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Galapagos Alternative

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At Galapagos Alternative we specialize in personalized land-based tour packages. We offer unique experiences 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...more
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Avenida Charles Darwin S/N, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

All the team at Galapagos Alternative put in so much work for our group to have a wonderful trip. All the details were so well arranged and Jill and Javier even joined us for some swimming. When they learned that some of the group enjoyed...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LizH726
jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you, Liz! This is our first review from a SwimTrekker :). It was great getting out there with your group. Thanks for including us and thank you for the kind review.

Reviewed January 19, 2019

My husband and I are not people who ever use travel agencies. We do all of our trips ourselves which I think maybe true of many of the GA tourists. From beginning to end our experience with GA was superior. We worked with Susanna who...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 334phyllis
jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2019

Thank you for the fabulous review! We don´t use travel agencies either when we travel and we try to make the experience as personalized as possible as if a local friend is helping you maximize your time in the islands. We are pleased you had...More

Reviewed January 15, 2019

Take at least 7 days to get a little bit of the feel of the Galápagos especially on a small cruise. You will benefit from short hikes to snorkelling with the turtles and baby sharks. Lots of opportunities to take fabulous photos as well as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2019

Galapagos Alternative organized our trip to the Amazon Highlands and Galapagos Island. We were nightmare clients - three guys with different timelines and preferences, and picky, picky, picky. We arrived from the US both early and late. They made it all seamless. GA reps picked...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 25, 2018

Galapagos Alternative was beyond helpful. While many of the Galapagos options include staying on a boat for the majority of the trip, Galapagos Alternative connected us with local hotels and local guides, each of whom connected us in a unique way to the places we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kara833
jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

It´s so nice to hear how much you appreciated the local connection with the people and the islands. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. We are very pleased to know you AND your kids enjoyed the Galapagos Alternative experience....More

Reviewed December 10, 2018

I am not sure where to start. In one word, it was an amazing experience. I travel with different tour groups, and this was the best experience by far. The level of organization by Galapagos Alternative is impressive. My flight from Guayaquil was delayed, but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank anindya07
jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Thank you for the glowing review! We are very happy you had such a lovely time and that our team was able to make it extra special. :)

Reviewed December 3, 2018

If you want to have a worry free vacation and be babysat throughout your time there and just focus on having good experience and enjoying your vacation, Galapagos alternative is the way to go. First step: Contact them from their website, they ask your basic...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2018

Thanks for your positive review. We are very pleased to know you had such a lovely experience. We do our best to make sure our guests have an easy and enjoyable experience from start to finish. We really appreciate you taking the time to share...More

Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

I decided to book my Galápagos trip with Galápagos Alternative and I am glad that I chose this company. Their service is just excellent. My contact person Sabine took care of everything and paid attention to all the details. Everything was really well organised and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

We are so pleased to know that you had such a lovely time! Thank you for the kind recongnition. We hope you come back some day soon!

Reviewed September 8, 2018

I choose Galapagos AlterNative through a friend I knew from my work with UNESCO. We were two families, 8 in total, and we debated whether to go via cruise or via land. We could not be happier to via land with Galapagos AlterNative! Through them...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank giuliaguiditrip
jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2018

We are very pleased to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your time in Galapagos. We have found that people with positive attitudes attract the best animal encounters. Thanks for your glowing review of our team and service. Javier is looking forward to surfing in Rome!

Reviewed August 24, 2018

I chose to book plans through the Galapagos Alternative and Husband and kids can't stop thanking me!

Date of experience: August 2018
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jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

We love this! Thanks for trusting us with your dream vacation.

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February 19, 2019|
Response from 4acadia |
Hello again. Did anyone who went to Isabela w/ GA see the Flightless Cormorant? This is the bird my son most wants to see so I need to make sure it's possible on a land-based trip. Thank you!
September 2, 2018|
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Response from William Z | Reviewed this property |
GA is great. Worth the money to ensure quality. There are a lot of truly local guides that you probably wouldn't want to spend a day with.
June 6, 2018|
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Response from Ssagar7 | Reviewed this property |
You definitely can, but will have to pick and choose what you want to do - and may be a little rushed, but doable. We went for 8 nights total I think, and got a chance to go to 3 islands and see everything that was “top” on... More