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    • Ecuador in May?

      Quito Sep 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM

      I am planning a trip to Ecuador for May 2016. As of now, we (active retired couple) plan Quito, 5 day Amazon tour, travel south to Cuenca, fly back to Quito. Is May before the tourist season? I am looking for options for travel between Quito and Cuenta. The Tren Crucero tours are not within our budget. Are there other rail options or are car rentals and driving a possibility?

    • Clothes for Ecuador

      Ecuador Sep 8, 2015 at 1:15 PM

      We r traveling to Ecuador from 12 th sept to 27 th sept. We r visiting Quito, hakuna matata lodge near Archidona and the Galápagos islands. Can u advice on the kind of clothes to take?

    • advice for researching travel/accomodation to Ecuador

      Quito Sep 20, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      We are just starting research into planning a 3 wk trip to Ecuador (either Quito, Cuena or both- not sure yet) I'd like a modestly priced apartment, so any advice on the best website to search apartments or suites would be appreciated. Also we'll be flying from either Vancouver, BC or Seattle, WA - any tips on booking flights? Dates we are looking at are late December for 3 weeks. I am not even sure of the weather there at that time ;) Any referral for starting this research would be great!

      Thanks, Lisa

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      Getting around on Santa Cruz Island

      Galápagos Islands Aug 24, 2015 at 5:16 AM

      Our hotel is 20 minutes from the coast on Santa Cruz island. Is there car rental or taxi service available?

      3 Answers Aug 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM
    • Ferry from Baltra to Santa Cruz

      Galápagos Islands May 8, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      I am arriving at Baltra airport at 11:30am. I have read that it takes a while to go through customs and pay for the entrance fee.
      If I miss the 2pm ferry to Santa Cruz, are there any alternatives to getting to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz? I've been looking at various forums, but haven't found anything.
      Thank you!

      3 Answers May 8, 2015 at 11:56 PM
    • Tour Operators in Puerto Villamil

      Puerto Villamil Mar 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM

      Are there any recommended tour operators in Puerto Villamil with whom I could get in contact by e-mail to get an idea of what kinds of half-day tours and cruises are available from Puerto Villamil and perhaps book them in advance?

      7 Answers Mar 20, 2015 at 9:11 AM
    • Is this a good Galapagos itinerary?

      Galápagos Islands Mar 13, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      Hi, Can you please advise on this itinerary we are planning. Is there anything we are really missing?
      Day 1: Arrive in Santa Cruz at midday. Afternoon, visit lava tunnels and Charles Darwin station
      Day 2: Yacht cruise
      Day 3: fly to Isabela Island. Snorkling tour in afternoon
      Day 4: Sierra Negra by horseback
      Day 5: fly back to Santa Cruz and do ??
      Day 6: Depart Galapagos

      5 Answers Mar 14, 2015 at 5:25 AM
    • tippping customs

      Galápagos Islands Mar 12, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      We need advice on tipping - in hotels/hostals, taxis, restaurants, guides. What are the customs?

      1 Answer Mar 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM
    • tippping cusstoms

      Galápagos Islands Mar 12, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      We need advice on tipping - in hotels/hostals, taxis, restaurants, guides. What are the customs?

      2 Answers Mar 12, 2015 at 9:41 AM
    • granola or other bars for snacks

      Galápagos Islands Mar 12, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      We are flying from Quito to San Cristobal and will then join a tour. Are we permitted to bring snacks in our luggage?

      7 Answers Mar 12, 2015 at 12:33 PM
    • Speedboat baggage allowance

      Galápagos Islands Feb 17, 2015 at 5:27 AM

      We are scheduled to take the public speed boat from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz. Is there a luggage/kg limit, less than the airlines'?

      2 Answers Feb 17, 2015 at 7:55 AM
    • where to store valuable and money

      Galápagos Islands Feb 3, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      We are doing land tour in Galapagos. We are staying in budget hotels which do not have in room safe. We want to know any tips in storing valuables e.g. camera and money when go snorkeling. Also is it safe to leave clothes on the beach?
      Thanks for any tips

      3 Answers Feb 4, 2015 at 10:13 AM
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      Galapago cruise ss maryann

      Galápagos Islands Nov 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      I am trying to plan our trip to Ecuador and Galapagos from jan 22-mar 2. I was wanting to go to galapagos via cruise, love the picture of ss maryann. Does anyone know how to obtain a cruise for a discount price? I have read that different companies have overbooked and cancelled at last minute. I also wonder if Galapagos should be at the front or end of our trip??

