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Land Base Tour

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Land Base Tour

Hello anyone,

We are a family of 4. Two young children (10,14). We want to travel to Galapagos island. Santo Cruz and Isabella around March 25-April 6) . I just wonder if we can book land / boat tour after we arrive at the islands. I don't want to book in advance because it seems expensive and all online tour operator offer a whole package which may not be flexible for us. Please give us some advices. Do you know any independent / local tour operator on the islands? we want to support local economy as well.


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There are numerous day trip operators on both of those islands. If you book your hotel in advance, it will be no problem to wander around town and get prices on day tours from local operators on Isabela and Santa Cruz. Whatever hotel you book will likely also be able to assist with getting you in touch with local companies.

If you're looking to take a multi-day cruise and book that from the islands, it is possible if someone has empty space on a boat, but that is a risk most people are not willing to take.

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Thank you Funmonty. This really helps

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You can book last minute cruises and day tours to other islands from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. You need to book at least the day before and really as far ahead as you can to ensure the destination you want is available. Only limited islands are available as day trips.

The ferry (speedboat) crossing to Isabela can be booked at least the day before from many agents or at the pier in Puerto Ayora. If you just turn up on the day, you may not get on. You will need to stay at least 2 nights on Isabela to see anything due to the boat times.

There are no inter-island day trips or cruises from Isabela - just fishing boats to a local islet or for snorkelling. You can book land visits to the volcano and wall of tears at numerous locations. The beach and tortoise breeding center you can walk to.

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it is quite easy to book the tours on spot, there are several tour operators or each island.

On Isabela we used tour operator based in San Vincente hotel for the Tintoreras tour, but they offer Tuneles ad the volcano trip as well.

Just my two cents - we liked San Cristobal the most out of the three islands (Isabela, Santa Cruz and Cristobal).

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Hello Family of Four - while you can book once you arrive, it is not without risk. Many of the day tours are limited in terms of when and where they can go and sometimes they don't have enough people to make the trip a go. You are going to spend a lot of time and money getting to the Galapagos and wasting precious time trying to set things up once there is risky. The best guides and best tours do book in advance. Some of the better accommodation and tour options won't cost you more to book in advance than booking there and others can only be booked in advance. The biggest reason to book a quality tour in advance is the quality of the guides. If you don't care about that, then taking your chances can work. In my mind, the value of visiting the Galapagos is all about learning and a good guide will open many more doors for you than either a poor guide or no guide.

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