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I couldn't recommend this trip more! From start to finish it was a massive surprise, hotel Flamingo was great, all daily trips we had arranged were amazing, specially trip to Santa Cruise island were we snorkeled with sea lions and turtles. If I could go back there tmw I woul!
I really enjoyed it. Most of the time when people say things like "oh the rare so and so lives in these parts and if your lucky you may see it." I take little notice of it as I assume I will not see it... In the Galapagos someone will say that and when you arrive you see 12 of them immediately.
Was a great day!
Not a moment was wasted! We saw so much wildlife! Great hotel too! kNOWLEDGEABLE guiides.
Michael M USA
Very nice trip indeed! We got to see flora and fauna that I have never seen before. The guides were informative and friendly. Both Spanish and English were spoken fluently.
Well worth it! Why? Title is misleading. There is a 3 hour tour of Tortuga Bay, then a 2 hour lunch break, then another 3 hour cruise (with snorkeling and mask provided free) followed by another beach tour. On the downside, because I misunderstood, I showed up in a bathing suit and coverup at start of trip! ARGH! Highly frowned on, but I honestly thought the entire thing was a 1/2 day boat tour of both Tortuga Bay and La Loberia! So wear tee shirt, shorts and good hiking shoes for first round of trip (which also includes a refreshing swim in Tortuga Bay, so make sure you wear your bathing suit under your hiking clothes), then enjoy lunch and get ready for a great time in the afternoon. The staff was SUPERB! They do speak English but most of your tour mates will speak Spanish, the primary language of the guides. It is worth studying Spanish for a couple of months just to understand and communicate with your tour guides and tour mates. I HIGHLY recommend this! Had no clue I would get this kind of value for my money! Hotel pickup fast and easy; Eduardo in Quito confirmed and doubled confirmed my hotel pickup. There is, however, no "drop off" but guess what? Puerto Ayora is only about 1/4 square miles, so walking back from the main docks (directly across from the only real grocery store) to your flat or hotel is easy as punch. There's no such thing as getting lost in Puerto Ayora. This tour was a great and FULL day of fun and adventure!
This tour was amazing!
Enjoyable trip, hotel accommodation was good, guides were very helpful and spoke good English, between snorkelling, swimming with the sea lions, short bushwalking trips, giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas and of course blue - footed boobies was a great experience.
value for money! good guides! and good lunches!
value for money! good guides! and good lunches!
Amazing way to see a lot of the Galápagos Islands, but you actually can't choose the islands as it says in the itinerary, it's what's available at that day, plus everyday is with different guides
I had a great time and Viator really takes care of you! I booked the trip about 6 weeks in advance for the week of Christmas and while I couldn't go on a yacht tour, Viator got me a land-based tour (staying in a hotel) and taking boats out to the islands. Everything was well taken care of including someone with my name on a card upon arrival to the airport. The guides were great, I met great people and the wildlife viewing was amazing. I saw the giant tortoises each day, snorkeled and swam with sea turtles two of the days, saw booby birds up close, tons of iguanas, etc. It was great! The hotel was nice and included breakfast, probably a 3.5 star quality and a block from Charles Darwin Avenue, a cute touristy town. I'd recommend Viator! The only downside was the 2 hour speedboats to the other islands. Luckily I didn't get sick but others on the boat did. It's a rough ride, so just be aware of that. All in all, a great trip! Thanks, Viator!
This tour was amazing. The Galapagos are stunningly beautiful, and I regret that I couldn't stay longer. We were there during mating season for the Blue-Footed Booby, and saw the males dance up close and personal. It does not get better than that. The Grey Line Ecuador team were friendly and knowledgeable, and the Red Booby Hotel was simple, but neat and clean. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is thinking of making the trip.
excellent accommodation, and informative guides
We loved it with the exception of trip to Isabella. It s/b booked for only for seaworthy travellers. Also, the itinerary in English would be better for English Speaking travellers.
nicely paced trip, saw some great location, guides were knowledgeable and helpful
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.
We were disappointed as we did not see many animals.
