Six of us enjoyed the land-based Darwin Triangle Tour with Red Mangrove from June 30 - July 6, 2012. We booked a Travelzoo special directly with Red Mangrove in Ecuador.
Our tour was all-inclusive with overnight stays on three islands - Santa Cruz, Floreana, and Isabela. We were accompanied throughout by an experienced Galapagos National Park guide - Diego Escobar - and one or more representatives from Red Mangrove. Our guides were informative and helpful, the lodging clean and comfortable, the meals delicious, and the tours worthwhile. Prior to our trip, Red Mangrove provided us with a detailed itinerary describing what we encountered.
Because we traveled in July, our passage by Red Mangrove's boat between the islands was rough. A few sitting in the back of the boat were sprayed by the waves.
July is also a month where a heavy marine layer can cloud the sky and trigger rain. Pass on the Sierra Negra Volcano hike if it is foggy and rainy. Travel instead directly to Camp Duro.
The ocean is cooler in July than during most other months, but we coped by snorkeling in wetsuits. Red Mangrove provided our snorkeling gear. Snorkeling with the sea lions, marine iguanas, spotted eagle rays, turtles, and fish was a highlight of our trip.
Since returning, I have recommended this tour to family and friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is not camping as you’ve ever known it. This is culinary camping in the majestic green highlands perched above the blue sea. The iconic giant Galapagos tortoises graze alongside horses here much of the year and leave a wide trail in the high grass for relatively easy sightings and leisurely observation. Have a glass of wine in a whimsical cave, once part of a lava tube. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Red Mangrove Galapagos Camping Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz, Ecuador