      4 Answers Nov 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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      I need help for my Galapagos trip :-)

      Galápagos Islands Oct 8, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Hello !
      We are arrivng to Baltra on November 19 at 11.30. We booked a cheap hotel in Santa Cruz for all our nights and were thinking of maximizing our stay by doing Day trips. We return on the 22 in the morning so not much time I must say ! We are limited on budget but would like to see a max of the Galapagos, for me it is a kid's dream come true !
      Can we do Santa Cruz just after we landed on the 19 ? I was thinking Centre Charles Darwin, Rancho Primicias, Lava Tunnel, las grietas + Tortuga Bay ? Or might be short ? Then I was thinking one day excursion to Isabella (Sierra Negra and Tintoretas isle) ? And the last Day do a one day trip to San Cristobal and Leon Dormido (I only snorkel, no scuba dive, can I also see the sharks etc ?).
      Does all this seems like a good idea ? Is it feasible ? Will I have seen the best of of Galapagos or am I really missing out on something ?

      31 Answers Oct 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM
    • don't swim

      Galápagos Islands Sep 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      My husband is planning a trip to the Galapagos Island in April, and wants me to go along. I don't swim or snorkel and I don't enjoy hiking ...I know, I sound like a dud, but I'm really not. Will I be miserable on this trip?

      8 Answers Oct 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM
    • Galapagos.

      Galápagos Islands Aug 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Are there Boat/Ferry running between San Cristobal and Santa Cruz island for a day trip? What kind of cost are we looking at. If anyone knows please let us know. Thanks.

      4 Answers Sep 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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      Best Month to Visit Galapagos?

      Galápagos Islands Jul 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM


      My wife and I are planning a trip to the Galapagos. We are particularly interested in visiting during the Albatross nesting season, which we understand is from late March to December. We are able to visit next year in either late March or late May and are wondering if either of these is a preferred time to visit.

      Thank you for your help!

      4 Answers Sep 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM
    • Ecuador to Galapagos.

      Galápagos Islands Jul 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Does anyone know if there is a boat rout to San Cristóbal Island from anywhere on mainland? Such as Manta, Puerto Lopez or Salinas? Thanks.

      7 Answers Jul 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM
    • bug repelent

      Galápagos Islands Jul 8, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      what is the best bug repelent to use?

      7 Answers Jul 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM
    • If you had 3 days only on the islands were would you go snorkelling?

      Isla Isabela Jun 3, 2014 at 2:46 AM

      i'llbe there for a 3 night hotel based toue, and i just love snorkeling and would like to see sea lions, marine iguanas, sting rays, sharks. Can you point out the best places? thanks

      2 Answers Jun 6, 2014 at 4:16 AM
    • Getting TO Baltra airport

      Isla Santa Cruz Apr 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      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"

      7 Answers Apr 17, 2014 at 12:21 AM
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      cruise question for July 2014

      Galápagos Islands Apr 9, 2014 at 5:49 AM

      hi all,
      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!

      12 Answers Jun 16, 2014 at 5:14 AM
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      HELP: Day tour out of Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

      Galápagos Islands Mar 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      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.

      7 Answers Mar 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM
    • Hello trying to figure this place out

      Puerto Ayora Mar 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      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

      2 Answers Mar 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM
    • which month ? did somebody go in November ?

      Galápagos Islands Feb 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      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 ?

      4 Answers Mar 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM
    • has anyone had trouble with galapagos islands travel center?

      Galápagos Islands Feb 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Has anyone had trouble with this tour company?

      4 Answers Mar 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM
    • Is it possible to visit a few islands as day trips?

      Galápagos Islands Jan 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      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?


      2 Answers Jan 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

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      4 Answers Mar 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM
    • Isla Genovesa to Isla Baltra

      Isla Genovesa Nov 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      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??

      1 Answer Nov 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM
    • Questions about Galapagos

      Galápagos Islands Oct 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      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:
      How do you speak:

      5 Answers Oct 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM
    • How long does it take to get to

      Galápagos Islands Sep 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      How long does it take to get to espanola island from santa cruz island by boat?

      2 Answers Sep 29, 2013 at 9:05 PM
    • Question about Galasam

      Galápagos Islands Sep 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      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?

      3 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM
    • Name of large, split rock in Galapagos

      Galápagos Islands Aug 28, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      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?

      6 Answers Dec 12, 2013 at 9:31 PM