We have a screwy problem that my paranoia (Anything that might go wrong WILL!) causes me to ask a few questions. We are going to fly into Baltra the day before our Celebrity cruise leaves. The hotel has arranged-for 65 bucks- to meet us at the airport, escort us onto the shuttle bus and across on the ferry to a taxi to the hotel. For irritating reasons Celebrity insists that we must return all the way to the airport, the next morning and they "cannot" link up with us anywhere else--(like at the bottom of the hill from the airport).
So, does the shuttle between the ferry dock and the airport run frequently or intermittently? Is there a problem with us trying to get back from the ferry dock to the airport without escort?? (Celebrity has said it is not LEGAL for us to be unescorted!!) I guess we are confident we can get back from the hotel to the ferry dock on the Santa Cruz side--for a lot less than $65-but is there a problem with us getting across and up to the airport on our own??
Thanks so much!!
PS My paranoia is not absurd! I managed to be trying to get to the airport-in Australia the morning the Sydney bridge was suddenly closed by a strike--in Copenhagen the morning the Metro was closed for maintenance with less than 12 hours notice--in Los Angeles when the driver coming to pick us up called at the very time we were expecting him to arrive to say he was an hour away "because of traffic"
I read lots of postings about last minute booking on cruises in Galapagos. I will be in Quito July 6. i will be in Ecuador from july 6-28. Many people say they get amazing last minute deal. I would like advice on what would be a reasonable last minute price ( a range) for tourist superior, for 8days? And in which area of Quito to find these deals? my first day will be about shopping around. Should I book a flight now to the Galapagos, then try to find a last minute cruise on the island? would you also recommend I stay longer in the island (which one) for a couple more days? we are snorkelers.
I know I will be in peak season, but willing to take the risk of last minute deals. your advice is much appreciated! Mario.firstname.lastname@example.org
I am flying to Balta on March/30 and I am in dire straits to book a day tour to North Seymour during the following 3 days. Unfortuantely, I could not find any tour company online who sells day tours. Most only sells multi-day trips or cruises.
I would be grateful if someone could help me out with a local travel agent.
This will my 1st time in Puerto Ayora.I been doing research and came up with nothing so far. Can you recommend any hotels?And dive shops and places to eat.And how is the diving in October??Thanks
we plan 2 weeks mid Nov. - somebody spoke about "low season"...??
I am able to either go
Sept. or Nov. or May...we love to snorkel ! we have 3 mm little tropical suits..
would that be okay ?
Has anyone had trouble with this tour company?
We'll be there in February (last minute trip) for 4-5 days (can't do more unfortunately). We'd prefer to base ourselves in Puerto Ayora and do day trips to some islands/sites. We're non-swimmers so would rather not do a cruise and besides those seem very expensive. My questions are:1. Which are the top places to visit? We want to focus on wildlife: penguins, boobies, turtles etc.2. Are any sites accessible on your own by taxi/ferry etc?
2. Any recommended day tour companies?
i AM LOOKING FOR LAND AND SEA TOURS OF 4-5 DAYS OF GALAPAGOS FOR LESS USD 1000.
ANY BODY SUGGEST GOOD ITINERARY/VOYAGE/AGENT TO CONTACT.
My boss is travelling with his family on a boat trip all over the Galapagos Islands. His daughter wants to leave a day or two early. They will be on either Isla Genovesa or Isla Marchena at that time. Is there any boats that run between those islands and Isla Baltra so that she can get back to Isla Baltra and take a flight back to America??
What is the most rated thing to eat:
What is the most favorited sport:
Which continent does the Galapagos fit in:
What is the largest city:
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How long does it take to get to espanola island from santa cruz island by boat?
I have been checking for a trip to Galapagos in the last few months, but it turns out that the Galasam website has changed so drastically, can somebody tell me if you know something about this? are these guys the same Galasam with all the good rep on forums?
There's a very large rock in the ocean in the Galapagos, which is split, In the fissure is a great "channel" for deep-water snorkeling. What's the name of that rock?
I never was on such a small motor boat. Does anybody know from their experience how was it? Thank you for your advice!
Would like some advice on cruises to Galapagos and Amazon for the period of Sept 7-21. Any suggestions? Best way to book cruise whether beforehand or while we are there. Also best Amazon adventures. My husband and I would like to see indiginous people.
What is the possibility of a 15 year old boy in highschool whos knowledge on the Galalpagos tortoise is vast working/ volunteering at this reearch center for just 1 week?
hi, we are in the early stages of planning a holiday to take in Australia and from there we would like to visit the Galapagos Islands.
Can anyone advise on the best way to get from Australia ( probably Brisbane or Sydney ) to these islands.
Also what is the best time to visit.
I am headed to the Ecuador in June next year and already have booked a 10 day dive trip and a stay in a rainforest lodge. Before we get our dive boat we are spending a couple of days in San Cristobal just to chill after the journey. We would however like to get out and about on the island for some of the time on either day or half day trips, particularly to see some of the wildlife. Can anyone advise on who provides such a service and ideally also what are the places that one would want to visit?
