Pennsylvania fall 2014

I can’t begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our hikes with you.  The first one was classic with you picking up dead elk bones and eating wild rose buds.  We talk about you all the time.

Ken and Lynda 2014

Mari Higuchi  New York NY

Thank you so much for the amazing 3 days!! It was my most amazing experience and this trip changed my life!  I will keep working on being as strong as people who carry one 3rd of their body weight to climb up the mountain and want to back packing one day.  I will definitely come back to Rocky Mountain!  Hope to see you soon!  

Mari Higuchi, New York, NY.

Joe Laszlo and Holly Love  Peoria IL  Iceland 2014

Great job!  The tour was better than we could have imagined.  Your guidance by gesture and smile was perfect.  Sincere thanks, 
Joe Laszlo and Holly Love 
Peoria, IL.  
Iceland 2014

Thank you so much for the great hike today on the Ute trail. Dan and Dan both had a great time. They both raved about the hike all the way back to Longmont. You sure knew your flora and fauna, the mountains and the animals that inhabit the RMNP.  I will surely recommend you to my co-workers at Intrado... Take care and thanks again.  
Jerry Wilke

I wanted thank you for the great snowshoeing hike on December 2, 2013. We really enjoyed ourselves and appreciated how you worked with the group's capabilities. It made me want to go again.  


I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the tour with you.  If I vacation in the area again I will look forward to additional tours with you.  I have talked with several people who have been to the park many times and have never even seen a moose before.  That was awesome getting to be in nature with the majestic animal.  You also shared some beautiful landscape.  I also enjoyed the knowledge of plants and birds you shared with us.  

Steve and Connie

Steve Tripp Detroit MI Snowshoe Tour

We had a great time with you on our trip.  Thanks for being such an excellent guide and for having all the gear we needed.  
Steve Tripp
Detroit, MI.
Snowshoe Tour

We had a great birding event with you.  Thanks so much!!  
Bob and Nancy Mikle
Houston, Texas
Summer 2012

Just want to say how much I enjoyed our hike to the top of Deer Mountain last month.  Keep up the good work and carry on!! 


Rick Vetter and Joan Suther Argentina 2012

Sure enjoyed our trip with you. Looking forward to seeing you in the future!  I'd travel anywhere with you and can vouch you are a great roommate!  You travel so light you don't take up any space!!
Rick Vetter and Joan Suther
Argentina 2012

France was amazing!  Thanks again for such a great tour.  Loved the itinerary!  

Mike and Julie Holbeck 
Minneapolis, MN

JP Mondeau  Summer 2013

Kaiyote, thanks for making this possible.  Your training tips over the summer were invaluable.  You gave me confidence on the climb when I needed it most.  I doubt I would have made it to the summit without confidence in your guiding ability and encouraging words.

JP Mondeau 
Summer 2013

Noreen Sue and Ginny Summer 2003

We had a wonderful day, thanks to your knowledge of the trees and wildlife, and your patience with our many questions, as well as, your good humor in giving us extra time in the gift shop!  You have made our “Colorado Experience’ very memorable!  

Sincerely, Noreen, Sue
and Ginny

Summer 2003