On half of our tours the guides didn't speak wery good english. One one trip we was walking 2,5 km with a group of wery old people at 12 o'clock where the sun was wery hot, hmmm.
The tour included the visit of Isabella island they cancelled that tour. I do not trust what I bought is not real. When we arrived with my husband at the airport in Baltra we felt we were in abandon because nobody came to receive us we had to wait for over an hour until met the tour guide!
I have taken other Viator tours and been happy with most of them. The five day Galapagos tour, however was a disappointment. The hotels were fine, the food was good, and the guides were excellent, but the experience over all was disappointing. We were expecting to see Giant tortoises in natural settings of desert islands with volcanic cinder cones as a back drop. None of the pictures we took would give the viewer the impression that we had actually been to the Galapagos but looked as though they could have been taken in a zoo or wildlife park anywhere in the world.
People should be made aware of the situation regarding the boat ride between islands. I had envisioned being on a reasonably large boat, able to walk around and enjoy the sights and take some pictures. This was far from the case. Instead there were about 16 people crammed in a small cabin cruiser for two and a half hours of gut wrenching pitching and yawing and pounding we were told these were normal conditions. When I stood to take a picture I was told to stay seated. A fellow passenger who was feeling ill asked to use the toilet and was told he could not because it was not working. The poor man eventually became violently ill and spent the rest of the voyage on his knees vomiting into a plastic bag he was given or lying on the deck in misery to the unsympathetic gaze of the crew one guy. The trip was so miserable that my wife and I refused to return on that boat The New Brithany The captain of that boat should not have left port for a 2 ½ hour trip with 16 or so people aboard and no working toilets. Or if, as I suspect, the toilet was working and the crew one guy just did not want to clean it he should be fired. I would strongly urge Viator to investigate the situation with the New Brithany and see that this miserable situation does not happen in the future. And to those contemplating a Galapagos trip do not expect the crossing from Santa Cruz to Isabela to be pleasant.
Kamalesh K USA
Do not be fooled by looking at the big Yatch in the picture. They put you in speedboats of 10-12 people and before you reach any island you will be sick. Everyone on the boat was throwing up. This is deceptive. I could not take the 2 and half hour long each way boat NOT the ship shown in picture! trip to Isabella. Others chose to charter a plane and come back. Also there is no island hopping--you go to two island on the bases of what will be available. In my case they changed it two weeks before departure, even though I had booked the tour 9 months in advance. On the positive side the hotel Flamingo staff and tour guide Venus was good.
We sorely missed having an English speaking guide as we were promised. The guide gave us the wrong time for the second part of the tour ( or our translation was in error) which caused us to miss the yacht cruise entirely. We also had difficulty contacting the company (mostly due to holiday hours) so we unsure when to be ready to go in the morning. Loved the hike, the bay and especially the blue-footed boobies. A better explanation of what to expect would have been helpful.
I cannot believe Viator would permit the local tour operator to offer this tour as a "yacht" excursion. Perhaps others were fortunate enough to partake of the tour on a yacht, but my daughter and I were not so lucky. Where the description of this excursion states the vessel will be a yacht, the vessel used in our trip was a single-deck, single out-board engine transporter, equipped with no bathroom, and with a posted passenger limit of 16 (similar in build to the water taxis used in the harbor at Puerto Ayora). The guide spoke some English, but directed most of his commentary to the 14 or so passengers who spoke Spanish. I grew increasingly nervous when I saw the behavior of the boat's captain, who clowned around, standing on the outboard engine, joking and entertaining the crowd in Spanish, while operating the boat.
In addition, I don't know how our guide expected us to sustain a four-hour trip without restroom facilities - so I suspect he planned on allowing those passengers who wanted to snorkel to go to the bathroom while they were swimming. That was not a viable solution for the four of us who chose not to swim.
I am also concerned that the captain set off with 18 passengers, in a boat that was marked with a capacity for 16 passengers. This excursion fell far below what I have come to expect from Viator. If nothing else, the title of this excursion should be changed to reflect that no yacht is involved.
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