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Galapagos Island recommendations

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Galapagos Island recommendations

My wife & I are planning a trip to the Galapagos Feb- March 2013.

1. How many days should we plan- 4,5,6?\

2. Which islands are a must to visit?

3. Should we take a cruise island hopping or stay in Puerto Ayora and take day trips to the various islands?

4. Recommendations for a travel agency?

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1. Re: Galapagos Island recommendations

I just added a new Top Question (on the right side of the page) that will help you get started. It's the first one. The other TQs will also help you make some decisions.

Generally, the longer the trip the better. Eight days is perfect for a good cruise to visit the uninhabited islands. A Galapagos specialist would be preferable to a general all-over-the-world agency. There are a number of recommendations on the forum.

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2. Re: Galapagos Island recommendations

I agree with azbuceadora, the more time the better in the Galapagos, 5 days doesn't quite cut it. In terms of my top islands in Galapagos, they are: Isabela, Fernandina, Española, north seymour, floreana, genovesa, and bartolome. Isabela, Floreana and Bartolome can be reached by basing yourself with a land tour i.e island hopping via Santa Cruz. There are benefits to both cruises and land tours, but if you do a land tour you will definitely want more than 6 days I would say. The most reputable local agencies for Galapagos I would say are: Metropolitan, Columbus Travel and Klein tours.

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3. Re: Galapagos Island recommendations

Two other agencies that get lots of good recommendations on this forum are Happy Gringo and CNH Tours.

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4. Re: Galapagos Island recommendations

I just got back from an 8 day cruise to the Galapagos and I agree that 5 days would have been too short. We sailed on Tip Top III which had a great itinerary. My favorite islands were Isabela, Fernandina and Genovesa. We booked through Columbus Travel with Diego Andrade and were extremely happy with the service provided. From the first phone call to the end of our trip he personally took care of all our needs and provided us with a wonderful vacation.

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5. Re: Galapagos Island recommendations

We just did an 8 day cruise on the Coral 2. It was fantastic. 8 days was great. You really need that time to see all the animals.

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6. Re: Galapagos Island recommendations

well, we just returned and I will be a lone vice of dissent. I believe 4 days is plenty. You of course can not see all the islands, but think of Greece or something like that- a 4 day cruise through the isles, although they are all diffeent, is still enough to get a deep feeling and adventure. We visited a different islands each day, and there IS overlap, although the wildlife can vary alot from islands to island. Scuba is best at the tiny NW islands, and there are some real differences, but i rest my case....

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