Galapagos Alternative is the real deal! This organization provided my 25 yr old son and myself a week of great tours, super luxury accomodations ( Angermeyer Inn - Santa Cruz; Iguana Crossing - Isabella) and wonderful personal attention. All the guides and personnel arrived on time (except for a couple of times on Isabella) and were both friendly and knowledgable. Special credit goes to Liz who met us in town after our flight from Quito and showed up each night to check in on how the day activiites went as well as went over details of the next day schedule. Upon arrival and departure from the Baltra airport, Wilson would run with our bags during the multiple transfers (canal shuttle,airline, busses and taxis) making sure we were the first in line for the shuttle or check in at the airport. On the first day we were given a private tour of the highlands and then were booked with small groups on atractive (even new) ships for day trips to unihabited isalnds. North Seymour as well as Santa Fe were well worth the hour to two hour voyages each way. Blue Footed Boobies and red breasted Frigate birds were in abundance and in the midst of their mating dances. Large land lguanas (near extinction) were out in the open on Santa Fe and displayed absolutely no fear of humans. Although the visability of the snorkeling was limited (10 - 20 ft) the presence of marine life was in abundance. Marine iguanas, sea lions, sea turtles, white tipped sharks, and various rays ( eagle, spotted, golden) were seen. It was a thrill and humerous) to snorkel with the sea lions that would dart in and out and play with us while snorkeling. Kayaking at Tortuga Bay allowed us to cruise over a manta ray as well as white tipped sharks.The close interaction with marine, reptile, and bird.life was mind bogling.
Galapagos Alternaitve is a real option for planning any land tour of the Galapagos.
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