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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2016
Galapagos in August - Any advice/thoughts would be very helpful!  (11 Answers)

Hello,

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!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2016
Galapagos cruise in October  (2 Answers)

Hi

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!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2016
Avianca - only local credit card  (3 Answers)

Hi
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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2016
transportation  (2 Answers)

Hello,

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!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2016
Which cruise to take to see Galapagos islands?  (4 Answers)

Hi,

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.

Cheers,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2015
November visit  (4 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2015
Getting around on Santa Cruz Island  (4 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2015
Ferry from Baltra to Santa Cruz  (4 Answers)

Hello,
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!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2015
Is this a good Galapagos itinerary?  (6 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2015
tippping customs  (1 Answer)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2015
tippping cusstoms  (2 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2015
granola or other bars for snacks  (7 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2015
Speedboat baggage allowance  (2 Answers)

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'?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2015
where to store valuable and money  (3 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2014
Galapago cruise ss maryann  (4 Answers)

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??


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2014
I need help for my Galapagos trip :-)  (31 Answers)

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 ?
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2014
don't swim  (8 Answers)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2014
Galapagos.  (4 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2014
Best Month to Visit Galapagos?  (4 Answers)

Hello!

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!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2014
Ecuador to Galapagos.  (7 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2014
bug repelent  (7 Answers)

what is the best bug repelent to use?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2014
cruise question for July 2014  (12 Answers)

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! [email]


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2014
HELP: Day tour out of Puerto Ayora, Galapagos  (7 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2014
which month ? did somebody go in November ?  (4 Answers)

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 ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2014
has anyone had trouble with galapagos islands travel center?  (4 Answers)

Has anyone had trouble with this tour company?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2014
Is it possible to visit a few islands as day trips?  (2 Answers)

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?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2013
ECONOMY TOURS  (4 Answers)

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.
[email]


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2013
Questions about Galapagos  (5 Answers)

What is the most rated thing to eat:
What is the most favorited sport:
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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2013
How long does it take to get to  (2 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2013
Question about Galasam  (3 Answers)

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?



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