If you decide to take a tour, here are some things to look for in a good tour company: Reputation – Look on travel message boards to see what a company’s reputation is Cost – With tour companies, it’s not always true that you get what you pay for. Guides – Make sure the company uses knowledgeable, local guides Market – Research the company’s target market. Again, travel boards can help here Safety – Make sure the company follows all the proper safety requirements and is accredited by the local government,
Make sure the company uses knowledgeable, local guides. The guide should be a local or at least a long-term resident, know the local language, have travel experience, and know life-saving techniques. I’ve been on tours where the guide was a walking encyclopedia, and on some where the guide was a glorified time keeper. Guides can make or break your trip. They are going to explain everything to you and keep the flow of the tour going. I always ask about the guides when I book a tour.