I highly recommend booking your trip with Galapagos Alternative. They were able to create an amazing itinerary that was a perfect balance of adventure, sightseeing, and relaxation. Lauren was super prompt with correspondence and tailoring our itinerary to our needs. Liz and Rita were lovely - they were punctual with our meeting times, they took us to all of our transfers (super important because my husband and I don't speak Spanish), checked in on us everyday, and are a wealth of knowledge for dining, culture, and sightseeing.
The naturalist guides and day trip tours that Galapagos Alternative uses are supurb. The guides were professional and knowlegable. Their passion for their land, culture, people, and animals is really evident in their practice.
We stayed 3 nights in Santa Cruz and 3 nights in Isabella (took a boat from Santa Cruz to Isabella and then a plane from Isabella back to Santa Cruz). Those islands are both very different from each other - Santa Cruz having a more small city feel whereas Isabella was more rustic and authentic. They are a nice complement to each other.
We stayed at Mainao Inn in Santa Cruz and Casa de la Marita in Isabella - both lovely accommadations with attentive service and great locations and good breakfasts.
We loved the activities that were planned for us especially the opportunity to swim and snorkle with white tipped sharks!
I highly recommend Galapagos Alternative for your trip to the Galapagos. It is the only way to go!
Thank you Galapagos Alternative! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!
-bring small bills for taxi services, meals, and tipping your guide
-bring a reusable water bottle
-it is worth it to spend a little extra on a wetsuit rental as the water in Galapagos in October was very cold
- I would recommend at least one way plane ride between islands (ie Isabella and Santa Cruz) as the water was very rough (we were warned in advance)
-bring light layer of clothing or a light windbreaker as the weather is constantly changing
-learn some Spanish! Especially when ordering breakfast ;D
-bring a sense of adventure! Enjoy!
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