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    Galapagos in August - Any advice/thoughts would be very helpful!

    Galápagos Islands Jun 21, 2016 at 1:41 AM


    In late August I shall be going to the Galapagos Islands and I'm hoping to get your advice on a few things.

    I will have 7-10 days (more likely to be 7 days) and the wildlife is what i'm going for. Normally when I travel I do things independently as opposed to organised tours but i'm wondering in this case which such limited time whether I should be taking a tour?

    I've found a 7 day tour with Imaginative Traveller for £600 ($880) which includes accommodation, breakfast only, and trips to Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. There are additional extras to Isla Lobos and several others should I wish to take them.

    This sounds pretty good to me but what I really want to understand is whether 7 days is genuinely long enough and with the itinerary i've mentioned whether there is anything MUST SEE that i'm going to miss? I really want to see the blue-footed booby, marine iguanas and the giant tortoise.

    Thank you in advance for any advice!

    11 Answers Jun 23, 2016 at 12:54 AM
  • Galapagos cruise in October

    Galápagos Islands Jun 19, 2016 at 12:01 AM


    We are arriving in Quito on October 1st and we want to visit the Galapagos Islands by a ship cruise (much likely 8 days). As i read, it's much cheaper to book it in Quito or in Puerto Ayora. Since October is low season, we are curious which way is best. Fly directly to the Galapagos Islands and find a Last Minute ticket? And how about the flight to the islands? Shall we book a return flight from home or just a one way ticket and see what offer we get on the islands for the cruise? Are those flights popular or will we find a last minute flight as well?

    Thanks for any advise - also if you know a good ship!

    2 Answers Jun 19, 2016 at 3:01 AM
  • Avianca - only local credit card

    Galápagos Islands May 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    I'm about to buy two multi-city tickets to Galápagos through Avianca. the price was 535 USD, but then i realized that they only accept local credit cards, and the country on their webpage was set to Ecuador. When I changed the country to Europa the price was 785 USD.. Can I buy the tickets through the Ecuadorian page using my credit card from Denmark or will they notice in the airport and then charge me more?

    3 Answers May 13, 2016 at 7:37 PM
  • transportation

    Galápagos Islands Apr 28, 2016 at 4:14 PM


    Not sure if the last email went through. Could anyone please tell me if there are taxis at the airport on Isabela? How do people arriving typically get to were they're staying?

    Thank you!

    2 Answers Apr 28, 2016 at 6:47 PM
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    Which cruise to take to see Galapagos islands?

    Galápagos Islands Apr 22, 2016 at 7:45 AM


    I would like to take a five days cruise to see the Galapagos Islands to start on Saturday 30 April 2016
    or Sunday 01 may 2016. Any advice on which nice but affordable company to take? I'm a 39 years old solo traveller
    and would prefer a big boat where to meet other fellow travelers.


    4 Answers Nov 23, 2016 at 6:06 PM
  • Pre purchase of speed boat ticket from Ayora to Villamil

    Isla Isabela Feb 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    We will be coming in from Quito on the 8:10 AM flight and want to go from Ayora to Villamil the same day.
    How does a person purchase the tickets the day before from Quito.
    Any ideas would help.


    1 Answer Feb 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM
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    plane/ boat / park/ guide rates to the inlands

    Isla San Cristóbal Jan 9, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Ive read the fees from 2004. this' 2016
    How much should I expect to spend for a 7 visit from Ecuador out to Galapagos inlands?
    Anything negotiable, no need for a SCUBA certificate-will bring my own snorkel gear. and very frugal accommodations are okay.

    it looks as if it would be an earth shattering experience, but I dont want to live in a box upon my return!

    2 Answers Apr 12, 2016 at 9:52 PM
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    November visit

    Galápagos Islands Oct 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    I scheduled a 4 day cruise in beginning of november ? It's a good time to visit the islands?
    Thank you

    4 Answers Oct 13, 2015 at 2:11 PM
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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?

    4 Answers Nov 23, 2016 at 6:06 PM
  • 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!

    4 Answers Nov 23, 2016 at 6:06 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

    6 Answers Nov 23, 2016 at 6:06 PM
  • 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