This was a great way to see the Santa Cruz and North Seymour Islands while staying in Puerto Ayora. Seeing the land tortoises and the Charles Darwin Center the first day started the trip perfectly. The yacht was very nice but had some mechanical issues during our tour of Santa Cruz island. Snorkeling is offered each day but if your not a standard size mask, bring your own with you. We were able to see sharks, sea turtles and plenty of fish in the water in addition to seeing marine and land iguanas, blue-footed boobies and frigate birds on North Seymour Island. The water was cold but manageable for a hour or less without a wetsuit. We stayed at the Red Booby hotel, which was adequate but in a great location. We were given two coupons for local restaurants by Grey Line Ecuador, The Rock and Il Giardino in Puerto Ayora, and tried them both. We did not like The Rock at all but really enjoyed Il Giardino. All of the guides were very knowledgeable and the group tours were given first in Spanish then in English.
We enjoyed the Galapagos and met many wonderful people from South America. The unique animals were very special. If we had it to do over I would choose to stay on a boat rather than return to a hotel each afternoon. There was too much time spent going from hotel to an island and then back again.
Yacht was smaller than expected.Some of the tours were repeation though on different islands.Creatures were same.we could have skipped 1-2 days of 5day tour.Hotel was below standard.Guides were well informed.Pick up drop off was punctual.
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