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Review of Galapagos Alternative - Private Day Tours

Galapagos Alternative - Private Day Tours
Avenida Charles Darwin S/N, Puerto Ayora 200351, Ecuador
+593 59394655018
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Puerto Ayora
Type: Tours
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Owner description: At Galapagos Alternative, we offer a unique experience of the islands the way we see them: as locals. Choose the sights and activities most interesting to you, stay at local places, eat at local restaurants, and of course, get up-close experiences with the local animals that make the Galapagos Islands so special. Please browse our site to learn more about the many different activities that are available on your trip to Galapagos. Then contact us so that we can help you find the best options to fit your timeframe, budget and preferences. We can help with all aspects of your trip, from booking unique accommodations to daily activities and transport between the islands. We are Jill and Javier Moreno, and we'd like to welcome you to our home. We look forward to treating you like family, showing you our favorite places, and ensuring that you have the experience of a lifetime in the amazing and beautiful Galapagos!
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Sacramento, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Perfect trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Galapagos Alternative provided us with a dream wildlife viewing vacation! The itinerary was ideal, allowing us to observe blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sharks, and land and marine iguanas. Marcos led an enlightening tour of Santa Cruz Island, while Carlos took us on an amazing day of snorkeling off of Isabela Island with sea turtles and sea lions, as well as several schools of fish. The accomodations were beautiful, and the breakfasts were delightful. Joceline at Galapagos Suites was especially gracious. Guides and local advisors met us every step of the way, and we never worried about what/who was coming next. This is the way to see the Galapagos, as well as benefit the local economy. Perfection!

Visited July 2013
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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“The BEST way to Go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We loved every minute. G/A helped us set up all of the things we wanted to do and left us on our own when we wanted. An island based tour is the best for the local economy and you get to really know the locale. Plus there are delicious restaurants to try!!! Our local advisors, Rita in Puerto Ayora and Janina (sp?) in Puerto Villamil were great...helping at the airports, wetsuit rentals, adding a day tour. We got all the help we needed, when we needed it and felt like we were on our own the rest of the time to just enjoy this wonderful trip. Our guide Marco on P. Ayora was very very good. Galapagos Suites was excellent as was Casa de Marita. You will see all the things you want to see and not feel herded like a boat tour. Between islands you can leave extra gear and all the gifts you bought for folks back home with G/A in P. Ayora and they will have it all waiting for you at the airport in Baltra when you're headed out.

Visited July 2013
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Oshawa, Canada
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Galapagos Alternative fantastic 8 day tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Jill and Javier of Galapagos tours created a wonderful 8 day tour based on what my daughter and I wanted to see. It was an experience of a lifetime visiting the islands and seeing all of its unique wildlife. We were able to get up close to some giant tortoises and to also snorkel several times with sea turtles, sea lions, tintorella sharks, sting rays and various fish. The 2 hotels they arranged were both exceptional with clean rooms and helpful staff, I would highly recommend Galapagos Alternatives for a trip to the islands. Staying on land with the freedom to explore on foot or via organized day trips for snorkelling or for boat trips to other island was the way to go.

Visited April 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great experience in Galapagos with GA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

A visit to Galapagos Islands was on my bucket list and I had always planned on doing a ship based tour. One of the members of our group came upon the GA website, proposed the land based experience and I am so glad we went this way. The experience of staying on the islands and mixing with the locals was a big plus for the trip. From arrival the GA folks were friendly, efficient and willing to help in any way. We had the right mix of activities with a little time free during the day and then our evenings to explore the islands. We were set up with great guides and had just the experiences we wanted and more. We spent time on both Santa Cruz and Isabella. I felt that having our days planned and organized really maximized our time and yet we were with different guides and sometimes other tourists which gave a variety of experiences.
I can't say enough about Jill and Javier. They were tested by an unforeseen health issue that arose with one of our group and they gave 110% to assist us over the course of several days. I left feeling like they had a great business going but more than anything when you're so far from home it is good to know that you're not just a client but someone they really care about!

Visited April 2013
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Neckarsulm, Germany
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Tour - Great People”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I went to Galapagos because this island is a destination of my dreams for many years. I highly enjoyed the stay - also thanks to Galapagos Alternative Tours. The tours were great and my itinerary was crowded with onceinalifetime experiences. I felt very well cared by GA and their representatives. No problems occured - Everything worked very well.

Sure there were some things that happen when you go for an adventure abroad. For example seasickness is pretty common if you go for a boatride during stormy and rough current season. The boats are not that big so they surely find every single wave to hit and stomp. On the other hand it was unbeliveable when we took the ride to Batholome Island and dolphins came to join our route and jumped out of the sea directly next to our boat! Obviously all in life has a price. For such a great experience some have to pay with an irritated stomach. Sure you can also go for Orlando and see dolphins there but ...!?

If you are in a country that is far from home it's also likely that you catch some kind of minor illness as your body must somehow adjust. Most common are digestion problems. But that shouldn't stop you from trying the local specialities.

As traveller to Galapagos you should be prepared to find a paradise (Animals, landscape and people are great!!) with the usual problems/challenges that occur during life. Best preparation is to have a reliable partner on hand (Galapagos Alternative Tours) and for everything else it's best to use your head for more than just looking good :-))

Visited June 2013
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