We are planning on visiting the Galapagos and will probably fly into Baltra. Then we would like to explore Isabela and the national park. Are there ferries that take people from island to island or are they only accessible by cruise boats? Thank you,
My girlfriend and me are planning to travel to Ecuador and Galapagos Islands in December this year. Does anybody knows if a special permission is required to travel to Galapagos Islands and to stay there for a couple of days? Many thanks for your help!
Hello, I will stay in San Cristobal for few days in July. Can you tell me if there is a day tour (boat) to Espanola from St. Cristobal?
Hi, I'm looking to visit the Galápagos Islands and wondered what other people suggest for tours.
I was thinking of going with Red Mangrove (www.redmangrove.com) with their land tours. Has anyone used them? And what do they think?
Or would a cruise be better?
Or even another company?
I'm also thinking of doing the Amazon right after. Any advice and/or suggestions are appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Hi, my fiance and I would like to visit the Galapagos, but aren't sure which tour operators would be the best choice. There are a few out there but I saw one called Galakiwi tours and their itinerary seems pretty ok. Has anyone gone with any tour operators that are reasonably priced and who have knowledgable guides and are safe?
Hello. I'm having a lot of difficulty deciding between two similar 4 night cruises on good catamarans in the Galapagos late December (4 nights due to time constraints, unfortunately). The two catamarans are Treasure of the Galapagos and Queen of Galapagos. Here are the two itineraries:
Queen of Galapagos:
AM Baltra Airport
PM Santa Cruz: Highlands-Twin Hills(Gemelos)
AM Floreana: Punta Cormorant/ Champion
PM Floreana: Post Office Bay/ Mirador Baronesa/Devils Crown
AM Española: Punta Suarez
PM Espalola: Gardner Bay/ Islote Osborn
AM Cerro Brujo
PM León Dormido
AM Interpretation Center
PM San Cristóbal Airport
Treasure of Galapagos:
Transfer in/CHARLES DARWIN
* SEYMOUR N./BARTOLOME
* TORTUGA BAY/SANTA FE
* PUNTA SUAREZ/BAHIA GARDNER-ISLOTE GARDNER-ISLOTE OSBORN
* CERRO COLORADO/transf out
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
We are planning a South American holiday to include the Galapagos Islands asthe main purpose of the visit. It is my partners dream location. I need advice on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING please!! lol
I know the flights from Ecudor are around the350/$400 mark. Accom is fair price and easy. My concern is gettting aroun the islands without being on a sail boat cruise etc. My questions are:
How long will we need to see most/all of the Galapagos?
What time of year is the low season?
Are there local tour guides that can help us navigate the islands?
Can you suggest the best way t navigate the islands baring in mind cost and time?
Our budget is not fied yet as we are prepared to pay for the sail cruise if we have to. But we prefer to be independant travelers.
Are there any direct fights to the islands from anywhere else in South America other than Ecuador? Thanks, Joe
I am looking into land based tour on the Galapagos because sea sickness is a major concern. I have tickets to the islands between end of Dec 2012 and 5th Jan 2013. Its High High season I know, but I wonder, from people who's been there, what are the chances that we join some land based tours (we are 2 people, we can squeeze in, right?) after we have arrived there? I can live with seeing less of the islands, I can live with seeing only sites close to Santa Cruz island (which is where I am going to). What do you all think? Will I end up not joining any tour because they are all fully booked when I get there? What about cost, nobody (OK, I wasn't reading carefully) ever mention costs of those land based tours, anybody have any idea? I know they varies, but will they be cheaper than cruises in general anybody knows?
Thanks so much!
In mid Sept I will fly in Santa Cruz Island and have 1.5 days before I board a week long cruise boat for Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Stn and Turtle Bay), N. Seymour/Bartholome/Santa Fe/Espanola/San Cristobal.
A few questions:
1. Which island would you recommend me to visit during my 1.5 days free time, that will be not too similar and redundant of my upcoming cruise tour? I am more interested in seeing different wildlife and snorkeling than historical sites.
2. Do I have to join a day-tour instead of finding a ferry and go on my own for more freedom? Do you think I can easily find a tour or ferry upon arrival at airport or go into town center? Or do I need to book one beforehand through some agency? I can't find any ferry schedules online. I am debating between Isabela and Floreana....
3. The budget lodging in Puerto Ayora - I heard about "Espana" but unable to find any website or contact info to book it. Any other recommendations on budget lodging? Will it be fairly easy to find one upon arrival without reservation?
Thank you very much in advance.
Hello all Travelers,
I am planning on a trip to Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)from Dec 27 - Jan 5. It is not final yet, I am researching to see what is the best month to go.
For that I need your help,
If anyone has gone, would you please tell me what is the best month to visit Galapagos, so I can see good wildlife and scenery there? And which Islands you can recommend ? Also how many days is enough?
Thank you so much in advance, any information is super helpful.
I have been to the Galapagos twice now and I am about to go for the third time. I can either just visit a bunch of small island on a 8 day tour (what most ships do) but there is alo the option to do an 8 day tour on a ship just focused around isabela, fernaninda, y rabida. So, can anyone tell me how the wildlife on isabel is, especially concerning the abundance and diversity of wildlife during snorkeling???,
I suppose it will be great as well but perhaps someone with enough knowledge of the galapagos could compare isabela island to the other smaller islands (which I do know°. Thanks a lot, appreciate it.