If you’re an active traveler wishing to explore Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands then opt for this 8-day tour of San Cristobal Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Isabela Island. As well as visiting highlights such as the Charles Darwin Research Station and Puerto Villamil Bay, you’ll snorkel with sea lions at Concha Perla, hike to elevated viewpoints surrounding the Wall of Tears (El Muro de las Lágrimas), and trek to the crater of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Seven nights accommodation, all meals and excursions, and transfers are included.
Close encounter with wildlife
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Very good, enjoyable tour of the Galapagos Islands
, Aug 2019
We recently went on this tour with Viator to the Galapagos Islands and we had a very good experience overall.
Firstly, you get to see all three main islands on this tour and this means you really do see all the main animals on the islands and get a great feel of the culture. Eight days is enough to see all the main tourist sites without getting bored of doing the same thing. I really don't think you need a longer tour unless you are especially into birds, insects / marine life, or sports. The tour was mainly on Isabela island which is, by far, the best of the three islands. The amount on each one was appropriate.
The tour guides on the whole were very good and knowledgeable, there were a couple that were obviously picked last minute / didn't have the knowledge but this only happened once on the trip. The organisation is very good and the hotels tended to know who you were and what time you were being picked up and going to each attraction.
The tours always tended to have bathrooms, and explained what you need to bring in advance and had the right balance between explaining the science / siteseeing.
There was also no pressure / begging / doing the American thing of "expecting" tips, you gave tips when you felt they deserved it (most of them we did tip) - on a lot of tours they basically pressure you at the end. That was not the case here.
They don't pressure you to spend extra money unlike a lot of tours which get you to buy more drinks or go to certain shops.
The reason it is a 4*, and not a 5* is for the following reasons:
- This tour included all meals and they were, generally, the same day in day out. You tended to always have chicken / fish with rice and chips which is altogether nice, but you tended to crave a pizza or curry by day 4. I would recommend getting a tour with only breakfast and one other meal, because you WILL get bored of the food quickly and you will end up spending more, and Galapagos is an expensive place to eat out.
- The exception to this rule was the last hotel on our trip, Hotel San Vicente which is owned by the tour operator who did this tour (called San Vicente) and has better staff, food, room and is in the best location of all the hotels. I think this tour should focus getting the other places to stay up to scratch, because the tour company do a magnificent job picking out the best place to stay, the first two places are a let down .
- The internet everywhere sucked
Overall, great tour though and we would recommend
Dear Joanna Crabtree,
First of all, we would like to thank you for this extensive feedback you have contribute to the site. Actually this review is extremely useful for other passengers to get an idea of what to expect on the tour.
We always try to get the best land-tour guides for every single activity set in the itinerary. Most of the time we used to give some chances and opportunities to young guides to develop their faculties in guiding as well as their knowledge.
We also appreciate the fact that you remark what we need to develop and get better. I promise to keep your feedback for our future plans while updating itineraries and offering services. That makes us even a better and reliable tour operator.
Last but not least, it's important to say that the Internet (connection) in the whole islands is really poor so, that's why, no matter what hotel you are, you apparently will get kind of the same connection level.
I thak you once more for your full review and we hope to see you again in Galapagos.
NATURE GALAPAGOS & ECUADOR TEAM