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Cruising the Islands---Too Many Boats?---Need Advice

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Cruising the Islands---Too Many Boats?---Need Advice

We have always thought that we would like to see the Glapagos. When starting our research we see many boat choices. Is it so crowded that the boats are everywhere and jostling for space? We certainly want to have just a few people on the boat as well as a guide and naturalist. We rae looking for advice on what to be looking for. We enjoy the animals and birds. Like most, we want these valuable resources conserved for generations to come.

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1. Re: Cruising the Islands---Too Many Boats?---Need Advice

If you read more, you will know that the Park service limits the number of boats in any one area and have created very strict rules of how often a boat can return to an area in a two week span. 2012 was the start of this and it has changed all past itineraries. You will want to be aware of this when reading Trip Reports about specific itineraries as they will all be different now. It makes organizing a circuit more difficult than before if you are wanting to hit all the 'prime' islands, unless you can do a 15 day cruise.

If you wish to keep the boat impact lower, use a small ship as the larger ones cannot get into all the coves.

It is a catch 22, isn't it? We go because we want to see this wonderful place, but when we go, we do impact and change it for our future generations. They are working on minimizing impact, but going at all, every one of us, is doing the physical damage we want to avoid. However, with high park fees, we can only hope they are being used to support and maintain the environment so that it isn't exploited in other ways.

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2. Re: Cruising the Islands---Too Many Boats?---Need Advice

Contact Heather at CNH Tours, she can help advise you about options and several different boats.

http://www.cnhtours.com/

We did the Active Tour, going on the Samba (14 passengers, 6 crew including naturalist), it was fantastic, here's a look at our trip (it was before the 2012 changes)...

http://bethbillsadventures.shutterfly.com/

Scroll down the left side and click on the book you want to view, click again to enlarge.

As above, it's not crowded anywhere, most places we were the only ones there.

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3. Re: Cruising the Islands---Too Many Boats?---Need Advice

You can also minimize the number of other travelers on landings by choosing to travel during the least popular months. (You can see visitor statistics by the month here: https://www.sangay.com/2011_GPS_STATS.html ) We traveled in Sept.--the least popular of all of the months--and often had the landings completely to ourselves. It was great.

For getting started, you might check out some of the general pages on my trip report. The most popular pages have links under the header photo of the Giant Tortoise.

Tina

trip report at http://galapagos2009.wordpress.com/

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